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The Supersafe© Reactor: A Small Modular Pressure Tube SCWR

Publication: Nuclear ReviewDecember 2012https://doi.org/10.12943/ANR.2012.00014

Abstract

The SUPERSAFE© Reactor (SSR) is proposed as a small modular version of the Canadian supercritical water-cooled reactor (SCWR). The SCWR is Canada’s primary contribution to the Generation-IV (GEN-IV) International Forum’s (GIF) research and development effort toward the study and eventual deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems. All GEN-IV concepts, including the SCWR, have enhanced safety, improved economics, improved sustainability and enhanced security compared to contemporary reactors. The SUPERSAFE© Reactor (SSR) concept incorporates the enhanced features of the SCWR in a smaller core which could be deployed in areas with sparsely distributed population bases where it is impractical to have a full scale SCWR or large centralized energy grid. An overview of the SSR concept is presented in this work.

Résumé

Le réacteur SuperSafe(C) (SSR) proposé est une petite version modulaire du réacteur refroidi à l’eau supercritique (RESC) canadien. Le réacteur RESC est la principale contribution canadienne aux efforts de recherche et développement du Forum International de la Génération-IV (GIF de la GEN-IV) portant sur l’étude et le déploiement éventuel de filières énergétiques nucléaires perfectionnées. Tous les concepts GEN-IV, notamment le réacteur RESC, présentent une sûreté accrue, des facteurs économiques améliorés, une durabilité améliorée et une plus grande sûreté par rapport aux réacteurs actuels. Le concept de réacteur SuperSafe(C) (SSR) comporte les caractéristiques avancées du réacteur RESC dans un cœur plus petit, qui peut être déployé dans des régions où la population est dispersée et où il serait pratiquement impossible d’exploiter un réacteur RESC complet ou un grand réseau énergétique centralisé. Cet article présente un survol du concept de réacteur SSR.

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Nuclear Review
Volume 1Number 2December 2012
Pages: 13 - 18

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Received: 15 October 2012
Accepted: 17 December 2012
Published online: 7 May 2014

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Key Words

  1. SUPERSAFE©Reactor (SSR)
  2. Supercritical water reactor (SCWR)
  3. GEN-IV
  4. GIF
  5. Small Modular Reactor (SMR)

Mots-clés

  1. réacteur SuperSafe(C) (SSR)
  2. réacteur refroidi à l’eau supercritique (RESC)
  3. GEN-IV
  4. GIF
  5. petit réacteur modulaire (PRM)

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M. Yetisir
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1J0
J. Pencer
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1J0
M. McDonald
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1J0
M. Gaudet
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1J0
J. Licht
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1J0
R. Duffey
DSM Associates Inc., Idaho, USA

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