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Fine 3D neutronic characterization of a gas-cooled fast reactor based on plate-type subassemblies

Abstract : CEA neutronic studies have allowed the definition of a first 2400 MWth reference gas-cooled fast reactor core using plate-type sub-assemblies, for which the main neutronic characteristics were calculated by the so-called ERANOS 'design calculation scheme' relying on several method approximations. The last stage has consisted in a new refine characterization, using the reference calculation scheme, in order to confirm the impact of the approximations of the design route. A first core lay-out taking into account control rods was proposed and the reactivity penalty due to the control rod introduction in this hexagonal core lay-out was quantified. A new adjusted core was defined with an increase of the plutonium content. This leads to a significant decrease of the breeding gain which needs to be recovered in future design evolutions in order to achieve the self breeding goal. Finally, the safety criteria associated to the control rods were calculated with a first estimation of the uncertainties. All these criteria are respected, even if the safety analysis of GFR concepts and the determination of these uncertainties should be further studied and improved.
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Bosq J.C., Peneliau Y., G. Rimpault, Vanier M.. Fine 3D neutronic characterization of a gas-cooled fast reactor based on plate-type subassemblies. PHYSOR-2006, ANS Topical Meeting on Reactor Physics, Canadian Nuclear Society, Sep 2006, VANCOUVER, Canada. ⟨cea-02917645⟩



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