Operation of the NS Savannah has demonstrated that with certain sea conditions a reactor power greater than 69 Mw is desirable. The design and operating characteristics of the power plant equipment have been reviewed and have been found to be adequate to permit operation at a steady-state reactor power of 80 Mw. Transient operation and potential accidents to the power plant have been reviewed and demonstrate that the increasing of reactor power to 80 Mw can be accomplished without significantly affecting the existing safety margins. Operation at 80 Mw increases the maximum fission-product inventory of the core by 16% for the maximum credible accident. However, the accepted operating procedures for the ship limit the allowable operating reactor power as necessary to minimize the potential environmental hazard to the general public. In the open sea the ship and its occupants are under direct control of the crew. All passengers and non-essential crew members will be directed to the area of least radiation. Strict control of radiation dose will be enforced by personnel trained in health physics to limit an individual person's integrated dose to acceptable values. It is concluded, therefore, that the NS Savannah can be operated at 80 Mw without compromising the existing safety of the ship. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Babcock and Wilcox Company

    Atomic Energy Division
    Lynchburg, VA  United States  24504
  • Authors:
    • Luken, R C
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026695
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: AT(30-1)-2847
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 1973 12:00AM