Review of Axial Burnup Distribution Considerations for Burnup Credit Calculations
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This report attempts to summarize and consolidate the existing knowledge on axial burnup distribution issues that are important to burnup credit criticality safety calculations. Recently released Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff guidance permits limited burnup credit, and thus, has prompted resolution of the axial burnup distribution issue. The reactivity difference between the neutron multiplication factor (keff) calculated with explicit representation of the axial burnup distribution and keff calculated assuming a uniform axial burnup is referred to as the ''end effect.'' This end effect is shown to be dependent on many factors, including the axial-burnup profile, total accumulated burnup, cooling time, initial enrichment, assembly design, and the isotopics considered (i.e., actinide-only or actinides plus fission products). Axial modeling studies, efforts related to the development of axial-profile databases, and the determination of bounding axial profiles are also discussed. Finally, areas that could benefit from further efforts are identified
Review of Axial Burnup Distribution Considerations for Burnup Credit Calculations
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Wagner, J.C.; DeHart, M.D.
2000-03-01
This report attempts to summarize and consolidate the existing knowledge on axial burnup distribution issues that are important to burnup credit criticality safety calculations. Recently released Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff guidance permits limited burnup credit, and thus, has prompted resolution of the axial burnup distribution issue. The reactivity difference between the neutron multiplication factor (keff) calculated with explicit representation of the axial burnup distribution and keff calculated assuming a uniform axial burnup is referred to as the ``end effect.'' This end effect is shown to be dependent on many factors, including the axial-burnup profile, total accumulated burnup, cooling time, initial enrichment, assembly design, and the isotopics considered (i.e., actinide-only or actinides plus fission products). Axial modeling studies, efforts related to the development of axial-profile databases, and the determination of bounding axial profiles are also discussed. Finally, areas that could benefit from further efforts are identified.
VVER-related burnup credit calculations
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The calculations related to a VVER burnup credit calculational benchmark proposed to the Eastern and Central European research community in collaboration with the OECD/NEA/NSC Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark Working Group (working under WPNCS - Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety) are described. The results of a three-year effort by analysts from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom are summarized and commented on. (author)
A burnup credit calculation methodology for PWR spent fuel transportation
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A burnup credit calculation methodology for PWR spent fuel transportation has been developed and validated in CEA/Saclay. To perform the calculation, the spent fuel composition are first determined by the PEPIN-2 depletion analysis. Secondly the most important actinides and fission product poisons are automatically selected in PEPIN-2 according to the reactivity worth and the burnup for critically consideration. Then the 3D Monte Carlo critically code TRIMARAN-2 is used to examine the subcriticality. All the resonance self-shielded cross sections used in this calculation system are prepared with the APOLLO-2 lattice cell code. The burnup credit calculation methodology and related PWR spent fuel transportation benchmark results are reported and discussed. (authors)
Study on the conservative factors for burnup credit criticality calculation
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When applies the burnup credit technology to perform criticality safety analysis for spent fuel storage or transportation problems, it is important for one to confirm that all the conditions adopted are adequate to cover the severest conditions that may encounter in the engineering applications. Taking the OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmarks as sample problems, we study the effect of some important factors that may affect the conservatism of' the results for spent fuel system criticality safety analysis. Effects caused by different nuclides credit strategy, different cooling time and axial burnup profile are studied by use of the STARBUCS module of SCALE5. 1 software package, and related conclusions about the conservatism of these factors are drawn. (authors)
Calculation study of TNPS spent fuel pool using burnup credit
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Exampled by the spent fuel pool of TNPS which is consist of 2 × 5 fuel storage racks, the spent fuel high-density storage based on burnup credit (BUC) and related criticality safety issues were studied. The MONK9A code was used to analyze keff, of different enrichment fuels at different burnups. A reference loading curve was proposed in accordance with the system keff's changing with the burnup of different initially enriched nuclear fuels. The capacity of the spent fuel pool increases by 31% compared with the one that does not consider BUC. (authors)
Results of the isotopic concentrations of VVER calculational burnup credit benchmark No. 2(CB2)
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Results of the nuclide concentrations are presented of VVER Burnup Credit Benchmark No. 2(CB2) that were performed in The Nuclear Technology Center of Cuba with available codes and libraries. The CB2 benchmark specification as the second phase of the VVER burnup credit benchmark is summarized. The CB2 benchmark focused on VVER burnup credit study proposed on the 97' AER Symposium. The obtained results are isotopic concentrations of spent fuel as a function of the burnup and cooling time. The depletion point 'ORIGEN2' code and other codes were used for the calculation of the spent fuel concentration. (author)
Burnup credit calculations on long-term disposal
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One of the considered options for handling of irradiated nuclear fuel is the final disposal in some kind of repository. This necessitates the long-term investigation of subcriticality, heat production, public dose etc. NEA WPNCS Burnup Credit Expert Group defined a new benchmark to test the codes and data used for such problems. The effect of cooling time should be investigated. This implies that the decay data and not the cross sections influence the results. Composition of 4.5 % UO2 fuel with 50 MWd/kgU is given at the assembly removal from the core. Change of composition should be evaluated for 30 values of cooling time up to 1 million years. Keff should be evaluated with these compositions for a container housing 21 fuel assemblies. Initial concentration of 115 isotopes is given. For criticality calculations the usual 'burnup credit set' is used (14 actinides and 15 fission products). Results for additional isotopes is not presented now. The investigated fuel is 17 x 17 PWR UO2 type, with 25 guide tubes. The selected cooling times covers the time intervals of the usual handling procedures around the reactors (few years storing in storage pool, transport), interim storage (hundred years), and the long time scale of disposal up to 1 million years. Results: 1) For major actinides, ORIGEN and MULTICELL based keff results are practically identical up to 1000 years, far beyond the cooling times it was intended. 2) For actinides and fission products, the agreement is excellent up to 100 years, which covers the interim storage. 3) The difference of keff results about 0.02 at 1000 years. The reason is mainly the presence of Np-237, not considered in the previous case. It is produced from Am-241 by α-decay (432 years). Compositions calculated by ORIGEN and TIBSO results the same keff values for cooling times up to 1 million years. Changes in keff with cooling time have clear physical explanation. Compositions calculated by ORIGEN and MULTICELL results the same keff
Results of the isotopic concentrations of WWER calculation Burnup Credit Benchmark NO.2 (CB2)
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The purpose of this document is to present the results of the nuclide concentrations of the WWER Burnup Credit Benchmark NO.2 (CB2) that were performed in The Nuclear Technology Center of Cuba with available codes and libraries. The CB2 benchmark specification as the second phase of the WWER burnup credit benchmark is summarized in [1]. The CB2 benchmark focused on WWER burnup credit study proposed on the 97' Atomic Energy Research symposium [2]. The obtained results are isotopic concentrations of spent fuel as a function of the burnup and cooling time. The depletion point 'ORIGEN2'[3] code was used for the calculation of the spent fuel concentration. This work also comprises the results obtained by other codes [4]. (Author)
Results of the isotopic concentrations of VVER calculational burnup credit benchmark no. 2(cb2
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The characterization of the irradiated fuel materials is becoming more important with the Increasing use of nuclear energy in the world. The purpose of this document is to present the results of the nuclide concentrations calculated Using Calculation VVER Burnup Credit Benchmark No. 2(CB2). The calculations were Performed in The Nuclear Technology Center of Cuba. The CB2 benchmark specification as the second phase of the VVER burnup credit benchmark is Summarized in [1]. The CB2 benchmark focused on VVER burnup credit study proposed on the 97' AER Symposium [2]. It should provide a comparison of the ability of various code systems And data libraries to predict VVER-440 spent fuel isotopes (isotopic concentrations) using Depletion analysis. This phase of the benchmark calculations is still in progress. CB2 should be finished by summer 1999 and evaluated results could be presented on the next AER Symposium. The obtained results are isotopic concentrations of spent fuel as a function of the burnup and Cooling time. The depletion point ORIGEN2[3] code was used for the calculation of the spent Fuel concentration. The depletion analysis was performed using the VVER-440 irradiated fuel assemblies with in-core Irradiation time of 3 years, burnup of the 30000 mwd/TU, and an after discharge cooling Time of 0 and 1 year. This work also comprises the results obtained by other codes[4].
OECD/NEA Burnup Credit Calculational Criticality Benchmark Phase I-B Results
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Burnup credit is an ongoing technical concern for many countries that operate commercial nuclear power reactors. In a multinational cooperative effort to resolve burnup credit issues, a Burnup Credit Working Group has been formed under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This working group has established a set of well-defined calculational benchmarks designed to study significant aspects of burnup credit computational methods. These benchmarks are intended to provide a means for the intercomparison of computer codes, methods, and data applied in spent fuel analysis. The benchmarks have been divided into multiple phases, each phase focusing on a particular feature of burnup credit analysis. This report summarizes the results and findings of the Phase I-B benchmark, which was proposed to provide a comparison of the ability of different code systems and data libraries to perform depletion analysis for the prediction of spent fuel isotopic concentrations. Results included here represent 21 different sets of calculations submitted by 16 different organizations worldwide, and are based on a limited set of nuclides determined to have the most important effect on the neutron multiplication factor of light-water-reactor spent fuel. A comparison of all sets of results demonstrates that most methods are in agreement to within 10% in the ability to estimate the spent fuel concentrations of most actinides. All methods are within 11% agreement about the average for all fission products studied. Furthermore, most deviations are less than 10%, and many are less than 5%. The exceptions are 149Sm, 151Sm, and 155Gd
OECD/NEA burnup credit calculational criticality benchmark Phase I-B results
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In most countries, criticality analysis of LWR fuel stored in racks and casks has assumed that the fuel is fresh with the maximum allowable initial enrichment. This assumption has led to the design of widely spaced and/or highly poisoned storage and transport arrays. If credit is assumed for fuel burnup, initial enrichment limitations can be raised in existing systems, and more compact and economical arrays can be designed. Such reliance on the reduced reactivity of spent fuel for criticality control is referred to as burnup credit. The Burnup Credit Working Group, formed under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has established a set of well-defined calculational benchmarks designed to study significant aspects of burnup credit computational methods. These benchmarks are intended to provide a means for the intercomparison of computer codes, methods, and data applied in spent fuel analysis. The benchmarks have been divided into multiple phases, each phase focusing on a particular feature of burnup credit analysis. This report summarizes the results and findings of the Phase I-B benchmark, which was proposed to provide a comparison of the ability of different code systems and data libraries to perform depletion analysis for the prediction of spent fuel isotopic concentrations. Results included here represent 21 different sets of calculations submitted by 16 different organizations worldwide and are based on a limited set of nuclides determined to have the most important effect on the neutron multiplication factor of light-water-reactor spent fuel. A comparison of all sets of results demonstrates that most methods agree to within 10% in the ability to estimate the spent fuel concentrations of most actinides. All methods agree within 11% about the average for all fission products studied. Most deviations are less than 10%, and many are less than 5%. The exceptions are Sm 149, Sm 151, and Gd 155
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The report describes the final results of the Phase IIIB Benchmark conducted by the Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality Safety under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Benchmark was intended to compare the predictability of current computer code and data library combinations for the atomic number densities of an irradiated PWR fuel assembly model. The fuel assembly was irradiated under specific power of 25.6 MW/tHM up to 40 GWd/tHM and cooled for five years. The void fraction was assumed to be uniform throughout the channel box and constant, at 0, 40 and 70%, during burnup. In total, 16 results were submitted from 13 institutes of 7 countries. The calculated atomic number densities of 12 actinides and 20 fission product nuclides were found to be for the most part within a range of ±10% relative to the average, although some results, esp. 155Eu and gadolinium isotopes, exceeded the band, which will require further investigation. Pin-wise burnup results agreed well among the participants. The results in the infinite neutron multiplication factor k∞ also accorded well with each other for void fractions of 0 and 40%; however some results deviated from the averaged value noticeably for the void fraction of 70%. (author)
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Okuno, Hiroshi; Naito, Yoshitaka; Suyama, Kenya [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment
2002-02-01
The report describes the final results of the Phase IIIB Benchmark conducted by the Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality Safety under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Benchmark was intended to compare the predictability of current computer code and data library combinations for the atomic number densities of an irradiated PWR fuel assembly model. The fuel assembly was irradiated under specific power of 25.6 MW/tHM up to 40 GWd/tHM and cooled for five years. The void fraction was assumed to be uniform throughout the channel box and constant, at 0, 40 and 70%, during burnup. In total, 16 results were submitted from 13 institutes of 7 countries. The calculated atomic number densities of 12 actinides and 20 fission product nuclides were found to be for the most part within a range of {+-}10% relative to the average, although some results, esp. {sup 155}Eu and gadolinium isotopes, exceeded the band, which will require further investigation. Pin-wise burnup results agreed well among the participants. The results in the infinite neutron multiplication factor k{sub {infinity}} also accorded well with each other for void fractions of 0 and 40%; however some results deviated from the averaged value noticeably for the void fraction of 70%. (author)
Calculation of the CB1 burnup credit benchmark reaction rates with MCNP4B
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The first calculational VVER-440 burnup credit benchmark CB1 in 1996. VTT Energy participated in the calculation of the CB1 benchmark with three different codes: CASMO-4, KENO-VI and MCNP4B. However, the reaction rates and the fission ν were calculated only with CASMO-4. Now, the neutron absorption and production reaction rates and the fission ν values have been calculated at VTT Energy with the MCNP4B Monte Carlo code using the ENDF60 neutron data library. (author)
Spent fuel pool storage calculations using the ISOCRIT burnup credit tool
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Highlights: ► Depletion isotopics are needed for burnup credit in spent fuel pool analyses. ► We developed ISOCRIT to generate the isotopics using conservative depletion assumptions. ► ISOCRIT works in an automated fashion passing data between lattice physics and 3D Monte Carlo codes. ► Analyses to assess the impact of different depletion parameters on the reactivity of the spent fuel in pool conditions. - Abstract: In order to conservatively apply burnup credit in spent fuel pool criticality safety analyses, Westinghouse has developed a software tool, ISOCRIT, for generating depletion isotopics. This tool is used to create isotopics data based on specific reactor input parameters, such as design basis assembly type; bounding power/burnup profiles; reactor specific moderator temperature profiles; pellet percent theoretical density; burnable absorbers, axial blanket regions, and bounding ppm boron concentration. ISOCRIT generates burnup dependent isotopics using PARAGON; Westinghouse’s state-of-the-art and licensed lattice physics code. Generation of isotopics and passing the data to the subsequent 3D KENO calculations are performed in an automated fashion, thus reducing the chance for human error. Furthermore, ISOCRIT provides the means for responding to any customer request regarding re-analysis due to changed parameters (e.g., power uprate, exit temperature changes, etc.) with a quick turnaround.
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The status of development of burnup credit for criticality safety analyses in Spain is described in this paper. Ongoing activities in the country in this field, both national and international, are resumed. Burnup credit is currently being applied to wet storage of PWR fuel, and credit to integral burnable absorbers is given for BWR fuel storage. It is envisaged to apply burnup credit techniques to the new generation of transport casks now in the design phase. The analysis methodologies submitted for the analyses of PWR and BWR fuel wet storage are outlined. Analytical activities in the country are described, as well as international collaborations in this field. Perspectives for future research and development of new applications are finally resumed. (author)
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In order to account for the reactivity-reducing effect of burn-up in the criticality safety analysis for systems with irradiated nuclear fuel (''burnup credit''), numerical methods to determine the enrichment and burnup dependent nuclide inventory (''burnup code'') and its resulting multiplication factor keff (''criticality code'') are applied. To allow for reliable conclusions, for both calculation systems the systematic deviations of the calculation results from the respective true values, the bias and its uncertainty, are being quantified by calculation and analysis of a sufficient number of suitable experiments. This quantification is specific for the application case under scope and is also called validation. GRS has developed a methodology to validate a calculation system for the application of burnup credit in the criticality safety analysis for irradiated fuel assemblies from pressurized water reactors. This methodology was demonstrated by applying the GRS home-built KENOREST burnup code and the criticality calculation sequence CSAS5 from SCALE code package. It comprises a bounding approach and alternatively a stochastic, which both have been exemplarily demonstrated by use of a generic spent fuel pool rack and a generic dry storage cask, respectively. Based on publicly available post irradiation examination and criticality experiments, currently the isotopes of uranium and plutonium elements can be regarded for.
Evaluation of fission product worth margins in PWR spent nuclear fuel burnup credit calculations
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Current criticality safety calculations for the transportation of irradiated LWR fuel make the very conservative assumption that the fuel is fresh. This results in a very substantial overprediction of the actual keff of the transportation casks; in certain cases, this decreases the amount of spent fuel which can be loaded in a cask, and increases the cost of transporting the spent fuel to the repository. Accounting for the change of reactivity due to fuel depletion is usually referred to as ''burnup credit.'' The US DOE is currently funding a program aimed at establishing an actinide only burnup credit methodology (in this case, the calculated reactivity takes into account the buildup or depletion of a limited number of actinides). This work is undergoing NRC review. While this methodology is being validated on a significant experimental basis, it implicitly relies on additional margins: in particular, the absorption of neutrons by certain actinides and by all fission products is not taken into account. This provides an important additional margin and helps guarantee that the methodology is conservative provided these neglected absorption are known with reasonable accuracy. This report establishes the accuracy of fission product absorption rate calculations: (1) the analysis of European fission product worth experiments demonstrates that fission product cross-sections available in the US provide very good predictions of fission product worth; (2) this is confirmed by a direct comparison of European and US cross section evaluations; (3) accuracy of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) fission product content predictions is established in a recent ORNL report where several SNF isotopic assays are analyzed; and (4) these data are then combined to establish in a conservative manner the fraction of the predicted total fission product absorption which can be guaranteed based on available experimental data
Monte Carlo calculations of the REBUS critical experiment for validation of burnup credit
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The application of burnup credit (BUC) to criticality safety analysis for Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) configurations requires the implementation of both estimation of the SNF composition with the aid of depletion calculation tools and estimation of the SNF reactivity with the aid of criticality calculation tools. Amongst the several experimental programs dedicated to the validation of both calculation tools, REBUS is distinguished by a combination of chemical analysis and critical experiment. In addition to detailed assays of irradiated fuel, the reactivity worth of the fuel rods under investigation is measured both before and after irradiation. Since a whole bundle of fuel rods is used in the experiment, the change in reactivity is significant enough to be observable by Monte Carlo calculations. Thus, the calculation tools which see the most widespread use in SNF critical safety applications can be validated directly. Apart from the effective neutron multiplication factor keff, REBUS also provides measurements of the flux and fission rate distributions. While the program comprises investigation of commercial UO2 fuel rods and mixed oxide (MOX) fuel from a research reactor, the presentation will focus on the commercial UO2 fuel with an overview of the experimental setup and first results from the analysis. (author)
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The DECD/NEA Expert Group on Burn-up Credit was established in 1991 to address scientific and technical issues connected with the use of burn-up credit in nuclear fuel cycle operations. Following the completion of six benchmark exercises with uranium oxide (UOX) fuels irradiated in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs), the present report concerns mixed uranium and plutonium oxide (MOX) fuels irradiated in PWRs. The exercises consisted of inventory calculations of MOX fuels for two initial plutonium compositions. The depletion calculations were carried out using three representations of the MOX assemblies and their interface with UOX assemblies. This enabled the investigation of the spatial and spectral effects during the irradiation of the MOX fuels. (author)
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Reverdy, L
1999-07-01
Nowadays optimization goes with everything. So French engineering firms try to demonstrate that fuel transport casks and storage pools are able to receive assemblies with higher {sup 235}U initial enrichments. Fuel Burnup distribution contributes to demonstrate it. This instruction has to elaborate a way to take credit of burnup effects on criticality safety designs. The calculation codes used are CESAR 4.21-APOLLO 1-MORET III. The assembly studied (UO{sub 2}) is irradiated in a French Pressurized Water Reactor like EDF nuclear power reactor: PWR 1300 MWe, 17 x 17 array. Its initial enrichment in {sup 235}U equals 4.5%. The studies exposed in this report have evaluated the effects of: (i) the 15 fission products considered in Burnup Credit ({sup 95}Mo, {sup 99}Tc, {sup 101}Ru, {sup 103}Rh, {sup 109}Ag, {sup 133}Cs, {sup 143}Nd, {sup 145}Nd, {sup 147}Sm, {sup 149}Sm, {sup 150}Sm, {sup 151}Sm, {sup 152}Sm, {sup 153}Eu, {sup 155}Gd), (ii) the calculated abundances corrected or not by fixed factors, (iii) the choice of one cross sections library used by CESAR 4.21, (iv) the zone number elected in the axial burnup distribution zoning, (v) the kind of cut applied on (regular/optimized). Two axial distribution profiles are studied: one with 44 GWd/t average burnup, the other with 20 GWd/t average burnup. The second one considers a shallow control rods insertion in the upper limit of the assembly. The results show a margin in reactivity about 0.045 with consideration of the 6 most absorbent fission products ({sup 103}Rh, {sup 133}Cs, {sup 143}Nd, {sup 149}Sm, {sup 152}Sm, {sup 155}Gd), and about 0.06 for all Burnup Credit fission products whole. Those results have been calculated with an average burnup of 44 GWj/t. In a conservative approach, corrective factors must be apply on the abundance of some fission products. The cross sections library used by CESAR 4.21 (BBL 4) is sufficient and gives satisfactory results. The zoning of the assembly axial distribution burnup in 9
Burnup credit implementation in spent fuel management
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The criticality safety analysis of spent fuel management systems has traditionally assumed that the fuel is fresh. This results in significant conservatism in the calculated value of the system's reactivity. The concept of allowing reactivity credit for spent fuel offers economic incentives. Burnup Credit (BUC) could reduce mass limitation during dissolution of highly enriched PWR assemblies at the La Hague reprocessing plant. Furthermore, accounting for burnup credit enables the operator to avoid the use of Gd soluble poison in the dissolver for MOX assemblies. Analyses performed by DOE and its contractors have indicated that using BUC to maximize spent fuel transportation cask capacities is a justifiable concept that would result in public risk benefits and cost savings while fully maintaining criticality safety margins. In order to allow for Fission Products and Actinides in Criticality-Safety analyses, an extensive BUC experimental programme has been developed in France in the framework of the CEA-COGEMA collaboration. The use of burnup credit implies a verification of the fuel burnup before loading for transport, storage, disposal, or reprocessing each assembly, to make sure that the burnup level achieved complies with the criteria established. Independent measurement systems, e.g. gamma spectrum detection systems, are needed to perform a true independent measurement of assembly burnup, without reliance on reactor records, using the gamma emission signatures fission products (mainly Cesium isotopes). (author)
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The report describes the final results of Phase IIIA Benchmarks conducted by the Burnup Credit Criticality Calculation Working Group under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA). The benchmarks are intended to confirm the predictive capability of the current computer code and data library combinations for the neutron multiplication factor (keff) of a layer of irradiated BWR fuel assembly array model. In total 22 benchmark problems are proposed for calculations of keff. The effects of following parameters are investigated: cooling time, inclusion/exclusion of FP nuclides and axial burnup profile, and inclusion of axial profile of void fraction or constant void fractions during burnup. Axial profiles of fractional fission rates are further requested for five cases out of the 22 problems. Twenty-one sets of results are presented, contributed by 17 institutes from 9 countries. The relative dispersion of keff values calculated by the participants from the mean value is almost within the band of ±1%Δk/k. The deviations from the averaged calculated fission rate profiles are found to be within ±5% for most cases. (author)
Implementation of burnup credit in spent fuel management systems
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Improved calculational methods allow one to take credit for the reactivity reduction associated with fuel burnup. This means reducing the analysis conservatism while maintaining an adequate safety margin. The motivation for using burnup credit in criticality safety applications is based on economic considerations and additional benefits contributing to public health and safety and resource conservation. Interest in the implementation of burnup credit has been shown by many countries. In 1997, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started a task to monitor the implementation of burnup credit in spent fuel management systems, to provide a forum to exchange information, to discuss the matter and to gather and disseminate information on the status of national practices of burnup credit implementation in the Member States. The task addresses current and future aspects of burnup credit. This task was continued during the following years. (author)
REBUS: A burnup credit experimental programme
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An international programme called REBUS (REactivity tests for a direct evaluation of the Burn-Up credit on Selected irradiated LWR fuel bundles) for the investigation of the burn-up credit has been initiated by the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK-CEN and Belgonucleaire. At present it is sponsored by USNRC, EdF from France and VGB, representing German nuclear utilities. The programme aims to establish a neutronic benchmark for reactor physics codes. This benchmark would qualify the codes to perform calculations of the burn-up credit. The benchmark exercise will investigate the following fuel types with associated burn-up. 1. Reference absorber test bundle, 2. Fresh commercial PWR UO2 fuel, 3. Irradiated commercial PWR UO2 fuel (50 GWd/tM), 4. Fresh PWR UO2 fuel, 5. Irradiated PWR UO2 fuel (30 GWd/tM). Reactivity effects will be measured in the critical facility VENUS. The accumulated burn-up of all rods will be measured non-destructively by gamma-spectrometry. Some rods will be analyzed destructively with respect to accumulated burn-up, actinides content and TOP-18 fission products (i.e. those non-gaseous fission products that have most implications on the reactivity). The experimental implementation of the programme will start in 2000. (author)
The applications of burnup credit and the measurement techniques of burnup verification
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The factors of influencing criticality safety, implementing criticality control conditions, the calculation methods for predicting criticality, casks design and cask loading graph are described. The problems in the application of burnup credit and the dominant error in burnup credit operation are analysed. In order to avoid the operation error, requirements of measurement techniques and the most suitable measurement method are introduced
COGEMA/TRANSNUCLEAIRE's experience with burnup credit
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Facing a continuous increase in the fuel enrichments, COGEMA and TRANSNUCLEAIRE have implemented step by step a burnup credit programme to improve the capacity of their equipment without major physical modification. Many authorizations have been granted by the French competent authority in wet storage, reprocessing and transport since 1981. As concerns transport, numerous authorizations have been validated by foreign competent authorities. Up to now, those authorizations are restricted to PWR Fuel type assemblies made of enriched uranium. The characterization of the irradiated fuel and the reactivity of the systems are evaluated by calculations performed with well qualified French codes developed by the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission): CESAR as a depletion code and APPOLO-MORET as a criticality code. The authorizations are based on the assurance that the burnup considered is met on the least irradiated part of the fuel assemblies. Besides, the most reactive configuration is calculated and the burnup credit is restricted to major actinides only. This conservative approach allows not to take credit for any axial profile. On the operational side, the procedures have been reevaluated to avoid misloadings and a burnup verification is made before transport, storage and reprocessing. Depending on the level of burnup credit, it consists of a qualitative (go/no-go) verification or of a quantitative measurement. Thus the use of burnup credit is now a common practice in France and Germany and new improvements are still in progress: extended qualifications of the codes are made to enable the use of six selected fission products in the criticality evaluations. (author)
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Behler, Matthias; Hannstein, Volker; Kilger, Robert; Moser, Franz-Eberhard; Pfeiffer, Arndt; Stuke, Maik
2014-06-15
In order to account for the reactivity-reducing effect of burn-up in the criticality safety analysis for systems with irradiated nuclear fuel (''burnup credit''), numerical methods to determine the enrichment and burnup dependent nuclide inventory (''burnup code'') and its resulting multiplication factor k{sub eff} (''criticality code'') are applied. To allow for reliable conclusions, for both calculation systems the systematic deviations of the calculation results from the respective true values, the bias and its uncertainty, are being quantified by calculation and analysis of a sufficient number of suitable experiments. This quantification is specific for the application case under scope and is also called validation. GRS has developed a methodology to validate a calculation system for the application of burnup credit in the criticality safety analysis for irradiated fuel assemblies from pressurized water reactors. This methodology was demonstrated by applying the GRS home-built KENOREST burnup code and the criticality calculation sequence CSAS5 from SCALE code package. It comprises a bounding approach and alternatively a stochastic, which both have been exemplarily demonstrated by use of a generic spent fuel pool rack and a generic dry storage cask, respectively. Based on publicly available post irradiation examination and criticality experiments, currently the isotopes of uranium and plutonium elements can be regarded for.
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The OECD/NEA Expert Group on Burn-up Credit was established in 1991 to address scientific and technical issues connected with the use of burn-up credit in nuclear fuel cycle operations. Following the completion of six benchmark exercises with uranium oxide fuels irradiated in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs), the present report concerns mixed uranium and plutonium oxide (MOX) fuels irradiated in PWRs. The report summarises and analyses the solutions to the specified exercises provided by 37 contributors from 10 countries. The exercises were based upon the calculation of infinite PWR fuel pin cell reactivity for fresh and irradiated MOX fuels with various MOX compositions, burn-ups and cooling times. In addition, several representations of the MOX fuel assembly were tested in order to check various levels of approximations commonly used in reactor physics calculations. (authors)
Future disposal burnup credit process and effort
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The United States Department of Energy's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management has developed a risk-informed, performance based methodology for disposal criticality analyses. The methodology is documented in the Disposal Criticality Analysis Methodology Topical Report, YMP/TR-004Q (YMP 2000). The methodology includes taking credit for the burnup of irradiated commercial light water reactor fuel in criticality analyses, i.e., burnup credit. This paper summarizes the ongoing and planned future burnup credit activities associated with the methodology. (author)
Burnup credit activities in the United States
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This report covers progress in burnup credit activities that have occurred in the United States of America (USA) since the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) Advisory Group Meeting (AGM) on Burnup Credit was convened in October 1997. The Proceeding of the AGM were issued in April 1998 (IAEA-TECDOC-1013, April 1998). The three applications of the use of burnup credit that are discussed in this report are spent fuel storage, spent fuel transportation, and spent fuel disposal. (author)
Phenomena and Parameters Important to Burnup Credit
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Since the mid-1980s, a significant number of studies have been directed at understanding the phenomena and parameters important to implementation of burnup credit in out-of-reactor applications involving pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) spent fuel. The efforts directed at burnup credit involving boiling-water-reactor (BWR) spent fuel have been more limited. This paper reviews the knowledge and experience gained from work performed in the US and other countries in the study of burnup credit. Relevant physics and analysis phenomenon are identified, and an assessment of their importance to burnup credit implementation for transport and dry cask storage is given
Phenomena and parameters important to burnup credit
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Since the mid-1980s, a significant number of studies have been directed at understanding the phenomena and parameters important to implementation of burnup credit in out-of-reactor applications involving pressurized-water- reactor (PWR) spent fuel. The efforts directed at burnup credit involving boiling-water-reactor (BWR) spent fuel have been more limited. This paper reviews the knowledge and experience gained from work performed in the United States and other countries in the study of burnup credit. Relevant physics and analysis phenomenon are identified, and an assessment of their importance to burnup credit implementation for transport and dry cask storage is given. (author)
Issues for effective implementation of burnup credit
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In the United States, burnup credit has been used in the criticality safety evaluation for storage pools at pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and considerable work has been performed to lay the foundation for use of burnup credit in dry storage and transport cask applications and permanent disposal applications. Many of the technical issues related to the basic physics phenomena and parameters of importance are similar in each of these applications. However, the nuclear fuel cycle in the United States has never been fully integrated and the implementation of burnup credit to each of these applications is dependent somewhat on the specific safety bases developed over the history of each operational area. This paper will briefly review the implementation status of burnup credit for each application area and explore some of the remaining issues associated with effective implementation of burnup credit. (author)
2005 status and future of burnup credit in the USA
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At the beginning of 2005 in the USA burnup credit is licensed for PWR and BWR spent fuel pools, is under license review for a transport cask, is under discussion for disposal criticality. Two basic approaches exist for burnup credit. The first approach, which is licensed for spent fuel pools, utilizes criticality experience with spent fuel that has not been chemically assayed. The second approach to burnup credit comes from utilizing chemical assay data to validate the depletion calculations and then clean critical experiments to validate the criticality calculation. A burnup credit standard (ANS/ANSI-8.27) is under development where the two approaches are actively discussed. Issues related to the two approaches are presented as well as possible ways of resolving the issues. (author)
Investigation of burnup credit implementation for BWR fuel
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Burnup Credit allows considering the reactivity decrease due to fuel irradiation in criticality studies for the nuclear fuel cycle. Its implementation requires to carefully analyze the validity of the assumptions made to define the axial profile of the burnup and void fraction (for BWR), to determine the composition of the irradiated fuel and to compute the criticality simulation. In the framework of Burnup Credit implementation for BWR fuel, this paper proposes to investigate part of these items. The studies presented in this paper concern: the influence of the burnup and of the void fraction on BWR spent fuel content and on the effective multiplication factor of an infinite array of BWR assemblies. A code-to-code comparison for BWR fuel depletion calculations relevant to Burnup Credit is also performed. (authors)
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The reactivity effect of the asymmetry of axial burnup profile in burnup credit criticality safety is studied for a realistic PWR spent fuel transport cask proposed in the current OECD/NEA Phase II-C benchmark problem. The axial burnup profiles are simulated in 21 material zones based on in-core flux measurements varying from strong asymmetry to more or less no asymmetry. Criticality calculations in a 3-D model have been performed using the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP-4B2 and the nuclear data library JENDL-3.2. Calculation conditions are determined with consideration of the axial fission source convergence. Calculations are carried out not only for cases proposed in the benchmark but also for additional cases assuming symmetric burnup profile. The actinide-only approach supposed for first domestic introduction of burnup credit into criticality evaluation is also considered in addition to the actinide plus fission product approach adopted in the benchmark. The calculated results show that keff and the end effect increase almost linearly with increasing burnup axial offset that is defined as one of typical parameters showing the intensity of axial burnup asymmetry. The end effect is more sensitive to the asymmetry of burnup profile for the higher burnup. For an axially distributed burnup, the axial fission source distribution becomes strongly asymmetric as its peak shifts toward the top end of the fuel's active zone where the local burnup is less than that of the bottom end. The peak of fission source distribution becomes higher with the increase of either the asymmetry of burnup profile or the assembly-averaged burnup. The conservatism of the assumption of uniform axial burnup based on the actinide-only approach is estimated quantitatively in comparison with the keff result calculated with experiment-based strongest asymmetric axial burnup profile with the actinide plus fission product approach. (author)
Burnup credit issues in transportation and storage
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Reliance on the reduced reactivity of spent fuel for criticality control during transportation and storage is referred to as burnup credit. This concept has attracted international interest and is being actively pursued in the United States in the development of a new generation of transport casks. An overview of the US experience in developing a methodology to implement burnup credit in an integrated approach to transport cask design is presented in this paper. Specifically, technical issues related to the analysis, validation and implementation of burnup credit are identified and discussed
Burnup credit issues in transportation and storage
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Reliance on the reduced reactivity of spent fuel for criticality control during transportation and storage is referred to as burnup credit. This concept has attracted international interest and is being actively pursued in the United States in the development of a new generation of transport casks. An overview of the U.S. experience in developing a methodology to implement burnup credit in an integrated approach to transport cask design is presented in this paper. Specifically, technical issues related to the analysis, validation and implementation of burnup credit are identified and discussed. (author)
Final evaluation of the CB3+burnup credit benchmark addition
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In 1966 a series of benchmarks focused on the application of burnup credit in WWER spent fuel management system was launched by L.Markova (1). The four phases of the proposed benchmark series corresponded to the phases of the Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark organised by the OECD/NEA.These phases referred as CB1, CB2, CB3 and CB4 benchmarks were designed to investigate the main features of burnup credit in WWER spent fuel management systems. In the CB1 step, the multiplication factor of an infinite array of spent fuel rods was calculated taking the burnup, cooling time and different group of nuclides as parameters. The fuel compositions was given in the benchmark specification (Authors)
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A method for classifying benchmark results of criticality calculations according to similarity was proposed in this paper. After formulation of the method utilizing correlation coefficients, it was applied to burnup credit criticality benchmarks Phase III-A and II-A, which were conducted by the Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality Safety under auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA). Phase III-A benchmark was a series of criticality calculations for irradiated Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies, whereas Phase II-A benchmark was a suite of criticality calculations for irradiated Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) fuel pins. These benchmark problems and their results were summarized. The correlation coefficients were calculated and sets of benchmark calculation results were classified according to the criterion that the values of the correlation coefficients were no less than 0.15 for Phase III-A and 0.10 for Phase II-A benchmarks. When a couple of benchmark calculation results belonged to the same group, one calculation result was found predictable from the other. An example was shown for each of the Benchmarks. While the evaluated nuclear data seemed the main factor for the classification, further investigations were required for finding other factors. (author)
OECD/NEA Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark
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The report describes the final result of the phase-1A of the Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark conducted by OECD/NEA. The phase-1A benchmark problem is an infinite array of a simple PWR spent fuel rod. The analysis has been performed for the PWR spent fuels of 30 and 40 GWd/t after 1 and 5 years of cooling time. In total, 25 results from 19 institutes of 11 countries have been submitted. For the nuclides in spent fuel, 7 major actinides and 15 major fission products (FP) are selected for the benchmark calculation. In the case of 30 GWd/t burnup, it is found that the major actinides and the major FPs contribute more than 50% and 30% of the total reactivity loss due to burnup, respectively. Therefore, more than 80% of the reactivity loss can be covered by 22 nuclides. However, the larger deviation among the reactivity losses by participants has been found for cases including EPs than the cases with only actinides, indicating the existence of relatively large uncertainties in FP cross sections. The large deviation seen also in the case of the fresh fuel has been found to reduce sufficiently by replacing the cross section library from ENDF-B/IV with that from ENDF-B/V and taking the known bias of MONK6 into account. (author)
CB2 result evaluation (VVER-440 burnup credit benchmark)
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The second portion of the four-piece international calculational benchmark on the VVER burnup credit (CB2) prepared in the collaboration with the OECD/NEA/NSC Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmarks Working Group and proposed to the AER research community has been evaluated. The evaluated results of calculations performed by analysts from Cuba, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom are presented. The goal of this study is to compare isotopic concentrations calculated by the participants using various codes and libraries for depletion of the VVER-440 fuel pin cell. No measured values were available for the comparison. (author)
Analysis of burnup credit on spent fuel storage
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Chemical analyses were carried out on high burnup UO2 (65 GWd/t) and MOX (45 GWd/t) spent fuel pins. Measured data of the composition of nuclides from 234U to 242Pu were used for evaluation of ORIGEN-2/82 code. Criticality calculations were executed for the casks which were being designed to store 52 BWR or 21 PWR spent fuel assemblies. The reactivity biases were evaluated for (1) axial and horizontal profiles of burnup, and void history (BWR), (2) operational histories such as control rod insertion history, BPR insertion history and others, and (3) calculational accuracy of ORIGEN-2/82 code on the composition of nuclides. Present evaluation shows that introduction of burnup credit has a substantial merit in criticality safety analysis of the cask, even if these reactivity biases are considered. The concept of equivalent uniform burnup was adapted for present reactivity bias evaluation and showed a possibility of simplifying the reactivity bias evaluation in burnup credit. Finally, adapting procedures of burnup credit such as the burnup meter were evaluated. (author)
The calculational VVER burnup Credit Benchmark No.3 results with the ENDF/B-VI rev.5 (1999)
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Rodriguez Gual, Maritza [Centro de Tecnologia Nuclear, La Habana (Cuba). E-mail: mrgual@ctn.isctn.edu.cu
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The purpose of this papers to present the results of CB3 phase of the VVER calculational benchmark with the recent evaluated nuclear data library ENDF/B-VI Rev.5 (1999). This results are compared with the obtained from the other participants in the calculations (Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Slovaquia, Spain and the United Kingdom). The phase (CB3) of the VVER calculation benchmark is similar to the Phase II-A of the OECD/NEA/INSC BUC Working Group benchmark for PWR. The cases without burnup profile (BP) were performed with the WIMS/D-4 code. The rest of the cases have been carried with DOTIII discrete ordinates code. The neutron library used was the ENDF/B-VI rev. 5 (1999). The WIMS/D-4 (69 groups) is used to collapse cross sections from the ENDF/B-VI Rev. 5 (1999) to 36 groups working library for 2-D calculations. This work also comprises the results of CB1 (obtained with ENDF/B-VI rev. 5 (1999), too) and CB3 for cases with Burnup of 30 MWd/TU and cooling time of 1 and 5 years and for case with Burnup of 40 MWd/TU and cooling time of 1 year. (author)
Transnucleaire's experience with burnup credit in transport operations
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Facing a continued increase in fuel enrichment values, Transnucleaire has progressively implemented a burnup credit programme in order to maintain or, where possible, to improve the capacity of its transport packagings without physical modification. Many package design approvals, based on a notion of burnup credit, have been granted by the French competent authority for transport since the early eighties, and many of these approvals have been validated by foreign competent authorities. Up to now, these approvals are restricted to fuel assemblies made of enriched uranium and irradiated in pressurized water reactors (PWR). The characterization of the irradiated fuel and the reactivity of the package are evaluated by calculation, performed using qualified French codes developed by the CEA (Commisariat a l'Energie Atomique/French Atomic Energy Commission): CESAR as a depletion code and APOLO-MORET as a criticality code. The approvals are based on the hypothesis that the burnup considered is that applied on the least irradiated region of the fuel assemblies, the conservative approach being not to take credit for any axial profile of burnup along the fuel assembly. The most reactive configuration is calculated and the burnup credit is also restricted to major actinides only. On the operational side and in compliance with regulatory requirements, verification is made before transport, in order to meet safety objectives as required by the transport regulations. Besides a review of documentation related to the irradiation history of each fuel assembly, it consists of either a qualitative (go/no-go) verification or of a quantitative measurement, depending on the level of burnup credit. Thus the use of burnup credit is now a common practice with Transnucleaire's packages, particularly in France and Germany. New improvements are still in progress and qualifications of the calculation code are now well advanced, which will allow in the near future the use of six selected
Finnish contribution to the CB4 burnup credit benchmark
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The CB4 phase of the WWER burnup credit benchmark series studies the effect of flat and realistic axial burnup profiles on the multiplication factor of a conceptual WWER cask loaded with spent fuel. The benchmark was calculated at VTT Energy with MCNP4C, using mainly ENDF/B-V1 cross sections. According to the calculation results the effect of the axial homogenization on the keff estimate is complex. At low burnups the use of a axial profile overestimates keff but at high burnups the reverse is the case. Ignoring fission products leads to conservative keff and the effect of axial homogenization on the multiplication factor is similar to a reduction of the burnup (Authors)
Integrated burnup calculation code system SWAT
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SWAT is an integrated burnup code system developed for analysis of post irradiation examination, transmutation of radioactive waste, and burnup credit problem. It enables us to analyze the burnup problem using neutron spectrum depending on environment of irradiation, combining SRAC which is Japanese standard thermal reactor analysis code system and ORIGEN2 which is burnup code widely used all over the world. SWAT makes effective cross section library based on results by SRAC, and performs the burnup analysis with ORIGEN2 using that library. SRAC and ORIGEN2 can be called as external module. SWAT has original cross section library on based JENDL-3.2 and libraries of fission yield and decay data prepared from JNDC FP Library second version. Using these libraries, user can use latest data in the calculation of SWAT besides the effective cross section prepared by SRAC. Also, User can make original ORIGEN2 library using the output file of SWAT. This report presents concept and user's manual of SWAT. (author)
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Burn-up credit analysis of RBMK-1000 an WWER-1000 spent nuclear fuel accounting only for actinides is carried out and a method is proposed for actinide burn-up credit. Two burn-up credit approaches are analyzed, which consider a system without and with the distribution of isotopes along the height of the fuel assembly. Calculations are performed using SCALE and MCNP computer codes
Burnup credit methodology validation against WWER experimental data
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A methodology for criticality safety analyses with burnup credit application has been developed for WWER spent fuel management facilities. This methodology is based on two worldwide used code systems: SCALE 4.4 for depletion and criticality calculations and NESSEL-NUKO - for depletion calculations. The methodology is in process of extensive validation for WWER applications. The depletion code systems NESSEL-NUKO and SCALE4.4 (control module SAS2H) have been validated on the basis of comparison with the calculated results obtained by other depletion codes for the CB2 Calculational Burnup Credit Benchmark. The validation of these code systems for WWER-440 and WWER-1000 spent fuel assembly depletion analysis based on comparisons with appropriate experimental data commenced last year. In this paper some results from burnup methodology validation against measured nuclide concentration given in the ISTC project 2670 for WWER-440 and from ORNL publication for WWER-1000 are presented. (authors)
Strategies for Application of Isotopic Uncertainties in Burnup Credit
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Gauld, I.C.
2002-12-23
Uncertainties in the predicted isotopic concentrations in spent nuclear fuel represent one of the largest sources of overall uncertainty in criticality calculations that use burnup credit. The methods used to propagate the uncertainties in the calculated nuclide concentrations to the uncertainty in the predicted neutron multiplication factor (k{sub eff}) of the system can have a significant effect on the uncertainty in the safety margin in criticality calculations and ultimately affect the potential capacity of spent fuel transport and storage casks employing burnup credit. Methods that can provide a more accurate and realistic estimate of the uncertainty may enable increased spent fuel cask capacity and fewer casks needing to be transported, thereby reducing regulatory burden on licensee while maintaining safety for transporting spent fuel. This report surveys several different best-estimate strategies for considering the effects of nuclide uncertainties in burnup-credit analyses. The potential benefits of these strategies are illustrated for a prototypical burnup-credit cask design. The subcritical margin estimated using best-estimate methods is discussed in comparison to the margin estimated using conventional bounding methods of uncertainty propagation. To quantify the comparison, each of the strategies for estimating uncertainty has been performed using a common database of spent fuel isotopic assay measurements for pressurized-light-water reactor fuels and predicted nuclide concentrations obtained using the current version of the SCALE code system. The experimental database applied in this study has been significantly expanded to include new high-enrichment and high-burnup spent fuel assay data recently published for a wide range of important burnup-credit actinides and fission products. Expanded rare earth fission-product measurements performed at the Khlopin Radium Institute in Russia that contain the only known publicly-available measurement for {sup 103
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Leszczynski, F.
2005-05-01
-section data for burnup calculations, using some of the main available evaluated nuclear data files (ENDF-B-VI-Rel.8, JEFF-3.0, JENDL-3.3), on an isotope-by-isotope basis as much as possible. The selected experimental burnup benchmarks are reference cases for LWR and HWR reactors, with analysis of isotopic composition as a function of burnup. For LWR (H2O-moderated uranium oxide lattices) four benchmarks are included: ATM-104 NEA Burnup credit criticality benchmark; Yankee-Rowe Core V; H.B.Robinson Unit 2 and Turkey Point Unit 3. For HWR (D2O-moderated uranium oxide cluster lattices), three benchmarks were selected: NPD-19-rod Fuel Clusters; Pickering-28-rod Fuel Clusters; and Bruce-37-rod Fuel Clusters. The isotopes with experimental concentration data included in these benchmarks are: Se-79, Sr90, Tc99, Ru106, Sn126, Sb125,1129, Cs133-137, Nd143, 145, Sm149-150, 152, Eul53-155, U234-235, 238, Np237, Pu238-242, Am241-243, and Cm242-248. Results and analysis of differences between calculated and measured absolute and/or relative concentrations of these isotopes for the seven benchmarks are included in this work.
Studies on future application of burnup credit in Hungary
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This paper describes the present status of the fuel storage and the possible future applications of burnup credit in wet and dry storage systems in Hungary. It gives a survey of the activities planned in AERI concerning the burnup credit. Some part of these investigations dealing with the influence of the axial changing of the assembly burnup are given in more details. (author)
Fission product margin in burnup credit analyses
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is currently working toward the licensing of a methodology for using actinide-only burnup credit for the transportation of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Important margins are built into this methodology. By using comparisons with a representative experimental database to determine bias factors, the methodology ensures that actinide concentrations and worths are estimated conservatively; furthermore, the negative net reactivity of certain actinides and all fission products (FPs) is not taken into account, thus providing additional margin. A future step of DOE's effort might aim at establishing an actinide and FP burnup credit methodology. The objective of this work is to establish the uncertainty to be applied to the total FP worth in SNF. This will serve two ends. First, it will support the current actinide-only methodology by demonstrating the margin available from FPs. Second, it will identify the major contributions to the uncertainty and help set priorities for future work
The impact of burn-up credit in criticality studies
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Nowadays optimization goes with everything. So French engineering firms try to demonstrate that fuel transport casks and storage pools are able to receive assemblies with higher 235U initial enrichments. Fuel Burnup distribution contributes to demonstrate it. This instruction has to elaborate a way to take credit of burnup effects on criticality safety designs. The calculation codes used are CESAR 4.21-APOLLO 1-MORET III. The assembly studied (UO2) is irradiated in a French Pressurized Water Reactor like EDF nuclear power reactor: PWR 1300 MWe, 17 x 17 array. Its initial enrichment in 235U equals 4.5%. The studies exposed in this report have evaluated the effects of: i) the 15 fission products considered in Burnup Credit (95Mo, 99Tc, 101Ru, 103Rh, 109Ag, 133Cs, 143Nd, 145Nd, 147Sm, 149Sm, 150Sm, 151Sm, 152Sm, 153Eu, 155Gd), ii) the calculated abundances corrected or not by fixed factors, iii) the choice of one cross sections library used by CESAR 4.21, iu) the zone number elected in the axial burnup distribution zoning, u) the kind of cut applied on (regular/optimized). Two axial distribution profiles are studied: one with 44 GWd/t average burnup, the other with 20 GWd/t average burnup. The second one considers a shallow control rods insertion in the upper limit of the assembly. The results show a margin in reactivity about 0.045 with consideration of the 6 most absorbent fission products (103Rh, 133Cs, 143Nd, 149Sm, 152Sm, 155Gd), and about 0.06 for all Burnup Credit fission products whole. Those results have been calculated with an average burnup of 44 GWj/t. In a conservative approach, corrective factors must be apply on the abundance of some fission products. The cross sections library used by CESAR 4.21 (BBL 4) is sufficient and gives satisfactory results. The zoning of the assembly axial distribution burnup in 9 regular zones grants a satisfying calculation time/result precision compromise. (author)
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The criticality safety analysis of spent fuel systems has traditionally assumed that the fuel is fresh. This results in significant conservatism in the calculated value of the system's reactivity. Improved calculational methods allows one to take credit for the reactivity reduction associated with fuel burnup, hence reducing the analysis conservatism while maintaining an adequate criticality safety margin. Motivation for using burnup credit in criticality safety applications is generally based on economic considerations. Although economics may be a primary factor in deciding to use burnup credit, other benefits may be realized. Many of the additional benefits of burnup credit that are not strictly economic, may be considered to contribute to public health and safety, and resource conservation and environmental quality. Interest in the implementation of burnup credit has been shown by many countries. A summary of the information gathered by the IAEA about ongoing activities and regulatory status of burnup credit in different countries is included. Burnup credit implementation introduces new parameters and effects that should be addressed in the criticality analysis (e.g., axial and radial burnup shapes, fuel irradiation history, and others). Analysis of these parameters introduces new variations as well as the uncertainties, that should be considered in the safety assessment of the system. Also, the need arises to validate the isotopic composition that results from a depletion calculation, as well as to extend the current validation range of criticality codes to cover spent fuel. The use of burnup credit implies a verification of the fuel burnup before loading for transport, storage, disposal, or reprocessing each assembly, to make sure that the burnup level achieved complies with the criteria established. Methods and procedures used in different countries are described in this report
Burnup effects of MOX fuel pincells in PWR - OECD/NEA burnup credit benchmark analysis -
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The burnup effects were analyzed for various cases of MOX fuel pincells of fresh and irradiated fuels by using the HELIOS, MCNP-4/B, CRX and CDP computer codes. The investigated parameters were burnup, cooling time and combinations of nuclides in the fuel region. The fuel compositions for each case were provided by BNFL (British Nuclear Fuel Limited) as a part of the problem specification so that the results could be focused on the calculation of the neutron multiplication factor. The results of the analysis show that the largest saving effect of the neutron multiplication factor due to burnup credit is 30 %. This is mainly due to the consideration of actinides and fission products in the criticality analysis
The US department of energy's transportation burnup credit program
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Aspects of the U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) transportation burnup credit program, the Department's motivation for conducting the program, and the status of burnup credit activities are presented. The benefits, technical, and regulatory considerations associated with using burnup credit for transport of irradiated nuclear fuel are discussed. The methods used in the DOE's actinide-only topical report are described in terms of the technical and regulatory issues. (authors)
Application of burnup credit with partial boron credit to PWR spent fuel storage pools
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The outcome of performing a burnup credit criticality safety analysis of a PWR spent fuel storage pool is the determination of burnup credit loading curves BLC=BLC(e) for the spent fuel storage racks designed for burnup credit, cp. Reference. A burnup credit loading curve BLC=BLC(e) specifies the loading criterion by indicating the minimum burnup BLC(e) necessary for the fuel assembly with a specific initial enrichment e to be placed in storage racks designed for burnup credit. (orig.)
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Mueller, Don E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Marshall, William J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wagner, John C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Bowen, Douglas G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
2015-09-01
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Division of Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation recently issued Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) 8, Revision 3. This ISG provides guidance for burnup credit (BUC) analyses supporting transport and storage of PWR pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel in casks. Revision 3 includes guidance for addressing validation of criticality (k_{eff}) calculations crediting the presence of a limited set of fission products and minor actinides (FP&MA). Based on previous work documented in NUREG/CR-7109, recommendation 4 of ISG-8, Rev. 3, includes a recommendation to use 1.5 or 3% of the FP&MA worth to conservatively cover the bias due to the specified FP&MAs. This bias is supplementary to the bias and bias uncertainty resulting from validation of k_{eff} calculations for the major actinides in SNF and does not address extension to actinides and fission products beyond those identified herein. The work described in this report involves comparison of FP&MA worths calculated using SCALE and MCNP with ENDF/B-V, -VI, and -VII based nuclear data and supports use of the 1.5% FP&MA worth bias when either SCALE or MCNP codes are used for criticality calculations, provided the other conditions of the recommendation 4 are met. The method used in this report may also be applied to demonstrate the applicability of the 1.5% FP&MA worth bias to other codes using ENDF/B V, VI or VII based nuclear data. The method involves use of the applicant s computational method to generate FP&MA worths for a reference SNF cask model using specified spent fuel compositions. The applicant s FP&MA worths are then compared to reference values provided in this report. The applicants FP&MA worths should not exceed the reference results by more than 1.5% of the reference FP&MA worths.
Review of Technical Studies in the United States in Support of Burnup Credit Regulatory Guidance
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Taking credit for the reduction in reactivity associated with fuel depletion can enable more cost-effective, higher-density storage, transport, disposal, and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) while maintaining sufficient subcritical margin to establish an adequate safety basis. Consequently, there continues to be considerable interest in the United States (U.S.), as well as internationally, in the increased use of burnup credit in SNF operations, particularly related to storage, transport, and disposal of commercial SNF. This interest has motivated numerous technical studies related to the application of burnup credit, both domestically and internationally, as well as the design of SNF storage, transport and disposal systems that rely on burnup credit for maintaining subcriticality. Responding to industry requests and needs, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initiated a burnup credit research program in 1999, with support from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to develop regulatory guidance and the supporting technical bases for allowing and expanding the use of burnup credit in pressurized-water reactor SNF storage and transport applications. Although this NRC research program has not been continuous since its inception, considerable progress has been achieved in many key areas in terms of increased understanding of relevant phenomena and issues, availability of relevant information and data, and subsequently updated regulatory guidance for expanded use of burnup credit. This paper reviews technical studies performed by ORNL for the U.S. NRC burnup credit research program. Examples of topics include reactivity effects associated with reactor operating characteristics, fuel assembly characteristics, burnable absorbers, control rods, spatial burnup distributions, cooling time, and assembly misloading; methods and data for validation of isotopic composition predictions; methods and data for validation of criticality calculations; and
Investigation of Burnup Credit Issues in BWR Fuel
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Calculations for long-term-disposal criticality safety of spent nuclear fuel requires the application of burnup credit because of the large mass of fissile material that will be present in the repository. Burnup credit calculations are based on depletion calculations that provide a conservative estimate of spent fuel contents, followed by criticality calculations to assess the value of keff for a spent fuel cask or a fuel configuration under a variety of probabilistically derived events. In order to ensure that the depletion calculation is conservative, it is necessary to both qualify and quantify assumptions that can be made in depletion models used to characterize spent fuel. Most effort in the United States this decade has focused on burnup issues related to pressurized-water reactors. However, requirements for the permanent disposal of fuel from boiling-water reactors has necessitated development of methods for prediction of spent fuel contents for such fuels. Concomitant with such analyses, validation is also necessary. This paper provides a summary of initial efforts at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to better understand and validate spent fuel analyses for boiling-water-reactor fuel
Implementation of burnup credit in PWR spent fuel storage pools
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Implementation of burnup credit in spent fuel storage of LWR fuel at nuclear power plants is approved in Germany since the beginning of 2000. The burnup credit methods applied have to comply with the newly developed German criticality safety standard DIN 25471 passed in November 1999 and published in September 2000, cp. (orig.)
Probabilistic assessment of dry transport with burnup credit
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The general concept of probabilistic analysis and its application to the use of burnup credit in spent fuel transport is explored. Discussion of the probabilistic analysis method is presented. The concepts of risk and its perception are introduced, and models are suggested for performing probability and risk estimates. The general probabilistic models are used for evaluating the application of burnup credit for dry spent nuclear fuel transport. Two basic cases are considered. The first addresses the question of the relative likelihood of exceeding an established criticality safety limit with and without burnup credit. The second examines the effect of using burnup credit on the overall risk for dry spent fuel transport. Using reasoned arguments and related failure probability and consequence data analysis is performed to estimate the risks of using burnup credit for dry transport of spent nuclear fuel. (author)
Study on burn-up credit and minor actinide in post-irradiation analysis
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Accuracy of burnup calculation for actinide is very important as to the study of burn-up credit. For minor-actinides such as Am243 and Cm244, however, typical burnup calculation codes are not accurate enough. The accuracy for both nuclides was studied by using the SWAT code. The study showed that the C/E values of both nuclides could be improved at the same time by changing the cross section of Pu242. A study of burnup calculation related to the cross section of Pu242 should be performed to improve the accuracy for both nuclides. (author)
Recommendations for Addressing Axial Burnup in the PWR Burnup Credit Analyses
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Wagner, J.C.
2002-10-23
This report presents studies performed to support the development of a technically justifiable approach for addressing the axial-burnup distribution in pressurized-water reactor (PWR) burnup-credit criticality safety analyses. The effect of the axial-burnup distribution on reactivity and proposed approaches for addressing the axial-burnup distribution are briefly reviewed. A publicly available database of profiles is examined in detail to identify profiles that maximize the neutron multiplication factor, k{sub eff}, assess its adequacy for PWR burnup credit analyses, and investigate the existence of trends with fuel type and/or reactor operations. A statistical evaluation of the k{sub eff} values associated with the profiles in the axial-burnup-profile database was performed, and the most reactive (bounding) profiles were identified as statistical outliers. The impact of these bounding profiles on k{sub eff} is quantified for a high-density burnup credit cask. Analyses are also presented to quantify the potential reactivity consequence of loading assemblies with axial-burnup profiles that are not bounded by the database. The report concludes with a discussion on the issues for consideration and recommendations for addressing axial burnup in criticality safety analyses using burnup credit for dry cask storage and transportation.
