COMPARISON OF ZIRCALOY AND STAINLESS STEEL AS THE STRUCTURAL MATERIALS IN THE CORE OF THE N.S. SAVANNAH

The savings in fuel enrichments realized by changing the major structural material in the N.S. Savannah reactor core from stainless steel to Zircaloy-2 were studied. The basis of comparison was equal cold initial reactivity. By changing the major structural material from stainless steel to Zircaloy-2, the result is that for equal cold initial reactivity the uranium enrichment can be decreased from 4.2% to 3.1%. This, in turn, results in a savings of $1,300,000 in initial fuel investment--or $50,000 per year in use charges at a 4% rate. Futher studies in control rod worth, temperature coefficient or reactivity, and Zircaloy-2 costs must be made to determine the effect on the net cost.

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    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number KT-503.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engineering Practice School
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02138

    Union Carbide Nuclear Company

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  • Authors:
    • Bast, J A
    • Morse, C J
    • Eversole, J G
    • Davis, G J
  • Publication Date: 1959-11-9

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 68 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: KT-503
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1973 12:00AM