Use of low neutron leakage fuel loads to decrease the radiation load on a VVÉR-1000 vessel
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It is shown on the basis of data obtained at Ukrainian nuclear power plants that fuel loads with low neutron leakage can be used effectively to decrease the radiation load on the reactor vessel.
The characteristics of 104 fuel loads and the results of a determination of the radiation load on the vessel are analyzed to develop a criterion according to which a VVÉR-1000 fuel load can be classified as a load with low neutron leakage. It is shown that the following condition can be chosen as such a criterion: the run-averaged relative power release in all protruding fuel assemblies must be less than 0.57.
Different variants of the arrangement of the VVÉR-1000 core are examined and analyzed. It is shown that placing burned-out fuel assemblies along the periphery of the core and decreasing the number of neutrons leaving the core do not always result in a lower neutron load on the reactor vessel.
KeywordsNuclear Power Plant Spectral Index Reactor Vessel Fuel Assembly Fuel Load
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