The REBUS experimental programme for burn-up credit
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An international programme called REBUS for the investigation of the burn-up credit has been initiated by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK·CEN and Belgonucleaire with the support of EdF and IRSN from France and VGB, representing German nuclear utilities and NUPEC, representing the Japanese industry. Recently also ORNL from the U.S. jointed the programme. The programme aims to establish a neutronic benchmark for reactor physics codes in order to qualify the codes for calculations of the burn-up credit. The benchmark exercise investigate the following fuel types with associated burn-up: reference fresh 3.3% enriched UO2 fuel, fresh commercial PWR UO2 fuel and irradiated commercial PWR UO2 fuel (54 GWd/tM), fresh PWR MOX fuel and irradiated PWR MOX fuel (20 GWd/tM). The experiments on the three configurations with fresh fuel have been completed. The experiments show a good agreement between calculation and experiments for the different measured parameters: critical water level, reactivity effect of the water level and fission-rate and flux distributions. In 2003 the irradiated BR3 MOX fuel bundle was loaded into the VENUS reactor and the associated experimental programme was carried out. The reactivity measurements in this configuration with irradiated fuel show a good agreement between experimental and preliminary calculated values. (author)
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Aiming at validation of depletion codes against WWER-440 spent fuel data some calculations of isotope composition of WWER-440 spent fuel assembly have been carried out by the NESSEL-NUKO code system. The initial data and data for the comparisons were taken from the ISTS burn up credit project data, recently published in the ISTC report 'Radiochemical Assays of Irradiated WWER-440 Fuel for Use in Spent Fuel Burnup Credit Activities. The specific work scope included the destructive assay (DA) of spent fuel assembly rod segments with an - -38.5 MWd/KgU burn up from a single WWER-440 fuel assembly from the Novovorenezh reactor in Russia (Authors)
Addressing the Axial Burnup Distribution in PWR Burnup Credit Criticality Safety
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This paper summarizes efforts related to developing a technically justifiable approach for addressing the axial burnup distribution in PWR burnup-credit criticality safety analyses. The paper reviews available data on the axial variation in burnup and the effect of axial burnup profiles on reactivity in a SNF cask. A publicly available database of profiles is examined to identify profiles that maximize the neutron multiplication factor, keff, assess its adequacy for general PWR burnup credit analyses, and investigate the existence of trends with fuel type and/or reactor operations. For this assessment, a statistical evaluation of the keff values associated with the profiles in the axial burnup profile database was performed that identifies the most reactive profiles as statistical outliers that are not representative of typical discharged SNF assemblies. The impact of these bounding profiles on the neutron multiplication factor for a high-density burnup credit cask is quantified. Finally, analyses are presented to quantify the potential reactivity consequence of assemblies with axial profiles that are not bounded by the existing database. The paper concludes with findings for addressing the axial burnup distribution in burnup credit analyses
Effect of Control Blade History, and Axial Coolant Density and Burnup Profiles on BWR Burnup Credit
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have initiated a multiyear project to investigate the application of burnup credit (BUC) for boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel in storage and transportation systems (often referred to as casks) and spent fuel pools (SFPs). This work is divided into two main phases. The first phase investigated the applicability of peak reactivity methods currently used in SFPs to transportation and storage casks and the validation of reactivity calculations and spent fuel compositions within these methods. The second phase focuses on extending BUC beyond peak reactivity. This paper documents the analysis of the effects of control blade insertion history, and moderator density and burnup axial profiles for extended BWR BUC.
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Consideration of the depletion phenomena and isotopic uncertainties in burnup-credit criticality analysis places an increasing reliance on computational tools and significantly increases the overall complexity of the calculations. An automated analysis and data management capability is essential for practical implementation of large-scale burnup credit analyses that can be performed in a reasonable amount of time. STARBUCS is a new prototypic analysis sequence being developed for the SCALE code system to perform automated criticality calculations of spent fuel systems employing burnup credit. STARBUCS is designed to help analyze the dominant burnup credit phenomena including spatial burnup gradients and isotopic uncertainties. A search capability also allows STARBUCS to iterate to determine the spent fuel parameters (e.g., enrichment and burnup combinations) that result in a desired keff for a storage configuration. Although STARBUCS was developed to address the analysis needs for spent fuel transport and storage systems, it provides sufficient flexibility to allow virtually any configuration of spent fuel to be analyzed, such as storage pools and reprocessing operations. STARBUCS has been used extensively at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to study burnup credit phenomena in support of the NRC Research program
The implementation of burnup credit in VVER-440 spent fuel
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The countries using Russian reactors VVER-440 cooperate in reactor physics in Atomic Energy Research (AER). One of topic areas is 'Physical Problems of Spent Fuel, Radwaste and Decommissioning' (Working Group E). In this article, in the first part is an overview about our activity for numerical and experimental verification of codes which participants use for calculation of criticality, isotopic concentration, activity, neutron and gamma sources and shielding is shown. The set of numerical benchmarks (CB1, CB2, CB3 and CB4) is very similar (the same idea, the VVER-440) to the OECD/NEA/NSC Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmarks, Phases 1 and 2. In the second part, verification of the SCALE 4.4 system (only criticality and nuclide concentrations) for VVER-440 fuel is shown. In the third part, dependence of criticality on burnup (only actinides and actinides + fission products) for transport cask C30 with VVER-440 fuel by optimal moderation is shown. In the last part, current status in implementation burnup credit in Slovakia is shown. (author)
Actinide-Only Burnup Credit for PWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Packages
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The objective of this topical report is to present to the NRC for review and acceptance a methodology for using burnup credit in the design of criticality control systems for PWR spent fuel transportation packages, while maintaining the criticality safety margins and related requirements of 10 CFR Part 71 and 72. The proposed methodology consists of five major steps as summarized below: (1) Validate a computer code system to calculate isotopic concentrations in SNF created during burnup in the reactor core and subsequent decay. (2) Validate a computer code system to predict the subcritical multiplication factor, keff, of a spent nuclear fuel package. (3) Establish bounding conditions for the isotopic concentration and criticality calculations. (4) Use the validated codes and bounding conditions to generate package loading criteria (burnup credit loading curves). and (5) Verify that SNF assemblies meet the package loading criteria and confirm proper fuel assembly selection prior to loading. (This step is required but the details are outside the scope of this topical report.) When reviewed and accepted by the NRC, this topical report will serve as a criterion document for criticality control analysts and will provide steps for the use of actinide-only burnup credit in the design of criticality control systems. The NRC-accepted burnup credit methodology will be used by commercial SNF storage and transportation package designers. Design-specific burnup credit criticality analyses will be defined, developed, and documented in the Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for each specific storage or transportation package that uses burnup credit. These SARs will then be submitted to the NRC for review and approval. This topical report is expected to be referenced in a number of storage and transportation cask applications to be submitted by commercial cask and canister designers to the NRC. Therefore, NRC acceptance of this topical report will result in increased efficiency of the
Topical Report on Actinide-Only Burnup Credit for PWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Packages. Revision 2
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The objective of this topical report is to present to the NRC for review and acceptance a methodology for using burnup credit in the design of criticality control systems for PWR spent fuel transportation packages, while maintaining the criticality safety margins and related requirements of 10 CFR Part 71 and 72. The proposed methodology consists of five major steps as summarized below: (1) Validate a computer code system to calculate isotopic concentrations in SNF created during burnup in the reactor core and subsequent decay. (2) Validate a computer code system to predict the subcritical multiplication factor, keff, of a spent nuclear fuel package. (3) Establish bounding conditions for the isotopic concentration and criticality calculations. (4) Use the validated codes and bounding conditions to generate package loading criteria (burnup credit loading curves). and (5) Verify that SNF assemblies meet the package loading criteria and confirm proper fuel assembly selection prior to loading. (This step is required but the details are outside the scope of this topical report.) When reviewed and accepted by the NRC, this topical report will serve as a criterion document for criticality control analysts and will provide steps for the use of actinide-only burnup credit in the design of criticality control systems. The NRC-accepted burnup credit methodology will be used by commercial SNF storage and transportation package designers. Design-specific burnup credit criticality analyses will be defined, developed, and documented in the Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for each specific storage or transportation package that uses burnup credit. These SARs will then be submitted to the NRC for review and approval. This topical report is expected to be referenced in a number of storage and transportation cask applications to be submitted by commercial cask and canister designers to the NRC. Therefore, NRC acceptance of this topical report will result in increased efficiency of the
Burnup credit demands for spent fuel management in Ukraine
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In fact, till now, burnup credit has not be applied in Ukrainian nuclear power for spent fuel management systems (storage and transport). However, application of advanced fuel at VVER reactors, arising spent fuel amounts, represent burnup credit as an important resource to decrease spent fuel management costs. The paper describes spent fuel management status in Ukraine from viewpoint of subcriticality assurance under spent fuel storage and transport. It also considers: 1. Regulation basis concerning subcriticality assurance, 2. Basic spent fuel and transport casks characteristics, 3. Possibilities and demands for burnup credit application at spent fuel management systems in Ukraine. (author)
燃耗信任制临界计算中保守性因素研究%Study on the conservative factors for burnup credit criticality calculation
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刘驰; 蒋校丰; 张少泓
2012-01-01
When applies the burnup credit technology to perform criticality safety analysis for spent fuel storage or transportation problems, it is important for one to confirm that all the conditions adopted are adequate to cover the severest conditions that may encounter in the engineering applications. Taking the OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmarks as sample problems, we study the effect of some important factors that may affect the conservatism of the results for spent fuel system criticality safety analysis. Effects caused by different nuclides credit strategy, different cooling time and axial burnup profile are studied by use of the STARBUCS module of SCALE5. 1 software package, and related conclusions about the conservatism of these factors are%在运用燃耗信任制技术进行乏燃料储存、运输等环节的临界安全分析时,临界计算所采用的条件是否具有足够的包络性十分关键.本文借助于OECD/NEA发布的若干燃耗信任制临界安全基准题,使用SCALE5.1软件中的STARBUCS模块进行分析,对信任核素选取、乏燃料冷却时间以及端末效应等因素对乏燃料系统临界安全性的影响进行了研究,得出了各参数保守性的有关结论.
Analysis of burnup credit on spent fuel transport / storage casks - estimation of reactivity bias
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Chemical analyses of high burnup UO2 (65 GWd/t) and MOX (45 GWd/t) spent fuel pins were carried out. Measured data of nuclides' composition from U234 to P 242 were used for evaluation of ORIGEN-2/82 code and a nuclear fuel design code (NULIF). Critically calculations were executed for transport and storage casks for 52 BWR or 21 PWR spent fuel assemblies. The reactivity biases were evaluated for axial and horizontal profiles of burnup, and historical void fraction (BWR), operational histories such as control rod insertion history, BPR insertion history and others, and calculational accuracy of ORIGEN-2/82 on nuclides' composition. This study shows that introduction of burnup credit has a large merit in criticality safety analysis of casks, even if these reactivity biases are considered. The concept of equivalent uniform burnup was adapted for the present reactivity bias evaluation and showed the possibility of simplifying the reactivity bias evaluation in burnup credit. (authors)
EPRI R and D perspective on burnup credit
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'Burnup credit' refers to taking credit for the burnup of nuclear fuel in the performance of criticality safety analyses. Historically, criticality safety analyses for transport of spent nuclear fuel have assumed the fuel to be unirradiated (i.e. 'fresh' fuel). In 1999, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office issued Interim Staff Guidance - 8 (ISG-8) with recommendations for the use of burnup credit in storage and transportation of pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent fuel. The use of burnup credit offers an opportunity to reduce the number of spent nuclear fuel shipments by ∼30%. A simple analysis shows that the increased risk of a criticality event associated with properly using burnup credit is negligible. Comparing this negligible risk component with the reduction in common transport risks due to the reduced number of spent fuel shipments (higher capacity casks for transporting PWR spent fuel) leads to the conclusion that using 'burnup credit' is preferable to using the 'fresh fuel' assumption. A specific objective of the EPRI program is to support the Goals of the U.S. Industry. These goals are consistent with the original U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) goal defined in 1988: a burnup credit methodology that takes credit for the negative reactivity that is practical (all fissile actinides, most neutron absorbing actinides, and a subset of the fission products that account for the majority of the available credit from all fission products). The determination of the optimum number of fission products to consider in a practical burnup credit methodology validates the approach advocated by researchers from France to first focus on a handful of isotopes that include Sm-149; Rh-103; Nd-143; Gd-155; and Sm-152. (author)
Burnup calculation code system COMRAD96
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COMRAD was one of the burnup code system developed by JAERI. COMRAD96 is a transfered version of COMRAD to Engineering Work Station. It is divided to several functional modules, 'Cross Section Treatment', 'Generation and Depletion Calculation', and 'Post Process'. It enables us to analyze a burnup problem considering a change of neutron spectrum using UNITBURN. Also it can display the γ Spectrum on a terminal. This report is the general description and user's manual of COMRAD96. (author)
A guide introducing burnup credit, preliminary version. Contract research
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2001-07-01
It is examined to take burnup credit into account for criticality safety control of facility treating spent fuel. This work is a collection of current technical status of predicting isotopic composition and criticality of spent fuel, points to be specially considered for safety evaluation, and current status of legal affairs for the purpose of applying burnup credit to the criticality safety evaluation of the facility treating spent fuel in Japan. (author)
A guide introducing burnup credit, preliminary version. Contract research
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It is examined to take burnup credit into account for criticality safety control of facility treating spent fuel. This work is a collection of current technical status of predicting isotopic composition and criticality of spent fuel, points to be specially considered for safety evaluation, and current status of legal affairs for the purpose of applying burnup credit to the criticality safety evaluation of the facility treating spent fuel in Japan. (author)
Burnup credit considerations in dry spent-fuel storage licensing
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Burnup credit has been allowed in reactor basin spent-fuel storage at pressurized water reactors for a number of years. However, such storage occurs under strict administrative, procedural, and design controls. In recent years, dry spent-fuel storage cask vendors have expressed interest in designing cask fuel baskets with allowance for burnup credit. At last year's American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, an ad hoc session was organized and authorized on burnup credit for dry storage and transportation casks. It has become clear that some utilities are interested in burnup credit for dry storage designs. Given this, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff is examining the technical issues involved in allowing burnup credit. Analytical work focused on the development of branch technical positions for determination of burnup credit for dry spent-fuel storage technology designs has begun. Procedural and administrative issues will be examined, based on licensing experience, and will also be the subject of branch technical positions. At an appropriate time, preparation of regulatory guides will be considered
A Criticality Evaluation of the GBC-32 Dry Storage Cask in PWR Burnup Credit
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The current criticality safety evaluation assumes the only unirradiated fresh fuels with the maximum enrichment in a dry storage cask (DSC) for conservatism without consideration of the depletion of fissile nuclides and the generation of neutron-absorbing fission products. However, the large conservatism leads to the significant increase of the storage casks required. Thus, the application of burnup credit which takes credit for the reduction of reactivity resulted from fuel depletion can increase the capacity in storage casks. On the other hand, the burnup credit application introduces lots of complexity into a criticality safety analysis such as the accurate estimation of the isotopic inventories and the burnup of UNFs and the validation of the criticality calculation. The criticality evaluation with an effect of burnup credit was performed for the DSC of GBC-32 by using SCALE 6.1/STARBUCS. keff values were calculated as a function of burnup and cooling time for four initial enrichments of 2, 3, 4, and 5 wt. % 235U. The values were calculated for the burnup range of 0 to 60,000 MWD/MTU, in increments of 10,000 MWD/MTU, and for five cooling times of 0, 5, 10, 20, and 40 years
Taking burnup credit for interim storage and transportation system for BWR fuels
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In order to establish a realistic burnup credit design system, a calculation system has been developed for determining isotope compositions, burnup, and criticality. The calculation system consists of several modules such as TGBLA, ORIGEN, CITATION, MCNP, and KENO. The TGBLA code is a fuel design code for LWR fuels developed in TOSHIBA Corporation. A compact measurement system for a fuel assembly has been being developed to meet requirements for the burnup determination, the neutron emission-rate evaluation, and the nuclear materials management. For a spent MOX fuel, a neutron emission rate measurement method has been being developed. The system consists of Cd-Te detectors and / or fission chambers. Some model calculations were carried out for the latest design BWR fuels. The effect of taking burnup credit for a transportation cask is shown. (authors)
Siemens PWR burnup credit criticality analysis methodology: Depletion code and verification methods
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Application of burnup credit requires knowledge of the reactivity state of the irradiated fuel for which burnup credit is taken. The isotopic inventory of the irradiated fuel has to be calculated, therefore, by means of depletion codes. Siemens performs depletion calculations for PWR fuel burnup credit applications with the aid of the code package SAV. This code package is based on the first principles approach, i.e., avoids cycle or reactor specific fitting or adjustment parameters. This approach requires a general and comprehensive qualification of SAV by comparing experimental with calculational results. In the paper on hand the attention is focused mainly on the evaluation of chemical assay data received from different experimental programmes. (author)
Disposal criticality analysis methodology's principal isotope burnup credit
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This paper presents the burnup credit aspects of the United States Department of Energy Yucca Mountain Project's methodology for performing criticality analyses for commercial light-water-reactor fuel. The disposal burnup credit methodology uses a 'principal isotope' model, which takes credit for the reduced reactivity associated with the build-up of the primary principal actinides and fission products in irradiated fuel. Burnup credit is important to the disposal criticality analysis methodology and to the design of commercial fuel waste packages. The burnup credit methodology developed for disposal of irradiated commercial nuclear fuel can also be applied to storage and transportation of irradiated commercial nuclear fuel. For all applications a series of loading curves are developed using a best estimate methodology and depending on the application, an additional administrative safety margin may be applied. The burnup credit methodology better represents the 'true' reactivity of the irradiated fuel configuration, and hence the real safety margin, than do evaluations using the 'fresh fuel' assumption. (author)
Determination of axial profit performed burnup credit by SCALE 4.3-system
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SCALE 4.3 is a modular code system designed for realizing standard computational analysis for licensing evaluation. Since now, spent fuel storage pools criticality analysis have been done considering this fuel as fresh, with its maximum enrichment. With burnup credit we can obtain cheaper and compact configurations. The procedure for calculating a spent fuel storage consists of a burnup calculation plus a criticality calculation. We can perform a conservative approximation for the burnup calculations using 1-D results, but, besides the geometry configurations for the 3-D criticality calculation. we need an appropriate approximation to model the burnup axial variation. We assume that for a burnup profile set, the most conservative profile is between the lower and the upper range of this profile, set. We consider only combinations of the maximum and minimum burnup in each axial region, for each burnup range. This gives an estimation of the different burnup shapes effect and the general characteristics of the most conservative shape. (Author) 6 refs
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Given a trend towards higher burnup power reactor fuel, the IAEA began an active programme in burnup credit (BUC) with major meetings in 1997 (IAEA-TECDOC-1013), 2000 (IAEA-TECDOC-1241) and 2002 (IAEA-TECDOC-1378) exploring worldwide interest in using BUC in spent fuel management systems. This publication contains the proceedings of the IAEA's 4th major BUC meeting, held in London. Sixty participants from 18 countries addressed calculation methodology, validation and criticality, safety criteria, procedural compliance with safety criteria, benefits of BUC applications, and regulatory aspects in BUC. This meeting encouraged the IAEA to continue its activities on burnup credit including dissemination of related information, given the number of Member States having to deal with increased spent fuel quantities and extended durations. A 5th major meeting on burnup credit is planned 2008. Burnup credit is a concept that takes credit for the reduced reactivity of fuel discharged from the reactor to improve loading density of irradiated fuel assemblies in storage, transportation, and disposal applications, relative to the assumption of fresh fuel nuclide inventories in loading calculations. This report has described a general four phase approach to be considered in burnup credit implementation. Much if not all of the background research and data acquisition necessary for successful burnup credit development in preparation for licensing has been completed. Many fuel types, facilities, and analysis methods are encompassed in the public knowledge base, such that in many cases this guidance will provide a means for rapid development of a burnup credit program. For newer assembly designs, higher enrichment fuels, and more extensive nuclide credit, additional research and development may be necessary, but even this work can build on the foundation that has been established to date. Those, it is hoped that this report will serve as a starting point with sufficient reference to
Parametric neutronic analyses related to burnup credit cask design
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The consideration of spent fuel histories (burnup credit) in the design of spent fuel shipping casks will result in cost savings and public risk benefits in the overall fuel transportation system. The purpose of this paper is to describe the depletion and criticality analyses performed in conjunction with and supplemental to the referenced analysis. Specifically, the objectives are to indicate trends in spent fuel isotopic composition with burnup and decay time; provide spent fuel pin lattice values as a function of burnup, decay time, and initial enrichment; demonstrate the variation of keff for infinite arrays of spent fuel assemblies separated by generic cask basket designs (borated and unborated) of varying thicknesses; and verify the potential cask reactivity margin available with burnup credit via analysis with generic cask models
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This paper describes the experience gained in Germany in implementing burnup credit in wet storage and dry transport systems of spent PWR, BWR, and MOX fuel. It gives a survey of the levels of burnup credit presently used, the regulatory status and activities planned, the fuel depletion codes and criticality calculation codes employed, the verification methods used for validating these codes, the modeling assumptions made to ensure that the burnup credit criticality analysis is based on a fuel irradiation history which leads to bounding neutron multiplication factors, and the implementation of procedures used for fuel loading verification. (author)
Program package for 2D burnup calculation
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The program package for 2 dimension burnup calculation was developed for TRIGA Mark III reactor. The package consists of 3 modules: PRESIX, SIXTUS-2, and BURN; 1 library, and 2 input files. PRESIX module prepared cross sections for diffusion calculation. SIXTUS-2 module, a two dimensional diffusion code in hexagonal geometry, calculates keff, neutron fluxes and power distributions. BURN module performs the burnup of fuel elements and stored the result in the ELEM.DAT file. PRESIX.LIB is two group cross section library for major reactor core components prepared using WIMS-D4 code. PRES.INP, the first input file, reads information on reactor power and core loading pattern. ELEM.DAT, the second input file, is prepared for specific TRIGA reactor and dependent on operation history. To verify the reactor model and computational methods, the calculated excess reactivities were compared to the measurement. The results are in good agreement. (author)
Validation issues for depletion and criticality analysis in burnup credit
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This paper reviews validation issues associated with implementation of burnup credit in transport, dry storage, and disposal. The issues discussed are ones that have been identified by one or more constituents of the United States technical community (national laboratories, licensees, and regulators) that have been exploring the use of burnup credit. There is not necessarily agreement on the importance of the various issues, which sometimes is what creates the issue. The broad issues relate to the paucity of available experimental data (radiochemical assays and critical experiments) covering the full range and characteristics of spent nuclear fuel in away-from-reactor systems. The paper will also introduce recent efforts initiated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to provide technical information that can help better assess the value of different experiments. The focus of the paper is on experience with validation issues related to use of burnup credit for transport and dry storage applications. (author)
Burnup credit in nuclear waste transport: An economic analysis
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The US DOE is responsible for transporting nuclear spent fuel from commercial reactors to monitored retrievable storage (MRS) facilities and/or to repositories. Current plans call for approximately 110,000 metric tons uranium (MTU) to be transported over approximately 40 years beginning in 1998. Because of the large volume of spent fuel to be transported, new generations of spent fuel transportation casks are being planned. These casks will embody the latest technology and will be designated to accommodate the spent fuel in a way that maximizes the overall efficiency of the cask. In planning for the new generation of transport casks, the DOE is investigating the possibility of tailoring the cask design for the extent to which spent fuel has been used in the reactors, or, for spent fuel burnup. Granting design credit for burnup would allow one to fabricate casks with relatively larger capacities than would be possible otherwise. The remainder of the paper discusses the economic implications of using burnup credit in cask design, discusses the approach used in analyzing the economics of burnup credit, describes the results of the analysis, and offers some conclusions about the economic value of the burnup credit option
TOPICAL REPORT ON ACTINIDE-ONLY BURNUP CREDIT FOR PWR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL PACKAGES
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A methodology for performing and applying nuclear criticality safety calculations, for PWR spent nuclear fuel (SNF) packages with actinide-only burnup credit, is described. The changes in the U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, and Am-241 concentration with burnup are used in burnup credit criticality analyses. No credit for fission product neutron absorbers is taken. The methodology consists of five major steps. (1) Validate a computer code system to calculate isotopic concentrations of SNF created during burnup in the reactor core and subsequent decay. A set of chemical assay benchmarks is presented for this purpose as well as a method for assessing the calculational bias and uncertainty, and conservative correction factors for each isotope. (2) Validate a computer code system to predict the subcritical multiplication factor, keff, of a spent nuclear fuel package. Fifty-seven UO2, UO2/Gd2O3, and UO2/PuO2 critical experiments have been selected to cover anticipated conditions of SNF. The method uses an upper safety limit on keff (which can be a function of the trending parameters) such that the biased keff, when increased for the uncertainty is less than 0.95. (3) Establish bounding conditions for the isotopic concentration and criticality calculations. Three bounding axial profiles have been established to assure the ''end effect'' is accounted for conservatively. (4) Use the validated codes and bounding conditions to generate package loading criteria (burnup credit loading curves). Burnup credit loading curves show the minimum burnup required for a given initial enrichment. The utility burnup record is compared to this requirement after the utility accounts for the uncertainty in its record. Separate curves may be generated for each assembly design, various minimum cooling times and burnable absorber histories. (5) Verify that SNF assemblies meet the package loading criteria and confirm proper assembly selection prior to loading
Actinide-only burnup credit for spent fuel transport
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A conservative methodology is described that would allow taking credit for burn up in the criticality safety analysis of spent nuclear fuel packages. Requirements for its implementation include isotopic and criticality validation, generation of package loading criteria using limiting parameters, and assembly burn up verification by measurement. The method allows credit for the changes in the 234U, 235U, 236U, 238U, 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu, and 241Am concentrations with burnup. No credit for fission product neutron absorbers is taken. Analyses are included regarding the methodology's financial benefits and conservative margin. It is estimated that the proposed actinide-only burnup credit methodology would save 20% of the transport costs. Nevertheless, the methodology includes a substantial margin. Conservatism due to the isotopic correction factors, limiting modelling parameters, limiting axial profiles and exclusion of the fission products ranges from 10 to 25% k. (author)
Technical Development on Burn-up Credit for Spent LWR Fuel
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2001-12-26
Technical development on burn-up credit for spent LWR fuels had been performed at JAERI since 1990 under the contract with Science and Technology Agency of Japan entitled ''Technical Development on Criticality Safety Management for Spent LWR Fuels.'' Main purposes of this work are to obtain the experimental data on criticality properties and isotopic compositions of spent LWR fuels and to verify burnup and criticality calculation codes. In this work three major experiments of exponential experiments for spent fuel assemblies to obtain criticality data, non-destructive gamma-ray measurement of spent fuel rods for evaluating axial burn-up profiles, and destructive analyses of spent fuel samples for determining precise burn-up and isotopic compositions were carried out. The measured data obtained were used for validating calculation codes as well as an examination of criticality safety analyses. Details of the work are described in this report.
Technical Development on Burn-up Credit for Spent LWR Fuel
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Technical development on burn-up credit for spent LWR fuels had been performed at JAERI since 1990 under the contract with Science and Technology Agency of Japan entitled ''Technical Development on Criticality Safety Management for Spent LWR Fuels.'' Main purposes of this work are to obtain the experimental data on criticality properties and isotopic compositions of spent LWR fuels and to verify burnup and criticality calculation codes. In this work three major experiments of exponential experiments for spent fuel assemblies to obtain criticality data, non-destructive gamma-ray measurement of spent fuel rods for evaluating axial burn-up profiles, and destructive analyses of spent fuel samples for determining precise burn-up and isotopic compositions were carried out. The measured data obtained were used for validating calculation codes as well as an examination of criticality safety analyses. Details of the work are described in this report
ISOTOPIC MODEL FOR COMMERCIAL SNF BURNUP CREDIT
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The purpose of this report is to demonstrate a process for selecting bounding depletion parameters, show that they are conservative for pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) spent nuclear fuel (SNF), and establish the range of burnup for which the parameters are conservative. The general range of applicability is for commercial light water reactor (LWR) SNF with initial enrichments between 2.0 and 5.0 weight percent 235U and burnups between 10 and 50 gigawatt-day per metric ton of uranium (GWd/MTU)
ISOTOPIC MODEL FOR COMMERCIAL SNF BURNUP CREDIT
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A.H. Wells
2004-11-17
The purpose of this report is to demonstrate a process for selecting bounding depletion parameters, show that they are conservative for pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) spent nuclear fuel (SNF), and establish the range of burnup for which the parameters are conservative. The general range of applicability is for commercial light water reactor (LWR) SNF with initial enrichments between 2.0 and 5.0 weight percent {sup 235}U and burnups between 10 and 50 gigawatt-day per metric ton of uranium (GWd/MTU).
Revised SWAT. The integrated burnup calculation code system
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SWAT is an integrated burnup code system developed for analysis of post irradiation examination, transmutation of radioactive waste, and burnup credit problem. This report shows an outline and a user's manual of revised SWAT. This revised SWAT includes expansion of functions, increasing supported machines, and correction of several bugs reported from users of previous SWAT. (author)
Revised SWAT. The integrated burnup calculation code system
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Suyama, Kenya; Mochizuki, Hiroki [Department of Fuel Cycle Safety Research, Nuclear Safety Research Center, Tokai Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan); Kiyosumi, Takehide [The Japan Research Institute, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)
2000-07-01
SWAT is an integrated burnup code system developed for analysis of post irradiation examination, transmutation of radioactive waste, and burnup credit problem. This report shows an outline and a user's manual of revised SWAT. This revised SWAT includes expansion of functions, increasing supported machines, and correction of several bugs reported from users of previous SWAT. (author)
Application of a burnup verification meter to actinide-only burnup credit for spent PWR fuel
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A measurement system to verify reactor records for burnup of spent fuel at pressurized water reactors (PWR) has been developed by Sandia National Laboratories and tested at US nuclear utility sites. The system makes use of the Fork detector designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the safeguards program of the International Atomic Energy Agency. A single-point measurement of the neutrons and gamma- rays emitted from a PWR assembly is made at the center plane of the assembly while it is partially raised from its rack in the spent fuel pool. The objective of the measurements is to determine the variation in burnup assignments among a group of assemblies, and to identify anomalous assemblies that might adversely affect nuclear criticality safety. The measurements also provide an internal consistency check for reactor records of cooling time and initial enrichment. The burnup verification system has been proposed for qualifying spent fuel assemblies for loading into containers designed using burnup credit techniques. The system is incorporated in the US Department of Energy's.''Topical Report on Actinide-Only Burnup Credit for PWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Packages'' [DOE/RW 19951
Actinide-only burnup credit methodology for PWR spent nuclear fuel
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A conservative methodology is presented that would allow taking credit for burnup in the criticality safety analysis of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) packages. The method is based on the assumption that the isotopic concentration in the SNF and cross sections of each isotope for which credit is taken must be supported by validation experiments. The method allows credit for the changes in the U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, and Am-241 concentration with burnup. No credit for fission product neutron absorbers is taken. The methodology consists of five major steps: 1. Validate a computer code system to calculate isotopic concentrations of spent nuclear fuel created during burnup in the reactor core and subsequent decay. 2. Validate a computer code system to predict the subcritical multiplication factor, keff, of a spent nuclear fuel package by use of UO2 and UO2/Puo2 critical experiments. 3. Establish conditions for the SNF (depletion analysis) and package (criticality analysis) which bounds keff. 4. Use the validated codes and bounding conditions to generate package loading criteria (burnup credit loading curves). 5. Verify by measurement that SNF assemblies meet the package loading criteria and confirm proper assembly selection prior to loading. (author)
Burnup credit implementation plan and preparation work at JAERI
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Application of the burnup credit concept is considered to be very effective to the design of spent fuel transport and storage facilities. This technology is all the more important when considering construction of the intermediate spent fuel storage facility, which is to be commissioned by 2010 due to increasing amount of accumulated spent fuel in Japan. Until reprocessing and recycling all the spent fuel arising, they will be stored as an energy stockpile until such time as they can be reprocessed. On the other hand, the burnup credit has been partly taken into account for the spent fuel management at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, which is to be commissioned in 2005. They have just finished the calibration tests for their burnup monitor with initially accepted several spent fuel assemblies. Because this monitoring system is employed with highly conservative safety margin, it is considered necessary to develop the more rational and simplified method to confirm burnup of spent fuel. A research program has been instituted to improve the present method employed at the spent fuel management system for the Spent Fuel Receiving and Storage Pool of Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant. This program is jointly performed by Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL) and JAERI.This presentation describes the current status of spent fuel accumulation discharged from PWR and BWR in Japan and the recent incentive to introduce burnup credit into design of spent fuel storage and transport facilities. This also includes the content of the joint research program initiated by JNFL and JAERI. The relevant study has been continued at JAERI. The results by these research programs will be included in the Burnup Credit Guide Original Version compiled by JAERI. (author)
Taking burnup credit for interim storage and transportation system for BWR fuels
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In the back-end issues of nuclear fuel cycle, selection of reprocessing or one-through is a big issue. For both of the cases, a reasonable interim storage and transportation system is required. This study proposes an advanced practical monitoring and evaluation system. The system features the followings: (l) Storage racks and transportation casks taking credit for burnup. (2) A burnup estimation system using a compact monitor with Cd- Te detectors and fission chambers. (3) A neutron emission-rate evaluation methodology, especially important for high burnup MOX fuels. (4) A nuclear materials management system for safeguards. Current storage system and transport casks are designed on the basis of a fresh fuel assumption. The assumption is too conservative. Taking burnup credit gives a reasonable design while keeping conservatism. In order to establish a reasonable burnup credit design system, a calculation system has been developed for determining isotope compositions, burnup, and criticality. The calculation system consists of some modules such as TGBLA, ORIGEN, CITATION, MCNP and KENO. The TGBLA code is a fuel design code for LWR fuels developed in TOSHIBA Corporation. The code takes operational history such as, power density, void fraction into account. This code is applied to the back-end issues for a more accurate design of a storage and a transportation system. The ORIGEN code is well-known one-point isotope depletion code. In the calculation system, the code calculates isotope compositions using libraries generated from the TGBLA code. The CITATION code, the MCNP code, and the KENO code are three dimensional diffusion code, continuous energy Monte Carlo code, discrete energy Monte Carlo code, respectively. Those codes calculate k- effective of the storage and transportation systems using isotope compositions generated from the ORIGEN code. The CITATION code and the KENO code are usually used for practical designs. The MCNP code is used for reference
An economic evaluation of a storage system for casks with burnup credit
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It is generally recognized that casks designed with burnup credit are more economical than those without burnup credit. To estimate how much more economical they are, we made conceptual designs of transport/storage casks with and without burnup credit for PWR and BWR fuels of various uranium enrichment. The casks were designed to contain the maximum number of fuel assemblies under the necessary weight and dimensional limitations as well as the criticality and shielding criteria. The results showed that approximately 8 % to 44 % more fuel assemblies could be contained in casks with burnup credit. We then evaluated the economy of cask storage system incorporating the cask designs obtained above both with and without burnup credit. The results showed that the cost of storing casks with burnup credit is approximately 7 % to 30 % less expensive than storing casks without burnup credit. (J.P.N.)
Overview of the burnup credit activities at OECD/NEA/NSC
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This article summarizes activities of the OECD/NEA Burnup Credit Expert Panel, a subordinate group to the Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety (WPNCS). The WPNCS of the OECD/NEA coordinates and carries out work in the domain of criticality safety at the international level. Particular attention is devoted to establishing sound databases required in this area and to addressing issues of high relevance such as burnup credit. The activities of the expert panel are aimed toward improving safety and identifying economic solutions to issues concerning the back-end of the fuel cycle. The main objective of the activities of the OECD/NEA Burnup Credit Expert Panel is to demonstrate that the available criticality safety calculational tools are appropriate for application to burned fuel systems and that a reasonable safety margin can be established. The method established by the expert panel for investigating the physics and predictability of burnup credit is based on the specification and comparison of calculational benchmark problems. A wide range of fuel types, including PWR, BWR, MOX, and VVER fuels, has been or are being addressed by the expert panel. The objective and status of each of these benchmark problems is reviewed in this article. It is important to note that the focus of the expert panel is the comparison of the results submitted by each participant to assess the capability of commonly used code systems, not to quantify the physical phenomena investigated in the comparisons or to make recommendations for licensing action. (author)
Application of scale-4 depletion/criticality sequences in burnup credit analyses
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The concept of allowing reactivity credit for the transmuted state of spent fuel complicates the criticality analysis by requiring the specification of the fuel mixture to potentially include large numbers of isotopes representative of the fuel conditions. These conditions include the initial enrichment, local or average burnup conditions depending on the analysis approach, and the post-shutdown cooling time. In the development of an analysis methodology to evaluate spent fuel shipping and transport casks (flasks) based on this burnup credit, commercial reactor critical configurations were evaluated as potential experimental spent fuel criticals. This paper describes how the SCALE-4 depletion sequences (SAS2H), the cross-section processing sequence (CSASN), and the criticality module (KENO V.a) were used to evaluate these reactor criticals. A description of a newly developed sequence for linking SAS2H calculated burnup-dependent isotopics to KENO V.a mixing tables [SAS2H Nuclide Inventories for KENO Runs (SNIKR)] is also included
A validated methodology for evaluating burnup credit in spent fuel casks
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The concept of allowing reactivity credit for the transmuted state of spent fuel offers both economic and risk incentives. This paper presents a general overview of the technical work being performed in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program to resolve issues related to the implementation of burnup credit. An analysis methodology is presented along with information representing the validation of the method against available experimental data. The experimental data that are applicable to burnup credit include chemical assay data for the validation of the isotopic prediction models, fresh fuel critical experiments for the validation of criticality calculations for various cask geometries, and reactor restart critical data to validate criticality calculations with spent fuel. The methodology has been specifically developed to be simple and generally applicable, therefore giving rise to uncertainties or sensitivities which are identified and quantified in terms of a percent bias in keff. Implementation issues affecting licensing requirements and operational procedures are discussed briefly. (Author)
A validated methodology for evaluating burnup credit in spent fuel casks
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The concept of allowing reactivity credit for the transmuted state of spent fuel offers both economic and risk incentives. This paper presents a general overview of the technical work being performed in support of the US Department of Energy (DOE) program to resolve issues related to the implementation of burnup credit. An analysis methodology is presented along with information representing the validation of the method against available experimental data. The experimental data that are applicable to burnup credit include chemical assay data for the validation of the isotopic prediction models, fresh fuel critical experiments for the validation of criticality calculations for various cask geometries, and reactor restart critical data to validate criticality calculations with spent fuel. The methodology has been specifically developed to be simple and generally applicable, therefore giving rise to uncertainties or sensitivities which are identified and quantified in terms of a percent bias in keff. Implementation issues affecting licensing requirements and operational procedures are discussed briefly. 24 refs., 3 tabs
Assessment of Reactivity Margins and Loading Curves for PWR Burnup Credit Cask Designs
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Wagner, J.C.
2002-12-17
This report presents studies to assess reactivity margins and loading curves for pressurized water reactor (PWR) burnup-credit criticality safety evaluations. The studies are based on a generic high-density 32-assembly cask and systematically vary individual calculational (depletion and criticality) assumptions to demonstrate the impact on the predicted effective neutron multiplication factor, k{sub eff}, and burnup-credit loading curves. The purpose of this report is to provide a greater understanding of the importance of input parameter variations and quantify the impact of calculational assumptions on the outcome of a burnup-credit evaluation. This study should provide guidance to regulators and industry on the technical areas where improved information will most enhance the estimation of accurate subcritical margins. Based on these studies, areas where future work may provide the most benefit are identified. The report also includes an evaluation of the degree of burnup credit needed for high-density casks to transport the current spent nuclear fuel inventory. By comparing PWR discharge data to actinide-only based loading curves and determining the number of assemblies that meet the loading criteria, this evaluation finds that additional negative reactivity (through either increased credit for fuel burnup or cask design/utilization modifications) is necessary to accommodate the majority of current spent fuel assemblies in high-capacity casks. Assemblies that are not acceptable for loading in the prototypic high-capacity cask may be stored or transported by other means (e.g., lower capacity casks that utilize flux traps and/or increased fixed poison concentrations or high-capacity casks with design/utilization modifications).
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The high density spent fuel storage rack Boraflex was known to experience changes of its physical property and to dissolve under exposure to radiation in an aqueous environment for long period of time. In this study, the criticality evaluation for spent fuel storage rack of Ulchin Unit 2 under normal condition was performed assuming complete loss of 10B from the Boraflex and applying burnup credit. Criticality evaluation code KENO-V.a. from SCALE4.4 system was benchmarked against critical experiments to obtain the calculation bias and bias uncertainties. The manufacturing tolerances of nuclear fuel and storage rack and their reactivity uncertainties were derived, as well. Considering those bias and uncertainties of calculation, the criticality of spent fuel storage under normal condition was conservatively evaluated. The criticality evaluation result using burnup credit can be presented as a spent fuel loading curve that indicates the acceptable burnup domain in spent fuel storage pool. The spent fuels with various initial enrichments and discharge fuel burnup can be safely accommodated in the storage without taking any boron credit from Boraflex, provided the combination falls within the acceptable domain in the loading curve. The spent fuel with initial enrichment of 5.0w/o was evaluated to meet the subcritical safety if its burnup is over 43.0GWD/MTU. The criticality evaluation result also showed that spent fuels with the initial enrichment less than 1.6w/o were able to be stored in the storage pool regardless of their burnup. Conclusively, in the Region 2 of the spent fuel storage pool, the maximum keff , considering all uncertainties, was calculated as 0.94818
Advances In Burnup Credit Criticality Safety Analysis Methods And Applications
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An International Workshop on “Advances in Applications of Burnup Credit for Spent Fuel Storage, Transport, Reprocessing, and Disposition” organized by the Nuclear Safety Council of Spain (CSN) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was held at Córdoba, Spain, on October 27– 30, 2009. The objectives of this workshop were to identify the benefits that accrue from recent improvements of the burnup credit (BUC) analysis methodologies, to analyze the implications of applying improved BUC methodologies, focusing on both the safety-related and operational aspects, and to foster the exchange of international experience in licensing and implementation of BUC applications. In the paper on hand the attention is focused on the improvements of BUC analysis methodologies. (author)
Parametric Study of the Effect of Burnable Poison Rods for PWR Burnup Credit
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The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit (ISG-8) issued by the United States (U.S.) Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office recommends restricting the use of burnup credit to assemblies that have not used burnable absorbers. This recommended restriction eliminates a large portion of the currently discharged spent fuel assemblies from cask loading, and thus severely limits the practical usefulness of burnup credit. In the absence of readily available information on burnable poison rod (BPR) design specifications and usage in U.S. pressurized water reactors (PWRs), and the subsequent reactivity effect of BPR exposure on discharged spent nuclear fuel (SNF), NRC staff has indicated a need for additional information in these areas. In response, this report presents a parametric study of the effect of BPR exposure on the reactivity of SNF for various BPR designs, fuel enrichments, and exposure conditions, and documents BPR design specifications. Trends in the reactivity effects of BPRs are established with infinite pin-cell and assembly array calculations with the SCALE and HELIOS code packages, respectively. Subsequently, the reactivity effects of BPRs for typical initial enrichment and burnup combinations are quantified based on three-dimensional (3-D) KENO V.a Monte Carlo calculations with a realistic rail-type cask designed for burnup credit. The calculations demonstrate that the positive reactivity effect due to BPR exposure increases nearly linearly with burnup and is dependent on the number, poison loading, and design of the BPRs and the initial fuel enrichment. Expected typical reactivity increases, based on one-cycle BPR exposure, were found to be less than 1% Δk. Based on the presented analysis, guidance is offered on an appropriate approach for calculating bounding SNF isotopic data for assemblies exposed to BPRs. Although the analyses do not address the issue of validation of depletion methods for assembly designs with BPRs, they
Parametric Study of the Effect of Burnable Poison Rods for PWR Burnup Credit
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Wagner, J.C.
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The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit (ISG-8) issued by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (U.S. NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office recommends restricting the use of burnup credit to assemblies that have not used burnable absorbers. This recommended restriction eliminates a large portion of the currently discharged spent fuel assemblies from cask loading, and thus severely limits the practical usefulness of burnup credit. In the absence of readily available information on burnable poison rod (BPR) design specifications and usage in U.S. pressurized-water-reactors (PWRs), and the subsequent reactivity effect of BPR exposure on discharged spent nuclear fuel (SNF), NRC staff has indicated a need for additional information in these areas. In response, this report presents a parametric study of the effect of BPR exposure on the reactivity of SNF for various BPR designs, fuel enrichments, and exposure conditions, and documents BPR design specifications. Trends in the reactivity effects of BPRs are established with infinite pin-cell and assembly array calculations with the SCALE and HELIOS code packages, respectively. Subsequently, the reactivity effects of BPRs for typical initial enrichment and burnup combinations are quantified based on three-dimensional (3-D) KENO V.a Monte Carlo calculations with a realistic rail-type cask designed for burnup credit. The calculations demonstrate that the positive reactivity effect due to BPR exposure increases nearly linearly with burnup and is dependent on the number, poison loading, and design of the BPRs and the initial fuel enrichment. Expected typical reactivity increases, based on one-cycle BPR exposure, were found to be less than 1% {Delta}k. Based on the presented analysis, guidance is offered on an appropriate approach for calculating bounding SNF isotopic data for assemblies exposed to BPRs. Although the analyses do not address the issue of validation of depletion methods for assembly designs with BPRs
Value of 236U to actinide-only burnup credit
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a topical report to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in May 1995 in order to gain approval of a method for criticality analysis of transport packages that takes account for the change in actinide isotopes with burnup [pressurized water reactors (PWRs) only]. Historically, the NRC has conservatively assumed that the fuel was in its initial conditions (without any burnable absorbers). In order to permit credit for the changes in actinide content, the NRC has required validation of the depletion and criticality codes for spent nuclear fuel, justification of conservative depletion modeling, and finally confirmation measurements before loading. The NRC requested additional information on March 22, 1996. The DOE responded by a revision of the topical report in May 1997. The NRC again responded with another set of requests of additional information in April 1998. In that set of questions, the NRC challenged the use of 236U in burnup credit. Uranium-236 is not found in any significant amount in any available critical experiments. The authors explore the value of 236U to actinide-only burnup credit
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission have initiated a multiyear project to investigate application of burnup credit for boiling-water reactor (BWR) fuel in storage and transportation casks. This project includes two phases. The first phase (1) investigates applicability of peak reactivity methods currently used in spent fuel pools (SFPs) to storage and transportation systems and (2) evaluates validation of both reactivity (k_{eff}) calculations and burnup credit nuclide concentrations within these methods. The second phase will focus on extending burnup credit beyond peak reactivity. This paper documents the first phase, including an analysis of lattice design parameters and depletion effects, as well as both validation components. Initial efforts related to extended burnup credit are discussed in a companion paper. Peak reactivity analyses have been used in criticality analyses for licensing of BWR fuel in SFPs over the last 20 years. These analyses typically combine credit for the gadolinium burnable absorber present in the fuel with a modest amount of burnup credit. Gadolinium burnable absorbers are used in BWR assemblies to control core reactivity. The burnable absorber significantly reduces assembly reactivity at beginning of life, potentially leading to significant increases in assembly reactivity for burnups less than 15–20 GWd/MTU. The reactivity of each fuel lattice is dependent on gadolinium loading. The number of gadolinium-bearing fuel pins lowers initial lattice reactivity, but it has a small impact on the burnup and reactivity of the peak. The gadolinium concentration in each pin has a small impact on initial lattice reactivity but a significant effect on the reactivity of the peak and the burnup at which the peak occurs. The importance of the lattice parameters and depletion conditions are primarily determined by their impact on the gadolinium depletion. Criticality code validation for BWR burnup
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The increase of PWR-UOX fuel initial enrichment and the extensive needs for spent fuel storage or cask capacities reinforce the interest in taking burnup credit into account in criticality calculations. However, this utilization of credit for fuel burnup requires the definition of a methodology that ensures the conservatism of calculations. In order to guarantee the conservatism of the spent fuel inventory calculation, a depletion calculation scheme for burnup credit is under development. This paper presents the studies on the main parameters which have an effect on nuclides concentration: the presence of control rods during depletion and the fuel assembly environment, particularly the presence of MOx fuels around the UO2 assembly. Reactivity effects which are relevant to these parameters are then presented, and physics phenomena are identified. (author)
Practical issues with implementation of burnup credit in the USA for storage and transportation
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The US NRC issued an interim staff guidance (ISG8 rev1) allowing for burnup credit applications for storage and transport casks in July of 1999. In over two and a half years there has still not been a license submittal using burnup credit. ISG8 rev1 does not provide sufficient burnup credit to allow loading of 5 wt% enriched fuel in a 32 PWR assembly cask without the addition of absorber rod inserts. Pressure to allow all assemblies to contain inserts from the utility, force continued investigation into alternative levels of burnup credit. Utilities do not wish to measure to confirm burnup. This measurement costs, which range form $10 000 to $50 000 per cask and must be done prior to loading. Since burnup credit is actually only needed for transport, and transport is not expected for many years, many utilities are considering keeping the money in the bank until the time of transport. In order to address the need perceived for additional burnup credit beyond actinide-only burnup credit (ISG8), investigations have moved beyond into assuming moderator exclusion during transport and the use of burnup credit to cover a beyond design basis accident assumption of flooding. Burnup credit analysis requirements for a beyond design basis accident should be less than that for criticality control for normal operation. It is proposed that burnup credit analysis to cover the beyond design basis accident of flooding should be consistent with the beyond design basis dilution event in PWR spent fuel pools. The US NRC precedence for this type of burnup credit allows for all isotopes, a 5% reduction in the delta k of burnup, and an allowable keff of less than 1.0 after biases and uncertainties. (author)
Evaluation of burnup credit for accommodating PWR spent nuclear fuel in high-capacity cask designs
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This paper presents an evaluation of the amount of burnup credit needed for high-density casks to transport the current U.S. inventory of commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) assemblies. A prototypic 32-assembly cask and the current regulatory guidance were used as bases for this evaluation. By comparing actual pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) discharge data (i.e., fuel burnup and initial enrichment specifications for fuel assemblies discharged from U.S. PWRs) with actinide-only-based loading curves, this evaluation finds that additional negative reactivity (through either increased credit for fuel burnup or cask design/utilization modifications) is necessary to accommodate the majority of SNF assemblies in high-capacity storage and transportation casks. The impact of varying selected calculational assumptions is also investigated, and considerable improvement in effectiveness is shown with the inclusion of the principal fission products (FPs) and minor actinides and the use of a bounding best-estimate approach for isotopic validation. Given sufficient data for validation, the most significant component that would improve accuracy, and subsequently enhance the utilization of burnup credit, is the inclusion of FPs. (author)
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Defining precisely the burnup of the nuclear fuel is important from the point of view of core design calculations, safety analyses, criticality calculations (e.g. burnup credit calculations), etc. This paper deals with the uncertainties of MULTICELL calculations obtained by the solution of the OECD NEA UAM PWR pin cell burnup benchmark. In this assessment Monte-Carlo type statistical analyses are applied and the energy dependent covariance matrices of the cross-sections are taken into account. Additionally, the impact of the uncertainties of the fission yields is also considered. The target quantities are the burnup dependent uncertainties of the infinite multiplication factor, the two-group cross-sections, the reaction rates and the number densities of some isotopes up to the burnup of 60 MWd/kgU. In the paper the burnup dependent tendencies of the corresponding uncertainties and their sources are analyzed.
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Kereszturi, Andras [Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (Hungary). Centre for Energy Research; Panka, Istvan
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Defining precisely the burnup of the nuclear fuel is important from the point of view of core design calculations, safety analyses, criticality calculations (e.g. burnup credit calculations), etc. This paper deals with the uncertainties of MULTICELL calculations obtained by the solution of the OECD NEA UAM PWR pin cell burnup benchmark. In this assessment Monte-Carlo type statistical analyses are applied and the energy dependent covariance matrices of the cross-sections are taken into account. Additionally, the impact of the uncertainties of the fission yields is also considered. The target quantities are the burnup dependent uncertainties of the infinite multiplication factor, the two-group cross-sections, the reaction rates and the number densities of some isotopes up to the burnup of 60 MWd/kgU. In the paper the burnup dependent tendencies of the corresponding uncertainties and their sources are analyzed.
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DeHart, M.D.
1996-05-01
Spent fuel transportation and storage cask designs based on a burnup credit approach must consider issues that are not relevant in casks designed under a fresh-fuel loading assumption. For example, the spent fuel composition must be adequately characterized and the criticality analysis model can be complicated by the need to consider axial burnup variations. Parametric analyses are needed to characterize the importance of fuel assembly and fuel cycle parameters on spent fuel composition and reactivity. Numerical models must be evaluated to determine the sensitivity of criticality safety calculations to modeling assumptions. The purpose of this report is to describe analyses and evaluations performed in order to demonstrate the effect physical parameters and modeling assumptions have on the criticality analysis of spent fuel. The analyses in this report include determination and ranking of the most important actinides and fission products; study of the effect of various depletion scenarios on subsequent criticality calculations; establishment of trends in neutron multiplication as a function of fuel enrichment, burnup, cooling time- and a parametric and modeling evaluation of three-dimensional effects (e.g., axially varying burnup and temperature/density effects) in a conceptual cask design. The sensitivity and parametric evaluations were performed with the consideration of two different burnup credit approaches: (1) only actinides in the fuel are considered in the criticality analysis, and (2) both actinides and fission products are considered. Calculations described in this report were performed using the criticality and depletion sequences available in the SCALE code system and the SCALE 27-group burnup library. Although the results described herein do not constitute a validation of SCALE for use in spent fuel analysis, independent validation efforts have been completed and are described in other reports.
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Spent fuel transportation and storage cask designs based on a burnup credit approach must consider issues that are not relevant in casks designed under a fresh-fuel loading assumption. For example, the spent fuel composition must be adequately characterized and the criticality analysis model can be complicated by the need to consider axial burnup variations. Parametric analyses are needed to characterize the importance of fuel assembly and fuel cycle parameters on spent fuel composition and reactivity. Numerical models must be evaluated to determine the sensitivity of criticality safety calculations to modeling assumptions. The purpose of this report is to describe analyses and evaluations performed in order to demonstrate the effect physical parameters and modeling assumptions have on the criticality analysis of spent fuel. The analyses in this report include determination and ranking of the most important actinides and fission products; study of the effect of various depletion scenarios on subsequent criticality calculations; establishment of trends in neutron multiplication as a function of fuel enrichment, burnup, cooling time- and a parametric and modeling evaluation of three-dimensional effects (e.g., axially varying burnup and temperature/density effects) in a conceptual cask design. The sensitivity and parametric evaluations were performed with the consideration of two different burnup credit approaches: (1) only actinides in the fuel are considered in the criticality analysis, and (2) both actinides and fission products are considered. Calculations described in this report were performed using the criticality and depletion sequences available in the SCALE code system and the SCALE 27-group burnup library. Although the results described herein do not constitute a validation of SCALE for use in spent fuel analysis, independent validation efforts have been completed and are described in other reports
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One of the challenges associated with implementation of burnup credit is the validation of criticality calculations used in the safety evaluation; in particular the availability and use of applicable critical experiment data. The purpose of the validation is to quantify the relationship between reality and calculated results. Validation and determination of bias and bias uncertainty require the identification of sets of critical experiments that are similar to the criticality safety models. A principal challenge for crediting fission products (FP) in a burnup credit safety evaluation is the limited availability of relevant FP critical experiments for bias and bias uncertainty determination. This paper provides an evaluation of the available critical experiments that include FPs, along with bounding, burnup-dependent estimates of FP biases generated by combining energy dependent sensitivity data for a typical burnup credit application with the nuclear data uncertainty information distributed with SCALE 6. A method for determining separate bias and bias uncertainty values for individual FPs and illustrative results is presented. Finally, a FP bias calculation method based on data adjustment techniques and reactivity sensitivity coefficients calculated with the SCALE sensitivity/uncertainty tools and some typical results is presented. Using the methods described in this paper, the cross-section bias for a representative high-capacity spent fuel cask associated with the ENDF/B-VII nuclear data for 16 most important stable or near stable FPs is predicted to be no greater than 2% of the total worth of the 16 FPs, or less than 0.13% k/k.
Theory analysis and simple calculation of travelling wave burnup scheme
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Travelling wave burnup scheme is a new burnup scheme that breeds fuel locally just before it burns. Based on the preliminary theory analysis, the physical imagine was found. Through the calculation of a R-z cylinder travelling wave reactor core with ERANOS code system, the basic physical characteristics of this new burnup scheme were concluded. The results show that travelling wave reactor is feasible in physics, and there are some good features in the reactor physics. (authors)
Needs of reliable nuclear data and covariance matrices for Burnup Credit in JEFF-3 library
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Burnup Credit (BUC) is the concept which consists in taking into account credit for the reduction of nuclear spent fuel reactivity due to its burnup. In the case of PWR-MOx spent fuel, studies pointed out that the contribution of the 15 most absorbing, stable and non-volatile fission products selected to the credit is as important as the one of the actinides. In order to get a 'best estimate' value of the keff, biases of their inventory calculation and individual reactivity worth should be considered in criticality safety studies. This paper enhances the most penalizing bias towards criticality and highlights possible improvements of nuclear data for the 15 fission products (FPs) of PWR-MOx BUC. Concerning the fuel inventory, trends in function of the burnup can be derived from experimental validation of the DARWIN-2.3 package (using the JEFF- 3.1.1/SHEM library). Thanks to the BUC oscillation programme of separated FPs in the MINERVE reactor and fully validated scheme PIMS, calculation over experiment ratios can be accurately transposed to tendencies on the FPs integral cross sections. (authors)
Needs of reliable nuclear data and covariance matrices for Burnup Credit in JEFF-3 library
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Lecarpentier D.
2013-03-01
Full Text Available Burnup Credit (BUC is the concept which consists in taking into account credit for the reduction of nuclear spent fuel reactivity due to its burnup. In the case of PWR-MOx spent fuel, studies pointed out that the contribution of the 15 most absorbing, stable and non-volatile fission products selected to the credit is as important as the one of the actinides. In order to get a “best estimate” value of the keff, biases of their inventory calculation and individual reactivity worth should be considered in criticality safety studies. This paper enhances the most penalizing bias towards criticality and highlights possible improvements of nuclear data for the 15 FPs of PWRMOx BUC. Concerning the fuel inventory, trends in function of the burnup can be derived from experimental validation of the DARWIN-2.3 package (using the JEFF-3.1.1/SHEM library. Thanks to the BUC oscillation programme of separated FPs in the MINERVE reactor and fully validated scheme PIMS, calculation over experiment ratios can be accurately transposed to tendencies on the FPs integral cross sections.
