EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
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|Published online||22 February 2021|
EXPERIMENTAL DETERMINATION OF THE ZERO POWER TRANSFER FUNCTION OF THE AKR-2
Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) 01062 Dresden
Published online: 22 February 2021
The transfer function is a basic characteristic of every nuclear reactor. It describes how a perturbation at a given place and time influences the neutron flux. In case of a known perturbation, the determination of characteristic reactor parameters is possible. The present paper shows an experimental method to determine the gain of the zero-power reactor transfer function (ZPTF) of the AKR-2 reactor at TU Dresden and the comparison to the theoretical shape of the ZPTF derived from kinetic parameters simulated with MCNP. For the experiments, a high-precision linear motor axis is used to insert an oscillating perturbation acting at frequencies smaller than the lower bound of the plateau region of the ZPTF. For higher frequencies, a rotating absorber is used. This device emulates an absorber of variable strength. The reactor response is detected with a He-3 counter.
The data evaluation shows good agreement between measured and corresponding theoretical values of the gain of the ZPTF.
Key words: transfer function / zero-power reactor / noise analysis / training reactor / MCNP simulation
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