Harper: Contract for Nuclear Material Processing Equipment with KEPCO Nuclear Fuel
Harper’s relationship started with KNF over 19 years ago with contracts to supply 5 new sintering furnace systems. Over the past two years, Harper’s Applications, Engineering and Technology Groups have carefully developed an advanced heating system for KNF’s current project of producing nuclear fuel for their pressurized heavy water reactors. With this 6th furnace for KNF and all furnace iterations, Harper continuously aims to advance equipment performance. In addition to the advanced heating element that allows for higher temperature operation, an enhanced furnace shell cooling design has been developed, and both yield longer uniform operational life cycles. Additionally, advances have been made in exit water cooling design, insulation designs, which reduce ambient heat release, and energy usage. Harper is compliant with nuclear specific control systems for mandated upgrades for increased security and reliability. In addition to nuclear material processing, Harper is a market leader in advanced pusher systems for a wide range of materials, including metal oxides, powders, technical ceramics and energy device materials. KNF is a group company of KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Corporation) founded in 1982. KNF provides nuclear fuel, equipment and related services to all nuclear power plants in Korea and customers in the global nuclear energy industry.