|About this Abstract
||Materials Science & Technology 2020
||Advanced Characterization of Materials for Nuclear, Radiation, and Extreme Environments
||Development of a Combined Thermal Hydraulic and Materials Corrosion Liquid-Sodium Experimental Facility
||Dustin Mangus, Juwan Johnson, Brett Leitherer, Peter Beck, Seth Walton, Guillaume Mignot, Wade Marcum, Julie Tucker, Samuel Briggs
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) program seeks to design and construct a fast-spectrum research reactor to assist in addressing the capability gap in the testing of advanced core materials, fuels, and instrumentation in prototypical next-generation nuclear reactor environments. Current design concepts utilize the proven experience of pool-type sodium-cooled reactors. In support of this program, Oregon State University has developed the Glovebox for Experimental Liquid Sodium (GELS) facility to support the development of test rigs and instrumentation enabling environmentally assisted cracking experiments with in-situ monitoring capabilities in proposed cartridge loop environments. This facility allows for chemistry-controlled flowing or static liquid sodium test capabilities, facilitating both thermal-hydraulic and materials corrosion experimental needs. This is done using a secondary diagnostics loop with oxygen cold-trapping capabilities and a combination of conduction and moving-magnet pumps. An overview of facility design specifications and preliminary experimental results will be presented.
||Planned: Publication outside of MS&T