This paper describes the work associated with planning, preparations, and executionof these tests. This non-conventional design tower would serve as the ultimate heat sink for the reactor plant following a postulated design basis accident. A temporary heat source was used, consisting of the three package boilers and associated equipment to supply steam to two temporary heat exchangers. The basin water was circulated through temporary piping to the heat exchangers and back through temporary piping to the heat exchangers and back through the tower frill, cooling the water before entering the basin. This was a unique test, that required special planning preparations, execution, and interface with an operational nuclear plant.

89-04: Ultimate Heat Sink Thermal Performance Test at the River Bend Station

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  • T.P. Anthony, Gulf States Utilities J.R. Salmon, Stone & Webster Engineering, John G. Yost, P.E. Environmental Systems Corp.

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