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A Tool Kit for Generating Simulated Radiation Measurements for Advanced Reactor Safeguards and Security...

by Gregory T Westphal, Sean E O'brien, Michael P Dion, Logan M Scott, Karen K Hogue
Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
Proceedings of the INMM 2022 Annual Meeting
Publication Date
Publisher Location
Illinois, United States of America
Conference Name
2022 INMM Annual Meeting
Conference Location
Vienna, Austria
Conference Sponsor
Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
Conference Date

A tool kit was developed to simulate and analyze passive radiation measurements of molten salt reactor (MSR) operations to support development of nuclear safeguards approaches for this emerging reactor technology. A Transient Simulation Framework of Reconfigurable Modules (TRANSFORM) multiphysics simulation of an MSR produces time-dependent isotopic inventories at user-selected locations within the model. The tool kit implements the Gamma Detector Response and Analysis Software (GADRAS) application programming interface to inject the TRANSFORM isotopic inventories extracted/processed by a Python pipeline into GADRAS models of user-defined geometries. The TRANSFORM inventories are the source terms used to obtain synthetic measurements from GADRAS-defined detectors. The speed of TRANSFORM and GADRAS simulations enables surveying the large design space of MSRs (e.g., fuel type, fuel salt composition, number of loops) and the plethora of measurements (e.g., location, detector type, and collimation) within the reactor. This has enabled timely assessment of the various measurement locations and detectors to identify the most effective and efficient safeguards approach for a specific MSR design. Lastly, the tool kit also simulates extracted samples that can be aged to a desired dose, enabling stakeholders to optimize a measurement plan to use sample analysis as an element within a broader material accountancy plan.