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2004 International RERTR Meeting

Core Configuration of the Syrian reduced enrichment fuel MNSR

M. Albarhoum
Department of Nuclear Engineering, Atomic Energy Comisión P. O. Box, 6091, Damascus- Syria


The possibility of substituting the actual HEU by a LEU or MEU in the Syrian MNSR is investigated through a pre-constructed 3-D detailed model of the reactor. Core configuration does not change if a reduced enrichment fuel (20% u-235, with the same percentages of impurity and eliminating aluminum) is used. The required density for the reactor to be critical in this case would be 7.29 g/cm2. If a specific fuel is used (20 w/o U235, 72 w/o U ), the reactor may not go critical at all. When a MEU fuel is used (45 w/o U235, 40 w/o U ), the reactor will restore the same actual initial excess reactivity if 2 standard fuel rods are added to each fuel circle.

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