Neutronic analysis of three-element core configurations for the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor

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Calculations of several important neutronic parameters have been performed for ten different three-element configurations considered for the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) Reactor. Six of these configurations (labeled ST, SB, MT, MB, LT, and LB) are there result of the permutations of the same three elements. Two configurations (ST- MOD and SB-MOD) have the same element configuration as their base core design (ST and SB) but have slightly different element dimensions, and two configurations (ST-OL1 and ST-OL2) have two overlapping elements to increase the neutron fluxes in the reflector. For each configuration, in addition to the conceptual two-element design, fuel-cycle calculations ... continued below

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Gehin, J.C. August 1, 1995.

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Calculations of several important neutronic parameters have been performed for ten different three-element configurations considered for the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) Reactor. Six of these configurations (labeled ST, SB, MT, MB, LT, and LB) are there result of the permutations of the same three elements. Two configurations (ST- MOD and SB-MOD) have the same element configuration as their base core design (ST and SB) but have slightly different element dimensions, and two configurations (ST-OL1 and ST-OL2) have two overlapping elements to increase the neutron fluxes in the reflector. For each configuration, in addition to the conceptual two-element design, fuel-cycle calculations were performed with calculations required to obtain unperturbed fluxes. The element power densities, peak thermal neutron flux as a function of position throughout the cycle, fast flux, fast-to-thermal flux ratios, irradiation and production region fluxes, and control rod worth curves were determined. The effective multiplication factor for each fuel element criticality. A comparison shows that the ST core configurations have the best overall performance, and the fully overlapping core configuration ST-OL2 has the best performance by a large margin. Therefore, on the basis of the neutronics results, the fully overlapping configuration is recommended for further consideration in using a three-element ANS reactor core. Other considerations such as thermal-hydraulics, safety, and engineering that are not directly related to the core neutronic performance must be weighed before a final design is chosen.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96006020

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  • Other: DE96006020
  • Report No.: ORNL/TM--12967
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • DOI: 10.2172/205866 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 205866
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc666524

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Gehin, J.C. Neutronic analysis of three-element core configurations for the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor, report, August 1, 1995; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc666524/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.