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Status Report on the Argonne Advanced Research Reactor

Description: The interim design and development status is reported. The scope of the work was limited to conceptual design studies supported by critical experiments plus heat transfer and hydraulic tests. Design criteria, facility and site, reactor, core geometry and composition, fuel elements, reflector, core and reflector support structure, reactor vessel, control and instruments, primary coolant systems, secondary coolant system, auxiliary systems, experimental facilities, building layout and constructio… more
Date: November 1, 1961
Creator: Lennox, D. H.; Barts, E. W.; Batch, R. V.; Beyer, F. C.; Jorgensen, G. L.; Kelber, C. N. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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GAS-COOLED REACTOR PROGRAM QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT FOR PERIOD ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1961

Description: Progress is reported on investigations in support of the Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor, the Pebble-Bed Reactor Experiment, Advanced reactor design and development, test facilities, components, and materials. Topics covered include EGCR physics, EGCR performance analyses, structural investigations, EGCR component and materials development and testing, EGCR experimental facilities, PBRE physics and design studies, fueled-graphite investigations, clad fuel development, design studies of advanced… more
Date: February 1, 1962
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Startup and Initial Testing of SM-1 Core II With Special Components

Description: The loading operation for SM-1 Core II is described. Results of startup physics measurements (Test A-300 (Series) and fission product iodine monitoring in the primary coolant are given. The SM-1 Core II initial loading progressed satisfactorily, fulfilling the predictions of the zero power experiment performed at the Alco Criticality Facility. The initial cold clean five rod bank position was 6.53 in.; the initial hot, no xenon, five rod bank position was 9.62 in.; the initial hot, equilibrium … more
Date: February 28, 1962
Creator: Moote, F. G. & Schrader, E. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Murgatroyd-an Ibm 7090 Program for the Analysis of the Kinetics of the Msre

Description: The IBM 7090 program Murgatroyd is a revised and extended version of the IBM 704 program PET-I, which solves (by a fifth-order Runge-Kutta procedure) the coupled firstorder differential equations for power, delayed neutron concentration, and temperature in a one-region reactor as a function of time, given an input reactivity variation represented by a series of linear ramps. The basic extensions were those which were necessary to include the effects of the separate heat capacities and temperatu… more
Date: April 1, 1962
Creator: Nestor, C. W. Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Supporting Analysis for Thermal Suitability of Fuel Elements for SM-1A Core I Loading

Description: A recommended SM-1A Core I loading chart was derived from available, metallurgically acceptable elements at the SM-1A and SM-1 sites. The derivation was based on local thermal and hydraulic considerations of minimum elementto- element coolant channel clearances. These clearances were determined from field inspection measurements of outer fuel plate spacing, as modified by analytical calculations of plate ripple growth during exposure to reactor operating thermal stresses. (auth)
Date: January 10, 1962
Creator: Brondel, J. O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Cost Function Studies for Power Reactors

Description: A function to evaluate the cost of electricity produced by a nuclear power reactor was developed. The basic equation, revenue = capital charges + profit + operating expenses, was expanded in terms of various cost parameters to enable analysis of multiregion nuclear reactors with uranium and/or plutonium for fuel. A corresponding IBM 704 computer program, which will compute either the price of electricity or the value of plutonium, is presented in detail. (auth)
Date: November 1, 1961
Creator: Heestand, J. & Wos, L.T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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KINETIC EXPERIMENTS ON WATER BOILERS-"A" CORE REPORT-PART II. ANALYSIS OF RESULTS

Description: The status of the analytic portion of the KEWB program at the time of completion of the spherical core experiments is summarized. Three computer programs were developed for use in this analytic effort. The first reassembles and smooths three decades of reactor power data read separately from oscillogram records of reactor excursions. It then computes the logarithmic derivative of the power, energy release, fuel solution temperature, and temperature compensated reactivity. The second program uti… more
Date: February 1, 1962
Creator: Dunenfeld, M. comp.
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CIVILIAN POWER REACTOR PROGRAM. PART III. CORE-PARAMETER STUDIES FOR SELECTED REACTOR TYPES

Description: A report is presented to provide a tool for evaluating the relative economic incentives for changing reactor core parameters. The cost relations are shown in terms of differential cost in lieu of total cost. A total cost for each reactor described is included so that power costs for a specified set of parameters can be obtained. A description is also included concerning 5 reactor types considered along with a discussion of the effects on power costs of varying the significant core parameters. A… more
Date: January 1, 1959
Creator: Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, D.C. & Jackson and Moreland, Inc., Boston
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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CORE A CRITICAL STUDIES FOR THE ENRICO FERMI ATOMIC POWER PLANT ON ZPR-III

