Feasibility study of the AOSTA experimental campaign
1 ENEA,C.R. Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, S. M. Galeria, Rome, Italy
2 CEA Cadarache Centre, St Paul Lez Durance. France
3 Politecnic of Turin, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Turin, Italy
4 University of Rome‘La Sapienza’, Via Eudossiana 18, Rome, Italy
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Published online: 15 March 2016
The reduction of the nuclear waste is one of the most important nuclear issues. The high radiotoxicity of the spent fuel is due to plutonium and some minor actinides (MAs) such as neptunium, americium and curium, above all. One way to reduce their hazard is to destroy by fission MAs in appropriate nuclear reactors. To allow the MAs destruction an important effort have been done on the nuclear data due to the poor knowledge in this field. In the framework of one of the NEA Expert Group on Integral Experiments for Minor Actinide Management an analysis of the feasibility of MAs irradiation campaign in the TAPIRO fast research reactor is carried out. This paper provides preliminary results obtained by calculations modelling the irradiation, in different TAPIRO irradiation channels, of some CEA samples coming from the French experimental campaign OSMOSE, loaded with different contents of MAs, in order to access, through particular peak spectrometry, to their capture cross section. On the basis of neutron transport calculation results, obtained by both deterministic and Monte Carlo methods, an estimate of the irradiated samples counting levels from the AOSTA (Activation of OSMOSE Samples in TAPIRO) experimental campaign is provided.
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