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The Role of Exponential and PCTR Experiments at Hanford in the Design of Large Power Reactors; Roles Respectifs des Experiences Exponentielles et du Reacteur d'Etude des Constantes Physiques de Hanford dans les Etudes de Grands Reacteurs de Puissance; Znachenie ehksponentsial'nykh opytov i opytov na reaktore PCTR pri proektirovanii bol'shikh ehnergeticheskikh reaktorov v khehnforde; Papel de los Experimentos Exponenciales y del Reactor PCTR de Hanford en el Proyecto de Grandes Reactores de Potencia

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Abstract

Exponential pile measurements have been made at the Hanford Laboratories on graphite-uranium lattices for almost fifteen years. Although the results of these experiments were used to establish the bucklings of proposed production reactors they also served to advance the understanding of the reactor physics of these systems. It was recognized early that the utility of the exponential experiment was limited because of its large size and its lack of sensitivity to small, localized perturbations of the system. Thought was then given to the problem of devising an integral reactor experiment which would minimize the quantity of materials needed to provide meaningful data. This effort led to the construction of an advanced, several-region critical facility, the Physical Constants Testing Reactor (PCTR). The PCTR has been used to support the reactor physics design of several power reactors. In addition, the PCTR has served as a general-purpose facility for the measurement of reactor cross- sections and for the determination of both differential and integral reactor physics parameters for various types of multiplying media. The exponential piles were used after the PCTR was built, even though the advantages claimed for the PCTR were amply fulfilled. Typical data from these two facilities are reviewed. The  More>>
Authors:
Heineman, R. E. [1] 
  1. General Electric Company, Richland, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Feb 15, 1964
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-42/30
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on Exponential and Critical Experiments, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2-6 Sep 1963; Other Information: 33 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.; Related Information: In: Exponential and Critical Experiments Vol. I. Proceedings of the Symposium on Exponential and Critical Experiments| 494 p.
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; BUCKLING; CROSS SECTIONS; DESIGN; DISTURBANCES; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; GRAPHITE; HANFORD PRODUCTION REACTORS; HTLTR REACTOR; POWER REACTORS; REACTOR OPERATION; REACTOR PHYSICS; SENSITIVITY; SUBCRITICAL ASSEMBLIES; URANIUM
OSTI ID:
22121969
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M2655078080
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 65-83
Announcement Date:
Aug 27, 2013

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Heineman, R. E. The Role of Exponential and PCTR Experiments at Hanford in the Design of Large Power Reactors; Roles Respectifs des Experiences Exponentielles et du Reacteur d'Etude des Constantes Physiques de Hanford dans les Etudes de Grands Reacteurs de Puissance; Znachenie ehksponentsial'nykh opytov i opytov na reaktore PCTR pri proektirovanii bol'shikh ehnergeticheskikh reaktorov v khehnforde; Papel de los Experimentos Exponenciales y del Reactor PCTR de Hanford en el Proyecto de Grandes Reactores de Potencia. IAEA: N. p., 1964. Web.
Heineman, R. E. The Role of Exponential and PCTR Experiments at Hanford in the Design of Large Power Reactors; Roles Respectifs des Experiences Exponentielles et du Reacteur d'Etude des Constantes Physiques de Hanford dans les Etudes de Grands Reacteurs de Puissance; Znachenie ehksponentsial'nykh opytov i opytov na reaktore PCTR pri proektirovanii bol'shikh ehnergeticheskikh reaktorov v khehnforde; Papel de los Experimentos Exponenciales y del Reactor PCTR de Hanford en el Proyecto de Grandes Reactores de Potencia. IAEA.
Heineman, R. E. 1964. "The Role of Exponential and PCTR Experiments at Hanford in the Design of Large Power Reactors; Roles Respectifs des Experiences Exponentielles et du Reacteur d'Etude des Constantes Physiques de Hanford dans les Etudes de Grands Reacteurs de Puissance; Znachenie ehksponentsial'nykh opytov i opytov na reaktore PCTR pri proektirovanii bol'shikh ehnergeticheskikh reaktorov v khehnforde; Papel de los Experimentos Exponenciales y del Reactor PCTR de Hanford en el Proyecto de Grandes Reactores de Potencia." IAEA.
