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The epithermal critical experiments; Experiences critiques avec des neutrons epitliermiques; Nadteplovye kriticheskie ehksperimenty; Experimentos criticos con neutrones epitermicos

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Abstract

The epithermal critical experiments. The present phase of the advanced-epithermal-thorium-reactor programme consists of integral-reactor-physic s experiments designed to provide neutron-cross-section information in the 10-MeV to 1-keV range. A series of nine, multi-region, slow-fast, pseudospherica l critical assemblies of the honey- comb, split-table type are being studied. So far, three assemblies have' been run. The outer driver-decouple r region drives an interior U{sup 233}-Th fuelled spherical test region whose neutron-flux spectrum is successively degraded by increasing the graphite moderator to fuel ratio. A square-wave oscillator experiment defines the central reactivity worths of forty small samples of different materials to 10{sup -8} {Delta}k for each assembly. Additionally, intercalibrated artificial neutron sources are oscillated to determine the various central neutron importance functions. The spectra are obtained by fission-counter measurements with calibrated foils of different thresholds and by a Li{sup 6}-solid-state- counter sandwich spectrometer. A digital computer routine will be used to compile all measurements into a self-consistent library of spectrum averaged cross-sections. (author) [French] La phase actuelle du programme de reacteur au thorium a neutrons epithermiques comprend des experiences integrales de physique des reacteurs pour obtenir des renseignements sur les sections efficaces neutroniques pour la gamme d'energie comprise entre 1 keV et 10  More>>
Authors:
Morewitz, H A; Carpenter, S O [1] 
  1. Atomics International, Canoga Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Mar 15, 1962
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-18/60
Resource Relation:
Conference: Seminar on Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors, Vienna (Austria), 3-11 Aug 1961; Other Information: 10 refs, 4 figs, 3 tabs; Related Information: In: Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. V. I. Proceedings of the Seminar on the Physics of Fast and Intermediate Reactors. V. I| 500 p.
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; CROSS SECTIONS; EPITHERMAL NEUTRONS; EPITHERMAL REACTORS; FISSION CHAMBERS; FUEL ASSEMBLIES; GRAPHITE; MODERATOR-FUEL RATIO; NEUTRON FLUX; NEUTRON IMPORTANCE FUNCTION; NEUTRON SOURCES; NEUTRON SPECTRA; NEUTRON SPECTROMETERS; NUCLEAR DATA COLLECTIONS; RADIATION DETECTORS; SPHERICAL CONFIGURATION; THORIUM REACTORS; URANIUM 233; ZERO POWER REACTORS
OSTI ID:
22082868
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA12S0198041867
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 287-293
Announcement Date:
Apr 12, 2013

