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Title: Transient analysis for the tajoura critical facility with IRT-2M HEU fuel and IRT-4M leu fuel : ANL independent verification results.

Abstract

Calculations have been performed for postulated transients in the Critical Facility at the Tajoura Nuclear Research Center (TNRC) in Libya. These calculations have been performed at the request of staff of the Renewable Energy and Water Desalinization Research Center (REWDRC) who are performing similar calculations. The transients considered were established during a working meeting between ANL and REWDRC staff on October 1-2, 2005 and subsequent email correspondence. Calculations were performed for the current high-enriched uranium (HEU) core and the proposed low-enriched uranium (LEU) core. These calculations have been performed independently from those being performed by REWDRC and serve as one step in the verification process.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
890557
Report Number(s):
ANL-05/58
TRN: US0604604
DOE Contract Number:
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA; REACTORS; TRANSIENTS; HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM; SLIGHTLY ENRICHED URANIUM; CALCULATION METHODS

Citation Formats

Garner, P. L., and Hanan, N. A.. Transient analysis for the tajoura critical facility with IRT-2M HEU fuel and IRT-4M leu fuel : ANL independent verification results.. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/890557.
Garner, P. L., & Hanan, N. A.. Transient analysis for the tajoura critical facility with IRT-2M HEU fuel and IRT-4M leu fuel : ANL independent verification results.. United States. doi:10.2172/890557.
Garner, P. L., and Hanan, N. A.. Fri . "Transient analysis for the tajoura critical facility with IRT-2M HEU fuel and IRT-4M leu fuel : ANL independent verification results.". United States. doi:10.2172/890557. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/890557.
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abstractNote = {Calculations have been performed for postulated transients in the Critical Facility at the Tajoura Nuclear Research Center (TNRC) in Libya. These calculations have been performed at the request of staff of the Renewable Energy and Water Desalinization Research Center (REWDRC) who are performing similar calculations. The transients considered were established during a working meeting between ANL and REWDRC staff on October 1-2, 2005 and subsequent email correspondence. Calculations were performed for the current high-enriched uranium (HEU) core and the proposed low-enriched uranium (LEU) core. These calculations have been performed independently from those being performed by REWDRC and serve as one step in the verification process.},
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year = {Fri Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2005},
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