Metal Containment for Nuclear Reactors

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Date of Publication: June 18, 2015
Status: Published
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: SMR
Docket Number: HOL-063
Application Number: 14/403,082
Patent Number(s)US 9,786,393 B2

PCT Filed: May 21, 2013
PCT Number: PCT/US2013/042070
PCT Publication Number: WO2013/177196
PCT Publication Date: November 28, 2014

European Patent No.2852955
Dated:  July 25, 2018

Prior Publication Data: US 2015/0170769 A1

Related U.S. Publication Data: Provisional application No. 61/649,593, filed on May 21, 2012.

Abstract: A nuclear reactor containment system with passive cooling capabilities. In one embodiment, the system includes an inner containment vessel for housing a nuclear steam supply system and an outer containment enclosure structure. An annular water-filled reservoir may be provided between the coatainmetU vessel and containment enclosure structure which provides a heat sink for dissipating thermal energy, in the event of a thermal energy release incident inside the containment vessel, the reactor containment system provides passive water and air cooling systems operable to regulate the heat of the containment vessel and the equipment inside. In one embodiment, cooling water makeup to the system is not required to maintain containment vessel and reactor temperatures within acceptable margins.