The present paper gives an overview of the status of an ongoing project aiming at the development of a fast neutron imaging system for investigating two-phase flows primarily in the context of nuclear fuel bundle development. Other potential subjects for investigations include steam explosions for severe accident research and liquid metal two-phase flows for Gen IV reactor systems. The project is carried out in the form of a feasibility study that should enable estimation of the ultimate imaging capabilities achievable. The imaging system used in the feasibility study consists of a compact, deuterium-deuterium fusion based neutron generator and dedicated imaging detectors. For the latter two promising concepts are developed in parallel: one is based on an array of plastic scintillators coupled with silicon photomultipliers, the other on a special multi-foil recoil proton converter coupled to a position sensitive charge readout using a micro pattern gas detector.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Mechanical Engineering