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Preparing the Ground for Renewal of Nuclear Power by Behram N. Kursunoglu (auth.), Behram N. Kursunoglu, Stephan

By Behram N. Kursunoglu (auth.), Behram N. Kursunoglu, Stephan L. Mintz, Arnold Perlmutter (eds.)

This convention lawsuits explores concerns surrounding the alternative of current nuclear energy vegetation after they succeed in the top in their important existence. subject matters lined contain: Nuclear competitiveness relating to politics and tool plant evolution; social popularity concerning communique, info, waste, and security proliferation; and sturdiness concerning assets and results at the environment.

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The burnup target for the fuel assemblies has been set to 60 000 MWdlt. This burnup target will provide a high usage factor of the fuel and thus contribute to favourable fuel cycle costs. The 1750 MW electrical output of EPR is produced out of a thermal core power of 4900 MW. This capacity is produced by a core consisting of 241 fuel assemblies of the well proven 17x17-25 design but with an active length of 420 cm, so that the average linear heat rate remains around the well proven value of 178 Wfcm.

The targeted value is 1750 MWe. • A large flexibility of fuel management to encompass long fuel cycles with out-in or inout core loading patterns and the capability to include 50 % MOX recycling. • A very high availability (more than 90 %) which is possible thanks to the capability to perform fuel reload within very short outage, possibly in 19 days. A strong emphasis is being put in the design to facilitate the maintenance of the plant. In this respect, the four-train architecture allows to perform preventive maintenance on some systems during power operation.

60 Mwd/kg Table I - Design and Operating Data operating and maintenance staff will get a clearer understanding of plant states conditions. In all Separation: Different redundant trains of all safety systems are installed in four separate layout divisions for which a strict separation is ensured so that common mode failure for example due to internal hazards can be ruled out. Functional diversity: A reduction in common mode failure potential is obtained by design rules ensuring the systematic application of functional diversity.

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