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Operating Experience with the VERA Zero-Energy Fast Reactor; Fonctionnement du Reacteur VERA a Neutrons Rapides, de Puissance Zero; Opyt ehkspluatatsii reaktora VERA na bystrykh nejtronakh nulevoj moshchnosti; Experiencia Adquirida con el Reactor Rapido VERA de Potencia Nula

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Abstract

The design of a two-halves zero-energy fast reactor is briefly described, particular emphasis being placed on those features which determine the practicability and precision of reactor physics measurements. The advantages and disadvantages of the design are discussed with reference to the two years' operating experience of the reactor. The following topics are dealt with: the experimental convenience of the lay-out and of the two halves design; the size and precision of the fuel pieces and the accuracy of location of the fuel elements; the effects of edge irregularities and heterogeneity of structure on the accuracy with which the critical mass of an 'ideal' equivalent assembly is determined; reproducibility of the critical condition after dismantling the assembly, or separating the two halves; variation of reactivity with separation of the halves, including effects of asymmetric loading; sensitivity of various counters, neutron source strength, use of an accelerator neutron source; speed of response of safety circuits and consequent restrictions on rate of assembly of the two halves; additional precautions necessary in using plutonium fuel; and notes on the accuracy of measurement of reactivity and on the practical limitations affecting various other reactor physics measurements. (author) [French] Les auteurs decrivent brievement ce modele de  More>>
Authors:
Weale, J. W.; McTaggart, M. H.; Goodfellow, H.; Paterson, W. J. [1] 
  1. Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Feb 15, 1964
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-42/19
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on Exponential and Critical Experiments, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2-6 Sep 1963; Other Information: 5 refs., 7 tabs., 23 figs.; 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; ACCURACY; ASYMMETRY; CRITICAL MASS; DESIGN; ENGINEERED SAFETY SYSTEMS; FUEL ELEMENTS; NEUTRON SOURCES; PLUTONIUM; REACTIVITY; REACTOR FUELING; REACTOR PHYSICS; REACTOR SAFETY; VERA REACTOR
OSTI ID:
22121972
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M2659078083
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 159-193
Announcement Date:
Aug 27, 2013

