Shwageraus, E and Hejzlar, P and Driscoll, MJ (2009) Liquid salt cooled flexible conversion ratio fast reactor: Neutronic design. NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN, 239. pp. 2626-2645. ISSN 0029-5493Full text not available from this repository.
This paper presents the neutronic design of a liquid salt cooled fast reactor with flexible conversion ratio. The main objective of the design is to accommodate interchangeably within the same reactor core alternative transuranic actinides management strategies ranging from pure burning to self-sustainable breeding. Two, the most limiting, core design options with unity and zero conversion ratios are described. Ternary, NaCl-KCl-MgCl<inf>2</inf> salt was chosen as a coolant after a rigorous screening process, due to a combination of favourable neutronic and heat transport properties. Large positive coolant temperature reactivity coefficient was identified as the most significant design challenge. A wide range of strategies aiming at the reduction of the coolant temperature coefficient to assure self-controllability of the core in the most limiting unprotected accidents were explored. However, none of the strategies resulted in sufficient reduction of the coolant temperature coefficient without significantly compromising the core performance characteristics such as power density or cycle length. Therefore, reactivity control devices known as lithium thermal expansion modules were employed instead. This allowed achieving all the design goals for both zero and unity conversion ratio cores. The neutronic feasibility of both designs was demonstrated through calculation of reactivity control and fuel loading requirements, fluence limits, power peaking factors, and reactivity feedback coefficients. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Additional Information:||Conversion ratio;Coolant temperature;Core design;Core performance;Cycle length;Design challenges;Design goal;Fluences;Fuel loading;Heat transport property;Management strategies;Neutronic design;Neutronics;Power densities;Power peaking factor;Reactivity control;Reactivity feedback;Screening process;Self-sustainable;Transuranic actinides;Zero conversion; copyright: Compilation and indexing terms, Copyright 2013 Elsevier Inc. copyright: Compilation and indexing terms, Copyright 2013 Elsevier Inc. keywords: Actinides;Control;Coolants;Fast reactors;Liquids;Sodium chloride;Thermal expansion;Transport properties;|
|Divisions:||Div A > Energy|
|Depositing User:||Cron Job|
|Date Deposited:||13 Jun 2013 11:10|
|Last Modified:||17 Dec 2013 19:12|
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