Study on the criticality safety evaluation method for burnup credit in JAERI
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In relation to burnup credit, three tasks have been carried out at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) for establishing the evaluation method of criticality safety for a spent-fuel system, such as storage age ponds and transport casks. The first task is to prepare a benchmark database of criticality experiments and nuclide compositions of spent fuels. The database of nuclide composition is formed by data treasured at JAERI and data collected from the literature. For the database of criticality experiments, the effective multiplication factor of a spent-fuel assembly has been measured at JAERI and data collected from the literature. For the database of criticality experiments, the effective multiplication factor of a spent-fuel assembly has been measured at JAERI. The next task is to develop computer codes. The burnup and criticality codes have been developed and validated by analyzing a large number of benchmarks stored in the aforementioned database. The last task needed to establish the methodology in order to confirm the subcriticality of a spent-fuel system applying burnup credit is described. A reference fuel assembly is introduced so that the criticality of a system can be evaluated by using it, instead of modeling all fuel assemblies explicitly. To determine the nuclide composition of a spent fuel, a simple method is studied utilizing a large number of nuclide composition data stored in the database. Further, the effects of the axial burnup profile and calculation errors are discussed, and the remaining tasks are identified
Burnup calculation methodology in the serpent 2 Monte Carlo code
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This paper presents two topics related to the burnup calculation capabilities in the Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code: advanced time-integration methods and improved memory management, accomplished by the use of different optimization modes. The development of the introduced methods is an important part of re-writing the Serpent source code, carried out for the purpose of extending the burnup calculation capabilities from 2D assembly-level calculations to large 3D reactor-scale problems. The progress is demonstrated by repeating a PWR test case, originally carried out in 2009 for the validation of the newly-implemented burnup calculation routines in Serpent 1. (authors)
An overview of burnup credit application in spent nuclear fuel management
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The current status of burnup credit application has been overviewed for spent nuclear fuel management. It was revealed that the use of burnup credit is practically limited to spent nuclear fuel storage, for which selected actinides-only are taken into account
A survey of previous and current industry-wide efforts regarding burnup credit
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Sandia has examined the matter of burnup credit from the perspective of physics, logistics, risk, and economics. A limited survey of the nuclear industry has been conducted to get a feeling for the actual application of burnup credit. Based on this survey, it can be concluded that the suppliers of spent fuel storage and transport casks are in general agreement that burnup credit offers the potential for improvements in cask efficiency without increasing the risk of accidental criticality. The actual improvement is design-specific but limited applications have demonstrated that capacity increases in the neighborhood of 20 percent are not unrealistic. A number of these vendors acknowledge that burnup credit has not been reduced to practice in cask applications and suggest that operational considerations may be more important to regulatory acceptance than to the physics. Nevertheless, the importance of burnup credit to the nuclear industry as a cask design and analysis tool has been confirmed by this survey
Burn-up credit in criticality safety of PWR spent fuel
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Highlights: • Designing spent fuel wet storage using WIMS-5D and MCNP-5 code. • Studying fresh and burned fuel with/out absorber like “B4C and Ag–In–Cd” in racks. • Sub-criticality was confirmed for fresh and burned fuel under specific cases. • Studies for BU credit recommend increasing fuel burn-up to 60.0 GWD/MTU. • Those studies require new core structure materials, fuel composition and cladding. - Abstract: The criticality safety calculations were performed for a proposed design of a wet spent fuel storage pool. This pool will be used for the storage of spent fuel discharged from a typical pressurized water reactor (PWR). The mathematical model based on the international validated codes, WIMS-5 and MCNP-5 were used for calculating the effective multiplication factor, keff, for the spent fuel stored in the pool. The data library for the multi-group neutron microscopic cross-sections was used for the cell calculations. The keff was calculated for several changes in water density, water level, assembly pitch and burn-up with different initial fuel enrichment and new types and amounts of fixed absorbers. Also, keff was calculated for the conservative fresh fuel case. The results of the calculations confirmed that the effective multiplication factor for the spent fuel storage is sub-critical for all normal and abnormal states. The future strategy for the burn-up credit recommends increasing the fuel burn-up to a value >60.0 GWD/MTU, which requires new fuel composition and new fuel cladding material with the assessment of the effects of negative reactivity build up
Benefits of the delta K of depletion benchmarks for burnup credit validation
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Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) burnup credit validation is demonstrated using the benchmarks for quantifying fuel reactivity decrements, published as 'Benchmarks for Quantifying Fuel Reactivity Depletion Uncertainty,' EPRI Report 1022909 (August 2011). This demonstration uses the depletion module TRITON available in the SCALE 6.1 code system followed by criticality calculations using KENO-Va. The difference between the predicted depletion reactivity and the benchmark's depletion reactivity is a bias for the criticality calculations. The uncertainty in the benchmarks is the depletion reactivity uncertainty. This depletion bias and uncertainty is used with the bias and uncertainty from fresh UO2 critical experiments to determine the criticality safety limits on the neutron multiplication factor, keff. The analysis shows that SCALE 6.1 with the ENDF/B-VII 238-group cross section library supports the use of a depletion bias of only 0.0015 in delta k if cooling is ignored and 0.0025 if cooling is credited. The uncertainty in the depletion bias is 0.0064. Reliance on the ENDF/B V cross section library produces much larger disagreement with the benchmarks. The analysis covers numerous combinations of depletion and criticality options. In all cases, the historical uncertainty of 5% of the delta k of depletion ('Kopp memo') was shown to be conservative for fuel with more than 30 GWD/MTU burnup. Since this historically assumed burnup uncertainty is not a function of burnup, the Kopp memo's recommended bias and uncertainty may be exceeded at low burnups, but its absolute magnitude is small. (authors)
Benchmark calculation with MOSRA-SRAC for burnup of a BWR fuel assembly
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The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed the Modular Reactor Analysis Code System MOSRA to improve the applicability of neutronic characteristics modeling. The cell calculation module MOSRA-SRAC is based on the collision probability method and is one of the core modules of the MOSRA system. To test the module on a real-world problem, it was combined with the benchmark program 'Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark Phase IIIC.' In this program participants are requested to submit the neutronic characteristics of burnup calculations for a BWR fuel assembly containing fuel rods poisoned with gadolinium (Gd2O3), which is similar to the fuel assembly at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Because of certain restrictions of the MOSRA-SRAC burnup calculations part of the geometry model was homogenized. In order to verify the validity of MOSRA-SRAC, including the effects of the homogenization, the calculated burnup dependent infinite multiplication factor and the nuclide compositions were compared with those obtained with the burnup calculation code MVP-BURN which had already been validated for many benchmark problems. As a result of the comparisons, the applicability of MOSRA-SRAC module for the BWR assembly has been verified. Furthermore, it can be shown that the effects of the homogenization are smaller than the effects due to the calculation method for both multiplication factor and compositions. (author)
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For adopting burnup credit in transport or storage of spent fuel (SF), development of a reliable burnup calculation code is crucial. For this purpose, data of Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) have been extensively analyzed to evaluate accuracy of burnup calculation codes for a 14*14 or 15*15 PWR fuel assembly. This study shows results of analysis of this latest PIE with SWAT and ORIGEN2.1. SWAT is an integrated burnup code system for a 17*17 PWR fuel assembly that has been developed by Tohoku University and JAERI. The results show that SWAT can more precisely predict nuclide composition of latest PWR assembly than ORIGEN2.1. (O.M.)
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This paper has presented the results of a computational benchmark and independent calculations to verify the benchmark calculations for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin available from fission products and minor actinides in a PWR burnup credit storage/transport environment. The calculations were based on a generic 32 PWR-assembly cask. The differences between the independent calculations and the benchmark lie within 1% for the uniform axial burnup distribution, which is acceptable. The Δk for KENO - MCNP results are generally lower than the other Δk values, due to the fact that HELIOS performed the depletion part of the calculation for both the KENO and MCNP results. The differences between the independent calculations and the benchmark for the non-uniform axial burnup distribution were within 1.1%
Use of burnup credit in criticality evaluation for spent fuel storage pool
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Boraflex is a polymer based material which is used as matrix to contain a neutron absorber material, boron carbide. In a typical spent fuel pool the irradiated Boraflex has been known as a significant source of silica. Since 1996, it was reported that elevated silica levels were measured in the Ulchin Unit 2 spent fuel pool water. Therefore, the Ulchin Unit 2 spent fuel storage racks were needed to be reanalyzed to allow storage of fuel assemblies with normal enrichments up to 5.0w/o U-235 in all storage cell locations using credit for burnup. The analysis does not take any credit for the presence of the spent fuel rack Boraflex neutron absorber panels. In region 2, the calculations were performed by assuming in an infinite radial array of storage cells. No credit is taken for axial or radial neutron leakage. The water in the spent fuel storage pool was assumed to be pure. In the evaluation of the Ulchin Unit 2 spent fuel storage pool, criticality analyses were performed with the CASMO-3 code. A reactivity uncertainty in the fuel depletion calculations was combined with other calculational uncertainty. The manufacturing tolerances were considered, as well. From the calculation, the acceptable burnup domain in region 2 of the spent fuel storage pool. where the curve identifies conditions of equal reactivity for various initial enrichments between 1.6w/o and 5.0w/o, was evaluated. In region 2, the maximum keff including all uncertainties, is 0.94648 for the enrichment-burnup combination from loading curve. (author)
TRIGA criticality experiment for testing burn-up calculations
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Persic, Andreja; Ravnik, Matjaz; Zagar, Tomaz [Jozef Stefan Institute, Reactor Physics Division, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
1999-07-01
A criticality experiment with partly burned TRIGA fuel is described. 20 wt % enriched standard TRIGA fuel elements initially containing 12 wt % U are used. Their average burn-up is 1.4 MWd. Fuel element burn-up is calculated in 2-D four group diffusion approximation using TRIGLAV code. The burn-up of several fuel elements is also measured by reactivity method. The excess reactivity of several critical and subcritical core configurations is measured. Two core configurations contain the same fuel elements in the same arrangement as were used in the fresh TRIGA fuel criticality experiment performed in 1991. The results of the experiment may be applied for testing the computer codes used for fuel burn-up calculations. (author)
Parametric Study of Control Rod Exposure for PWR Burnup Credit Criticality Safety Analyses
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The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit (ISG-8) for pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent nuclear fuel (SNF), issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office, recommends the use of analyses that provide an ''adequate representation of the physics'' and notes particular concern with the ''need to consider the more reactive actinide compositions of fuels burned with fixed absorbers or with control rods fully or partly inserted.'' In the absence of readily available information on the extent of control rod (CR) usage in U.S. PWRs and the subsequent reactivity effect of CR exposure on discharged SNF, NRC staff have indicated a need for greater understanding in these areas. In response, this paper presents results of a parametric study of the effect of CR exposure on the reactivity of discharged SNF for various CR designs (including Axial Power Shaping Rods), fuel enrichments, and exposure conditions (i.e., burnup and axial insertion). The study is performed in two parts. In the first part, two-dimensional calculations are performed, effectively assuming full axial CR insertion. These calculations are intended to bound the effect of CR exposure and facilitate comparisons of the various CR designs. In the second part, three-dimensional calculations are performed to determine the effect of various axial insertion conditions and gain a better understanding of reality. The results from the study demonstrate that the reactivity effect increases with increasing CR exposure (e.g., burnup) and decreasing initial fuel enrichment (for a fixed burnup). Additionally, the results show that even for significant burnup exposures, minor axial CR insertions (e.g., eff of a spent fuel cask
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This report proposes and documents a computational benchmark problem for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin available in spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from fission products and minor actinides in a burnup-credit storage/transport environment, relative to SNF compositions containing only the major actinides. The benchmark problem/configuration is a generic burnup credit cask designed to hold 32 pressurized water reactor (PWR) assemblies. The purpose of this computational benchmark is to provide a reference configuration for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin, which is encouraged in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guidance for partial burnup credit (ISG8), and document reference estimations of the additional reactivity margin as a function of initial enrichment, burnup, and cooling time. Consequently, the geometry and material specifications are provided in sufficient detail to enable independent evaluations. Estimates of additional reactivity margin for this reference configuration may be compared to those of similar burnup-credit casks to provide an indication of the validity of design-specific estimates of fission-product margin. The reference solutions were generated with the SAS2H-depletion and CSAS25-criticality sequences of the SCALE 4.4a package. Although the SAS2H and CSAS25 sequences have been extensively validated elsewhere, the reference solutions are not directly or indirectly based on experimental results. Consequently, this computational benchmark cannot be used to satisfy the ANS 8.1 requirements for validation of calculational methods and is not intended to be used to establish biases for burnup credit analyses
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Wagner, J.C.
2001-08-02
This report proposes and documents a computational benchmark problem for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin available in spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from fission products and minor actinides in a burnup-credit storage/transport environment, relative to SNF compositions containing only the major actinides. The benchmark problem/configuration is a generic burnup credit cask designed to hold 32 pressurized water reactor (PWR) assemblies. The purpose of this computational benchmark is to provide a reference configuration for the estimation of the additional reactivity margin, which is encouraged in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guidance for partial burnup credit (ISG8), and document reference estimations of the additional reactivity margin as a function of initial enrichment, burnup, and cooling time. Consequently, the geometry and material specifications are provided in sufficient detail to enable independent evaluations. Estimates of additional reactivity margin for this reference configuration may be compared to those of similar burnup-credit casks to provide an indication of the validity of design-specific estimates of fission-product margin. The reference solutions were generated with the SAS2H-depletion and CSAS25-criticality sequences of the SCALE 4.4a package. Although the SAS2H and CSAS25 sequences have been extensively validated elsewhere, the reference solutions are not directly or indirectly based on experimental results. Consequently, this computational benchmark cannot be used to satisfy the ANS 8.1 requirements for validation of calculational methods and is not intended to be used to establish biases for burnup credit analyses.
The burn-up credit physics and the 40. Minerve anniversary
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The technical meeting organized by the SFEN on the burn-up credit (CBU) physics, took place the 23 november 1999 at Cadarache. the first presentation dealt with the economic interest and the neutronic problems of the CBU. Then two papers presented how taking into account the CBU in the industry in matter of transport, storage in pool, reprocessing and criticality calculation (MCNP4/Apollo2-F benchmark). An experimental method for the reactivity measurement through oscillations in the Minerve reactor, has been presented with an analysis of the possible errors. The future research program OSMOSE, taking into account the minor actinides in the CBU, was also developed. The last paper presented the national and international research programs in the CBU domain, in particular experiments realized in CEA/Valduc and the OECD Burn-up Criticality Benchmark Group activities. (A.L.B.)
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It is possible to develop an optimal strategy for implementing burnup credit in spent fuel transport casks. For transport, the relative risk is rapidly reduced if additional pre-transport controls such as a cavity dryness verifications are conducted prior to transport. Some other operational and design features that could be incorporated into a burnup credit cask strategy are listed. These examples represent many of the system features and alternatives already available for use in developing a broadly based criticality safety strategy for implementing burnup credit in the design and operation of spent fuel transport casks. 4 refs., 1 tab
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A calculational benchmark focused on VVER-440 burnup credit, similar to that of the OECD/NEA/NSC Burnup Credit Benchmark Working Group, was proposed on the 96'AER Symposium. Its first part, CB1, was specified there whereas the second part, CB2, was specified a year later, on 97'AER Symposium in Zittau. A final statistical evaluation is presented of CB1 results and summarizes the CB2 results obtained to date. Further, the effect of an axial burnup profile of VVER-440 spent fuel on criticality ('end effect') is proposed to be studied in the CB3 benchmark problem of an infinite array of VVER-440 spent fuel rods. (author)
Calculation Study of TNPS Spent Fuel Pool Using Burnup Credit%田湾核电站乏燃料水池采用燃耗信任制的计算研究
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夏兆东; 周小平; 李晓波; 吕牛; 郑继业
2013-01-01
Exampled by the spent fuel pool of TNPS which is consist of 2 × 5 fuel storage racks ,the spent fuel high-density storage based on burnup credit (BUC) and related criticality safety issues were studied .The MONK9A code was used to analyze kef of dif-ferent enrichment fuels at different burnups .A reference loading curve was proposed in accordance with the system kef ’s changing with the burnup of different initially enriched nuclear fuels .The capacity of the spent fuel pool increases by 31% compared with the one that does not consider BUC .%以田湾核电站（TNPS）2×5排列的贮存格架构成的乏燃料水池为例，研究采用燃耗信任制技术的密集贮存和临界安全问题。采用M ONK9A程序计算分析不同富集度、不同燃耗的乏燃料装载情况下系统的 ke f 。根据系统 ke f随不同初始富集度燃料的燃耗变化情况给出了水池的参考装载曲线。采用燃耗信任制技术的密集贮存方案能提高贮存能力31％。
Burnup credit application in criticality analysis of storage casks with spent RBMK-1500 nuclear fuel
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Nuclear criticality safety analysis of two types of the casks CASTOR RBMK-1500 and CONSTOR RBMK-1500 was performed using the SCALE 4.3 computer code system. These casks are planned for an interim dry storage of spent nuclear fuel at Ignalina nuclear power plant. Effective neutron multiplication factor keff was calculated for different density of the water inside the casks for unfavorable operational cases and for assumed hypothetical accident conditions when fuel in the system is fresh and fuel is depleted (i.e. burnup credit taken into account). Results show that for all cases effective neutron multiplication factor keff is less then allowable value 0.95. (author)
Use of burnup credit in criticality safety design analysis of spent fuel storage systems
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Full text: It is well known that the use of Burnup Credit (BUC) in criticality safety design analysis of spent fuel storage systems significantly impacts the design of the system. BUC is defined as the consideration of the change in the fuel's isotopic composition and hence in its reactivity due to the irradiation of the fuel. Using BUC means to identify that isotopic composition and hence that burnup which just results in the maximum neutron multiplication factor allowable for the system, including all mechanical and calculational uncertainties. This burnup is the minimum burnup necessary for fuel to be loaded in the system. Since the isotopic composition at given burnup depends on the initial enrichment of the fuel, the minimum burnup is usually given as a function of the initial enrichment. The graph of this function is commonly named as 'loading curve'. Thus, application of BUC to a spent fuel storage system consists in implementation of three key steps: Determination of the isotopic composition as a function of burnup and initial enrichment; Criticality calculation and evaluation of the loading curve; Quantification and verification of the actual burnup of the fuel to be loaded into the system. The main considerations of the first and the second step will be discussed. The isotopic composition is predicted by means of depletion calculations. To perform such calculations the parameters describing the fuel design characteristics and the fuel depletion conditions have to be defined. In addition the cooling time that may be credited (e.g., in BUC applications to spent fuel storage/transport cask systems) has to be specified. These parameters will be discussed with particular attention being given to the sensitivity of the neutron multiplication factor of the storage system to variations in the parameters and conditions characterizing the depletion conditions. These parameters and conditions are: Specific power and operating history, fuel temperature, moderator
Impact of Integral Burnable Absorbers on PWR Burnup Credit Criticality Safety Analyses
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The concept of taking credit for the reduction in reactivity of burned or spent nuclear fuel (SNF) due to fuel burnup is commonly referred to as burnup credit. The reduction in reactivity that occurs with fuel burnup is due to the net reduction of fissile nuclide concentrations and the production of actinide and fission-product neutron absorbers. The change in the inventory of these nuclides with fuel burnup, and the consequent reduction in reactivity, is dependent upon the depletion environment. Therefore, the use of burnup credit necessitates consideration of all possible fuel operating conditions, including the use of integral burnable absorbers (IBAs). The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit [1] issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office recommends licensees restrict the use of burnup credit to assemblies that have not used burnable absorbers (e.g., IBAs or burnable poison rods, BPRs). This restriction eliminates a large portion of the currently discharged spent fuel assemblies from cask loading, and thus severely limits the practical usefulness of burnup credit. The reason for this restriction is that the presence of burnable absorbers during depletion hardens the neutron spectrum, resulting in lower 235U depletion and higher production of fissile plutonium isotopes. Enhanced plutonium production has the effect of increasing the reactivity of the fuel at discharge and beyond. Consequently, an assembly exposed to burnable absorbers may have a slightly higher reactivity for a given burnup than an assembly that has not been exposed to burnable absorbers. This paper examines the effect of IBAs on reactivity for various designs and enrichment/poison loading combinations as a function of burnup. The effect of BPRs, which are typically removed during operation, is addressed elsewhere [2
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The purpose of this Technical Committee Meeting was to explore the status of international activities related to the use of burnup credit for spent fuel applications. This was the second major meeting on the issues of burnup credit for spent fuel management systems held since the IAEA began to monitor the uses of burnup credit in spent fuel management systems in 1997. Burnup credit for wet and dry storage systems is needed in many Member States to allow for increased initial fuel enrichment, and to increase the storage capacity and thus to avoid the need for extensive modifications of the spent fuel management systems involved. This document contains 31 individual papers presented at the Meeting; each of the papers was indexed separately
Application of SCALE4.4 system for burnup credit criticality analysis of PWR spent fuel
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An investigation on the application of burnup credit for a PWR spent fuel storage pool has been carried out with the use of the SCALE 4.4 computer code system consisting of SAS2H and CSAS6 modules in association with 44-group SCALE cross-section library. Prior to the application of the computer code system, a series of bench markings have been performed in comparison with available data. A benchmarking of the SAS2h module has been done for experimental concentration data of 54 PWR spent fuel and then correction factors with a 95% probability at a 95% confidence level have been determined on the basis of the calculated and measured concentrations of 38 nuclides. After that, the bias which might have resulted from the use of the CSAS6 module has been calculated for 46 criticality experimental data of UO2 fuel and MOX fuel assemblies. The calculation bias with one-sided tolerance limit factor (2.086) corresponding to a 95% probability at a 95% confidence level has consequently been obtained to be 0.00834. Burnup credit criticality analysis has been done for the PWR spent fuel storage pool by means of the benchmarked or validated code system. It is revealed that the minimum burnup for safe storage is 7560 MWd/tU in 5 wt% enriched fuel if both actinides and fission products in spent fuel are taken into account. However, the minimum value required seems to be 9,565 MWd/tU in the same enriched fuel provided that only the actinides are taken into consideration. (author)
TRIGA fuel burn-up calculations and its confirmation
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The Cesium (Cs-137) isotopic concentration due to irradiation of TRIGA Fuel Elements FE(s) is calculated and measured at the Atominstitute (ATI) of Vienna University of Technology (VUT). The Cs-137 isotope, as proved burn-up indicator, was applied to determine the burn-up of the TRIGA Mark II research reactor FE. This article presents the calculations and measurements of the Cs-137 isotope and its relevant burn-up of six selected Spent Fuel Elements SPE(s). High-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy based non-destructive method is employed to measure spent fuel parameters. By the employment of this method, the axial distribution of Cesium-137 for six SPE(s) is measured, resulting in the axial burn-up profiles. Knowing the exact irradiation history and material isotopic inventory of an irradiated FE, six SPE(s) are selected for on-site gamma scanning using a special shielded scanning device developed at the ATI. This unique fuel inspection unit allows to scan each millimeter of the FE. For this purpose, each selected FE was transferred to the fuel inspection unit using the standard fuel transfer cask. Each FE was scanned at a scale of 1 cm of its active length and the Cs-137 activity was determined as proved burn-up indicator. The measuring system consists of a high-purity germanium detector (HPGe) together with suitable fast electronics and on-line PC data acquisition module. The absolute activity of each centimeter of the FE was measured and compared with reactor physics calculations. The ORIGEN2, a one-group depletion and radioactive decay computer code, was applied to calculate the activity of the Cs-137 and the burn-up of selected SPE. The deviation between calculations and measurements was in range from 0.82% to 12.64%.
Burnup credit implementation in WWER spent fuel management systems: Status and future aspects
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This paper describes the motivation for possible burnup credit implementation in WWER spent fuel management systems in Bulgaria. The activities being done are described, namely: the development and verification of a 3D few-group diffusion burnup model; the application of the KORIGEN code for evaluation of WWER fuel nuclear inventory during reactor core lifetime and after spent fuel discharge; using the SCALE modular system (PC Version 4.1) for criticality safety analyses of spent fuel storage facilities. Future plans involving such important tasks as validation and verification of computer systems and libraries for WWER burnup credit analysis are shown. (author)
Technical Data to Justify Full Burnup Credit in Criticality Safety Licensing Analysis
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2011-03-14
Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON) was requested under Task Order No.2 to identify scientific and technical data needed to benchmark and justify Full Burnup Credit, which adds 16 fission products and 4 minor actinides1 to Actinide-Only burnup credit. The historical perspective for Full Burnup Credit is discussed, and interviews of organizations participating in burnup credit activities are summarized as a basis for identifying additional data needs and making recommendation. Input from burnup credit participants representing two segments of the commercial nuclear industry is provided. First, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been very active in the development of Full Burnup Credit, representing the interests of nuclear utilities in achieving capacity gains for storage and transport casks. EPRI and its utility customers are interested in a swift resolution of the validation issues that are delaying the implementation of Full Burnup Credit [EPRI 2010b]. Second, used nuclear fuel storage and transportation Cask Vendors favor improving burnup credit beyond Actinide-Only burnup credit, although their discussion of specific burnup credit achievements and data needs was limited citing business sensitive and technical proprietary concerns. While Cask Vendor proprietary items are not specifically identified in this report, the needs of all nuclear industry participants are reflected in the conclusions and recommendations of this report. In addition, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) were interviewed for their input into additional data needs to achieve Full Burnup Credit. ORNL was very open to discussions of Full Burnup Credit, with several telecoms and a visit by ENERCON to ORNL. For many years, ORNL has provided extensive support to the NRC regarding burnup credit in all of its forms. Discussions with ORNL focused on potential resolutions to the validation issues for the use of fission products. SNL was helpful in
Technical Data to Justify Full Burnup Credit in Criticality Safety Licensing Analysis
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Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON) was requested under Task Order No.2 to identify scientific and technical data needed to benchmark and justify Full Burnup Credit, which adds 16 fission products and 4 minor actinides1 to Actinide-Only burnup credit. The historical perspective for Full Burnup Credit is discussed, and interviews of organizations participating in burnup credit activities are summarized as a basis for identifying additional data needs and making recommendation. Input from burnup credit participants representing two segments of the commercial nuclear industry is provided. First, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been very active in the development of Full Burnup Credit, representing the interests of nuclear utilities in achieving capacity gains for storage and transport casks. EPRI and its utility customers are interested in a swift resolution of the validation issues that are delaying the implementation of Full Burnup Credit [EPRI 2010b]. Second, used nuclear fuel storage and transportation Cask Vendors favor improving burnup credit beyond Actinide-Only burnup credit, although their discussion of specific burnup credit achievements and data needs was limited citing business sensitive and technical proprietary concerns. While Cask Vendor proprietary items are not specifically identified in this report, the needs of all nuclear industry participants are reflected in the conclusions and recommendations of this report. In addition, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) were interviewed for their input into additional data needs to achieve Full Burnup Credit. ORNL was very open to discussions of Full Burnup Credit, with several telecoms and a visit by ENERCON to ORNL. For many years, ORNL has provided extensive support to the NRC regarding burnup credit in all of its forms. Discussions with ORNL focused on potential resolutions to the validation issues for the use of fission products. SNL was helpful in
OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmark. Result of phase IIA
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The report describes the final result of the Phase IIA of the Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark conducted by OECD/NEA. In the Phase IIA benchmark problems, the effect of an axial burnup profile of PWR spent fuels on criticality (end effect) has been studied. The axial profiles at 10, 30 and 50 GWd/t burnup have been considered. In total, 22 results from 18 institutes of 10 countries have been submitted. The calculated multiplication factors from the participants have lain within the band of ± 1% Δk. For the irradiation up to 30 GWd/t, the end effect has been found to be less than 1.0% Δk. But, for the 50 GWd/t case, the effect is more than 4.0% Δk when both actinides and FPs are taken into account, whereas it remains less than 1.0% Δk when only actinides are considered. The fission density data have indicated the importance end regions have in the criticality safety analysis of spent fuel systems. (author)
OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmark. Result of phase IIA
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Takano, Makoto; Okuno, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment
1996-02-01
The report describes the final result of the Phase IIA of the Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark conducted by OECD/NEA. In the Phase IIA benchmark problems, the effect of an axial burnup profile of PWR spent fuels on criticality (end effect) has been studied. The axial profiles at 10, 30 and 50 GWd/t burnup have been considered. In total, 22 results from 18 institutes of 10 countries have been submitted. The calculated multiplication factors from the participants have lain within the band of {+-} 1% {Delta}k. For the irradiation up to 30 GWd/t, the end effect has been found to be less than 1.0% {Delta}k. But, for the 50 GWd/t case, the effect is more than 4.0% {Delta}k when both actinides and FPs are taken into account, whereas it remains less than 1.0% {Delta}k when only actinides are considered. The fission density data have indicated the importance end regions have in the criticality safety analysis of spent fuel systems. (author).
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In the direct disposal of used nuclear fuel (UNF), criticality safety evaluation is one of the important issues since UNF contains some amount of fissile material. In the conventional criticality safety evaluation of UNF where the fresh fuel composition is conservatively assumed, neutron multiplication factor is becoming overestimated as the fuel enrichment increases. The recent development of higher-enrichment fuel has therefore enhanced the benefit of the application of burnup credit. When applying the burnup credit to the criticality safety analysis of the disposed fuel system, the safe-side estimation of the reactivity is required taking into account the factors which affect the neutron multiplication factor of the burnt fuel system such as the nuclide composition uncertainties. In this report, the effects of the several parameters on the reactivity of disposal canister model were evaluated for used PWR fuel. The parameters are relevant to the uncertainties of depletion calculation code, irradiation history, and axial and horizontal burnup distribution, which are known to be important effect in the criticality safety evaluation adopting burnup credit. The latest data or methodology was adopted in this evaluation, based on the various latest studies. The appropriate margin of neutron multiplication factor in the criticality safety evaluation for UNF can be determined by adopting the methodology described in the present study. (author)
Validation of IRBURN calculation code system through burnup benchmark analysis
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Assessment of the reactor fuel composition during the irradiation time, fuel management and criticality safety analysis require the utilization of a validated burnup calculation code system. In this work a newly developed burnup calculation code system, IRBURN, is introduced for the estimation and analysis of the fuel burnup in LWR reactors. IRBURN provides the full capabilities of the Monte Carlo neutron and photon transport code MCNP4C as well as the versatile code for calculating the buildup and decay of nuclides in nuclear materials, ORIGEN2.1, along with other data processing and linking subroutines. This code has the capability of using different depletion calculation schemes. The accuracy and precision of the implemented algorithms to estimate the eigenvalue and spent fuel isotope concentrations are demonstrated by validation against reliable benchmark problem analyses. A comparison of IRBURN results with experimental data demonstrates that the code predicts the spent fuel concentrations within 10% accuracy. Furthermore, standard deviations of the average values for isotopic concentrations including IRBURN data decreases considerably in comparison with the same parameter excluding IRBURN results, except for a few sets of isotopes. The eigenvalue comparison between our results and the benchmark problems shows a good prediction of the k-inf values during the entire burnup history with the maximum difference of 1% at 100 MWd/kgU.
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The expanded use of burnup credit in the United States (U.S.) for storage and transport casks, particularly in the acceptance of credit for fission products, has been constrained by the availability of experimental fission product data to support code validation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has noted that the rationale for restricting the Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit for storage and transportation casks (ISG-8) to actinide-only is based largely on the lack of clear, definitive experiments that can be used to estimate the bias and uncertainty for computational analyses associated with using burnup credit. To address the issues of burnup credit criticality validation, the NRC initiated a project with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to (1) develop and establish a technically sound validation approach for commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) criticality safety evaluations based on best-available data and methods and (2) apply the approach for representative SNF storage and transport configurations/conditions to demonstrate its usage and applicability, as well as to provide reference bias results. The purpose of this paper is to describe the isotopic composition (depletion) validation approach and resulting observations and recommendations. Validation of the criticality calculations is addressed in a companion paper at this conference. For isotopic composition validation, the approach is to determine burnup-dependent bias and uncertainty in the effective neutron multiplication factor (keff) due to bias and uncertainty in isotopic predictions, via comparisons of isotopic composition predictions (calculated) and measured isotopic compositions from destructive radiochemical assay utilizing as much assay data as is available, and a best-estimate Monte Carlo based method. This paper (1) provides a detailed description of the burnup credit isotopic validation approach and its technical bases, (2) describes the application of the approach for
Validation of BGCore System for Burnup Calculations
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BGCore is a software package for comprehensive computer simulation of nuclear reactor systems and their fuel cycles. BGCore interfaces the Monte Carlo particles transport code MCNP4C with a SARAF module - an independently developed code for calculating fuel composition during irradiation and spent fuel emissions following discharge. In BGCore system, depletion coupling methodology is based on the multi-group approach that significantly reduces computation time and allows tracking of large number of nuclides during calculations. The objective of this study is validation of the BGCore system against well established and verified, state of the art computer codes for thermal and fast spectrum lattices
OECD-NEA criticality working group - a status report and the burnup credit challenge
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A Working Group established by the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA), Paris, has examined the validity of computational methods used for calculations that evaluate the nuclear criticality safety issues involved in the storage, handling and transportation of fissile materials. The basic goal of this Working Group is to attempt to define and implement a procedure that can be shown to demonstrate the validity of the various computational methods used to make criticality safety calculations. The current activities of the Working Group involve an effort to establish the validity of computational methods used to evaluate the criticality safety of the storage, handling, and transportation of spent light-water-reactor fuel elements in which one seeks to take credit for the fissile material burnup and/or buildup of fission products. (J.P.N.)
Status of burnup credit for transport of SNF in the United States
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Allowing credit for the reduction in reactivity associated with fuel depletion can enable more cost-effective, higher-density storage, transportation, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) while maintaining a subcritical margin sufficient to establish an adequate safety basis. This paper reviews the current status of burnup credit applied to the design and transport of SNF casks in the United States. The existing U.S. regulatory guidance on burnup credit is limited to pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) fuel and to allowing credit only for actinides in the SNF. By comparing loading curves against actual SNF discharge data for U.S. reactors, the potential benefits that can be realized using the current regulatory guidance with actinide-only burnup credit are illustrated in terms of the inventory allowed in high-capacity casks and the concurrent reduction in SNF shipments. The additional benefits that might be realized by extending burnup credit to credit for select fission products are also illustrated. The curves show that, although fission products in SNF provide a small decrease in reactivity compared with actinides, the additional negative reactivity causes the SNF inventory acceptable for transportation to increase from roughly 30% to approximately 90% when fission products are considered. A savings of approximately $150M in transport costs can potentially be realized for the planned inventory of the repository. Given appropriate experimental data to support code validation, a realistic best-estimate analysis of burnup credit that includes validated credit for fission products is the enhancement that will yield the most significant impact on future transportation plans
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As enrichment of the fuel has become higher than the limits used at the designing stages, it seemed necessary to consider fuel depletion during irradiation to guarantee the criticality safety for relatively high enriched fuels transportation, storage or reprocessing. This burnup credit will make it possible to use the devices for spent fuels which are initially relatively high enriched. For that purpose, a method was developed considering: (i) partial Uranium-and-Plutonium burnup credit in the criticality studies, and (ii) a conservative assumption concerning the axial profile; this actinides-only method was supported by an experimental program called HTC. The method was accepted by the French Safety Authority. Moreover, in order to reduce again the calculated values of the reactivity for irradiated fuels, a French working group was set up in 1997 to define a conservative method which enables industrial companies to take burnup credit into account with some of the fission products and using a more precise profile. The work of this group has been divided into four tasks related to: the determination of (i) the composition of the fuel, (ii) a conservative profile, (iii) a conservative irradiation history, and (iv) the calculation scheme. This work is also supported by experimental programs related to the validation of the fission products effects, in terms of reactivity
Pore pressure calculation of the UO2 high burnup structure
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Highlights: • Pore pressure is calculated based on local burnup, density and porosity. • Ronchi's equations of state are used instead of van der Waals’ equation. • Pore pressure increases as HBS transformation begins and then stays constant. • A best approximated parameter used for pore pressure calculation is recommended. -- Abstract: UO2 high burnup structure has an important impact on fuel behavior, especially in case of reactivity initiated accident (RIA). Pore relaxation enhances local fuel swelling and puts additional load to the fuel cladding, which makes fuel more susceptible to pellet–cladding mechanical interaction induced failure. Therefore, pore pressure calculation becomes vital when evaluating the fuel failure. In this paper pore pressure is calculated as a function of pellet radial local burnup based on the basic characteristics of HBS using Ronchi's correlation. The results indicate that pore pressure will approach a stable value as HBS is developing. A best approximated C value of 55 N/m is recommended for pore pressure calculation
U.S. Regulatory Research Program for Implementation of Burnup Credit in Transport Casks
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In 1999 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC) initiated a research program to support the development of technical bases and guidance that would facilitate the implementation of burnup credit into licensing activities for transport and dry cask storage. This paper reviews the following major areas of investigation: (1) specification of axial burnup profiles, (2) assumption on cooling time, (3) allowance for assemblies with fixed and removable neutron absorbers, (4) the need for a burnup margin for fuel with initial enrichments over 4 wt %, and (5) evaluation of assay data and critical experiments. The capabilities of a new computational tool that facilitates the performance and coupling of the depletion and criticality analyses needed for burnup credit are also discussed
New burnup calculation of TRIGA IPR-R1 reactor
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The IPR-R1 TRIGA Mark I research reactor, located at the Nuclear Technology Development Center - CDTN, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, operates since 1960.The reactor is operating for more than fifty years and has a long history of operation. Determining the current composition of the fuel is very important to calculate various parameters. The reactor burnup calculation has been performed before, however, new techniques, methods, software and increase of the processing capacity of the new computers motivates new investigations to be performed. This work presents the evolution of effective multiplication constant and the results of burnup. This new model has a more detailed geometry with the introduction of the new devices, like the control rods and the samarium discs. This increase of materials in the simulation in burnup calculation was very important for results. For these series of simulations a more recently cross section library, ENDF/B-VII, was used. To perform the calculations two Monte Carlo particle transport code were used: Serpent and MCNPX. The results obtained from two codes are presented and compared with previous studies in the literature. (author)
New burnup calculation of TRIGA IPR-R1 reactor
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Meireles, Sincler P. de; Campolina, Daniel de A.M.; Santos, Andre A. Campagnole dos; Menezes, Maria A.B.C.; Mesquita, Amir Z., E-mail: sinclercdtn@hotmail.com.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)
2015-07-01
The IPR-R1 TRIGA Mark I research reactor, located at the Nuclear Technology Development Center - CDTN, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, operates since 1960.The reactor is operating for more than fifty years and has a long history of operation. Determining the current composition of the fuel is very important to calculate various parameters. The reactor burnup calculation has been performed before, however, new techniques, methods, software and increase of the processing capacity of the new computers motivates new investigations to be performed. This work presents the evolution of effective multiplication constant and the results of burnup. This new model has a more detailed geometry with the introduction of the new devices, like the control rods and the samarium discs. This increase of materials in the simulation in burnup calculation was very important for results. For these series of simulations a more recently cross section library, ENDF/B-VII, was used. To perform the calculations two Monte Carlo particle transport code were used: Serpent and MCNPX. The results obtained from two codes are presented and compared with previous studies in the literature. (author)
Burnup calculations using serpent code in accelerator driven thorium reactors
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In this study, burnup calculations have been performed for a sodium cooled Accelerator Driven Thorium Reactor (ADTR) using the Serpent 1.1.16 Monte Carlo code. The ADTR has been designed for burning minor actinides, mixed 232Th and mixed 233U fuels. A solid Pb-Bi spallation target in the center of the core is used and sodium as coolant. The system is designed for a heating power of 2 000 MW and for an operation time of 600 days. For burnup calculations the Advanced Matrix Exponential Method CRAM (Chebyshev Rational Approximation Method) and different nuclear data libraries (ENDF7, JEF2.2, JEFF3.1.1) were used. The effective multiplication factor change from 0.93 to 0.97 for different nuclear data libraries during the reactor operation period. (orig.)
Burnup calculations using serpent code in accelerator driven thorium reactors
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Korkmaz, M.E.; Agar, O. [Karamanoglu Mehmetbey Univ., Karaman (Turkey). Physics Dept.; Yigit, M. [Aksaray Univ. (Turkey). Physics Dept.
2013-07-15
In this study, burnup calculations have been performed for a sodium cooled Accelerator Driven Thorium Reactor (ADTR) using the Serpent 1.1.16 Monte Carlo code. The ADTR has been designed for burning minor actinides, mixed {sup 232}Th and mixed {sup 233}U fuels. A solid Pb-Bi spallation target in the center of the core is used and sodium as coolant. The system is designed for a heating power of 2 000 MW and for an operation time of 600 days. For burnup calculations the Advanced Matrix Exponential Method CRAM (Chebyshev Rational Approximation Method) and different nuclear data libraries (ENDF7, JEF2.2, JEFF3.1.1) were used. The effective multiplication factor change from 0.93 to 0.97 for different nuclear data libraries during the reactor operation period. (orig.)
An analysis of burnup reactivity credit for reactor RA spent fuel storage
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The need for increasing the spent fuel storage capacity has led to the development of validated methods for assessing the reactivity effects associated with fuel burnup. This paper gives an overview of the criticality safety analysis methodology used to investigate the sensitivity of storage system reactivities to changes in fuel burnup. Results representing the validation of the methods are also discussed. As an example of the application of this methodology an analysis of the burnup reactivity credit for the three-dimensional model of the reactor RA spent fuel storage is described. (author)
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The object of this paper is to study the impact of full and partial spent fuel burnup credit on the capacity of the Legal Weight Truck Spent Fuel Shipping Cask (GA-4) and to determine the numbers of additional spent fuel assemblies which could be accommodated as a result. The scope of the study comprised performing nuclear criticality safety scoping calculations using the SCALE-PC software package and the 1993 spent fuel database to determine logistics for number of spent fuel assemblies to be shipped. The results of the study indicate that more capacity than 2 or 3 pressurized water reactor assemblies could be gained for GA-4 casks when burnup credit is considered. Reduction in GA-4 fleet size and number of shipments are expected to result from the acceptance of spent fuel burnup credit
The use of burnup credit in criticality control for the Korean spent fuel management program
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More than 25% k-eff saving effect is observed in this burnup credit analysis. This mainly comes from the adoption of actinide nuclides and fission products in the criticality analysis. By taking burnup credit, the high capacity of the storage and transportation can be more fully utilized, reducing the space of storage and the number of shipments. Larger storage and fewer shipments for a given inventory of spent fuel result should in remarkable cost savings and more importantly reduce the risks to the public and occupational workers for the Korean Spent Fuel Management Program
Burnup credit methodology in the NPP Krzko spent fuel pool reracking project
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NPP Krzko is going to increase the capacity of the spent fuel storage pool by replacement of the existing racks with high-density racks. The design, rack manufacturing and installation has been awarded to the Framatome ANP GmbH. Burnup credit methodology, which has been already approved by the Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration in previous licensing of existing racks, will be again implemented in the licensing process with the recent methodology improvements. Specific steps of the criticality analysis and representative results are presented in the paper showing also the current national practice of the burnup credit implementation. (author)
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The traditional assumption used in evaluating criticality safety of spent fuel cask is that the spent fuel is as reactive as when it was fresh (new). This is known as the fresh fuel assumption. It avoids a number of calculational and verification difficulties, but could take a heavy toll in decreased efficiency. The alternative to the fresh fuel assumption is called burnup credit. That is, the reduced reactivity of spent fuel that comes about from depletion of fissile radionuclides and net increase in neutron absorbers (poisons) is taken into account. It is recognizable that the use of burnup credit will in fact increase the percentage of unacceptable or non-specification fuel available for misloading. This could reduce individual cask safety margins if current practices with respect to loading procedures are maintained. As such, additional operational, design, analysis, and validation requirements should be established that, as a minimum, compensate for any potential reduction in fuel loading safety margin. This method is based on a probabilistic (PRA) approach and is called a relative risk comparison. The method assumes a linear risk model, and uses a selected probability function to compare the system of interest and an acceptable reference system by varying the features of each to assess effects on system safety. While risk is the product of an event probability and its consequence, the consequences of criticality in a cask are considered to be both unacceptable and the same, regardless of the initiating sequence. Therefore, only the probability of the event is considered in a relative risk evaluation
Burn-up credit applications for UO2 and MOX fuel assemblies in AREVA/COGEMA
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For the last seven years, AREVA/COGEMA has been implementing the second phase of its burn-up credit program (the incorporation of fission products). Since the early nineties, major actinides have been taken into account in criticality analyses first for reprocessing applications, then for transport and storage of fuel assemblies Next year (2004) COGEMA will take into account the six main fission products (Rh103, Cs133, Nd143, Sm149, Sm152 and Gd155) that make up 50% of the anti-reactivity of all fission products. The experimental program will soon be finished. The new burn-up credit methodology is in progress. After a brief overview of BUC R and D program and COGEMA's application of the BUC, this paper will focus on the new burn-up measurement for UO2 and MOX fuel assemblies. It details the measurement instrumentation and the measurement experiments on MOX fuels performed at La Hague in January 2003. (author)
Specific application of burnup credit for MOX PWR fuels in the rotary dissolver
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In prospect of a Mixed OXide spent fuels processing in the rotary dissolver in COGEMA/La Hague plant, it is interesting to quantify the criticality-safety margins from the burnup credit. Using the current production computer codes and considering a minimal fuel irradiation of 3 200 megawatt-day per ton, this paper shows the impact of burnup credit on industrial parameters such as the permissible concentration in the dissolution solution or the permissible oxide mass in the rotary dissolver. Moreover, the burnup credit is broken down into five sequences in order to quantify the contribution of fissile nuclides decrease and of minor actinides and fission products formation. The implementation of the burnup credit in the criticality-safety analysis of the rotary dissolver may lead to workable industrial conditions for the particular MOX fuel studied. It can eventually be noticed that minor actinides contribution is negligible and that considering only the six major fission products is sufficient, owing to the weak fuel irradiation contemplated. (author)
Effect of Self-Shielding on Burn-Up Calculation of ETRR-2 Reactor
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There exist two approaches for burn-up calculation. The first on is to use cell parameters generated using cell calculation code at different degrees of burn-up. The other is to use microscopic cross sections with self-shielding in order to compensate for the variation of spectrum at different degree of burn-up. The effect of using different forms of self-shielding factors on burn-up calculation for ETRR-2 reactor has been determined. The results of the two approaches are inter-compared up to 50% burn-up
Development and verification of Monte Carlo burnup calculation system
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Monte Carlo burnup calculation code system has been developed to evaluate accurate various quantities required in the backend field. From the Actinide Research in a Nuclear Element (ARIANE) program, by using, the measured nuclide compositions of fuel rods in the fuel assemblies irradiated in the commercial Netherlands BWR, the analyses have been performed for the code system verification. The code system developed in this paper has been verified through analysis for MOX and UO2 fuel rods. This system enables to reduce large margin assumed in the present criticality analysis for LWR spent fuels. (J.P.N.)
New Burnup Calculation System for Fusion-Fission Hybrid System
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Investigation of nuclear waste incineration has positively been carried out worldwide from the standpoint of environmental issues. Some candidates such as ADS, FBR are under discussion for possible incineration technology. Fusion reactor is one of such technologies, because it supplies a neutron-rich and volumetric irradiation field, and in addition the energy is higher than nuclear reactor. However, it is still hard to realize fusion reactor right now, as well known. An idea of combination of fusion and fission concepts, so-called fusion-fission hybrid system, was thus proposed for the nuclear waste incineration. Even for a relatively lower plasma condition, neutrons can be well multiplied by fission in the nuclear fuel, tritium is thus bred so as to attain its self-sufficiency, enough energy multiplication is then expected and moreover nuclear waste incineration is possible. In the present study, to realize it as soon as possible with the presently proven technology, i.e., using ITER model with the achieved plasma condition of JT60 in JAEA, Japan, a new calculation system for fusion-fission hybrid reactor including transport by MCNP and burnup by ORIGEN has been developed for the precise prediction of the neutronics performance. The author's group already has such a calculation system developed by them. But it had a problem that the cross section libraries in ORIGEN did not have a cross section library, which is suitable specifically for fusion-fission hybrid reactors. So far, those for FBR were approximately used instead in the analysis. In the present study, exact derivation of the collapsed cross section for ORIGEN has been investigated, which means it is directly evaluated from calculated track length by MCNP and point-wise nuclear data in the evaluated nuclear data file like JENDL-3.3. The system realizes several-cycle calculation one time, each of which consists of MCNP criticality calculation, MCNP fixed source calculation with a 3-dimensional precise
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A calculational benchmark focused on WWER-440 burnup credit, simular to that of the OECD/NEA/NSC Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark Working Group, was proposed on the 96'AER Symposium. Its first part, CB1, was specified there whereas the second part, CB2, was specified a year later, on 97'AER Symposium in Zittau. This paper brings a final statistical evaluation of CB1 results and summarizes the CB2 results obtained to date. Further, the effect of an axial burnup profile of WWER-440 spent fuel on criticality ('end effect') is proposed to be studied in the CB3 benchmark problem of an infinite array of WWER-440 spent fuel rods as specified in the paper. (Authors)
Non destructive assay of nuclear LEU spent fuels for burnup credit application
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Criticality safety analysis devoted to spent fuel storage and transportation has to be conservative in order to be sure no accident will ever happen. In the spent fuel storage field, the assumption of freshness has been used to achieve the conservative aspect of criticality safety procedures. Nevertheless, after being irradiated in a reactor core, the fuel elements have obviously lost part of their original reactivity. The concept of taking into account this reactivity loss in criticality safety analysis is known as Burnup credit. To be used, Burnup credit involves obtaining evidence of the reactivity loss with a Burnup measurement. Many non destructive assays (NDA) based on neutron as well as on gamma ray emissions are devoted to spent fuel characterization. Heavy nuclei that compose the fuels are modified during irradiation and cooling. Some of them emit neutrons spontaneously and the link to Burnup is a power link. As a result, burn-up determination with passive neutron measurement is extremely accurate. Some gamma emitters also have interesting properties in order to characterize spent fuels but the convenience of the gamma spectrometric methods is very dependent on characteristics of spent fuel. In addition, contrary to the neutron emission, the gamma signal is mostly representative of the peripheral rods of the fuels. Two devices based on neutron methods but combining different NDA methods which have been studied in the past are described in detail: 1. The PYTHON device is a combination of a passive neutron measurement, a collimated total gamma measurement, and an online depletion code. This device, which has been used in several Nuclear Power Plants in western Europe, gives the average Burnup within a 5% uncertainty and also the extremity Burnup, 2. The NAJA device is an automatic device that involves three nuclear methods and an online depletion code. It is designed to cover the whole fuel assembly panel (Active Neutron Interrogation, Passive Neutron
SWAT, Step-Wise Burnup Analysis Code System to Combine SRAC-95 Cell Calculation Code and ORIGEN2
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1 - Description of program or function: SWAT evaluates isotopic composition of spent nuclear fuel, especially for burnup credit issues by driving codes SRAC95 and ORIGEN2.1 or ORIGEN2. SWAT is an automated driver code system. At the initial development phase, it was constructed by combining source programs of SRAC and ORIGEN2. To overcome the problem associated with code updates, SWAT chose to use system function of UNIX operating system to execute SRAC95 and ORIGEN2. So that, SWAT is independent of development and modification of SRAC95 and ORIGEN2.1. In SWAT, ORIGEN2(82) or ORIGEN2.1 is used for burnup calculations using the matrix exponential method. An updated decay library is included in the distribution. SWAT uses SRAC95 for neutron spectrum and effective cross section calculation in 107 groups, using the collision probability method for given geometry and isotopic composition. One or two dimensional cell geometries are supported in SRAC95. NEA-1698/02: The main purpose of new package is to run SWAT on several machines not supported in previous package (IA64 under Linux, Windows with cygwin and Sun,...) and several commercial FORTRAN compiler (Intel, PGI, Fujitsu). 2 - Methods: In calculating the problem-dependent cross section in SWAT, the total burnup history is divided into 'burnup steps'. Power, boric acid concentration, temperature of each region, and void ratio of coolant are given as history data. For each burnup step, the neutron spectrum and effective cross section are evaluated by SRAC95 using the information given in previous burnup calculation and cell geometry information. The user can select geometry options for the collision probability method in SRAC95. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Resonance absorption calculation with ultra-fine group cross section can not be directly applicable for 2D geometry
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Burnup calculations using the ORIGEN code in the CONKEMO computing system
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This article describes the CONKEMO computing system for kinetic multigroup calculations of nuclear reactors and their physical characteristics during burnup. The ORIGEN burnup calculation code has been added to the system. The results of an international benchmark calculation are also presented. (author)
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The fresh fuel design basis provides some margin of safety, i.e., criticality safety is almost independent of loading operations if fuel designs do not change significantly over the next 40 years. However, the design basis enrichment for future nuclear fuel will most likely vary with time. As a result, it cannot be guaranteed that the perceived passivity of the concept will be maintained over the life cycle of a future cask system. Several options are available to ensure that the reliability of a burnup credit system is comparable to or greater than that of a system based on a fresh fuel assumption. Criticality safety and control reliability could increase with burnup credit implementation. The safety of a burnup credit system could be comparable to that for a system based on the fresh fuel assumption. A burnup credit philosophy could be implemented without any cost-benefit tradeoff. A burnup credit design basis could result in a significant reduction in total system risk as well as economic benefits. These reductions occur primarily as a result of increased cask capacities and, thus, fewer shipments. Fewer shipments also result in fewer operations over the useful life of a cask, and opportunities for error decrease. The system concept can be designed such that only benefits occur. These benefits could include enhanced criticality safety and the overall reliability of cask operations, as well as system risk and economic benefits. Thus, burnup credit should be available as an alternative for the criticality design of spent fuel shipping casks
Feasibility and incentives for burnup credit in spent-fuel casks
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The spent-fuel carrying capacities of previous-generation spent-fuel shipping casks have been primarily thermal and/or shielding limited. Shielding and heat transfer requirements for casks designed to transport older spent fuel with longer decay times are reduced considerably and cask capacities become criticality limited. Using burnup credit in the design of future casks can result in increased cask capacities as well as reduced environmental impacts and savings in time and money
Details on an actinide-only burnup credit application in the USA
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Details on the Actinide-Only burnup credit assumptions that will be used for the CASTOR X/32 S cask are presented. Preliminary results show that using a conservative set of assumptions the cask will allow most fuel to be loaded without the addition of any additional reactivity control. With the addition of 8 control rod elements it is possible to load most of the rest of the fuel. (author)
Review and Prioritization of Technical Issues Related to Burnup Credit for LWR Fuel
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This report has been prepared to review relevant background information and provide technical discussion that will help initiate a PIRT (Phenomena Identification and Ranking Tables) process for use of burnup credit in light-water reactor (LWR) spent fuel storage and transport cask applications. The PIRT process will be used by the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research to help prioritize and guide a coordinated program of research and as a means to obtain input/feedback from industry and other interested parties. The review and discussion in this report are based on knowledge and experience gained from work performed in the United States and other countries. Current regulatory practice and perceived industry needs are also reviewed as a background for prioritizing technical needs that will facilitate safe practice in the use of burnup credit. Relevant physics and analysis phenomenon are identified, and an assessment of their importance to burnup credit implementation is given. Finally, phenomena that need to be better understood for effective licensing, together with technical issues that require resolution, are presented and discussed in the form of a prioritization ranking and initial draft program plan
Review and Prioritization of Technical Issues Related to Burnup Credit for LWR Fuel
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Parks, C V; DeHart, M D [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wagner, John C [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
2000-03-13
This report has been prepared to review relevant background information and provide technical discussion that will help initiate a PIRT (Phenomena Identification and Ranking Tables) process for use of burnup credit in light-water reactor (LWR) spent fuel storage and transport cask applications. The PIRT process will be used by the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research to help prioritize and guide a coordinated program of research and as a means to obtain input/feedback from industry and other interested parties. The review and discussion in this report are based on knowledge and experience gained from work performed in the United States and other countries. Current regulatory practice and perceived industry needs are also reviewed as a background for prioritizing technical needs that will facilitate safe practice in the use of burnup credit. Relevant physics and analysis phenomenon are identified, and an assessment of their importance to burnup credit implementation is given. Finally, phenomena that need to be better understood for effective licensing, together with technical issues that require resolution, are presented and discussed in the form of a prioritization ranking and initial draft program plan.
The role of ORIGEN-S in the design of burnup credit spent fuel casks
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Current licensing practices for spent fuel pools, storage facilities, and transportation casks require a conservative fresh fuel assumption be used in the criticality analysis. The U.S. Department of Energy is currently sponsoring a program to develop analysis methodologies and establish a new generation of spent fuel casks using the principle of burnup credit. The key difference in this new approach is the necessity to accurately predict the isotopic composition of the spent fuel. ORIGEN-S was selected to satisfy this requirement because of the flexibility and user-friendly input offered via its usage in the Standardized Computer Analyses for Licensing and Evaluation (SCALE) code system. This paper describes the fundamental role fulfilled by ORIGEN-S in the development of the analysis methodology, validation of the methods, definition of criticality safety margins and other licensing considerations in the design of a new generation of spent fuel casks. Particular emphasis is given to the performance of ORIGEN-S in comparisons with measurements of irradiated fuel compositions and in predicting isotopics for use in the calculation of reactor restart critical configurations that are performed as a part of the validation process
Effect of Core Configurations on Burn-Up Calculations For MTR Type Reactors
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Three-dimensional burn-up calculations of MTR-type research reactor were performed using different patterns of control rods , to examine their effect on power density and neutron flux distributions throughout the entire core and on the local burn-up distribution. Calculations were performed using the computer codes' package MTRPC system, using the cell calculation transport code WIMS-D4 and the core calculation diffusion code CITVAP. A depletion study was done and the effects on the reactor fuel were studied, then an empirical formula was generated for every fuel element type, to correlate irradiation to burn-up percentage. Keywords: Neutronic Calculations, Burn-Up, MTR-Type Research Reactors, MTRPC Package, Empirical Formula For Fuel Burn-Up.
Miniature neutron source reactor burnup calculations using IRBURN code system
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Highlights: ► Fuel consumption of Iranian MNSR during 15 years of operation has been investigated. ► Calculations have been performed by the IRBURN code. Precision and accuracy of the implemented model has been validated. ► Our study shows the consumption rate of MNSR is about 1%. - Abstract: Fuel consumption of Iranian miniature neutron source reactor (MNSR) during 15 years of operation has been investigated. Reactor core neutronic parameters such as flux and power distributions, control rod worth and effective multiplication factor at BOL and after 15 years of irradiation has been calculated. The Monte Carlo-based depletion code system IRBURN has been used for studying the reactor core neutronic parameters as well as the isotopic inventory of the fuel during burnup. The precision and accuracy of the implemented model has been verified via validation the results for neutronic parameters in the MNSR final safety analysis report. The results show that keff decreases from 1.0034 to 0.9897 and the total U-235 consumption in the core is about 13.669 g after 15 years of operational time. Finally, our studying shows the consumption rate of MNSR is about 1%.
