Modularity of the MIT Pebble Bed Reactor for Use by the Commercial Power Industry
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The Modular Pebble Bed Reactor is a small high temperature helium cooled reactor that is being considered for both electric power and hydrogen production. Pebble bed reactors are being developed in South Africa, China and the US. To make smaller 120 Mwe reactors economically competitive with larger 1500 Mew traditional light water reactors changes in the way these plants are built are needed. Economies of production need to be efficiently large to compete with economies of scale. MIT Berte has been working on developing a modified design and construction strategy for several years. This thesis builds on that work by demonstrating the technical feasibility of implementing the modularity approaches previously developed.
- Nuclear Fission Reactors (Power)