UTILIZING SIMULATION AND EXPERIMENT FOR IN-CORE GAMMA HEAT ESTIMATION AT THE MCMASTER NUCLEAR REACTOR


41th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2017 June 05

Presented at:
41th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2017 June 05
Location:
Niagara Falls, ON Canada
Session Title:
Student Posters, Wine-&-Cheese Reception

Authors:
M. Alqahtani (McMaster University)
A. Buijs (McMaster University)
  

Abstract

Overheating of the core is an unpleasant scenario that all reactor-safety designers seek to avoid since this could lead to damage to reactor components, which may lead to an accident. Efforts are therefore put in place to understand all conditions that could lead to overheating. It is known that about 90% of the heat generation in any reactor core is deposited in the fuel due to the kinetic energy of the fission products and some heavy particles. However, gamma rays can escape out of the fuel and deposit energy outside the fuel. This paper will present the proposal of the PhD thesis to investigate and track all the gamma rays in McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) along with preliminary results that have been achieved for core-follow calculations of the MNR reactor. Simulation and Measurement will be applied to estimate the gamma heating in the MNR reactor.

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