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The impact of spectral effects in fast reactors on data analysis and development of fission-fusion correlations

Journal of Nuclear Materials
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-3115(92)90644-z


Abstract Models describing the production of freely migrating defects (FMD) during neutron irradiations were applied to materials studies in fast reactors, where neutron spectral effects have been largely ignored. Calculations for the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) and the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) show that effects of spectral differences between in-core and out-of-core positions are significantly larger on the basis of freely migrating defects than on the basis of dpa. As an example, data on swelling behavior measured both in-core and out-of-core in EBR-II show nearly a linear dependence on FMD production but not on dpa.

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