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Distributed Raman temperature measurement system for monitoring of nuclear power plant coolant loops
Author(s): Fredrik B. H. Jensen; Eiji Takada; Masaharu Nakazawa; Tsunemi Kakuta; Satoshi Yamamoto
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Paper Abstract

A distributed temperature sensor based on Raman scattering in optical fibers has been tested for use as coolant loop monitor in nuclear power plants. Different types of pure- silica-core, polyimide-coated fibers have been subjected to 60Co-gamma-ray and fission-reactor irradiation at varying temperatures. 60Co-gamma-ray irradiations at dose rates from 4.8 kR/h up to 1 MR/h were done. Simultaneous gamma-ray and high temperature experiments up to 300 degrees Celsius have also been performed. The induced loss of the tested fibers was found to saturate with increasing dose at the anti-Stokes and Stokes wavelengths. This feature was then made use of to develop a model for radiation induced loss which was used to make system lifetime predictions. It has also been demonstrated that the induced loss of the optical fibers is favorably affected by high-temperature use. A 10-fold decrease in the radiation- induced loss levels when the system was operated at 300 degrees Celsius was observed, as compared with room- temperature operation. The experiments have shown that with a pure-silica-core, polyimide-coated fiber the temperature sensing capabilities of the RDTS will not be degraded excessively if used at primary coolant loops with an expected upper radiation level of 200 R/hr.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2895, Fiber Optic Sensors V, (24 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.252126
Show Author Affiliations
Fredrik B. H. Jensen, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Eiji Takada, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Masaharu Nakazawa, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Tsunemi Kakuta, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (Japan)
Satoshi Yamamoto, Hitachi Cable Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2895:
Fiber Optic Sensors V
Kim D. Bennett; Byoung Yoon Kim; Yanbiao Liao, Editor(s)

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