launch nuclearfuel stick sensor in 2019

According to the International Nuclear News website on June 20th, Westinghouse's technical project director Heibel said that nuclear power plant operators may soon be able to monitor the reactor core by screaming the sensors in the nuclear fuel rod assembly to directly indicate the type and location of the problem.

Westinghouse has patented the equipment developed by Pennsylvania State University and the Idaho National Laboratory. The research team is making prototypes and they plan to test them in the Breazeale research reactor in early January 2015. Westinghouse expects to bring the device to market in 2019.

He also said that the device is based on thermoacoustic engineering principles to convert thermal energy into sound without the need for a power supply, making it safe and cost effective. The core power distribution and temperature distribution are monitored in the reactor using thermoacoustic neutron sensors and their arrays. Eliminates the need for existing monitoring instruments for piping, wiring, and penetrating containment, reducing the cost of maintaining these equipment. Nuclear power plant operators will be able to monitor the core more accurately, allowing it to emit more electricity with as much uranium.


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