The choice of materials for the construction of a nuclear reactor, while important in terms of plant capital cost, is crucial for the safe and economic operation of the plant throughout its design lifetime and beyond when considering a plant lifetime extension.
The safe operation of every nuclear power plant depends on a service water piping system. This complex system provides a dependable water supply for cooling plant equipment, and can consist of thousands of feet of large to small diameter pipes. The piping material has to resist corrosion from the cooling water, ranging from clean fresh water to polluted seawater, over the lifetime of the plant. Discover why duplex 2205 stainless steel is ideal for the job.
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Source: Nuclear Engineering