Development of Advanced Techniques for Life Management and Inspection of Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) Coolant Channel Components
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors - 2011 October 02-05


Presented at:
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors
2011 October 02-05
Location:
Ottawa, Canada
Session Title:
Refurbishment

Authors:
K. Madhusoodanan (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
Sunil K. Sinha (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
Kundan Kumar (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
T.V. Shyam (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
Sanjay Panwar (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
B.S.V.G. Sharma (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
J.N. Kayal (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
R.K. Sinha (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre)
  

Abstract

Operating life of pressure tubes of Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) is limited due to the presence of various issues associated with the material like hydrogen pick up, delayed hydride cracking, axial elongation and increase in diameter due to irradiation creep and growth. Periodic monitoring of the health of the pressure tube under in-situ conditions is essential to ensure the safe operation of the reactor.

New designs of reactor call for innovative design philosophy, modification in fabrication route of pressure tube, development of reactor specific tools, both analytical and hardware for assessing the fitness for service of the pressure tube. Feedback from existing reactors has enhanced the understanding about life limiting parameters.

This paper gives an insight into the life limiting issues associated with pressure tube and the efforts pursued for development of life management techniques for coolant channel of Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) designed in India. The tools and techniques for in-situ property/ hydrogen measurement, pulsed eddy current technique for zirconium alloy in-homogeneity characterization, horizontal shear wave EMAT system for dissimilar metal weld inspection, sliver sampling of vertical channel etc. are elaborated in the paper.

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