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Systems and methods for managing shared-path instrumentation and irradiation targets in a nuclear reactor

United States Patent

December 29, 2015
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Systems and methods permit discriminate access to nuclear reactors. Systems provide penetration pathways to irradiation target loading and offloading systems, instrumentation systems, and other external systems at desired times, while limiting such access during undesired times. Systems use selection mechanisms that can be strategically positioned for space sharing to connect only desired systems to a reactor. Selection mechanisms include distinct paths, forks, diverters, turntables, and other types of selectors. Management methods with such systems permits use of the nuclear reactor and penetration pathways between different systems and functions, simultaneously and at only distinct desired times. Existing TIP drives and other known instrumentation and plant systems are useable with access management systems and methods, which can be used in any nuclear plant with access restrictions.
Heinold; Mark R. (San Jose, CA), Berger; John F. (Wilmington, NC), Loper; Milton H. (San Jose, CA), Runkle; Gary A. (San Jose, CA)
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC (Wilmington, NC)
13/ 709,524
December 10, 2012
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC52-09NA29626, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.