Transition Core Properties during Conversion of the NBSR from HEU to LEU Fuel

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The transition of the NBSR from HEU to LEU fuel is challenging due to reactivity constraints and the need to maintain an uninterrupted science program, the mission of the NBSR. The transition cannot occur with a full change of HEU to LEU fuel elements since the excess reactivity would be large enough that the NBSR would violate the technical specification for shutdown margin. Manufacturing LEU fuel elements to represent irradiated fuel elements would be cost prohibitive since 26 one-of-a-kind fuel elements would need to be manufactured. For this report a gradual transition from the present HEU fuel to the proposed ... continued below

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L., Hanson A. & D., Diamond October 31, 2013.

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The transition of the NBSR from HEU to LEU fuel is challenging due to reactivity constraints and the need to maintain an uninterrupted science program, the mission of the NBSR. The transition cannot occur with a full change of HEU to LEU fuel elements since the excess reactivity would be large enough that the NBSR would violate the technical specification for shutdown margin. Manufacturing LEU fuel elements to represent irradiated fuel elements would be cost prohibitive since 26 one-of-a-kind fuel elements would need to be manufactured. For this report a gradual transition from the present HEU fuel to the proposed LEU fuel was studied. The gradual change approach would follow the present fuel management scheme and replace four HEU fuel elements with four LEU fuel elements each cycle. This manuscript reports the results of a series of calculations to predict the neutronic characteristics and how the neutronics will change during the transition from HEU to LEU in the NBSR.

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  • Report No.: BNL--102419-2013-IR
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-98CH10886
  • DOI: 10.2172/1121204 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1121204
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc872617

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L., Hanson A. & D., Diamond. Transition Core Properties during Conversion of the NBSR from HEU to LEU Fuel, report, October 31, 2013; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc872617/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.