The reactivity monitoring in subcritical accelerator-driven systems is a key aspect for the development of this technology. In this work, an inverse method for the determination of the system reactivity from the analysis of flux and power signals, based on the point kinetic approach, is applied to source-driven systems. The features of the algorithm specific to the application to subcritical assemblies are identified, and the sensitivity to the integral parameters characterizing the system is discussed. The technique is applied to different transient situations, simulated by neutronic codes adopting point kinetics and multigroup diffusion, and its accuracy in the presence of localized spatial and spectral phenomena is assessed. Different approaches for the reduction of the uncertainties introduced by the experimental noise are proposed and compared.

A method for the continuous monitoring of reactivity in subcritical source-driven systems / Dulla, Sandra; Nervo, Marta; Ravetto, Piero. - In: ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY. - ISSN 0306-4549. - 87:(2016), pp. 1-11. [10.1016/j.anucene.2014.12.001]

A method for the continuous monitoring of reactivity in subcritical source-driven systems

DULLA, SANDRA;NERVO, MARTA;RAVETTO, PIERO
2016

Abstract

The reactivity monitoring in subcritical accelerator-driven systems is a key aspect for the development of this technology. In this work, an inverse method for the determination of the system reactivity from the analysis of flux and power signals, based on the point kinetic approach, is applied to source-driven systems. The features of the algorithm specific to the application to subcritical assemblies are identified, and the sensitivity to the integral parameters characterizing the system is discussed. The technique is applied to different transient situations, simulated by neutronic codes adopting point kinetics and multigroup diffusion, and its accuracy in the presence of localized spatial and spectral phenomena is assessed. Different approaches for the reduction of the uncertainties introduced by the experimental noise are proposed and compared.
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