Faculty Mentor

Dr. Eduardo Farfan

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

3-11-2018 2:10 PM

End Date

3-11-2018 3:10 PM

Location

Nesbitt 1211

Abstract

GURC Conference – Deadline: 9/21/2018

MCNP Modeling of a Molten Salt Reactor

David Wall and Chris Berry

Mentors:

Dr. Andrew Hummel

Dr. Tien Mun Yee

Dr. Jungkyu Park

Dr. Eduardo B. Farfán

Draft: 9/21/2018

A variety of national and international companies are looking into innovative and nontraditional nuclear reactor systems, known as Generation IV reactors. Recently, there has been an increased interest in a reactor type that uses molten salts of various compositions as nuclear fuel because of its economic and technological advantages. This research study is an exploratory exercise of the nuclear attributes of molten salt fuels in Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs); particularly, fluoride-based thorium salts and the feasibility of their use in nuclear reactors. A scoping analysis is performed to look at the behavior of molten salts in simple reactor core geometric configurations, such as a cylindrical core of various dimensions and core arrangement in a repeated lattice structure. The investigation was conducted by means of a probabilistic computer simulation through the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In conjunction with other Kennesaw State University students’ research, this study is part of an effort to provide integral data for the completion of a comprehensive study of MSRs, their fuels, and the potential part they play for the future of the nuclear power industry.

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Nov 3rd, 2:10 PM Nov 3rd, 3:10 PM

MCNP Modeling of a Molten Salt Reactor

Nesbitt 1211

GURC Conference – Deadline: 9/21/2018

MCNP Modeling of a Molten Salt Reactor

David Wall and Chris Berry

Mentors:

Dr. Andrew Hummel

Dr. Tien Mun Yee

Dr. Jungkyu Park

Dr. Eduardo B. Farfán

Draft: 9/21/2018

A variety of national and international companies are looking into innovative and nontraditional nuclear reactor systems, known as Generation IV reactors. Recently, there has been an increased interest in a reactor type that uses molten salts of various compositions as nuclear fuel because of its economic and technological advantages. This research study is an exploratory exercise of the nuclear attributes of molten salt fuels in Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs); particularly, fluoride-based thorium salts and the feasibility of their use in nuclear reactors. A scoping analysis is performed to look at the behavior of molten salts in simple reactor core geometric configurations, such as a cylindrical core of various dimensions and core arrangement in a repeated lattice structure. The investigation was conducted by means of a probabilistic computer simulation through the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In conjunction with other Kennesaw State University students’ research, this study is part of an effort to provide integral data for the completion of a comprehensive study of MSRs, their fuels, and the potential part they play for the future of the nuclear power industry.