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Benchmark critical experiments and FP worth evaluation for a heterogeneous system of uranium fuel rods and uranium solution poisoned with pseudo-fission-product elements

ウラン燃料棒と模擬FP元素を付加したウラン溶液による非均質体系の臨界ベンチマーク実験及びFP反応度評価

外池 幸太郎; 山本 俊弘; 三好 慶典; 内山 軍蔵; 渡辺 庄一*

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

再処理施設の溶解工程にかかわる系統的な臨界ベンチマークデータを取得するため、日本原子力研究開発機構の定常臨界実験装置を用いて一連の臨界実験を実施した。燃焼度クレジットの導入を念頭において、ウラン酸化物燃料棒(5wt% $$^{235}$$U)と、模擬FP元素(サマリウム,セシウム,ロジウム,ユーロピウム)を添加した硝酸ウラニル水溶液(6wt% $$^{235}$$U)を組合せて、臨界量測定を行った。燃料棒は直径60cmの円筒タンクの中で溶液燃料中に1.5cm間隔の格子状に配列した。溶液燃料のウラン濃度は約320gU/Lに維持し、FP元素は約30GWd/tの燃焼度に相当する濃度とした。測定結果は、FP元素個別の反応度効果を解析的に評価する手法の検証、及び使用済燃料の非均質体系の中性子実効増倍率を計算する手法の検証に供される。本報告では、実験及びベンチマークモデルを詳述し、FP元素個別の反応度効果を評価する手順と結果を示す。実験結果と解析評価も比較する。

A series of critical experiments were performed using heterogeneous cores at the Static Experiment Critical Facility in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to obtain systematic benchmark data concerning dissolving process in a reprocessing plant. Focusing on the introduction of the burn-up credit, critical mass measurement was conducted for a combination of uranium dioxide fuel rods (5wt% $$^{235}$$U) and uranyl nitrate solution (6wt% $$^{235}$$U) poisoned with pseudo fission product (FP) elements - samarium, cesium, rhodium, and europium. Fuel rods were arrayed with an 1.5-cm lattice interval in the poisoned fuel solution in a 60-cm diameter cylindrical tank. The uranium concentrations of the solution was roughly kept at about 320gU/L, and the FP element concentrations were adjusted to be equivalent to a burn-up of about 30GWd/t. The result provides basic experimental data for validation of computational methods to evaluate a reactivity effect of each FP element, 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 and its benchmark models will be presented as well as the procedure and the result of separate reactivity worth evaluation for each FP element. The experimental result and the computational evaluation will also be compared.

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