Coolant Density and Control Blade History Effects in Extended BWR Burnup Credit
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Ade, Brian J [ORNL; Marshall, William BJ J [ORNL; Bowman, Stephen M [ORNL; Gauld, Ian C [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Martinez-Gonzalez, Jesus S [ORNL
2015-01-01
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have initiated a multiyear project to investigate the application of burnup credit (BUC) for boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel in storage and transportation casks. This project includes two phases. The first phase investigates the applicability of peak reactivity methods currently used for spent fuel pools to spent fuel storage and transportation casks and the validation of reactivity (k_{eff}) calculations and predicted spent fuel compositions. The second phase focuses on extending BUC beyond peak reactivity. This paper documents work performed to date investigating some aspects of extended BUC. (The technical basis for application of peak reactivity methods to BWR fuel in storage and transportation systems is presented in a companion paper.) Two reactor operating parameters are being evaluated to establish an adequate basis for extended BWR BUC: (1) the effect of axial void profile and (2) the effect of control blade utilization during operation. A detailed analysis of core simulator data for one cycle of a modern operating BWR plant was performed to determine the range of void profiles and the variability of the profile experienced during irradiation. Although a single cycle does not provide complete data, the data obtained are sufficient to determine the primary effects and to identify conservative modeling approaches. These data were used in a study of the effect of axial void profile. The first stage of the study was determination of the necessary moderator density temporal fidelity in depletion modeling. After the required temporal fidelity was established, multiple void profiles were used to examine the effect on cask reactivity. The results of these studies are being used to develop recommendations for conservatively modeling the void profile effects for BWR depletion calculations. The second operational parameter studied was control blade history. Control blades are inserted in
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This article summarises activities of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality, a subordinate group to the Working Part on Nuclear Criticality Safety (WPNCS). The WPNCS of the OECD/NEA coordinates and carries out work in the domain of criticality safety at the international level. Particular attention is devoted to establishing sound databases required in this area and to addressing issues of high relevance such as burnup credit. The activities of the expert group are aimed toward improving safety and identifying economic solutions to issues concerning the back-end of the fuel cycle. The main objective of the activities of the OECD/NEA Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality is to demonstrate that the available criticality safety calculational tools are appropriate for application to irradiated (burned) nuclear fuel systems and that a reasonable safety margin can be established. The method established by the expert group for investigating the physics and predictability of burnup credit is based on the specification and comparison of calculational benchmark problems. A wide range of fuel types, including PWR, BWR, MOX, and VVER fuels, has been or is being addressed by the expert group. The objective and status of each of these benchmark problems is reviewed in this article. It is important to note that the focus of the expert group is the comparison of the results submitted by each participant to assess the capability of commonly used code systems, not to quantify the physical phenomena investigated in the comparisons or to make recommendations for licensing action. (author)
Determination of the burn-up of TRIGA fuel elements by calculation and reactivity experiments
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The burnup of 17 fuel elements of the TRIGA Mark-II reactor in Vienna was measured. Different types of fuel elements had been simultaneously used for several years. The measured burnup values are compared with those calculated on the basis of core configuration and reactor operation history records since the beginning of operation. A one-dimensional, two-group diffusion computer code TRIGAP was used for the calculations. Comparison with burnup values determined by γ-scanning is also made. (orig./HP)
Development and validation of Monte-Carlo burnup calculation code MCNTRANS
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A new nuclear fuel burnup calculation code MCNTRANS based on MCNP was introduced in this paper. The neutronics calculation parameter was extracted from the MCNP5 reaction rate tally result, while a graph theory algorithm was implemented to track the burnup chain and the analytic solution of the Bateman equation was given. At the same time, the detailed physical process was considered to improve the accuracy and serviceability of this code, and prediction-correction method was used to allow a large burnup step. The OECD/NEA and JAERI pin cell benchmark problems were used to validate the code MCNTRANS while a reference result was given by other code. It can be concluded that the calculation results of MCNTRANS are generally consistent with the experimental result and that of the other burnup codes, and part of the actinides and fission products calculation result show better accuracy. (authors)
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The on-site wet-type spent fuel storage facility ISF-1 is currently used for interim storage of spent nuclear fuel removed from Chernobyl NPP power units. The results of ISF-1 preliminary criticality analyses demonstrated the need for using the burnup credit principle in nuclear safety analysis. This paper provides results from the selection and testing of computer codes for determining the isotopic composition of RBMK spent fuel. Assessment is carried out and conclusions are made on conservative approaches to fuel burnup credit in subsequent ISF-1 safety assessment. (author)
Criticality Analysis of Assembly Misload in a PWR Burnup Credit Cask
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Wagner, J. C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
2008-01-31
The Interim Staff Guidance on bumup credit (ISG-8) for spent fuel in storage and transportation casks, issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Spent Fuel Project Office, recommends a bumup measurement for each assembly to confirm the reactor record and compliance with the assembly bumup value used for loading acceptance. This recommendation is intended to prevent unauthorized loading (misloading) of assemblies due to inaccuracies in reactor burnup records and/or improper assembly identification, thereby ensuring that the appropriate subcritical margin is maintained. This report presents a computational criticality safety analysis of the consequences of misloading fuel assemblies in a highcapacity cask that relies on burnup credit for criticality safety. The purpose of this report is to provide a quantitative understanding of the effects of fuel misloading events on safety margins. A wide variety of fuel-misloading configurations are investigated and results are provided for informational purposes. This report does not address the likelihood of occurrence for any of the misload configurations considered. For representative, qualified bumup-enrichment combinations, with and without fission products included, misloading two assemblies that are underburned by 75% results in an increase in k_{eff} of 0.025-0.045, while misloading four assemblies that are underburned by 50% also results in an increase in k_{eff} of 0.025-0.045. For the cask and conditions considered, a reduction in bumup of 20% in all assemblies results in an increase in kff of less than 0.035. Misloading a single fresh assembly with 3, 4, or 5 wt% ^{235}U enrichment results in an increase in k_{eff}of--0.02, 0.04, or 0.06, respectively. The report concludes with a summary of these and other important findings, as well as a discussion of relevant issues that should be considered when assessing the appropriate role of burnup measurements.
COREBN: A core burn-up calculation module for SRAC2006
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COREBN is an auxiliary code of the SRAC system for multi-dimensional core burn-up calculation based on the diffusion theory and interpolation of macroscopic cross-sections tabulated to local parameters such as burn-up degree, moderator temperature and so on. The macroscopic cross-sections are prepared by cell burn-up calculations with the collision probability method of SRAC. SRAC and COREBN have wide applicability for various types of cell and core geometries. They have been used mainly for the purpose of core burn-up management of research reactors in Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The report is a revision of the users manual for the latest version of COREBN served with the SRAC released in 2006. (author)
Calculation of fuel burn-up and fuel reloading for the Dalat Nuclear Research Reactor
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Calculation of fuel burnup and fuel reloading for the Dalat Nuclear Research Reactor was carried out by using a new programme named HEXA-BURNUP, realized in a PC. The programme is used to calculate the following parameters of the Dalat reactor: a/Critical configurations of the core loaded with 69, 72, 74, 86, 88, 89 and 92 fuel elements. The effective multiplication coefficients equal 1 within the error ranges of less than 0.38%. b/ The thermal neutron flux distribution in the reactor. The calculated results agree with the experimental data measured at 11 typical positions. c/The average fuel burn-up for the period from Feb. 1984 to Sep. 1992. The difference between calculation and experiment is only about 1.9%. 10 fuel reloading versions are calculated, from which an optimal version is proposed. (author). 9 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs
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Development of the SUHAM-U code for burnup calculations of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies with uranium and MOX fuel is described. Developed SUHAM-U code has capacity to calculate burnup in each fuel or poison zone of each cell of VVER-1000 fuel assembly. In so doing Surface Harmonics Method is used for calculation of the detail neutron spectra in fuel assembly at separated burnup values. Verification of SUHAM-U code by burnup calculations of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies with uranium and MOX fuel has been carried out. Comparisons were carried out with calculations by UNK and RECOL codes. UNK code uses the first collisions probabilities method for solution of the neutron transport equation and RECOL code uses Monte-Carlo method with point-wise continues energy presentation of cross-sections. The main conclusion of all comparisons is the SUHAM-U code calculates the fuel burnup of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies with uranium and MOX fuel with enough high accuracy. Time expenditures are adduced. (authors)
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Boyarinov, V. F.; Davidenko, V. D.; Polismakov, A. A.; Tsibulsky, V. F. [Russian Research Center Kurchatov Inst., Nuclear Reactor Inst., 123182, Moscow (Russian Federation)
2006-07-01
Development of the SUHAM-U code for burnup calculations of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies with uranium and MOX fuel is described. Developed SUHAM-U code has capacity to calculate burnup in each fuel or poison zone of each cell of VVER-1000 fuel assembly. In so doing Surface Harmonics Method is used for calculation of the detail neutron spectra in fuel assembly at separated burnup values. Verification of SUHAM-U code by burnup calculations of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies with uranium and MOX fuel has been carried out. Comparisons were carried out with calculations by UNK and RECOL codes. UNK code uses the first collisions probabilities method for solution of the neutron transport equation and RECOL code uses Monte-Carlo method with point-wise continues energy presentation of cross-sections. The main conclusion of all comparisons is the SUHAM-U code calculates the fuel burnup of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies with uranium and MOX fuel with enough high accuracy. Time expenditures are adduced. (authors)
Reactivity effects of nonuniform axial burnup distributions on spent fuel
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When conducting future criticality safety analyses on spent fuel shipping casks, burnup credit may play a significant role in determining the number of fuel assemblies that can be safely loaded into each cask. An important area in burnup credit analysis is the burnup variation along the length of the fuel assembly, which is determined by the location of the assembly in the reactor core and its residence time. A study of the effects of axial burnup distributions on reactivity has been conducted, using data from existing power plant fuel. Utilizing a one-dimensional, two-group diffusion code, named REALAX, the reactivity effects of axial burnup profiles have been calculated for various PWR fuel assemblies. The reactivity effects calculated by the code are defined in terms of k for the axially dependent burnup distribution minus k for a uniform axial burnup distribution at the assembly average burnup divided by k for a uniform axial burnup distribution at the assembly average burnup. Criticality safety specialists can take advantage of the quick-running code to determine axial effects of different assembly burnup profiles. In general, the positive reactivity effects of axial burnup distributions increase as burnup increases, though they do not increase faster than the overall decrease in reactivity due to burnup
Reactivity effects of nonuniform axial burnup distributions on spent fuel
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Leary, R.W. II; Parish, T.A. [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
1995-12-01
When conducting future criticality safety analyses on spent fuel shipping casks, burnup credit may play a significant role in determining the number of fuel assemblies that can be safely loaded into each cask. An important area in burnup credit analysis is the burnup variation along the length of the fuel assembly, which is determined by the location of the assembly in the reactor core and its residence time. A study of the effects of axial burnup distributions on reactivity has been conducted, using data from existing power plant fuel. Utilizing a one-dimensional, two-group diffusion code, named REALAX, the reactivity effects of axial burnup profiles have been calculated for various PWR fuel assemblies. The reactivity effects calculated by the code are defined in terms of k for the axially dependent burnup distribution minus k for a uniform axial burnup distribution at the assembly average burnup divided by k for a uniform axial burnup distribution at the assembly average burnup. Criticality safety specialists can take advantage of the quick-running code to determine axial effects of different assembly burnup profiles. In general, the positive reactivity effects of axial burnup distributions increase as burnup increases, though they do not increase faster than the overall decrease in reactivity due to burnup.
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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the theories, techniques and computer codes that are frequently used in numerical reactor criticality and burnup calculations. It is a part of an integrated nuclear reactor calculation scheme conducted by the Reactors Department, Inshas Nuclear Research Centre. The crude part in numerical reactor criticality and burnup calculations includes the determination of neutron flux distribution which can be obtained in principle as a solution of Boltzmann transport equation. Numerical methods used for solving transport equations are discussed. Emphasis are made on numerical techniques based on multigroup diffusion theory. These numerical techniques include nodal, modal, and finite difference ones. The most commonly known computer codes utilizing these techniques are reviewed. Some of the main computer codes that have been already developed at the Reactors Department and related to numerical reactor criticality and burnup calculations have been presented
Analysis of the burnup credit benchmark with an updated WIMS-D Library
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The OECD/NEA Burnup Credit Benchmark was analyzed with the WIMSD5B code using a fully updated library based on ENDF/B-VI Revision 5 data. Parts-1A and 1B were considered. The criticality prediction tested in Part-1A was in very good agreement with the reference result. A slight trend to overestimate the absorption rate by the fission products was noted, which can be explained by spectral effects resulting from the coarseness of the WIMS-D 69-group energy grid. The isotopic composition prediction tested in Part-1B was within the uncertainty interval of the reference results, except for 109 Ag at lower burnup and 155 Gd in all the cases. For 109 Ag the cause of the discrepancy was the use of old fission yield data in generating the reference solution. Similarly for 155 Gd the difference was due to old 155 Eu capture cross sections. Compared to the measurements, a serious underprediction of Sm isotopes is observed. This could be due to problems in the measured values or in the nuclear data of Sm precursors. We conclude that our processing methods do not introduce significant errors to the basic nuclear data. Care should be taken in the interpretation of the reference average benchmark solution due to a possible bias towards the ENDF/B-V evaluated nuclear data files
Computational fluid dynamics analysis for K24B cask design with burnup credit
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Korea Nuclear Engineering Service Corp. (KONES) has designed K24B cask for the storage and the transportation of 24 (CE-type 16x16) PWR assemblies. K24B cask is designed with considering burnup credit of spent fuel. In order to remove heat from the fuel assemblies effectively, the flow channels in the upper and the lower part of fuel assemblies are set up to promote the natural convection. Computational fluid dynamics analysis is carried out to estimate and assure the thermal integrity of K24B cask. Conduction and radiation heat transfer through the cask components and the natural convective heat transfer in the cask are simulated. As a result of the analysis, the maximum temperatures of the cask components are maintained below the operating temperature for the safety. Therefore, the design of K24B cask can satisfy the safety limit. (author)
Incentives for the allowance of ''burnup credit'' in the design of spent nuclear fuel shipping casks
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An analysis has been completed which indicates that the consideration of spent fuel histories ('burnup credit') in the criticality design of spent fuel shipping casks could result in significant public risk benefits and cost savings in the transport of spent nuclear fuel. Capacities of casks could be increased considerably in some cases. These capacity increases result in lower public and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation due to the reduced number of shipments necessary to transport a given amount of fuel. Additional safety benefits result from reduced non-radiological risks to both public and occupational sectors. In addition, economic benefits result from lower in-transit shipping costs, reduced transportation fleet capital costs, and fewer cask handling requirements at both shipping and receiving facilities
Incentives for the allowance of burnup credit in the design of spent nuclear fuel shipping casks
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An analysis has been completed which indicates that the consideration of spent fuel histories ('burnup credit') in the criticality design of spent fuel shipping casks could result in considerable public risk benefits and cost savings in the transport of spent nuclear fuel. Capacities of casks could be increased considerably in some cases. These capacity increases result in lower public and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation due to the reduced number of shipments necessary to transport a given amount of fuel. Additional safety benefits result from reduced non-radiological risks to both public and occupational sectors. In addition, economic benefits result from lower in-transit shipping costs, reduced transportation fleet capital costs, and fewer cask handling requirements at both shipping and receiving facilities
Kinetic parameter calculation as function of burn-up of candu reactor
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Kinetic parameter calculation as function of burn-up of candu reactor. Kinetic marameter calculation as function of burp-up of CANDU reactor with Canflex fuel type-CANDU has been done. This type of fuel is currently being develop, so kinetic parameter such as effective delay neutron fraction (.......), delay neutron decay constant ( .... ) and prompt neutron generation time ( ...... ) are very important for analysis of reactor operation safety. WIMS-CRNL code was used to generate macroscopic cross section and reaction rate based on transport theory. Fast and thermal neutron velocity and macroscopic cross section fission product of the unit cell were determined by KINETIC Code. The result of calculation showed that the value of effective delay neutron fraction was 7,785616 x 10-3 at the beginning of operation at burn-up of 0 MWD/T and after the reactor operated at burn-up of 7,2231 x 10-3 MWD/T was 4,962766 x 10-3, or reduced by 36%. The value of prompt generation time was 9,982703 x 10-4 s at the beginning of operation at burn-up of 0 MWD/T and 8,965416 x 10-4 s after the reactor operated at burn-up of 7,2231 x 103 MWD/T, or reduced by 10%. The result of calculation showed that the values of effective delay neutron fraction and prompt neutron generation time are still great enough
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Burnup of low enriched metal uranium fuel of the RA reactor is described by two chain reactions. Energy balance and material changes in the fuel are described by systems of differential equations. Numerical integration of these equations is base on the the reactor operation data. Neutron flux and percent of Uranium-235 or more frequently yield of epithermal neutrons in the neutron flux, is determined by iteration from the measured contents of 106Ru, 134Cs and 137Cs in the irradiated fuel. The computer program was written in FORTRAN-IV. Burnup is calculated by using the measured activities of fission products. Burnup results are absolute values
Study of the acceleration of nuclide burnup calculation using GPU with CUDA
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The computation costs of neutronics calculation code become higher as physics models and methods are complicated. The degree of them in neutronics calculation tends to be limited due to available computing power. In order to open a door to the new world, use of GPU for general purpose computing, called GPGPU, has been studied [1]. GPU has multi-threads computing mechanism enabled with multi-processors which realize mush higher performance than CPUs. NVIDIA recently released the CUDA language for general purpose computation which is a C-like programming language. It is relatively easy to learn compared to the conventional ones used for GPGPU, such as OpenGL or CG. Therefore application of GPU to the numerical calculation became much easier. In this paper, we tried to accelerate nuclide burnup calculation, which is important to predict nuclides time dependence in the core, using GPU with CUDA. We chose the 4.-order Runge-Kutta method to solve the nuclide burnup equation. The nuclide burnup calculation and the 4.-order Runge-Kutta method were suitable to the first step of introduction CUDA into numerical calculation because these consist of simple operations of matrices and vectors of single precision where actual codes were written in the C++ language. Our experimental results showed that nuclide burnup calculations with GPU have possibility of speedup by factor of 100 compared to that with CPU. (authors)
Reconstruction of pin burnup characteristics from nodal calculations in hexagonal geometry
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A reconstruction method has been developed for recovering pin burnup characteristics from fuel cycle calculations performed in hexagonal-z geometry using the nodal diffusion option of the DIF3D/REBUS-3 code system. Intra-modal distributions of group fluxes, nuclide densities, power density, burnup, and fluence are efficiently computed using polynomial shapes constrained to satisfy nodal information. The accuracy of the method has been tested by performing several numerical benchmark calculations and by comparing predicted local burnups to values measured for experimental assemblies in EBR-11. The results indicate that the reconstruction methods are quite accurate, yielding maximum errors in power and nuclide densities that are less than 2% for driver assemblies and typically less than 5% for blanket assemblies. 14 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs
Burnup calculation capability in the PSG2 / Serpent Monte Carlo reactor physics code
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The PSG continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics code has been developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2004. The code is mainly intended for group constant generation for coupled reactor simulator calculations and other tasks traditionally handled using deterministic lattices physics codes. The name was recently changed from acronym PSG to 'Serpent', and the capabilities have been extended by implementing built-in burnup calculation routines that enable the code to be used for fuel cycle studies and the modelling of irradiated fuels. This paper presents the methodology used for burnup calculation. Serpent has two fundamentally different options for solving the Bateman depletion equations: 1) the Transmutation Trajectory Analysis method (TTA), based on the analytical solution of linearized depletion chains and 2) the Chebyshev Rational Approximation Method (CRAM), an advanced matrix exponential solution developed at VTT. The first validation results are compared to deterministic CASMO-4E calculations. It is also shown that the overall running time in Monte Carlo burnup calculation can be significantly reduced using specialized calculation techniques, and that the continuous-energy Monte Carlo method is becoming a viable alternative to deterministic assembly burnup codes. (authors)
A simplified burnup calculation strategy with refueling in static molten salt reactor
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Molten Salt Reactors, by nature can be refuelled and reprocessed online. Thus, a simulation methodology has to be developed which can consider online refueling and reprocessing aspect of the reactor. To cater such needs a simplified burnup calculation strategy to account for refueling and removal of molten salt fuel at any desired burnup has been identified in static molten salt reactor in batch mode as a first step of way forward. The features of in-house code ITRAN has been explored for such calculations. The code also enables us to estimate the reactivity introduced in the system due to removal of any number of considered nuclides at any burnup. The effect of refueling fresh fuel and removal of burned fuel has been studied in batch mode with in-house code ITRAN. The effect of refueling and burnup on change in reactivity per day has been analyzed. The analysis of removal of 233Pa at a particular burnup has been carried out. The similar analysis has been performed for some other nuclides also. (author)
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Applicability of the cross section adjustment method based on random sampling (RS) technique to burnup calculations is investigated. The cross section adjustment method is a technique for reduction of prediction uncertainties in reactor core analysis and has been widely applied to fast reactors. As a practical method, the cross section adjustment method based on RS technique is newly developed for application to light water reactors (LWRs). In this method, covariance among cross sections and neutronics parameters are statistically estimated by the RS technique and cross sections are adjusted without calculation of sensitivity coefficients of neutronics parameters, which are necessary in the conventional cross section adjustment method. Since sensitivity coefficients are not used, the RS-based method is expected to be practically applied to LWR core analysis, in which considerable computational costs are required for estimation of sensitivity coefficients. Through a simple pin-cell burnup calculation, applicability of the present method to burnup calculations is investigated. The calculation results indicate that the present method can adequately adjust cross sections including burnup characteristics. (author)
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A higher initial 235U enrichment is currently required in the nuclear fuel fabrication specification to realize higher fuel burnup. Traditionally, in the criticality safety design of spent fuel (SF) storage and transportation (S/T) casks or facilities, the fuel is usually assumed to be at its full initial enrichment (so called fresh fuel assumption) to provide a large safety allowance, which is sometimes excessively given, for example requiring unnecessarily large space between fuel assemblies. The burnup credit taken for criticality safety design is firstly implemented to the SF Storage Rack of Rokkasho Reprocessing Facility, which is completed and expected for operation soon. Except for that, no burnup credit has been taken in criticality safety design for SF S/T casks or intermediate storage facilities in Japan. Since in the near future it is considered inevitable to handle spent fuel massively, it is desired to implement the rational S/T design saving safety and economy by taking into account the fuel burnup in the criticality safety control. Computer codes and data which are vital to assess criticality safety in the design stage of nuclear fuel cycle facility have been developed and prepared to constitute a Japanese criticality safety handbook at JAERI
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The proposed use of burnup credit in spent fuel cask design and operation represents a departure from current regulatory practice, and creates technical issues that ultimately must be resolved for the concept to be implemented. Issues related to specific technical considerations can generally be resolved conclusively. However, an underlying perception may still exist that the use of burnup credit compromises criticality safety. In practice, individual casks are designed to satisfy regulatory requirements in a generally conservative manner. The designer's application of the regulatory requirements involves some engineering judgement, as does the regulator's implementation of them. This does not have an adverse effect on safety, but does make it difficult to objectively compare new or alternative designs and/or operating approaches. 5 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs
Development of burnup calculation function in reactor Monte Carlo code RMC
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This paper presents the burnup calculation capability of RMC, which is a new Monte Carlo (MC) neutron transport code developed by Reactor Engineering Analysis Laboratory (REAL) in Tsinghua University of China. Unlike most of existing MC depletion codes which explicitly couple the depletion module, RMC incorporates ORIGEN 2.1 in an implicit way. Different burn step strategies, including the middle-of-step approximation and the predictor-corrector method, are adopted by RMC to assure the accuracy under large burnup step size. RMC employs a spectrum-based method of tallying one-group cross section, which can considerably saves computational time with negligible accuracy loss. According to the validation results of benchmarks and examples, it is proved that the burnup function of RMC performs quite well in accuracy and efficiency. (authors)
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The burnup credit (BUC) methodology for a transport and storage cask application, including actinides and fission products, is implemented at AREVA TN using the French BUC calculation route for pressurized water reactor (PWR) UO2 used fuel. The methodology is based on the connection of the French depletion code DARWIN2 and the French criticality safety package CRISTAL V1. The BUC methodology includes the experimental validation of the computation codes dedicated to the calculation of the used fuel inventory calculations. Indeed, the results of the comparison calculation–experiment (C-E)/E allow to determine either a set of isotopic correction factors (ICFs) for the BUC nuclides considered in the criticality calculation or keff-penalty terms directly used for the definition of the keff-acceptance criterion for the criticality assessment of the transport and storage cask. These ICFs or keff-penalty terms are one of the key of the BUC method to guarantee the conservativeness of the fuel reactivity in safety-criticality calculations using BUC approach. A French BUC program has been developed at CEA/Cadarache in the framework of the CEA-AREVA collaboration in order to validate fuel inventory calculations. This program involves two kinds of experiments: chemical analyses and microprobe measurements of PWR irradiated fuel pins (French PIE program) on one hand, and reactivity worth measurements of the BUC nuclides in the MINERVE reactor on the other hand. This paper highlights, through a first industrial AREVA TN's application of the BUC method, including fission products, that the French PIE program and reactivity worth measurements in MINERVE reactor are suitable for the implementation of BUC in transport and storage cask applications loaded with PWR UO2 used fuels assemblies. (author)
Propagation of statistical and nuclear data uncertainties in Monte Carlo burn-up calculations
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Garcia-Herranz, Nuria [Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain)], E-mail: nuria@din.upm.es; Cabellos, Oscar [Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain); Sanz, Javier [Departamento de Ingenieria Energetica, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, UNED (Spain); Juan, Jesus [Laboratorio de Estadistica, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain); Kuijper, Jim C. [NRG - Fuels, Actinides and Isotopes Group, Petten (Netherlands)
2008-04-15
Two methodologies to propagate the uncertainties on the nuclide inventory in combined Monte Carlo-spectrum and burn-up calculations are presented, based on sensitivity/uncertainty and random sampling techniques (uncertainty Monte Carlo method). Both enable the assessment of the impact of uncertainties in the nuclear data as well as uncertainties due to the statistical nature of the Monte Carlo neutron transport calculation. The methodologies are implemented in our MCNP-ACAB system, which combines the neutron transport code MCNP-4C and the inventory code ACAB. A high burn-up benchmark problem is used to test the MCNP-ACAB performance in inventory predictions, with no uncertainties. A good agreement is found with the results of other participants. This benchmark problem is also used to assess the impact of nuclear data uncertainties and statistical flux errors in high burn-up applications. A detailed calculation is performed to evaluate the effect of cross-section uncertainties in the inventory prediction, taking into account the temporal evolution of the neutron flux level and spectrum. Very large uncertainties are found at the unusually high burn-up of this exercise (800 MWd/kgHM). To compare the impact of the statistical errors in the calculated flux with respect to the cross uncertainties, a simplified problem is considered, taking a constant neutron flux level and spectrum. It is shown that, provided that the flux statistical deviations in the Monte Carlo transport calculation do not exceed a given value, the effect of the flux errors in the calculated isotopic inventory are negligible (even at very high burn-up) compared to the effect of the large cross-section uncertainties available at present in the data files.
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Considerable interest in the allowance of reactivity credit for the exposure history of power reactor fuel currently exists. This ''burnup credit'' issue has the potential to greatly reduce risk and cost when applied to the design and certification of spent fuel casks used for transportation and storage. Recently, analyses have demonstrated the technical feasibility and estimated the risk and economic incentives for allowing burnup credit in pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent fuel shipping cask applications. This report summarizes the extension of the previous PWR technical feasibility assessment to boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel. This feasibility analysis aims to apply simple methods that adequately characterize the time-dependent isotopic compositions of typical BWR fuel. An initial analysis objective was to identify a simple and reliable method for characterizing BWR spent fuel. Two different aspects of fuel characterization were considered:l first, the generation of burn- up dependent material interaction probabilities; second, the prediction of material inventories over time (depletion). After characterizing the spent fuel at various stages of exposure and decay, three dimensional (3-D) models for an infinite array of assemblies and, in several cases, infinite arrays of assemblies in a typical shipping cask basket were analyzed. Results for assemblies without a basket provide reactivity control requirements as a function of burnup and decay, while results including the basket allow assessment of typical basket configurations to provide sufficient reactivity control for spent BWR fuel. Resulting basket worths and reactivity trends over time are then evaluated to determine whether burnup credit is needed and feasible in BWR applications
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Yun, Hyung Ju; Kim, Do Yeon; Park, Kwang Heon; Hong, Ser Gi [Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)
2016-06-15
Nuclear criticality safety analyses (NCSAs) considering burnup credit were performed for the GBC-32 cask. The used nuclear fuel assemblies (UNFAs) discharged from Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 Cycle 6 were loaded into the cask. Their axial burnup distributions and average discharge burnups were evaluated using the DeCART and Multi-purpose Analyzer for Static and Transient Effects of Reactors (MASTER) codes, and NCSAs were performed using SCALE 6.1/STandardized Analysis of Reactivity for Burnup Credit using SCALE (STARBUCS) and Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code, version 6 (MCNP 6). The axial burnup distributions were determined for 20 UNFAs with various initial enrichments and burnups, which were applied to the criticality analysis for the cask system. The UNFAs for 20- and 30-year cooling times were assumed to be stored in the cask. The criticality analyses indicated that keff values for UNFAs with nonuniform axial burnup distributions were larger than those with a uniform distribution, that is, the end effects were positive but much smaller than those with the reference distribution. The axial burnup distributions for 20 UNFAs had shapes that were more symmetrical with a less steep gradient in the upper region than the reference ones of the United States Department of Energy. These differences in the axial burnup distributions resulted in a significant reduction in end effects compared with the reference.
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Zagar, T.; Ravnik, M.; Persic, A. (J.Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia))
1999-12-15
Results of fuel element burn-up determination by measurement and calculation are given. Fuel element burn-up was calculated with two different programs TRIGLAV and TRIGAC using different models. New TRIGLAV code is based on cylindrical, two-dimensional geometry with four group diffusion approximation. TRIGAC program uses one-dimensional cylindrical geometry with twogroup diffusion approximation. Fuel element burn-up was measured with reactivity method. In this paper comparison and analysis of these three methods is presented. Results calculated with TRIGLAV show considerably better alignment with measured values than results calculated with TRIGAC. Some two-dimensional effects in fuel element burn-up can be observed, for instance smaller standard fuel element burn-up in mixed core rings and control rod influence on nearby fuel elements. (orig.)
ANS/ENS tutorial session: Burnup credit issues in spent fuel transportation: Overview and objectives
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A number of opportunities exist to increase the efficiency of the next generation of spent fuel shipping casks. Improving cask efficiency will not only reduce life cycle transportation costs, but also is consistent with maintaining public and occupational radiological risks and, more importantly, total risks (radiological and nonradiological) within the guidelines of the ''as low as reasonably achievable'' (ALARA) philosophy. Increases in cask capacities will reduce both the total number of shipments required to transport a given amount of fuel and the number of handling operations at both shipping and receiving facilities. Additional capacity increases can be achieved by implementing various design strategies based on new concepts and/or the actual characteristics of the majority of the spent fuel to be shipped in the future. For example, it has been determined that additional capacity increases can be achieved by taking credit for burnup, the reduced reactivity that results when fuel has been used to produce power in a nuclear reactor. That is, as the fuel is used the atoms of fissile material decrease, and neutron absorbers (or ''poisons'') that tend to retard the fission process are produced. 7 refs., 1 fig
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The International Atomic Energy Agency convened a technical committee Meeting on Requirements, Practices and Developments in Burnup Credit (BUC) Applications in Madrid, Spain, from 22 to 26 April 2002. The purpose of this meeting was to explore the progress and status of international activities related to the BUC applications for spent nuclear fuel. This meeting was the third major meeting on the uses of BUC for spent fuel management systems held since the IAEA began to monitor the uses of BUC in spent fuel management systems in 1997. The first major meeting was an Advisory Group meeting (AGM), which was held in Vienna, in October 1997. The second major meeting was a technical committee meeting (TCM), which was held in Vienna, in July 2000. Several consultants meetings were held since 1997 to advise and assist the IAEA in planning and conducting its BUC activities. The proceedings of the 1997 AGM were published as IAEA-TECDOC-1013, and the proceedings of the 2000 TCM as IAEA-TECDOC-1241. BUC for wet and dry storage systems, spent fuel transport, reprocessing and final disposal is needed in many Member States to allow for increased enrichment, and to increase storage capacities, cask capacities and dissolver capacities avoiding the need for extensive modifications. The use of BUC is a necessity for spent fuel disposal
TRIGA fuel burn-up calculations supported by gamma scanning
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High resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy based non-destructive methods is employed to measure spent fuel parameters. By this method, the axial distribution of Cesium-137 has been measured which results in an axial burn up profiles. Knowing the exact irradiation history of the fuel, four spent TRIGA fuel elements have been selected for on-site gamma scanning using a special shielded scanning device developed at the Atominstitute. Each selected fuel element was transferred into the fuel inspection unit using the standard fuel transfer cask. Each fuel element was scanned in one centimetre steps of its active fuel length and the Cesium-137 activity was determined as a proved burn up indicator. The absolute activity of each centimetre was measured and compared with the reactor physics code ORIGEN2.2 results. This code was used to calculate average burn up and isotopic composition of fuel element. The comparison between measured and calculated results shows good agreement. (author)
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Considering spent fuel management (storage, transport and reprocessing), the approach using 'fresh fuel assumption' in criticality-safety studies results in a significant conservatism in the calculated value of the system reactivity. The concept of Burnup Credit (BUC) consists in considering the reduction of the spent fuel reactivity due to its burnup. A careful BUC methodology, developed by CEA in association with AREVA-NC was recently validated and written up for PWR-UOx fuels. However, 22 of 58 French reactors use MOx fuel, so more and more irradiated MOx fuels have to be stored and transported. As a result, why industrial partners are interested in this concept is because taking into account this BUC concept would enable for example a load increase in several fuel cycle devices. Recent publications and discussions within the French BUC Working Group highlight the current interest of the BUC concept in PWR-MOx spent fuel industrial applications. In this case of PWR-MOx fuel, studies show in particular that the 15 FPs selected thanks to their properties (absorbing, stable, non-gaseous) are responsible for more than a half of the total reactivity credit and 80% of the FPs credit. That is why, in order to get a conservative and physically realistic value of the application keff and meet the Upper Safety Limit constraint, calculation biases on these 15 FPs inventory and individual reactivity worth should be considered in a criticality-safety approach. In this context, thanks to an exhaustive literature study, PWR-MOx fuels particularities have been identified and by following a rigorous approach, a validated and physically representative BUC methodology, adapted to this type of fuel has been proposed, allowing to take fission products into account and to determine the biases related to considered isotopes inventory and to reactivity worth. This approach consists of the following studies: - isotopic correction factors determination to guarantee the criticality
Verification of a Multi-group Cross Section Library for Burnup Calculation
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Daing, Aung Tharn; Kim, Myung Hyun [Kyung Hee Univ., Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Joo, Hang Yu [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)
2013-05-15
Despite satisfying the estimation of the neutronic parameters without depletion to some extent, it still requires detailed investigation of the behavior of a fuel with strong neutron absorber over its operating life time by nTRACER, the direct whole core calculation code with the conventional semi Predictor-Corrector method. This study is mainly focused on the verification of the newly generated multi-group library for burnup calculation by nTRACER through the analysis of its performance of depletion calculation of UO{sub 2} fuel with strong neutron absorbers such as Gadolinium. Firstly, the depletion calculation results of nTRACER are presented by comparing the evolution of k-inf and the inventories of commonly found important isotopes as a function of burnup in the cases of gadolinia(GAD)-bearing fuel pin and fuel assembly (FA) with those of MCNPX-version.2.6.0. The newly generated multi-group library for burnup calculation by nTRACER was verified through GAD-bearing fuel after the new approach of resonance treatment had been employed. Though very good agreement in the overall effect reflected on the multiplication factor of FA at BOC, the evolution of k-inf along fuel irradiation history was systematically well underestimated by nTRACER when compared to Monte Carlo results.
Pore pressure calculation of the UO{sub 2} high burnup structure
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Gao, Lijun, E-mail: lijungaothu@gmail.com [Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing (China); Science and Technology on Reactor System Design Technology Laboratory, P.O. Box 622-500, 610041 Chengdu (China); Chen, Bingde [Nuclear Power Institute of China, 610041 Chengdu (China); Xiao, Zhong [National Energy R and D Center on Advanced Nuclear Fuel, 610041 Chengdu (China); Jiang, Shengyao; Yu, Jiyang [Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing (China)
2013-07-15
Highlights: • Pore pressure is calculated based on local burnup, density and porosity. • Ronchi's equations of state are used instead of van der Waals’ equation. • Pore pressure increases as HBS transformation begins and then stays constant. • A best approximated parameter used for pore pressure calculation is recommended. -- Abstract: UO{sub 2} high burnup structure has an important impact on fuel behavior, especially in case of reactivity initiated accident (RIA). Pore relaxation enhances local fuel swelling and puts additional load to the fuel cladding, which makes fuel more susceptible to pellet–cladding mechanical interaction induced failure. Therefore, pore pressure calculation becomes vital when evaluating the fuel failure. In this paper pore pressure is calculated as a function of pellet radial local burnup based on the basic characteristics of HBS using Ronchi's correlation. The results indicate that pore pressure will approach a stable value as HBS is developing. A best approximated C value of 55 N/m is recommended for pore pressure calculation.
Fuel burnup calculation for HEU and LEU cores of Ghana MNSR
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Fuel burnup calculations have been performed using a computer program developed as part of this research work for both Highly Enriched Uranium (90.2 % U-235) and Low Enriched Uranium (12.6 % U-235) cores for Ghana Research Reactor-1 (GHARR-1). Fuel depletion analyses of the GHARR-1 core was also performed which provided an inventory of the actinides formed as a result of burnup. The effect of the production of plutonium isotopes with burnup on reactor operation was also estimated. A FORTRAN 95 code was written based on the three group model approach namely fast, resonance and slow (thermal) neutron reactions. The time rate of change of each fuel isotope density is given by a first order differential equation. A general solution for each fuel isotope rate equation was used as input for the computer code. These results are particularized to the case of constant power during a short time interval, during which the slow (thermal) neutron flux is considered constant. The results obtained for the HEU were in good agreement with those found in literature. Therefore, this code can be used to estimate the burnup of LEU fuel for core conversion from HEU to LEU. (au)
Evaluation of RSG-GAS Core Management Based on Burnup Calculation
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Evaluation of RSG-GAS Core Management Based on Burnup Calculation. Presently, U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel is used in RSG-GAS core and had passed the 60th core. At the beginning of each cycle the 5/1 fuel reshuffling pattern is used. Since 52nd core, operators did not use the core fuel management computer code provided by vendor for this activity. They use the manually calculation using excel software as the solving. To know the accuracy of the calculation, core calculation was carried out using two kinds of 2 dimension diffusion codes Batan-2DIFF and SRAC. The beginning of cycle burn-up fraction data were calculated start from 51st to 60th using Batan-EQUIL and SRAC COREBN. The analysis results showed that there is a disparity in reactivity values of the two calculation method. The 60th core critical position resulted from Batan-2DIFF calculation provide the reduction of positive reactivity 1.84 % Δk/k, while the manually calculation results give the increase of positive reactivity 2.19 % Δk/k. The minimum shutdown margin for stuck rod condition for manual and Batan-3DIFF calculation are -3.35 % Δk/k dan -1.13 % Δk/k respectively, it means that both values met the safety criteria, i.e <-0.5 % Δk/k. Excel program can be used for burn-up calculation, but it is needed to provide core management code to reach higher accuracy. (author)
Burnup calculations of TR-2 Research Reactor with Monteburns Monte Carlo Code
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Full text: In this study, some neutronic calculations of first and second core cycles of 5 MW pool type TR-2 Research Reactor have been performed using Multi-Step Monte Carlo Burnup Code System MONTEBURNS and the results were compared with the values of experiments and other codes. Time dependent keff distribution and burnup ratios belong to first and second core cycles of TR-2 Research Reactor were compared and quite good consistence in the results were observed. After modeling the first and second core cycles of TR-2 with MCNP5 Monte Carlo code, MCNP5 used in MONTEBURNS code has been parallelized in 8 HP ProLiant BL680C G5 systems with 4 quad-core Intel Xeon E7330 CPU, utilizing the MPI parallel protocol and simulations were performed on the 128 cores Linux parallel computing machine system. The computation time was reduced by parallelization of MONTEBURNS which uses MCNP in many steps. (authors)
UK regulatory perspective on the application of burn-up credit to the BNFL thorp head end plant
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In the UK the Health and Safety Executive, which incorporates the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII), is responsible for regulation of safety on nuclear sites. This paper reports progress made in the application and development of a UK regulatory position for assessing licensee's plant safety caes which invoke the use of Burn-up Credit for criticality applications. The NII's principles and strategy for the assessment of this technical area have been developed over a period of time following expressions of interest from UK industry and subsequent involvement in the international collaborations and debate in this area. This experience has now been applied to the first main plant safety case application claiming Burn-up Credit. This case covers the BNFL Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP) dissolver at Sellafield, where dissolved gadolinium neutron poison is used as a criticality control. The case argues for a reduction in gadolinium content by taking credit for the burn-up of input fuel. The UK regulatory process, assessment principles and criteria are briefly outlined, showing the regulatory framework used to review the case. These issues include the fundamental requirement in UK Health and Safety law to demonstrate that risks have been reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP), the impact on safety margins, compliance and operability procedures, and the need for continuing review. Novel features of methodology, using a ''Residual Enrichment'' and ''Domain Boundary'' approach, were considered and accepted. The underlying validation, both of criticality methodology and isotopic determination, was also reviewed. Compliance was seen to rely heavily on local in-situ measurements of spent fuel used to determine ''Residual Enrichment'' and other parameters, requiring review of the development and basis of the correlations used to underpin the measurement process. Overall, it was concluded that the case as presented was adequate. Gadolinium reduction
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The isotopic composition calculations were performed for 26 spent fuel samples from the Obrigheim PWR reactor and 55 spent fuel samples from 7 PWR reactors using the SAS2H module of the SCALE4.4 code system with 27, 44 and 238 group cross-section libraries and the SWAT code system with the 107 group cross-section library. For the analyses of samples from the Obrigheim PWR reactor, geometrical models were constructed for each of SCALE4.4/SAS2H and SWAT. For the analyses of samples from 7 PWR reactors, the geometrical model already adopted in the SCALE/SAS2H was directly converted to the model of SWAT. The four kinds of calculation results were compared with the measured data. For convenience, the ratio of the measured to calculated values was used as a parameter. When the ratio is less than unity, the calculation overestimates the measurement, and the ratio becomes closer to unity, they have a better agreement. For many important nuclides for burnup credit criticality safety evaluation, the four methods applied in this study showed good coincidence with measurements in general. More precise observations showed, however: (1) Less unity ratios were found for Pu-239 and -241 for selected 16 samples out of the 26 samples from the Obrigheim reactor (10 samples were deselected because their burnups were measured with Cs-137 non-destructive method, less reliable than Nd-148 method the rest 16 samples were measured with); (2) Larger than unity ratios were found for Am-241 and Cm-242 for both the 16 and 55 samples; (3) Larger than unity ratios were found for Sm-149 for the 55 samples; (4) SWAT was generally accompanied by larger ratios than those of SAS2H with some exceptions. Based on the measured-to-calculated ratios for 71 samples of a combined set in which 16 selected samples and 55 samples were included, the correction factors that should be multiplied to the calculated isotopic compositions were generated for a conservative estimate of the neutron multiplication factor
PWR AXIAL BURNUP PROFILE ANALYSIS
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The purpose of this activity is to develop a representative ''limiting'' axial burnup profile for pressurized water reactors (PWRs), which would encompass the isotopic axial variations caused by different assembly irradiation histories, and produce conservative isotopics with respect to criticality. The effect that the low burnup regions near the ends of spent fuel have on system reactivity is termed the ''end-effect''. This calculation will quantify the end-effects associated with Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) fuel assemblies emplaced in a hypothetical 21 PWR waste package. The scope of this calculation covers an initial enrichment range of 3.0 through 5.0 wt% U-235 and a burnup range of 10 through 50 GWd/MTU. This activity supports the validation of the process for ensuring conservative generation of spent fuel isotopics with respect to criticality safety applications, and the use of burnup credit for commercial spent nuclear fuel. The intended use of these results will be in the development of PWR waste package loading curves, and applications involving burnup credit. Limitations of this evaluation are that the limiting profiles are only confirmed for use with the B andW 15 x 15 fuel assembly design. However, this assembly design is considered bounding of all other typical commercial PWR fuel assembly designs. This calculation is subject to the Quality Assurance Requirements and Description (QARD) because this activity supports investigations of items or barriers on the Q-list (YMP 2001)
PWR AXIAL BURNUP PROFILE ANALYSIS
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J.M. Acaglione
2003-09-17
The purpose of this activity is to develop a representative ''limiting'' axial burnup profile for pressurized water reactors (PWRs), which would encompass the isotopic axial variations caused by different assembly irradiation histories, and produce conservative isotopics with respect to criticality. The effect that the low burnup regions near the ends of spent fuel have on system reactivity is termed the ''end-effect''. This calculation will quantify the end-effects associated with Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) fuel assemblies emplaced in a hypothetical 21 PWR waste package. The scope of this calculation covers an initial enrichment range of 3.0 through 5.0 wt% U-235 and a burnup range of 10 through 50 GWd/MTU. This activity supports the validation of the process for ensuring conservative generation of spent fuel isotopics with respect to criticality safety applications, and the use of burnup credit for commercial spent nuclear fuel. The intended use of these results will be in the development of PWR waste package loading curves, and applications involving burnup credit. Limitations of this evaluation are that the limiting profiles are only confirmed for use with the B&W 15 x 15 fuel assembly design. However, this assembly design is considered bounding of all other typical commercial PWR fuel assembly designs. This calculation is subject to the Quality Assurance Requirements and Description (QARD) because this activity supports investigations of items or barriers on the Q-list (YMP 2001).
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Several currently available methods to set burnup for depletion calculation are reviewed and discussed about its adequacy for criticality safety assessment of spent fuel (SF) transport casks by taking burnup credit (BC) into accounts. Various errors associated with BC criticality analyses are evaluated and converted to equivalent burnup to compare each other. Methods are proposed to use some reduced burnups equivalent to compensation of these associated errors. Effects of assumption of axial burnup distribution on criticality calculation and irradiation history parameter variation on depletion calculation are evaluated with OECD/NEA BC international benchmark data. (author)
Progress on burnup calculation methods coupling Monte Carlo and depletion codes
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Leszczynski, Francisco [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, San Carlos de Bariloche, RN (Argentina). Centro Atomico Bariloche]. E-mail: lesinki@cab.cnea.gob.ar
2005-07-01
Several methods of burnup calculations coupling Monte Carlo and depletion codes that were investigated and applied for the author last years are described. here. Some benchmark results and future possibilities are analyzed also. The methods are: depletion calculations at cell level with WIMS or other cell codes, and use of the resulting concentrations of fission products, poisons and actinides on Monte Carlo calculation for fixed burnup distributions obtained from diffusion codes; same as the first but using a method o coupling Monte Carlo (MCNP) and a depletion code (ORIGEN) at a cell level for obtaining the concentrations of nuclides, to be used on full reactor calculation with Monte Carlo code; and full calculation of the system with Monte Carlo and depletion codes, on several steps. All these methods were used for different problems for research reactors and some comparisons with experimental results of regular lattices were performed. On this work, a resume of all these works is presented and discussion of advantages and problems found are included. Also, a brief description of the methods adopted and MCQ system for coupling MCNP and ORIGEN codes is included. (author)
Development of a MCNP–ORIGEN burn-up calculation code system and its accuracy assessment
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Highlights: • MCNP and ORIGEN are coupled to perform nuclides depletion and decay calculation. • Coupled system MCORE uses “modified predictor corrector” approach. • MCORE can use different depletion schemes and simulate fuel shuffling. • MCORE is assessed by a “VVER-1000 LEU Assembly Computational Benchmark”. • MCORE is also assessed by a fast reactor benchmark problem. - Abstract: An MCNP–ORIGEN burn-up calculation code system, named MCORE (MCNP and ORIGEN burn-up Evaluation code), is developed in this work. MCORE makes use of the Monte Carlo neutron and photon transport code MCNP4C and nuclides depletion and decay calculation code ORIGEN2.1. MCNP and ORIGEN are coupled by data processing and linking subroutines. In MCORE, a so called “modified predictor corrector” approach is used. MCORE provides the capability of using different depletion calculation schemes and simulating fuel shuffling. Total nuclide density changes in active cells are considered in MCORE. The validity and applicability of the developed code are tested by investigating and predicting the neutronic and isotopic behavior of a “VVER-1000 LEU Assembly Computational Benchmark” at lattice level and a “Physics of Plutonium Recycling” fast reactor at core level (OECD-NEA). The comparison results show that the MCORE code predicts the nuclide composition within 5% accuracy and k∞ within 800 pcm at the end of the burn-up for LEU assembly (40 MWD/kg HM). For a fast reactor, the results obtained by MCORE are in the range of reported results except for 243Am. In general, MCORE results show a good agreement with the benchmark values
Activity ratio measurement and burnup analysis for high burnup PWR fuels
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Applying burnup credit to spent fuel transportation and storage system is beneficial. To take burnup credit to criticality safety design for a spent fuel transportation cask and storage rack, the burnup of target fuel assembly based on core management data must be confirmed by experimental methods. Activity ratio method, in which measured the ratio of the activity of a nuclide to that of another, is one of the ways to confirm burnup history. However, there is no public data of gamma-ray spectrum from high burnup fuels and validation of depletion calculation codes is not sufficient in the evaluation of the burnup or nuclide inventories. In this study, applicability evaluation of activity ratio method was carried out for high burnup fuel samples taken from PWR lead use assembly. In the gamma-ray measurement experiments, energy spectrum was taken in the Reactor Fuel Examination Facility (RFEF) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), and 134Cs/137Cs and 154Eu/137Cs activity ratio were obtained. With the MVP-BURN code, the activity ratios were calculated by depletion calculation tracing the operation history. As a result, 134Cs/137Cs and 154Eu/137Cs activity ratios for UO2 fuel samples show good agreements and the activity ratio method has good applicability to high burnup fuels. 154Eu/134Cs activity ratio for Gd2O3+UO2 fuels also shows good agreements between calculation results and experimental results as well as the activity ratio for UO2 fuels. It also becomes clear that it is necessary to pay attention to not only burnup but also axial burnup distribution history when confirming the burnup of UO2+Gd2O3 fuel with 134Cs/137Cs activity ratios. (author)
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For all the physical components that comprise a nuclear system there is an uncertainty. Assessing the impact of uncertainties in the simulation of fissionable material systems is essential for a best estimate calculation that has been replacing the conservative model calculations as the computational power increases. The propagation of uncertainty in a simulation using a Monte Carlo code by sampling the input parameters is recent because of the huge computational effort required. In this work a sample space of MCNPX calculations was used to propagate the uncertainty. The sample size was optimized using the Wilks formula for a 95. percentile and a two-sided statistical tolerance interval of 95%. Uncertainties in input parameters of the reactor considered included geometry dimensions and densities. It was showed the capacity of the sampling-based method for burnup when the calculations sample size is optimized and many parameter uncertainties are investigated together, in the same input. Particularly it was shown that during the burnup, the variances when considering all the parameters uncertainties is equivalent to the sum of variances if the parameter uncertainties are sampled separately
Proposal of a benchmark for core burnup calculations for a VVER-1000 reactor core
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In the framework of a project supported by the German BMU the code DYN3D should be further validated and verified. During the work a lack of a benchmark on core burnup calculations for VVER-1000 reactors was noticed. Such a benchmark is useful for validating and verifying the whole package of codes and data libraries for reactor physics calculations including fuel assembly modelling, fuel assembly data preparation, few group data parametrisation and reactor core modelling. The benchmark proposed specifies the core loading patterns of burnup cycles for a VVER-1000 reactor core as well as a set of operational data such as load follow, boron concentration in the coolant, cycle length, measured reactivity coefficients and power density distributions. The reactor core characteristics chosen for comparison and the first results obtained during the work with the reactor physics code DYN3D are presented. This work presents the continuation of efforts of the projects mentioned to estimate the accuracy of calculated characteristics of VVER-1000 reactor cores. In addition, the codes used for reactor physics calculations of safety related reactor core characteristics should be validated and verified for the cases in which they are to be used. This is significant for safety related evaluations and assessments carried out in the framework of licensing and supervision procedures in the field of reactor physics. (authors)
Dufek, Jan; Anglart, Henryk
2013-01-01
Numerically stable Monte Carlo burnup calculations of nuclear fuel cycles are now possible with the previously derived Stochastic Implicit Euler method based coupling scheme. In this paper, we show that this scheme can be easily extended to include the thermal-hydraulic feedback during the Monte Carlo burnup simulations, while preserving its unconditional stability property. At each time step, the implicit solution (for the end-of-step neutron flux, fuel nuclide densities and thermal-hydrauli...
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One of the traditional methods for determining the burnup of irradiated Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel is the 148Nd method according to ASTM E-321. Probably one of the largest sources for systematic errors in this method is the assumed fission yield, requiring knowledge of the fraction of fissions occurring in different fissile nuclides. Another traditional method for burnup determination is based on the uranium and plutonium isotopic composition; however, this method is rarely used for LWR fuel due to its rather simplified and rough assumptions regarding the neutron spectrum and fission fractions. However, modern physics codes like CASMO and HELIOS are instead able to calculate the amount of fission products and actinides formed or consumed during reactor operation in a much more sophisticated way. Isotopic Dilution Analysis with chemical separation of elements of interest, followed by isotopic analysis with a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) is a well established method for determining the content of selected isotopes in samples of dissolved irradiated fuel. This method normally provides very accurate and precise results. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for elemental separations, combined with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) has become a much faster alternative. In general, this method is somewhat less precise. This disadvantage is at least partly compensated by the possibility of analyzing a larger number of nuclides and samples. The local pellet burnup of a well characterised fuel sample irradiated in the Swedish Boiling Water Reactor Forsmark 3 to about 60 MWd/kgU was determined. Weight ratios of neodymium isotopes relative to 238U, analysed by Isotope Dilution Analysis applying HPLC-ICP-MS as well as 235U and 239Pu abundance values were compared to corresponding values calculated by a single-assembly CASMO-4 simulation. Input data were generated by CASMO-4/POLCA7 core tracking calculations. The overall result
Burnup calculations and chemical analysis of irradiated fuel samples studied in LWR-PROTEUS phase II
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The isotopic compositions of 5 UO2 samples irradiated in a Swiss PWR power plant, which were investigated in the LWR-PROTEUS Phase II programme, were calculated using the CASMO-4 and BOXER assembly codes. The burnups of the samples range from 50 to 90 MWd/kg. The results for a large number of actinide and fission product nuclides were compared to those of chemical analyses performed using a combination of chromatographic separation and mass spectrometry. A good agreement of calculated and measured concentrations is found for many of the nuclides investigated with both codes. The concentrations of the Pu isotopes are mostly predicted within ±10%, the two codes giving quite different results, except for 242Pu. Relatively significant deviations are found for some isotopes of Cs and Sm, and large discrepancies are observed for Eu and Gd. The overall quality of the predictions by the two codes is comparable, and the deviations from the experimental data do not generally increase with burnup. (authors)
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Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Continuous Energy Monte-Carlo burnup code. • Instabilities of depletion calculation in loosely coupled system. • Advanced step model for burnup calculations. • Xenon profile oscillation in thermal reactor. • Parametrical study of instabilities. - Abstract: In this paper we use the Continuous Energy Monte-Carlo tool to expose the problem of burnup instabilities occurring in 1D and 2D systems based on PWR geometry. The intensity of power profile oscillations is studied as a function of geometry properties and time step length. We compare two step models for depletion procedure: classic staircase step model and stochastic implicit Euler method, that belongs to the family of predictor–corrector schemes. What is more, we consider the usage of better neutron source intensity value than beginning-of-step approximation. Required methodology was implemented into MCB5 simulation code. The practical conclusions about depletion calculations were formulated and the efficiency of advanced step model was confirmed
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A methodology for criticality safety analysis of spent fuel casks with possibilities for burnup credit implementation is presented. This methodology includes the world well-known and applied program systems: NESSEL-NUKO for depletion and SCALE-4.4 for criticality calculations. The abilities of this methodology to analyze storage and transportation casks with different type of spent fuel are demonstrated on the base of various tests. The depletion calculations have been carried out for the power reactors (WWER-440 and WWER-1000) and the research reactor IRT-2000 (C-36) fuel assemblies. The criticality calculation models have been developed on the basis of real fuel casks, designed by the leading international companies (for WWER-440 and WWER-1000 spent fuel assemblies), as well as for real a WWER-440 storage cask, applied at the 'Kozloduy' NPP. The results obtained show that the criticality safety criterion Keff less than 0.95 is satisfied for both: fresh and spent fuel. Besides the implementation of burnup credit allows to account for the reduced reactivity of spent fuel and to evaluate the conservatism of the fresh fuel assumption. (author)
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For the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of the burnup calculation of LWR lattice, two coarse time-step integration methods have been developed, both of which are to be used in combination with the ordinary Runge-Kutta-Gill method. It has been ensured through the numerical results of model problems simulating the depletion of 157Gd in a gadolinium-poisoned rod that the maximum time-step size allowed by the proposed methods is roughly 4 or 5 times larger than that achieved by the Predictor-Corrector method known as an effective coarse time-step method, and consequently that the proposed methods would reduce the computation time to a half or less when applied to an LWR lattice burnup calculation. The factor of reduction of computation time is still more significant if compared with other conventional methods such as the Runge-Kutta-Gill method etc. In addition, it has been demonstrated through their application to the LWR lattice physics code TGBLA that no appreciable error is observed over the range of time-step size up to 1GWd/t in the burnup calculation for a typical BWR lattice containing gadolinium-poisoned rods. Although the method development and verification presented here place emphasis on the cases of LWR lattice burnup, it is expected that the proposed methods would be applicable equally well to general problems dealing with the nuclide transmutation due to burnup. (author)
Investigation of burnup credit allowance in the criticality safety evaluation of spent fuel casks
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This presentation discusses work in progress on criticality analysis verification for designs which take account of the burnup and age of transported fuel. The work includes verification of cross section data, correlation with experiments, proper extension of the methods into regimes not covered by experiments, establishing adequate reactivity margins, and complete documentation of the project. Recommendations for safe operational procedures are included, as well as a discussion of the economic and safety benefits of such designs
Simulation of fuel cycles with minor actinide management using a fast burnup calculation tool
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The paper presents a fast and flexible burnup model for fuel cycle simulations which is based on the description of the one-group cross-sections as analytic functions of the isotopic composition. This was accomplished by multi-dimensional regression based on the results of numerous core calculations. The developed model is able to determine the spent fuel composition in reasonable CPU time, and was integrated into a simplified fuel cycle model containing Gas Cooled Fast Reactors (GFR) and conventional light water reactors (LWRs). The fuel cycle simulations revealed an advantageous effect of increased minor actinide content in the GFR core on the fuel utilization parameters. In order to explore the processes that lay behind this effect the neutronics balance of the GFR was investigated in equilibrium cycle conditions. (author)
3 D diffusion calculation of HIFAR including the coarse control arms and their burnup
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A 3D model of HIFAR which includes the coarse control arms (CCA) has been developed which is based on a 2-group, relatively coarse mesh, diffusion calculation. Appropriate absorption cross sections to represent the signal arm control blades were obtained by comparison with multigroup discrete ordinates cell calculations. An integral test of the CCA worth using the model showed excellent agreement with a geometrically detailed Monte Carlo calculation. Comparison with the most recent measurement of the CCA reactivity calibration showed good agreement and, in particular, a constant difference of about 6 per cent between calculation and measurement in change of reactivity with arm movement over the normal operating range. Extension of the model to include the burn-up of the CCA control material has provided the first calculation-based estimates of the loss of CCA effectiveness with time. Similar estimates of the worth of europium tipped control blades and their lifetime have been made. This confirmed that blades of this type have almost identical initial reactivity worth to all-cadmium blades and that their lifetime is very much longer. 27 refs., 4 tabs., 10 figs
Monte Carlo uncertainty propagation approaches in ADS burn-up calculations
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Highlights: ► Two Monte Carlo uncertainty propagation approaches are compared. ► How to make both approaches equivalent is presented and applied. ► ADS burn-up calculation is selected as the application of approaches. ► The cross-section uncertainties of 239Pu and 241Pu are propagated. ► Cross-correlations appear as a source of differences between approaches. - Abstract: In activation calculations, there are several approaches to quantify uncertainties: deterministic by means of sensitivity analysis, and stochastic by means of Monte Carlo. Here, two different Monte Carlo approaches for nuclear data uncertainty are presented: the first one is the Total Monte Carlo (TMC). The second one is by means of a Monte Carlo sampling of the covariance information included in the nuclear data libraries to propagate these uncertainties throughout the activation calculations. This last approach is what we named Covariance Uncertainty Propagation, CUP. This work presents both approaches and their differences. Also, they are compared by means of an activation calculation, where the cross-section uncertainties of 239Pu and 241Pu are propagated in an ADS activation calculation
Coupled Monte Carlo and burnup calculations for research and power reactors
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Reactor physics calculations require the solution of transport equation under consideration of complex energy structure of cross sections and spatial distribution of materials. Since the material composition changes during operation due to burn-up this changes have to be regarded in detail. An accurate method for reactor physics calculations is the continuous energy Monte Carlo method e.g. represented by the code MCNP(4C). The performance and quality of this code is demonstrated by own and world-wide applications. With the Monte Carlo method coupled with a program for the solution of the equations for nuclide build-up and decay not only the composition of fresh fuel but also the composition of irradiated fuel can be taken into account without external calculation of nuclide composition of irradiated materials. The coupled method represents at time the most accurate solution of criticality problems if the calculated parameters are determined with sufficient low statistical uncertainty. By this method important safety related parameters and reactivity conditions can be analysed for research reactors, standard LWR design as well as for innovative reactor or fuel designs or systems for actinide burning. (author)
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At the nineteenth AER symposium a benchmark on core burnup calculations for WWER-1000 reactors was proposed for further validation and verification of the reactor physics code systems. The work was continued in the framework of a project supported by the German BMU3). During the preparation of the calculations results corrections, refinement and additions the benchmark specification were done. The benchmark includes two stages: the first step comprises the data library preparation for all fuel assembly types used in the core loadings. The second step consists of the 3D core burnup calculation together with calculations of critical states for hot zero power conditions. The benchmark specification contains the description of the fuel assemblies (FA) for the few group data preparation, the core loading patterns and the load follow as well as a set of reference data such as boron acid concentration in the coolant, cycle length, measured reactivity coefficients and power density distributions for successive cycles of a WWER-1000 reactor core. Different reactor physics codes were used to produce solutions. FA burnup codes such as NESSEL, CASMO or HELIOS were used for data preparation. The core calculations were performed using codes such as DYN3D, TRAPEZ as well as several data libraries. The results of the calculations made by different organisations (IBBS, FZD, SSTC) are presented and discussed. The data needed to produce solutions as well as most of the calculated data are attached in the appendices of the paper presented. (Authors)
Burn-Up Calculations for the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor Fuel Elements
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Fuel bum-up calculations for the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor involve a distribution of the thermal megawatt days of operations to the fuel elements in proportion to the average thermal neutron flux at their location in the reactor. The megawatt days so assigned can be converted to equivalent uranium-235 consumption when needed. The original fuel loading for the BGRR was neutral uranium and a single calculation was performed on each fuel element upon discharge from the reactor. A subsequent change to a fully enriched uranium-235 fuel element, however, introduced complications. The average loading of enriched uranium involves about 4800 individual elements, each occupying four different reactor positions during its term in the reactor. The total term for a central channel element is about one year as against six to eight years for an element in a peripheral channel. With the large number of individual fuel elements involved and the approximately monthly small changes needed for operation, it was necessary to resort to a computer programme to follow the burn-up of all the elements on the reactor continuously. Both this and other functions of the computer programme are discussed in the paper. To date, uranium has been recovered from two batches of spent fuel. On the first, involving 3674 elements discharged from the reactor over a period of 4.9 years, the recovery figures were 5.5% higher than the calculated total of 32.3 kg uranium-235. On the second batch, involving 1296 elements discharged from the reactor over a period of one year, the recovery figures were 2.3% higher than the calculated figures of 10.8 kg uranium-235. This relatively close agreement seems to indicate that the assumptions made to simplify the programme are acceptable and that the results of the programme are satisfactory for our particular accounting and operating requirements. (author)
Burn-up calculation and measurement for mixed LEU-HEU of TRIGA-14 MW reactor
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Ciocanescu, M.; Preda, M. [Romanian Power Authority, Pitesti (Romania). Inst. for Nuclear Research; Covaci, S.; Toma, C.; Bita, R.
