A study of reactivity control by metallic hydrides for Accelerator Driven System

K. Abe, T. Iwasaki, Y. Tanigawa

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Abstract

In an operation cycle of Accelerator Driven System (ADS), effective multiplication factor (keff) largely varies with the burn up of fuel. The ADS is available to keep the core power be constant by changing the proton beam intensity. However, it is not good for an accelerator and high beam intensity results in the irradiation damage. In this study, we have investigated a method for controlling the keff by using a control rod of the metallic hydride (HfH1.3) which is expected to have longer life than an original B4C control rod of a fast reactor. For the core, burnup swing during an operation cycle, control rod worth for various locations of the control rods, core characteristic of the ADS core with the control rods were analyzed. As the result, it is found that the control rod of HfH1.3 has large worth enough to suppress the burnup swing. By using three control rods, it is confirmed that the operation of the ADS core with the constant keff is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
EventIAEA International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2009 May 42009 May 8

Publication series

NameInternational Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators

Other

OtherIAEA International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period09/5/409/5/8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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