Description: A critical studies program for the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant was run with the ZPR-III fast critical facility. The objectives of this program included determination of the U enrichment required for criticality, the effect of minor variations in core and blanket composition, reactivity coefficients, control and safety rod characteristics, power distribution, spectral indices, and the reactivity worth and wave shape of the oscillator rod. The experimental program was separated into two phase… more
Date: October 1, 1962
Creator: Branyan, C.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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2D PERT. A TWO-DIMENSIONAL PERTURBATION CODE

Description: Given multigroup fluxes and adjoint fluxes of any cylindrical R-Z configuration, 2D PERT may compute: the prompt-neutron lifetime; the relative worth of various delayed neutrons; the integrals of capture, fission, etc., of given materials over any given region; local perturbations, i.e., danger coefflcients; and integrated perturbations, i.e., reactivity effect of uniform variation in the cross sections affecting a whole region. 2D PERT is programmed for a 32K IBM-704 using 3 tape units. The co… more
Date: May 1, 1962
Creator: Chaumont, J. M. & Koerner, J. A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Evaluation of Wire Scanner for SM-1

Description: Preliminary design concepts are presented for a wire scanner for experimentally evaluating spatial variations of neutron flux in the SM-l reactor core. Results of a literature search and determination of optimum criteria for flux mapping the core in minimum time dictated requirements for design concepts and specifications. The utility of both manually instrumented and automatically instrumented wire scanners was analyzed with respect to rapidity of measurement, selectivity of detector location,… more
Date: November 22, 1961
Creator: Kemp, S. N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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HANFORD STUDIES FOR EGCR COMBUSTION CHARACTERISTICS. Summary Report

Description: The temperature, geometry, and flow conditions which exist in the EGCR were duplicated in a mock-up designated as the EGCR Burning Rig to establish the combustion conditions in the reactor. The conditions under which the EGCR Burning Rig will ignite were established and an analytical model was developed which predicts these conditions. Because the Burning Rig cannot exactly dupIicate the reactor situation the final prediction of the safety of the EGCR must rest on computer calculations employin… more
Date: October 10, 1961
Creator: de Halas, D.R.; Dahl, R.E. & Jackson, J.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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CONCEPTUAL DESIGN AND ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF A STEAM-COOLED FAST BREEDER REACTOR

Description: A conceptual design and economic evaluation of 300 and 40 MW/.sub e/ steam-cooled fast breeder reactor power plants were performed. A reactor core composed of U-Pu oxide rod-type fuel elements clad with Inconel-X and surrounded by a blanket of depleted UO/sub 2/ fuel was studied in some detail. Reactor breeding ratios of from 1.27 to 1.5 and overall system doubling times of from 20 to 30 years are achievable. For the near term (1967) 300 MW/sub e/ plant, an energy cost of 7.6 mills/kwh is estim… more
Date: November 15, 1961
Creator: Sofer, G.; Hankel, R.; Goldstein, L. & Birman, G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Critical Studies of a Fast Reactor Core Containing Depleted Uranium and Sodium as Diluents. (ZPR-III Assembly 36)

Description: Critical studies were performed with a metallic, fast reactor core designed to snvestigate the effects of replacing highly absorbing U/sup 238/ diluent with high-scattering, lowabsorbing sodium diluent. The fuel was 15.7 wt% enriched U/sup 235/ and the core contained 18.2 vol% sodium and 12.68 vol% stainless steel. The experimental program was designed to measure the effect of the material replacement on spectral indices, which consisted of the standard fission ratios, foil irradiations, and a … more
Date: January 1962
Creator: Gasidlo, J. M.; Long, J. K. & McVean, R. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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REACTIVITY CALIBRATIONS AND FISSION-RATE DISTRIBUTIONS IN AN UNMODERATED, UNREFLECTED URANIUM-MOLYBDENUM ALLOY RESEARCH PROGRAM

Description: Completion of zero-power critical experiments with the ORNL Health Physics Research Reactor is reported. A description is given concerning these experiments which were used to determine the critical size, fission-rate distributions, reactivity calibrations of its movable parts, the temperature coefficient of reactivity, and the reactivity effects of the presence of neutron- reflecting materials adjacent to the reactor. (J.R.D.)
Date: May 10, 1962
Creator: Mihalczo, J.T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Effects of Seismic Vibrations on the Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor

Description: The effects of seismic vibrations on the dynamic behavior of a composite system were analyzed. The equations of motion were derived and soIved with special emphasis on determining the resulting stresses. The method of analysis thus developed was applied to the composite structure consisting of the core, pressure vessel, and supporting skirt of the Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor (EGCR). A system with three degrees of freedom was considered in order to determine the effects of an earthquake of t… more
Date: June 22, 1962
Creator: Witt, F.J.; Carver, D.R. & Maxwell, R.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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