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Nuclear reactor melt arrest and coolability device

United States Patent

June 14, 2016
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Example embodiments provide a Basemat-Internal Melt Arrest and Coolability device (BiMAC) that offers improved spatial and mechanical characteristics for use in damage prevention and risk mitigation in accident scenarios. Example embodiments may include a BiMAC having an inclination of less than 10-degrees from the basemat floor and/or coolant channels of less than 4 inches in diameter, while maintaining minimum safety margins required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Theofanous; Theo G. (Santa Barbara, CA), Dinh; Nam Truc (Idaho Falls, ID), Wachowiak; Richard M. (Wilmington, NC)
12/ 640,399
December 17, 2009
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC07-07ID14778, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.