A STUDY OF THE FLOODED CONTAINMENT CONCEPT AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE NS SAVANNAH

The idea of operating a maritime nuclear steam generating plant in a water-filled containment and its application to the N. S. Savannah is investigated. The objectives of the work are: 1) To evaluate the idea of a wet containment; 2) to determine if the idea is technically and practically applicable to the N. S. Savannah; and 3) to determine and initiate research and development to substantiate these applications. Hazards, water chemistry and radioactive wastes, shielding, and systems consolidation are studied and discussed. Hazard studies require further investigation for all objectives. The studies indicate that many systems can be eliminated, or reduced in complexity and/or size due to the use of wet containment. It is concluded that the potential of the idea of wet containment is tied very closely to the design of the power plant and ship, and it is therefore difficult to see how operating a plant not specifically designed for this purpose can constitute a source of valuable information for future use. Appendices present the material in depth, and include a modification of the present Savannah in a schematic diagram for flooded containment.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number BAW-SUP-26.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Babcock and Wilcox Company

    Atomic Energy Division
    Lynchburg, VA  USA  24504
  • Publication Date: 1961-8-2

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 190 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026433
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SUP-26
  • Contract Numbers: AT(30-1)-2468
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 11 1973 12:00AM