1996-07-01
In this paper the use of a three-dimensional diffusion model for burn-up evaluation for the named reactor is described. The results are presented together with the corresponding measured values. (HSI)
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The radiation shielding analysis for a Burnup-credit (BUC) cask designed under the management of Korea Radioactive Waste Management Corporation (KRMC) was performed to examine the contribution of each radiation source affecting dose rate distribution around the cask. Various radiation sources, which contain neutron and gamma-ray sources placed in active fuel region and the activation source, and imaginary nuclear fuel were all considered in the MCNP calculation model to realistically simulate the actual situations. It was found that the maximum external and surface dose rates of the spent fuel cask were satisfied with the domestic standards both in normal and accident conditions. In normal condition, the radiation dose rate distribution around the cask was mainly influenced by activation source (60 Co radioisotope); in another case, the neutron emitted in active fuel region contributed about 90% to external dose rate at 1m distance from side surface of the cask. Besides, the contribution level of activation source was dramatically increased to the dose rates in top and bottom regions of the cask. From this study, it was recognized that the detailed investigation on the radiation sources should be performed conservatively and accurately in the process of radiation shielding analysis for a BUC cask.
Propagation of Nuclear Data Uncertainties for ELECTRA Burn-up Calculations
Sjöstrand, H.; Alhassan, E.; Duan, J.; Gustavsson, C.; Koning, A. J.; Pomp, S.; Rochman, D.; Österlund, M.
2014-04-01
The European Lead-Cooled Training Reactor (ELECTRA) has been proposed as a training reactor for fast systems within the Swedish nuclear program. It is a low-power fast reactor cooled by pure liquid lead. In this work, we propagate the uncertainties in 239Pu transport data to uncertainties in the fuel inventory of ELECTRA during the reactor lifetime using the Total Monte Carlo approach (TMC). Within the TENDL project, nuclear models input parameters were randomized within their uncertainties and 740 239Pu nuclear data libraries were generated. These libraries are used as inputs to reactor codes, in our case SERPENT, to perform uncertainty analysis of nuclear reactor inventory during burn-up. The uncertainty in the inventory determines uncertainties in: the long-term radio-toxicity, the decay heat, the evolution of reactivity parameters, gas pressure and volatile fission product content. In this work, a methodology called fast TMC is utilized, which reduces the overall calculation time. The uncertainty of some minor actinides were observed to be rather large and therefore their impact on multiple recycling should be investigated further. It was also found that, criticality benchmarks can be used to reduce inventory uncertainties due to nuclear data. Further studies are needed to include fission yield uncertainties, more isotopes, and a larger set of benchmarks.
Propagation of nuclear data uncertainties for ELECTRA burn-up calculations
ostrand, H; Duan, J; Gustavsson, C; Koning, A; Pomp, S; Rochman, D; Osterlund, M
2013-01-01
The European Lead-Cooled Training Reactor (ELECTRA) has been proposed as a training reactor for fast systems within the Swedish nuclear program. It is a low-power fast reactor cooled by pure liquid lead. In this work, we propagate the uncertainties in Pu-239 transport data to uncertainties in the fuel inventory of ELECTRA during the reactor life using the Total Monte Carlo approach (TMC). Within the TENDL project the nuclear models input parameters were randomized within their uncertainties and 740 Pu-239 nuclear data libraries were generated. These libraries are used as inputs to reactor codes, in our case SERPENT, to perform uncertainty analysis of nuclear reactor inventory during burn-up. The uncertainty in the inventory determines uncertainties in: the long-term radio-toxicity, the decay heat, the evolution of reactivity parameters, gas pressure and volatile fission product content. In this work, a methodology called fast TMC is utilized, which reduces the overall calculation time. The uncertainty in the ...
Effects of axial burnup distributions on the reactivity of spent fuel
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Criticality safety analyses for spent fuel shipping casks will eventually need to take credit for the decreased reactivity of spent fuel assemblies resulting from burnup. In order to do so, it will be necessary to assess the reactivity effects of the multitude of burnup shapes that can characterize spent fuel. A computer program, CASAX, has been written that allows the analyst to quickly evaluate the reactivity effects of actual and simplified axial burnup distributions on a group of PWR fuel assemblies. CASAX employs one dimensional, two group diffusion calculations to determine the k-effective of a cluster of assemblies. Assembly average, burnup dependent, two group cross sections for CASAX were obtained from CASMO3 using physical properties representative of Westinghouse 17 x 17 assemblies. Reactivity results are presented in terms of (k for the axially dependent burnup distribution minus k for a uniform axial burnup distribution at the assembly average burnup)/(k for a uniform axial burnup distribution at the assembly average burnup). Axial burnup distributions can have both positive and negative effects on the calculated k-effective. Positive reactivity effects generally result at high assembly average burnups and for axial distributions with low burnups in the assembly's tips
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The program system KENOREST version 1998 will be presented, which is a useful tool for burnup and reactivity calculations for LWR fuel. The three-dimensional Monte Carlo code KENO-V.a is coupled with the one-dimensional GRS burnup program system OREST-98. The objective is to achieve a better modelling of plutonium and actinide build-up or burnout for advanced heterogeneous fuel assembly designs. Further objectives are directed to reliable calculations of the pin power distributions and of reactor safety parameters including axial and radial rod temperatures for fuel assemblies of modern design. The stand-alone-code KENO-V.a version is used without any changes in the program source. The OREST-98 system was developed to handle multirod problems and additional burnup dependent moderator conditions which can be applied to stretch-out simulations in the reactor. A new interface module RESPEFF between KENO and OREST transforms the 2-d or 3-d KENO flux results to the one-dimensional lattice code OREST in a fully automated manner to maintain reaction rate balance between the codes. First results for assembly multiplication factors, isotope inventories are compared with OECD results. (author)
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There have been two versions of SWAT depending on details of its development history: the revised SWAT that uses the deterministic calculation code SRAC as a neutron transportation solver, and the SWAT3.1 that uses the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MVP or MCNP5 for the same purpose. It takes several hours, however, to execute one calculation by the continuous energy Monte Carlo code even on the super computer of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. Moreover, two-dimensional burnup calculation is not practical using the revised SWAT because it has problems on production of effective cross section data and applying them to arbitrary fuel geometry when a calculation model has multiple burnup zones. Therefore, SWAT4.0 has been developed by adding, to SWAT3.1, a function to utilize the deterministic code SARC2006, which has shorter calculation time, as an outer module of neutron transportation solver for burnup calculation. SWAT4.0 has been enabled to execute two-dimensional burnup calculation by providing an input data template of SRAC2006 to SWAT4.0 input data, and updating atomic number densities of burnup zones in each burnup step. This report describes outline, input data instruction, and examples of calculations of SWAT4.0. (author)
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The graphite moderated Modular High Temperature Pebble Bed Reactor enables very flexible loading strategies and is one candidate of the Generation IV reactors. For this reactor fuel cycles with high burnup (about 600 MWd/kg HM) based on plutonium (Pu) and minor actinides (MA) fuel will be investigated. The composition of this fuel is defined in the EU-PuMA-project which aims the reduction of high level waste. There exist nearly no neutronic full core calculations for this fuel composition with high burnup. Two methods (deterministic and Monte Carlo) will be used to determine the neutronics in a full core. The detailed results will be compared with respect to the influence on criticality and safety related parameters. (authors)
Simplified models for pebble-bed HTR core burn-up calculations with Monteburns2.0©
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Highlights: ► PBMR-400 annular core is very difficult to simulate in a reliable way. ► Nuclide evolutions given by different lattice models can differ significantly. ► To split fixed lattice models into two axial zones does not affect results significantly. ► We can choose a (simplified) core model on the basis of the analysis aim. ► Monteburns gives by survey burn-up calculations reasonable nuclide evolution trends. - Abstract: This paper aims at comparing some simplified models to simulate irradiation cycles of Pu fuelled pebble-bed reactors with Monteburns2.0© code. As a reference core, the PBMR-400 (proposed in the framework of the EU PUMA project, where this kind of core fuelled by a Pu and Pu–Np fuel has been studied) was taken into account. Pebble-bed High Temperature Reactor (HTR) cores consist of hundreds of thousands pebbles arranged stochastically in a cylindrical or annular space and each pebble is a single fuel element, and it is able to reach ultra-high burn-ups, i.e. up to 750 GWd/tHM (for Pu-based fuels). Additionally, pebble-bed cores are characterised by a continuous recirculation of pebbles from the top to the bottom of the core. Modelling accurately with current computer codes such an arrangement, in order to predict the behaviour of the core itself, is a very difficult task and any depletion code specifically devoted to pebble-bed burn-up calculation is not available at the moment. Because of limitations of the most common current MCNP-based depletion codes as well as huge calculation times, simplified models have to be implemented. After an analysis of the literature available on pebble-bed models for criticality and burn-up calculations, a preliminary assessment of the impact of different kind of simplified models for a Pu-Np fuelled Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), proposed in the framework of the EU PUMA project, is shown, particularly as far as burn-up prediction with Monteburns2.0© code is concerned.
Source convergence problems in the application of burnup credit for WWER-440 fuel
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The problems in Monte Carlo criticality calculations caused by the slow convergence of the fission source are examined on an example. A spent fuel storage cask designed for WWER-440 fuel used a sample case. The influence of the main parameters of the calculations is investigated including the initial fission source. A possible strategy is proposed to overcome the difficulties associated by the slow source convergence. The advantage of the proposed strategy that it can be implemented using the standard MCNP features. (author)
Determination of the accuracy of utility spent fuel burnup records. Interim report
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In order to develop a NRC-licensable burnup credit methodology, the pedigree and uncertainty of commercial spent nuclear fuel assembly burnup records needs to be established. Typically the assembly average burnup for each assembly is maintained in the plant records. It is anticipated that the repository for the disposal of spent fuel will utilize burnup credit and will require knowledge of the uncertainty of reactor burnup records. The uncertainty of the assembly average burnup record depends on the uncertainty of the method used to develop the record. Such records are generally based on core neutronic analysis coupled with analysis of in-core power detector data. This report evaluates the uncertainties in the burnup of fuel assemblies utilizing in-core measurements and core neutronic calculations for a Westinghouse PWR. To quantify the uncertainty, three cycles of in-core movable detector data were used. The data represents a first cycle of operation, a transition cycle and a low leakage cycle. These three cycles of data provide a true test of the uncertainty methodology. Three separate sets of results were used to characterize the burnup uncertainty of the fuel assemblies. The first set of results compared the measured and calculated reaction rates in instrumented assemblies and determined the uncertainty in the reaction rates. The second set of results determined the uncertainty in relative assembly power for both the instrumented and un-instrumented assemblies. The third set of results determined the burnup uncertainty of the discharged fuel in each cycle
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Holly R. Trellue
1998-12-01
Monteburns is a fully automated tool that links the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the radioactive decay and burnup code 0RIGEN2. Monteburns produces many criticality and burnup computational parameters based on material feed/removal specifications, power(s), and time intervals. This code processes input from the user indicating the system geometry, initial material compositions, feed/removal, and other code-specific parameters. Results from MCNP, 0RIGEN2, and other calculations are then output successively as the code runs. The principle function of monteburns is to first transfer one-group cross sections and fluxes from MCNP to 0RIGEN2, and then transfer the resulting material compositions (after irradiation and/or decay) from 0RIGEN2 back to MCNP in a repeated, cyclic fashion. The main requirement of the code is that the user have a working MCNP input file and other input parameters; all interaction with 0RIGEN2 and other calculations are performed by monteburns. This report presents the results obtained from the benchmarking of monteburns to measured and previously obtained data from traditional Light Water Reactor systems. The majority of the differences seen between the two were less than five percent. These were primarily a result of variances in cross sections between MCNP, cross section libraries used by other codes, and observed values. With this understanding, this code can now be used with confidence for burnup calculations in three-dimensional systems. It was designed for use in the Accelerator Transmutation of Waste project at Los Alamos National Laboratory but is also being applied to the analysis of isotopic production/destruction of transuranic actinides in a reactor system. The code has now been shown to sufficiently support these calculations.
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Subcriticality of a fuel assembly immersed in light water is studied to take burn-up credit for spent fuel transport. For the purpose, pin-wised nuclide density distribution in a typical PWR spent fuel assembly is evaluated with a code used for designing of fuel loading patterns in commercial PWRs. Taking the heterogeneous distribution into account, multiplication and radiation of neutrons inside / outside the assembly is analyzed with MCNP-5 and SOURCES-4C. As the results, neutron leakage ratio to water surrounding the assembly is found to vary little with burn-up of the assembly so that total neutron yield can be estimated by measuring neutron absorption in the water. Provided 252Cf of known intensity is inserted to the assembly, the subcritical multiplication factor ksub is evaluated by the number of neutron absorption. If not 252Cf but Sb-Be is only available, it is recommended to measure spatial decay constant in middle height of the assembly with it by the exponential method. The axial buckling which is the square of the constant is found to be a good indicator for burn-up of the assembly. (author)
Chemical analyses and calculation of isotopic compositions of high-burnup UO2 fuels and MOX fuels
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Chemical analysis activities of isotopic compositions of high-burnup UO2 fuels and MOX fuels in CRIEPI and calculation evaluation are reviewed briefly. C/E values of ORIGEN2, in which original libraries and JENDL-3.2 libraries are used, and other codes with chemical analysis data are reviewed and evaluated. Isotopic compositions of main U and Pu in fuels can be evaluated within 10% relative errors by suitable libraries and codes. Void ratio is effective parameter for C/E values in BWR fuels. JENDL-3.2 library shows remarkable improvement compared with original libraries in isotopic composition evaluations of FP nuclides. (author)
Implementation of burnup and control rod credit for storage of spent nuclear fuel in Ukraine
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Preliminary analysis of the regulations in force in Ukraine concerning nuclear safety of spent nuclear fuel management systems shows that some regulatory requirements in force are too conservative in view of current international practice. The extent of conservatism can be determined and reduced, if necessary, only using calculated studies for analyzing the criticality of spent nuclear fuel management systems. Such activity is consistent with the requirements posed by state-of-the-art production requirements. However, this can be only based on improving our level of understanding the processes occurring in nuclear dangerous systems and improving our capabilities as regards accuracy, correctness, and reliability in numerical modeling these processes. This work was intended to demonstrate that the excessive conservatism laid previously into the requirements on nuclear safety in Ukraine due to insufficient development of means for modeling processes in nuclear fuel can be considerably decreased through using more real modeling fuel systems. If such modeling is performed with the use of state-of-the-art software and computers, based on more complete understanding the processes in fuel systems, then removal of the excessive conservatism does will not reduce the safety of nuclear dangerous systems. (author)
Using ORIGEN and MCNP to calculate reactor criticals and burnup effects
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The purpose of this modeling effort was to verify the applicability of using ORIGEN-S and MCNP to the analysis of spent fuel of various enrichments and burnups. By comparing the results of criticality studies using MCNP and ORIGEN-S with the measured keff of 1.0, the suitability of the coupled ORIGEN-S/ MCNP package was determined. This study presents the results of the benchmark modeling of five pressurized water reactor (PWR) critical configurations. For these analyses, a combination of ORIGEN-S and MCNP was used to analyze the fuel depletion and criticality of five power reactor core configuration
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The double-heterogeneity characterising pebble-bed high temperature reactors (HTRs) makes Monte Carlo based calculation tools the most suitable for detailed core analyses. These codes can be successfully used to predict the isotopic evolution during irradiation of the fuel of this kind of cores. At the moment, there are many computational systems based on MCNP that are available for performing depletion calculation. All these systems use MCNP to supply problem dependent fluxes and/or microscopic cross sections to the depletion module. This latter then calculates the isotopic evolution of the fuel resolving Bateman's equations. In this paper, a comparative analysis of three different MCNP-based depletion codes is performed: Montburns2.0, MCNPX2.6.0 and BGCore. Monteburns code can be considered as the reference code for HTR calculations, since it has been already verified during HTR-N and HTR-N1 EU project. All calculations have been performed on a reference model representing an infinite lattice of thorium-plutonium fuelled pebbles. The evolution of k-inf as a function of burnup has been compared, as well as the inventory of the important actinides. The k-inf comparison among the codes shows a good agreement during the entire burnup history with the maximum difference lower than 1%. The actinide inventory prediction agrees well. However significant discrepancy in Am and Cm concentrations calculated by MCNPX as compared to those of Monteburns and BGCore has been observed. This is mainly due to different Am-241 (n,γ) branching ratio utilized by the codes. The important advantage of BGCore is its significantly lower execution time required to perform considered depletion calculations. While providing reasonably accurate results BGCore runs depletion problem about two times faster than Monteburns and two to five times faster than MCNPX.
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Three-dimensional calculations of the longtime behaviour of PWR can be done in short computing times with satisfactory accuracy for power and burn-up distributions. This has been proved by comparison with operational data of Biblis-B. Various possibilities are investigated to increase the discharge burn-up and to improve the utilization of uranium. In view of the increase of discharge burn-up due to enhanced cycle number (decreased batch size) and decreased neutron leakage these new strategies are intensively studied in the conventional fuel management scheme (Out-in) and in the low leakage fuel management scheme (In-Out). By a conventional fuel management scheme with four cycle operation and a low leakage fuel management scheme with three cycle operation an attractive increase of discharge burn-up to about 40% can be achieved by an increase in the reload enrichment to 4%. (orig.)
Burnup calculations of light water-cooled pressure tube blanket for a fusion-fission hybrid reactor
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Zu, Tiejun, E-mail: tiejun@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Wu, Hongchun; Zheng, Youqi; Cao, Liangzhi
2014-06-15
Highlights: • Detailed burnup calculations are performed on pressurized water cooled blankets with pressure tube assemblies. • The blanket is fueled with simple fuel, namely spent nuclear fuel discharged from light water reactors or natural uranium oxide. • The refueling strategies are proposed, and the uranium resource utilization rate can reach 5–6%. - Abstract: A fusion-fission hybrid reactor (FFHR) with pressure tube blanket has recently been proposed based on an ITER-type tokamak fusion neutron source and the well-developed pressurized water cooling technologies. In this paper, detailed burnup calculations are carried out on an updated blanket. Two different blankets respectively fueled with the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) discharged from light water reactors (LWRs) or natural uranium oxide is investigated. In the first case, a three-batch out-to-in refueling strategy is designed. In the second case, some SNF assemblies are loaded into the blanket to help achieve tritium self-sufficiency. And a three-batch in-to-out refueling strategies is adopted to realize direct use of natural uranium oxide fuel in the blanket. The results show that only about 80 tonnes of SNF or natural uranium are needed every 1500 EFPD (Equivalent Full Power Day) with a 3000 MWth output and tritium self-sufficiency (TBR > 1.15), while the required maximum fusion powers are lower than 500 MW for both the two cases. Based on the proposed refueling strategies, the uranium utilization rate can reach about 4.0%.
Burnup calculations of light water-cooled pressure tube blanket for a fusion-fission hybrid reactor
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Highlights: • Detailed burnup calculations are performed on pressurized water cooled blankets with pressure tube assemblies. • The blanket is fueled with simple fuel, namely spent nuclear fuel discharged from light water reactors or natural uranium oxide. • The refueling strategies are proposed, and the uranium resource utilization rate can reach 5–6%. - Abstract: A fusion-fission hybrid reactor (FFHR) with pressure tube blanket has recently been proposed based on an ITER-type tokamak fusion neutron source and the well-developed pressurized water cooling technologies. In this paper, detailed burnup calculations are carried out on an updated blanket. Two different blankets respectively fueled with the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) discharged from light water reactors (LWRs) or natural uranium oxide is investigated. In the first case, a three-batch out-to-in refueling strategy is designed. In the second case, some SNF assemblies are loaded into the blanket to help achieve tritium self-sufficiency. And a three-batch in-to-out refueling strategies is adopted to realize direct use of natural uranium oxide fuel in the blanket. The results show that only about 80 tonnes of SNF or natural uranium are needed every 1500 EFPD (Equivalent Full Power Day) with a 3000 MWth output and tritium self-sufficiency (TBR > 1.15), while the required maximum fusion powers are lower than 500 MW for both the two cases. Based on the proposed refueling strategies, the uranium utilization rate can reach about 4.0%
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External linking scripts between Monte Carlo transport codes and burnup codes, and complete integration of burnup capability into Monte Carlo transport codes, have been or are currently being developed. Monte Carlo linked burnup methodologies may serve as an excellent benchmark for new deterministic burnup codes used for advanced systems; however, there are some instances where deterministic methodologies break down (i.e., heavily angularly biased systems containing exotic materials without proper group structure) and Monte Carlo burn up may serve as an actual design tool. Therefore, researchers are also developing these capabilities in order to examine complex, three-dimensional exotic material systems that do not contain benchmark data. Providing a reference scheme implies being able to associate statistical errors to any neutronic value of interest like k(eff), reaction rates, fluxes, etc. Usually in Monte Carlo, standard deviations are associated with a particular value by performing different independent and identical simulations (also referred to as 'cycles', 'batches', or 'replicas'), but this is only valid if the calculation itself is not biased. And, as will be shown in this paper, there is a bias in the methodology that consists of coupling transport and depletion codes because Bateman equations are not linear functions of the fluxes or of the reaction rates (those quantities being always measured with an uncertainty). Therefore, we have to quantify and correct this bias. This will be achieved by deriving an unbiased minimum variance estimator of a matrix exponential function of a normal mean. The result is then used to propose a reference scheme to solve Boltzmann/Bateman coupled equations, thanks to Monte Carlo transport codes. Numerical tests will be performed with an ad hoc Monte Carlo code on a very simple depletion case and will be compared to the theoretical results obtained with the reference scheme. Finally, the statistical error propagation
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Gauntt, Randall O.; Powers, Dana Auburn; Ashbaugh, Scott G.; Leonard, Mark Thomas; Longmire, Pamela
2010-04-01
In this study, risk-significant pressurized-water reactor severe accident sequences are examined using MELCOR 1.8.5 to explore the range of fission product releases to the reactor containment building. Advances in the understanding of fission product release and transport behavior and severe accident progression are used to render best estimate analyses of selected accident sequences. Particular emphasis is placed on estimating the effects of high fuel burnup in contrast with low burnup on fission product releases to the containment. Supporting this emphasis, recent data available on fission product release from high-burnup (HBU) fuel from the French VERCOR project are used in this study. The results of these analyses are treated as samples from a population of accident sequences in order to employ approximate order statistics characterization of the results. These trends and tendencies are then compared to the NUREG-1465 alternative source term prescription used today for regulatory applications. In general, greater differences are observed between the state-of-the-art calculations for either HBU or low-burnup (LBU) fuel and the NUREG-1465 containment release fractions than exist between HBU and LBU release fractions. Current analyses suggest that retention of fission products within the vessel and the reactor coolant system (RCS) are greater than contemplated in the NUREG-1465 prescription, and that, overall, release fractions to the containment are therefore lower across the board in the present analyses than suggested in NUREG-1465. The decreased volatility of Cs2MoO4 compared to CsI or CsOH increases the predicted RCS retention of cesium, and as a result, cesium and iodine do not follow identical behaviors with respect to distribution among vessel, RCS, and containment. With respect to the regulatory alternative source term, greater differences are observed between the NUREG-1465 prescription and both HBU and LBU predictions than exist between HBU and LBU
Testing actinide fission yield treatment in CINDER90 for use in MCNP6 burnup calculations
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Most of the development of the MCNPX/6 burnup capability focused on features that were applied to the Boltzman transport or used to prepare coefficients for use in CINDER90, with little change to CINDER90 or the CINDER90 data. Though a scheme exists for best solving the coupled Boltzman and Bateman equations, the most significant approximation is that the employed nuclear data are correct and complete. Thus, the CINDER90 library file contains 60 different actinide fission yields encompassing 36 fissionable actinides (thermal, fast, high energy and spontaneous fission). Fission reaction data exists for more than 60 actinides and as a result, fission yield data must be approximated for actinides that do not possess fission yield information. Several types of approximations are used for estimating fission yields for actinides which do not possess explicit fission yield data. The objective of this study is to test whether or not certain approximations of fission yield selection have any impact on predictability of major actinides and fission products. Further we assess which other fission products, available in MCNP6 Tier 3, result in the largest difference in production. Because the CINDER90 library file is in ASCII format and therefore easily amendable, we assess reasons for choosing, as well as compare actinide and major fission product prediction for the H. B. Robinson benchmark for, three separate fission yield selection methods: (1) the current CINDER90 library file method (Base); (2) the element method (Element); and (3) the isobar method (Isobar). Results show that the three methods tested result in similar prediction of major actinides, Tc-99 and Cs-137; however, certain fission products resulted in significantly different production depending on the method of choice
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Highlights: → The specifications required for the analyses of the destructive assay data taken from irradiated fuel in Ohi-1 and Ohi-2 PWRs were documented in this paper. → These data were analyzed using the SWAT2.1 code, and the calculation results showed good agreement with experimental results. → These destructive assay data are suitable for the benchmarking of the burnup calculation code systems. - Abstract: The isotopic composition of spent nuclear fuels is vital data for studies on the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor physics. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been active in obtaining such data for pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) fuels, and some data has already been published. These data have been registered with the international Spent Fuel Isotopic Composition Database (SFCOMPO) and widely used as international benchmarks for burnup calculation codes and libraries. In this paper, Assay Data of Spent Nuclear Fuel from two fuel assemblies irradiated in the Ohi-1 and Ohi-2 PWRs in Japan are shown. The destructive assay data from Ohi-2 have already been published. However, these data were not suitable for the benchmarking of calculation codes and libraries because several important specifications and data were not included. This paper summarizes the details of destructive assay data and specifications required for analyses of isotopic composition from Ohi-1 and Ohi-2. For precise burnup analyses, the burnup values of destructive assay samples were re-evaluated in this study. These destructive assay data were analyzed using the SWAT2.1 code, and the calculation results showed good agreement with experimental results. This indicates that the quality of destructive assay data from Ohi-1 and Ohi-2 PWRs is high, and that these destructive assay data are suitable for the benchmarking of burnup calculation code systems.
Fuel element burn-up calculation in ITU TRIGA Mark-II reactor
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The reactivity defect of fuel elements in ITU TRIGA Mark-II reactor core at 250 kW power have been calculated by considering the reactor operation history. A two-dimensional, four-group diffusion computer code TRIGLAV is used for the calculations. The unit-cell macroscopic cross sections and diffusion coefficients are generated with the WIMS-D/4 code. Two dimensional effects like vicinity of control rods, water gaps, dummy graphite elements, void channels are considered. The calculated reactivity worth of the fuel elements at known burn up are in agreement with experimental values of the fuel elements located in the reactor core without two dimensional effects. (author)
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Highlights: • CANDU-type-lattice kinetics parameters are calculated using different adjoint-weighting approximations at different burnups. • Fine-group space-dependent adjoint weighting is the most accurate method of calculating the kinetics parameters. • Two-group lattice-homogenized adjoint weighting overestimates the effective delayed-neutron fraction by approximately 5%. • Fine-group lattice-homogenized adjoint weighting overestimates the effective delayed neutron fraction only by approximately 2%. - Abstract: Modern analysis of nuclear reactor transients uses space-time reactor kinetics methods. In the Canadian nuclear industry, safety analysis calculations use almost exclusively the Improved Quasistatic (IQS) flux factorization method. The IQS method, like all methods based on flux factorization, relies on calculating effective point kinetics parameters, which dominate the time behavior of the flux, using adjoint-weighted integrals. The accuracy of the adjoint representation influences the accuracy of the effective kinetics parameters. Routine full core calculations are not performed using detailed models and transport theory, but rather using a cell-homogenized model and two-group diffusion theory. This work evaluates the effect of homogenization and group condensation at different burnups, for three fuel types: natural-uranium (NU) fuel, low-void reactivity (LVR) fuel and Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) fuel. Results show that the use of a two-group lattice-homogenized adjoint consistently overestimates the effective delayed neutron fraction by approximately 5% for all three fuel types and over a wide burnup range. The use of a two-group lattice-homogenized adjoint also introduces errors in the effective neutron generation time, but these are at most 1.3% (and their sign changes with burnup). Errors tend to vary with burnup by approximately 1% (of the individual parameter value). If a 69-group lattice-homogenized adjoint is used, the errors drop to
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Highlights: • Development of a neural network model to predict the requiered plutonium content. • The accuracy of this model is very good (0.37% of error). • Development of a neural network model to predict evolution of average cross sections. • Predictions allow calculating fuel depletion quickly and with a very good accuracy. • This approach has been applied to the PWR MOX case in a dynamic fuel cycle code. - Abstract: Dynamic fuel cycle simulation tools calculate nuclei inventories and mass flows evolution in an entire fuel cycle, from the mine to the final disposal. Usually, the fuel depletion in reactor is handled by a fuel loading model and a mean cross section predictor. In the case of a PWR–MOX, a fuel loading model provides from a plutonium stock the plutonium fraction in the fresh fuel needed to reach a specific burnup. A mean cross section predictor aims to assess isotopic cross sections required for building Bateman equations for any fresh fuel composition with a sufficient accuracy and a reasonable computing time. This paper presents a methodology based on neural networks for building a fuel loading model and a cross section predictor for a PWR reactor loaded with MOX fuel. The mean error of the plutonium content prediction from the fuel loading model is 0.37%. Furthermore, the mean cross section predictor allows completion of the fuel depletion calculation in less than one minute with excellent accuracy. A maximum deviation of 3% on main nuclei is obtained at the end of cycle between inventories calculated from neural networks and from the reference coupled neutron transport/fuel depletion calculation
SFR whole core burnup calculations with TRIPOLI-4 Monte Carlo code
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Under the Working Party on Scientific Issues of Reactor Systems (WPRS) of the OECD/NEA, an international collaboration benchmark was recently established on the neutronic analysis of four Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) concepts of the Generation- IV nuclear energy systems. As the whole core Monte Carlo depletion calculation is one of the essential challenges of current reactor physics studies, the continuous-energy TRIPOLI-4 Monte Carlo transport code was firstly used in this study to perform whole core 3D neutronic calculations for these four SFR cores. Two medium size (1000 MWt) and two large size (3600 MWt) SFR of GEN-IV systems were analyzed. The medium size SFR concepts are from the Advanced Burner Reactors (ABR). The large size SFR concepts are from the self-breeding reactors. The TRIPOLI-4 depletion calculations were made with MOX and metallic U-Pu-Zr fuels for the ABR cores and with MOX and Carbide (U,Pu)C fuels for the self-breeding cores. The whole core reactor physics parameters calculations were performed for the BOEC and EOEC (Beginning and End of Equilibrium Cycle) conditions. This paper summarizes the TRIPOLI-4 calculation results of Keff, βeff, sodium void worth, Doppler constant, control rod worth, and core power distributions for the BOEC and EOEC conditions. The one-cycle depletion calculation results of the core inventory of U and TRU (Pu, Am, Cm, and Np) are also analyzed, after 328.5 days depletion irradiation for the ABR cores, 410 days for the large MOX core, and 500 days for the large carbide core. (author)
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Gholamzadeh Zohreh
2014-12-01
Full Text Available Decrease of the economically accessible uranium resources and the inherent proliferation resistance of thorium fuel motivate its application in nuclear power systems. Estimation of the nuclear reactor’s neutronic parameters during different operational situations is of key importance for the safe operation of nuclear reactors. In the present research, thorium oxide fuel burn-up calculations for a demonstrative model of a heavy water- -cooled reactor have been performed using MCNPX 2.6 code. Neutronic parameters for three different thorium fuel matrices loaded separately in the modelled thermal core have been investigated. 233U, 235U and 239Pu isotopes have been used as fissile element in the thorium oxide fuel, separately. Burn-up of three different fuels has been calculated at 1 MW constant power. 135X and 149Sm concentration variations have been studied in the modelled core during 165 days burn-up. Burn-up of thorium oxide enriched with 233U resulted in the least 149Sm and 135Xe productions and net fissile production of 233U after 165 days. The negative fuel, coolant and void reactivity of the used fuel assures safe operation of the modelled thermal core containing (233U-Th O2 matrix. Furthermore, utilisation of thorium breeder fuel demonstrates several advantages, such as good neutronic economy, 233U production and less production of long-lived α emitter high radiotoxic wastes in biological internal exposure point of view
An improved projected predictor-corrector method for Gd-bearing fuel burnup calculations
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The accuracy of the conventional predictor-corrector (PC) fuel depletion method breaks down for the Gd-bearing fuel when coarse time step is adopted. To resolve this issue, the projected predictor-corrector (PPC) method which assumes the reaction rates are linear functions of the nuclide's atom density, was proposed by Yamamoto and significant accuracy gain was achieved for Gd-bearing fuel depletion calculation. This paper proposes an improved PPC method, which assumes a linear relation between the microscopic reaction rate and the natural logarithm of the nuclide's atom density for nuclides 155Gd and 157Gd. Verification calculations are performed against a 17 × 17 PWR Gd-bearing fuel assembly test problem, numerical results demonstrate that once the time step is coarser than 25 days the new PPC method is better than the original PPC method. (authors)
DRAGON 3.05D, Reactor Cell Calculation System with Burnup
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1 - Description of program or function: The computer code DRAGON contains a collection of models that can simulate the neutron behavior of a unit cell or a fuel assembly in a nuclear reactor. It includes all of the functions that characterize a lattice cell code, namely: the interpolation of microscopic cross sections supplied by means of standard libraries; resonance self-shielding calculations in multidimensional geometries; multigroup and multidimensional neutron flux calculations that can take into account neutron leakage; transport-transport or transport-diffusion equivalence calculations as well as editing of condensed and homogenized nuclear properties for reactor calculations; and finally isotopic depletion calculations. 2 - Methods: The code DRAGON contains a multigroup flux solver conceived that can use a various algorithms to solve the neutron transport equation for the spatial and angular distribution of the flux. Each of these algorithms is presented in the form of a one-group solution procedure where the contributions from other energy groups are considered as sources. The current release of DRAGON contains five such algorithms. The JPM option that solves the integral transport equation using the J+- method, (interface current method applied to homogeneous blocks); the SYBIL option that solves the integral transport equation using the collision probability method for simple one dimensional (1-D) or two dimensional (2-D) geometries and the interface current method for 2-D Cartesian or hexagonal assemblies; the EXCELL/NXT option to solve the integral transport equation using the collision probability method for more general 2-D geometries and for three dimensional (3-D) assemblies; the MOCC option to solve the transport equation using the method of cyclic characteristics in 2-D Cartesian, and finally the MCU option to solve the transport equation using the method of characteristics (non cyclic) for 3-D Cartesian geometries. The execution of DRAGON is
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Highlights: • The inventory of the radioactive nuclides was calculated using the GETERA code. • The consumptions of 235U for the HEU, MEU and LEU were: 2360, 2334 and 2320 g. • The amounts of 239Pu produced were: 67.07, 157.86 g for the MEU and LEU. • The core radioactivity for the MEU and LEU were: 8.84 × 1016 and 9.31 × 1016 Bq. - Abstract: Efforts have been made recently to study the possibility of core conversion of the 10 MW MTR type research reactor from the HEU to LEU fuels due to the proliferation issue. Since the inventory of the reactor core is a required parameter to study the atmospheric dispersion calculation for a postulated accidental airborne radionuclide release from the reactor, the inventory of the radioactive nuclides accumulated in the UAlx–Al fuels: HEU (93% 235U), MEU (45% 235U) and LEU (20% 235U) after 200 days of the reactor operating time was calculated using the GETERA code. The result showed, after 200 days of the reactor operation time (35% burnup), that the total consumptions of 235U and 238U for the HEU, MEU and LEU fuels were: 2360, 2334 and 2320 g for the 235U and 13, 105 and 238 g for the 238U, respectively. The amounts of 239Pu produced in the core were: 67.07, 157.86 g for the MEU and LEU fuels, respectively, compared with 7.95 g. The total core radioactivity after 200 days for the MEU and LEU cores were: 8.84 × 1016 and 9.31 × 1016 Bq, respectively, compared with 8.63 × 1016 Bq for the HEU core
Isotopic analyses and calculation by use of JENDL-3.2 for high burn-up UO{sub 2} and MOX spent fuels
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Sasahara, Akihiro; Matsumura, Tetsuo [Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Komae, Tokyo (Japan). Komae Research Lab.; Nicolaou, G.; Betti, M.; Walker, C.T.
1997-03-01
The post irradiation examinations (PIE) were carried out for high burn-up UO{sub 2} spent fuel (3.8%U235, average burn-up:60GWd/t) and mixed oxide (MOX) spent fuel (5.07%Pu, average burn-up:45GWd/t). The PIE includes, (a) isotopic analysis, (b) electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) in pellet cross section and so on. The results of isotopic analyses and EPMA were compared with ORIGEN2/82 and VIM-BURN calculation results. In VIM-BURN calculation, the nuclear data of actinides were proceeded from new data file, JENDL-3.2. The sensitivities of power history and moderator density to nuclides composition were investigated by VIM-BURN calculation and consequently power history mainly effected on Am241 and Am242m and moderator density effected on fissile nuclides. From EPMA results of U and Pu distribution in pellet, VIM-BURN calculation showed reasonable distribution in pellet cross section. (author)
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At this study, isotopic evolution of the sample E58-263 of assembly WZR0058 of Vandellos Unit II (PWR-Spain) is calculated with MONTEBURNS code system. The sample was exposed with different neutron spectrum because of its different core location at fuel different cycles. At fuel calculation, all fuel cycle burn-up history of Use sample is 1 considered consecutively by using the 'remove' and 'add' option of the MONTEBURNS code. The calculated results are compared with fuel measurement and with cycle by cycle calculation methodology results.
Gholamzadeh Zohreh; Hossein Feghhi Seyed Amir; Soltani Leila; Rezazadeh Marzieh; Tenreiro Claudio; Joharifard Mahdi
2014-01-01
Decrease of the economically accessible uranium resources and the inherent proliferation resistance of thorium fuel motivate its application in nuclear power systems. Estimation of the nuclear reactor’s neutronic parameters during different operational situations is of key importance for the safe operation of nuclear reactors. In the present research, thorium oxide fuel burn-up calculations for a demonstrative model of a heavy water- -cooled reactor have been performed using MCNPX 2.6 code. N...
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The impact of radial and axial burnup profile on the criticality of WWER-440 spent fuel cask is presented in the paper. The calculations are performed based on two AER Benchmark problems for WWER-440 irradiated fuel assembly. The radial zonewise dependent spent fuel inventory has been calculated by the NESSEL - NUKO code system. The axial dependent isotope concentrations have been determined by the modular code system SCALE4.4. For criticality calculations the SCALE4.4 has been applied. Calculations have been carried out for cask with 30 WWER-440 fuel assemblies with initial enrichment 3.6% of 235U and burnup up to 40 MWd/kgU. The influence of radial and axial burnup credit on the cask criticality has been evaluated
Fast reactor 3D core and burnup analysis using VESTA
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Luciano, N.; Shamblin, J.; Maldonado, I. [Nuclear Engineering Dept., Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (United States)
2012-07-01
Burnup analyses using the VESTA code have been performed on a MOX-fuelled fast reactor model as specified by an IAEA computational benchmark. VESTA is a relatively new code that has been used for burnup credit calculations and thermal reactor models, but not typically for fast reactor applications. The detailed input and results of the IAEA benchmark provides an opportunity to gauge the use of VESTA in a fast reactor application. VESTA employs an ultra-fine multi-group binning approach that accelerates Monte Carlo burnup calculations. Using VESTA to compute the end of cycle (EOC) power fractions by enrichment zone showed agreement with the published values within 5%. When comparing the ultra-fine multi-group binning approach to the tally-based approach, EOC isotopic masses also agree within 5%. Using the ultra-fine multi-group binning approach, we obtain a wall-time speedup factor of 35 when compared to the tally-based approach for computing a k{sub eff} eigenvalue with burnup problem. The authors conclude the use of VESTA's ultra-fine multi-group binning approach with Monte Carlo transport performs accurate depletion calculations for this fast reactor benchmark. (authors)
Economics of VVER Fuel Cycles Leading to High Discharge Burnup
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Economic characteristics of equilibrium VVER fuel cycles leading to high discharge burnup are investigated by supposing two scenarios named optimistic and pessimistic. The optimistic and pessimistic terms are used in the sense whether the high burnup fuel cycles are economically advantageous or the increasing enrichment cost can increase the specific fuel cycle cost above a certain discharge burnup value. Therefore in case of the optimistic scenario, maximum fabrication and back end costs and minimum enrichment and raw uranium costs were applied, while in case of the pessimistic scenario vice-versa. The applied costs are detailed in Table 1. Table1 Cost data of the two different scenarios. Concerning the transport and storage during the front end fuel cycle, it was assumed that application of burnable poison solves the criticality problems caused by the increased enrichment. By using the advantage of the burnup credit, the subcriticality of the spent fuel storage and transport devices can also be proved. Large reserve in the biological shielding is supposed. According to the above argumentation, fixed cost of the front and back end fuel cycle was used in the calculations, except the enrichment, but a 700 $/pin extra fabrication cost of the burnable poison was taken into account. Instead of fixed batch fraction, fixed cycle length was assumed which is advantageous for maximizing the discharge burnup and for minimizing the burnable poison extra cost but disadvantageous concerning the availability factor, which is constant in the given calculations. Beside the economic characteristics, the feasibility of the cycles are investigated from the point of view of the most important safety related parameters like reactivity coefficients and shut down margin. The figure below shows the burnup dependent fuel cycle cost for the above two scenarios. (author)
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The System of Computerized Analysis for Licensing at Atomic industry (SCALA) is a Russian analogue of the well-known SCALE system. For criticality evaluations the ABBN-93 system is used with TWODANT and with joined American KENO and Russian MMK Monte-Carlo code MMKKENO. Using the same cross sections and input models, all these codes give results that coincide within the statistical uncertainties (for Monte-Carlo codes). Validation of criticality calculations using SCALA was performed using data presented in the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments. Another task of the work was to test the burnup capability of SCALA system in complex geometry in compare with other codes. Benchmark models of VVER type reactor assemblies with UO2 and MOX fuel including the cases with burnable gadolinium absorbers were calculated. KENO-VI and MMK codes were used for power distribution calculations, ORIGEN code was used for the isotopic kinetics calculations. (authors)
Size Design of CdZnTe Detector Shield for Measuring Burnup of Spent Fuel
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2008-01-01
<正>It is important to measure the burnup of spent fuel for nuclear safeguards, burnup credit and critical safety in spent-fuel reprocessing process. The purpose of this work is designing a portable device to
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In the field of high-temperature-reactor (HTR) fuel investigation there is a great interest in the experimental and calculational determination of heavy metal content under the aspects of burn-up physics and for the prediction of reliable data for reprocessing and waste management. Using a laser-micro-boring preparation method, high resolution alpha-spectroscopy and sophisticated computer decomposition programs we identify qualitatively and quantitatively most of the important actinide isotopes in irradiated HTR-fuel. Additionally we use data, delivered by gamma- and mass-spectroscopy of the same fuel samples. The evaluated results are compared with calculational results from the burn-up code ORIGEN, using a special generated HTR-neutron-cross-section library. In a first step we determine new cross sections for the uranium and plutonium isotopes depending on the irradiation conditions. In a second step we calculate correlations between the heavy metal isotopes and the burn-up or the fission products
CRISTAL V1: Criticality package for burn up credit calculations
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The first version of the CRISTAL package, created and validated as part of a joint project between IRSN, COGEMA and CEA, was delivered to users in November 1999. This fruitful cooperation between IRSN, COGEMA and CEA has been pursued until 2003 with the development and the validation of the package CRISTAL V1, whose main objectives are to improve the criticality safety studies including the Burn up Credit effect. (author)
Calculating credit risk capital charges with the one-factor model
Susanne Emmer; Dirk Tasche
2003-01-01
Even in the simple one-factor credit portfolio model that underlies the Basel II regulatory capital rules coming into force in 2007, the exact contributions to credit value-at-risk can only be calculated with Monte-Carlo simulation or with approximation algorithms that often involve numerical integration. As this may require a lot of computational time, there is a need for approximate analytical formulae. In this note, we develop formulae according to two different approaches: the granularity...
Chambon, Amalia
2013-01-01
Considering spent fuel management (storage, transport and reprocessing), the approach using « fresh fuel assump-tion » in criticality-safety studies results in a significant conservatism in the calculated value of the system reactivity.The concept of Burnup Credit (BUC) consists in considering the reduction of the spent fuel reactivity due to its burnup.A careful BUC methodology, developed by CEA in association with AREVA-NC was recently validated and writtenup for PWR-UOx fuels. However, 22 ...
Burnup span sensitivity analysis of different burnup coupling schemes
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Highlights: ► The objective of this work is the burnup span sensitivity analysis of different coupling schemes. ► Three kinds of schemes have been implemented in a new MCNP–ORIGEN linkage program. ► Two kinds of schemes are based predictor–corrector technique and the third is based on Euler explicit method. ► The analysis showed that the predictor–corrector approach better accounts for nonlinear behavior of burnup. ► It is sufficiently good to use the Euler method at small spans but for large spans use of second order scheme is mandatory. - Abstract: The analysis of core composition changes is complicated by the fact that the time and spatial variations in isotopic composition depend on the neutron flux distribution and vice versa. Fortunately, changes in core composition occur relatively slowly and hence the burnup analysis can be performed by dividing the burnup period into some burnup spans and assuming that the averaged flux and cross sections are constant during each burn up span. The burnup span sensitivity analysis attempts to find how much the burnup spans could be increased without any significant change in results. This goal has been achieved by developing a new MCNP–ORIGEN linkage program named MOBC (MCNP–ORIGEN Burnup Calculation). Three kinds of coupling scheme have been implemented in MOBC. Two of these are based on second order predictor–corrector technique and enable us to choose larger time steps, whilst the third one is based on Euler explicit first order method and is faster than the other two. The validity of the developed program has been evaluated by the code vs. code comparison technique. Two different types of codes are employed. The first one is based on deterministic two dimensional transport method, like CASMO-4 and HELIOS codes, and the second one is based on Monte Carlo method, like MCODE code. Only one coupling technique is employed in each of these state of the art codes, while the MOBC excels in its ability to
CANDU lattice uncertainties during burnup
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Uncertainties associated with fundamental nuclear data accompany evaluated nuclear data libraries in the form of covariance matrices. As nuclear data are important parameters in reactor physics calculations, any associated uncertainty causes a loss of confidence in the calculation results. The quantification of output uncertainties is necessary to adequately establish safety margins of nuclear facilities. In this work, microscopic cross-section has been propagated through lattice burnup calculations applied to a generic CANDU® model. It was found that substantial uncertainty emerges during burnup even when fission yield fraction and decay rate uncertainties are neglected. (author)
Burn-up measurements coupling gamma spectrometry and neutron measurement
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The need to apply for burn-up credit arises with the increase of the initial enrichment of nuclear fuel. When burn-up credit is used in criticality safety studies, it is often necessary to confirm it by measurement. For the last 10 years, CANBERRA has manufactured the PYTHON system for such measurements. However, the method used in the PYTHON itself uses certain reactor data to arrive at burn-up estimates. Based on R and D led by CEA and COGEMA in the framework of burn-up measurement for burn-up credit and safeguards applications, CANBERRA is developing the next generation of burn-up measurement device. This new product, named SMOPY, is able to measure burn-up of any kind of irradiated fuel assembly with a combination of gamma spectrometry and passive neutron measurements. The measurement data is used as input to the CESAR depletion code, which has been developed and qualified by CEA and COGEMA for burn-up credit determinations. In this paper, we explain the complementary nature of the gamma and neutron measurements. In addition, we draw on our previous experience from PYTHON system and from COGEMA La Hague to show what types of evaluations are required to qualify the SMOPY system, to estimate its uncertainties, and to detect discrepancies in the fuel data given by the reactor plant to characterize the irradiated fuel assembly. (authors)
Revised Burnup Code System SWAT: Description and Validation Using Postirradiation Examination Data
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The burnup code system Step-Wise Burnup Analysis Code System (SWAT) is revised for use in a burnup credit analysis. An important feature of the revised SWAT is that its functions are achieved by calling validated neutronics codes without any changes to the original codes. This feature is realized with a system function of the operating system, which allows the revised SWAT to be independent of the development status of each code.A package of the revised SWAT contains the latest libraries based on JENDL-3.2 and the second version of the JNDC FP library. These libraries allow us to analyze burnup problems, such as an analysis of postirradiation examination (PIE), using the latest evaluated data of not only cross sections but also fission yield and decay constants.Another function of the revised SWAT is a library generator for the ORIGEN2 code, which is one of the most reliable burnup codes. ORIGEN2 users can obtain almost the same results with the revised SWAT using the library prepared by this function.The validation of the revised SWAT is conducted by calculation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency burnup credit criticality safety benchmark Phase I-B and analyses of PIE data for spent fuel from Takahama Unit 3. The analysis of PIE data shows that the revised SWAT can predict the isotopic composition of main uranium and plutonium with a deviation of 5% from experimental results taken from UO2 fuels of 17 x 17 fuel assemblies. Many results of fission products including samarium are within a deviation of 10%. This means that the revised SWAT has high reliability to predict the isotopic composition for pressurized water reactor spent fuel
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System: An Alternative Way to Calculate the ECTS Grades
Grosges, Thomas; Barchiesi, Dominique
2007-01-01
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) has been developed and instituted to facilitate student mobility and academic recognition. This paper presents, discusses, and illustrates the pertinence and the limitation of the current statistical distribution of the ECTS grades, and we propose an alternative way to calculate the ECTS…
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FRAPCON-3 is a FORTRAN IV computer code that calculates the steady-state response of light water reactor fuel rods during long-term burnup. The code calculates the temperature, pressure, and deformation of a fuel rod as functions of time-dependent fuel rod power and coolant boundary conditions. The phenomena modeled by the code include (1) heat conduction through the fuel and cladding, (2) cladding elastic and plastic deformation, (3) fuel-cladding mechanical interaction, (4) fission gas release, (5) fuel rod internal gas pressure, (6) heat transfer between fuel and cladding, (7) cladding oxidation, and (8) heat transfer from cladding to coolant. The code contains necessary material properties, water properties, and heat-transfer correlations. The codes' integral predictions of mechanical behavior have not been assessed against a data base, e.g., cladding strain or failure data. Therefore, it is recommended that the code not be used for analyses of cladding stress or strain. FRAPCON-3 is programmed for use on both mainframe computers and UNIX-based workstations such as DEC 5000 or SUN Sparcstation 10. It is also programmed for personal computers with FORTRAN compiler software and at least 8 to 10 megabytes of random access memory (RAM). The FRAPCON-3 code is designed to generate initial conditions for transient fuel rod analysis by the FRAPTRAN computer code (formerly named FRAP-T6)
Validation of a new continuous Monte Carlo burnup code using a Mox fuel assembly
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The reactivity of nuclear fuel decreases with irradiation (or burnup) due to the transformation of heavy nuclides and the formation of fission products. Burnup credit studies aim at accounting for fuel irradiation in criticality studies of the nuclear fuel cycle (transport, storage, etc...). The principal objective of this study is to evaluate the potential capabilities of a newly developed burnup code called 'BUCAL1'. BUCAL1 differs in comparison with other burnup codes as it does not use the calculated neutron flux as input to other computer codes to generate the nuclide inventory for the next time step. Instead, BUCAL1 directly uses the neutron reaction tally information generated by MCNP for each nuclide of interest to determine the new nuclides inventory. This allows the full capabilities of MCNP to be incorporated into the calculation and a more accurate and robust analysis to be performed. Validation of BUCAL1 was processed by code-to-code comparisons using predictions of several codes from the NEA/OCED. Infinite multiplication factors (k∞) and important fission product and actinide concentrations were compared for a MOX core benchmark exercise. Results of calculations are analysed and discussed.
Calculation of Credit Valuation Adjustment Based on Least Square Monte Carlo Methods
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Qian Liu
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Counterparty credit risk has become one of the highest-profile risks facing participants in the financial markets. Despite this, relatively little is known about how counterparty credit risk is actually priced mathematically. We examine this issue using interest rate swaps. This largely traded financial product allows us to well identify the risk profiles of both institutions and their counterparties. Concretely, Hull-White model for rate and mean-reverting model for default intensity have proven to be in correspondence with the reality and to be well suited for financial institutions. Besides, we find that least square Monte Carlo method is quite efficient in the calculation of credit valuation adjustment (CVA, for short as it avoids the redundant step to generate inner scenarios. As a result, it accelerates the convergence speed of the CVA estimators. In the second part, we propose a new method to calculate bilateral CVA to avoid double counting in the existing bibliographies, where several copula functions are adopted to describe the dependence of two first to default times.
