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Accelerator-Driven System Benchmarks at Kyoto University Critical Assembly (ADS Benchmarks at KUCA)

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology: Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 14 June 2019

Accepted subject areas include but are not limited to:The accelerator-driven system (ADS) had been proposed for producing energy and transmuting minor actinides and long-lived fission products. ADS has attracted worldwide attention in recent years because of its superior safety characteristics and potential for burning plutonium and nuclear waste. An outstanding advantage of its use is the anticipated absence of reactivity accidents, provided sufficient sub-criticality is ensured.

At the Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science (KURNS), Kyoto University (former the Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University: KURRI), a series of experiments on ADS was launched in fiscal year 2003 at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA). Also, the fixed-field alternating gradient (FFAG) accelerator was attached to the KUCA facility in March 2008, and the high-energy neutrons generated by the interaction of 100 MeV protons with tungsten target was injected into KUCA on March 2009. The experimental studies on ADS are being conducted for nuclear transmutation analyses with the combined use of KUCA and the FFAG accelerator.

Furthermore, ADS experiments with 100 MeV protons obtained from the FFAG accelerator have been carried out to investigate the neutron characteristics of ADS, and the static and kinetic parameters were accurately analyzed through both the measurements and the Monte Carlo simulations of reactor physics parameters, including the reaction rates, the neutron spectrum, the sub-critical multiplication factor, the neutron decay constants and the sub-criticality.

This special issue aims at conducting experimental analyses for the ADS benchmarks at KUCA on the most recent advances in the development of computational methods. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, with the use of “ADS Experimental Benchmark Data at KUCA” and “References,” as follows:

  • Deterministic and stochastic analyses methods
  • On-line monitoring techniques of sub-criticality
  • Uncertainty of methodology for sub-criticality
  • Energy and spatial correction factors for kinetic parameters
  • Development of reactor analyses codes for ADS
  • Modeling of spallation reactions
  • Discussion and comparison of different properties of critical and sub-critical cores
  • Sensitivity and uncertainty of Pb and Bi isotopes
  • Nuclear data analyses

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Submission guidelines

Before submission authors should carefully read over “the Instruction for authors.” Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through “ScholarOne Manuscripts,” according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due:  June 14, 2019
First Round of Reviews:  August 10, 2019
Final Submission of Manuscript:  September 10, 2019

Expected Total Number of Published Papers: 10
Expected Total Number of Pages: 8 to 10 / paper
Publication Fee: Free (funded by Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University, Japan)

Editorial Information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Cheol Ho Pyeon, Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University, Japan (pyeon@rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Alberto Talamo, Applied Physics and Nuclear Data Section, Argonne National Laboratory, U.S.A. (alby@anl.gov)
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Masahiro Fukushima, Nuclear Science and Engineering Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan (fukushima.masahiro@jaea.go.jp)

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