The Lead-Based VENUS-F Facility: Status of the FREYA Project
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Published online: 3 February 2016
The GUINEVERE project in the 6th European Framework Program (FP6)  aimed to check the methods for sub-criticality monitoring. To execute the project, the water-moderated thermal VENUS facility was modified into the lead fast VENUS-F facility in the period 2007–2010. To prove the reliability of the reactivity monitoring methods, first of all a critical reference configuration was assembled and characterized by measurements of criticality, power distribution, and spectral indexes. These experiments were communicated for benchmarking at ISRD-14 . The Monte Carlo MCNP 5-1.60 code with the JEFF 3.1.2 data library is used to perform simulations of the VENUS-F core, in particular to obtain Calculated-to-Experimental ratios (C/E) for fission rates and spectral indices. A sensitivity study is performed focusing on the impact of global and local parameters on C/E. In most cases C/E is close to unity within the uncertainties. Only a few exceptions were found, e.g. for the F28/F25 spectral index . In order to investigate the discrepancies, a new measurement campaign with the same critical configuration was included in the currently ongoing FREYA project in FP7 . The facility status, experimental plans, and the sensitivity study are presented in this paper.
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