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Benchmark critical experiments and FP worth evaluation for a heterogeneous system of uranium fuel rods and pseudo FP doped uranium solution

Tonoike, Kotaro; Miyoshi, Yoshinori; Uchiyama, Gunzo; Watanabe, Shoichi*; Yamamoto, Toshihiro*

In order to obtain systematic benchmark criticality data concerning dissolving process in a reprocessing plant for LWR spent fuel, a series of critical experiments were performed using heterogeneous cores at the Static Experiment Critical Facility (STACY) in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Focusing on the introduction of the burn-up credit to the process, critical mass measurement was conducted for a combination of uranium fuel rods and uranium solution where pseudo fission product (FP) materials were doped. In this report, the "pseudo FP materials" means elements such as Sm, Cs, Rh and Eu whose isotopic composition is natural but which contains some FP nuclide(s). The result is going to provide basic experimental data for validation of computational methods to evaluate a reactivity effect of each FP material, as well as benchmark criticality data for validation of neutron multiplication factor calculation of heterogeneous systems of spent fuel. In the report, detail of the experiments including a differential reactivity worth curve over the solution level variation is going to be provided as well as the procedure and the result of separate reactivity worth evaluation of each pseudo FP material. Comparison of the experimental result and the computational evaluation will also be presented.

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