Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Joseph Rajkumar
Date of Publication: March 13, 2018
Equipment Type: HI-COOL
Docket Number: HOL-069
Application Number: 14/620,465
Patent Number: US 9,916,910 B2
Prior Publication Data: Publication Number US 2015/0243385 A1 published on August 27, 2015
Foreign Patent Documents:
Related U.S. Publication Data:
- Continuation-in-part of application No. PCT/US13/54973, filed on August 14, 2013
- Provisional application No. 61/683,030, filed on August 14, 2012.
- Continued in part by application No. 14/713,093, filed on May 15, 2015, and published as US 2015/0287483 A1.
Abstract: A passively-cooled spent nuclear fuel pool system and method therefor. In one embodiment, the invention can be a passively-cooled spent nuclear fuel pool system comprising: spent nuclear fuel pool comprising a body of liquid water having a surface level at least one spent nuclear fuel rod submerged in the body of liquid water that heats the body of liquid water; a lid covering the spent nuclear fuel pool to create a hermetically sealed vapor space between the surface level of the body of liquid water and the lid; and a passive heat exchange sub-system fluidly coupled to the vapor space, the passive heat exchange sub-system configured to: (1) receive water vapor from the vapor space; (2) remove thermal energy from the received water vapor, thereby condensing the water vapor to form a condensed water vapor; and (3) return the condensed water vapor to the body of liquid water.