Effect of Shim Arm Depletion in the NBSR

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The cadmium shim arms in the NBSR undergo burnup during reactor operation and hence, require periodic replacement. Presently, the shim arms are replaced after every 25 cycles to guarantee they can maintain sufficient shutdown margin. Two prior reports document the expected change in the 113Cd distribution because of the shim arm depletion. One set of calculations was for the present high-enriched uranium fuel and the other for the low-enriched uranium fuel when it was in the COMP7 configuration (7 inch fuel length vs. the present 11 inch length). The depleted 113Cd distributions calculated for these cores were applied to the ... continued below

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H., Hanson A.; N., Brown & Diamond, D.J. February 22, 2013.

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The cadmium shim arms in the NBSR undergo burnup during reactor operation and hence, require periodic replacement. Presently, the shim arms are replaced after every 25 cycles to guarantee they can maintain sufficient shutdown margin. Two prior reports document the expected change in the 113Cd distribution because of the shim arm depletion. One set of calculations was for the present high-enriched uranium fuel and the other for the low-enriched uranium fuel when it was in the COMP7 configuration (7 inch fuel length vs. the present 11 inch length). The depleted 113Cd distributions calculated for these cores were applied to the current design for an equilibrium low-enriched uranium core. This report details the predicted effects, if any, of shim arm depletion on the shim arm worth, the shutdown margin, power distributions and kinetics parameters.

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  • Report No.: BNL--99764-2013-IR
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-98CH10886
  • DOI: 10.2172/1079873 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1079873
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc838294

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H., Hanson A.; N., Brown & Diamond, D.J. Effect of Shim Arm Depletion in the NBSR, report, February 22, 2013; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc838294/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.