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The Sodium Reactor Experiment
In February 1957, construction was completed on the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE), a sodium-cooled, graphite-moderated reactor with an output of 20 MWt. The design of theSRE had begun three years earlier in 1954, and construction started in April 1955. On April 25, 1957, the reactor reached criticality, and the SRE operated until February 1964.
Saerom Kwon, Masayuki Ohta, Satoshi Sato, Chikara Konno, Kentaro Ochiai
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 3 | October 2017 | Pages 362-367
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1330622
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A new benchmark experiment on lead with DT neutrons was designed and carried out with a large lead assembly covered with Li2O blocks at JAEA/FNS to validate nuclear data of lead for measurement of reaction rates without impact of background neutrons. The experiment was analyzed by using the MCNP5-1.40 code with the latest nuclear data libraries, ENDF/B-VII.1, JEFF-3.2 and JENDL-4.0. The calculated reaction rates underestimated the measured ones with the depth. Moreover, the tendencies of C/Es were different among the nuclear data libraries. In order to find out the reasons of the differences, we examined reaction cross-sections of lead in the nuclear data libraries in detail. The potential reactions to cause the underestimation issue of the calculated reaction rates were indicated through this study.