System Conceptual Design (From Function to Mechanism)

  • Kiyohiko MaedaEmail author
Part of the An Advanced Course in Nuclear Engineering book series (ACNE, volume 8)


This chapter discusses the method of forming the plant concept. It explains the method employed in designing mechanisms to meet the required functions described in Chap.  3 within the constraints listed in Chaps.  4 and  5 and integrates the mechanisms into a system. At this stage, the outlines and major parameters of each plant subsystem, such as the core, the reactor structure, cooling system, and the fuel handling system, are specified as primary mechanisms. From this, the type of plant that characterizes the big picture formed by the integration of each system will be determined.


Fuel Assembly Spend Fuel Secondary Cool Main Vessel Primary Coolant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Japan Atomic Energy AgencyIbarakiJapan

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