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Number: 376/264
Name: Induced nuclear reactions: processes, systems, and elements > Handling of fission reactor component structure within reactor system > Fuel component > Charging or discharging of fuel
Description: Subject matter wherein the fuel is moved into or out of the nuclear fission reactor system.










Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
376/265 Refueling ball-type reactors 21
376/267 Refueling schemes, patterns, or fuel cycles (e.g., in/out systems) 105


Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8681921 System for assembling or disassembling a segmented rod Mar. 25, 2014
8599990 Process for application of lubricant to fuel rod during fuel assembly loading process Dec. 3, 2013
8594267 Method for selecting a loading map for a nuclear reactor core, corresponding selection system, computer program and storage medium Nov. 26, 2013
8582713 Method for improving energy output of a nuclear reactor, method for determining natural uranium blanket layer for a fuel bundle, and a fuel bundle having a variable blanket layer Nov. 12, 2013
8442182 Annular core liquid-salt cooled reactor with multiple fuel and blanket zones May. 14, 2013
8428214 Method for aligning and handling fuel rods within a nuclear fuel bundle Apr. 23, 2013
8355481 Pressure vessel sliding support unit and system using the sliding support unit Jan. 15, 2013
8270555 Systems and methods for storage and processing of radioisotopes Sep. 18, 2012
8254516 Control rod drive outer filter removal tool Aug. 28, 2012
8139706 Apparatus and method for supporting fuel assemblies in an underwater environment having lateral access loading Mar. 20, 2012
8126106 Method and system for providing fuel in a nuclear reactor Feb. 28, 2012
8067659 Method of removing radioactive materials from a submerged state and/or preparing spent nuclear fuel for dry storage Nov. 29, 2011
8050378 Systems for aligning and handling fuel rods within a nuclear fuel bundle Nov. 1, 2011
7986760 Method and apparatus for permissive control of a mast and grapple Jul. 26, 2011
7912171 Method and system for providing fuel in a nuclear reactor Mar. 22, 2011
7860207 Method and system for providing fuel in a nuclear reactor Dec. 28, 2010
7773717 Systems for aligning and handling fuel rods within a nuclear fuel bundle Aug. 10, 2010
7750328 Filling system for potentially hazardous materials Jul. 6, 2010
7715517 Apparatus and method for supporting fuel assemblies in an underwater environment having lateral access loading May. 11, 2010
7424084 Fuel assembly nozzleless handling tool and method Sep. 9, 2008
7397884 Aligning device for fuel elements of a pressurized water reactor Jul. 8, 2008
7386087 Method and device for loading a fuel assembly into the core of a nuclear reactor Jun. 10, 2008
7239683 Fuel assembly nozzleless handling tool and method Jul. 3, 2007
7139353 Boiling water reactor nuclear fuel assembly lifting support Nov. 21, 2006
6862329 In-cycle shuffle Mar. 1, 2005
6853697 Hermetically sealable transfer cask Feb. 8, 2005
6636578 Fuel assembly structural reinforcement and method Oct. 21, 2003
6587536 Method and apparatus for maximizing radiation shielding during cask transfer procedures Jul. 1, 2003
6501813 Control rod/fuel support grapple Dec. 31, 2002
6320922 Tool for retracting fuel rods from and inserting fuel rods into a nuclear fuel assembly and methods therefor Nov. 20, 2001
6282254 Slidable comb assembly for burnable poison rod transfer device Aug. 28, 2001
5960051 Methods and apparatus for moving fuel bundles in a nuclear reactor Sep. 28, 1999
5930318 Method and a device for nuclear fuel handling Jul. 27, 1999
5898745 Nuclear fuel assembly locator Apr. 27, 1999
5896430 Method and a device for fuel handling Apr. 20, 1999
5687207 Refueling machine Nov. 11, 1997
5619547 Device for guiding a fuel assembly during loading Apr. 8, 1997
5539789 Method and apparatus for identifying failed nuclear fuel rods during refueling in a reactor core Jul. 23, 1996
5377240 Transfer carriage with interchangeable baskets Dec. 27, 1994
5253277 Vent assembly Oct. 12, 1993
5174948 Transitory fuel rod guidance system Dec. 29, 1992
5126098 Method of straightening a bowed nuclear fuel assembly Jun. 30, 1992
5102612 Permanent refueling pool seal Apr. 7, 1992
5043134 Fuel rod gripper end cap for minimizing impact with grid cell dimples Aug. 27, 1991
5001949 Apparatus and method for removing nuclear fuel assembly end pieces Mar. 26, 1991
4980094 Methods and apparatus for closing and charging radioactive waste containers Dec. 25, 1990
4966745 Fuel rod gripper end cap for minimizing impact with grid cell dimples Oct. 30, 1990
4903281 System for fuel rod removal from a reactor module Feb. 20, 1990
4897240 Nuclear reactor Jan. 30, 1990
4886401 Diverter assembly for radioactive material Dec. 12, 1989

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