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One of the major problems in burnup studies is the reasonably fast and accurate calculation of the space-and-energy dependent neutron flux and reaction rates for realistic power reactor fuel geometries and compositions, and its optimal integration in the global reactor calculations. The scope of the present research was to develop improved methods trying to satisfy the above requirements. In the epithermal region, simple and efficient approximation is proposed which allows the analytical solution for the space dependence of the spherical harmonics flux moments, and hence the derivation of the recurrence relations between he flux moments at successive lethargy pivotal points. A new matrix formalism to invert the coefficient matrix of band structure resulted in a reduce computer time and memory demands. The research on epithermal region is finalized in computing programme SPLET, which calculates the space-lethargy distribution of the spherical harmonics neutron flux moments, and the related integral quantities as reaction rates and resonance integrals. For partial verification of the above methods a Monte Carlo procedure was developed. Using point-wise representation of variables, a flexible and fast convergent integral transport method SEPT i developed. Expanding the neutron source and flux in finite series of arbitrary polynomials, the space-and-energy dependent integral transport equation is transformed into a general linear algebraic form, which is solved numerically. A simple and efficient procedure for deriving multipoint equations and constructing matrix is proposed and examined, and no unwanted oscillations were noticed. The energy point method was combined with the spherical harmonics method as well. A multi zone few-group program SPECTAR for global reactor calculations was developed. For testing, the flux distribution, neutron leakage and effective multiplication factor for the PWR reactor of the power station San Onofre were calculated. In order to verify
Core burnup characteristics of high conversion light water reactor, (1)
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In order to evaluate core burnup characteristics of a high conversion light water reactor (HCLWR) with tight pitched lattice, core burnup calculation was made using two dimensional diffusion method. The volume ratio of moderator to fuel is about 0.8 in the reactor (HCLWR-J1) under study. The burnup calculations were carried out under the assumption of three batch and out-in fuel loading from the first cycle to the equilibrium cycle. A detailed evaluation was made for discharge burnup, conversion ratio, power distribution, and reactivity coefficients and so on. (author)
Effects of high burnup on spent-fuel casks
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Utility fuel managers have become very interested in higher burnup fuels as a means to reduce the impact of refueling outages. High-burnup fuels have significant effects on spent-fuel storage or transportation casks because additional heat rejection and shielding capabilities are required. Some existing transportation casks have useful margins that allow shipment of high-burnup fuel, especially the NLI-1/2 truck cask, which has been relicensed to carry pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel with 56,000 MWd/ton U burnup at 450 days of cooling time. New cask designs should consider the effects of high burnup for future use, even though it is not commercially desirable to include currently unneeded capability. In conclusion, the increased heat and gamma radiation of high-burnup fuels can be accommodated by additional cooling time, but the increased neutron radiation source cannot be accommodated unless the balance of neutron and gamma contributions to the overall dose rate is properly chosen in the initial cask design. Criticality control of high-burnup fuels is possible with heavily poisoned baskets, but burnup credit in licensing is a much more direct means of demonstrating criticality safety
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The gas tag burnup changes investigated were limited to the three tags (Kr-78/Kr-80, Xe-126/Xe-129 and Kr-82/Kr-80) currently accepted as being the most desirable. Control rod tag burnup was significantly greater than fuel rod tag burnup. This occurs because control rods stay in the reactor longer and occupy positions of greater low-energy flux. Thus, minimum tag spacings were set by the control rods as 1.079 for Kr-78/Kr-80, 1.189 for Xe-126/Xe-129 and 1.134 for Kr-82/Kr-80
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Irradiations conducted in the rigs IFA-597.213 and IFA-562.2-6 produce fuel performance data from burnups that exceed the current operation limits in the commercial light water reactors. Fuel temperature and internal pressure measurements enable to examine the temperature and fission gas release relationship in the range from 50 to 90 MWd/kgUO2, where UO2 microstructure changes are claimed to be connected with enhanced athermal release. In an attempt to identify this athermal part of the gas release, measurement results were compared with the calculated ones by use of ENIGMA fuel performance code (without any 'rim' model). In order to compare the gas release behaviours only, calculated temperatures were forced to obey the recorded temperatures by adjusting some code parameters. The outcome was not quite analogous for the two tests considered. There was only slight underprediction for IFA 597.2/3 at 60 MWd/kgUO2, while for IFA-562.2-6 an enlarging underprediction was obtained from about 55 to 90 MWd/kgUO2. Since fuel temperature was low, the latter speaks for a strongly enhanced athermal gas release at high burnups. (author)
Burnup analysis of the power reactor, 3
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The atomic number densities of uranium and transuranium were measured for JPDR-1. For the purpose of the study, the program has been prepared. It solves the burnup equation by the exponential matrix method. The void fraction and exposure distribution of the required data were calculated by three-dimensional nuclear-thermal-hydro-dynamic program FLORA under the operating conditions. The distribution of each atomic number density was obtained. The results agree with the measured values. The programs calculating nuclear constants in the cell were evaluated by obtaining the effective cross sections from the atomic number densities and the burnup. (auth.)
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Operational and PIE data for the Zaporozhe NPP, FA-E0325, WWER-1000 fuel rods were provided in the OECD NEA IFPE Database and were used to perform comparative calculations among several fuel performance codes. The fuel rods had been irradiated for 4 years of operation up to ∼49 MWd/kg U burnup. The fuel rod operation histories are developed for the PINw99, TRANSURANUS (V1M1J03) and TOPRA-2 codes. The initial state fuel rod parameters are analysed and calculations are carried out. The PIE data enable the comparison of experimental measurement with code-calculated values for cladding elongation (49 rods), FGR and gas pressure (35 rods). Cladding diameter creep-down and gap closure results are juxtaposed as well. The capability of the applied codes correctly to predict the WWER fuel rod performance is shown. The WWER-1000 fuel rod data include initial geometrical and design parameters of the fuel rods, as well as description of the operation regime, NPP unit loading history and PIE results at normal conditions. The data are sufficient for modelling all 312 fuel rod and for comparison of calculations with experimental results for a limited number of fuel rods. The comparison between the calculated and measured results discussed in this paper shows that the codes PINw99, TRANSURANUS and TOPRA-2, are capable of adequate predicting the thermophysical and the mechanical performance of the WWER-1000 fuel rods. The PINw99 code predicts conservative BOL FGR values and conservative gas pressure values in the region of burnups higher than 30 MWd/kg U, which can be explained by the underprediction of the cladding gas inner volume and cladding elongation. The improved version PIN2K (not applied in the present study) predicts much better FGR and gas pressure, though, it is still under development in the high burnup FGR modelling part. In the TRANSURANUS code, there are also areas, where refinements are clearly indicated. They are subjects of the ongoing research projects and
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The amount of Pu in the spent fuel was evaluated from Xe isotopic ratio in off-gas in reprocessing facility, is related to burnup. Six batches of dissolver off-gas (DOG) at spent fuel dissolution process were sampled from the main stack in Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP) during BWR fuel (approx. 30GWD/MTU) reprocessing campaign. Xenon isotopic ratio was determined with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Burnup and generated amount of Pu were evaluated with Noble Gas Environmental Monitoring Application code (NOVA), developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Inferred burnup evaluated by Xe isotopic measurements and NOVA were in good agreement with those of the declared burnup in the range from -3.8% to 7.1%. Also, the inferred amount of Pu in spent fuel was in good agreed with those of the declared amount of Pu calculated by ORIGEN code in the range from -0.9% to 4.7%. The evaluation technique is applicable for both burnup credit to achieve efficient criticality safety control and a new measurement method for safeguards inspection. (author)
Transient behaviour of high burnup fuel
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The main subjects of the meeting were the discussion of regulatory background, integral tests and analysis, plant calculations, separate-effect test and analysis, concerning high burnup phenomena during RIA accidents in reactors, especially LWR, BWR and PWR type reactors. 32 papers were abstracted and indexed individually for the INIS database. (R.P.)
Current Status of Burnup Evaluation for Test Fuel at HANARO
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Yang, Seong Woo; Park, Seung Jae; Shin, Yoon Taeg; Choo, Kee Nam; Cho, Man Soon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)
2015-05-15
For the research reactor, 8 mini plate fuels were irradiation-tested during 4 irradiation cycles. 2 more irradiation capsules were fabricated for additional test of plate type fuel. Also fission Mo target for the performance verification and the demonstration of Mo-99 extraction process will be irradiated at HANARO. It is important to evaluate the burnup history of test fuel. The burnup of test fuel has been calculated using HANARO Fuel Management System (HANAFMS). Although it is proper to evaluate the burnup of HANARO fuel, it is difficult to accurately calculate the burnup of test fuel due to the limitation of HANAFMS model. Therefore, the improvement of burnup evaluation for the recent irradiated test fuel is conducted and reported in this paper. To evaluate the burnup of test fuel, HANAFMS has been used; however, HANAFMS model is not proper to apply plate type fuel. Therefore, MCNP burned core model was developed for HAMP-1 burnup calculation. Throughout the comparison of fuel assembly power, MCNP burned core model showed the good agreement with HANAFMS.
Burnup and plutonium distribution of WWER-440 fuel pin at extended burnup
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The formation of rim region in LWR UO2 based nuclear fuel at high burnup is a common observation. This region has very high porosity due to excessive gas release. Such a region is also characterized by a significantly high plutonium concentration and high local burnup compared to the internal fuel region. Spatial distribution of these parameters has been incorporated with fuel behavior and performance analysis codes by using mostly empirical relations. Variation of these parameters depends on the neutron flux as well as neutron energy spectrum. Detailed neutronics analysis is necessary for the accurate prediction of these parameters. This study is performed by MCNP4B Monte Carlo code for the calculation of local neutron flux, ORIGEN2 for burnup and depletion calculations, and MONTEBURNS for coupling these codes. For the analysis, a typical WWER-440 fuel pin and surrounding water moderator are considered in a hexagonal pin cell. Fuel pin is divided into a number of radial segments. A relatively small mesh size is used at the region near the surface to reveal the rim effect. The variation of plutonium and local burnup are obtained for high burnup. Results are compared with existing experimental observations for WWER-440 fuel and other theoretical predictions
Burnup dependent core neutronic analysis for PBMR
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The strategy for core neutronics modeling is based on SCALE4.4 code KENOV.a module that uses Monte Carlo calculational methods. The calculations are based on detailed unit cell and detailed core modeling. The fuel pebble is thoroughly modeled by introducing unit cell modeling for the graphite matrix and the fuel kernels in the pebble. The core is then modeled by placing these pebbles randomly throughout the core, yet not loosing track of any one of them. For the burnup model, a cyclic manner is adopted by coupling the KENOV.a and ORIGEN-S modules. Shifting down one slice at each discrete time step, and inserting fresh fuel from the top, this cyclic calculation model continues until equilibrium burnup cycle is achieved. (author)
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Validation of criticality calculations using SCALA was performed using data presented in the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments. This paper contains the results of statistical analysis of discrepancies between calculated and benchmark-model keff and conclusions about uncertainties of criticality prediction for different types of multiplying systems following from this analysis. (authors)
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Fuel composition data for 8x8 UO2, Tsuruga MOX and 9x9-A type UO2 fuel assemblies irradiated in BWR plants were measured. Burnup values for measured fuels based on Nd-148 method were revaluated. In this report, Nd-148 fission yield and energy per fission obtained by burnup analyses for measured fuels were applied and fuel composition data for the measured fuel assemblies were revised. Furthermore, the adequacies of revaluated burnup values were verified through the comparison with burnup values calculated by the burnup analyses for the measured fuel assemblies. (author)
Optimum burnup of BAEC TRIGA research reactor
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Highlights: ► Optimum loading scheme for BAEC TRIGA core is out-to-in loading with 10 fuels/cycle starting with 5 for the first reload. ► The discharge burnup ranges from 17% to 24% of U235 per fuel element for full power (3 MW) operation. ► Optimum extension of operating core life is 100 MWD per reload cycle. - Abstract: The TRIGA Mark II research reactor of BAEC (Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission) has been operating since 1986 without any reshuffling or reloading yet. Optimum fuel burnup strategy has been investigated for the present BAEC TRIGA core, where three out-to-in loading schemes have been inspected in terms of core life extension, burnup economy and safety. In considering different schemes of fuel loading, optimization has been searched by only varying the number of fuels discharged and loaded. A cost function has been defined and evaluated based on the calculated core life and fuel load and discharge. The optimum loading scheme has been identified for the TRIGA core, the outside-to-inside fuel loading with ten fuels for each cycle starting with five fuels for the first reload. The discharge burnup has been found ranging from 17% to 24% of U235 per fuel element and optimum extension of core operating life is 100 MWD for each loading cycle. This study will contribute to the in-core fuel management of TRIGA reactor
SOURCE OF BURNUP VALUES FOR COMMERCIAL SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL ASSEMBLIES
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Waste packages are loaded with commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) that satisfies the minimum burnup requirements of a criticality loading curve. The burnup value assigned by the originating nuclear utility to each SNF assembly (assigned burnup) is used to load waste packages in compliance with a criticality loading curve. The burnup provided by a nuclear utility has uncertainties, so conservative calculation methods are used to characterize those uncertainties for incorporation into the criticality loading curves. Procedural safety controls ensure that the correct assembly is loaded into each waste package to prevent a misload that could create a condition affecting the safety margins. Probabilistic analyses show that procedural safety controls can minimize the chance of a misload but can not completely eliminate the possibility. Physical measurements of burnup with instrumentation in the surface facility are not necessary due to the conservative calculation methods used to produce the criticality loading curves. The reactor records assigned burnup of a commercial SNF assembly contains about two percent uncertainty, which is increased to five-percent to ensure conservatism. This five-percent uncertainty is accommodated by adjusting the criticality loading curve. Also, the record keeping methods of nuclear utilities are not uniform and the level of detail required by the NRC has varied over the last several decades. Thus, some SNF assemblies may have assigned burnups that are averages for a batch of assemblies with similar characteristics. Utilities typically have access to more detailed core-follow records that allow the batch average burnup to be changed to an assembly specific burnup. Alternatively, an additional safety margin is incorporated into the criticality loading curve to accommodate SNF assemblies with batch average burnups or greater uncertainties due to the methodology used by the nuclear utility. The utility records provide the assembly identifier
A burn-up module coupling to an AMPX system
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The Reactors and Neutrons Division of the Bariloche Atomic Center uses the AMPX system for the study of high conversion reactors (HCR). Such system allows to make neutronic calculations from the nuclear data library (ENDF/B-IV). The Nuclear Engineering career of the Balseiro Institute developed and implemented a burn-up module at a μ-cell level (BUM: Burn-up Module) which agrees with the requirement to be coupled to the AMPX system. (Author)
ZZ ECN-BUBEBO, ECN-Petten Burnup Benchmark Book, Inventories, Afterheat
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Description of program or function: Contains experimental benchmarks which can be used for the validation of burnup code systems and accompanied data libraries. Although the benchmarks presented here are thoroughly described in literature, it is in many cases not straightforward to retrieve unambiguously the correct input data and corresponding results from the benchmark Descriptions. Furthermore, results which can easily be measured, are sometimes difficult to calculate because of conversions to be made. Therefore, emphasis has been put to clarify the input of the benchmarks and to present the benchmark results in such a way that they can easily be calculated and compared. For more thorough Descriptions of the benchmarks themselves, the literature referred to here should be consulted. This benchmark book is divided in 11 chapters/files containing the following in text and tabular form: chapter 1: Introduction; chapter 2: Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark Phase 1-B; chapter 3: Yankee-Rowe Core V Fuel Inventory Study; chapter 4: H.B. Robinson Unit 2 Fuel Inventory Study; chapter 5: Turkey Point Unit 3 Fuel Inventory Study; chapter 6: Turkey Point Unit 3 Afterheat Power Study; chapter 7: Dickens Benchmark on Fission Product Energy Release of U-235; chapter 8: Dickens Benchmark on Fission Product Energy Release of Pu-239; chapter 9: Yarnell Benchmark on Decay Heat Measurements of U-233; chapter 10: Yarnell Benchmark on Decay Heat Measurements of U-235; chapter 11: Yarnell Benchmark on Decay Heat Measurements of Pu-239
A Burnup Analysis of PBMR-400MWth Reactor Core
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The purpose of this study is to analyze the burnup characteristics of 400MWth PBMR using Monte Carlo method. In the world, the deterministic method is widely used to model such that system but it still has a disadvantage which is not flexible in simulating the burnup cycle. Although this method applies some techniques to increase the accuracy of calculation results but it is necessary to model this system by a suitable computer code that can verify and validate the results of the deterministic method. A method which uses a Monte Carlo technique for simulating the burnup cycle was performed. A reactor physics computer code uses in this method is MONTEBURN 2.0 which accurately and efficiently computes the neutronic and material properties of the fuel cycle. MONTEBURN is a fully automated tool that links the MCNP Monte Carlo transport code with a radioactive decay and burnup code ORIGEN. In this model, the calculations are based on a detailed core modeling using MCNP. The fuel pebble is thoroughly modeled by introducing unit cell modeling for the graphite matrix and fuel kernels in the pebble. For the burnup model, a start-up core was studied with considering the movement of pebbles. By shifting down one layer at each discrete time step and inserting fresh fuel from the top, this cyclic calculation is continued until equilibrium burnup cycle is achieved. In this study, the time dependence of multiplication factor keff, the spatial dependence of flux profile, power distribution, burnup, and inventory of isotopes in the start up process are analyzed. The results will provide the basis data of the burnup process and be also utilized as the verified data to validate a compute code for PBMR core analysis which will be developed in near future
Sophistication of burnup analysis system for fast reactor
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Improvement on prediction accuracy for neutronics property of fast reactor cores is one of the most important study domains in terms of both achievement of high economical plant efficiency based on reasonably advanced designs and increased reliability and safety margins. In former study, considerable improvement on prediction accuracy in neutronics design has been achieved in the development of the unified constants library as a fruit of a series of critical experiments such as JUPITER in application of the reactor constant adjustments. For design of fast reactor cores, however, improvement of not only static properties but also burnup properties is very important. For such purpose, it is necessary to improve the prediction accuracy on burnup properties using actual burnup data of 'JOYO' and 'MONJU', experimental and prototype fast reactors. Recently, study on effective burnup method for minor actinides becomes important theme. However, there is a problem that analysis work tends to become inefficient for lack of functionality suitable for analysis of composition change due to burnup since the conventional analysis system is targeted to critical assembly systems. Therefore development of burnup analysis system for fast reactors with modularity and flexibility is being done that would contribute to actual core design work and improvement of prediction accuracy. In the previous research, we have developed a prototype system which has functions of performing core and burnup calculations using given constant files (PDS files) and information based on simple and easy user input data. It has also functions of fuel shuffling which is indispensable for production systems. In the present study, we implemented functions for cell calculations and burnup calculations. With this, whole steps in analysis can be carried out with only this system. In addition, we modified the specification of user input to improve the convenience of this system. Since implementations being done so
Prediction of fission gas release at high burn-up
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Reliable design of LWR fuel rods requires the fission gas release to be predicted as accurately as possible. Indeed that physical phenomenon governs both the fuel temperatures and the inner gas pressure. Fission gas release data have been reviewed by the NRC and it has been concluded that a fission gas release enhancement occurs at burn-up above 20 GWd/tM. To correct deficient fission gas release models which do not include burn-up dependence, the NRC developed an empirical correction method to describe burn-up enhancement effect. BELGONUCLEAIRE has developed its own fission gas release model which is utilized in licensing calculation through the COMETHE code. Fission gas release predictions at high burn-up are confronted to the experimental data as well as to the predictions of the NRC correlation. The physics of the fission gas release phenomenon is discussed
Burnup instabilities in the full-core HTR model simulation
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Highlights: • We performed full-core burnup calculation coupled with Monte Carlo code. • Depletion instabilities have been detected for HTR system at high burnup. • We assess the stability of time step models in application to core calculation. • Discussion of the modeling factors related to burnup core simulation is presented. - Abstract: The phenomenon of numerical instabilities present in the Monte Carlo burnup calculations has been shown and explained by many authors using models of LWR, often simplified. Some theoretical considerations about origins of oscillations are very general, however it may be difficult to apply it easily to other models as a prediction of stability. Physics of HTR core differs significantly from the properties of light water system and the reliable extrapolation of the current numerical results is not possible. Moreover, most of the works concerning HTR burnup calculations put no emphasis on the spatial stability of the simulation and apply very long time steps. The awareness in this field of research seems to be not sufficient. In this paper, we focus on the demonstration of depletion instabilities in the simulations of HTR core dedicated for deep burnup of plutonium and minor actinides. We apply various methodology of time step implemented in advanced Continuous Energy Monte Carlo burnup code MCB version 5. Stability analysis is very rare for the full core calculations and the awareness of the oscillation’s problem is obligatory for the reliable modeling of a fuel cycle. In the summary of this work we systematize and discuss factors related to the stability of depletion and review available solutions
Advanced Burnup Method using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
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Hilton, Bruce A. [Idaho Natonal Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States); Glagolenko, Irina; Giglio, Jeffrey J.; Cummings, Daniel G
2009-06-15
Nuclear fuel burnup is a key parameter used to assess irradiated fuel performance, to characterize the dependence of property changes due to irradiation, and to perform nuclear materials accountability. For advanced transmutation fuels and high burnup LWR fuels that have multiple fission sources, the existing Nd-148 ASTM burnup determination practice requires input of calculated fission fractions (identifying the specific fission source isotope and neutron energy that yielded fission, e.g., U-235 from thermal neutron, U-238 from fast neutron) from computational neutronics analysis in addition to the measured concentration of a single fission product isotope. We report a novel methodology of nuclear fuel burnup determination, which is completely independent of model predictions and reactor types. The proposed method leverages the capability of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantify multiple fission products and actinides and uses these data to develop a system of burnup equations whose solution is the fission fractions. The fission fractions are substituted back in the equations to determine burnup. This technique requires high fidelity fission yield data, which is not uniformly available for all fission products. We discuss different means that can potentially assist in indirect determination, verification and improvement (refinement) of the ambiguously known fission yields. A variety of irradiated fuel samples are characterized by ICP-MS and the results used to test the advanced burnup method. The samples include metallic alloy fuel irradiated in fast spectrum reactor (EBRII) and metallic alloy in a tailored spectrum and dispersion fuel in the thermal spectrum of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The derived fission fractions and measured burnups are compared with calculated values predicted by neutronics models. (authors)
Advanced Burnup Method using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
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Nuclear fuel burnup is a key parameter used to assess irradiated fuel performance, to characterize the dependence of property changes due to irradiation, and to perform nuclear materials accountability. For advanced transmutation fuels and high burnup LWR fuels that have multiple fission sources, the existing Nd-148 ASTM burnup determination practice requires input of calculated fission fractions (identifying the specific fission source isotope and neutron energy that yielded fission, e.g., U-235 from thermal neutron, U-238 from fast neutron) from computational neutronics analysis in addition to the measured concentration of a single fission product isotope. We report a novel methodology of nuclear fuel burnup determination, which is completely independent of model predictions and reactor types. The proposed method leverages the capability of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantify multiple fission products and actinides and uses these data to develop a system of burnup equations whose solution is the fission fractions. The fission fractions are substituted back in the equations to determine burnup. This technique requires high fidelity fission yield data, which is not uniformly available for all fission products. We discuss different means that can potentially assist in indirect determination, verification and improvement (refinement) of the ambiguously known fission yields. A variety of irradiated fuel samples are characterized by ICP-MS and the results used to test the advanced burnup method. The samples include metallic alloy fuel irradiated in fast spectrum reactor (EBRII) and metallic alloy in a tailored spectrum and dispersion fuel in the thermal spectrum of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The derived fission fractions and measured burnups are compared with calculated values predicted by neutronics models. (authors)
Increased burnup of fuel elements
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The specialists' group for fuel elements of the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V. held a meeting on ''Increased Burnup of Fuel Elements'' on 9th and 10th of November 1982 at the GKSS Research Center Geesthacht. Most papers dealt with the problems of burnup increase of fuel elements for light water reactors with respect to fuel manufacturing, power plant operation and reprocessing. Review papers were given on the burnup limits for high temperature gas cooled reactors and sodium fast breeder reactors. The meeting ended with a presentation of the technical equipment of the hot laboratory of the GKSS and the programs which are in progress there. (orig.)
1D Burnup Calculation of Fusion-Fission Hybrid Energy Reactor%聚变-裂变混合能源堆一维计算模型燃耗分析
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李茂生; 师学明; 伊炜伟
2012-01-01
Fusion-fission hybrid energy reactor is driven by Tokamak fusion source for energy production. Its subcritical zone uses the natural uranium as fuel and water as coolant. The neutron multiplication constant keff, energy multiplication factor M and tritium breeding ratio TBR of the ID hybrid energy reactor model were calculated by transport burnup code MCORGS. The neutron spectrum and nuclear density changing as a function of time show the characteristics of the hybrid energy reactors, which differs from the hybrid reactor for breed nuclear fuel and for spent fuel transmutation. The definition and results may be a reference to the other conceptual analysis.%聚变-裂变混合能源堆包括聚变中子源和以天然铀为燃料、水为冷却剂的次临界包层,主要目标是生产电力.利用输运燃耗耦合程序系统MCORGS计算了混合能源堆一维模型的燃耗,给出了中子有效增殖因数keff、能量放大倍数M、氚增殖比TBR等物理量随时间的变化.通过分析能谱和重要核素随燃耗时间的变化,说明混合能源堆与核燃料增殖、核废料嬗变混合堆的不同特点.本文给出的结果可作为混合堆中子输运、燃耗分析程序校验的参考数据,为混合堆概念研究提供了基础数据.
High burnup experience in PWRs
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The purpose of this paper is to summarize the high burnup experience of Westinghouse PWR fuel. The emphasis is on two regions of commercial PWR fuel that attained region average burnups greater than 36,000 MWD/MTU. One region operated under load follow conditions. The other region operated at base load conditions with a high average linear heat rating. Coolant activity data and post irradiation data were obtained. The post-irradiation data consisted of visual examinations, crud sampling, rod-to-rod dimensional changes, fuel column length changes, rod and assembly growth, assembly bow, fuel rod profilometry, grid spring relaxation, and fuel assembly sipping tests. The data showed that the fuel operated reliably to this burnup. Plans for irradiation to higher burnups are also discussed
Establishing a PWR burn-up library
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Starting out from data file ENDF/B IV /1/, a cross-section library has been established for the calculation of operating conditions in pressurized water reactors of the type used in BIBLIS B. The library includes macroscopic, homogenized 2-group cross-sections for all types of fuel elements used in this reactor, including those equipped with boron glass rods. For their calculation the previous irradiation of the fuel has been taken into consideration by approximation. Information on fuel consumption from cell burn-up calculations has been stored in a separate data file. It was designed as a base for the determination of cross sections to be used in the calculation of the incident ''main-steam pipe fracture''. For this library the description of cross sections as a function of the moderator status chose the water densities at 3000C/155 bar, 1900C/140 bar and 1000C/100 bar as fixed values. The burn-up library has been tested by a three-dimensional calculation for the 1sup(st) cycle of the BIBLIS B-reactor using program QUABOX /2/. This showed variances with the anticipated course concerning critically, which can be explained almost quantitatively by known deficiencies of the ENDF/b-IV library. (orig.)
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The prediction of fission products and the impact of their uncertainties to different safety-related spent fuel applications (burn-up credit, decay heat generation, radiological safety, waste management, burn-up prediction) are required for the evaluation of spent fuel system designs and safety analysis options. One of the nuclear data needs to this prediction is the independent fission yields. The mostly used general-purpose evaluated nuclear data libraries provide these data including their uncertainties as standard deviation, with no-correlation between fission yields. However, new developments in the theory and measurements of fission product yields are expected to result in new evaluated files in the next coming years. These files will include considerably more accurate yields including neutron energy dependence combined with new covariance information allowing realistic uncertainty estimates. In this paper, we focused on the effect of fission yield covariance information on criticality and depletion calculations. A LWR pin-cell burn-up benchmark, proposed in the general framework of the OECD/UAM Benchmark is analyzed to address the impact of independent fission yield uncertainties. Calculations were performed with the SCALE6 system and the ENDF/B-VII.1 fission yield data library, adding covariance data obtained from including covariance info of mass yields. Results are compared with those obtained with the uncertainty data currently provided by ENDF/B-VII.1. The uncertainty quantification is performed with a Monte Carlo sampling and then compared with linear perturbation. (author)
Effect of fuel burnup history on neutronic characteristics of WWER-1000 core
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The paper analyzes fuel burnup history effect on neutronic characteristics of WWER-1000 core with use of the DYN3D codes. The DYN3D code employs the local Pu-239 concentration as an indicator of burnup spectral history. The calculations have been performed for the first four fuel loadings of Khmelnitsky NPP unit 2 and stationary fuel loading with TVSA. The effect of fuel burnup history is shown both on macro-characteristics on the reactor core and on local values of burnup and power
Fuel burnup analysis for the Moroccan TRIGA research reactor
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Highlights: ► A fuel burnup analysis of the 2 MW TRIGA MARK II Moroccan research reactor was established. ► Burnup calculations were done by means of the in-house developed burnup code BUCAL1. ► BUCAL1 uses the MCNP tallies directly in the calculation of the isotopic inventories. ► The reactor life time was found to be 3360 MW h considering full power operating conditions. ► Power factors and fluxes of the in-core irradiation positions are strongly affected by burnup. -- Abstract: The fundamental advantage and main reason to use Monte Carlo methods for burnup calculations is the possibility to generate extremely accurate burnup dependent one group cross-sections and neutron fluxes for arbitrary core and fuel geometries. Yet, a set of values determined for a material at a given position and time remains accurate only in a local region, in which neutron spectrum and flux vary weakly — and only for a limited period of time, during which changes of the local isotopic composition are minor. This paper presents the approach of fuel burnup evaluation used at the Moroccan TRIGA MARK II research reactor. The approach is essentially based upon the utilization of BUCAL1, an in-house developed burnup code. BUCAL1 is a FORTRAN computer code designed to aid in analysis, prediction, and optimization of fuel burnup performance in nuclear reactors. The code was developed to incorporate the neutron absorption reaction tally information generated directly by MCNP5 code in the calculation of fissioned or neutron-transmuted isotopes for multi-fueled regions. The fuel cycle length and changes in several core parameters such as: core excess reactivity, control rods position, fluxes at the irradiation positions, axial and radial power factors and other parameters are estimated. Besides, this study gives valuable insight into the behavior of the reactor and will ensure better utilization and operation of the reactor during its life-time and it will allow the establishment of
Methods used in burn-up determination of the irradiated fuel rods at TRIGA reactor
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A short presentation of the methods used at INR TRIGA reactor for the burn-up determination is given together with some considerations on ORIGEN 2 computer code used for calculating fission products activities and nuclide concentration. Burn-up is determined by gamma spectroscopy and thermal power monitoring. (Author)
Applications of ''candle'' burn-up strategy to several reactors
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The new burn-up strategy CANDLE is proposed, and the calculation procedure for its equilibrium state is presented. Using this strategy, the power shape does not change as time passes, and the excess reactivity and reactivity coefficient are constant during burn-up. No control mechanism for the burn-up reactivity is required, and power control is very easy. The reactor lifetime can be prolonged by elongating the core height. This burn-up strategy can be applied to several kinds of reactors whose maximum neutron multiplication factor changes from less than unity to more than unity, and then to less than unity. In the present paper it is applied to some fast reactors, thus requiring some fissile material such as plutonium for the nuclear ignition region of the core, but only natural uranium is required for the other region of the initial reactor and for succeeding reactors. The drift speed of the burning region for this reactor is about 4 cm/year, which is a preferable value for designing a long-life reactor. The average burn-up of the spent fuel is about 40%; that is, equivalent to 40% utilisation of the natural uranium without the reprocessing and enrichment. (author)
Power excursion analysis for BWR`s at high burnup
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Diamond, D.J.; Neymoith, L.; Kohut, P. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)
1996-03-01
A study has been undertaken to determine the fuel enthalpy during a rod drop accident and during two thermal-hydraulic transients. The objective was to understand the consequences to high burnup fuel and the sources of uncertainty in the calculations. The analysis was done with RAMONA-4B, a computer code that models the neutron kinetics throughout the core along with the thermal-hydraulics in the core, vessel, and steamline. The results showed that the maximum fuel enthalpy in high burnup fuel will be affected by core design, initial conditions, and modeling assumptions. The important parameters in each of these categories are discussed in the paper.
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Effective fission source acceleration method in criticality safety analysis for a realistic spent fuel transport cask. Various axial burnup profiles from almost symmetry to strong asymmetry based on in-core flux measurements are proposed in the OECD/NEA Phase II-C burnup credit benchmark problem. In some cases, calculations by ordinary Monte Carlo method show very slow convergence of fission source distribution, and unacceptably large skipped cycles are needed to obtain a reliable fission source distribution for statistic criticality estimation. The matrix eigenvector calculation developed and incorporated in the ordinary Monte Carlo calculation to accelerate the slow fission source convergence is applied to the benchmark. The efficiency of acceleration by the matrix eigenvector calculation depends on the precision of fission matrix elements. In a certain stage of source iteration with acceleration repetition of fission source distribution, especially for this benchmark problem of very slow convergence, more acceleration repetitions cause anomalous results because of large statistic fluctuations of the estimation of fission matrix elements for regions with very low source levels. Here, we propose a new source acceleration method to detail with the slow convergence with less calculation time by modeling the division of fissile fuel region. (author)
The Fork+ burnup measurement system: Design and first measurement campaign
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Previous work with the original Fork detector showed that burnup as determined by reactor records could be accurately allocated to spent nuclear fuel assemblies. The original Fork detector, designed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, used an ion chamber to measure gross gamma count and a fission chamber to measure neutrons from an activation source, 244Cm. In its review of the draft Topical Report on Burnup Credit, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicated it felt uncomfortable with a measurement system that depended on reactor records for calibration. The Fork+ system was developed at Sandia National Laboratories under the sponsorship of the Electric Power Research Institute with the aim of providing this independent measurement capability. The initial Fork+ prototype was used in a measurement campaign at the Maine Yankee reactor. The campaign confirmed the applicability of the sensor approach in the Fork+ system and the efficiency of the hand-portable Fork+ prototype in making fuel assembly measurements. It also indicated potential design modifications that will be necessary before the Fork+ can be used effectively on high-burnup spent fuel
Analysis on burnup step effect for evaluating reactor criticality and fuel breeding ratio
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Criticality condition of the reactors is one of the important factors for evaluating reactor operation and nuclear fuel breeding ratio is another factor to show nuclear fuel sustainability. This study analyzes the effect of burnup steps and cycle operation step for evaluating the criticality condition of the reactor as well as the performance of nuclear fuel breeding or breeding ratio (BR). Burnup step is performed based on a day step analysis which is varied from 10 days up to 800 days and for cycle operation from 1 cycle up to 8 cycles reactor operations. In addition, calculation efficiency based on the variation of computer processors to run the analysis in term of time (time efficiency in the calculation) have been also investigated. Optimization method for reactor design analysis which is used a large fast breeder reactor type as a reference case was performed by adopting an established reactor design code of JOINT-FR. The results show a criticality condition becomes higher for smaller burnup step (day) and for breeding ratio becomes less for smaller burnup step (day). Some nuclides contribute to make better criticality when smaller burnup step due to individul nuclide half-live. Calculation time for different burnup step shows a correlation with the time consuming requirement for more details step calculation, although the consuming time is not directly equivalent with the how many time the burnup time step is divided
Power excursion analysis for high burnup cores
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A study was undertaken of power excursions in high burnup cores. There were three objectives in this study. One was to identify boiling water reactor (BWR) and pressurized water reactor (PWR) transients in which there is significant energy deposition in the fuel. Another was to analyze the response of BWRs to the rod drop accident (RDA) and other transients in which there is a power excursion. The last objective was to investigate the sources of uncertainty in the RDA analysis. In a boiling water reactor, the events identified as having significant energy deposition in the fuel were a rod drop accident, a recirculation flow control failure, and the overpressure events; in a pressurized water reactor, they were a rod ejection accident and boron dilution events. The RDA analysis was done with RAMONA-4B, a computer code that models the space- dependent neutron kinetics throughout the core along with the thermal hydraulics in the core, vessel, and steamline. The results showed that the calculated maximum fuel enthalpy in high burnup fuel will be affected by core design, initial conditions, and modeling assumptions. The important uncertainties in each of these categories are discussed in the report
Determination of research reactor fuel burnup
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This report was prepared by a Consultants Group which met during 12-15 June 1989 at the Jozef Stefan Institute, Yugoslavia, and during 11-13 July 1990 at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with subsequent contributions from the Consultants. The report is intended to provide information to research reactor operators and managers on the different, most commonly used methods of determining research reactor fuel burnup: 1) reactor physics calculations, 2) measurement of reactivity effects, and 3) gamma ray spectrometry. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed. References are provided to assist the reactor operator planning to establish a programme for burnup determination of fuel. Destructive techniques are not included since such techniques are expensive, time consuming, and not normally performed by the reactor operators. In this report, TRIGA fuel elements are used in most examples to describe the methods. The same techniques however can be used for research reactors which use different types of fuel elements. 22 refs, 13 figs, 2 tabs
RAPID program to predict radial power and burnup distribution of UO{sub 2} fuel
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Lee, Chan Bock; Song, Jae Sung; Bang, Je Gun; Kim, Dae Ho [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)
1999-02-01
Due to the radial variation of the neutron flux and its energy spectrum inside UO{sub 2} fuel, the fission density and fissile isotope production rates are varied radially in the pellet, and it becomes necessary to know the accurate radial power and burnup variation to predict the high burnup fuel behavior such as rim effects. Therefore, to predict the radial distribution of power, burnup and fissionable nuclide densities in the pellet with the burnup and U-235 enrichment, RAPID(RAdial power and burnup Prediction by following fissile Isotope Distribution in the pellet) program was developed. It considers the specific radial variation of the neutron reaction of the nuclides while the constant radial variation of neutron reaction except neutron absorption of U-238 regardless of the nuclides, the burnup and U-235 enrichment is assumed in TUBRNP model which is recognized as the one of the most reliable models. Therefore, it is expected that RAPID may be more accurate than TUBRNP, specially at high burnup region. RAPID is based upon and validated by the detailed reactor physics code, HELIOS which is one of few codes that can calculates the radial variations of the nuclides inside the pellet. Comparison of RAPID prediction with the measured data of the irradiated fuels showed very good agreement. RAPID can be used to calculate the local variations of the fissionable nuclide concentrations as well as the local power and burnup inside that pellet as a function of the burnup up to 10 w/o U-235 enrichment and 150 MWD/kgU burnup under the LWR environment. (author). 8 refs., 50 figs., 1 tab.
Extension of the TRANSURANUS burn-up model
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The validation range of the model in the TRANSURANUS fuel performance code for calculating the radial power density and burn-up in UO2 fuel has been extended from 64 MWd/kgHM up to 102 MWd/kgHM, thereby improving also its precision. In addition, the first verification of calculations with post-irradiation examination data is reported for LWR-MOX fuel with a rod average burn-up up to 45 MWd/kgHM. The extension covers the inclusion of new isotopes in order to account for the production of 238Pu. The corresponding one-group cross-sections used in the equations rely on results obtained with ALEPH, a new Monte Carlo burn-up code. The experimental verification is based on electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and on secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) as well as radiochemical data of fuel irradiated in commercial power plants. The deviations are quantified in terms of frequency distributions of the relative errors. The relative errors on the burn-up distributions in both fuel types remain below 12%, corresponding to the experimental scatter
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Burnup calculation for fuel assemblies are made for simulation of a fuel cycle checking the following experimental data: power curve; absorber rods position during the cycle; temperature of cooling water on the active area input; cooling water consumption and boric acid concentration. The burnup is calculated for ten areas along the fuel assembly. The method for the burnup checking is presented
Measurement techniques for verifying burnup
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Ewing, R.I. (Sandia National Lab., Albuquerque, NM (US)); Bierman, S.R. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (US))
1992-05-01
Measurements of the nuclear radiation from spent reactor fuel are being considered to qualify assemblies for loading into casks that will be used to transport spent fuel from utility sites to a federal storage facility. To ensure nuclear criticality safety, the casks are being designed to accept assemblies that meet restrictions as to burnup, initial enrichment and cooling time. This paper reports that measurements could be used to ensure that only fuel assemblies that meet the restrictions are selected for loading.
Measurement techniques for verifying burnup
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Measurements of the nuclear radiation from spent reactor fuel are being considered to qualify assemblies for loading into casks that will be used to transport spent fuel from utility sites to a federal storage facility. To ensure nuclear criticality safety, the casks are being designed to accept assemblies that meet restrictions as to burnup, initial enrichment and cooling time. This paper reports that measurements could be used to ensure that only fuel assemblies that meet the restrictions are selected for loading
Gross Gamma Dose Rate Measurements for TRIGA Spent Nuclear Fuel Burnup Validation
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Gross gamma-ray dose rates from six spent TRIGA fuel elements were measured and compared to calculated values as a means to validate the reported element burnups. A newly installed and functional gamma-ray detection subsystem of the In-Cell Examination System was used to perform the measurements and is described in some detail. The analytical methodology used to calculate the corresponding dose rates is presented along with the calculated values. Comparison of the measured and calculated dose rates for the TRIGA fuel elements indicates good agreement (less than a factor of 2 difference). The intent of the subsystem is to measure the gross gamma dose rate and correlate the measurement to a calculated dose rate based on the element s known burnup and other pertinent spent fuel information. Although validation of the TRIGA elements' burnup is of primary concern in this paper, the measurement and calculational techniques can be used to either validate an element's reported burnup or provide a burnup estimate for an element with an unknown burnup. (authors)
HAMCIND, Cell Burnup with Fission Products Poisoning
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1 - Description of program or function: HAMCIND is a cell burnup code based in a coupling between HAMMER-TECHNION and CINDER. The fission product poisoning is taken into account in an explicit fashion. 2 - Method of solution: The nonlinear coupled set of equations for the neutron transport and nuclide transmutation equations and nuclide transmutation equations in a unit cell is solved by HAMCIND in a quasi-static approach. The spectral transport equation is solved by HAMMER-TECHNION at the beginning of each time-step while the nuclide transmutation equations are solved by CINDER for every time-step. The HAMMER-TECHNION spectral calculations are performed taking into account the fission product contribution to the macroscopic cross sections (fast and thermal), in the inelastic scattering matrix and even in the thermal scattering matrices. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Restrictions and/or limitations for HAMCIND depend upon the local operating system
Development of burnup analysis system for fast reactor (3) (Contract research)
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Improvement of the prediction accuracy for neutronics property of fast reactor cores is one of the most important study domains in terms of both achievement of high economical plant efficiency based on reasonably advanced designs and increased reliability and safety margins. In the previous study, considerable improvement of the prediction accuracy in neutronics design has been achieved in the development of the unified constants library as a fruit of a series of critical experiments such as JUPITER in application of the reactor constant adjustments. For design of fast reactor cores, however, improvement of not only static properties but also burnup properties is very important. For such purposes, it is necessary to improve the prediction accuracy of burnup properties using actual burnup data of 'JOYO' and 'MONJU', experimental and prototype fast reactors. Recently, study on effective burnup method for minor actinides becomes important theme. However, there is a problem that analysis work tends to become inefficient for lack of functionality suitable for analysis of composition change due to burnup since the conventional analysis system is targeted to critical assembly systems. Therefore development of burnup analysis system for fast reactors with modularity and flexibility is being done that would contribute to actual core design work and improvement of the prediction accuracy. In the previous study on 'Development of Burnup Analysis System for Fast Reactors (2)' in FY2006, design and implementation of models for detailed geometry of assembly, fuel loading pattern and so on, accompanied with specification and implementation of input file handling to construct data models. In the present study, a prototype system has been implemented in which functionalities are embedded for calculation of macroscopic cross section, core calculation and burnup calculation applying the fruits of the study 'Development of a Framework for the Neutronics Analysis System for Next
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Highlights: • We discuss physical mechanisms for burnup actinide compositions in LWR’s MOX fuel. • Mechanisms of 244Cm and 238Pu productions are analyzed in detail with sensitivity. • We can evaluate the indirect effect on actinide productions by nuclear reactions. • Burnup sensitivity is applied to uncertainty evaluation of nuclide production. • Actinides can be categorized into patterns according to a burnup sensitivity trend. - Abstract: In designing radioactive waste management and decommissioning facilities, understanding the physical mechanisms for burnup actinide composition is indispensable to satisfy requirements for its validity and reliability. Therefore, the uncertainty associated with physical quantities, such as nuclear data, needs to be quantitatively analyzed. The present paper illustrates an analysis methodology to investigate the physical mechanisms of burnup actinide composition with nuclear-data sensitivity based on the generalized depletion perturbation theory. The target in this paper is the MOX fuel of the light water reactor. We start with the discussion of the basic physical mechanisms for burnup actinide compositions using the reaction-rate flow chart on the burnup chain. After that, the physical mechanisms of the productions of Cm-244 and Pu-238 are analyzed in detail with burnup sensitivity calculation. Conclusively, we can identify the source of actinide productions and evaluate the indirect influence of the nuclear reactions if the physical mechanisms of burnup actinide composition are analyzed using the reaction-rate flow chart on the burnup chain and burnup sensitivity calculation. Finally, we demonstrate the usefulness of the burnup sensitivity coefficients in an application to determine the priority of accuracy improvement in nuclear data in combination with the covariance of the nuclear data. In addition, the target actinides and reactions are categorized into patterns according to a sensitivity trend
Impact of axial burnup profile on criticality safety of ANPP spent fuel cask
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Criticality safety assessment for WWER-440 NUHOMS cask with spent nuclear fuel from Armenian NPP has been performed. The cask was designed in such way that the neutron multiplication factor keff must be below 0,95 for all operational modes and accident conditions. Usually for criticality analysis, fresh fuel approach with the highest enrichment is taken as conservative assumption as it was done for ANPP. NRSC ANRA in order to improve future fuel storage efficiency initiated research with taking into account burn up credit in the criticality safety assessment. Axial burn up profile (end effect) has essential impact on criticality safety justification analysis. However this phenomenon was not taken into account in the Safety Analysis Report of NUHOMS spent fuel storage constructed on the site of ANPP. Although ANRA does not yet accept burn up credit approach for ANPP spent fuel storage, assessment of impact of axial burnup profile on criticality of spent fuel assemblies has important value for future activities of ANRA. This paper presents results of criticality calculations of spent fuel assemblies with axial burn up profile. Horizontal burn up profile isn't taken account since influence of the horizontal variation of the burn up is much less than the axial variation. The actinides and actinides + fission products approach are discussed. The calculations were carried out with STARBUCS module of SCALE 5.0 code package developed at Oak Ridge National laboratory. SCALE5.0 sequence CSAS26 (KENO-VI) was used for evaluation the keff for 3-D problems. Obtained results showed that criticality of ANPP spent fuel cask is very sensitive to the end effect
Ultrasonic measurement of high burn-up fuel elastic properties
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The ultrasonic method developed for the evaluation of high burn-up fuel elastic properties is presented hereafter. The objective of the method is to provide data for fuel thermo-mechanical calculation codes in order to improve industrial nuclear fuel and materials or to design new reactor components. The need for data is especially crucial for high burn-up fuel modelling for which the fuel mechanical properties are essential and for which a wide range of experiments in MTR reactors and high burn-up commercial reactor fuel examinations have been included in programmes worldwide. To contribute to the acquisition of this knowledge the LAIN activity is developing in two directions. First one is development of an ultrasonic focused technique adapted to active materials study. This technique was used few years ago in the EdF laboratory in Chinon to assess the ageing of materials under irradiation. It is now used in a hot cell at ITU Karlsruhe to determine the elastic moduli of high burnup fuels from 0 to 110 GWd/tU. Some of this work is presented here. The second on going programme is related to the qualification of acoustic sensors in nuclear environments, which is of a great interest for all the methods, which work, in a hostile nuclear environment
Burn-up measurement of irradiated rock-like fuels
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In order to obtain burn-up data of plutonium rock-like (ROX) fuels irradiated at JRR-3M in JAERI, destructive chemical analysis of zirconia or thoria system ROX fuels was performed after development of a new dissolution method. The dissolution method and procedure have been established using simulated ROX fuel, which is applicable to the hot-cell handling. Specimens for destructive chemical analysis were obtained by applying the present method to irradiated ROX fuels in a hot-cell. Isotopic ratios of neodymium and plutonium were determined by mass-spectrometry using the isotope dilution procedure. Burn-up of the irradiated ROX fuels was calculated by the 148Nd procedure using measured data. The burn-ups of thoria and zirconia system fuels that irradiated same location in the capsule showed almost same values. For the ROX fuel containing thorium, 233U was also determined by the same techniques in order to evaluate the effect of burn-up of thorium. As the result, it was found that the fission of 233U was below 1% of total fission number and could be negligible. In addition, americium and curium were determined by alpha-spectrometry. These data, together with isotopic ratio of plutonium, are important data to analyze the irradiation behavior of plutonium. (author)
Burnup measurements on spent fuel elements of the RP-10 research reactor
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Vela Mora, Mariano; Gallardo Padilla, Alberto; Palomino, Jose Luis Castro, E-mail: mvela@ipen.gob.p [Instituto Peruano de Energia Nuclear (IPEN/Peru), Lima (Peru). Grupo de Calculo, Analisis y Seguridad de Reactores; Terremoto, Luis Antonio Albiac, E-mail: laaterre@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)
2011-07-01
This work describes the measurement, using nondestructive gamma-ray spectroscopy, of the average burnup attained by Material Testing Reactor (MTR) fuel elements irradiated in the RP-10 research reactor. Measurements were performed at the reactor storage pool area using {sup 137}Cs as the only burnup monitor, even for spent fuel elements with cooling times much shorter than two years. The experimental apparatus was previously calibrated in efficiency to obtain absolute average burnup values, which were compared against corresponding ones furnished by reactor physics calculations. The mean deviation between both values amounts to 6%. (author)
Development of a Burnup Program based on the Krylov Subspace Method
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The depletion calculation of the DeCART code has been performed by the support of the ORIGEN code. Recently, a burnup program based on the Krylov subspace method is developed and implemented to the DeCART code. Numerical solution for the burnup equation by the Krylov subspace method is well described. Therefore, this paper describes the Krylov subspace method for a burnup equation briefly in Section 2, and focuses on the DeCART solution for a pin cell problem by comparing it with the HELIOS solution
Development of a Burnup Program based on the Krylov Subspace Method
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Cho, Jin-Young; Shim, Hyung-Jin; Kim, Kang-Seog; Song, Jae-Seung; Lee, Chung-Chan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)
2007-10-15
The depletion calculation of the DeCART code has been performed by the support of the ORIGEN code. Recently, a burnup program based on the Krylov subspace method is developed and implemented to the DeCART code. Numerical solution for the burnup equation by the Krylov subspace method is well described. Therefore, this paper describes the Krylov subspace method for a burnup equation briefly in Section 2, and focuses on the DeCART solution for a pin cell problem by comparing it with the HELIOS solution.
OREST, LWR Burnup Simulation Using Program HAMMER and ORIGEN
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1 - Description of program or function: In OREST, the 1-dimensional lattice code HAMMER and the isotope generation and depletion code ORIGEN are directly coupled for burnup simulation in light-water reactor fuels (GRS recommended). Additionally heavy water and graphite moderated systems can be calculated. New version differs from the previous version in the following features: An 84-group-library LIB84 for up to 200 isotopes is used to update the 3-group -POISON-XS. LIB84 uses the same energy boundaries as THERMOS and HAMLET in . In this way, high flexibility is achieved in very different reactor models. The coupling factor between THERMOS and HAMLET is now directly transferred from HAMMER to THERES and omits the equation 4 (see page 6 of the manual). Sandwich-reactor fuel reactivity and burnup calculations can be started with NGEOM = 1. Thorium graphite reactivity and burnup calculations can be started with NLIBE = 1. High enriched U-235 heavy water moderated reactivity and burnup calculations can be started. HAMLET libraries in for U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-243 and Zirconium are updated using resonance parameters. NEA-1324/04: A new version of the module hamme97.f has replaced the old one. 2 - Method of solution: For the user-defined irradiation history, an input data processor generates program loops over small burnup steps for the main codes HAMMER and ORIGEN. The user defined assembly description is transformed to an equivalent HAMMER fuel cell. HAMMER solves the integral neutron transport equation in a four-region cylindrical or sandwiched model with reflecting boundaries and runs with fuel power calculated rod temperatures. ORIGEN runs with HAMMER-calculated cross sections and neutron spectra and calculates isotope concentrations during burnup by solving the buildup-, depletion- and decay-chain equations. An output data processor samples the outputs of the program modules and generates tabular works for the
Burnup analysis of the VVER-1000 reactor using thorium-based fuel
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Korkmaz, Mehmet E.; Agar, Osman; Bueyueker, Eylem [Karamanoglu Mehmetbey Univ., Karaman (Turkey). Faculty of Kamil Ozdag Science
2014-12-15
This paper aims to investigate {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U fuel cycles in a VVER-1000 reactor through calculation by computer. The 3D core geometry of VVER-1000 system was designed using the Serpent Monte Carlo 1.1.19 Code. The Serpent Code using parallel programming interface (Message Passing Interface-MPI), was run on a workstation with 12-core and 48 GB RAM. {sup 232}Th/{sup 235}U/{sup 238}U oxide mixture was considered as fuel in the core, when the mass fraction of {sup 232}Th was increased as 0.05-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.4 respectively, the mass fraction of {sup 238}U equally was decreased. In the system, the calculations were made for 3 000 MW thermal power. For the burnup analyses, the core is assumed to deplete from initial fresh core up to a burnup of 16 MWd/kgU without refuelling considerations. In the burnup calculations, a burnup interval of 360 effective full power days (EFPDs) was defined. According to burnup, the mass changes of the {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 241}Am and {sup 244}Cm were evaluated, and also flux and criticality of the system were calculated in dependence of the burnup rate.
Burnup analysis of the VVER-1000 reactor using thorium-based fuel
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This paper aims to investigate 232Th/233U fuel cycles in a VVER-1000 reactor through calculation by computer. The 3D core geometry of VVER-1000 system was designed using the Serpent Monte Carlo 1.1.19 Code. The Serpent Code using parallel programming interface (Message Passing Interface-MPI), was run on a workstation with 12-core and 48 GB RAM. 232Th/235U/238U oxide mixture was considered as fuel in the core, when the mass fraction of 232Th was increased as 0.05-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.4 respectively, the mass fraction of 238U equally was decreased. In the system, the calculations were made for 3 000 MW thermal power. For the burnup analyses, the core is assumed to deplete from initial fresh core up to a burnup of 16 MWd/kgU without refuelling considerations. In the burnup calculations, a burnup interval of 360 effective full power days (EFPDs) was defined. According to burnup, the mass changes of the 232Th, 233U, 238U, 237Np, 239Pu, 241Am and 244Cm were evaluated, and also flux and criticality of the system were calculated in dependence of the burnup rate.
Benchmark data for validating irradiated fuel compositions used in criticality calculations
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To establish criticality safety margins utilizing burnup credit in the storage and transport of spent reactor fuels requires a knowledge of the uncertainty in the calculated fuel composition used in making the reactivity assessment. To provide data for validating such calculated burnup fuel compositions, radiochemical assays have been obtained as part of the United States Department of Energy From-Reactor Cask Development Program. Assay results and associated operating histories on the initial three samples analyzed in this effort are presented. The three samples were taken from different axial regions of a Pressurized Water Reactor fuel rod and represent radiation exposures of about 37, 27, and 44 GWd/MTU. The data are presented in a benchmark type format to facilitate identification/referencing and computer code input
M. H. Altaf; N.H. Badrun
2014-01-01
Burnup dependent steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of TRIGA Mark-II research reactor has been carried out utilizing coupled point kinetics, neutronics and thermal hydraulics code EUREKA-2/RR. From the previous calculations of neutronics parameters including percentage burnup of individual fuel elements performed so far for 700 MWD burnt core of TRIGA reactor showed that the fuel rod predicted as hottest at the beginning of cycle (fresh core) was found to remain as the hottest until 200 ...
Dependence of control rod worth on fuel burnup
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Savva, P., E-mail: savvapan@ipta.demokritos.g [NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , PoB 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); Varvayanni, M., E-mail: melina@ipta.demokritos.g [NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , PoB 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); Catsaros, N., E-mail: nicos@ipta.demokritos.g [NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , PoB 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi (Greece)
2011-02-15
Research highlights: Diffusion and MC calculations for rod worth dependence on burnup and Xe in reactors. One-step rod withdrawal/insertion are used for rod worth estimation. The study showed that when Xe is present the rods worth is significantly reduced. Rod worth variation with burnup depends on rod position in core. Rod worth obtained with MC code is higher than that obtained from deterministic. - Abstract: One important parameter in the design and the analysis of a nuclear reactor core is the reactivity worth of the control rods, i.e. their efficiency to absorb excess reactivity. The control rod worth is affected by parameters such as the fuel burnup in the rod vicinity, the Xe concentration in the core, the operational time of the rod and its position in the core. In the present work, two different computational approaches, a deterministic and a stochastic one, were used for the determination of the rods worth dependence on the fuel burnup level and the Xe concentration level in a conceptual, symmetric reactor core, based on the MTR fuel assemblies used in the Greek Research Reactor (GRR-1). For the deterministic approach the neutronics code system composed by the SCALE modules NITAWL and XSDRN and the diffusion code CITATION was used, while for the stochastic one the Monte Carlo code TRIPOLI was applied. The study showed that when Xe is present in the core, the rods worth is significantly reduced, while the rod worth variation with increasing burnup depends on the rods position in the core grid. The rod worth obtained with the use of the Monte Carlo code is higher than the one obtained from the deterministic code.
