Experience from the post-test analysis of MEGAPIE
L Zanini, S Dementjev, F Gröschel, W Leung, R Milenkovic, K Thomsen, W Wagner, M Wohlmuther, Xu Cheng, A Class, A Konobeyev, P Agostini, P Meloni, J David, A Letourneau, S Leray, S Panebianco, L Cachon, C Latgé, P Roubin
Research output › peer-review
The (MEGAWatt Pilot Experiment) MEGAPIE target was successfully irradiated in 2006 at the SINQ facility of the Paul Scherrer Institut. During the irradiation a series of measurements to monitor the operation of the target, the thermal hydraulics behavior and the neutronic and nuclear aspects, has been performed. In the post-test analysis phase of the project, the data were analyzed and important information relevant to accelerator-driven systems (ADS) was gained, in particular: (i) from the operation of the target several recommendations concern the simplification of the system and the improved reliability; (ii) data from the thermal hydraulic measurements have offered the opportunity to validate the codes used in the design phase; (iii) the neutronic analysis confirm the high performance of a liquid metal target and the importance of the delayed neutron measurements in an ADS target; (iv) the nuclear measurements of the gas released gave the opportunity to validate the codes used during the design phase and provided indications for the operation. From the results in these different domains recommendations to further development of ADS and heavy liquid metal targets are discussed.