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Initial Conversion Ratios and Fast Fission Factors in Heavy-Water Natural-Uranium Lattices Using 19-Element UO2 Fuel Rods

B. G. Chidley, T. J. Manuel, P. R. Tunnicliffe

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 17 / Number 1 / Pages 47-54

September 1963

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A previously described experimental method of determining initial conversion ratios in reactor lattices has been improved. Measurements have been made on D2O-cooled, 19-element UO2, heavy-water lattices at pitches of 18, 21, 24, 28, and 36 cm. The initial conversion ratios obtained were 0.9547 ± 0.0086, 0.8578 ± 0.077, 0.7671 ± 0.0069, 0.7416 ± 0.0067, and 0.6853 ± 0.0062 and the resonance escape probabilities derived are 0.8226, 0.8656, 0.9104, 0.9228, and 0.9511, respectively. The fast fission factors obtained for the 18, 24, 28, and 36 cm lattice pitches were 1.0283, 1.0265, 1.0253, and 1.0247.

 
 
 
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