Sophistication of burnup analysis system for fast reactor (2)
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Improvement on prediction accuracy for neutronics characteristics of fast reactor cores is one of the most important study domains in terms of both achievement of high economical plant efficiency based on reasonably advanced designs and increased reliability and safety margins. In former study, considerable improvement on prediction accuracy in neutronics design has been achieved in the development of the unified cross-section set as a fruit of a series of critical experiments such as JUPITER in application of the reactor constant adjustments. For design of fast reactor cores improvement of not only static characteristics but also burnup characteristics is very important. For such purpose, it is necessary to improve the prediction accuracy on burnup characteristics using actual burnup data of 'JOYO' and 'MONJU', experimental and prototype fast reactors. Recently, study on effective burnup method for minor actinides becomes important theme. However, there is a problem that analysis work tends to become inefficient for lack of functionality suitable for analysis of composition change due to burnup since the conventional analysis system is targeted to critical assembly systems. Therefore development of burnup analysis system for fast reactors with modularity and flexibility is being done that would contribute to actual core design work and improvement of prediction accuracy. In the previous study, we have developed a prototype system which has functions of performing core and burnup calculations using given constant files (PDS files) and information based on simple and easy user input data. It has also functions of fuel shuffling which is indispensable for power reactor analysis systems. In the present study, by extending the prototype system, features for handling of control rods and energy collapse of group constants have been designed and implemented. Computational results from the present analysis system are stored into restart files which can be accessible by
Non-destructive burnup determination of PWR spent fuel using Cs-134/Cs-137 and Eu-154/Cs-137
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Burnups for 36 points of five rods in the G23 assembly of Kori unit 1 have been determined on the basis of gamma-ray spectrometric measurement of two isotopic ratios, Cs-134/Cs-137 and Eu-154/Cs-137 in combination with the results calculated by the SCALE4.4 SAS2H module. Benchmarking of the SAS2H module has been done for the existing experimental data of Cs-13134, Cs-137 and Eu-154 isotopic compositions in PWR spent fuel. The gamma ray counts of two isotopic ratios have been corrected with their branching ratios, decay rates and energy dependent counting efficiencies in order to get true ratios. The energy dependent counting efficiencies have been determined as a quadratic equation based on the gamma ray counts for Cs-134 and Eu-154 at fourth energy points. Finally, burnups have been determined by putting true ratios of two isotopic ratios to their burnup-to-ratio fitting functions, respectively. Then the measured burnups have been compared with the declared burnup by the nuclear power plant. It is revealed that burnups determined from Cs-134/Cs-137 are agreeable with the declared burnups in most cases within about 12% error except a measuring point of C13, one of G23 fuel rods. In the case of Eu-154/Cs-137, the measured burnup is much lower than the declared burnup, which seems to be derived from system errors. (author)
EPRI depletion benchmark calculations using PARAGON
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Highlights: • PARAGON depletion calculations are benchmarked against the EPRI reactivity decrement experiments. • Benchmarks cover a wide range of enrichments, burnups, cooling times, and burnable absorbers, and different depletion and storage conditions. • Results from PARAGON-SCALE scheme are more conservative relative to the benchmark data. • ENDF/B-VII based data reduces the excess conservatism and brings the predictions closer to benchmark reactivity decrement values. - Abstract: In order to conservatively apply burnup credit in spent fuel pool criticality analyses, code validation for both fresh and used fuel is required. Fresh fuel validation is typically done by modeling experiments from the “International Handbook.” A depletion validation can determine a bias and bias uncertainty for the worth of the isotopes not found in the fresh fuel critical experiments. Westinghouse’s burnup credit methodology uses PARAGON™ (Westinghouse 2-D lattice physics code) and its 70-group cross-section library, which have been benchmarked, qualified, and licensed both as a standalone transport code and as a nuclear data source for core design simulations. A bias and bias uncertainty for the worth of depletion isotopes, however, are not available for PARAGON. Instead, the 5% decrement approach for depletion uncertainty is used, as set forth in the Kopp memo. Recently, EPRI developed a set of benchmarks based on a large set of power distribution measurements to ascertain reactivity biases. The depletion reactivity has been used to create 11 benchmark cases for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 GWd/MTU and 3 cooling times 100 h, 5 years, and 15 years. These benchmark cases are analyzed with PARAGON and the SCALE package and sensitivity studies are performed using different cross-section libraries based on ENDF/B-VI.3 and ENDF/B-VII data to assess that the 5% decrement approach is conservative for determining depletion uncertainty
High burnup fuel development program in Japan
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A step wise burnup extension program has been progressing in Japan to reduce the LWR fuel cycle cost. At present, the maximum assembly burnup limit of BWR 8 Χ 8 type fuel (B. Step II fuel) is 50GWd/t and a limited numbers of 9 Χ 9 type fuel (B. Step III fuel) with 55GWd/t maximum assembly burnup has been licensed by regulatory agencies recently. Though present maximum assembly burnup limit for PWR fuel is 48GWd/t (P. Step I fuel), the licensing work has been progressing for irradiation testing on a limited number of fuel assemblies with extended burnup of up to 55GWd/t (p. Step II fuel) Design of high burnup fuel and fabrication test are carried out by vendors, and subsequent irradiation test of fuel rods is conducted jointly by utilities and vendors to prepare for licensing. It is usual to make an irradiation test for vectarion, using lead use assemblies by government to confirm fuel integrity and reliability and win the public confidence. Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPE C) is responsible for verification test. The fuel are subjected to post irradiation examination (PIE) and no unfavorable indications of fuel behavior have found both in NUPE C verification test and joint irradiation test by utilities and vendors. Burnup extension is an urgent task for LWR fuel in Japan in order to establish the domestic fuel cycle. It is conducted in joint efforts of industries, government and institutes. However, watching a situation of burnup extension in the world, we are not going ahead of other countries in the achievement of burnup extension. It is due to a conservative policy in the nuclear safety of the country. This is the reason why the burnup extension program in Japan is progressing 'slow and steady' As for the data obtained, no unfavorable indications of fuel behavior have found both in NUPE C verification test and joint irradiation test by utilities and vendors until now
Analysis of high burnup fuel safety issues
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Lee, Chan Bock; Kim, D. H.; Bang, J. G.; Kim, Y. M.; Yang, Y. S.; Jung, Y. H.; Jeong, Y. H.; Nam, C.; Baik, J. H.; Song, K. W.; Kim, K. S
2000-12-01
Safety issues in steady state and transient behavior of high burnup LWR fuel above 50 - 60 MWD/kgU were analyzed. Effects of burnup extension upon fuel performance parameters was reviewed, and validity of both the fuel safety criteria and the performance analysis models which were based upon the lower burnup fuel test results was analyzed. It was found that further tests would be necessary in such areas as fuel failure and dispersion for RIA, and high temperature cladding corrosion and mechanical deformation for LOCA. Since domestic fuels have been irradiated in PWR up to burnup higher than 55 MWD/kgU-rod. avg., it can be said that Korea is in the same situation as the other countries in the high burnup fuel safety issues. Therefore, necessary research areas to be performed in Korea were derived. Considering that post-irradiation examination(PIE) for the domestic fuel of burnup higher than 30 MWD/kgU has not been done so far at all, it is primarily necessary to perform PIE for high burnup fuel, and then simulation tests for RIA and LOCA could be performed by using high burnup fuel specimens. For the areas which can not be performed in Korea, international cooperation will be helpful to obtain the test results. With those data base, safety of high burnup domestic fuels will be confirmed, current fuel safety criteria will be re-evaluated, and finally transient high burnup fuel behavior analysis technology will be developed through the fuel performance analysis code development.
Analysis of high burnup fuel safety issues
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Safety issues in steady state and transient behavior of high burnup LWR fuel above 50 - 60 MWD/kgU were analyzed. Effects of burnup extension upon fuel performance parameters was reviewed, and validity of both the fuel safety criteria and the performance analysis models which were based upon the lower burnup fuel test results was analyzed. It was found that further tests would be necessary in such areas as fuel failure and dispersion for RIA, and high temperature cladding corrosion and mechanical deformation for LOCA. Since domestic fuels have been irradiated in PWR up to burnup higher than 55 MWD/kgU-rod. avg., it can be said that Korea is in the same situation as the other countries in the high burnup fuel safety issues. Therefore, necessary research areas to be performed in Korea were derived. Considering that post-irradiation examination(PIE) for the domestic fuel of burnup higher than 30 MWD/kgU has not been done so far at all, it is primarily necessary to perform PIE for high burnup fuel, and then simulation tests for RIA and LOCA could be performed by using high burnup fuel specimens. For the areas which can not be performed in Korea, international cooperation will be helpful to obtain the test results. With those data base, safety of high burnup domestic fuels will be confirmed, current fuel safety criteria will be re-evaluated, and finally transient high burnup fuel behavior analysis technology will be developed through the fuel performance analysis code development
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When the residence time of nuclear fuel rods exceeds a given threshold value, several properties of the pellet material suffer changes and hence the posterior behaviour of the rod is significantly altered. Structural modifications start at the pellet periphery, which is usually referred to as rim zone. It is presently believed that these changes are a consequence of the localized absorption of epithermal neutrons by 238U, which effective cross section presents resonant peaks. Due to the chain of nuclear reactions that take place, several Pu isotopes are born especially at the rim. In particular, the fissile character of 239Pu and 241Pu is the cause of the increased number of fission events that occur in the pellet periphery. For this reason, the power generation rate and the burnup adopt a non uniform distribution in the pellet, reaching at the rim values two or three times higher than the average [1]. The rim zone starts to form for a burnup threshold value of about 50-60 MWd/kgHM and its width increases as the irradiation progresses. The microstructure of this zone is characterized by the presence of small grains, with a typical size of 200 nm, and large pores, of some μm. Even though the rim zone is very thin, it has a significant effect on the mechanical integrity of the pellet, particularly when it makes contact with the cladding, and on the temperature distribution in the whole pellet, because of its low thermal conductivity [1,2]. The numerical codes designed to simulate fuel behaviour under irradiation must include the phenomena associated to high burnup if they aim at extending the prediction range, and this is the purpose with our DIONISIO code. But a detailed analysis of the phenomena that take place in this region demands the use of neutronic codes that solve the Boltzmann transport equations [3] in a number of energy intervals (groups), including adequate considerations in the region of the resonant absorption peaks of 238U. These cell codes predict
Methods of RECORD, an LWR fuel assembly burnup code
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The RECORD computer code is a detailed rector physics code for performing efficient LWR fuel assembly calculations, taking into account most of the features found in BWR and PWR fuel designs. The code calculates neutron spectrum, reaction rates and reactivity as a function of fuel burnup, and it generates the few-group data required for use in full scale core simulation and fuel management calculations. The report describes the methods of the RECORD computer code and the basis for fundamental models selected, and gives a review of code qualifications against measured data. (Auth. /RF)
CARMEN-SYSTEM, Programs System for Thermal Neutron Diffusion and Burnup with Feedback
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1 - Description of problem or function: CARMEN is a system of programs developed for the neutronic calculation of PWR cycles. It includes the whole chain of analysis from cell calculations to core calculations with burnup. The core calculations are based on diffusion theory with cross sections depending on the relevant space-dependent feedback effects which are present at each moment along the cycles. The diffusion calculations are in one, two or three dimensions and in two energy groups. The feedback effects which are treated locally are: burnup, water density, power density and fission products. In order to study in detail these parameters the core should be divided into as many zones as different cross section sets are expected to be required in order to reproduce reality correctly. A relevant difference in any feedback parameter between zones produces different cross section sets for the corresponding zones. CARMEN is also capable to perform the following calculations: - Multiplication factor by burnup step with fixed boron concentration - Buckling and control rod insertion - Buckling search by burnup step - Boron search by burnup step - Control rod insertion search by burnup step. 2 - Method of solution: The cell code (LEOPARD-TRACA) generates the fuel assembly cross sections versus burnup. This is the basic library to be used in the CARMEN code proper. With a planar distribution guess for power density, water density and fluxes, the macroscopic cross sections by zone are calculated by CARMEN, and then a diffusion calculation is done in the whole geometry. With the distribution of power density, heat accumulated in the coolant and the thermal and fast fluxes determined in the diffusion calculation, CARMEN calculates the values of the most relevant parameters that influence the macroscopic cross sections by zone: burnup, water density, effective fuel temperature and fission product concentrations. If these parameters by zone are different from the reference
Experimental studies of spent fuel burn-up in WWR-SM reactor
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Alikulov, Sh. A.; Baytelesov, S.A.; Boltaboev, A.F.; Kungurov, F.R. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Ulughbek township, 100214, Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Menlove, H.O.; O’Connor, W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Osmanov, B.S., E-mail: bari_osmanov@yahoo.com [Research Institute of Applied Physics, Vuzgorodok, 100174 Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Salikhbaev, U.S. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Ulughbek township, 100214, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
2014-10-01
Highlights: • Uranium burn-up measurement from {sup 137}Cs activity in spent reactor fuel. • Comparison to reference sample with known burn-up value (ratio method). • Cross-check of the approach with neutron-based measurement technique. - Abstract: The article reports the results of {sup 235}U burn-up measurements using {sup 137}Cs activity technique for 12 nuclear fuel assemblies of WWR-SM research reactor after 3-year cooling time. The discrepancy between the measured and the calculated burn-up values was about 3%. To increase the reliability of the data and for cross-check purposes, neutron measurement approach was also used. Average discrepancy between two methods was around 12%.
Experimental studies of spent fuel burn-up in WWR-SM reactor
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Highlights: • Uranium burn-up measurement from 137Cs activity in spent reactor fuel. • Comparison to reference sample with known burn-up value (ratio method). • Cross-check of the approach with neutron-based measurement technique. - Abstract: The article reports the results of 235U burn-up measurements using 137Cs activity technique for 12 nuclear fuel assemblies of WWR-SM research reactor after 3-year cooling time. The discrepancy between the measured and the calculated burn-up values was about 3%. To increase the reliability of the data and for cross-check purposes, neutron measurement approach was also used. Average discrepancy between two methods was around 12%
OREST - The hammer-origen burnup program system
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Reliable prediction of the characteristics of irradiated light water reactor fuels (e.g., afterheat power, neutron and gamma radiation sources, final uranium and plutonium contents) is needed for many aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle. Two main problems must be solved: the simulation of all isotopic nuclear reactions and the simulation of neutron fluxes setting the reactions in motion. In state-of-the-art computer techniques, a combination of specialized codes for lattice cell and burnup calculations is preferred to solve these cross-linked problems in time or burnup step approximation. In the program system OREST, developed for official and commercial tasks in the Federal Republic of Germany nuclear fuel cycle, the well-known codes HAMMER and ORIGEN and directly coupled with a fuel rod temperature module
BISON, 1-D Burnup and Transport in Slab, Cylindrical, Spherical Geometry
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1 - Description of problem or function: BISON-1.5 solves the one- dimensional Boltzmann transport equation for neutron and gamma-rays and transmutation equations for fuel nuclides. 2 - Method of solution: In the transport calculation stage the one- dimensional Boltzmann transport equation is solved by the discrete ordinates method. In the burnup calculation stage, transmutation equations for fuel nuclides are solved by Bateman's method. The neutron flux obtained in the transport calculation stage is used to determine the transmutation rates in the burnup calculation stage. Both stages are repeated in tandem till the end of the burnup cycle. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: A 42-group neutron and 21-group gamma-ray cross section library is prepared in the code package. Core storage for array variables is dynamically allocated by the code, so there are no restrictions on the size of each array
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Cenxi Yuan
2016-01-01
Full Text Available A simple and analytical formula is suggested to solve the problems of the local burnup and the isotope distributions. The present method considers two extreme conditions of neutrons penetrating the fuel rod. Based on these considerations, the formula is obtained to calculate the reaction rates of 235U, 238U, and 239Pu and straightforward the local burnup and the isotope distributions. Starting from an initial burnup level, the parameters of the formula are fitted to the reaction rates given by a Monte Carlo (MC calculation. Then the present formula independently gives very similar results to the MC calculation from the starting to high burnup level but takes just a few minutes. The relative reaction rates are found to be almost independent of the radius (except (n,γ of 238U and the burnup, providing a solid background for the present formula. A more realistic examination is also performed when the fuel rods locate in an assembly. A combination of the present formula and the MC calculation is expected to have a nice balance between the numerical accuracy and time consumption.
Extended burnup: fuel development and performance
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Fuel Performance for the B and W 15 x 15 (Mark B) and 17 x 17 (Mark C) fuel assembly designs is examined on a plant by plant basis. An extensive data base of fuel assembly and rod bow measurements and tests which demonstrate that these phenomena should not limit the high burnup capability of B and W fuel is presented. Post-irradiation measurements to date for fuel rod and assembly growth show that these phenomena are behaving as predicted and can be adequately evaluated and designed for in high burnup fuel assemblies. Clad creep and ductility data as a function of burnup for B and W fuel is presented with emphasis on their effects on our high burnup targets. Finally, fission gas release and waterside corrosion measurements results are presented
Evolution of the ELESTRES code for application to extended burnups
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The computer code ELESTRES is frequently used at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to assess the integrity of CANDU fuel under normal operating conditions. The code also provides initial conditions for evaluating fuel behaviour during high-temperature transients. This paper describes recent improvements in the code in the areas of pellet expansion and of fission gas release. Both of these are very important considerations in ensuring fuel integrity at extended burnups. Firstly, in calculations of pellet expansion, the code now accounts for the effect of thermal stresses on the volume of gas bubbles at the boundaries of UO2 grains. This has a major influence on the expansion of the pellet during power-ramps. Secondly, comparisons with data showed that the previous fission gas package significantly underpredicted the fission gas release at high burnups. This package has now been improved via modifications to the following modules: distance between neighbouring bubbles on grain boundaries; diffusivity; and thermal conductivity. The predictions of the revised version of the code show reasonable agreement with measurements of ridge strains and of fission gas release. An illustrative example demonstrates that the code can be used to identify a fuel design that would: reduce the sheath stresses at circumferential ridges by a factor of 2-10; and keep the gas pressure at very high burnups to below the coolant pressure
Advanced fuel cycles and burnup increase of WWER-440 fuel
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Analyses of operational experience of 4.4% enriched fuel in the 5-year fuel cycle at Kola NPP Unit 3 and fuel assemblies with Uranium-Gadolinium fuel at Kola NPP Unit 4 are made. The operability of WWER-440 fuel under high burnup is studied. The obtained results indicate that the fuel rods of WWER-440 assemblies intended for operation within six years of the reviewed fuel cycle totally preserve their operability. Performed analyses have demonstrated the possibility of the fuel rod operability during the fuel cycle. 12 assemblies were loaded into the reactor unit of Kola 3 in 2001. The predicted burnup in six assemblies was 59.2 MWd/kgU. Calculated values of the burnup after operation for working fuel assemblies were ∼57 MWd/kgU, for fuel rods - up to ∼61 MWd/kgU. Data on the coolant activity, specific activity of the benchmark iodine radionuclides of the reactor primary circuit, control of the integrity of fuel rods of the assemblies that were operated for six years indicate that not a single assembly has reached the criterion for the early discharge
End effect analysis with various axial burnup distributions in high density spent fuel storage racks
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Highlights: • Criticality tests are carried out with various axial burnup distributions of fuel assemblies for spent fuel storage racks. • KENO-Va code system was used to obtain criticalities with 10 axial segments. • ORIGEN-S code system was used to obtain burnup dependent axial compositions. • The criticality and burnup dependent reactivity difference are obtained from the results. • End effect quantifications are satisfactory confirming the previous suggestions. - Abstract: End effect of spent fuel comes from the difference between uniform and actual axial burnup distributions of fuel assemblies. It is significant to control the criticality safety in spent fuel storage and transportation. This work is focused on estimation of end effect in the spent fuel of light water reactor for the spent fuel storage rack region-II. High and low burnups of corresponding different uranium enrichments are taken into consideration to analyze the end effect with different axial burnup distributions such as uniform, MOC and EOC profiles. Two types of fuel assemblies such as CE type and Westinghouse type are considered. The whole calculations have been carried out by using the SCALE6 code including ORIGEN-S and KENO-Va
Development of 3d reactor burnup code based on Monte Carlo method and exponential Euler method
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Burnup analysis plays a key role in fuel breeding, transmutation and post-processing in nuclear reactor. Burnup codes based on one-dimensional and two-dimensional transport method have difficulties in meeting the accuracy requirements. A three-dimensional burnup analysis code based on Monte Carlo method and Exponential Euler method has been developed. The coupling code combines advantage of Monte Carlo method in complex geometry neutron transport calculation and FISPACT in fast and precise inventory calculation, meanwhile resonance Self-shielding effect in inventory calculation can also be considered. The IAEA benchmark text problem has been adopted for code validation. Good agreements were shown in the comparison with other participants' results. (authors)
MCWO - Linking MCNP And ORIGEN2 For Fuel Burnup Analysis
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The UNIX BASH (Bourne Again Shell) script MCWO has been developed at the Idaho National Engineering and Environment Laboratory (INEEL) to couple the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the depletion and buildup code ORIGEN2. MCWO is a fully automated tool that links the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the radioactive decay and burnup code ORIGEN2. MCWO can handle a large number of fuel burnup and material loading specifications, Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) powers, and irradiation time intervals. The program processes input from the user that specifies the system geometry, initial material compositions, feed/removal specifications, and other code-specific parameters. Calculated results from MCNP, ORIGEN2, and data process module calculations are then output successively as the code runs. The principal function of MCWO is to transfer one-group cross-section and flux values from MCNP to ORIGEN2, and then transfer the resulting material compositions (after irradiation and/or decay) from ORIGEN2 back to MCNP in a repeated, cyclic fashion. The basic requirement of the code is that the user have a working MCNP input file and other input parameters; all interaction with ORIGEN2 and other calculations are performed by UNIX BASH script MCWO. This paper presents the MCWO-calculated results of the RERTR-1 and -2, and the Weapons-Grade Mixed Oxide fuel (Wg-MOX) fuel experiments in ATR and compares the MCWO-calculated results with the measured data
Systemization of burnup sensitivity analysis code. 2
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Towards the practical use of fast reactors, it is a very important subject to improve prediction accuracy for neutronic properties in LMFBR cores from the viewpoint of improvements on plant efficiency with rationally high performance cores and that on reliability and safety margins. A distinct improvement on accuracy in nuclear core design has been accomplished by the development of adjusted nuclear library using the cross-section adjustment method, in which the results of criticality experiments of JUPITER and so on are reflected. In the design of large LMFBR cores, however, it is important to accurately estimate not only neutronic characteristics, for example, reaction rate distribution and control rod worth but also burnup characteristics, for example, burnup reactivity loss, breeding ratio and so on. For this purpose, it is desired to improve prediction accuracy of burnup characteristics using the data widely obtained in actual core such as the experimental fast reactor 'JOYO'. The analysis of burnup characteristics is needed to effectively use burnup characteristics data in the actual cores based on the cross-section adjustment method. So far, a burnup sensitivity analysis code, SAGEP-BURN, has been developed and confirmed its effectiveness. However, there is a problem that analysis sequence become inefficient because of a big burden to users due to complexity of the theory of burnup sensitivity and limitation of the system. It is also desired to rearrange the system for future revision since it is becoming difficult to implement new functions in the existing large system. It is not sufficient to unify each computational component for the following reasons; the computational sequence may be changed for each item being analyzed or for purpose such as interpretation of physical meaning. Therefore, it is needed to systemize the current code for burnup sensitivity analysis with component blocks of functionality that can be divided or constructed on occasion. For
DELIGHT-6: one dimensional lattice burn-up code for high temperature gas-cooled reactors
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The code, DELIGHT-6, performs multi-group neutron spectrum calculation and provides few-group constans for succeeding core calculations. The main objective of the code is to serve as the lattice burn-up code for the core of a very high temperature gas-cooled reactor. The fuel rods of the reactor contain many coated fuel particles resulting double heterogeneous arrangement. The main calculational schema of DELIGHT-6 code is as follows; (1) Energy range for fast neutrons covers from 10 MeV to 2.38 eV and is divided into 61 fine groups. The thermal neutrons covers the rest of the energy range from 2.38 eV to 0 eV. Thermal spectrum is calculated by P1 or P0 approximation with 50 fine groups. (2) To treat resonance absorption, IR method is employed. (3) Zero and one dimensional models are available for the fuel lattice geometry and used for criticality and burn-up calculations. Collision probability method is adopted for the calculation of one dimensional model. (4) Shielding factor of burnable poison is calculated by collision probability method. (5) Other functions of the code are; 1. Spatial shielding factor calculation of 240Pu, 2. Calculation of neutron streaming effect caused by a gap or a hole in the fuel lattice, 3. Calculation of neutron flux distribution in the fuel lattice by diffusion theory, 4. Calculation of Xe and Sm absorption cross sections with burn-up. (6) Cross section library in both fast and thermal energy range is compiled from ENDF/B-4 except burn-up data of Xm, Sm and pseudo FPs which are supplied by ENDF/B-3. (7) The code provides the macroscopic group constants of fuel lattice with burn-up in CITATION input format. (jin)
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The burnup analysis program based on three dimensional discrete ordinates (SN) neutron/photon transport method has been developed by the FDS team, China, to aid in analysis, prediction, and optimization of fuel burnup performance in a nuclear reactor. The program uses output parameters generated by three-dimensional SN trans- port code to determine the isotopic inventory and anisotropic flux distribution as a function of time. For a fueled region, neutron transmutation, fuel depletion, fission-product poisoning, actinide generation, and burnable poison loading and depletion effects are included in the calculation. The IAEA benchmark test problem has been correctly calculated and analyzed to validate the system. (authors)
Modeling of WWER-440 fuel pin behavior at extended burn-up
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El-Koliel, Moustafa S. E-mail: moustafa_elkoliel@yahoo.com; Abou-Zaid, Attya A.; El-Kafas, A.A
2004-04-01
Currently, there is an ongoing effort to increase fuel discharge burn-up of all LWRs fuel including WWERs as much as possible in order to decrease power production cost. Therefore, burn-up is expected to be increased from 60 to 70 MWd/kg U. The change in the fuel radial power distribution as a function of fuel burn-up can affect the radial fuel temperature distribution as well as the fuel microstructure in the fuel pellet rim. Both of these features, commonly termed the 'rim effect'. High burn-up phenomena in WWER-440 UO{sub 2} fuel pin, which are important for fission gas release (FGR) were modeled. The radial burn-up as a function of the pellet radius and enrichment has to be known to determine the local thermal conductivity. In this paper, the radial burn-up and fissile products distributions of WWER-440 UO{sub 2} fuel pin were evaluated using MCNP4B and ORIGEN2 codes. The impact of the thermal conductivity on predicted FGR calculations is needed. For the analysis, a typical WWER-440 fuel pin and surrounding water moderator are considered in a hexagonal pin well. The thermal release and the athermal release from the pellet rim were modeled separately. The fraction of the rim structure and the excessive porosity in the rim structure in isothermal irradiation as a function of the fuel burn-up was predicted. A computer program; RIMSC-01, is developed to perform the required FGR calculations. Finally, the relevant phenomena and the corresponding models together with their validation are presented.
Modeling of WWER-440 fuel pin behavior at extended burn-up
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Currently, there is an ongoing effort to increase fuel discharge burn-up of all LWRs fuel including WWERs as much as possible in order to decrease power production cost. Therefore, burn-up is expected to be increased from 60 to 70 MWd/kg U. The change in the fuel radial power distribution as a function of fuel burn-up can affect the radial fuel temperature distribution as well as the fuel microstructure in the fuel pellet rim. Both of these features, commonly termed the 'rim effect'. High burn-up phenomena in WWER-440 UO2 fuel pin, which are important for fission gas release (FGR) were modeled. The radial burn-up as a function of the pellet radius and enrichment has to be known to determine the local thermal conductivity. In this paper, the radial burn-up and fissile products distributions of WWER-440 UO2 fuel pin were evaluated using MCNP4B and ORIGEN2 codes. The impact of the thermal conductivity on predicted FGR calculations is needed. For the analysis, a typical WWER-440 fuel pin and surrounding water moderator are considered in a hexagonal pin well. The thermal release and the athermal release from the pellet rim were modeled separately. The fraction of the rim structure and the excessive porosity in the rim structure in isothermal irradiation as a function of the fuel burn-up was predicted. A computer program; RIMSC-01, is developed to perform the required FGR calculations. Finally, the relevant phenomena and the corresponding models together with their validation are presented
Trade-off and optimization of fuel cycle costs in high burnup fuel management schemes
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Evaluations of the fuel cycle costs of nuclear reactors normally consider uranium ore procurement, conversion to hex, enrichment, fuel fabrication, transport at the front-end and back-end costs such as spent fuel interim storage, transport and direct disposal/reprocessing. The methods for carrying out such evaluation are firmly established and generally show a clear incentive to increase discharge burnups in order to benefit from improved fuel cycle economics. This paper challenges the conventional approach to fuel cycle economics, arguing that there are additional considerations that should legitimately be included in fuel cycle cost calculations. An illustrative calculation o fuel cycle costs for high burnup cycles with allowances for such additional factors shows that fuel cycle costs are a minimum at around 55 GWd/t discharge burnup. (authors)
Burn-up dependent steady-state thermal hydraulic analysis of Pakistan research reactor-1
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Muhammad Atta
2011-01-01
Full Text Available The burn-up dependent steady-state thermal hydraulic analysis of Pakistan research reactor-1, reference operating core, has been carried out utilizing standard computer codes WIMS/D4, CITATION, and RELAP5/MOD3.4. Reactor codes WIMS/D4 and CITATION have been used for the calculations of neutronic parameters including peaking factors and power profiles at different burn-up considering a xenon free core and also the equilibrium xenon values. RELAP5/MOD3.4 code was utilized for the determination of peak fuel centerline, clad and coolant temperatures to ensure the safety of the reactor throughout the cycle. The calculations reveal that the reactor is safe and no nucleate boiling will commence at any part of the core throughout the cycle and that the safety margin increases with burnup as peaking factors decrease.
Burn-up dependent steady-state thermal hydraulic analysis of Pakistan research reactor-1
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The burn-up dependent steady-state thermal hydraulic analysis of Pakistan research reactor-1, reference operating core, has been carried out utilizing standard computer codes WIMS/D4, CITATION, and RELAP5/MOD3.4. Reactor codes WIMS/D4 and CITATION have been used for the calculations of neutronic parameters including peaking factors and power profiles at different burn-up considering a xenon free core and also the equilibrium xenon values. RELAP5/MOD3.4 code was utilized for the determination of peak fuel centerline, clad and coolant temperatures to ensure the safety of the reactor throughout the cycle. The calculations reveal that the reactor is safe and no nucleate boiling will commence at any part of the core throughout the cycle and that the safety margin increases with burnup as peaking factors decrease. (author)
Determination of burn-up of irradiated PHWR fuel samples from KAPS-1 by mass spectrometry
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Burn-up was determined experimentally using thermal ionization mass spectrometry for three spent UO2 fuel samples, which had undergone extended irradiation in Kakrapar Atomic Power Station Unit 1 (KAPS-1). The method involves dissolution of the irradiated fuel sample, separation and determination of burn-up monitor, uranium and plutonium. Isotope Dilution-Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (ID-TIMS) using Triple Spike Mixture consisting of (142Nd+233U+242Pu) was employed for the concentration determination of Nd, U and Pu in the dissolved fuel samples. The atom percent fission was calculated based on 148Nd as a burn-up monitor and also from the changes in the abundances of heavy element isotopes. Fractional fission contributions from the major fissile nuclides were calculated from heavy elemental data and also from the Nd isotopic ratios. (author)
Systemization of burnup sensitivity analysis code
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To practical use of fact reactors, it is a very important subject to improve prediction accuracy for neutronic properties in LMFBR cores from the viewpoints of improvements on plant efficiency with rationally high performance cores and that on reliability and safety margins. A distinct improvement on accuracy in nuclear core design has been accomplished by development of adjusted nuclear library using the cross-section adjustment method, in which the results of critical experiments of JUPITER and so on are reflected. In the design of large LMFBR cores, however, it is important to accurately estimate not only neutronic characteristics, for example, reaction rate distribution and control rod worth but also burnup characteristics, for example, burnup reactivity loss, breeding ratio and so on. For this purpose, it is desired to improve prediction accuracy of burnup characteristics using the data widely obtained in actual core such as the experimental fast reactor core 'JOYO'. The analysis of burnup characteristics is needed to effectively use burnup characteristics data in the actual cores based on the cross-section adjustment method. So far, development of a analysis code for burnup sensitivity, SAGEP-BURN, has been done and confirmed its effectiveness. However, there is a problem that analysis sequence become inefficient because of a big burden to user due to complexity of the theory of burnup sensitivity and limitation of the system. It is also desired to rearrange the system for future revision since it is becoming difficult to implement new functionalities in the existing large system. It is not sufficient to unify each computational component for some reasons; computational sequence may be changed for each item being analyzed or for purpose such as interpretation of physical meaning. Therefore it is needed to systemize the current code for burnup sensitivity analysis with component blocks of functionality that can be divided or constructed on occasion. For this
Plutonium and Minor Actinides Recycling in Standard BWR using Equilibrium Burnup Model
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Abdul Waris
2008-03-01
Full Text Available Plutonium (Pu and minor actinides (MA recycling in standard BWR with equilibrium burnup model has been studied. We considered the equilibrium burnup model as a simple time independent burnup method, which can manage all possible produced nuclides in any nuclear system. The equilibrium burnup code was bundled with a SRAC cell-calculation code to become a coupled cell-burnup calculation code system. The results show that the uranium enrichment for the criticality of the reactor, the amount of loaded fuel and the required natural uranium supply per year decrease for the Pu recycling and even much lower for the Pu & MA recycling case compared to those of the standard once-through BWR case. The neutron spectra become harder with the increasing number of recycled heavy nuclides in the reactor core. The total fissile rises from 4.77% of the total nuclides number density in the reactor core for the standard once-through BWR case to 6.64% and 6.72% for the Plutonium recycling case and the Pu & MA recycling case, respectively. The two later data may become the main basis why the required uranium enrichment declines and consequently diminishes the annual loaded fuel and the required natural uranium supply. All these facts demonstrate the advantage of plutonium and minor actinides recycling in BWR.
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张普忠; 陈义学; 马续波; 毛亚蔚; 石生春; 张斌
2010-01-01
为研究初始富集度为4.95%的新型燃料组件卸料后高密度贮存的可行性,以岭澳核电站3、4号机组乏燃料贮存水池为例,利用SCALE5.1程序系统中基于燃耗信任制的STARBUCS临界计算程序,分析了该新型燃料组件在不同燃耗情况下,锕系核素和裂变产物的产额变化及其对反应性的影响;基于锕系加裂变产物信任水平,计算了燃料组件在不同燃耗深度和不同贮存年限情况下的乏燃料贮存水池临界安全性;给出了乏燃料贮存水池Ⅱ区的参考装载曲线.计算表明:该新型燃料组件在燃耗达到45 GWd·t-1(U)后可以高密度贮存在乏燃料贮存水池Ⅱ区.
Summary of high burnup fuel issues and NRC`s plan of action
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Meyer, R.O.
1997-01-01
For the past two years the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research has concentrated mostly on the so-called reactivity-initiated accidents -- the RIAs -- in this session of the Water Reactor Safety Information Meeting, but this year there is a more varied agenda. RIAs are, of course, not the only events of interest for reactor safety that are affected by extended burnup operation. Their has now been enough time to consider a range of technical issues that arise at high burnup, and a list of such issues being addressed in their research program is given here. (1) High burnup capability of the steady-state code (FRAPCON) used for licensing audit calculations. (2) General capability (including high burnup) of the transient code (FRAPTRAN) used for special studies. (3) Adequacy at high burnup of fuel damage criteria used in regulation for reactivity accidents. (4) Adequacy at high burnup of models and fuel related criteria used in regulation for loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). (5) Effect of high burnup on fuel system damage during normal operation, including control rod insertion problems. A distinction is made between technical issues, which may or may not have direct licensing impacts, and licensing issues. The RIAs became a licensing issue when the French test in CABRI showed that cladding failures could occur at fuel enthalpies much lower than a value currently used in licensing. Fuel assembly distortion became a licensing issue when control rod insertion was affected in some operating plants. In this presentation, these technical issues will be described and the NRC`s plan of action to address them will be discussed.
Fission gas release modelling at high burnup
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A large quantity of experimental data on fission gas release is now available in the public domain. It covers a wide variety of fuel types and burnups of up to more than 70 GWd/tU. This data, together with gas release measurements from British Energy's AGRs, has been used to build a comprehensive validation database for the fuel performance code ENIGMA. Validation of ENIGMA version 5.11 against this database has identified a requirement for model development to improve predictions at high burnup. A modified gas release model has been produced and tested. (author)
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In the period 1981-1985, for the needs of Utility Organization, Beograd, and with the support of the Scientific Council of SR Srbija, work has been performed on the study entitled 'Nuclear Fuel Burn-up Economy'. The forst [phase, completed during the year 1983 comprised: comparative analysis of commercial NPP from the standpoint of nuclear fuel requirements; development of methods for fuel burn-up analysis; specification of elements concerning the nuclear fuel for the tender documentation. The present paper gives the short description of the purpose, content and results achieved in the up-to-now work on the study. (author)
CREDIT SYSTEM AND CREDIT GUARANTEE PROGRAMS
Turgay GECER
2012-01-01
Credit system is an integrated architecture consisted of financial information, credit rating, credit risk management, receivables and credit insurance systems, credit derivative markets and credit guarantee programs. The main purpose of the credit system is to provide the functioning of all credit channels and to make it easy to access of credit sources demanded by all of real and legal persons in any economic system. Credit guarantee program, the one of prominent elements of the credit syst...
DELIGHT-6(revised): one dimensional lattice burnup code for high temperature gas cooled reactors
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The code, DELIGHT-6, performs the multi-group neutron spectrum calculation and provides the few-group constants for burnup calculations of a high temperature gas-cooled reactor core, whose fuel elements containing many coated fuel particles are arranged in double heterogeneity. The main revisions in the DELIGHT-6 (Revised) are as follows; (1)The option of a sphere fuel cell calculation is added for the core design of pebble bed type high temperature gas-cooled reactor. (2)The yield and decay constants of fission products for burnup calculation is revised. (3)The following auxiliary functions are added; (i) Automatic calculation of averaged atom number density in the fuel region, (ii) Estimation of local neutron flux distribution (disadvantage factor), (iii) Preparation of the data for the fine mesh core calculation. (author)
Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of burnup reactivity for an accelerator-driven system
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A burnup calculation is carried out for an accelerator-driven system (ADS) proposed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) with the fourth version of JENDL, JENDL-4.0 and the previous one, JENDL-3.3. Considerable differences are seen in burnup reactivity between the nuclear data libraries for an initial phase (first burnup cycle) and an equilibrium phase (tenth burnup cycle). The differences in these values are investigated using two methods: a method by replacing a nuclear data library by nuclide and a sensitivity analysis technique. Among many contributors to them for the both phases, we identify major ones; (1) the initial phase: fission cross section and fission neutron multiplicity of 238Pu, capture cross section of 241Am, and (2) the equilibrium phase: capture cross section of 244Cm and 241Am, and inelastic scattering cross section of 206,207Pb. The uncertainty analysis shows that uncertainties in the burnup reactivity deduced from the JENDL-4.0 covariance data are comparable in magnitude to the differences between the nuclear data libraries, and are dominated by nuclear data parameters of 238Pu. Finally, we show the necessity of uncertainty evaluation of the branching ratio of 241Am capture reaction. (author)
Model for evolution of grain size in the rim region of high burnup UO2 fuel
Xiao, Hongxing; Long, Chongsheng; Chen, Hongsheng
2016-04-01
The restructuring process of the high burnup structure (HBS) formation in UO2 fuel results in sub-micron size grains that accelerate the fission gas swelling, which will raise some concern over the safety of extended the nuclear fuel operation life in the reactor. A mechanistic and engineering model for evolution of grain size in the rim region of high burnup UO2 fuel based on the experimental observations of the HBS in the literature is presented. The model takes into account dislocations evolution under irradiation and the grain subdivision occur successively at increasing local burnup. It is assumed that the original driving force for subdivision of grain in the HBS of UO2 fuel is the production and accumulation of dislocation loops during irradiation. The dislocation loops can also be annealed through thermal diffusion when the temperature is high enough. The capability of this model is validated by the comparison with the experimental data of temperature threshold of subdivision, dislocation density and sub-grain size as a function of local burnup. It is shown that the calculated results of the dislocation density and subdivided grain size as a function of local burnup are in good agreement with the experimental results.
A computer program for nuclear fuel burnup determination using gamma spectrometric methods
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In the end of its service life in the reactor, the fuel needs to be characterized for reasons relating both to safety and economy. The main investigations carried out are oriented towards verifying the fuel cladding integrity and determining the fissile content and the fuel burnup. A computer program for fast burnup evaluation was developed at the Post-Irradiation Examination Laboratory (PIEL) from INR Pitesti, the only laboratory of this kind in Romania. The input data consists, on one hand, of axial and radial gamma-scanning profiles (for the experimental evaluation of the number of nuclei of a given fission product - selected as burnup monitor - in the end of irradiation) and, on the other hand, of the history of irradiation (the time length and relative value of the neutron flux for each step of irradiation). Using the equation for the build-up and decay of the burnup monitor during irradiation the flux value is iteratively adjusted until the calculated number of nucleus is equal to the experimental one. Then the flux value is used in the equations of evolution of the fissile and fertile nuclei to determine the number of fissions and consequently the fuel burnup. The program was successfully used in the analysis of more then one hundred of TRIGA and CANDU-type fuel rods. An experimental result is reported in some details. (authors)
Modification of the code SCTEMP and RIA transient analysis at high burnup
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The code SCTEMP has been modified for RIA analysis of high burnup fuel. New models were introduced for this purpose, including rim type radial power profile, thermal conductivity degradation, and heat transfer coefficient covering different regimes. Thus, the thermal response during a RIA transient at high burnup can be simulated. An analytical exercise was made with parameter variations of pulse time amplitude, radial power profile, thermal conductivity degradation, energy deposition and heat transfer boundary conditions. In order to keep this exercise within a realistic frame, the fuel used as reference is a high burnup fuel which was tested at Halden and for which the fuel thermal characteristics are known based on in-pile fuel temperature measurements. The calculation results are analysed and discussed in terms of their significance for fuel behaviour under the transient and for design of possible RIA experiments. Pulse time amplitude effects and energy deposition effects of high burnup fuel were evaluated quantitatively. The rim of high burnup fuel is assumed to play a very important role for RIA transients. (author)
In-core fuel management amd attainable fuel burn-up in TRIGA
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The principles of in-core fuel management in research reactors, and especially in TRIGA, are discussed. Calculations made to determine the attainable fuel burn-up values of various fuel element types in the Otaniemi TRIGA Mark II reactor are described and the results obtained are given. Recommendations are given of how to perform the in-core fuel management to achieve good fuel utilization. The results obtained indicate that burn-up values of up to 5 and 2.5 MWd/element can be achieved for the 8 wt-% U Al clad and the 8.5 wt-% U SS clad elements, respectively. (author)
Burn-up dependent steady-state thermal hydraulic analysis of Pakistan research reactor-1
Muhammad Atta; Iqbal Masood; Mahmood Tayyab
2011-01-01
The burn-up dependent steady-state thermal hydraulic analysis of Pakistan research reactor-1, reference operating core, has been carried out utilizing standard computer codes WIMS/D4, CITATION, and RELAP5/MOD3.4. Reactor codes WIMS/D4 and CITATION have been used for the calculations of neutronic parameters including peaking factors and power profiles at different burn-up considering a xenon free core and also the equilibrium xenon values. RELAP5/MOD3.4 code was utilized for the determin...
Depletion of gadolinium burnable poison in a PWR assembly with high burnup fuel
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A tendency to increase the discharge burnup of nuclear fuel for Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) has been a characteristic of its operation for many years. It will be able to burn at very high burnup of about 70 GWd/t with UO2 fuels. The U-235 enrichment must be higher than 5 %, which leads to the necessity of using an extremely efficient burnable poison like Gadolinium oxide. Using gadolinium isotope is significant due to its particular depletion behavior (''Onion-Skin'' effect). In this paper, the MCNPX2.7 code is used to calculate the important neutronic parameters of the next generation fuels of PWR. K-infinity, local peaking factor and fission rate distributions are calculated for a PWR assembly which burn at very high burnup reaching 70 GWd/t. The calculations are performed using the recently released evaluated Gadolinium cross section data. The results obtained are close to those of a LWR next generation fuel benchmark problem. This demonstrates that the calculation scheme used is able to accurately model a PWR assembly that operates at high burnup values.
Fission Gas Release in LWR Fuel Rods Exhibiting Very High Burn-Up
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Carlsen, H.
1980-01-01
uses an empirical gas release model combined with a strongly burn-up dependent correction term, developed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The paper presents the experimental results and the code calculations. It is concluded that the model predictions are in reasonable agreement (within 15...
Depletion of gadolinium burnable poison in a PWR assembly with high burnup fuel
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Refeat, Riham Mahmoud [Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (NRRA), Cairo (Egypt). Safety Engineering Dept.
2015-12-15
A tendency to increase the discharge burnup of nuclear fuel for Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) has been a characteristic of its operation for many years. It will be able to burn at very high burnup of about 70 GWd/t with UO{sub 2} fuels. The U-235 enrichment must be higher than 5 %, which leads to the necessity of using an extremely efficient burnable poison like Gadolinium oxide. Using gadolinium isotope is significant due to its particular depletion behavior (''Onion-Skin'' effect). In this paper, the MCNPX2.7 code is used to calculate the important neutronic parameters of the next generation fuels of PWR. K-infinity, local peaking factor and fission rate distributions are calculated for a PWR assembly which burn at very high burnup reaching 70 GWd/t. The calculations are performed using the recently released evaluated Gadolinium cross section data. The results obtained are close to those of a LWR next generation fuel benchmark problem. This demonstrates that the calculation scheme used is able to accurately model a PWR assembly that operates at high burnup values.
About a fuel for burnup reactor of periodical pulsed nuclear pumped laser
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Volkov, A.I.; Lukin, A.V.; Magda, L.E.; Magda, E.P.; Pogrebov, I.S.; Putnikov, I.S.; Khmelnitsky, D.V.; Scherbakov, A.P. [Russian Federal Nuclear Center, Snezhinsk (Russian Federation)
1998-07-01
A physical scheme of burnup reactor for a Periodic Pulsed Nuclear Pumped Laser was supposed. Calculations of its neutron physical parameters were made. The general layout and construction of basic elements of the reactor are discussed. The requirements for the fuel and fuel elements are established. (author)
About a fuel for burnup reactor of periodical pulsed nuclear pumped laser
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A physical scheme of burnup reactor for a Periodic Pulsed Nuclear Pumped Laser was supposed. Calculations of its neutron physical parameters were made. The general layout and construction of basic elements of the reactor are discussed. The requirements for the fuel and fuel elements are established. (author)
NFCSim: A Dynamic Fuel Burnup and Fuel Cycle Simulation Tool
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NFCSim is an event-driven, time-dependent simulation code modeling the flow of materials through the nuclear fuel cycle. NFCSim tracks mass flow at the level of discrete reactor fuel charges/discharges and logs the history of nuclear material as it progresses through a detailed series of processes and facilities, generating life-cycle material balances for any number of reactors. NFCSim is an ideal tool for analysis - of the economics, sustainability, or proliferation resistance - of nonequilibrium, interacting, or evolving reactor fleets. The software couples with a criticality and burnup engine, LACE (Los Alamos Criticality Engine). LACE implements a piecewise-linear, reactor-specific reactivity model for its criticality calculations. This model constructs fluence-dependent reactivity traces for any facility; it is designed to address nuclear economies in which either a steady state is never obtained or is a poor approximation. LACE operates in transient and equilibrium fuel management regimes at the refueling batch level, derives reactor- and cycle-dependent initial fuel compositions, and invokes ORIGEN2.x to carry out burnup calculations
MTR core loading pattern optimization using burnup dependent group constants
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Iqbal Masood
2008-01-01
Full Text Available A diffusion theory based MTR fuel management methodology has been developed for finding superior core loading patterns at any stage for MTR systems, keeping track of burnup of individual fuel assemblies throughout their history. It is based on using burnup dependent group constants obtained by the WIMS-D/4 computer code for standard fuel elements and control fuel elements. This methodology has been implemented in a computer program named BFMTR, which carries out detailed five group diffusion theory calculations using the CITATION code as a subroutine. The core-wide spatial flux and power profiles thus obtained are used for calculating the peak-to-average power and flux-ratios along with the available excess reactivity of the system. The fuel manager can use the BFMTR code for loading pattern optimization for maximizing the excess reactivity, keeping the peak-to-average power as well as flux-ratio within constraints. The results obtained by the BFMTR code have been found to be in good agreement with the corresponding experimental values for the equilibrium core of the Pakistan Research Reactor-1.
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Wang Tienko E-mail: tkw@faculty.nthu.edu.tw; Peir Jinnjer
2000-01-01
The purpose of this work is to establish a method for evaluating the burn-up values of the rod-type TRIGA spent fuel by using gamma-ray spectrometry of the short-lived fission products {sup 97}Zr/{sup 97}Nb, {sup 132}I, and {sup 140}La. Fuel irradiation history is not needed in this method. Short-lived fission-product activities were established by re irradiating the spent fuels in a nuclear reactor. Based on the measured activities, {sup 235}U burn-up values can be deduced by iterative calculations. The complication caused by {sup 239}Pu production and fission is also discussed in detail. The burn-up values obtained by this method are in good agreement with those deduced from the conventional method based on long-lived fission products {sup 137}Cs, {sup 134}Cs/{sup 137}Cs ratio and {sup 106}Ru/{sup 137}Cs ratio.
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The purpose of this work is to establish a method for evaluating the burn-up values of the rod-type TRIGA spent fuel by using gamma-ray spectrometry of the short-lived fission products 97Zr/97Nb, 132I, and 140La. Fuel irradiation history is not needed in this method. Short-lived fission-product activities were established by re irradiating the spent fuels in a nuclear reactor. Based on the measured activities, 235U burn-up values can be deduced by iterative calculations. The complication caused by 239Pu production and fission is also discussed in detail. The burn-up values obtained by this method are in good agreement with those deduced from the conventional method based on long-lived fission products 137Cs, 134Cs/137Cs ratio and 106Ru/137Cs ratio
Wang, T K; Peir, J J
2000-01-01
The purpose of this work is to establish a method for evaluating the burn-up values of the rod-type TRIGA spent fuel by using gamma-ray spectrometry of the short-lived fission products 97Zr/97Nb, 132I, and 140La. Fuel irradiation history is not needed in this method. Short-lived fission-product activities were established by reirradiating the spent fuels in a nuclear reactor. Based on the measured activities, 235U burn-up values can be deduced by iterative calculations. The complication caused by 239Pu production and fission is also discussed in detail. The burn-up values obtained by this method are in good agreement with those deduced from the conventional method based on long-lived fission products 137Cs, 134Cs/137Cs ratio and 106Ru/137Cs ratio. PMID:10670930
Modelling of fission gas behaviour in high burnup nuclear fuel
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The safe and economic operation of nuclear power plants (NPPs) requires that the behaviour and performance of the fuel can be calculated reliably over its expected lifetime. This requires highly developed codes that treat the nuclear fuel in a general manner and which take into account the large number of influences on fuel behaviour, in particular the trend of NPP operators to increase the fuel burnup. With higher burnup, more fission events impact the material characteristics of the fuel and significant restructuring can be observed. At local burnups in excess of 60-75 MWd/kgU, the microstructure of nuclear fuel pellets differs markedly from the as-fabricated structure. This high burnup structure (HBS) is characterised by three principal features: 1) low matrix xenon concentration, 2) sub-micron grains and 3) a high volume fraction of micrometer-sized pores. The peculiar features of the HBS affect the fuel performance and safety; the large retention of fission gas within the HBS could lead to significant gas release at high burnups, either through the degradation of thermal conductivity or through direct release. The present work has focussed on the development and evaluation of HBS fission gas transport models, especially on two features: the equilibrium xenon concentration in the matrix of the HBS in UO2 fuel pellets, and the growth of the HBS porosity and its effect on fission gas release. A steady-state fission gas model has been developed to examine the importance of grain boundary diffusion for the gas dynamics in the HBS. It was possible to simulate the ∼0.2 wt% experimentally observed xenon concentration. The value of the grain boundary diffusion coefficient is not important for diffusion coefficient ratios in excess of ∼10”4. The model exhibits a high sensitivity to principally three parameters: the grain diffusion coefficient, the bubble number density and the re-solution rate coefficient. The model can reproduce the observed HBS xenon depletion
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The advantages of mobile CdZnTe (CZT) detector for nuclear safeguard applications of spent fuel burnup inspection in assembly storage pond are compactness, low cost and ease of operations. In this work, a mobile detection system shield with tungsten alloy was designed and then performed on-site. Net count rate of the 662 keV line of 137Cs was produced linearly with burnup as experimental data simulations shows, in which the deviation from linearity is smaller than 9%. As a result, the feasibility of the method using CZT detector to monitor spent nuclear fuel assembly burnup in a fuel pond was validated. The results calculated with Monte Carlo procedure Geant4 can provide a theoretical guide for the further burnup measurement. (author)
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This study calculates the reduced uranium requirements and the economic incentives for increasing the burnup of current design LWR fuels from the current range of 25 to 35 MWD/Kg to a range of 45 to 55 MWD/Kg. The changes in fuel management strategies which may be required to accommodate these high burnup fuels and longer fuel cycles are discussed. The material behavior problems which may present obstacles to achieving high burnup or to license fuel are identified and discussed. These problems are presented in terms of integral fuel response and the informational needs for commercial and licensing acceptance. Research and development programs are outlined which are aimed at achieving a licensing position and commercial acceptance of high burnup fuels
Dependence of heavy metal burnup on nuclear data libraries for fast reactors
Ohki, S
2003-01-01
Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC) is considering the highly burnt fuel as well as the recycling of minor actinide (MA) in the development of commercialized fast reactor cycle systems. Higher accuracy in burnup calculation is going to be required for higher mass plutonium isotopes ( sup 2 sup 4 sup 0 Pu, etc.) and MA nuclides. In the framework of research and development aiming at the validation and necessary improvements of fast reactor burnup calculation, we investigated the differences among the burnup calculation results with the major nuclear data libraries: JEF-2.2, ENDF/B-VI Release 5, JENDL-3.2, and JENDL-3.3. We focused on the heavy metal nuclides such as plutonium and MA in the central core region of a conventional sodium-cooled fast reactor. For main heavy metal nuclides ( sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 9 Pu, sup 2 sup 4 sup 0 Pu, and sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Pu), number densities after 1-cycle burnup did not change over one or two percent. Library dependence was re...
Design of an efficient calculation model of BWR cold critical experiments for validation
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The term burnup credit is used when the calculated spent fuel composition is credited in the criticality safety analysis as opposed to the fresh fuel assumption. Applicable standards place requirements for the validation of the burnup codes that are used in the analysis. Unfortunately, there is a lack of high quality BWR radiochemical assay data suitable for validation. In order to circumvent this difficulty, BWR cold critical experiments could be used for the validation. A disadvantage in the use of reactor measurements is the number of detail that needs to be fed into the calculation model. An accurate modelling would require thousands of assembly burnup calculations and setting up a core model with hundreds of thousands of fuel material compositions and different control rod designs present in the core. Clearly, a simplified approach would be very valuable for the modelling of cold critical experiments with Monte Carlo codes. A simplified way of modelling BWR cold critical experiment has been considered in this work. In this approach, only the most relevant part of the core is described in a detailed manner and suitable boundary conditions are applied in other parts of the core by replacing the assembly and control rod data with representative designs. In this work BWR cold critical measurements of Olkiluoto 1 and Olkiluoto 2 units were used to demonstrate the quality of the approach. SIMULATE-3 calculations were made in order to compare different calculation models for 58 cold critical experiments. The results show that the simplified core model with suitable boundary conditions is robust, accurate and neutronically equivalent with the detailed model. The results suggest that instead of modelling all 500 assemblies in the core including nodal burnup calculations with a depletion code, only 48 assemblies need to be considered. Furthermore, instead of modelling all control rod types in the core, considering one or two rod designs is sufficient for validation
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Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Gauld, Ian C [ORNL
2011-01-01
This report is one of the several recent NUREG/CR reports documenting benchmark-quality radiochemical assay data and the use of the data to validate computer code predictions of isotopic composition for spent nuclear fuel, to establish the uncertainty and bias associated with code predictions. The experimental data analyzed in the current report were acquired from a high-burnup fuel program coordinated by Spanish organizations. The measurements included extensive actinide and fission product data of importance to spent fuel safety applications, including burnup credit, decay heat, and radiation source terms. Six unique spent fuel samples from three uranium oxide fuel rods were analyzed. The fuel rods had a 4.5 wt % {sup 235}U initial enrichment and were irradiated in the Vandellos II pressurized water reactor operated in Spain. The burnups of the fuel samples range from 42 to 78 GWd/MTU. The measurements were used to validate the two-dimensional depletion sequence TRITON in the SCALE computer code system.
The impact of time dependant spectra on fusion blanket burn-up
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Highlights: ► We modelled tritium production and nuclide burn-up within a spherical, solid-breeder blanket, with a 1 GW DT fusion source. ► The effect of updating reaction rates regularly is not significant for parent nuclides. ► Updating reaction rates regularly can change the daughter nuclide inventories by several hundred percent. ► Hydrogen and helium production within steels are not significantly effected by reaction rate update. ► A time step duration of 2 weeks or less is required for tritium breeding calculations. -- Abstract: Knowledge of nuclide burn-up within tritium breeding blankets has a crucial part to play in the safety, reliability and efficiency of fusion reactors. The modelling of burn-up requires a series of neutron transport calculations which can compute the reaction rate either directly, via Monte-Carlo estimators, or by implementing the multi-group method. These reaction rates can then be directly substituted into the burn-up equations, which can calculate nuclide number densities after a specified period of burn-up. The material burn-up will change the neutron spectra and the rate of nuclear reactions. Hence, a new neutron transport calculation needs to be performed after burn-up and the sequence is repeated for several time-steps. Radiation transport calculations are computationally expensive, therefore the minimisation of reaction rate calculations via Monte-Carlo simulations is desirable. Thus, time-intervals between Monte-Carlo simulations should be as large as possible. This paper addresses the effect of neutron spectra on the burn-up of parent and daughter nuclides found in EUROFER steel and the tritium self-sufficiency time. Using a spherical reactor geometry with lithium–lead tritium breeding material, a neutron spectrum is computed at time = 0 and time = 2 years after a detailed depletion calculation using 1 day time intervals. These two spectra are then used to calculate reaction rates for every isotope listed within
Chemical form of fission products in high burnup fuels
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In order to make a proper assessment of candidate materials for advanced high-burnup fuels, thermochemical studies of fuel materials have been performed. Using data from the ECN thermochemical database (TBASE), which has been updated and extended for the present work, the suitability of various advanced fuel materials and inert matrices is studied. Detailed thermodynamic equilibrium calculations are performed for Pu0.42U0.58O2 and Pu0.40U0.60N for values of the burnup up to 200 MWd/kgHM. The formation of metallic phases, the pressure buildup and the stability of nitride or oxide phases is studied for each fuel type. The results for the chemical form of the solid fission products are given. The chemical aspects of the use of the inert matrix spinel (MgAl2O4) in combination with oxide fuel will be discussed. Experimental research on the compatibility of various types of inert matrices (nitrides, spinel) is in progress at ECN. (author)
Key issues in nuclear fuel cycle concerning high burn-up strategy
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In the present high burn-up strategy in Japan, the economic efficiency and reduction of the spent nuclear fuel have been in progress. On the other hand, in the further progress of the strategy, several issues may appear. The amount and activity of nuclides, heat generation, and radiation for a fuel pin in the typical 17x17 PWR assembly were calculated as functions of burn-up and cooling time, using the SWAT code system. Waste loading in glass waste forms from spent UO2 fuel and MOX fuel were discussed, assuming the number of glass canisters of 150 liter per THM is 1.25 at 45 GWd/THM. The number of glass canisters per GWd is almost constant in the range of burn-up up to 70 GWd/THM. The amount of molybdate from Pu-239 fissions linearly increases as a function of burn-up similarly like increase from U-235 fissions. The current vitrification technology may not face serious situation to be required substantial reduction in waste loading relating to molybdate up to 70 GWd/THM. The initial cooling period prior to vitrification, the waste loading and the interim storage period prior to final disposal are major factors which determine the way of storage and final disposal. The higher burn-up above 45 GWd/THM may require pretreatment of HLLW or substantial reduction in waste loading to retain the integrity of the ceramic melter for e.g. five years. Further promotion of high burn-up strategy should be consistent with nuclear fuel cycle including waste management. A potential approach, a conceptual new reprocessing system for thermal reactors is described. (author)
Determination of fissile fraction in MOX (mixed U + Pu oxides) fuels for different burnup values
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Ozdemir, Levent, E-mail: levent.ozdemir@taek.gov.tr [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Hacettepe University, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey); Acar, Banu Bulut; Zabunoglu, Okan H. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Hacettepe University, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey)
2011-02-15
When spent Light Water Reactor fuels are processed by the standard Purex method of reprocessing, plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) in spent fuel are obtained as pure and separate streams. The recovered Pu has a fissile content (consisting of {sup 239}Pu and {sup 241}Pu) greater than 60% typically (although it mainly depends on discharge burnup of spent fuel). The recovered Pu can be recycled as mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel after being blended with a fertile U makeup in a MOX fabrication plant. The burnup that can be obtained from MOX fuel depends on: (1) isotopic composition of Pu, which is closely related to the discharge burnup of spent fuel from which Pu is recovered; (2) the type of fertile U makeup material used (depleted U, natural U, or recovered U); and (3) fraction of makeup material in the mix (blending ratio), which in turn determines the total fissile fraction of MOX. Using the Non-linear Reactivity Model and the code MONTEBURNS, a step-by-step procedure for computing the total fissile content of MOX is introduced. As was intended, the resulting expression is simple enough for quick/hand calculations of total fissile content of MOX required to reach a desired burnup for a given discharge burnup of spent fuel and for a specified fertile U makeup. In any case, due to non-fissile (parasitic) content of recovered Pu, a greater fissile fraction in MOX than that in fresh U is required to obtain the same burnup as can be obtained by the fresh U fuel.
