Irradiation of Novel MTR Fuel Plates in BR2.

Bernard Verboomen, Thierry Aoust, André Beeckmans de West-Meerbeeck, Charles De Raedt

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    Since the end of 1999, novel MTR fuel plates with very high density meat are being irradiated in BR2. The purpose of the irradiation is to investigate the behaviour of these fuel plates under very severe reactor operation conditions. The novel fuel plates are inserted in two standard six-tube BR2 fuel elements in the locations normally occupied by the standard outer fuel plates. The irradiation in BR2 was prepared by carrying out detailed neutron Monte Carlo calculations of the whole BR2 core containing the two experimental fuel elements for various positions in the reactor and for various azimuthal orientations of the fuel elements! Comparing the thus determined fission density levels and azimuthal profiles in the new MTR fuel plates irradiated in the various channels allowed the experiments to choose the most appropriate BR2 channel and the most appropriate fuel elemet orientation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIAEA
    PublisherSCK CEN
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 2000

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    NameSCK•CEN Reports
    PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie

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