Electron versus proton accelerator driven sub-critical system performance using TRIGA reactors at power

Mario Carta, Nunzio Burgio, Antonio D'Angelo, Alfonso Santagata, Carlo Petrovich, Michael Schikorr, Denis Beller, Laurence San Felice, George Imel, Massimo Salvatores

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Abstract

This paper provides a comparison of the performance of an electron accelerator-driven experiment, under discussion within the Reactor Accelerator Coupling Experiments (RACE) Project, being conducted within the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI), and of the proton-driven experiment TRADE (TRiga Accelerator Driven Experiment) originally planned at ENEA-Casaccia in Italy. Both experiments foresee the coupling to sub-critical TRIGA core configurations, and are aimed to investigate the relevant kinetic and dynamic accelerator-driven systems (ADS) core behavior characteristics in the presence of thermal reactivity feedback effects. TRADE was based on the coupling of an upgraded proton cyclotron, producing neutrons via spallation reactions on a tantalum (Ta) target, with the core driven at a maximum power around 200 kW. RACE is based on the coupling of an Electron Linac accelerator, producing neutrons via photoneutron reactions on a tungsten-copper (W-Cu) or uranium (U) target, with the core driven at a maximum power around 50 kW. The paper is focused on analysis of expected dynamic power response of the RACE core following reactivity and/or source transients. TRADE and RACE target-core power coupling coefficients are compared and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventPHYSOR-2006 - American Nuclear Society's Topical Meeting on Reactor Physics - , Canada
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …

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ConferencePHYSOR-2006 - American Nuclear Society's Topical Meeting on Reactor Physics
CountryCanada
Period1/1/06 → …

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Carta, M., Burgio, N., D'Angelo, A., Santagata, A., Petrovich, C., Schikorr, M., ... Salvatores, M. (2006). Electron versus proton accelerator driven sub-critical system performance using TRIGA reactors at power. Paper presented at PHYSOR-2006 - American Nuclear Society's Topical Meeting on Reactor Physics, Canada.