NuScale Power Inc.

Corvallis, OR, United States

NuScale Power Inc.

Corvallis, OR, United States
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NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2016-01-22

An in-core instrumentation system for a reactor module includes a plurality of in-core instruments connected to a containment vessel and a reactor pressure vessel at least partially located within the containment vessel. A reactor core is housed within a lower head that is removably attached to the reactor pressure vessel, and lower ends of the in-core instruments are located within the reactor core. The in-core instruments are configured such that the lower ends are concurrently removed from the reactor core as a result of removing the lower head from the reactor pressure vessel.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2017-06-28

A system (500) for storing nuclear fuel assemblies includes a plurality of cells housed within a support structure. A first cell (510) may house a first fuel assembly (550) and a second cell (520) may house a second fuel assembly. A plurality of compartments (560, 580) separate the plurality of cells and provide passageways for coolant entering a bottom end of the support structure to remove heat from the nuclear fuel assemblies. A first perforation (512) transfers coolant between the first cell and one or more of the compartments, and a second perforation (522) transfers coolant between the second cell and the one or more compartments. At least a portion of the coolant entering the bottom end of the support structure is transferred between the plurality of cells and the plurality of compartments. Two or more fuel storage racks may be stacked together in alternating fuel patterns to facilitate cooling the fuel assemblies with liquid or air.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2017-05-17

A system for measuring flow rate within a volume includes one or more transmission devices that transmit one or more signals through fluid contained within the volume. The volume may be bounded, at least in part, by an outer structure and by an object at least partially contained within the outer structure. A transmission device located at a first location of the outer structure transmits a first signal to a second location of the outer structure. A second signal is transmitted through the fluid from the second location to a third location of the outer structure. The flow rate of the fluid within the volume may be determined based, at least in part, on the time of flight of both the first signal and the second signal.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2017-03-29

A system for monitoring a reactor module housed in a reactor bay may include a mounting structure and one or more extendable attachment mechanisms connected to the mounting structure. Additionally, one or more monitoring devices may be operably coupled to the one or more extendable attachment mechanism, and the one or more extendable attachment mechanisms may be configured to selectively position the one or more monitoring devices at varying distances from a wall of the reactor bay to place the one or monitoring devices in proximity to the reactor module.


Embodiments are directed to configuring, providing, and managing notifications to one or more operators or personnel of a power plant. The power plant may be a modular power plant that includes one or more power-generation module (PGM) assemblies. In some embodiments, the PGM assemblies may include a nuclear reactor that has a reactor core that generates at least one of heat, pressure, or radioactivity. The PGM assembly may be included in a PGM assembly array included in a modular power plant, such as a modular nuclear power plant. The notifications are in regards to the real-time, or near real-time, status or condition of the operation of the power plant. The notifications aid the operators and/or plant personnel in understanding the current status of the plant operation and promote plant safety, while minimizing information duplication, noise, confusion, and information overload for the operators. The notifications may be prioritized.


Embodiments are directed to providing a user interface (UI) that streamlines and simplifies the process of monitoring critical power-generation module (PGM) parameters after a PGM assembly is shutdown. The UI displays, in real-time, indicators corresponding to one or more post-shutdown PGM parameters. The UI provides indications of whether the post-shutdown PGM parameters meet post-shutdown criteria of the PGM assembly. When a post-shutdown PGM parameter does not meet the post-shutdown criteria, a user alert is provided to the user. A protocol may additionally be provided to the user. In some embodiments, the protocol may enable the user to return the PGM assembly to a condition that satisfies the post-shutdown criteria. The protocol may be a safety protocol and/or an asset protection protocol.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2016-12-05

A multi-modular power plant includes a plurality of on-site nuclear power modules that generate a power plant output, and a number of power plant systems which operate using electricity associated with a house load of the power plant. A switchyard associated with the power plant may electrically connect the power plant to a distributed electrical grid. The distributed electrical grid may be configured to service a plurality of geographically distributed consumers. Additionally, the switchyard may electrically connect the power plant to a dedicated electrical grid. The dedicated electrical grid may provide electricity generated from the power plant output to a dedicated service load, and the power plant output may be equal to or greater than a combined load of the dedicated service load and the house load. At least a portion of the power plant output may be distributed to both the power plant systems and the dedicated electrical grid.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2016-12-02

A multi-modular power plant may include a plurality of on-site nuclear power modules configured to generate a power plant output, wherein one or more of the nuclear power modules may be designated as service module units which are configured to generate a first portion of the power plant output. A remainder of the nuclear power modules may be configured to generate a second portion of the power plant output. A number of power plant systems may be configured to operate using electricity associated with a house load of the power plant, wherein the first portion of the power plant output is equal to or greater than the house load. Additionally, a switchyard may be configured to electrically connect the power plant to a distributed electrical grid. The distributed electrical grid may be configured to service a plurality of geographically distributed consumers, and the switchyard may be configured to apply the second portion of the power plant output to the distributed electrical grid. The switchyard may further be configured to apply at least part of the first portion of the power plant output to the power plant systems during a loss of power from the distributed electrical grid.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2016-06-28

A steam generator includes a lower integrated tubesheet and plenum (ITP) configured to receive feedwater and a first set of heat transfer tubes fluidly coupled to a plurality of stubs protruding from a first side of the lower ITP. A second set of heat transfer tubes fluidly couples to plurality of stubs protruding from a second side of the lower ITP. The first set of heat transfer tubes is coiled in a substantially clock-wise direction, and the second set of heat transfer tubes is coiled in a substantially counter-clockwise direction. The steam generator further includes an upper ITP fluidly coupled to the first and second set of heat transfer tubes, wherein the feedwater entering the lower ITP is converted to steam in the first and second sets of heat transfer tubes. The upper ITP is configured to transport the steam away from the steam generator.


Patent
NuScale Power Inc. | Date: 2016-02-26

Various embodiments are directed towards a nuclear latch assembly. The assembly includes a latch housing and a latch mechanism. The latch mechanism includes a projection member. The latch mechanism provides a biasing force on the projection member. Unless an opposing force on the projection member counterbalances the biasing force, the projection member at least partially projects from a surface of the latch housing. The assembly may include a biasing member that provides the biasing force on the projection member. The assembly may include a bolt. The bolt includes a longitudinal axis. A bore included in the housing is sized to receive the bolt. When the bore receives the bolt, the housing is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the bolt. The latch mechanism includes a side bore that receives the projection member, the biasing member, and a disk intermediate the projection member and the biasing member.

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