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Uncertainty factors pertaining to critical experiment using low-enriched uranyl nitrate solution

Tonoike, Kotaro ; Miyoshi, Yoshinori; Uchiyama, Gunzo 

Several series of critical experiments have been conducted in the Static Critical Experiment Facility (STACY) to measure critical volume of low-enriched uranyl nitrate solution. Its purpose is to obtain critical benchmark data for validation of computation methods used in the criticality safety analysis of nuclear facilities, especially, reprocessing plants. The experiment series are: homogeneous single-unit system, homogeneous multi-unit system, and heterogeneous system. Experimental conditions such as core tank geometry and fuel solution composition, and measurement results of critical volume were carefully and precisely evaluated to produce critical benchmark data. Sensitivity analysis on uncertainties of such experimental conditions was conducted to estimate overall uncertainties of the benchmarks. In this report, features of each experimental system will be highlighted by describing results of the experiments and the sensitivity analysis. Also presented will be lessons leaned from the experimental and evaluation experience which might be valuable for design of future critical experiments.



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