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Title: PHYSICS MEASUREMENTS ON THE SNAP EXPERIMENTAL REACTOR (SER)

Abstract

Prior to operation of the SER at temperature and power and with NaK coolant present, a series of measurements were performed in the neighborhood of room temperature and at powers of 1 watt or less. These measurements were designed to establish the characteristics of the system under controlled conditions and to determine safe operating procedures. Measurements were made to determine critical mass in various reflector configurations, control drum and safety element worth, flux mappings in the reactor and importance mappings external to the reactor, reactivity coefficients of various materials, and kinetic parameters. The most important conclusion drawn is that the system as designed hns the necessary reactivity and control for its anticipated operation. Full feasibility determinations must necessarily wait upon the outcome of experiments at power and temperature. (auth)

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Atomics International. Div. of North American Aviation, Inc., Canoga Park, Calif.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
4076590
Report Number(s):
NAA-SR-5619
NSA Number:
NSA-15-012568
DOE Contract Number:  
AT-11-1-GEN-8
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; BUCKLING; CONFIGURATION; CONTROL; CONTROL ELEMENTS; CONTROL ROD WORTH; CRITICALITY; LIQUID METAL COOLANT; MEASURED VALUES; POTASSIUM; POWER; REACTIVITY; REACTOR SAFETY; REACTORS; REFLECTORS; S8ER; SNAP SYSTEMS; SODIUM; TEMPERATURE; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems

Citation Formats

Clark, F H, Wogulis, S G, and Davis, M V. PHYSICS MEASUREMENTS ON THE SNAP EXPERIMENTAL REACTOR (SER). United States: N. p., 1961. Web. doi:10.2172/4076590.
Clark, F H, Wogulis, S G, & Davis, M V. PHYSICS MEASUREMENTS ON THE SNAP EXPERIMENTAL REACTOR (SER). United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/4076590
Clark, F H, Wogulis, S G, and Davis, M V. Mon . "PHYSICS MEASUREMENTS ON THE SNAP EXPERIMENTAL REACTOR (SER)". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/4076590. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/4076590.
@article{osti_4076590,
title = {PHYSICS MEASUREMENTS ON THE SNAP EXPERIMENTAL REACTOR (SER)},
author = {Clark, F H and Wogulis, S G and Davis, M V},
abstractNote = {Prior to operation of the SER at temperature and power and with NaK coolant present, a series of measurements were performed in the neighborhood of room temperature and at powers of 1 watt or less. These measurements were designed to establish the characteristics of the system under controlled conditions and to determine safe operating procedures. Measurements were made to determine critical mass in various reflector configurations, control drum and safety element worth, flux mappings in the reactor and importance mappings external to the reactor, reactivity coefficients of various materials, and kinetic parameters. The most important conclusion drawn is that the system as designed hns the necessary reactivity and control for its anticipated operation. Full feasibility determinations must necessarily wait upon the outcome of experiments at power and temperature. (auth)},
doi = {10.2172/4076590},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/4076590}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1961},
month = {1}
}