Qualification testing complete for AP1000 reactor coolant pump

Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE: CW), Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, and the State Nuclear Power and Technology Corp. (SNPTC) of China said they have successfully completed the design, manufacture and qualification of the lead AP1000 reactor coolant pump (RCP). Curtiss-Wright performed qualification of the RCP at its Flow Control business segment's Electro-Mechanical Division (EMD) facility in Cheswick, Pa.

The companies said the conclusion of qualification testing of the AP1000 RCP, including 50 service cycles and more than 500 total operating hours, clears the way for installation of the RCPs at Sanmen Unit 1 in China, the first AP1000 reactor to be built in the world.

Curtiss-Wright will build 16 RCPs for the first two AP1000 plants in China at its expanded EMD facility. Each plant is supported by two AP1000 reactors, while each reactor holds four reactor coolant pumps.

The shipment of the first two RCPs for Sanmen 1 is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2012.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...