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Natural uranium lattice in heavy water; Reseaux uranium naturel-eau lourde

Abstract

A group of Laplacian determinations have been made under critical running conditions in a heavy water pile specially constructed to this end using either complete lattices or samples of lattices employing a two-zone method. The experimental equipment is briefly described: it has been devised to allow rapid modifications of the charge. The methods of measurement employed are also summarily described one operates either by flux charts in the case of lattices which are then used as references, or by progressive replacement of the bars by concentric rings and measurements of the reactivity. In this case, one attempts to obtain the difference between the material laplacian of the central unknown lattice and that of the reference lattice. The method has been specially develop ped to give precision. Results of Laplacian measurements for all these lattice types are presented, allowing the construction of a set of curves as a function of the separation. Various other effects have also been measured: the equivalent reactivity of a mm of water - anisotropy - temperature effect, etc. However in this first attack on the problem, the measurement of a large variety of Laplacian has been carried out, rather than careful measurements in particular cases. It  More>>
Authors:
Girard, Y; Koechlin, J C; Moreau, J; Naudet, R [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1959
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-1163
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 4 refs
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; AQUILON REACTOR; CADMIUM; CONFIGURATION CONTROL; CONTROL ELEMENTS; CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERES; FLUX DENSITY; FUEL ASSEMBLIES; FUEL ELEMENTS; GRAPHITE; MATERIAL BUCKLING; MULTIGROUP THEORY; NATURAL URANIUM; NEUTRON FLUX; NEUTRON REFLECTORS; REACTIVITY; REACTOR CONTROL SYSTEMS; REACTOR LATTICE PARAMETERS; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT; THERMAL UTILIZATION
OSTI ID:
20912795
Research Organizations:
CEA Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR07R1163073971
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
92 pages
Announcement Date:
Sep 22, 2007

Citation Formats

Girard, Y, Koechlin, J C, Moreau, J, and Naudet, R. Natural uranium lattice in heavy water; Reseaux uranium naturel-eau lourde. France: N. p., 1959. Web.
Girard, Y, Koechlin, J C, Moreau, J, & Naudet, R. Natural uranium lattice in heavy water; Reseaux uranium naturel-eau lourde. France.
Girard, Y, Koechlin, J C, Moreau, J, and Naudet, R. 1959. "Natural uranium lattice in heavy water; Reseaux uranium naturel-eau lourde." France.
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title = {Natural uranium lattice in heavy water; Reseaux uranium naturel-eau lourde}
author = {Girard, Y, Koechlin, J C, Moreau, J, and Naudet, R}
abstractNote = {A group of Laplacian determinations have been made under critical running conditions in a heavy water pile specially constructed to this end using either complete lattices or samples of lattices employing a two-zone method. The experimental equipment is briefly described: it has been devised to allow rapid modifications of the charge. The methods of measurement employed are also summarily described one operates either by flux charts in the case of lattices which are then used as references, or by progressive replacement of the bars by concentric rings and measurements of the reactivity. In this case, one attempts to obtain the difference between the material laplacian of the central unknown lattice and that of the reference lattice. The method has been specially develop ped to give precision. Results of Laplacian measurements for all these lattice types are presented, allowing the construction of a set of curves as a function of the separation. Various other effects have also been measured: the equivalent reactivity of a mm of water - anisotropy - temperature effect, etc. However in this first attack on the problem, the measurement of a large variety of Laplacian has been carried out, rather than careful measurements in particular cases. It is in this spirit that the interpretation of the results has been made. As a large number of very complex phenomena still escape the possibilities of the calculation, it is considered that a certain number of adjustments are necessary; now these can only give the desired efficiency in forecasting results if they refer to a sufficiently great number of experimental data. It is necessary then to connect the measurements closely on with the other whilst, at the same time, subdividing them according to logically deduced formulae. The principal source of trouble has been that of coherence. The rules governing the calculations employed in the interpretation of the data are given. In the first instance simple formula are used: first of all solid bars are considered and n an d the effective integrals are adjusted then a system of transposition of these results to more complex bars is sought. In the second step, one is compelled to improve the system in studying in greater detail each factor of the calculation of the lattice. A satisfactory interpretation of the results leads definitively to methods of calculation applicable to the most varied types of natural uranium-heavy water lattices. Attention has been given to results obtained in other countries, particularly in Canada. (author) [French] Un ensemble de mesures de Laplaciens a ete realise en regime critique dans une pile a eau lourde construite specialement a cette fin, soit sur reseaux complets, soit sur echantillons de reseaux par une methode a deux zones. L'appareillage experimental est brievement decrit: il a ete etudie pour permettre des modifications rapides du chargement. On decrit egalement sommairement les methodes de mesure: on opere soit par cartes de flux, sur des reseaux qui servent ensuite de reference soit par remplacement progressif des barres par couronnes concentriques et mesures de reactivite. Dans ce cas, on cherche a atteindre l'ecart entre le laplacien-matiere du reseau central inconnu et celui du reseau de reference. La methode a fait l'objet d'une mise au point destinee a la rendre precice. On donne les resultats des mesures de laplaciens pour tous ces types de reseaux, ce qui permet de construire un ensemble de courbes en fonction du pas. Divers effets ont ete egalement mesure: equivalent en reactivite du millimetre d'eau - anisotropie - effet de temperature, etc. On a cependant prefere, dans cette premiere campagne de mesures tout au moins, obtenir une grande variete de laplaciens plutot que des mesures fines dans des cas particuliers. C'est dans cet esprit qu'a ete conduite l'interpretation des resultats. Nombre de phenomenes tres complexes echappant encore a nos possibilites de calcul, on estime qu'un certain nombre d'ajustements sont necessaires, or ceux-ci ne peuvent donner d'efficacite dans la prevision que s'ils recouvrent un nombre suffisant de resultats experimentaux. On a donc cherche a la fois a rattacher etroitement les mesures entre elles et a les recouper par des formules se deduisant logiquement les unes des autres. Le principal souci a ete celui de la coherence. On donne les regles de calcul qui ont ete utilisees pour ce travail interpretatif. Dans un premier temps, on emploie des formules simples; on s'attache en premier lieu aux barres pleines et on ajuste {eta} et les integrales effectives; on cherche ensuite a transposer les calculs au cas des barreaux plus complexes. Dans un deuxieme temps, on s'efforce d'ameliorer l'ensemble en etudiant plus en detail chaque facteur du calcul de reseau. Une interpretation satisfaisante des resultats conduit en definitive a des methodes de calcul applicables aux reseaux uranium naturel-eau lourde les plus varies. On a tenu compte des resultats obtenus dans d'autres pays, notamment au Canada. (auteur)}
place = {France}
year = {1959}
month = {Jul}
}