Plant life management (PLiM) practices for gas-cooled, graphite-moderated nuclear reactors: UK experience

Neighbour, G. B. (2010). Plant life management (PLiM) practices for gas-cooled, graphite-moderated nuclear reactors: UK experience. In: Tipping, Philip G. ed. Understanding and Mitigating Ageing in Nuclear Power Plants - Materials and Operational Aspects of Plant Life Management (PLiM). Woodhead Publishing series in Energy. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, pp. 838–875.

Abstract

A short review of the united Kingdom’s experience in the design and operation of gas-cooled, graphite-moderated reactors is presented. in particular, the experience of the design and operation of the graphite reactor core is discussed. A brief overview of nuclear graphite manufacture and science is presented with an appreciation of the complexity involved in understanding the effects of the reactor environment on the graphite moderator itself. Further, the context of the UK regulatory regime and the elementary requirements to fulfil a safety case are given. Finally, comments are also given on how this experience will contribute to the development of future reactor designs especially those under Generation IV international Forum.

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