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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CA20 1PG Seascale
2629 JB Delft
1755 ZG Petten