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Enriched Boron International Symposium held in Beijing, China

Ceradyne Boron Products, LLC and the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) conducted a technical symposium featuring the benefits of enriched boron materials in pressure water reactors (PWRs).


Costa Mesa, CA – November 17, 2011 – China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) and Ceradyne Boron Products, LLC, conducted a technical symposium on October 31, 2011 in Beijing, China featuring the benefits of enriched boron materials in pressure water reactors (PWRs). The technical benefits and economic value of Enriched Boron were discussed in light of the nuclear safety and environment protection challenges after the Fukushima accident, especially as they relate to the ambitious nuclear program in China.

Delegates from some of China’s most respected nuclear affiliations were in attendance including the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center of MOEP (Ministry of Environmental Protection), China National Nuclear Corporation, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation, and the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation. Attendees represented safety centers, engineering companies, design institutes, research institutes, nuclear power plants (NPP), and manufacturers.

Mr. ZHAO Chengkun, vice president of CNEA and Mr. Joel Moskowitz, president of Ceradyne, Inc. gave the opening remarks. Five experts from Areva, China Nuclear Power Institute, Xiamen University, Ceradyne Boron Products and Ceradyne Canada presented sessions on the Benefits of Enriched Boric Acid, Enriched Boron Neutron Absorbers for Evolving needs of Spent Fuel Storage, EBA Operation in Siemens designed PWRs and AREVA’s EPRTM, EBA Application Considerations in PWR, Application of Enriched Boric Acid in Primary Water Chemistry, Deposition Mechanism of Particle-Like Corrosion Product in Turbulent Duct, and Economic Value of Enriched Boric Acid.

“Open discussions were held on the technical and economic benefits of enriched boron material, i.e. lower total dissolved solids in cooling loops, better pH control, corrosion mitigation, heightened heat transfer, reduced crude formation and lower personnel exposure dose rates,” said Dennis Manning, vice president and general manager of Ceradyne Boron Products. “Additional benefits realized with enriched boric acid are related to fluid systems and safety aspects associated with extended fuel cycles, reduced boron and lithium costs, reduction in the size of equipment for boric acid systems, and the elimination of heat tracing.”

As a global company with a long term strategy in support of technology development in nuclear industries, Ceradyne, Inc. is committed to providing distinct advantages through technological applications for the nuclear program in China. In fact, enriched boric acid is a design feature of the EPRs currently under construction in Finland, France and China. Additionally, eight (8) German and Swiss Siemens PWRs have converted uneventfully to EBA to enable operation using MOX fuel.

Manning concluded that with the renaissance of the nuclear power industry and more stringent safety requirements, EBA will maximize long term PWR operations.

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Mr. Wei DING
Business development Director
China Nuclear
Sandra Rushin
Product Manager
Ceradyne Boron Products


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