EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Nuclear Criticality Safety|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
INTRODUCING BURNUP CREDIT FOR EXPANSION STAGE 2 OF THE EXTERNAL SPENT FUEL POOL AT GÖSGEN NPP
1 Framatome GmbH Karlstein Seligenstädter Strasse 100, 63791 Karlstein, Germany
2 Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken AG Kraftwerkstrasse, 4658 Däniken, Switzerland
3 Framatome GmbH Erlangen Paul-Gossen-Strasse 100, 91052 Erlangen, Germany
Published online: 22 February 2021
We present a summary of the actinide-plus-fission-product burnup credit criticality safety licensing analysis for Expansion Stage 2 (ES2) of the external spent fuel pool at Gösgen nuclear power plant. In ES2, the nine Expansion Stage 1 storage racks currently installed in the external spent fuel pool are going to be supplemented by nine ES2 storage racks with a significantly reduced fuel assembly pitch. They are designed for loadings with fuel assemblies above a well-defined minimum required burnup. The objective of the criticality safety analysis is to calculate the minimum required burnup values for the uranium and MOX fuel assemblies to be stored in the ES2 storage racks. We use a methodology that allows us to take into account the reactivity effects due to variabilities and uncertainties of all relevant parameters involved in a burnup credit criticality safety assessment in a bounding manner. These include manufacturing tolerances of the fuel assemblies and storage racks, the irradiation histories and burnup profiles of the spent fuel assemblies, the bias of the depletion code used to calculate the isotopic inventories of the irradiated fuel, and the bias of the criticality code used to calculate the neutron multiplication factor of the considered storage configuration. A combination of different statistical procedures is used to evaluate and propagate the uncertainty information on the input parameters and translate it into statistical confidence statements about the neutron multiplication factor. It should be noted that the presented analysis is related to the first implementation of a significant burnup credit for wet storage of PWR fuel in Switzerland.
Key words: Burnup Credit / Spent Fuel Pool / Gösgen NPP / Licensing
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021
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