High Temperature Problems Associated with the Design of the Commercial Fast Reactor

  • J. A. G. Holmes
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


The overall design, some design problems of specific components and the general approach to their resolution are described for the 132\( 132\frac{1}{4}MW(e) \) Commercial Demonstration Fast Reactor. The principal factors are reviewed which limit the performance of such components. It is shown that while some components are subjected to a measure of primary loading, stresses are mainly induced by thermal effects which give rise to both creep and fatigue damage. It is argued that a better understanding of structural behaviour and of methods for its prediction are required for the relevant operating conditions. This will ultimately provide the necessary assurance that plant will operate successfully over its design life of 30 years.


Fatigue Total Heat Argon Steam 


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© Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. G. Holmes
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear Power Company LimitedRisley Warrington, CheshireEngland

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