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Analyses to support waste disposition of SNS Inner Reflector Plug...

by Irina I Popova, Franz X Gallmeier, Steven M Trotter, Michael J Dayton
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Conference Paper
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Journal of Physics: Conference Series
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Shielding aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities (SATIF 13)
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Dresden, Germany
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The Spallation Neutron Source Inner Reflector Plug (IRP) is scheduled for replacement. It reached end of life-time because of moderator neutron poison and decoupler burn-out, which is used for shaping neutron pulses. The replacement of IRP is a complex task due to its location in the area receiving high irradiation, being under significant amount of shielding, and size, which requires removal in segments. In order to support the disposal of spent IRP, waste characterization analyses are performed. These analyses include an accurate estimate of the radionuclide inventory and the residual dose rate. Using this data, the package class is determined for the and appropriate containers for temporary storage and subsequent transport are assigned. Analyses are performed in four steps: a radiation transport analysis of the radiation environment for producing the flux and isotope production information using MCNPX, a multi-cell transmutation analysis based n CINDER90, the generation of decay gamma source terms, and the gamma transport analyses of the decay gammas arriving at residual dose rates again using MCNPX. . Due to the complexity of the geometry of the lower segment, transport analyses for the residual dose rate require elaborate work for the source terms definition.