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Analyses and Measurements of Gamma-Ray Heating in the Demonstration Benchmark Plutonium-Fueled Critical Assembly

G. G. Simons, A. P. Olson

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 53 / Number 2 / February 1974 / Pages 176-196


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Absolute gamma-ray heating was investigated in Assembly 2 of the Zero Power Plutonium Reactor (during operation in support of the Demonstration Reactor Benchmark critical program). Three loading configurations were studied: loading 90, normal plate core; loading 156, core with central control rod of boron carbide plus sodium; and loading 157, core with central control rod of tantalum plus sodium. All measurements were made with 7LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters encapsulated in a variety of electron-equilibrium sleeves, and the results are compared with calculated doses. This paper gives details of both the experimental procedures and the calculational techniques used to obtain gamma-radiation dose distributions.

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