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Sodium technology and sodium loop operation practical instruction

Sodium

Operation and maintenance

Operation

Risk management

Sodium risks

Nuclear reactor

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Average participant satisfaction score

In summary

The purpose of this training is to enable employees dealing with NaK to acquire the basic knowledge, the characteristics of its technology and the safety issues linked to the use of NaK

Who should take this course ?

Any engineer who is lead to work on the operation of sodium loops or installations.

Learning outcomes

• Announce sodium characteristics
• Define the precautions to be taken when working with sodium as well as the collective and individual means of prevention
• Describe and use specific sodium instrumentation
• Know the step of a sodium purification campaign
• Describe the particularities of sodium loop components and list the main commissioning and operating phases of a sodium loop
• Identify the main operating incidents, their consequences and the associated detection and protection systems
• Use sodium loop intervention procedures
• state the controlling variables of the reactor
• list the safety principles and their application to the reactor
• list the steps of normal operation
• analyze the transients: start-up, ramp-up, control, shutdown

The expertise of teachers.
Practical work: endoscopy, NaK sampling,
tools cleaning.
Visit: Presentation of sodium waste and NaK
treatment process.

• Sodium physical and chemical properties; sodium hazards
• Sodium facilities: functional analysis approach; design rules for main loop and utilities
• Sodium facilities operation: start-up procedure, transients, shut-down
• Sodium Instrumentation: measuring sensors & calibration
• Sodium facilities: technology
• Rules and guidelines for sodium facilities interventions
• In sodium corrosion and corrosion products transfer
• Sodium pollution sources and potential consequences
• Sodium quality control including purification
• Heat transfer correlations and thermal-hydraulics modelling
• Phenix & Superphenix reactors operation feedback
• Sodium cleaning
• Practical exercises on: start-up operations, filling operations, facilities operations, facilities interventions, sodium fire
• Visits of sodium cleaning facilities, sodium test loops and Phénix reactor when the facilities are available
• Operation and safety of SFR, safety during mal-function and accidents
• Basic knowledge on neutron physics and reactivity feedback
• Basic knowledge on thermal-hydraulics
• Normal operation, operation constraints, thermal-mechanics, control, reactor's protection (thermal-hydraulics transients)
• Decay heat removal systems
• Sodium-Water Reaction issues – Detection and protection systems
• In service inspection
• Reactor's start-up transients, power increase
• Normal transients
• Operation during mal-function
• Operation during accidents

No prerequisites required.

Teaching method and tools

On-site visit

Regulation

  • La formation inclut des travaux pratiques mettant en œuvre des sources de rayonnements ionisants et/ou des visites d'installations en zone réglementée ; se conformer aux recommandations mentionnées dans les conditions de vente.

Contact(s)

Program manager :

Julien MOULIN
julien.moulin@cea.fr
+33 4 42252101

training sessions

No training session is scheduled for the moment, if this training interests you, please contact us.

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