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Citation Formats

Weale, J. W., McTaggart, M. H., Goodfellow, H., and Paterson, W. J. Operating Experience with the VERA Zero-Energy Fast Reactor; Fonctionnement du Reacteur VERA a Neutrons Rapides, de Puissance Zero; Opyt ehkspluatatsii reaktora VERA na bystrykh nejtronakh nulevoj moshchnosti; Experiencia Adquirida con el Reactor Rapido VERA de Potencia Nula. IAEA: N. p., 1964. Web.
Weale, J. W., McTaggart, M. H., Goodfellow, H., & Paterson, W. J. Operating Experience with the VERA Zero-Energy Fast Reactor; Fonctionnement du Reacteur VERA a Neutrons Rapides, de Puissance Zero; Opyt ehkspluatatsii reaktora VERA na bystrykh nejtronakh nulevoj moshchnosti; Experiencia Adquirida con el Reactor Rapido VERA de Potencia Nula. IAEA.
Weale, J. W., McTaggart, M. H., Goodfellow, H., and Paterson, W. J. 1964. "Operating Experience with the VERA Zero-Energy Fast Reactor; Fonctionnement du Reacteur VERA a Neutrons Rapides, de Puissance Zero; Opyt ehkspluatatsii reaktora VERA na bystrykh nejtronakh nulevoj moshchnosti; Experiencia Adquirida con el Reactor Rapido VERA de Potencia Nula." IAEA.
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title = {Operating Experience with the VERA Zero-Energy Fast Reactor; Fonctionnement du Reacteur VERA a Neutrons Rapides, de Puissance Zero; Opyt ehkspluatatsii reaktora VERA na bystrykh nejtronakh nulevoj moshchnosti; Experiencia Adquirida con el Reactor Rapido VERA de Potencia Nula}
author = {Weale, J. W., McTaggart, M. H., Goodfellow, H., and Paterson, W. J.}
abstractNote = {The design of a two-halves zero-energy fast reactor is briefly described, particular emphasis being placed on those features which determine the practicability and precision of reactor physics measurements. The advantages and disadvantages of the design are discussed with reference to the two years' operating experience of the reactor. The following topics are dealt with: the experimental convenience of the lay-out and of the two halves design; the size and precision of the fuel pieces and the accuracy of location of the fuel elements; the effects of edge irregularities and heterogeneity of structure on the accuracy with which the critical mass of an 'ideal' equivalent assembly is determined; reproducibility of the critical condition after dismantling the assembly, or separating the two halves; variation of reactivity with separation of the halves, including effects of asymmetric loading; sensitivity of various counters, neutron source strength, use of an accelerator neutron source; speed of response of safety circuits and consequent restrictions on rate of assembly of the two halves; additional precautions necessary in using plutonium fuel; and notes on the accuracy of measurement of reactivity and on the practical limitations affecting various other reactor physics measurements. (author) [French] Les auteurs decrivent brievement ce modele de reacteur a neutrons rapides et de puissance zero construit en deux moities, en insistant particulierment sur les caracteristiques qui determinent la possibilites de faire des mesures relatives a la physique des reacteurs et la precision de ces mesures. Ils exposent les avantages et les inconvenients de ce modele compte tenu de l'experience acquise au cours des deux annees de fonctionnement du reacteur. Ils traitent les sujets suivants: interet pratique, au point de vue experimental, du plan de ce reacteur et de sa constitution en deux moities; dimension et precision des pieces de combustible et exactitude de l'emplacement des elements combustibles; incidences des irregularites des faces et de l'heterogeneite de la structure sur l'exactitude avec laquelle on determine la masse critique d'un assemblage equivalent 'ideal'; possibilite de reproduire l'etat critique apres avoir demonte l'assemblage ou separe les deux moities; variation de la reactivite lors de la separation des deux moities, et effets d'un chargement asymetrique; sensibilite de divers compteurs, intensite de la source de neutrons, utilisation d'un accelerateur comme source de neutrons; vitesse de reponse des circuits de securite et restrictions qu'elle peut entrainer pour la vitesse d'assemblage des deux moities; precautions supplementaires qu'il faut prendre pour utiliser le plutonium comme combustible; notes sur l'exactitude des mesures de la reactivite et sur les limitations d'ordre pratique imposees a diverses autres mesures en physique des reacteurs. (author) [Spanish] Los autores describen brevemente las caracteristicas de un reactor rapido de potencia nula de dos mitades, en especial las que determinan la posibilidad de efectuar mediciones de precisidn en la esfera de la fisica de los reactores. Examinan las ventajas e inconvenientes de este tipo de reactor, basandose en la experiencia adquirida durante dos anos de funcionamiento. Exam in an los siguientes temas: ventajas, desde el punto de vista experimental, de la disposicion y de la construccidn en dos mitades; dimensiones y tolerancias de los elementos combustibles, y precisian con la que se puede determinar la posicion de dichos elementos; influencia de las irregularidades marginales y de heterogeneidad estructural sobre la exactitud con la que se determine la masa critica de un conjunto 'ideal' equivalente; posibilidad de reproducir las condiciones criticas despues de desmontar el conjunto o de separar las dos mitades; variaciones de la reactividad cuando se separan las dos mitades, en especial los efectos de una carga asimetrica; sensibilidad de varios contadores, intensidad de la fuente neutronica, empleo de un acelerador para producir neutrones; velocidad de respuesta de los circuitos de seguridad y restricciones subsiguientes en lo que atafle a la velocidad con que se pueden unir las dos mitados; precauciones adicionales necesarias al utilizar plutonio como combustible; notas sobre la precision de las mediciones de reactividad y sobre las limitaciones practicas que afectan a otras mediciones relacionadas con la fisica de los reactores. (author) [Russian] Daetsja kratkoe opisanie konstrukcii reaktora na bystryh nejtronah nule- voj moshhnosti, sostojashhego iz dvuh odinakovyh chastej. Pri jetom osoboe vnimanie udeljaetsja tem chertam, kotorye opredeljajut praktichnost' i obespechivajut tochnost' izmerenij po fizi- ke reaktorov. Obsuzhdajutsja preimushhestva i nedostatki konstrukcii s ssylkoj na dvuhlet- nij opyt jekspluatacii reaktora. Rassmatrivajutsja sledujushhie temy:prisposoblennost' proekta i konstrkcii iz dvuh odinakovyh chastej dlja provedenija jeksperimental'nyh issle- dovanij; razmer i kachestvo obrabotki toplivnyh blokov i tochnost' razmeshhenija toplivnyh jelementov; vlijanie granichnyh neravnomernostej i geterogennosti struktury na tochnost' opredelenija kriticheskoj massy ''ideal'noj'' jekvivalentnoj sborki; vosproizvodimost' kri- ticheskogo uslovija posle demontirovanija sborki ili razdelenija dvuh chastej; izmenenie reak- tivnosti s razdeleniem chastej, v tom chisle vlijanie nesimmetrichnoj zagruzki;chuvstvitel'- nost' razlichnyh schetchikov, moshhnost' istochnika nejtronov, ispol'zovanie istochnika uskorennyh nejtronov; bystrota otvetnoj reakcii konturov avarijnoj zashhity i posledujushhie ogranichenija skorosti sobiranija chastej; dopolnitel'nye predupreditel'nye mery, neobho- dimye pri ispol'zovanii plutonija; primechanija otnositel'no tochnosti izmerenija reaktiv- nosti i otnositel'no prakticheskih ogranichenij, vlijajushhih na razlichnye drugie izmerenija po fizike reaktorov. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1964}
month = {Feb}
}