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This study provides a compilation of the procedures and techniques employed in the EC with respect to in-service inspection of and operational experience with heat exchanger tube bundles for liquid metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs). This is based on: (i) continuous monitoring of process conditions; (ii) continuous monitoring of primary and secondary sodium levels, to detect possible leaks; (iii) procedures to remove a bundle from the system in the case of a leak or other serious problem; (iv) good access to the primary-secondary sodium barrier after removing the secondary sodium. These factors, together with good design, manufacturing practices and operating procedures provide adequate safety combined with availability.

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Authors: DE BLIECK T, BV Neratoom (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15128 EN (1995) 71 pp., FS, ECU 10
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ISBN: ISBN 92-827-0068-2
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