Optimized Control Rods of the BR2 Reactor

Silva Kalcheva, Edgar Koonen, André Beeckmans de West-Meerbeeck

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At the present time the BR2 reactor uses Control Rods with cadmium as neutron absorbing part. The lower section of the Control Rod is a beryllium assembly cooled by light water. Due to the burn up of the lower end of the cadmium section during the reactor operation, the presently used rods for reactivity control of the BR2 reactor have to be replaced by new ones. Considered are various types Control Rods with full active part of the following materials: cadmium (Cd), hafnium (Hf), europium oxide (Eu2O3) and gadolinium (Gd2O3). Options to decrease the burn up of the control rod material in the hot spot, such as use of stainless steel in the lower active part of the Control Rod are discussed. Comparison with the characteristics of the presently used Control Rods types is performed. The changing of the characteristics of different types Control Rods and the perturbation effects on the reactor neutronics during the BR2 fuel cycle are investigated. The burn up of the Control Rod absorbing material, total and differential control rods worth, macroscopic and effective microscopic absorption cross sections, fuel and reactivity evolution are evaluated during ~ 30 operating cycles.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages140
StatePublished - Feb 2008

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NameSCK•CEN Reports
PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie

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