DESIGN OF NEUTRONIC PARAMETERS OF MTR REACTOR USING WIMSD-5B/BATAN-FUEL CODES
BATAN has three aging research reactors, so it is necessary to design a new, more modern MTR type reactor using high-density, low enrichment uranium molybdenum fuel. The thermal neutron flux at the irradiation position is an important concern in the design of research reactors. This analysis is performed using standard computer codes WIMSD-5B and Batan-FUEL. The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of the core configuration with safety control rods and neutronic parameters using the diffusion method calculation. The reactor core consists of 16 fuel elements and four control rods placed in the 5 x 5 position of the grid plate and is loaded the reflector elements outside the core. The cycle length is also a concern, not less than 20 days, and the reactor can be operated safely with a power of 50 MW. The calculation results show that for the highest fuel loading, which is 450 grams of U7Mo/Al fuel with D2O as a reflector, it will provide the lowest thermal neutron flux at the center of the core irradiation position, namely 1.0 x1015 n/cm2s. The core fuel cycle length will be up to 39 days, meeting the expected acceptance and safety criteria.