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Heat transfer unit and method for prefabricated vessel

United States Patent

9,809,380
November 7, 2017
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Vessel assemblies, heat transfer units for prefabricated vessels, and methods for heat transfer prefabricated vessel are provided. A heat transfer unit includes a central rod, and a plurality of peripheral rods surrounding the central rod and connected to the central rod. The plurality of peripheral rods are movable between a first collapsed position and a second bowed position, wherein in the second bowed position a midpoint of each of the plurality of peripheral rods is spaced from the central rod relative to in the first position. The heat transfer unit further includes a heat transfer element connected to one of the plurality of peripheral rods.
Tamburello; David A. (Aiken, SC), Kesterson; Matthew R. (Lexington, SC), Hardy; Bruce J. (Graniteville, SC)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
14/ 104,681
20150166261
December 12, 2013
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC09-085R22470, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.