Feasibility study of the university of Utah TRIGA reactor power upgrade - Part I: Neutronics-based study in respect to control rod system requirements and design

Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection. 2013;28(2):109-117 DOI 10.2298/NTRP1302109C

 

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Journal Title: Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection

ISSN: 1451-3994 (Print); 1452-8185 (Online)

Publisher: VINCA Institute of Nuclear Sciences

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering | Science: Physics: Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity

Country of publisher: Serbia

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Ćutić Avdo
Choe Dongok
Jevremović Tatjana

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 36 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

We present a summary of extensive studies in determining the highest achievable power level of the current University of Utah TRIGA core configuration in respect to control rod requirements. Although the currently licensed University of Utah TRIGA power of 100 kW provides an excellent setting for a wide range of experiments, we investigate the possibility of increasing the power with the existing fuel elements and core structure. Thus, we have developed numerical models in combination with experimental procedures so as to assess the potential maximum University of Utah TRIGA power with the currently available control rod system and have created feasibility studies for assessing new core configurations that could provide higher core power levels. For the maximum determined power of a new University of Utah TRIGA core arrangement, a new control rod system was proposed.