Experimental study of radiation-induced currents in copper and stainless steel core mineral-insulated cables in the BR2 research reactor

Ludo Vermeeren, Marcel Wéber

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    An experimental study of the radiation-induced electromotive force effect on mineral-insulated cables has been performed in the framework of the development of magnetic diagnostics for ITER. In this study, six MgO insulated cables (with copper and stainless steel cores) were exposed to the combined neutron-gamma field of the BR2 reactor. The recorded currents between the inner conductors and the sheaths were compared to theoretical predictions based on a Monte Carlo code. Special attention was paid to the dependence of the induced currents upon the environment and even upon the relative position of the cables and the surrounding materials with respect to the radiation source. In accordance with the theoretical predictions, the copper-core cables show significantly higher induced currents than the stainless steel-core cables due to the beta decay of 66Cu formed after neutron capture.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)885-889
    Journalfusion engineering and design
    StatePublished - 16 Aug 2005

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