Mitsubishi APWR

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This article is about the Mitsubishi Heavy Industry's design. For the Westinghouse AP series, see AP1000.

The Mitsubishi advanced pressurized water reactor (APWR) is a generation III nuclear reactor developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries based on pressurized water reactor technology. It features several design enhancements including a neutron reflector, improved efficiency and improved safety systems. It has safety features advanced over the last generation, including a combination of passive and active systems.

The standard APWR is going through the licensing process in Japan and two (of 1538 MWe) are being constructed at the Tsuruga plant. The next APWR+ will be of a 1700 MWe power and have full Mox core abilities.

The US-APWR was developed by MHI to modify their APWR design to comply with US regulations. TXU selected the US-APWR for use at multiple sites, including the Comanche Peak Nuclear Generating Station.[1] However in 2013, Mitsubishi slowed down U.S. certification work, and the application to build two units at Comanche was suspended.[2]

The reactors are intended for use in nuclear power plants to produce nuclear power from nuclear fuel.

Plant parameters[edit]

Electric Power 1,700 MWe[3]
Core Thermal Power 4,451 MWt
Reactor Fuel Assemblies 257
Reactor Fuel Advanced 17x17, 14 ft.
Active Core Length 4.2 meters
Coolant System Loops 4
Coolant Flow 7.64 m3/s/loop
Coolant Pressure 15.5 MPa
Steam Generator Type 90TT-1
Number of Steam Generators 4
Reactor Coolant Pump Type 100A
Number of Reactor Coolant Pumps 4
Reactor Coolant Pump Motor Output 6 MWe

The US-APWR has several design features to improve plant economics. The core is surrounded by a steel neutron reflector which increases reactivity and saves ~0.1wt% U-235 enrichment. In addition, the US-APWR uses more advanced steam generators (compared to the APWR) which creates drier steam allowing for the use of higher efficiency (and more delicate) turbines. This leads to a ~10% efficiency increase compared to the APWR.

Several safety improvements are also notable. The safety systems have enhanced redundancy, utilizing 4 trains each capable of supplying 50% of the needed makeup water instead of 2 trains capable of 100%. Also, more reliance is placed on the accumulators which have been redesigned and increased in size. The improvements in this passive system have led to the elimination of the Safety Injection system, an active system.

Units[edit]

Planned[edit]

In 2013, plans to build units in the U.S. were suspended:[2]

On May 10, 2011 Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that Japan was canceling plans for new nuclear construction. Which includes the 2 proposed new APWR reactors at Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. [4][dated info]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Grady, Eileen (2008-09-19). "Luminant seeks new reactor, 3rd Texas filing". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Mitsubishi delays certification of APWR". World Nuclear News. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "The US Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor". Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Japan to Cancel Plan to Build More Nuclear Plants". New York Times. May 10, 2011.