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Inventi Rapid - Energy & Power

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  • Inventi:eep/30/11
    CONCEPTUAL ENGINEERING OF CARA FUEL ELEMENT WITH NEGATIVE VOID COEFFICIENT FOR ATUCHA II
    H Lestani, P Florido, J González

    Experimentally validated void reactivity calculations were used to study the feasibility of a change in the design basis of Atucha II Nuclear Power Plant including the Large LOCA event. The use of CARA fuel element with burnable neutronic absorbers and enriched uranium is proposed instead of the original fuel. The void reactivity, refuelling costs and power peaking factors are analysed at conceptual level to optimize the burnable neutronic absorber, the enrichment grade and their distribution inside the fuel. This work concludes that, for the considered plant conditions, either a void reactivity coefficient granting no prompt critical excursion on Large LOCA or negative void reactivity are achievable, with advantages on refuelling cost and linear power density.

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