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Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
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|Published online||22 February 2021|
CRITICAL EXPERIMENT OF THORIUM LOADED THERMAL CORES AT KUCA (1) A NEW CRITICAL EXPERIMENT OF THORIUM LOADED CORE WITH HARDER NEUTRON SPECTRUM IN KUCA
1 Kindai University Atomic Energy Research Institute 3-4-1, Kowakae, Higashiosaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
2 Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University 2-1010, Asashiro-nishi, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka, Japan
3 Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kindai University 3-4-1, Kowakae, Higashiosaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
Published online: 22 February 2021
In order to perform integral evaluation of 232Th capture cross section, a series of critical experiments for thorium-loaded and solid-moderated cores in KUCA had been carried out. In these experimental cores, H/235U nuclide ratio ranged about from 150 to 315, and 232Th/235U nuclide ratio ranged about from 13 to 19. In this study, a new critical experiment with Th loaded core in KUCA, which had about 70 of the H/235U ratio and 12.7 of 232Th/235U ratio, was carried out. As results, the excess reactivity was 0.086 ± 0.003 (% dk/k) and the keff was 1.0009 ± 0.0003, where the effective delayed neutron fraction was 7.656E-3. The keff was also calculated by MVP3.0 with different nuclear libraries. The respective calculations with JENDL-4.0, JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-VII.0 lead to 1.0056 ± 0.0086 (%), 1.0048 ± 0.0085 (%) and 1.0056 ± 0.0086 (%).On the other hand, the further MVP3.0 calculations, where only the 232Th cross sections were taken from JENDL-4.0, JENDL-3.3 or ENDF/B-VII.0 but all other nuclides were done from JENDL-4.0, were carried out to examine an impact of the difference of 232Th cross section among these nuclear libraries to the keff. The keff calculated with respective 232Th cross sections from JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-VII.0 was 1.0038 ± 0.0086 (%) and 1.0040 ± 0.0086 (%).
Key words: KUCA / 232Th / Critical Experiment / Crosse Section / Nuclear Data Library / Sensitivity
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