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title = {The Role of Exponential and PCTR Experiments at Hanford in the Design of Large Power Reactors; Roles Respectifs des Experiences Exponentielles et du Reacteur d'Etude des Constantes Physiques de Hanford dans les Etudes de Grands Reacteurs de Puissance; Znachenie ehksponentsial'nykh opytov i opytov na reaktore PCTR pri proektirovanii bol'shikh ehnergeticheskikh reaktorov v khehnforde; Papel de los Experimentos Exponenciales y del Reactor PCTR de Hanford en el Proyecto de Grandes Reactores de Potencia}
author = {Heineman, R. E.}
abstractNote = {Exponential pile measurements have been made at the Hanford Laboratories on graphite-uranium lattices for almost fifteen years. Although the results of these experiments were used to establish the bucklings of proposed production reactors they also served to advance the understanding of the reactor physics of these systems. It was recognized early that the utility of the exponential experiment was limited because of its large size and its lack of sensitivity to small, localized perturbations of the system. Thought was then given to the problem of devising an integral reactor experiment which would minimize the quantity of materials needed to provide meaningful data. This effort led to the construction of an advanced, several-region critical facility, the Physical Constants Testing Reactor (PCTR). The PCTR has been used to support the reactor physics design of several power reactors. In addition, the PCTR has served as a general-purpose facility for the measurement of reactor cross- sections and for the determination of both differential and integral reactor physics parameters for various types of multiplying media. The exponential piles were used after the PCTR was built, even though the advantages claimed for the PCTR were amply fulfilled. Typical data from these two facilities are reviewed. The use of these facilities for power reactor design, to support changes inoperation of existing reactors, as reactor physics tools, and as training devices are contrasted. Comparisons are made of the initial costs and the cost of subsequent operation. The development of new experimental techniques for use with these facilities and of the demand for a wider variety of experimental data are traced. Such contrasts and developments are necessary to predict more clearly the needs and the future trends in the specific use of such facilities for the support of the design of power reactors. A brief description of the high-temperature lattice test reactor is presented and its proposed use is described in the light of the trends which are observed. (author) [French] Des mesures exponentielles sont faites aux laboratoires de Hanford sur des reseaux uranium-graphite depuis pres de quinze ans. Les resultats de ces experiences ont ete utilises pour determiner les laplaciens de reacteurs de production que l'on se proposait de construire, mais ils ont servi egalement a ameliorer les connaissances dans le domaine de la physique de ces systemes. On s'est rendu compte tres rapidement qu'en raison des dimensions des assemblages et de leur manque de sensibilite aux petites perturbations localisees du systeme, l'experience exponentielle n'a qu'une utilite limitee. On a donc envisage de mettre au point des experiences integrales avec un reacteur de maniere a reduire au minimum la quantite de matieres necessaires pour se procurer des donnees valables. A cet effet, on a construit une installation critique perfectionnee a plusieurs regions, qu'on a appelee 'reacteur d'etude des constantes physiques' (RECP), dont on s'est servi pour determiner les constantes physiques de plusieurs reacteurs de puissance. On s'en est servi aussi couramment pour mesurer des sections efficaces et determiner des parametres differentiels et integraux de la physique des reacteurs pour divers types de milieux multiplicateurs. Apres la construction de RECP, on a encore employe les experiences exponentielles, bien que RECP ait largement comble les espoirs qui avaient ete places en lui. L'auteur indique quelques donnees caracteristiques obtenues a l'aide de ces deux genres d'installations et compare leurs roles respectifs pour l'etude de nouveaux reacteurs de puissance, pour la modification de reacteurs en fonctionnement, comme moyens de recherche sur la physique des reacteurs et comme moyen de formation. Il compare egalement les montants des capitaux investis dans ces installations et des frais de fonctionnement. Il indique comment ont ete mises au point de nouvelles methodes experimentales que ces installations permettent d'utiliser, en vue de faire face aux besoins de donnees experimentales de plus en plus diverses. Il faut avoir tous ces renseignements presents a l'esprit si l'on veut prevoir comment evolueront les besoins et les tendances dans l'emploi de ces installations pour les etudes de reacteurs de puissance. Le memoire decrit