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A Conceptual Design of a Thorium-Uranium (233) Power Breeder Reactor

Description: From abstract: A conceptual design study has been performed for a sodium cooled, graphite moderated, thermal power-breeder reactor utilizing the Thorium-Uranium 233 breeding cycle. Several aspects of the design of the system are considered but no attempt has been made to supply all the details. It appears that the design presented is feasible and will allow the production of economic power as well as full utilization of thorium resources.
Date: February 1, 1954
Creator: Henrie, J. O. & Weisner, E. F.
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Economic Evaluation of a 300 Mwe Fast Supercritical Pressure Power Reactor

Description: Report regarding Hanford Laboratories' 300 Mwe fast supercritical pressure power reactor. This includes descriptions of the plant and reactor, their operations, safety systems, and plant economics. Appendices begin on page 107.
Date: December 9, 1963
Creator: Aase, D. T.; Fox, J. C.; Hennig, R. J.; Peterson, R. E.; Stewart, S. L. & Toyoda, K. G.
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U-233 Power-Breeder Reactor: Reactor Design and Feasibility Problem

Description: Report containing information regarding several designs of breeder reactors that utilizes the circulation of solid particles consisting of a fuel-moderator mixture, from the core to a separate heat exchanger vessel from which the solids flow freely to and through the core by gravity" (p. 13). Appendix begins on page 117.
Date: January 1954
Creator: Halik, R. R.; Beckberger, L. H.; Haibeck, J. M.; Mealia, J. E.; Northrop, W. A.; Rees, D. R. et al.
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Investigation of Reactivity Anomalies in EBR-II

Description: A data-collection and advisory team was formed to investigate observations of power reactivity decrement (PRD) and reactivity loss rate (RLR) obtained during EBR-II reactor run 74, because both the PRD and RLR were judged to be high during that run. This report describes the efforts to develop a realistic model explaining the reactivity observations for run 74 and presents recommendations for additional diagnostic information in the event of a recurrence of off-normal behavior of reactivity.
Date: June 1976
Creator: Walters, L. C.; Cutforth, D. C.; Forehand, H. M.; Hudman, G. D.; Larson, H. A.; MacFarlane, H. F. et al.
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An Evaluation of Mercury Cooled Breeder Reactors

Description: Abstract: The technical feasibility and economic potential of fast breeder power reactor systems cooled with boiling mercury have been investigated by American-Standard under the United States Atomic Energy Commission's New Reactor Concepts Evaluation Program.
Date: October 13, 1959
Creator: Advanced Technology Laboratories
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Development of Fabrication Procedures for Core B Fuel Elements for the Enrico Fermi Fast Breeder Reactor

Description: Report describing the "development procedures for fabricating the proposed Core B fuel element of the Enrico Fermi Fast Breeder Reactor" (p. 1). This includes a description of various components, reactor assembly, and reported conclusions. Appendices begin on page 57.
Date: 1964
Creator: Donnelly, R. G.; Thurber, W. C. & Slaughter, G. M.
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Studies of Axial-Leakage Simulations for Homogeneous and Heterogeneous EBR-II Core Configurations

Description: When calculations of flux are done in less than three dimensions, leakage-absorption cross sections are normally used to model leakages (flows) in the dimensions for which the flux is not calculated. Since the neutron flux is axially dependent, the leakages, and hence the leakage-absorption cross sections, are also axially dependent. Therefore, to obtain axial flux profiles (or reaction rates) for individual subassemblies, an XY-geometry calculation delineating each subassembly has to be done at several axial heights with space- and energy-dependent leakage-absorption cross sections that are appropriate for each height. This report discusses homogeneous and heterogeneous XY-geometry calculations at various axial locations and using several differing assumptions for the calculation of the leakage-absorption cross section. The positive (outward) leakage-absorption cross sections are modeled as actual leakage absorptions, but the negative (inward) leakage-absorption cross sections are modeled as either negative leakage absorptions (+-B² method) or positive downscatter cross sections (the ..sigma../sub s/(1 ..-->.. g) method).
Date: August 1985
Creator: Grimm, K. N. & Meneghetti, D.
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Monte Carlo-Based Validation of the ENDF/MC²-II/SDX Cell Homogenization Path

Description: The results are presented of a program of validation of the unit cell homogenization prescriptions and codes used for the analysis of Zero Power Reactor (ZPR) fast breeder reactor critical experiments. The ZPR drawer loading patterns comprise both plate type and pin-calandria type unit cells. A prescription is used to convert the three dimensional physical geometry of the drawer loadings into one dimensional calculational models. The ETOE-II/MC²-II/SDX code sequence is used to transform ENDF/B basic nuclear data into unit cell average broad group cross sections based on the 1D models. Cell average, broad group anisotropic diffusion coefficients are generated using the methods of Benoist or of Gelbard. The resulting broad (approx. 10 to 30) group parameters are used in multigroup diffusion and S(su n) transport calculations of full core XY or RZ models which employ smeared atom densities to represent the contents of the unit cells.
Date: April 1979
Creator: Wade, D. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Status and Development Potential of Plate-Type Fuels for Research and Test Reactors

Description: A program of transient in-reactor experiments is being conducted by Argonne National Laboratory in the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) facility to guide and support analyses of hypothetical core-disruptive accidents (HCDA) in liquid-metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBR). Test results provide data needed to establish the response of LMFBR cores to hypothetical accidents producing fuel failure, coolant boiling, and the movement of coolant, molten fuel, and molten cladding. These data include margins to fuel failure, the modes of failure and movements, and evidence for identification of the mechanisms which determine the failure and movements. A key element in the program is the fast-neutron hodoscope, which detects fuel movement as a function of time during experiments.
Date: March 1979
Creator: Stahl, D.
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