Fabrication and testing of a 5-node micro-pocket fission detector array for real-time, spatial, iron-wire port neutron-flux monitoring

Michael A. Reichenberger, Daniel M. Nichols, Sarah R. Stevenson, Tanner M. Swope, Caden W. Hilger, Ryan G. Fronk, Jeffrey A. Geuther, Douglas S. McGregor

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Abstract

Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors (MPFDs) can be used to monitor a neutron flux within the core of a nuclear reactor. When assembled into an array, MPFDs can be used to simultaneously monitor the neutron flux at multiple locations within the reactor. One permutation of the MPFD is designed to be deployed into an iron wire flux port, typical for most research and commercial reactors. A single 5-node MPFD array was fabricated at deployed into a dry flux port within the central thimble of the Kansas State University TRIGA Mk. II research nuclear reactor. The sensitivity of each MPFD node at operating voltages of +50 V, +100 V, and +200 V was observed and an optimal operating voltage of +100 V was identified. No cross-talk was observed between instrument channels during real-time neutron flux measurement. Linear power tracking and real-time response to reactor power were both observed between 10 kWth and 100 kWth reactor power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)995-1001
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Volume110
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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