Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 178 / Number 3 / November 2014 / Pages 401-413
Technical Paper / dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-21
A series of integral reactor physics experiments conducted at the Very High Temperature Reactor Critical Assembly was analyzed to assemble it into a benchmark through an extensive peer-review process under the International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation Project. This benchmark provides the experimental data with respect to the criticalities of seven core configurations and the temperature effect on reactivity up to 200°C with explicit experimental uncertainties newly evaluated. It further presents the benchmark models and corresponding values with some simplifications so that it can be used by reactor designers for validating the analytical tools employed to design next-generation reactors and for establishing the safety basis for operation of these reactors.