Conceptual Design of Irradiation Facility with 6 MeV and 7 MeV Gamma Rays at the JSI TRIGA Mark II Research Reactor
Reactor Physics Department Jožef Stefan Institute,
Reactor Infrastructure Centre Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Published online: 20 January 2020
Activated cooling water in nuclear facilities can present a significant radiation source around primary cooling system causing radiation damage to electrical components, increasing doses to personnel and in the case of fusion facilities additional heating to superconducting coils. As there are only few sources of gamma rays with energies in the range of 6 MeV and 7 MeV an irradiation system using activated cooling water as the source of energetic gamma rays is proposed at the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) TRIGA Mark II research reactor. Two different conceptual designs, one utilizing central irradiation channel and one utilizing radial piercing port for water activation, are presented and analysed in the paper. Despite an order of magnitude higher water activation in central channel compared to radial piercing port the 16N decay rate in the irradiation facility is comparable between both design (order of 108 decays per second) due to longer transient time from central channel to irradiation facility. In the irradiation facility the expected biological dose rates due to the 16N decay rate are in order of several mSv/h. From the results he conceptual design utilizing the radial piercing port currently presents the best option for the irradiation facility due to the simpler design of the irradiation loop, already present shielding of the loop and comparable number of 16N decay rates to central channel.
Key words: Activated cooling water / Monte Carlo / TRIGA / Irradiation facility
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