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Inventor:
Bryan; William J.
Address:
Granby, CT
No. of patents:
34
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
5317612 Use of shape memory alloys in fuel pellet holddown springs May 31, 1994
A composite holddown spring for applying an axial force to a fuel pellet stack in a nuclear reactor fuel rod. The composite holddown spring comprises a shape-memory alloy spring portion and a conventional metal spring portion. The shape-memory alloy spring portion has a two-way memory
5307392 Energy dissipating outer strip for grid April 26, 1994
The grids (14) of a nuclear fuel assembly (10) include an outer strip, or perimeter plate (100), having outwardly projecting formations (104,106) spaced from the side edges (110) of the internal grid strips (108), for resiliently absorbing lateral forces before such forces are transferre
5301211 Fuel assembly sputtering process April 5, 1994
A method for sputter coating the inside surface (30) of a fuel assembly tubular component (10) such as a control rod guide tube (200) with wear or corrosion resistant material. The steps include supporting the component tube in a fixture (12,14) and supporting a source tube (100,300) of
5299246 Shape-memory alloys in the construction of nuclear fuel spacer grids March 29, 1994
A fuel assembly supporting structure for a nuclear reactor fuel assembly which comprises a two-way shape-memory alloy. A shape-memory alloy is selected which has an overall transition temperature range substantially above atmospheric temperature and substantially below a temperature
5282233 Low pressure drop easy load end cap January 25, 1994
A low pressure drop easy load fuel assembly rod end cap 40 for pressurized water reactor fuel assembly rods 10 has a solid Zircaloy radiused tip 42. The tip 42 blends into a longitudinal profile defined by a smooth convex curve 44,46 which blends into a substantially cylindrical surface
5280510 Microparticle coating on inside of fuel rods and other fuel assembly components January 18, 1994
A method for coating the inside surface (18) of tubular components (16) of a nuclear fuel assembly, including the steps of supporting the component within a vacuum chamber (12), positioning a source rod (20) having a field emitter structure (22) within the component, the structure being
5274686 Anodic vacuum arc deposition December 28, 1993
A method for enhancing the wear and corrosion resistance of a tubular nuclear fuel assembly component (40), comprising the step of coating the component with a corrosion and wear resistant material by an anodic arc plasma deposition process (70). The coating is preferably a nitride r
5272735 Sputtering process burnable poison coating December 21, 1993
A method for sputtering coating the inside surface of a fuel assembly tubular component (10,200,400,700) with absorber material such as a burnable poison or getter. The steps include supporting the e.g., cladding tube (10) in a fixture (12,14) and supporting a source tube (100) of e.g.,
5271054 Perimeter grid strip December 14, 1993
A nuclear fuel perimeter strip grid corner-piece (12) of increased flatness having at least two flat side sections (18,20) on either side of a transverse bend line (22) is provided. The flat side section (20) or sections (20 and 32) which have small cut-outs for arches (34), as opposed
5271053 Holddown leaf spring assembly December 14, 1993
A holddown leaf spring for a nuclear fuel assembly (10) with an upper end fitting (12) having spring retaining slots (30). Two spring stacks (20, 24 and 22, 26), respectively, are made up of unitary elongated metal bar springs having two substantially tapered width leg portions (20a, 20b
5268946 Wear resistant coating for fuel cladding December 7, 1993
A wear resistant coating (50) for fuel rod cladding (20) comprises a ceramic material (52) which is premixed with a glass (54). The cladding tube is heated and the ceramic/glass mixture is flame sprayed onto the cladding tube. The coating is applied to lower portions of the fuel rods
5267289 Ion implantation of nuclear fuel assembly components using cathodic vacuum arc source November 30, 1993
A method for enhancing the wear resistance of a tubular component (62) of a nuclear fuel assembly, including the first steps of supporting the component in an implantation chamber (16), removing ambient air from the chamber such as by a pump (56) and generating a plasma plume (28) of
5267287 Holddown leaf spring assembly having a lubricant coating November 30, 1993
In a method for fabricating an end fitting (12,200) for a nuclear fuel assembly (10), wherein the end fitting includes at least one spring member (24,202) having an active external surface (32,206) for contacting rigid core support structure (100) in the nuclear reactor, the improvement
5255297 Lower end fitting with multistage flow diffusers October 19, 1993
An improved lower end fitting 10 (L.E.F.) having a bell mouth multistage type of flow jet diffuser 30 with stages 31, 31' decreases pressure drop 15-20% over a single stage bell mouth diffuser and more evenly distributes flow and adds strength. It includes neutron thimble flux impingemen
5243635 Fuel rod capturing grid spring and arch September 7, 1993
A fuel rod capturing support grid having a spring and arch design which provides performance improvements over current or previous designs by decreasing fuel rod fretting wear. The disclosed spring and arch designs follow the contour of the fuel rod, thus providing an increased, subs
5243634 DNB performing spacer grids September 7, 1993
A fuel assembly grid (10) in which the height dimension of the grid strips (A,B,C,D) varies along the strip length, so that channels or cells (24',28) immediately surrounding the guide tube (30) define a relatively longer flow path, than channels that are relatively remote from the guide
5243633 Borate glass containing boron carbide burnable poison coating September 7, 1993
A fuel element (10) for a nuclear reactor having a zirconium-tin alloy cladding tube (20), with a thin coating (30) of a burnable poison consisting of an enriched boron particles sealed in a boron-containing glass or glass compound deposited from a liquid sol-gel.
