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|Title:||Extension and validation of the TRANSURANUS Burn-up Model for Helium Production in High Burn-up LWR Fuels|
|Authors:||BOTAZZOLI Pietro; LUZZI L.; BREMIER Stephan; SCHUBERT Arndt; VAN UFFELEN Paul; WALKER Clive; HAECK W.; GOLL W.|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS vol. 419 no. 1-3 p. 329 – 338|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The TRANSURANUS burn-up model (TUBRNP) calculates the local concentration of the actinides, the main fission products, and 4He as a function of the radial position across a fuel rod. In this paper, the improvements in the helium production model as well as the extensions in the simulation of 238–242Pu, 241Am, 243Am and 242–245Cm isotopes are described. Experimental data used for the extended validation include new EPMA measurements of the local concentrations of Nd and Pu and recent SIMS measurements of the radial distributions of Pu, Am and Cm isotopes, both in a 3.5% enriched commercial PWR UO2 fuel with a burn-up of 80 and 65 MWd/kgHM, respectively. Good agreement has been found between TUBRNP and the experimental data. The analysis has been complemented by detailed neutron transport calculations (VESTA code), and also revealed the need to update the branching ratio for the 241Am(n,c)242mAm reaction in typical PWR conditions.|
|JRC Directorate:||Nuclear Safety and Security|
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