reactor vessel


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reactor vessel

[rē′ak·tər ‚ves·əl]
(nucleonics)
A large tanklike structure built to prevent radioactive materials from escaping from the reactor and associated equipment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Regarding the corium stabilization outside reactor vessel, there are two preferred methods used for the operating Light Water Reactors: pouring water on top of the melt pool which is discharged from the failed vessel into the normally dry cavity and discharging melt into the wet cavity which is flooded with water before the arrival of the melt.
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A steel or cast iron and glass lined reactor vessel weighing several tonnes could cost the best part of pounds 1m to replace if encrusted drug deposits or stains left from the mixing and chemical reaction of components cannot be removed.
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