EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Research Reactors and Facilities|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
NEUTRON FIELD MOCK-UP DEVELOPMENT FOR THE FLUORIDE SALT REACTORS NEUTRONIC RESEARCH
Research Centre Řež, 250 68 Husinec-Řež 130, Czech Republic
Published online: 22 February 2021
Experimental work at the LR-0 reactor was carried out to determine the possibility of the mock-up neutron field creation for the fluoride salt-based reactors. Previous calculations and experiments have shown that the fast part of the molten salt reactor (MSR) spectrum is shaped by fluorine and even the Teflon material is suitable for neutronics in that energy range. Properly selected spectrum indices can describe the neutron field of the MSR in fast thermal and intermediate parts of the spectrum. Current research has focused on a deeper study of the possibility of using the filtered thermal and intermediate neutron spectrum of the experimental light water reactor for the physics of fluoride salt-based reactor. LiF-BeF2 (FLIBE) capsule and teflon cylinders are used as a spectrum filters in the LR-0 reactor. Measured results show acceptable C/E-1 agreement in the reaction rates and satisfactory agreement for usage of the FLIBE filtered neutron spectrum determined by the 181Ta(n, γ) monitor as a mock-up in thermal to intermediate energy in the fluoride high-temperature reactor (FHR). Concerning MSR, intermediate spectrum can be reproduced to some extent but not as good as in the case of FHR.
Key words: LR-0 reactor / MSR / FHR / neutron spectrum / spectral indices / reaction rates
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