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Measurement of the delayed-neutron multiplicity and time constants in the thermal neutron induced fission of 235 U at ILL

Abstract : Delayed neutron (DN) data is essential in inherent reactor safety and reactor control since it is needed for the estimation of the reactivity. Nowadays, discrepancies among the data in di erent international databases (JEFF, ENDF, JENDL) are large and bring excessive conservatism in the safety margins. The ALDEN experiment, built in a collaboration of CEA and CNRS, aimed at re-measuring the delayed-neutron data associated with several fissioning systems (average delayed-neutron yield and kinetic parameters). The measurement has been performed with a long counter made of a polyethylene matrix and 16 3He proportional counters. The first experimental campaign, with an 235U target, took place at ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin) at the beginning of September 2018. The data regression analysis gave an average delayed-neutron yield of 1.631E-02 1.4% DN/fiss, and a mean precursors half-life of 8.93 0.98% s. The results are consistent with the literature (WPEC-6), but they are a ected by a much smaller uncertainty.
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D. Foligno, P. Leconte, Olivier Serot, B. Geslot, G. de Izarra, et al.. Measurement of the delayed-neutron multiplicity and time constants in the thermal neutron induced fission of 235 U at ILL. 2019 International Conference On Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, IAEA, May 2019, Beijing, China. pp.18006, ⟨10.1051/epjconf/202023918006⟩. ⟨cea-02972152⟩

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