Analysis of bubble pressure in the rim region of high burnup PWR fuel
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Koo, Yang Hyun; Lee, Byung Ho; Sohn, Dong Seong [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)
2000-02-01
Bubble pressure in the rim region of high burnup PWR UO{sub 2} fuel has been modeled based on measured rim width, porosity and bubble density. Using the assumption that excessive bubble pressure in the rim is inversely proportional to its radius, proportionality constant is derived as a function of average pellet burnup and bubble radius. This approach is possible because the integration of the number of Xe atoms retained in the rim bubbles, which can be calculated as a function of bubble radius, over the bubble radius gives the total number of Xe atoms in the rim bubbles. Here the total number of Xe atoms in the rim bubbles can be derived from the measured Xe depletion fraction in the matrix and the calculated rim thickness. Then the rim bubble pressure is obtained as a function of fuel burnup and bubble size from the proportionality constant. Therefore, the present model can provide some useful information that would be required to analyze the behavior of high burnup PWR UO{sub 2} fuel under both normal and transient operating conditions. 28 refs., 9 figs. (Author)
Computational simulation of fuel burnup estimation for research reactors plate type
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Santos, Nadia Rodrigues dos, E-mail: nadiasam@gmail.com [Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), Paracambi, RJ (Brazil); Lima, Zelmo Rodrigues de; Moreira, Maria de Lourdes, E-mail: zrlima@ien.gov.br, E-mail: malu@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
2015-07-01
The aim of this study is to estimate the spatial fuel burnup, through computational simulation, in two research reactors plate type, loaded with dispersion fuel: the benchmark Material Test Research - International Atomic Energy Agency (MTR-IAEA) and a typical multipurpose reactor (MR). The first composed of plates with uranium oxide dispersed in aluminum (UAlx-Al) and a second composed with uranium silicide (U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}) dispersed in aluminum. To develop this work we used the deterministic code, WIMSD-5B, which performs the cell calculation solving the neutron transport equation, and the DF3DQ code, written in FORTRAN, which solves the three-dimensional neutron diffusion equation using the finite difference method. The methodology used was adequate to estimate the spatial fuel burnup , as the results was in accordance with chosen benchmark, given satisfactorily to the proposal presented in this work, even showing the possibility to be applied to other research reactors. For future work are suggested simulations with other WIMS libraries, other settings core and fuel types. Comparisons the WIMSD-5B results with programs often employed in fuel burnup calculations and also others commercial programs, are suggested too. Another proposal is to estimate the fuel burnup, taking into account the thermohydraulics parameters and the Xenon production. (author)
Assessing the Effect of Fuel Burnup on Control Rod Worth for HEU and LEU Cores of Gharr-1
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2013-02-01
Full Text Available An important parameter in the design and analysis of a nuclear reactor is the reactivity worth of the control rod which is a measure of the efficiency of the control rod to absorb excess reactivity. During reactor operation, the control rod worth is affected by factors such as the fuel burnup, Xenon concentration, Samarium concentration and the position of the control rod in the core. This study investigates the effect of fuel burnup on the control rod worth by comparing results of a fresh and an irradiated core of Ghana's Miniature Neutron Source Reactor for both HEU and LEU cores. In this study, two codes have been utilized namely BURNPRO for fuel burnup calculation and MCNP5 which uses densities of actinides of the irradiated fuel obtained from BURNPRO. Results showed a decrease of the control rod worth with burnup for the LEU while rod worth increased with burnup for the HEU core. The average thermal flux in both inner and outer irradiation sites also decreased significantly with burnup for both cores.
A Mechanism for Anonymous Credit Card Systems
Tamura, Shinsuke; Yanase, Tatsuro
This paper proposes a mechanism for anonymous credit card systems, in which each credit card holder can conceal individual transactions from the credit card company, while enabling the credit card company to calculate the total expenditures of transactions of individual card holders during specified periods, and to identify card holders who executed dishonest transactions. Based on three existing mechanisms, i.e. anonymous authentication, blind signature and secure statistical data gathering, together with implicit transaction links proposed here, the proposed mechanism enables development of anonymous credit card systems without assuming any absolutely trustworthy entity like tamper resistant devices or organizations faithful both to the credit card company and card holders.
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The authors approach theoretical treatment of isotopic composition changement for nuclear fuel in nuclear reactors. They show the difficulty of exhaustive treatment of burn-up problems and introduce the principal simplifying principles. Due to these principles they write and solve analytically the evolution equations of the concentration for the principal nuclides both in the case of fast and thermal reactors. Finally, they expose and comment the results obtained in the case of a power fast reactor. (author)
Compressive creep of simulated burnup fuel
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In order to study the nitride fuel mechanical properties, we measured the compressive steady state creep rates of uranium mononitride (UN) and UN containing neodymium which was simulated burnup fuel. The stress exponent n'' and the apparent activation energy ''Q'' of the creep rate were determined in the range of 27.5 ≤ σ ≤ 200.0 MPa and 950 ≤ T ≤ 1500 degC. (author)
BURNCAL: A Nuclear Reactor Burnup Code Using MCNP Tallies
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BURNCAL is a Fortran computer code designed to aid in analysis, prediction, and optimization of fuel burnup performance in a nuclear reactor. The code uses output parameters generated by the Monte Carlo neutronics code MCNP to determine the isotopic inventory as a function of time and power density. The code allows for multiple fueled regions to be analyzed. The companion code, RELOAD, can be used to shuffle fueled regions or reload regions with fresh fuel. BURNCAL can be used to study the reactivity effects and isotopic inventory as a function of time for a nuclear reactor system. Neutron transmutation, fission, and radioactive decay are included in the modeling of the production and removal terms for each isotope of interest. For a fueled region, neutron transmutation, fuel depletion, fission-product poisoning, actinide generation, and burnable poison loading and depletion effects are included in the calculation. Fueled and un-fueled regions, such as cladding and moderator, can be analyzed simultaneously. The nuclides analyzed are limited only by the neutron cross section availability in the MCNP cross-section library. BURNCAL is unique in comparison to other burnup codes in that it does not use the calculated neutron flux as input to other computer codes to generate the nuclide mixture for the next time step. Instead, BURNCAL directly uses the neutron absorption tally/reaction information generated by MCNP for each nuclide of interest to determine the nuclide inventory for that region. This allows for the full capabilities of MCNP to be incorporated into the calculation and a more accurate and robust analysis to be performed
High burnup effects in WWER fuel rods
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Smirnov, V.; Smirnov, A. [RRC Research Institute of Atomic Reactors, Dimitrovqrad (Russian Federation)
1996-03-01
Since 1987 at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors, the examinations of the WWER spent fuel assemblies has been carried out. These investigations are aimed to gain information on WWER spent fuel conditions in order to validate the fuel assemblies use during the 3 and 4 year fuel cycle in the WWER-440 and WWER-1000 units. At present time, the aim is to reach an average fuel burnup of 55 MWd/kgU. According to this aim, a new investigation program on the WWER spent fuel elements is started. The main objectives of this program are to study the high burnup effects and their influence on the WWER fuel properties. This paper presented the main statistical values of the WWER-440 and WWER-1000 reactors` fuel assemblies and their fragment parameters. Average burnup of fuel in the investigated fuel assemblies was in the range of 13 to 49.7 MWd/kgU. In this case, the numer of fuel cycles was from 1 to 4 during operation of the fuel assemblies.
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Full text: IAEA uses today FORK Detector in attended and unattended mode for the verification of spent fuels. This system uses a neutron fission chamber and an ionisation chamber to combine total neutron counting and total gamma counting. CANBERRA now proposes the new SMOPY system, which enhances performance as it combines a fission chamber and a CZT gamma spectrometer. This new measurement capability associated with a depletion code embedded in the interpretation software of the system allows a complete identification of the burn-up of any type of fuel (also MOX for example). A first prototype of the SMOPY system was developed in collaboration between AREVA NC CEA and CANBERRA for safeguards but also burn-up credit applications. This prototype has been already used by the IAEA. CANBERRA has now completed the industrialization of this system adding new functionalities. The system allows also axial scanning of the fuel assembly instead of a single point measurement. Two types of interpretation of the measurement have been developed. The first one requires the irradiation history to determine very precisely the burn-up of the fuel assembly, thus allow to verify the operator's declaration. The second method is less precise but doesn't require any data of the fuel to determine the cooling time, burn-up, and the fuel type (MOX or LEU). The new CANBERRA industrialized SMOPY system will allow new possibilities of IAEA verifications and will also permit to address new scenarios of IAEA safeguards activities. (author)
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In the design of the incore thermionic reactor system developed under the Advanced Thermionic Initiative (ATI), the fuel is highly enriched uranium dioxide and the moderating medium is zirconium hydride. The traditional burnup and fuel depletion analysis codes have been found to be inadequate for these calculations, largely because of the material and geometry modeled and because the neutron spectra assumed for the codes such as LEOPARD and ORIGEN do not even closely fit that for a small, thermal reactor using ZrH as moderator. More sophisticated codes such as the transport lattice type code WIMS often lack some materials, such as ZrH. Thus a new method which could accurately calculate the neutron spectrum and the appropriate reaction rates within the fuel element is needed. The method developed utilizes and interconnects the accuracy of the Monte Carlo Neutron/Photon (MCNP) method to calculate reaction rates for the important isotopes, and a time dependent depletion routine to calculate the temporal effects on isotope concentrations. This effort required the modification of MCNP itself to perform the additional task of accomplishing burnup calculations. The modified version called, MCNPBURN, evolved to be a general dual purpose code which can be used for standard calculations as well as for burn-up
Point reactivity burnup code DELIGHT-4 for high temperature, gas-cooled reactor cells
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The code DELIGHT-4 has been developed for analizing burnup characteristics of the graphite moderated reactor cells and producing the few-group constants. Calculation models for the code are as follows: (1) The number of neutron energy groups is 61 for fast neutrons (10 MeV -- 2.38 eV) and 50 for thermal neutrons (2.38 eV -- 0 eV). (2) The doubly space-heterogeneous effect of fuel (dispersion of coated fuel particles in fuel compacts and regular array of fuel rods in graphite blocks) is considered in the calculation of resonance absorption. (3) The double heterogenity of burnable poison (dispersion of absorber grains in rods) can be considered. (4) The chemical binding effect of graphite is introduced in the scattering of thermal neutrons. (5) The calculations of criticality and burnup are by a few-energy-group models (up to 10 groups for both fast and thermal neutrons), and nuclide chains of thorium-uranium and uranium-plutonium are used for burnup calculation. (6) Neutron streaming effect through holes and gaps in cells can be considered in criticality calculation. (7) The flux distribution in cells can be calculated. The cell-averaged few group constants can be produced in card form for 1-D transport approximation code SLALOM, 2-D S sub( n) code TWOTRAN, 1-D diffusion code BRIQUET, 2-D diffusion code ZADOC-3 and 3-D diffusion code CITATION-DEGA. (author)
Comparisons of the predicted and measured isotopic composition for high burnup PWR spent fuels
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Comparisons between the calculated and measured isotopic composition for high burnup Korean PWR spent fuel samples were carried out. Spent fuel samples used in this study were obtained from commercial Korean PWRs, Ulchin unit 2 and Yonggwang unit 1. A radiochemical analysis of the spent fuel samples was performed to determine the isotopic compositions of U, Pu, and Nd. The depletion calculations which were carried out using the SAS2H control module in Version 5.1 of the SCALE code system were compared with the results of the radiochemical analyses. The results derived from the measured and calculated concentrations for each isotope of the corresponding samples were generally consistent with the earlier studies and the results were different within a few percent. The validity of the SAS2H control module in Version 5.1 of the SCALE code system could be confirmed in a high burnup spent fuel above 45 GWd/MTU
Simulation of triton burn-up in JET plasmas
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Loughlin, M.J.; Balet, B.; Jarvis, O.N.; Stubberfield, P.M. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking
1994-07-01
This paper presents the first triton burn-up calculations for JET plasmas using the transport code TRANSP. Four hot ion H-mode deuterium plasmas are studied. For these discharges, the 2.5 MeV emission rises rapidly and then collapses abruptly. This phenomenon is not fully understood but in each case the collapse phase is associated with a large impurity influx known as the ``carbon bloom``. The peak 14 MeV emission occurs at this time, somewhat later than that of the 2.5 MeV neutron peak. The present results give a clear indication that there are no significant departures from classical slowing down and spatial diffusion for tritons in JET plasmas. (authors). 7 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.
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The fuel burn-up is an important parameter needed to be monitored and determined during a reactor operation and fuel management. The fuel burn-up can be calculated using computer codes and experimentally measured. This work presents the theory and experimental method applied to determine the burn-up of the irradiated and 36% enriched VVR-M2 fuel type assemblies of Dalat reactor. The method is based on measurement of Cs-137 absolute specific activity using gamma spectrometer. Designed measuring system consists of a collimator tube, high purity Germanium detector (HPGe) and associated electronics modules and online computer data acquisition system. The obtained results of measurement are comparable with theoretically calculated results. (author)
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20世纪八九十年代，《1965年高等教育法》“第四条”中的学生援助金开始基于高校学分发放。但在实施过程中，由于联邦教育部没有对高校学分的计算方法做出规范化要求，高校通过分配超额学分骗取援助金的现象时有发生。为促进援助金的公平发放，弥补现行学分算法的不足，2010年联邦教育部发布了统一高校学分计算方法的规定，凡申请“第四条”中援助金的高校必须采纳教育部统一规定的学分算法，此举引发社会广泛争议。%In the 1980s and 1990s,the grant of Title Ⅳ student aid programs in The Higher Education Act of 1965 began to be based on the credit hour. But because the U-nited States Department of Education didn’t unify the calculation method of the credit hour in the implementation of the Act,the universities and colleges often allocated exces-sive credit hours to get more aid funds. In order to promote the fair distribution of the funds and make up for the inadequacy of the current calculation method,the Department of Education published the new regulations in 2010,importing the standard calculation method of the college credit hour into its own requirements for institutional eligibility for Title IV programs, which has caused extensive social controversy.
Reactivity loss validation of high-burnup PWR fuels with pile-oscillation experiments in MINERVE
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The ALIX experimental program relies on the experimental validation of the spent fuel inventory, by chemical analysis of samples irradiated in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) between five and seven cycles, and also on the experimental validation of the spent fuel reactivity loss with burnup, obtained by pile-oscillation measurements in the MINERVE reactor. These latter experiments provide an overall validation of both the fuel inventory and the nuclear data responsible for the reactivity loss. This program also offers unique experimental data for fuels with a burnup reaching 85 GWd/tonne, as spent fuels in French PWRs have never exceeded 70 GWd/tonne up to now. The analysis of these experiments is done in two steps with the APOLLO2/SHEM-MOC/CEA2005v4 package. In the first step, the fuel inventory of each sample is obtained by assembly calculations. The calculation route consists of the self-shielding of cross sections on the 281-energy-group SHEM mesh, followed by flux calculation by the method of characteristics in a two-dimensional exact heterogeneous geometry of the assembly, and finally a depletion calculation by an iterative resolution of the Bateman equations. In the second step, the fuel inventory is used in the analysis of pile-oscillation experiments in which the reactivity of the ALIX spent fuel samples is compared to the reactivity of fresh fuel samples. The comparison between experiment and calculation shows satisfactory results with the JEFF3.1.1 library, which predicts the reactivity loss within 2% for burnup of ∼75 GWd/tonne and within 4% for burnup of ∼85 GWd/tonne. (authors)
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Cox, Daryl [ORNL; Papar, Riyaz [Hudson Technologies; Wright, Dr. Anthony [ALW Consulting
2012-07-01
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for developing a consistent approach to documenting efficiency credits generated from energy conservation measures in the Implementation Plan for boilers covered by the Boiler MACT rule (i.e., subpart DDDDD of CFR part 63). This document divides Boiler System conservation opportunities into four functional areas: 1) the boiler itself, 2) the condensate recovery system, 3) the distribution system, and 4) the end uses of the steam. This document provides technical information for documenting emissions credits proposed in the Implementation Plan for functional areas 2) though 4). This document does not include efficiency improvements related to the Boiler tune-ups.
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Cox, Daryl [ORNL; Papar, Riyaz [Hudson Technologies; Wright, Dr. Anthony [ALW Consulting
2013-02-01
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for developing a consistent approach to documenting efficiency credits generated from energy conservation measures in the Implementation Plan for boilers covered by the Boiler MACT rule (i.e., subpart DDDDD of CFR part 63). This document divides Boiler System conservation opportunities into four functional areas: 1) the boiler itself, 2) the condensate recovery system, 3) the distribution system, and 4) the end uses of the steam. This document provides technical information for documenting emissions credits proposed in the Implementation Plan for functional areas 2) though 4). This document does not include efficiency improvements related to the Boiler tune-ups.
Burnup measurements of leader fuel elements
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Some time ago the CCHEN authorities decided to produce a set of 50 low enrichment fuel elements. These elements were produced in the PEC (Fuel Elements Plant), located at CCHEN offices in Lo Aguirre. These new fuel elements have basically the same geometrical characteristics of previous ones, which were British and made with raw material from the U.S. The principal differences between our fuel elements and the British ones is the density of fissile material, U-235, which was increased to compensate the reduction in enrichment. Last year, the Fuel Elements Plant (PEC) delivered the shipment's first four (4) fuel elements, called leaders, to the RECH1. A test element was delivered too, and the complete set was introduced into the reactor's nucleus, following the normal routine, but performing a special follow-up on their behavior inside the nucleus. This experimental element has only one outside fuel plate, and the remaining (15) structural plates are aluminum. In order to study the burnup, the test element was taken out of the nucleus, in mid- November 1999, and left to decay until June 2000, when it was moved to the laboratory (High Activity Cell), to start the burnup measurements, with a gamma spectroscopy system. This work aims to show the results of these measurements and in addition to meet the following objectives: (a) Visual test of the plate's general condition; (b) Sipping test of fission products; (c) Study of burn-up distribution in the plate; (d) Check and improve the calculus algorithm; (e) Comparison of the results obtained from the spectroscopy with the ones from neutron calculus
Accuracy assessment of a new Monte Carlo based burnup computer code
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Highlights: ► A new burnup code called BUCAL1 was developed. ► BUCAL1 uses the MCNP tallies directly in the calculation of the isotopic inventories. ► Validation of BUCAL1 was done by code to code comparison using VVER-1000 LEU Benchmark Assembly. ► Differences from BM value were found to be ± 600 pcm for k∞ and ±6% for the isotopic compositions. ► The effect on reactivity due to the burnup of Gd isotopes is well reproduced by BUCAL1. - Abstract: This study aims to test for the suitability and accuracy of a new home-made Monte Carlo burnup code, called BUCAL1, by investigating and predicting the neutronic behavior of a “VVER-1000 LEU Assembly Computational Benchmark”, at lattice level. BUCAL1 uses MCNP tally information directly in the computation; this approach allows performing straightforward and accurate calculation without having to use the calculated group fluxes to perform transmutation analysis in a separate code. ENDF/B-VII evaluated nuclear data library was used in these calculations. Processing of the data library is performed using recent updates of NJOY99 system. Code to code comparisons with the reported Nuclear OECD/NEA results are presented and analyzed.
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In this work a spatial burnup scheme and feedback effects has been implemented into the FERM ( 'Finite Element Response Matrix' )program. The spatially dependent neutronic parameters have been considered in three levels: zonewise calculation, assembly wise calculation and pointwise calculation. Flux and power distributions and the multiplication factor were calculated and compared with the results obtained by CITATIOn program. These comparisons showed that processing time in the Ferm code has been hundred of times shorter and no significant difference has been observed in the assembly average power distribution. (Author)
Fuel burnup monitor for nuclear reactors
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An in-service detector is designed using the principle of comparing temperatures in the fuel element and in the detector material. The detector consists of 3 metallic heat conductors insulated with ceramic insulators, two of them with uranium fuel spheres at the end. One sphere is coated with zirconium, the other with zirconium and gold. The precision of measurement of the degree of fuel burnup depends on the precision of the measurement of temperature and is determined from the difference in temperature gradients of the two uranium fuel spheres in the detector. (M.D.)
High Burnup Fuel Performance and Safety Research
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Bang, Je Keun; Lee, Chan Bok; Kim, Dae Ho (and others)
2007-03-15
The worldwide trend of nuclear fuel development is to develop a high burnup and high performance nuclear fuel with high economies and safety. Because the fuel performance evaluation code, INFRA, has a patent, and the superiority for prediction of fuel performance was proven through the IAEA CRP FUMEX-II program, the INFRA code can be utilized with commercial purpose in the industry. The INFRA code was provided and utilized usefully in the universities and relevant institutes domesticallly and it has been used as a reference code in the industry for the development of the intrinsic fuel rod design code.
P Langley
2014-01-01
This article provides an editorial introduction to the special issue of Consumption Markets & Culture devoted to the consolidated mass markets and cultures of contemporary consumer credit. It identifies a strange irony that arises from the extant social scientific literatures on consumption and retail finance: for all the analysis that they offer of consumerism and credit, the consumption of consumer credit itself is rarely considered. An overview is provided of how the articles in the specia...
Global credit and domestic credit booms
Claudio Borio; Robert McCauley; Patrick McGuire
2011-01-01
US dollar credit is growing quickly outside the United States, especially in Asia, and in some economies it has outpaced overall credit growth. Cross-border sources of credit bear watching in view of their record of outgrowing overall credit in credit booms. Foreign currency and cross-border sources of credit raise policy issues.
Determination of deuterium–tritium critical burn-up parameter by four temperature theory
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Nazirzadeh, M.; Ghasemizad, A. [Department of Physics, University of Guilan, 41335-1914 Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khanbabei, B. [School of Physics, Damghan University, 36716-41167 Damghan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
2015-12-15
Conditions for thermonuclear burn-up of an equimolar mixture of deuterium-tritium in non-equilibrium plasma have been investigated by four temperature theory. The photon distribution shape significantly affects the nature of thermonuclear burn. In three temperature model, the photon distribution is Planckian but in four temperature theory the photon distribution has a pure Planck form below a certain cut-off energy and then for photon energy above this cut-off energy makes a transition to Bose-Einstein distribution with a finite chemical potential. The objective was to develop four temperature theory in a plasma to calculate the critical burn up parameter which depends upon initial density, the plasma components initial temperatures, and hot spot size. All the obtained results from four temperature theory model are compared with 3 temperature model. It is shown that the values of critical burn-up parameter calculated by four temperature theory are smaller than those of three temperature model.
Microstructural Modeling of Thermal Conductivity of High Burn-up Mixed Oxide Fuel
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Predicting the thermal conductivity of oxide fuels as a function of burn-up and temperature is fundamental to the efficient and safe operation of nuclear reactors. However, modeling the thermal conductivity of fuel is greatly complicated by the radially inhomogeneous nature of irradiated fuel in both composition and microstructure. In this work, radially and temperature-dependent models for effective thermal conductivity were developed utilizing optical micrographs of high burn-up mixed oxide fuel. The micrographs were employed to create finite element meshes with the OOF2 software. The meshes were then used to calculate the effective thermal conductivity of the microstructures using the BISON fuel performance code. The new thermal conductivity models were used to calculate thermal profiles at end of life for the fuel pellets. These results were compared to thermal conductivity models from the literature, and comparison between the new finite element-based thermal conductivity model and the Duriez-Lucuta model was favorable
Extended Burnup Impact on the TN24 Spent Fuel Storage Cask Main Parameters
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In order to establish the capability of the TN24 cask for storage of spent fuel assemblies which are beyond the limits given by the manufacturer, a calculations of the dose and heat decay have been made for several cases of burnup higher than 35 GWd/MTU, using the SCALE 4.2 code package. The results were compared with the data obtained from the manufacturer. According to the results of the ORIGEN and SAS4 calculations and taking into the account limitations of the used model, it is possible to estimate that for 50 GWd/MTU burnup at least 15 years cooling time period is necessary to allow the use of TN24 cask. (author)
Determination of deuterium-tritium critical burn-up parameter by four temperature theory
Nazirzadeh, M.; Ghasemizad, A.; Khanbabei, B.
2015-12-01
Conditions for thermonuclear burn-up of an equimolar mixture of deuterium-tritium in non-equilibrium plasma have been investigated by four temperature theory. The photon distribution shape significantly affects the nature of thermonuclear burn. In three temperature model, the photon distribution is Planckian but in four temperature theory the photon distribution has a pure Planck form below a certain cut-off energy and then for photon energy above this cut-off energy makes a transition to Bose-Einstein distribution with a finite chemical potential. The objective was to develop four temperature theory in a plasma to calculate the critical burn up parameter which depends upon initial density, the plasma components initial temperatures, and hot spot size. All the obtained results from four temperature theory model are compared with 3 temperature model. It is shown that the values of critical burn-up parameter calculated by four temperature theory are smaller than those of three temperature model.
Analytical and numerical study of radiation effect up to high burnup in power reactor fuels
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In the present work the behavior of fuel pellets for power reactors in the high burnup range (average burnup higher than 50 MWd/kgHM) is analyzed. For extended irradiation periods, a considerable Pu concentration is reached in the pellet periphery (rim zone), that contributes to local burnup, as long as a new microstructure develops, characterized by small grains and large pores as compared with those of the original material. In this region Xe is absent from the solid lattice (although it continues to be dissolved in the rest of the pellet). The porous microstructure in the pellet edge causes local changes in the mechanical and thermal properties, thus affecting the overall fuel behaviour. The evolution of porosity in the high burnup structure (HBS) is assumed to be determinant of the retention capacity of the fission gases released by the matrix. This is the reason why, during the latest years a considerable effort has been devoted to characterizing the parameters that influence porosity. Starting from several works published in the open literature, a model was developed to describe the behaviour and evolution of porosity at local burnup values ranging from 60 to 300 MWd/KgHM. The model is mathematically expressed by a system of non-linear differential equations that take into account the open and closed porosity, the interactions between pores and the free surface and phenomena like pore's coalescence and migration and gas venting. Interactions of different orders between open and closed pores, growth of pores radius by vacancies trapping, the evolution of the pores number density, the internal pressure and over pressure within the pores, the fission gas retained in the matrix and released to the free volume are analyzed. The results of the simulations performed in the present work are in excellent agreement with experimental data available in the open literature and with results calculated by other authors (author)
Burnup determination and age dating of spent nuclear fuel using noble gas isotopic analysis
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During the chopping and dissolving phases of reprocessing, gases (such as tritium, krypton, xenon, iodine, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and steam) are released. These gases are traditionally transferred to a gas-treatment system for treatment, release, and/or recycle. Because of their chemically inert nature, the xenon and krypton noble gases are generally released directly into the loser atmosphere through the facility's stack. These gases (being fission products) contain information about the fuel being reprocessed and may prove a valuable monitor of reprocessing activities. Two properties of the fuel that may prove valuable from a safeguards standpoint are the fuel burnup and the fuel age (or time since discharge from the reactor). Both can be used to aid in confirming declared activities, and the burnup is generally indicative of the usability of the fuel for fabricating nuclear explosives. A study has been ongoing at Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop a methodology to determine spent-fuel parameters from measured xenon and/or krypton isotopic ratios on-stack at reprocessing facilities. This study has resulted in the generation of the NOVA data analysis code, which links to a comprehensive database of reactor physics parameters (calculated using the Monteburns 3.01 code system). NOVA has been satisfactorily tested for burnup determination of weapons-grade fuel from a US production reactor. Less effort has been spent quantifying NOVA's ability to predict burnup and fuel age for power reactor fuel. The authors describe the results predicted by NOVA for xenon and krypton isotopic ratios measured after the dissolution of spent-fuel samples from the Borssele reactor. The Borssele reactor is a 450-MW(electric) pressurized water reactor (PWR) consisting of 15 x 15 KWU assemblies. The spent-fuel samples analyzed were single fuel rods removed from one assembly and dissolved at the La Hague reprocessing facility. The assembly average burnup was estimated at 32
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Papar, Riyaz [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wright, Anthony [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Cox, Daryl [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
2012-07-01
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for developing a consistent approach to documenting efficiency credits generated from energy conservation measures in the Implementation Plan for boilers covered by the Boiler MACT rule (i.e., Subpart DDDDD of CFR Part 63).
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Gauld, I. C.; Parks, C. V.
2000-12-11
This report has been prepared to review the technical issues important to the prediction of isotopic compositions and source terms for high-burnup, light-water-reactor (LWR) fuel as utilized in the licensing of spent fuel transport and storage systems. The current trend towards higher initial ^{235}U enrichments, more complex assembly designs, and more efficient fuel management schemes has resulted in higher spent fuel burnups than seen in the past. This trend has led to a situation where high-burnup assemblies from operating LWRs now extend beyond the area where available experimental data can be used to validate the computational methods employed to calculate spent fuel inventories and source terms. This report provides a brief review of currently available validation data, including isotopic assays, decay heat measurements, and shielded dose-rate measurements. Potential new sources of experimental data available in the near term are identified. A review of the background issues important to isotopic predictions and some of the perceived technical challenges that high-burnup fuel presents to the current computational methods are discussed. Based on the review, the phenomena that need to be investigated further and the technical issues that require resolution are presented. The methods and data development that may be required to address the possible shortcomings of physics and depletion methods in the high-burnup and high-enrichment regime are also discussed. Finally, a sensitivity analysis methodology is presented. This methodology is currently being investigated at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a computational tool to better understand the changing relative significance of the underlying nuclear data in the different enrichment and burnup regimes and to identify the processes that are dominant in the high-burnup regime. The potential application of the sensitivity analysis methodology to help establish a range of applicability for experimental
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Highlights: ► This paper presents 2D plane strain and 3D simulations of pellet–cladding interaction during base irradiation and ramp tests. ► Inverse analysis is used to estimate the evolution of friction at the pellet–clad interface with burnup. ► The number of radial cracks that form in ramped rodlets is the main parameter on which inverse analysis is based. ► Calculations show that the sole evolution of the friction coefficient with burnup is sufficient to capture the radial crack pattern. ► A simple relation between the friction coefficient and the burnup is thus proposed and used in 3D simulations of PCI. - Abstract: This paper presents 2D(r, θ) plane strain and 3D simulations of PCI during base irradiation and ramp tests. Inverse analysis is used to estimate the evolution of friction at the pellet–clad interface with burnup. The number of radial cracks that form during power ramp tests in seventeen UO2-Zy4 rodlets with burnups in the range 20–60 GWd/tU is the main parameter on which inverse analysis is based. It is shown that the sole evolution of the friction coefficient with burnup is sufficient to capture the radial crack pattern of the rodlets after power ramping. A simple relation between the friction coefficient and the burnup variation after initial pellet–clad contact is thus proposed and used in 3D simulations of PCI. The delayed gap closing at mid-pellet level with respect to inter-pellet level leads to an axial variation of the friction coefficient, with maximum values near the pellet ends. The consequences in terms of PCI failure propensity are then discussed.
Analysis of the effect of UO2 high burnup microstructure on fission gas release
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This report deals with high-burnup phenomena with relevance to fission gas release from UO2 nuclear fuel. In particular, we study how the fission gas release is affected by local buildup of fissile plutonium isotopes and fission products at the fuel pellet periphery, with subsequent formation of a characteristic high-burnup rim zone micro-structure. An important aspect of these high-burnup effects is the degradation of fuel thermal conductivity, for which prevalent models are analysed and compared with respect to their theoretical bases and supporting experimental data. Moreover, the Halden IFA-429/519.9 high-burnup experiment is analysed by use of the FRAPCON3 computer code, into which modified and extended models for fission gas release are introduced. These models account for the change in Xe/Kr-ratio of produced and released fission gas with respect to time and space. In addition, several alternative correlations for fuel thermal conductivity are implemented, and their impact on calculated fission gas release is studied. The calculated fission gas release fraction in IFA-429/519.9 strongly depends on what correlation is used for the fuel thermal conductivity, since thermal release dominates over athermal release in this particular experiment. The conducted calculations show that athermal release processes account for less than 10% of the total gas release. However, athermal release from the fuel pellet rim zone is presumably underestimated by our models. This conclusion is corroborated by comparisons between measured and calculated Xe/Kr-ratios of the released fission gas
Analysis of the effect of UO{sub 2} high burnup microstructure on fission gas release
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Jernkvist, Lars Olof; Massih, Ali [Quantum Technologies AB, Uppsala Science Park (Sweden)
2002-10-01
This report deals with high-burnup phenomena with relevance to fission gas release from UO{sub 2} nuclear fuel. In particular, we study how the fission gas release is affected by local buildup of fissile plutonium isotopes and fission products at the fuel pellet periphery, with subsequent formation of a characteristic high-burnup rim zone micro-structure. An important aspect of these high-burnup effects is the degradation of fuel thermal conductivity, for which prevalent models are analysed and compared with respect to their theoretical bases and supporting experimental data. Moreover, the Halden IFA-429/519.9 high-burnup experiment is analysed by use of the FRAPCON3 computer code, into which modified and extended models for fission gas release are introduced. These models account for the change in Xe/Kr-ratio of produced and released fission gas with respect to time and space. In addition, several alternative correlations for fuel thermal conductivity are implemented, and their impact on calculated fission gas release is studied. The calculated fission gas release fraction in IFA-429/519.9 strongly depends on what correlation is used for the fuel thermal conductivity, since thermal release dominates over athermal release in this particular experiment. The conducted calculations show that athermal release processes account for less than 10% of the total gas release. However, athermal release from the fuel pellet rim zone is presumably underestimated by our models. This conclusion is corroborated by comparisons between measured and calculated Xe/Kr-ratios of the released fission gas.
Burnup determination of water reactor fuel
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The present meeting was scheduled by the International Atomic Energy Agency in consultation with the Members of the International Working Group on Water Reactor Fuel Performance and Technology. The meeting was hosted by the Commission of the European Communities, at the Transuranium Research Laboratory, Joint Research Centre Karlsruhe, in the Federal Republic of Germany. This subject was dealt with for the first time by the IAEA. It was found to correspond adequately to this type of Specialist Meeting and to be suitable at a moment when the extension of burnup constitutes a major technical and economical issue in fuel technology. It was stressed that analysis of highly burnt fuels, mixed oxides and burnable absorber bearing fuels required extension of the experimental data base, to comply with the increasing demand for an improved fuel management, including better qualification of reactor physics codes. Twenty-seven participants from eleven countries plus two international organizations attended the Meeting. Twelve papers were given during three technical sessions, followed by a panel discussion which allowed to formulate the conclusions of the meeting and recommendations to the Agency. In addition, participants were invited to give an outline of their national programmes, related to Burnup Determination of Water Reactor Fuel. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these 12 papers. Refs, figs and tabs
Method of compensating distribution of reactor burnup degree
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An object of the present invention is to attain an appropriate power distribution and a burnup degree distribution during an operation cycle, thereby improving the succeeding operation cycle in a BWR type reactor. That is, a deviation between a distribution of an actual axial burnup degree and that of an aimed axial burnup degree in a reactor core is measured upon completion of the operation cycle by using a burnup degree distribution measuring device. Then, the content of burnable poisons in fresh fuels to be charged to the reactor core is controlled in accordance with the deviation, to compensate the distribution of the axial burnup degree in the reactor core in the next operation cycle. Accordingly, the distribution of the axial burnup degree in the reactor core can be made closer to the aimed distribution of the burnup degree in the next operation cycle. Further, appropriate power distribution and a burnup degree distribution can be obtained by improving the axial power distribution in the reactor core with the characteristics of the fresh fuels themselves to be loaded, without depending only on changes of a control rod pattern. Accordingly, fuel economy and operation performance can be improved. (I.S.)
Non-destructive burn-up degree evaluation method for nuclear fuel
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Ueda, Makoto; Kumanomido, Hironori
1998-01-06
The present invention concerns a non-destructive burn-up degree evaluation method for spent fuels by a spontaneous neutron releasing rate method. Namely, an equation (1) is provided as: S = ({phi}/P)x(1-k) where {phi} is spontaneous neutron flux, P is the proportional coefficient, S is neutron releasing rate and k is neutron effective multiplication factor. S is further given by an equation (2): S = S4{sub 0}x(1+S2/S4{sub 0})xVxT where S2 is releasing rate from Cm242, S4{sub 0} is releasing rate from other nuclides, v is a void ratio of coolants and T is a time decaying effect, and the equations (1) and (2) are joined. P is determined by theoretical calculation, and S2/S4{sub 0} is determined based on a half decay characteristics of Cm242 to determine a correction amount. S4{sub 0} and V are determined as a correlational function of the burn-up degree: x based on burning calculation while using the Pu enrichment degree {epsilon}, Pu compositional ratio f, and concrete void ratio v. k is determined as a correlational function of v. A first appropriate value of x is obtained while having the burnup degree x{sup (0)} as an initial value. x is determined successively by repeating calculation based on modified k in this case. (I.S.)
Automated generation of burnup chain for reactor analysis applications
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This paper presents the development of an automated generation of a new burnup chain for reactor analysis applications. The JENDL FP Decay Data File 2011 and Fission Yields Data File 2011 were used as the data sources. The nuclides in the new chain are determined by restrictions of the half-life and cumulative yield of fission products or from a given list. Then, decay modes, branching ratios and fission yields are recalculated taking into account intermediate reactions. The new burnup chain is output according to the format for the SRAC code system. Verification was performed to evaluate the accuracy of the new burnup chain. The results show that the new burnup chain reproduces well the results of a reference one with 193 fission products used in SRAC. Further development and applications are being planned with the burnup chain code. (author)
Thermonuclear burn-up in deuterated methane $CD_4$
Frolov, Alexei M
2010-01-01
The thermonuclear burn-up of highly compressed deuterated methane CD$_4$ is considered in the spherical geometry. The minimal required values of the burn-up parameter $x = \\rho_0 \\cdot r_f$ are determined for various temperatures $T$ and densities $\\rho_0$. It is shown that thermonuclear burn-up in $CD_4$ becomes possible in practice if its initial density $\\rho_0$ exceeds $\\approx 5 \\cdot 10^3$ $g \\cdot cm^{-3}$. Burn-up in CD$_2$T$_2$ methane requires significantly ($\\approx$ 100 times) lower compressions. The developed approach can be used in order to compute the critical burn-up parameters in an arbitrary deuterium containing fuel.
Nehls, Hiltrud; Schmidt, Torsten
2003-01-01
This paper evaluates whether the Germany economy is currently affected by a credit crunch, i.e. a supply-side restriction of loans that is not in line with market interest rates and profitability of investment projects.With help of a disequilibrium- model, we calculate a credit supply and a demand-function. We compare estimated demand with estimated supply, finding a considerable excess- demand particularly in the second half of 2002. The main reason for this restriction is the drop in earnin...
Nehls, Hiltrud; Schmidt, Torsten
2003-01-01
This paper evaluates whether the Germany economy is currently affected by a credit crunch,i.e.a supply-side restriction of loans that is not in line with market interest rates and profitability of investment projects.With help of a disequilibrium-model,we calculate a credit supply and a demand-function.We compare estimated demand with estimated supply,finding a considerable ex- cess-demand particularly in the second half of 2002.The main reason for this restriction is the drop in earnings in ...
Analysis of UO2 fuel structure for low and high burn-up and its impact on fission gas release
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During irradiation, uranium dioxide (UO2) fuel undergo important restructuring mainly represented by densification and swelling, void migration, equiaxed grain growth, grain subdivision, and the formation of columnar grains. The purpose of this study is to obtain a comprehensive picture of the phenomenon of equiaxed grain growth in UO2 ceramic material. The change of the grain size in high-density uranium dioxide as a function of temperature, initial grain size, time, and burnup is calculated. Algorithm of fission gas release from UO2 fuel during high temperature irradiation at high burnup taking into account grain growth effect is presented. Theoretical results are compared with experimental data. (author)
Burnup-dependent cross section data for research reactors
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Studies currently in progress consider research and test reactors which commonly have burnups of 50 atom percent in 235-U and may reach as high a 70 atom percent. At these levels of burnup changes in cross-section data with burnup become significant. Some preliminary studies of these effects lead to the development of a modified version of REBUS-2 which supports changes in cross-section data with burnup. This version of REBUS-2 allows for changes in the cross-section data only at each time sub-interval in the problem, and these cross-section changes for capture and fission are based on a least squares polynomial fit as a function of burnup. In this paper an attempt is made to evaluate the importance of burnup dependent data for the various isotopes and/or groups, and to assess the accuracy of this method by comparing the REBUS-2 results with results obtained from PDQ-7. The 10 MW IAEA benchmark problem has been selected for this study. A description of the reactor and the XY model can be found in the IAEA Guidebook. The EPRI-CELL4 code was used to generate burnup dependent cross section data for use with both REBUS-2 and PDQ-7. Cross-section data were generated at 10 time steps to a burnup of approximately 50 atom percent in 235-U. The agreement between the PDQ-7 results and the REBUS-2 results with fitted burnup dependent cross-section data are quite good. Burnup dependent cross sections are essential for accurate estimates of cycle lengths and reactivities, and low order polynomial fits of capture and fission data for selected isotopes and energy groups can provide this capability
Development of a fuel rod thermal-mechanical analysis code for high burnup fuel
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The thermal-mechanical analysis code for high burnup BWR fuel rod has been developed by NFI. The irradiation data accumulated up to the assembly burnup of 55 GWd/t in commercial BWRs were adopted for the modeling. In the code, pellet thermal conductivity degradation with burnup progress was considered. Effects of the soluble FPs, irradiation defects and porosity increase due to RIM effect were taken into the model. In addition to the pellet thermal conductivity degradation, the pellet swelling due to the RIM porosity was studied. The modeling for the high burnup effects was also carried out for (U, Gd)O2 and MOX fuel. The thermal conductivities of all pellet types, UO2, (U, Gd)O2 and (U, Pu)O2 pellets, are expressed by the same form of equation with individual coefficient γ in the code. The pellet center temperature was calculated using this modeling code, and compared with measured values for the code verification. The pellet center temperature calculated using the thermal conductivity degradation model agreed well with the measured values within ±150 deg. C. The influence of rim porosity on pellet center temperature is small, and the temperature increase in only 30 deg. C at 75 GWd/t and 200 W/cm. The pellet center temperature of MOX fuel was also calculated, and it was found that the pellet center temperature of MOX fuel with 10wt% PuO2 is about 60 deg. C higher than UO2 fuel at 75 GWd/t and 200 W/cm. (author)
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Three types, hypostoichiometric, nearly stoichiometric and hyperstoichiometric, of uranium-plutonium carbide fuels simulating 10 at.% burnup were prepared by carbothermic reduction of oxide containing fission product elements. The carbides contained fission product phases such as the UMoC2 and the U2RuC2 type or the RECsub(1.5-2.0) phases (RE:rare earth). Composite theoretical densities of heterogenious carbides containing the UC, U2C3 type and fission product phases were calculated from the proportions and densities of these phases. By comparison of specific volume of the carbide between of 0 at.% and 10 at.% burnup, the solid fission product swelling rate of a carbide-based fuel was estimated to be 0.4-0.5 % per at.% burnup. (author)
Development of a Burnup Module DECBURN Based on the Krylov Subspace Method
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Cho, J. Y.; Kim, K. S.; Shim, H. J.; Song, J. S
2008-05-15
This report is to develop a burnup module DECBURN that is essential for the reactor analysis and the assembly homogenization codes to trace the fuel composition change during the core burnup. The developed burnup module solves the burnup equation by the matrix exponential method based on the Krylov Subspace method. The final solution of the matrix exponential is obtained by the matrix scaling and squaring method. To develop DECBURN module, this report includes the followings as: (1) Krylov Subspace Method for Burnup Equation, (2) Manufacturing of the DECBURN module, (3) Library Structure Setup and Library Manufacturing, (4) Examination of the DECBURN module, (5) Implementation to the DeCART code and Verification. DECBURN library includes the decay constants, one-group cross section and the fission yields. Examination of the DECBURN module is performed by manufacturing a driver program, and the results of the DECBURN module is compared with those of the ORIGEN program. Also, the implemented DECBURN module to the DeCART code is applied to the LWR depletion benchmark and a OPR-1000 pin cell problem, and the solutions are compared with the HELIOS code to verify the computational soundness and accuracy. In this process, the criticality calculation method and the predictor-corrector scheme are introduced to the DeCART code for a function of the homogenization code. The examination by a driver program shows that the DECBURN module produces exactly the same solution with the ORIGEN program. DeCART code that equips the DECBURN module produces a compatible solution to the other codes for the LWR depletion benchmark. Also the multiplication factors of the DeCART code for the OPR-1000 pin cell problem agree to the HELIOS code within 100 pcm over the whole burnup steps. The multiplication factors with the criticality calculation are also compatible with the HELIOS code. These results mean that the developed DECBURN module works soundly and produces an accurate solution
Development of a Burnup Module DECBURN Based on the Krylov Subspace Method
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This report is to develop a burnup module DECBURN that is essential for the reactor analysis and the assembly homogenization codes to trace the fuel composition change during the core burnup. The developed burnup module solves the burnup equation by the matrix exponential method based on the Krylov Subspace method. The final solution of the matrix exponential is obtained by the matrix scaling and squaring method. To develop DECBURN module, this report includes the followings as: (1) Krylov Subspace Method for Burnup Equation, (2) Manufacturing of the DECBURN module, (3) Library Structure Setup and Library Manufacturing, (4) Examination of the DECBURN module, (5) Implementation to the DeCART code and Verification. DECBURN library includes the decay constants, one-group cross section and the fission yields. Examination of the DECBURN module is performed by manufacturing a driver program, and the results of the DECBURN module is compared with those of the ORIGEN program. Also, the implemented DECBURN module to the DeCART code is applied to the LWR depletion benchmark and a OPR-1000 pin cell problem, and the solutions are compared with the HELIOS code to verify the computational soundness and accuracy. In this process, the criticality calculation method and the predictor-corrector scheme are introduced to the DeCART code for a function of the homogenization code. The examination by a driver program shows that the DECBURN module produces exactly the same solution with the ORIGEN program. DeCART code that equips the DECBURN module produces a compatible solution to the other codes for the LWR depletion benchmark. Also the multiplication factors of the DeCART code for the OPR-1000 pin cell problem agree to the HELIOS code within 100 pcm over the whole burnup steps. The multiplication factors with the criticality calculation are also compatible with the HELIOS code. These results mean that the developed DECBURN module works soundly and produces an accurate solution
The commercial impact of burnup increase
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Deregulation has a dramatic effect on competition in the electricity markets. This will lead to a continued pressure on the prices in virtually all areas of the nuclear fuel cycle and will encourage further optimization, technical and technological progress and innovations with respect to further cost reductions of power production. The permission of direct disposal, in Germany legally granted in 1994 as an alternative to the reprocessing path, made possible cost savings and has consequently resulted in a decline of reprocessing prices. In addition, suppliers as well as operators are making considerable efforts to reduce the disposal costs fraction by optimizing disposal technologies and concepts. The increase of discharge has essentially contributed to the reduction the disposal cost fraction. Compared to former scenarios, the economic potential of burn-up increase is decreasing
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Burnup dependent steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of TRIGA Mark-II research reactor has been carried out utilizing coupled point kinetics, neutronics and thermal hydraulics code EUREKA-2/RR. From the previous calculations of neutronics parameters including percentage burnup of individual fuel elements performed so far for 700 MWD burnt core of TRIGA reactor showed that the fuel rod predicted as hottest at the beginning of cycle (fresh core) was found to remain as the hottest until 200 MWD of burn, but, with the progress of core burn, the hottest rod was found to be shifted and another rod in the core became the hottest. The present study intends to evaluate the thermal hydraulic parameters of these hottest fuel rods at different cycles of burnup, from beginning to 700 MWD core burnt considering reactor operates under steady state condition. Peak fuel centerline temperature, maximum cladding and coolant temperatures of the hottest channels were calculated. It revealed that maximum temperature reported for fuel clad and fuel centerline found to lie below their melting points which indicate that there is no chance of burnout on the fuel cladding surface and no blister in the fuel meat throughout the considered cycles of core burnt. (author)
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2014-12-01
Full Text Available Burnup dependent steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of TRIGA Mark-II research reactor has been carried out utilizing coupled point kinetics, neutronics and thermal hydraulics code EUREKA-2/RR. From the previous calculations of neutronics parameters including percentage burnup of individual fuel elements performed so far for 700 MWD burnt core of TRIGA reactor showed that the fuel rod predicted as hottest at the beginning of cycle (fresh core was found to remain as the hottest until 200 MWD of burn, but, with the progress of core burn, the hottest rod was found to be shifted and another rod in the core became the hottest. The present study intends to evaluate the thermal hydraulic parameters of these hottest fuel rods at different cycles of burnup, from beginning to 700 MWD core burnt considering reactor operates under steady state condition. Peak fuel centerline temperature, maximum cladding and coolant temperatures of the hottest channels were calculated. It revealed that maximum temperature reported for fuel clad and fuel centerline found to lie below their melting points which indicate that there is no chance of burnout on the fuel cladding surface and no blister in the fuel meat throughout the considered cycles of core burnt.
High burnup models in computer code fair
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An advanced fuel analysis code FAIR has been developed for analyzing the behavior of fuel rods of water cooled reactors under severe power transients and high burnups. The code is capable of analyzing fuel pins of both collapsible clad, as in PHWR and free standing clad as in LWR. The main emphasis in the development of this code is on evaluating the fuel performance at extended burnups and modelling of the fuel rods for advanced fuel cycles. For this purpose, a number of suitable models have been incorporated in FAIR. For modelling the fission gas release, three different models are implemented, namely Physically based mechanistic model, the standard ANS 5.4 model and the Halden model. Similarly the pellet thermal conductivity can be modelled by the MATPRO equation, the SIMFUEL relation or the Halden equation. The flux distribution across the pellet is modelled by using the model RADAR. For modelling pellet clad interaction (PCMI)/ stress corrosion cracking (SCC) induced failure of sheath, necessary routines are provided in FAIR. The validation of the code FAIR is based on the analysis of fuel rods of EPRI project ''Light water reactor fuel rod modelling code evaluation'' and also the analytical simulation of threshold power ramp criteria of fuel rods of pressurized heavy water reactors. In the present work, a study is carried out by analysing three CRP-FUMEX rods to show the effect of various combinations of fission gas release models and pellet conductivity models, on the fuel analysis parameters. The satisfactory performance of FAIR may be concluded through these case studies. (author). 12 refs, 5 figs
Experimental programmes related to high burnup fuel
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The experimental programmes undertaken at IGCAR with regard to high burn-up fuels fall under the following categories: a) studies on fuel behaviour, b) development of extractants for aqueous reprocessing and c) development of non-aqueous reprocessing techniques. An experimental programme to measure the carbon potential in U/Pu-FP-C systems by methane-hydrogen gas equilibration technique has been initiated at IGCAR in order to understand the evolution of fuel and fission product phases in carbide fuel at high burn-up. The carbon potentials in U-Mo-C system have been measured by this technique. The free energies and enthalpies of formation of LaC2, NdC2 and SmC2 have been measured by measuring the vapor pressures of CO over the region Ln2O3-LnC2-C during the carbothermic reduction of Ln2O3 by C. The decontamination from fission products achieved in fuel reprocessing depends strongly on the actinide loading of the extractant phase. Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), presently used as the extractant, does not allow high loadings due to its propensity for third phase formation in the extraction of Pu(IV). A detailed study of the allowable Pu loadings in TBP and other extractants has been undertaken in IGCAR, the results of which are presented in this paper. The paper also describes the status of our programme to develop a non-aqueous route for the reprocessing of fast reactor fuels. (author)
Development and validation of burnup function in reactor Monte Carlo RMC
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This paper presents the burnup calculation capability of RMC, which is a new Monte Carlo (MC) neutron transport code developed by Reactor Engineering Analysis Laboratory (REAL) in Tsinghua University of China. Unlike most of existing MC depletion codes which explicitly couple the depletion module, RMC incorporates ORIGEN 2.1 in an implicit way. Different burn step strategies, including middle-of-step approximation and predictor-corrector method, are adopted by RMC to assure accuracy under large step size. RMC employs a spectrum-based method of tallying one-group cross section, which can considerably save computational time with negligible accuracy loss. According to validation results of benchmarks and examples, it is proved that the burnup function of RMC performs quite well in accuracy and efficiency. (author)
Effect of burnup dependence of fuel cladding gap properties on WWER core characteristics
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Dependence of gas gap properties on burnup has been obtained with use of TRANSURANUS code. Implemented dependency on burnup is based on TRANSURANUS calculations of different fuel pins upon different linear power Ql. Obtained dependence was implemented into DYN3D code and results of new dependence effect on characteristics of WWER fuel loadings are presented. The work was performed in framework of orders BMU SR 2511 and BMU R0801504 (SR2611). The report describes the opinion and view of the contractor-State Scientific and Technical Centre on Nuclear and Radiation Safety-and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the ordering party-BMU-BfS/GRS and TUEV SUED. (Authors)
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Conditions of Kinoshita instability development of point defects and dislocation spatial distributions in the crystal structure of UO2 fuel are studied. As a result of the instability development, spatially non-uniform regions with increased dislocation density are formed. Closed-form expressions of instability increment and spatial scale are derived. Parameters of the instability for irradiation conditions of high burnup UO2 fuel are obtained by means of numerical simulation. Instability development time is shown to be inversely proportional to fission rate and it increases as dislocation density decreases. Calculated values of instability spatial scale and increment are in accordance with the size of fine grains and their formation rate in the peripheral zones of high burnup LWR fuel pellets
ZADOC, 2 Group Time-Dependent Burnup in X-Y Geometry with Fuel Management
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1 - Nature of physical problem solved: Two neutron group diffusion equations for a square mesh in x-y geometry are solved to yield a power distribution. Burnup for one time step is simulated by interpolation in a library of two-group cross sections which forms part of the problem data. It is assumed that the power distribution is invariant during one time step, at the end of which a re-calculation of flux and power follows automatically. Burnup proceeds in a succession of time steps and a number of fuel management options are available. 2 - Method of solution: Standard finite difference methods are used. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The programme is restricted to two neutron groups. Limits on the number of mesh points are as follows - IBM 7030 61 x 61; IBM 7090 32 x 32; see also AEEW - R.425
Light a CANDLE. An innovative burnup strategy of nuclear reactors
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CANDLE is a new burnup strategy for nuclear reactors, which stands for Constant Axial Shape of Neutron Flux, Nuclide Densities and Power Shape During Life of Energy Production. When this candle-like burnup strategy is adopted, although the fuel is fixed in a reactor core, the burning region moves, at a speed proportionate to the power output, along the direction of the core axis without changing the spatial distribution of the number density of the nuclides, neutron flux, and power density. Excess reactivity is not necessary for burnup and the shape of the power distribution and core characteristics do not change with the progress of burnup. It is not necessary to use control rods for the control of the burnup. This booklet described the concept of the CANDLE burnup strategy with basic explanations of excess neutrons and its specific application to a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor and a fast reactor with excellent neutron economy. Supplementary issues concerning the initial core and high burnup were also referred. (T. Tanaka)
Computation of classical triton burnup with high plasma temperature and current
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For comparison with experiment, the expected production of 14-MeV neutrons from the burnup of tritons produced in the d(d,t)p reaction must be computed. An effort was undertaken to compare in detail the computer codes used for this purpose at TFTR and JET. The calculation of the confined fraction of tritons by the different codes agrees to within a few percent. The high electron temperature in the experiments has raised the critical energy of the tritons that are slowing down to near or above the peak of the D-T reactivity, making the ion drag terms more important. When the different codes use the same slowing down formulas, the calculated burnup was within 6% for a case where orbit effects are expected to be small. Then results from codes with and without the effects of finite radial orbit excursions were compared for two test cases. For medium to high current discharges the finite radius effects are only of order 10%. A new version of the TFTR burnup code using an implicit Fokker-Planck solution was written to include the effects of energy diffusion and charge exchange. These effects change the time-integrated yields by only a few percent, but can significantly affect the instantaneous rates in time. Significant populations of hot ions can affect the fusion reactivity, and this effect was also studied. In particular, the d(d,p)t rate can be 10%--15% less than the d(d,3He)n rate which is usually used as a direct monitor of the triton source. Finally, a finite particle confinement time for the thermalized tritons can increase the apparent ''burn-up'' either if there is a high thermal deuteron temperature or if there exists a significant beam deuteron density
Inventory calculation for an irradiated HTGR fuel element
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In this report the inventories of some gamma-active fission products were calculated for an irradiated capsule. The number of heavy metal atoms (fissile and fertile), as well as the number of atoms for fission products are calculated and given after each irradiation cycle. The energy produced at each irradiation period is calculated and given in watts. The burnup due to each element that underwent fission and the total burnup was also calculated. 1 fig., 19 tab
Fuel burnup characteristics for the NRU research reactor
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The driver fuel of the NRU research reactor at AECL, Chalk River is a low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel alloy of Al-61 wt% U3Si, consisting of particles of U3Si dispersed in a continuous aluminum matrix, with 19.8% U235 in uranium. This paper describes the burnup characteristics for this type of fuel in NRU, including the determination of fuel depletion using the neutronic simulation code TRIAD, comparisons between simulated and measured burnup values, and the regulatory licensing operational average fuel burnup limit. (author)
Fuel burnup characteristics for the NRU research reactor
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Leung, T.C., E-mail: leungt@aecl.ca [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada)
2013-07-01
The driver fuel of the NRU research reactor at AECL, Chalk River is a low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel alloy of Al-61 wt% U{sub 3}Si, consisting of particles of U{sub 3}Si dispersed in a continuous aluminum matrix, with 19.8% U235 in uranium. This paper describes the burnup characteristics for this type of fuel in NRU, including the determination of fuel depletion using the neutronic simulation code TRIAD, comparisons between simulated and measured burnup values, and the regulatory licensing operational average fuel burnup limit. (author)
BNFL assessment of methods of attaining high burnup MOX fuel
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It is clear that in order to maintain competitiveness with UO2 fuel, the burnups achievable in MOX fuel must be enhanced beyond the levels attainable today. There are two aspects which require attention when studying methods of increased burnups - cladding integrity and fuel performance. Current irradiation experience indicates that one of the main performance issues for MOX fuel is fission gas retention. MOX, with its lower thermal conductivity, runs at higher temperatures than UO2 fuel; this can result in enhanced fission gas release. This paper explores methods of effectively reducing gas release and thereby improving MOX burnup potential. (author)
Methodology for the Weapons-Grade MOX Fuel Burnup Analysis in the Advanced Test Reactor
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A UNIX BASH (Bourne Again SHell) script CMO has been written and validated at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to couple the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the depletion and buildup code ORIGEN-2 (CMO). The new Monte Carlo burnup analysis methodology in this paper consists of MCNP coupling through CMO with ORIGEN-2, and is therefore called the MCWO. MCWO is a fully automated tool that links the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the radioactive decay and burnup code ORIGEN-2. MCWO is capable of handling a large number of fuel burnup and material loading specifications, Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) lobe powers, and irradiation time intervals. MCWO processes user input that specifies the system geometry, initial material compositions, feed/removal specifications, and other code-specific parameters. Calculated results from MCNP, ORIGEN-2, and data process module calculations are output in succession as MCWO executes. The principal function of MCWO is to transfer one-group cross-section and flux values from MCNP to ORIGEN-2, and then transfer the resulting material compositions (after irradiation and/or decay) from ORIGEN-2 back to MCNP in a repeated, cyclic fashion. The basic requirements of MCWO are a working MCNP input file and some additional input parameters; all interaction with ORIGEN-2 as well as other calculations are performed by CMO. This paper presents the MCWO-calculated results for the Reduced Enrichment Research and Test Reactor (RERTR) experiments RERTR-1 and RERTR-2 as well as the Weapons-Grade Mixed Oxide (WG-MOX) fuel testing in ATR. Calculations performed for the WG-MOX test irradiation, which is managed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), supports the DOE Fissile Materials Disposition Program (FMDP). The MCWO-calculated results are compared with measured data