Nuclear data sensitivity and uncertainty analyses on the first core criticality of the RSG GAS multipurpose research reactor
1 Tokyo City University, Japan
2 Nippon Advanced Information Service (NAIS Co., Inc.), Japan
3 National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Indonesia
4 University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Published online: 30 September 2020
The results of criticality, sensitivity and uncertainty (S\U) analyses on the first core criticality of the Indonesian 30 MWth Multipurpose Reactor RSG GAS (MPR-30) using the recent nuclear data libraries (ENDF/B-VII.1 and JENDL-4.0) and analytical tools available at present (WHISPER-1.1) are presented. Two groups of criticality benchmark cases were carefully selected from the experiments conducted during the first criticality approach and control rod calibrations. The C/E values of effective neutron multiplication factor (k) for the worst case was found around 1.005. Large negative sensitivities were found in (n,e-mail:γ) reaction of H-1, U-235, Al-27, U-238 and Be-9 while large positive sensitivities were found in U-235 (total nu and fission), H-1 (elastic), Be-9 (free gas, elastic) and H-1 S(α,β) (lwtr.20t, inelastic). The S\U analysis results concluded that the uncertainties of k originated from the nuclear data were found around 0.6% which covered well the [C/E-1] values. Differences in the sensitivities amongst the two nuclear data libraries were also identified, and recommendation for improving the nuclear data library was given.
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