Criticality design evaluation of the White Sands reactor building storage vault

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This report describes the conceptual design and criticality evaluation of a storage vault for components of the fast pulse reactor at White Sands Missile Range. Criticality calculations were performed with the KENO-IV Monte Carlo code for various storage configurations in order to investigate the coupling between the portable reactor and storage arrays of spare reactor rings or other fissile components of similar mass. Abnormal conditions corresponding to pseudo--random arrays of the fuel components, as well as a number of flooded configurations, were also evaluated to assess criticality potential for highly unlikely situations. In a normal, dry configuration, the neutron self-multiplication ... continued below

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Philbin, J.S. & Nelson, W.E. March 1, 1979.

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This report describes the conceptual design and criticality evaluation of a storage vault for components of the fast pulse reactor at White Sands Missile Range. Criticality calculations were performed with the KENO-IV Monte Carlo code for various storage configurations in order to investigate the coupling between the portable reactor and storage arrays of spare reactor rings or other fissile components of similar mass. Abnormal conditions corresponding to pseudo--random arrays of the fuel components, as well as a number of flooded configurations, were also evaluated to assess criticality potential for highly unlikely situations. In a normal, dry configuration, the neutron self-multiplication factor, k/sub eff/, of the fully loaded 3 x 8 planar array plus the reactor is less than 0.87. A completely flooded vault was found to produce self-multiplication factors in excess of 1.2.

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Dep. NTIS, PC A03/MF A01.

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  • Report No.: SAND-78-1338
  • Grant Number: EY-76-C-04-0789
  • DOI: 10.2172/6179431 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6179431
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1114376

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Philbin, J.S. & Nelson, W.E. Criticality design evaluation of the White Sands reactor building storage vault, report, March 1, 1979; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1114376/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.