ANSTO Sydney Reactor Operating Cycles

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/OPAL/Operatingcycles/index.htm

“Typical operating cycles

OPAL typically operates in cycles of 30-35 days, followed by a short refuelling outage to remove two or three spent fuel assemblies and replace them with new fuel assemblies.

During these types of outages, ANSTO’s Reactor Operations team perform predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance. These refuelling outages currently last around four to six days, although the intention is to reduce this in future.”

Reactor schedule – 2012/2013*

CYCLE NUMBER FROM TO
45 7/10/2012 4/11/2012
46 17/12/2012 20/1/2013
47 26/1/2013 24/2/2013
48 2/3/2013 1/4/2013
49 7/4/2013 12/5/2013
50 18/5/2013 16/6/2013
51 30/6/2013 4/8/2013
52 10/8/2013 8/9/2013
53 14/9/2013 13/10/2013
54 19/10/2013 23/11/2013
55 6/12/2013 5/1/2014
56 11/1/2014 16/2/2014
57 22/2/2014 23/3/2014
58 29/3/2014 27/4/2014
59 3/5/2014 6/6/2014

*This schedule is based on a fixed fuel management strategy and is subject to revision.

Page last updated 31.07.13. Revision no: 19.
– See more at: http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/OPAL/Operatingcycles/index.htm#sthash.IBMfMbPC.dpuf

See also
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0265931X10000275

Evaluation of radioxenon releases in Australia using atmospheric dispersion modelling tools

Rick Tinkera, Corresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author,
Blake Orra,
Marcus Grzechnika,
Emmy Hoffmannb,
Paul Saeyc,
Stephen Solomona

a Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), 619 Lower Plenty Road, Yallambie, Victoria, Melbourne 3085, Australia
b Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Environmental Monitoring, PMB1, Menai, NSW 2234, Australia
c Vienna University of Technology, Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna, Austria

and

http://www.ianfairlie.org/uncategorized/radioactive-spikes-at-nuclear-power-stations/

Radioactive Spikes at Nuclear Power Stations

and

http://www.ansto.gov.au/Resources/Localenvironment/Atmosphericmonitoring/Radiationmonitoring/index.htm


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