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Neutron Flux and Spectra Measurements in the Sandia Pulsed Reactor Facility (SPRF)

Description: Introduction: Neutron measurements were made in the pulsed reactor building and on the safety screen of the pulsed reactor in order to determine the neutron yield of the reactor as a function of (1) distance from the reactor centerline, (2) direction in the reactor building, and (3) position on the reactor safety screen.
Date: January 1962
Creator: Buckalew, William H.
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SRE Instrumentation and Control

Description: Introduction: This memo gives a general description of the components and equipment affecting the control of the SRE, and the equipment associated with all reactor services.
Date: May 21, 1956
Creator: Hall, R. J.
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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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Implementation of the RRC-KI Neutron Flux Correction Methodology in the RELAP5-3D Code

Description: The International Atomic Energy Agency has sponsored a program, “Accident Analysis and its Associated Training Programme for RBMK-1000 Kursk-1 NPP (Phase II)”. Under the auspices of this program, Reactor Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute” (RRC-KI) has implemented a Neutron Flux Correction Methodology in Version 1.2.2 of the RELAP5-3D code. The implementation was done on the RINSC workstation in Moscow, and is documented in Reference 1. Because access to the RELAP5-3D source coding by RRC-KI was limited to only the subroutines needed for the interface to the flux correction subroutine, the implementation was done using local variable arrays. The input detector data were accessed by the subroutine via local data files, residing on the computer disc storage. INEEL was then tasked with providing a permanent installation in the current release of the code. Therefore, the subject of this report is implementation of the Neutron Flux Correction Methodology in RELAP5-3D Version 2.0.3 as a permanent feature.
Date: August 1, 2003
Creator: Fisher, J. E.
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Description: A method and apparatus were devised to irradiate multiple samples of large physical size simultaneously in a nonuniform neutron flux. A capsule containing the samples and flux monitors is rotated about an axis at constant speed with samples fixed in a symmetrical geometry so that each position receives the same integrated neutron flux. (auth)
Date: January 1, 1964
Creator: Hutchin, W H
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Argonaut Automatic Flux Controller Design Report

Description: Report issued by the Argonne National Laboratory over design studies conducted on Argonaut reactors for training and research purposes. As stated in the abstract, "the design presented in the form of a steady-state analysis based upon the small-signal linearization of the reactor kinetics transfer function. The measured controller performance and construction details of the equipment is given" (p. 7). This report includes tables, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: January 1960
Creator: Gerba, A., Jr.
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Numerical Solution of the One-Group Space-Independent Reactor Kinetics Equations for Neutron Density Given the Excess Reactivity

Description: The advantages and shortcomings of the codes currently in use at Argonne (RE-13 and RE-129) are discussed. A new method of solution, which has increased accuracy, stability for exceptionally large integration intervals, and a procedure for automatically changing the integration interval as the nature of the problem changes, is developed. (auth)
Date: February 1, 1960
Creator: Kaganove, J. J.
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Description: A program is described for computing a quantity, Q, proportional to the neutron scalar flux, in an infinite heterogeneous slab system. The system is generated by a two-region unit cell. Q is the average track length per unit length, in a given interval, arising from the neutron traffic established by a spatially distributed monenergetic source. The program is coded for the IBM 704 computer. (auth)
Date: February 1, 1958
Creator: Beeler, J.R. & Popp, J.D.
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Designing a Gas Test Loop for the Advanced Test Reactor

Description: The Generation IV Reactor Program and the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative are investigating some new reactor concepts which require extensive materials and fuels testing in a fast neutron spectrum. The capability to test materials and fuels in a fast neutron flux in the United States is very limited to non-existent. It has been proposed to install a gas test loop (GTL) in one of the lobes of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory and harden the spectrum to provide some fast neutron flux testing capabilities in the United States. This paper describes the neutronics investigation into the design of the GTL for the ATR.
Date: November 1, 2005
Creator: Parry, James R.
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Final LDRD report : advanced plastic scintillators for neutron detection.

Description: This report summarizes the results of a one-year, feasibility-scale LDRD project that was conducted with the goal of developing new plastic scintillators capable of pulse shape discrimination (PSD) for neutron detection. Copolymers composed of matrix materials such as poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and blocks containing trans-stilbene (tSB) as the scintillator component were prepared and tested for gamma/neutron response. Block copolymer synthesis utilizing tSBMA proved unsuccessful so random copolymers containing up to 30% tSB were prepared. These copolymers were found to function as scintillators upon exposure to gamma radiation; however, they did not exhibit PSD when exposed to a neutron source. This project, while falling short of its ultimate goal, demonstrated the possible utility of single-component, undoped plastics as scintillators for applications that do not require PSD.
Date: September 1, 2010
Creator: Vance, Andrew L.; Mascarenhas, Nicholas; O'Bryan, Greg & Mrowka, Stanley
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Detailed flux calculations for the conceptual design of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor

Description: A detailed MCNP model of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor has been developed. All reactor components inside the reflector tank were included, and all components were highly segmented. Neutron and photon multigroup flux spectra have been calculated for each segment in the model, and thermal-to-fast neutron flux ratios were determined for each component segment. Axial profiles of the spectra are provided for all components of the reactor. Individual segment statistical uncertainties were limited wherever possible, and the group fluxes for all important reflector components have a standard deviation below 10%.
Date: May 1, 1995
Creator: Wemple, C.A.
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APT target-blanket fabrication development

Description: Concepts for producing tritium in an accelerator were translated into hardware for engineering studies of tritium generation, heat transfer, and effects of proton-neutron flux on materials. Small-scale target- blanket assemblies were fabricated and material samples prepared for these performance tests. Blanket assemblies utilize composite aluminum-lead modules, the two primary materials of the blanket. Several approaches are being investigated to produce large-scale assemblies, developing fabrication and assembly methods for their commercial manufacture. Small-scale target-blanket assemblies, designed and fabricated at the Savannah River Site, were place in Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) for irradiation. They were subjected to neutron flux for nine months during 1996-97. Coincident with this test was the development of production methods for large- scale modules. Increasing module size presented challenges that required new methods to be developed for fabrication and assembly. After development, these methods were demonstrated by fabricating and assembling two production-scale modules.
Date: June 13, 1997
Creator: Fisher, D.L.
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Neutron Cross Section Measurements at the Spallation Neutron Source

Description: With the prospect of construction of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at ORNL, and the fantastic high neutron flux, new, up to now impossible, experiments seem to be feasible in the fields of applied nuclear physics and astrophysics. These experiments will supply crucial neutron-induced cross section data for radionuclides, which are badly needed by many applied physics programs. The SNS will be uniquely suited for measuring the cross sections of interest to nuclear criticality safety, accelerator transmutation of nuclear waste (ATW), and heavy element nucleosynthesis for astrophysics. Because the sample sizes required at current facilities are usually too large for practical measurements, scarce information of these cross sections is available. Using the high neutron flux at the SNS will allow these measurements to be made with samples about 40 times smaller than at the next best facility. The large reduction in sample size at the SNS will result in orders of magnitude reduction in background from the radioactive samples and make them much easier to produce; hence, a much wider range of samples will be accessible for measurement at the SNS than at any other facility.
Date: August 24, 2001
Creator: Guber, K. H.
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Description: Operating instructions are presented for DMM, a Remington Rand 1103A program using one-space-dimensional multigroup diffusion theory to calculate the reactivity or critical conditions and flux distribution of a multiregion reactor. Complete descriptions of the routines and problem input and output specifications are also included. (D.L.C.)
Date: December 31, 1960
Creator: Kavanagh, D.L.; Antchagno, M.J. & Egawa, E.K.
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