Passively-Cooled Spent Nuclear Fuel Pool System

Primary Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
Contributing Inventor(s): Joseph Rajkumar
Date of Publication: August 27, 2015
Status: Published
Jurisdiction: US
Equipment Type: HI-COOL
Docket NumberHOL-069
Publication Number: US 2015/0243385 A1WO 2014/028634 A1
Application Number: 14/620,465
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Abstract: A passively-cooled spent nuclear fuel pool system and method therefor. In one embodiment, the invention can be a passively-cooled spent nuclear fuel pool system comprising: spent nuclear fuel pool comprising a body of liquid water having a surface level at least one spent nuclear fuel rod submerged in the body of liquid water that heats the body of liquid water; a lid covering the spent nuclear fuel pool to create a hermetically sealed vapor space between the surface level of the body of liquid water and the lid; and a passive heat exchange sub-system fluidly coupled to the vapor space, the passive heat exchange sub-system configured to: (1) receive water vapor from the vapor space; (2) remove thermal energy from the received water vapor, thereby condensing the water vapor to form a condensed water vapor; and (3) return the condensed water vapor to the body of liquid water.