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Title: Evaluation of a Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) inside the Advanced Test Reactor

Abstract

A Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) is under investigation at Idaho National Laboratory. An initial feasibility study was conducted for potential deployment inside the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). Historical salt-irradiation tests are reviewed and summarized in this report. The study also surveys available instrumentation for this type of application and identifies key design and testing requirements. Neutronic analysis was performed in different ATR position for various salt candidates using MCNP6 and ORIGEN-6.2. The results indicate that both the B and I-positions are suitable for VESIL. The B-position allows for accelerated testing in light of its higher flux, but its smaller volume may be detrimental for a flowing loop. The O-position flux level was found to be insufficient for the purposes of this experiment; it is not recommended. In all the different salt candidates investigated, both the B and I-positions are found to able to reach adequate burnup conditions that are representative of the operating conditions inside proposed molten-salt reactor concepts.

Authors:
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  1. Idaho National Laboratory
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1511048
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-19-52917-Rev001
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 - GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; Molten Salt Reactors; Advanced Test Reactor (ATR); Salt Irradiation Testing

Citation Formats

Abou Jaoude, Abdalla, Sterbentz, James W, Palmer, Joe, and Calderoni, Pattrick. Evaluation of a Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) inside the Advanced Test Reactor. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1511048.
Abou Jaoude, Abdalla, Sterbentz, James W, Palmer, Joe, & Calderoni, Pattrick. Evaluation of a Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) inside the Advanced Test Reactor. United States. doi:10.2172/1511048.
Abou Jaoude, Abdalla, Sterbentz, James W, Palmer, Joe, and Calderoni, Pattrick. Tue . "Evaluation of a Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) inside the Advanced Test Reactor". United States. doi:10.2172/1511048. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1511048.
@article{osti_1511048,
title = {Evaluation of a Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) inside the Advanced Test Reactor},
author = {Abou Jaoude, Abdalla and Sterbentz, James W and Palmer, Joe and Calderoni, Pattrick},
abstractNote = {A Versatile Experimental Salt Irradiation Loop (VESIL) is under investigation at Idaho National Laboratory. An initial feasibility study was conducted for potential deployment inside the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). Historical salt-irradiation tests are reviewed and summarized in this report. The study also surveys available instrumentation for this type of application and identifies key design and testing requirements. Neutronic analysis was performed in different ATR position for various salt candidates using MCNP6 and ORIGEN-6.2. The results indicate that both the B and I-positions are suitable for VESIL. The B-position allows for accelerated testing in light of its higher flux, but its smaller volume may be detrimental for a flowing loop. The O-position flux level was found to be insufficient for the purposes of this experiment; it is not recommended. In all the different salt candidates investigated, both the B and I-positions are found to able to reach adequate burnup conditions that are representative of the operating conditions inside proposed molten-salt reactor concepts.},
doi = {10.2172/1511048},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {5}
}

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