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Design Studies on Small Fast Reactor Cores(III)

Sanda, Toshio; Okano, Yasushi; Takaki, Naoyuki; Naganuma, Masayuki ; Uto, Nariaki ; Mizuno, Tomoyasu

Some concepts of small fast reactors have been studied as part of the "Feasibility Studies on Commercialized Fast Reactor Cycle System (FS)", and the core design study has been performed at two main features of "long-life core " and "enhanced passive safety" in the FS phase II. Based on the previous study, 165MWe forced circulation sodium cooled reactor with control rods was studied as the promising concept from a viewpoint of economical efficiency in JFY 2003. In the present study, the fuel reloading interval of 20 years and outlet temperature of 550 deg-C are targeted under following condition as thicker metal fuel pin diameter (less than or equal) 15mm, lower pressure drop (less than or equal) 0.75kg/cm2, and smller core diameter (less than or equal) 3m by sodium void reactivity restriction relief into design conditions avoiding core melt without SASS at ATWS. The prospect of achievement of the fuel reloading interval of 20 years and outlet temperature of 550 deg-C was acquired for "Higher Temperature Core" and "Higher Temperature and Smller Core" without blanket fuels by using a sodium-cooled metal-fueled core with single Pu enrichment fuel which has high potential of small change of space distribution of power density and high breeding ratio. These cores have core height / diameter of 127/293cm and 164/260cm, fuel burnup of 77 and 80 GWd/t, burnup reactivity of 1.2 and 1.5% (delta)k/kk', breeding ratio of 1.06 and 1.07 and coolanat void reactivity of 6 and 8${$}$, respectively. Control rod reactivity balance, fuel soundness and shielding performance were checked that these were satisfied. Moreover, since the reactivity change due to burnup was small, the possibility of long-term operation which does not require a control rod movement was also examined. In addition, the "Higher Temperature Core" was recommended for a promising core of phase-II middle time since core melt would be avoided without SASS at ATWS. Furthermore, the applicability of the Feher heat cycl

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