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Author Jatuff, F. E. ♦ Villarino, E. A.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword NUCLEAR REACTOR TECHNOLOGY ♦ RESEARCH REACTORS ♦ REACTIVITY WORTHS ♦ BURNUP ♦ CADMIUM ♦ FUEL ELEMENTS ♦ NEUTRON ABSORBERS ♦ HAFNIUM
Abstract Research reactors usually require the periodic replacement of control rods because of the burnup of the neutron absorber material, even if devices have been mainly withdrawn. The purpose of this paper is the study of the reactivity worth of hafnium as a neutron absorber in the multi-purpose-type research reactor (MPTRR). The MPTRR design develops 20 MW, and it is configured by five rows of six low-enriched uranium (200% enrichment) materials test reactor fuels inside a Zircaloy chimney. The standard control plates are given by two rows of three plates of silver-indium-cadmium alloy (85% silver, 10% indium, and 5% cadmium, in weight percents; 0.26 cm of maximum absorber width), separating the central three rows of fuel elements from the peripheral first and fifth rows. The burnup of control plates decreases the reactivity worth below the licensing criteria in {approximately}6 months.
ISSN 0003018X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1995-12-31
Publisher Place United States
Journal Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
Volume Number 73
Technical Publication No. CONF-951006-


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