Small modular nuclear reactor test facility enters full operating conditions

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (NYSE:BWC) on July 18 said its B&W mPower reactor Integrated System Test (IST) facility has achieved full operating conditions.

The IST is a purpose-built, full-scale facility designed and built to test and evaluate the B&W mPower reactor’s design and performance.  The reactor is heated electrically in order to simulate the energy generated by a real nuclear core.

IST construction started in March of 2010, and it was commissioned in February 2012.

Since its commissioning, the facility has undergone a start-up test and power ascension program that has now culminated in achieving full reactor operating pressure and temperature conditions for both the primary and secondary systems. The IST has already gathered data regarding the B&W mPower integral reactor, with plans to focus on the thermal hydraulic performance of the unique B&W once through steam generator next.

The facility is located at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in Bedford County, Va.

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