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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2008, Article ID 659861, 5 pages
Research Article

Use of Nuclear Data Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis for the Design Preparation of the HCLL Breeder Blanket Mockup Experiment for ITER

OECD/NEA Data Bank, 12 boulevard des Iles, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Received 12 March 2008; Accepted 13 August 2008

Academic Editor: Igor Jencic

Copyright © 2008 I. Kodeli. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An experiment on a mockup of the test blanket module based on helium-cooled lithium lead (HCLL) concept will be performed in 2008 in the Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) in order to study neutronics characteristics of the module and the accuracy of the computational tools. With the objective to prepare and optimise the design of the mockup in the sense to provide maximum information on the state-of-the-art of the cross-section data the mockup was pre-analysed using the deterministic codes for the sensitivity/uncertainty analysis. The neutron fluxes and tritium production rate (TPR), their sensitivity to the underlying basic cross-sections, as well as the corresponding uncertainties were calculated using the deterministic transport codes (DOORS package), the sensitivity/uncertainty code package SUSD3D, and the VITAMINJ/ COVA covariance matrix libraries. The cross-section reactions with largest contribution to the uncertainty of the calculated TPR were identified to be (n,2n) and (n,3n) reactions on lead. The conclusions of this work support the main benchmark design and suggest some modifications and improvements. In particular this study recommends the use, as far as possible, of both natural and enriched lithium pellets for the TRP measurements. The combined use is expected to provide additional and complementary information on the sensitive cross-sections.