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The muse experiments for subcritical neutronics validation

Objective

The MUSE experiments to be performed at MASURCA facility (CEA-Cadarache), will investigate several subcritical configurations driven by an external neutron source provided by (d, d) or (d, t) reactions. The incident deutons will be provided by a pulsed accelerator (GENEPI), to be installed in the MASURCA facility. The configurations foreseen will have uranium, plutonium, thorium fuels, with lead o r sodium or gas coolant. Several levels of subcriticality will be investigated (Keff = 0.95 to 1.). Measurements are foreseen of the subcriticality (with static, dynamic and neutron noise methods), of the neutron spatial distributions, neutron spectra, and effective delayed neutron fraction and neutron source importance parameter. Extensive cross-comparison of codes and data is foreseen. Experimental reactivity control techniques will be developed, related to subcritical operation.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
Address
Centre Cadarache - Bat. 238
13108 St.paul Les Durance
France

Participants (12)

BELGIAN NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Sellafield B170
CA20 1PG Seascale
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS
Spain
Address
Avenida Complutense 22
Madrid
CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
3,Gibraltargatan 3
41296 Goeteborg
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Netherlands
Address
Mekelweg 15
2629 JB Delft
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Germany
Address
Wilhelm-johnen-straße
52425 Juelich
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT
Germany
Address
Hermann-von-helmholtz-platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-leopoldshafen
ITALIAN AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 ZG Petten
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
Lindstedtvägen 20
10044 Stockholm
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
Avenue Des Martyrs 53
38026 Grenoble
UNIVERSITY OF MINING AND METALLURGY
Poland
Address
Al. Mickiewicza 30
30059 Krakow