An innovative target for the RACE HP experiment

P. Agostini, M. Ciotti, C. Krakowiak, C. Petrovich, G. Benamati, A. Bergeron, N. Elmi, G. Granget, L. Sansone, M. Schikorr

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In the RACE (reactor-accelerator coupling experiments) project, a series of ADS (accelerator driven system) experiments are envisaged for the study of the coupling of a neutron source with sub-critical reactors. In these experiments, a continuous electron beam impacts on an actively cooled solid target where it is converted through photonuclear reactions in a neutron flux, able to feed the reactor. In a RACE foreseen 'high power' phase, where the beam power would be enhanced from 1 to about 30 kW, the target would be submitted to very severe conditions both from the mechanical and the thermal points of view. In this paper, the development of a new concept of uranium target is described with detailed neutron production analyses, power deposition distributions, thermo-mechanical simulations and cooling schemes. Two possible solutions are envisaged in order to control the power deposition distribution. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290 - 297
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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Agostini, P., Ciotti, M., Krakowiak, C., Petrovich, C., Benamati, G., Bergeron, A., ... Schikorr, M. (2008). An innovative target for the RACE HP experiment. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 377(1), 290 - 297.