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Reactor shroud joint

United States Patent

April 7, 1998
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A shroud for a nuclear reactor is described. In one embodiment, the shroud includes first and second shroud sections, and each shroud section includes a substantially cylindrical main body having a first end and a second end. With respect to each shroud section, a flange is located at the main body first end, and the flange has a plurality of bolt openings therein and a plurality of scalloped regions. The first shroud section is welded to the second shroud section, and at least some of the bolt openings in the first shroud section flange align with respective bolt openings in the second shroud section flange. In the event that the onset of inter-granular stress corrosion cracking is ever detected in the weld between the shroud section, bolts are inserted through bolt openings in the first shroud section flange and through aligned bolt openings the second shroud section flange. Each bolt, in one embodiment, has a shank section and first and second threaded end sections. Nuts are threadedly engaged to the threaded end sections and tightened against the respective flanges.
Ballas; Gary J. (San Jose, CA), Fife; Alex Blair (San Jose, CA), Ganz; Israel (San Jose, CA)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
08/ 669,879
June 21, 1996
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT The Government of the United States of America and the Advanced Reactor Corporation have rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-FC02-92NE34267 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.