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Title: Characteristics of Fissile Solution Systems

This report describes some of the characteristics of fissile solutions systems, namely: the ability of fuel to flow rapidly during operation due to thermal forces and radiolytic gas dynamics drives the physics of these systems; exhibition of high negative reactivity feedback due to fuel temperature increase and radiolytic gas generated void (both decrease fuel density); evidence of well-damped systems and bounded reactivity excursions result in bounded (new) steady-state operating condition; they are very docile and slow to respond due to long neutron lifetime and high thermal inertia of the fuel (specific heat of fuel is an order of magnitude greater than solid fuels); operation requires large excess reactivity to be available ($5.00 or more); and finally they are sensitive to auxiliary systems such as cooling water, gas handling, and water makeup; small changes can have large effects due to the large feedbacks
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1122895
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-14-21513
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS