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The MIRTE Experimental Program: An Opportunity to Test Structural Materials in Various Configurations in Thermal Energy Spectrum

Nicolas Leclaire, Isabelle Duhamel, François-Xavier Le Dauphin, Blair Briggs, Jérôme Piot, Malvina Rennesson, Arnaud Laville

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 178 / Number 4 / December 2014 / Pages 429-445

Technical Paper / dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-29

The MIRTE (Materials in Interacting and Reflecting configurations, all Thicknesses) program was established to answer the needs of criticality safety practitioners in terms of experimental validation of structural materials and to possibly contribute to nuclear data improvement, which ultimately supports reactor safety analysis as well. MIRTE took the shape of a collaboration between the AREVA and ANDRA French industrialists and a noncommercial international funding partner such as the U.S. Department of Energy. The aim of this paper is to present the configurations of the MIRTE 1 and MIRTE 2 programs and to highlight the results of the titanium experiments recently published in the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments.

 
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