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Comparison and sensitivity analysis of the core characteristics of a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor with 750 MWe output evaluated by JENDL-4.0 and ADJ2000R

Ohgama, Kazuya; Oki, Shigeo; Sugino, Kazuteru; Okubo, Tsutomu

Core characteristics of a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor (FBR) with 750 MWe output using highly decontaminated uranium and plutonium and highly minor-actinide-containing compositions were evaluated using the fast reactor cross-section set generated by the new Japanese nuclear data library JENDL-4.0. The core characteristics were compared with those obtained using the unified cross-section set ADJ2000R in order to investigate the differences between both the results. The effects on the core characteristics caused by the differences in the nuclear data of important reactions and nuclides in the cross-section sets were analyzed by a burnup sensitivity analysis. It was confirmed that adopting JENDL-4.0 to the FBR core design improves the breeding ratio, the burnup reactivity, and the reactivity control balance, because of the differences in the capture cross-sections of U-238 and Pu-239 of both the libraries. The difference in the sodium void reactivity evaluated with both the libraries was less than 1% because the increase caused by the differences in the elastic scattering cross-sections of sodium, the inelastic scattering cross-section, and the $$mu$$-average value of U-238 was practically cancelled out by the decrease caused by the differences in the capture cross-sections of Pu-239, the inelastic scattering cross-section of iron, and the capture cross- sections of Am-241.

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