Inspections of pressure tubes in CANDU® reactors are a key part of maintaining safe operating conditions. The current inspection system, the channel inspection and gauging apparatus for reactors (CIGAR), performs the job well but is limited by the fact that it can only inspect one channel at a time. A multidisciplinary team is currently developing a novel robotic inspection system. As part of this work, a Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP) model has been developed in order to predict the dose rates that the improved inspection system will be exposed to and, from this, predict the component lifetime. This MCNP model will be capable of predicting in-core dose rates at any location within the reactor, and as such could be used for other situations where the in-core dose rate needs to be known. Based on estimates from this model, it is expected that at 7 days after shutdown, the improved inspection system could survive in core for approximately 7 h, providing it uses a tungsten shield 2.5 cm in thickness around the integrated circuit components. This is expected to be sufficient to perform a single inspection.
MCNP Simulation of In-Core Dose Rates for an Offline CANDU® Reactor
Manuscript received November 8, 2016; final manuscript received February 15, 2017; published online May 25, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Michal Kostal.
Gilbert, J. G., Nokleby, S., and Waller, E. (May 25, 2017). "MCNP Simulation of In-Core Dose Rates for an Offline CANDU® Reactor." ASME. ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci. July 2017; 3(3): 034502. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4036354
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