Loop 1 offers many functional applications, as it simulates steam cycle conditions for nuclear and fossil fuel plants. Experimental probes can be inserted in-line in the heated section, while coupons can be inserted in the autoclave.
Not only does this loop provide insight into the effectiveness of corrosion inhibitors such as Film-Forming Amines, it also supports research activities including the development and testing of corrosion probes and fundamental investigations into corrosion processes under a variety of temperature, pressure, and flow conditions.
The loop’s tubing and fittings are primarily made of grade 316 stainless steel. At maximum operating conditions, Loop 1 can reach temperatures up to 310°C, pressures up to 10MPa, and flow rates up to 4 L/min.