Actual Operation and Control of Fast Reactor

  • Hidetaka Takahashi
  • Kiyoshi Tamayama
Part of the An Advanced Course in Nuclear Engineering book series (ACNE)


A fast breeder reactor has several features that make it different from a light water reactor. The fuel is plutonium and uranium-mixed oxide, the reactor core enables breeding mainly by reaction of fast neutrons, and it has high power density and burn-up levels. In addition, sodium is used as the coolant and the operating temperature is far below the boiling point (approximately 880°C at 1 atmospheric pressure). So, the reactor cooling system is designed to operate at low pressure and high temperatures. Sodium is active chemically, and the sodium liquid surface has to be covered with inactive gas.


Feed Water Plant Output Revolution Speed Main Steam Flow Rate Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidetaka Takahashi
    • 1
  • Kiyoshi Tamayama
    • 1
  1. 1.Japan Atomic Energy AgencyTokai-muraJapan

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