brievement le Reacteur d'etude des reseaux a haute temperature et indique comment on se propose de l'utiliser dans le cadre de cette evolution. (author) [Spanish] Desde hace casi 15 anos se vienen realizando en los laboratorios de Hanford mediciones exponenciales en reticulados de grafito* uranio. Aunque los resultados de dichos experimentos se emplearon para establecer los laplacianos de reactores de produccion, contribuyeron tambien a ampliar los conocimientos sobre la fisica de estos sistemas. Muy pronto se reconocio que la utilidad del experimento exponencial quedaba limitada por sus grandes dimensiones y por su escasa sensibilidad a pequenas perturbaciones localizadas del sistema. Por ello se comenzo a idear un experimento integral en un reactor que reduciria al minimo la cantidad de materiales necesarios para obtener datos significativos. A tal efecto, se construyo una instalacion critica perfeccionada de varias regiones, que se denomino PCTR (reactor para estudio de constantes fisicas). Este reactor se ha empleado para determinar las constantes fisicas de varios reactores de potencia. Ademas, ha servido como instalacion de uso general para medir secciones eficaces y para determinar los parametros diferenciales e integrales de fisica de los reactores correspondientes a diversos tipos de medios multiplicadores. Los reactores exponenciales se emplearon despues de construir el PCTR, a pesar de que este cumplio ampliamente sus promesas. El autor proporciona diversos datos tipicos obtenidos con estas dos instalaciones y compara sus papeles respectivos para el estudio de nuevos reactores de potencia, para justificar la introduccion de cambios en el manejo de los reactores ya existentes, como instrumentos de investigacion en la esfera de la fisica de los reactores y como medio de ensenanza. Compara tambien los capitales invertidos en esas instalaciones y los gastos de explotacion. Describe el perfeccionamiento de nuevas tecnicas experimentales que estas instalaciones permiten aplicar con miras a satisfacer la demanda de nuevos datos experimentales. Es menester tener presentes todos estos datos para poder predecir la evolucion de las necesidades y las tendencias futuras en el empleo de estas instalaciones para los estudios de los reactores de potencia. La memoria describe sucintamente el reactor para el estudio de constantes fisicas e indica la manera en que se piensa utilizarlo en el marco de esa evolucion. (author) [Russian] V Hjen- fordskih laboratorijah v techenie pochti 15 let provodjatsja jeksponencial'nye reaktornye iz- merenija na grafito-uranovyh reshetkah. Hotja rezul'taty jetih opytov ispol'zovalis' dlja opredelenija laplasianov predlagaemyh proizvodjashhih reaktorov, oni takzhe sodejstvovali razvitiju ponimanija fiziki reaktorov jetih sistem. Davno priznano, chto poleznost' kri- ticheskogo opyta ogranichena vvidu ego bol'shogo masshtaba i nedostatochnoj chuvstvitel'nosti v otnoshenii nebol'shih lokalizovannyh narushenij sistemy. Zatem mysl' byla napravlena na sozdanie cel'nogo opytnogo reaktora, v kotorom bylo by svedeno do minimuma kolichest- vo materialov, neobhodimyh dlja poluchenija nuzhnyh dannyh. Jeta popytka privela k postrojke usovershenstvovannoj kriticheskoj ustanovki s neskol'kimi zonami reaktora dlja izmerenija fizicheskih konstant PCTR. Ustanovka ispol'zuetsja dlja okazanija sodejstvija pri razrabot- ke proekta po fizike reaktorov dlja neskol'kih jenergeticheskih reaktorov. Krome togo,re- aktor RSTNjavljaetsja ustanovkoj obshhego naznachenija dlja provedenija izmerenij poperechnyh sechenij na reaktore i dlja opredelenija differencial'nyh i integral'nyh fizicheskih para- metrov reaktora dlja razlichnyh tipov razmnozhajushhej sredy. Jeksponencial'nye reaktory primenjalis' posle togo, kak byl postroen reaktor PCTR, dazhe nesmotrja na to, chto polnost'ju dostigalis' preimushhestva, neobhodimye dlja reaktora PCTR. Rassmatrivajutsja i sopostav- ljajutsja harakternye dannye dlja jetih dvuh ustanovok na predmet ispol'zovanija pri proekti- rovanii jenergeticheskih reaktorov i modernizacii sushhestvujushhih issledovatel'skih reakto- rov i ustanovok dlja podgotovki specialistov. Sravnivajutsja rashody, svjazannye s postroj- koj i jekspluataciej reaktora v posledujushhee vremja. Namechaetsja napravlenie razvitija no- vyh jeksperimental'nyh metodov ispol'zovanija ustanovok i ukazyvajutsja potrebnosti v bolee shirokih jeksperimental'nyh dannyh. Takie dannye neobhodimy dlja togo, chtoby jasnee predopredelit' potrebnosti i budushhie tendencii v dele konkretnogo primenenija dvuh usta- novok dlja okazanija pomoshhi pri proektirovanii jenergeticheskih reaktorov. Daetsja kratkoe opisanie vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora dlja ispytanija reshetok i ego predpologaemogo ispol'zovanija v svete rassmatrivaemyh napravlenij. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1964}
month = {Feb}
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