Design Features and Characteristics for Integral Pressurized Water Reactors

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Randy Belles, Division Staff
Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division Seminar
Building 4500-N, Weinberg Auditorium
Email: Julie Stringfield

Construction costs and required grid capacity associated with current large nuclear power plants are facilitating a fresh look at small modular reactors (SMRs) within the nuclear industry. Near-term SMRs include a variety of integral pressurized water reactor (iPWR) designs. An iPWR operates on similar principles as larger light water reactors and the principle iPWR reactor coolant system components are typically identical in function to similar components in the larger light water reactors. However, the size and, more significantly, the location of many of these components have been modified. The smaller size of an iPWR also affects the potential siting opportunities for these power plants. Design features of domestic iPWRs will be discussed, as well as some history and siting potential.


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