Low Core Damage Frequency (CDF)

Accidents that cause damage to the nuclear core of a reactor are serious because they may result in damaged fuel or a core meltdown, which could result in large releases of radioactive materials. Core damage frequency (CDF) is a term used in probabilistic risk assessment to express the likelihood of an accident that would cause damage to a nuclear reactor core. The lower the CDF, the lower the chance that an accident will occur that would result in core damage and potential release of radioactivity.

NuScale has worked hard to achieve a reactor design that reduces core damage frequency:

NuScale’s simple design eliminates numerous systems and components whose failures contribute to core damage in conventional reactors.
NuScale’s design is informed by our study of over sixty years of operating experience in the nuclear industry, lowering the frequency of safety systems and component failures to very small values.
NuScale has produced a reactor design that reduces core damage frequency and total risk to the public.
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Core Damage Frequency (CDF)