Sensitivity analyses of a homogeneous model and a RZ model of the MYRRHA reactor in its critical configuration.

Ciro Alfonso, Pablo Romojaro, Luca Fiorito, Augusto Hernandez Solis

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    Two homogenized models of the MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications) reactor in its critical configuration are presented in this study. Both models will be verified by comparing the main reactor parameters (Keff, βeff and Λ) with those of the heterogeneous model and a sensitivity analysis will be performed. A sensitivity analysis of some important parameters related to reactivity, namely the vacuum coefficient, the Doppler and the power peaking factors, is also presented. The study of the vacuum coefficient has been carried out by analyzing two possible scenarios: 50% vacuum in the coolant (lead bismuth eutectic) and 100%, obtaining a list of the 10 reactions and nuclides that most affect the keff value. With respect to the Doppler coefficient, it will be seen that a 300 degree increase in fuel temperature (starting at 800 K) results in a reduction of the total reactivity of the system by 134 pcm.. Finally, the map of the power peaking factors will be shown, as well as a sensitivity analysis. For making the sensitivity calculations Serpent2 reactor physics Monte Carlo code has been used and JEFF-3.3 library has been chosen in order to continue with the OECD/NEA WPEC SG46 work evaluating the nuclear data of this library.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings International Conference on Physics of Reactors 2022 (PHYSOR 2022)
    PublisherAmerican Nuclear Society
    Number of pages10
    StatePublished - 23 Jun 2022
    Event2022 - PHYSOR - International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Making Virtual a Reality: Advancements in Reactor Physics to Leap Forward Reactor Operation and Deployment - Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
    Duration: 15 May 202220 May 2022


    Conference2022 - PHYSOR - International Conference on Physics of Reactors
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityPittsburgh, PA

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