Volume 9, Issue 3 (March 2012)
Design and Testing of a Boron Carbide Capsule for Spectral Tailoring in Mixed-Spectrum Reactors
A boron carbide capsule has been designed and used for spectral-tailoring experiments at the TRIGA reactor at Washington State University. Irradiations were conducted in pulsed mode and in continuous operation for up to 4 h. A cadmium cover was used to reduce thermal heating. The neutron spectrum calculated with the Monte Carlo N-particle transport code was found to be in good agreement with reactor dosimetry measurements using the STAY’SL computer code. The neutron spectrum resembles that of a fast reactor. The design of a capsule using boron carbide fully enriched in 10B shows that it is possible to produce a neutron spectrum similar to that of 235U fission.