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A New Investigation of Iron Cross Sections via Spherical-Shell Transmission Measurements and particle Transport Calculations

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Author(s)

J M. Adams, A Alpan, Allan D. Carlson, S Gardner, S M. Grimes, A Haghighat, V Kucukboyaci, T N. Massey, A Patchimpattapong, M T. Wenner

Abstract

We are engaged in a multi-year project to study neutron scattering interactions in iron, the principal objective of which is to investigate the well-known deficiency that exists in reactor pressure vessel neutron fluence determinations. Specifically, we are using the spherical-shell transmission method, employing iron shells with different thicknesses, and neutron time-of-flight measurements of the scattered neutrons in an effort to precisely determine specific energy regions over which deficiencies in the non-elastic scattering cross section for neutron scattering iniron appear to exist. The analysis of the experimental data involves correlating the data with theoretical calculations of neutron transport through the iron sphere In order to evaluate the degree to which the calculated neutron spectra predict the measured spectra relative to different types of particle interactions. In doing so, we have developed new methodologies for performing neutron transport calculations that will be useful to a range of transport problems. Preliminary results show good agreement between the experimental data and the calculated distribution of neutron flight times over much of the data range, except for the contribution due to breakup neutrons.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology
Volume
2
Issue
Sup. 2
Conference Dates
October 7-12, 2001
Conference Location
Ibaraki-ken, 1, JA
Conference Title
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology

Keywords

iron scattering cross section, NERI, neutron time-of-flight spectroscopy, reactor pressure vessel fluence, spherical-shell transmission

Citation

Adams, J. , Alpan, A. , Carlson, A. , Gardner, S. , Grimes, S. , Haghighat, A. , Kucukboyaci, V. , Massey, T. , Patchimpattapong, A. and Wenner, M. (2002), A New Investigation of Iron Cross Sections via Spherical-Shell Transmission Measurements and particle Transport Calculations, Proceedings of the International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, Ibaraki-ken, 1, JA (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created July 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021