Calculations of the Neutron Flux Outside BWR 8×8 Spent-Fuel Assemblies and the Sensitivity to Fuel Pin Diversion
2004 (English)In: Nuclear Technology, ISSN 0029-5450, Vol. 146, no 1, 58-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The possibility of detecting replaced fuel rods in a spent-fuel assembly by means of measurement of the emitted neutron- and gamma-ray radiation has been investigated by computer simulations. The radiation field outside a boiling water reactor 8 × 8 fuel assembly with varying patterns of fuel rods replaced with lead dummies was calculated using a simple model for the source distribution and the Monte Carlo code MCNP-4C for the radiation field. In particular, the sensitivity of the thermal neutron field as measured in a Fork detector to various replacement patterns was investigated. The results suggest a detection limit of 5% of the fuel mass replaced, i.e., 3 out of 63 rods, independently of the pattern of the replaced rods.
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2004. Vol. 146, no 1, 58-64 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-77331OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-77331DiVA: diva2:105243