Experimental Analyses of Capture Reaction Rates for Epithermal and Resonance Neutrons in Source-Driven Subcritical Cores

Naoto Aizawa, Cheol Ho Pyeon

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術論文査読

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Neutron irradiation experiments are carried out in source-driven subcritical cores with high-energy neutrons generated by spallation reactions between a 100-MeV proton beam and a lead-bismuth target at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly. The main objective of the experiments is to investigate the effect of epithermal and resonance neutrons on the accuracy of capture reaction rates with respect to a subcriticality variation. Activation foils of copper, indium, tantalum, and tungsten are employed to obtain capture reaction rates for epithermal and resonance neutrons by applying the cadmium difference method. Also, the applicability of the foils for the measurement of the reaction rates for epithermal and resonance neutrons is substantiated in the critical irradiation experiments performed prior to the subcritical experiments. The subcritical experiments are conducted with three different subcriticalities by changing the control rod insertion pattern. The measured reaction rates are compared with the calculated values obtained by the Monte Carlo code MVP with JENDL-4.0, and the ratio of the calculation and experiment values of the reaction rates shows equivalent values within the 1σ errors regardless of a difference in the subcriticality. The compared results indicate that the numerical analyses have a consistent accuracy of reaction rates in epithermal and resonance energy regions for a subcriticality variation in source-driven subcritical cores.

本文言語英語
ページ(範囲)658-672
ページ数15
ジャーナルNuclear Science and Engineering
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DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 2024

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