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Morewitz, H A, and Carpenter, S O. The epithermal critical experiments; Experiences critiques avec des neutrons epitliermiques; Nadteplovye kriticheskie ehksperimenty; Experimentos criticos con neutrones epitermicos. IAEA: N. p., 1962. Web.
Morewitz, H A, & Carpenter, S O. The epithermal critical experiments; Experiences critiques avec des neutrons epitliermiques; Nadteplovye kriticheskie ehksperimenty; Experimentos criticos con neutrones epitermicos. IAEA.
Morewitz, H A, and Carpenter, S O. 1962. "The epithermal critical experiments; Experiences critiques avec des neutrons epitliermiques; Nadteplovye kriticheskie ehksperimenty; Experimentos criticos con neutrones epitermicos." IAEA.
@misc{etde_22082868,
title = {The epithermal critical experiments; Experiences critiques avec des neutrons epitliermiques; Nadteplovye kriticheskie ehksperimenty; Experimentos criticos con neutrones epitermicos}
author = {Morewitz, H A, and Carpenter, S O}
abstractNote = {The epithermal critical experiments. The present phase of the advanced-epithermal-thorium-reactor programme consists of integral-reactor-physic s experiments designed to provide neutron-cross-section information in the 10-MeV to 1-keV range. A series of nine, multi-region, slow-fast, pseudospherica l critical assemblies of the honey- comb, split-table type are being studied. So far, three assemblies have' been run. The outer driver-decouple r region drives an interior U{sup 233}-Th fuelled spherical test region whose neutron-flux spectrum is successively degraded by increasing the graphite moderator to fuel ratio. A square-wave oscillator experiment defines the central reactivity worths of forty small samples of different materials to 10{sup -8} {Delta}k for each assembly. Additionally, intercalibrated artificial neutron sources are oscillated to determine the various central neutron importance functions. The spectra are obtained by fission-counter measurements with calibrated foils of different thresholds and by a Li{sup 6}-solid-state- counter sandwich spectrometer. A digital computer routine will be used to compile all measurements into a self-consistent library of spectrum averaged cross-sections. (author) [French] La phase actuelle du programme de reacteur au thorium a neutrons epithermiques comprend des experiences integrales de physique des reacteurs pour obtenir des renseignements sur les sections efficaces neutroniques pour la gamme d'energie comprise entre 1 keV et 10 MeV. Les auteurs etudient une serie de neuf ensembles critiques pseudospheriques, a plusieurs regions, a couplage neutrons lents et neutrons rapides du type a alveoles et a coeur divise. A ce jour, trois de ces ensembles ont ete mis en service. La region exterieure, mettant en service ou hors service, commande une zone d'essai interieure de forme spherique ou le combustible est constitue de {sup 233}U-Th, dont le spectre du flux de neutrons est degrade progressivement par augmentation du rapport entre les quantites de graphite et de combustible. Une experience a l'aide d'un oscillateur a ondes carrees definit les valeurs de la reactivite centrale de quarante petits echantillons de differents materiaux, jusqu'a 10{sup -8} {Delta}k pour chaque ensemble. De plus, on fait osciller des sources artificielles de neutrons, etalonnees entre elles, pour determiner les differentes fonctions neutroniques importantes au centre du montage. On obtient les spectres en procedant a des mesures a l'aide de compteurs a fission comportant des feuilles etalonnees de seuils differents et d'un spectrometre a compteur au {sup 6}Li. Une methode de traitement numerique permettra de grouper toutes les mesures en un fichier autonome de sections efficaces moyennes par spectre. (author) [Spanish] La fase actual del programa del reactor epitermico de tipo avanzado, alimentado con torio, comprende una serie de experimentos integrales sobre fisica de los reactores, cuyo objeto es reunir datos sobre las secciones eficaces neutronicas en el intervalo 1 keV a 10 MeV. Se esta estudiando una serie de nueve conjuntos criticos de varias regiones, con acoplamiento termico-rapido, de forma pseudoesferica, del tipo alveolar de cuerpo dividido. Hasta ahora se han puesto en servicio tres conjuntos de esa indole. La region externa de conexion-desconexio n acciona una region de ensayo interna de forma esferica alimentada con {sup 233}U-Th, cuyo espectro neutronico se degrada progresivament e aumentando la razon grafito-combustible . Un experimento efectuado con un oscilador de onda cuadrada define los valores de la reactividad central de cuarenta pequenas muestras de diferentes materiales, hasta 10{sup -8} {Delta}k; para cada conjunto. Ademas, se hacen oscilar fuentes artificiales de neutrones intercalibradas para determinar las diferentes funciones neutronicas que revisten importancia en el centro del conjunto. Los espectros se obtienen procediendo a mediciones con contadores de fision provistos de detectores calibrados, de umbrales diferentes, y con un espectrometro en 'emparedado' de contador de {sup 6}Li solido. Se utilizara una calculador a numerica corriente para agrupar todas las mediciones en un registro sistematico de secciones eficaces promediadas respecto del espectro. (author) [Russian] Sovremennaya faza programmy issledovanij usovershenstvovannog o nadteplovogo torievogo reaktora sostoit iz polnykh ehksperimen- tov po reaktornoj fizike, provodimykh s tsel'yu obespecheniya informatsiej po nejtronnym secheniyam v diapazone ot 10 Mehv do 1 kehv. Izuchaetsya gruppa devyati mnogozonal'nykh , medlenno-bystrykh , psevdosfericheski kh kriticheskikh sborok 'KHanikouma' s dvumya podvizhnymi polovinami aktivnoj zony. K nastoyashchemu vremeni ispytany tri sborki. Vneshnyaya peremeshchayushchayas ya zona dvigaetsya po otnosheniyu k vnutrennej sfericheskoj ehksperimental'noj aktivnoj zone na urane-233 - torii, spektor nejtronnogo potoka kotoroj uspeshno smyagchaetsya uvelicheniem otnosheniya grafitovogo zamedlitelya k toplivu. EHksperiment s generatorom pryamougol'nykh impul'sov opredelit tsentral'nuyu reaktivnuyu sposobnost' soroka malykh obraztsov razlichnykh materialov do 10{sup -8} {Delta}k dlya kazhdoj sborki. Krome togo, vzaimno kalibrovannye iskusstvennye istochniki nejtronov ostsilliruyutsya v tselyakh opredeleniya razlichnykh funktsij tsentral'nogo nejtronnogo znacheniya. Spektry poluchayut putem izmerenij schetchikom deleniya s pomoshch'yu kalibrovannoj fol'gi razlichnykh porogov, a takzhe putem ispol'zovaniya schetnogo sloistogo spektrometra s L{sup 6} v tverdom sostoyanii. Dlya sbora vsekh izmerenij v samosoglasovannu yu biblioteku spektral'nykh srednikh poperechnykh sechenij budut pol'zovat'sya odnoznachnym vychislitel'nym rezhimom. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1962}
month = {Mar}
}