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Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the
1997 International RERTR Meeting

A NEUTRONIC FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR LEU CONVERSION OF THE
BROOKHAVEN MEDICAL RESEARCH REACTOR (BMRR)*

N. A. Hanan, R. B. Pond and J. E. Matos
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, Illinois 60439-4841 USA

and

Jih-Perng Hu
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, New York 11973-5000 USA

ABSTRACT

A neutronic feasibility study for converting the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor from HEU to LEU fuel was performed at Argonne National Laboratory in cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory. Two possible LEU cores were identified that would provide nearly the same neutron flux and spectrum as the present HEU core at irradiation facilities that are used for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy and for animal research. One core has 17 and the other has 18 LEU MTR-type fuel assemblies with uranium densities of 2.5g U/cm3 or less in the fuel meat. This LEU fuel is fully-qualified for routine use. Thermal hydraulics and safety analyses need to be performed to complete the feasibility study.


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