5227129 Method for applying corrosion resistant metallic coating of zirconium nitride July 13, 1993
A corrosion resistant metallic coating (60) of zirconium nitride is applied to the cladding tube (40) of a nuclear fuel rod (20). The zirconium nitride is reactively deposited on a zirconium-alloy cladding tube by a cathodic arc plasma deposition process. The zirconium nitride coating
5188797 Extended weld tab for fuel assembly grid February 23, 1993
Grid strips for a nuclear fuel assembly grid have elongated weld tabs. The weld tabs are bent against the strips along the intersection with an adjacent orthogonal strip. The tabs are dimensioned and positioned to initially extend substantially the entire length of the intersection of
5174948 Transitory fuel rod guidance system December 29, 1992
A removable and reusable cap for fuel rod ends to prevent grid damage during loading permits fuel end configurations to match utility's special tooling for fuel assembly repair and reconstitution. The elastomeric transitory fuel rod guidance ends expand over a flange and temporarily
5171520 Wear resistant coating for fuel cladding December 15, 1992
A wear resistant coating (50) for fuel rod cladding (20) comprises a ceramic material (52) which is premixed with a glass (54). The cladding tube is heated and the ceramic/glass mixture is flame sprayed onto the cladding tube. The coating is applied to lower portions of the fuel rods
5141701 Bottom nozzle to lower grid attachment August 25, 1992
Bottom end fuel assembly reconstitution is permitted by elimination of weld of Inconel lower grid perimeter strip to stainless steel lower end fitting. Slots in 2 or 3 sides of L.E. Fitting capture ribbed sections of grid perimeter strip, locking screws hold L.E. Fitting in position on
5139736 Fuel assembly support grid August 18, 1992
A strip (16) for an eggcrate-type nuclear fuel assembly grid (10), in which the fuel rod support springs (30,36) are formed by beams (75,77) and a connecting arch (78). More particularly, the strip has a substantially flat body (56), upper and lower edges (84,86) defining the strip verti
5132077 Lower end fitting July 21, 1992
An improved lower end fitting (L.E.F.) having a bell mouth type of flow jet diffuser decrease pressure drop 10-15%, more evenly distributes flow and adds strength. It includes neutron thimble flux impingement shield of instrument and/or cable. Diffusers are stainless steel of circular
5071617 Reduced flow resistance cast lower end fitting December 10, 1991
Pressurized water reactor fuel bundles (10) have a cast lower end fitting (20) which provides reduced pressure drop because nozzles (24) are of polygonal (rectangular or square) cross-section and the flow entrance wall portion (32) is a parabolic shape which merges into a wall portion (3
5053191 Fuel assembly holddown spring October 1, 1991
A cantilevered hold-down spring (68) for a nuclear fuel assembly (10), comprising an elongated metal bar including a substantially straight long leg portion (66) having one end adapted to be mounted (38) to a fuel assembly, an arcuate transition portion (70) at the other end of the long
4996021 Bottom nozzle to guide tube connection February 26, 1991
A pressurized water reactor fuel assembly (10) has a fastener or bolt (40) of stainless steel with a longitudinal groove (48) attaching zircaloy guide tubes (16) to stainless steel lower end fitting (14). The guide tubes have internally threaded zircaloy plugs (52) for mating with the
4990303 Element with burnable poison coating February 5, 1991
A fuel element for a nuclear reactor having a zirconium-tin alloy cladding tube, with a thin coating of particles of enriched boron-containing compound burnable poison particles, deposited from a liquid sol-gel which includes a glass binder material.
4919883 Lower end fitting debris collector and end cap spacer grid April 24, 1990
A fuel assembly (10) has a lower end fitting debris collector and end cap spacer grid (20) assembled in the form of a welded assembly of an "eggcrate" grid (21) and cast base (40) with hollow legs (42). Fastener seats (46) in hollow legs (42 ) permit guide tubes (14) with internally
4888149 Wear-reduction-shield for thimbles December 19, 1989
A wear-reduction-shield (40) for use between the core plate (24) and lower end fitting (26) of a pressurized water reactor (10) to reduce excessive wear of in-core-instrumentation thimbles (30) due to flow induced vibrations and resist fuel assembly tipping has a cylindrical body portion
4880597 Alloy coated fuel cladding November 14, 1989
A fuel element for a nuclear reactor having a zirconium tin alloy cladding tube, with a thin coating of enriched boron-containing alloy burnable poison, such as nickel-thallium-boron deposited from a reducing agent by an electroless plating process.
4879090 Split vaned nuclear fuel assembly grid November 7, 1989
Integral vanes 4 with optimized size, shape and bend angles maximize coolant mixing and fuel rod 12 heat transfer downstream. Recessed weld nuggets 5 with no vane cutout are optimized for size, strength and corrosion resistance. Staggered arches 20',22' and springs 20,22 minimize tur
4832905 Lower end fitting debris collector May 23, 1989
A fuel assembly (10) has a lower end fitting debris collector (40) assembled in the form of a welded assembly of an "eggcrate" grid (21) and cast base (40) with hollow legs (42). Fastener seats (46) in hollow legs (42) permit guide tubes (14) with internally threaded ends to be joined to
4775510 Nuclear fuel assembly hollow flow deflector October 4, 1988
A hollow flow deflector (10) for use in a nuclear reactor fuel assembly having spaced grids of orthogonal strips (16, 18) mounted for defining square matrices of aligned and supported cylindrical fuel elements (12, 14). The deflector has a central cylindrical opening (20), an upstream en










 
 
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