Nuclear Reactor Shroud

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Joseph Rajkumar, Indresh Rampall
Date of Submission: September 26, 2017
Status: Granted
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: SMR-160
Docket Number: HOL-080
Application Number: 14/771,018
Patent NumberUS 9,773,576 B2

PCT No: PCT/US2014/019042
PCT Filed: February 27, 2014
PCT Publication No: WO2014/189581
PCT Publication Date
: November 27, 2014

Prior Publication Data: US 2016/0012923 A1 published on January 14, 2016

Related U.S. Application Data: Provisional application No. 61/770,213, filed on February 27, 2013.

Abstract: A nuclear reactor in one embodiment includes a cylindrical, body having an internal cavity, a nuclear fuel core, and a shroud disposed in the cavity. The shroud comprises an inner shell, an outer shell and a plurality of intermediate shells disposed between the inner and outer shells. Pluralities of annular cavities are formed between the inner and outer shells which are filled with primary coolant such as demineralized water. The coolant-filled annular cavities may be sealed at the top and bottom and provide an insulating effect to the shroud. In one embodiment, the shroud may comprise a plurality of vertically-stacked self-supported shroud segments which are coupled together.