Trends on Major Actinides from an Integral Data Assimilation
1 CEA, DEN, DER, SPRC, Cadarache, F-13108 St Paul-Lez-Durance, France
2 Aix Marseille University, Doctoral school 352
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Published online: 5 June 2019
Nuclear data evaluations on major actinides can be improved by integral data assimilation. Appropriate integral measurements with reliable experimental techniques have been selected such as ICSBEP, IRPhE and MASURCA critical masses, PROFIL irradiation experiments and the FCAIX experimental programme (critical masses and spectral indices). Highly reliable analyses are possible with the use of as-built geometries calculated with the TRIPOLI4 Monte Carlo code. The C/E values have been used in an integral data assimilation solving the Bayes equation. The trends on the JEFF3.1.1 235U capture cross section are quite consistent with recent differential measurements. Assimilation results suggest up to a 2.5% decrease for 238U capture from 3 keV to 60 keV, and a 4-5% decrease for 238U inelastic in the plateau region. For this energy range, uncertainties are respectively reduced from 3-4 to 1-2% and from 6-9% to 2-2.5% for 238U capture and 238U inelastic. Results on 239Pu fission cross sections are included in posterior uncertainties. The increase trends on 239Pu capture cross-section is of around 3% in the [2 keV-100 keV] energy range. For 240Pu capture cross section, the increase is of around 4% in the [3 keV-100 keV] energy range and goes in the same direction as a recent evaluation.
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