SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Warren Erling
TIME: Friday, December 9, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Boggs, 3-47
TITLE: A Comprehensive Study on Detector Modeling, Reactor Core Environment Analysis, and Fuel Burnup for the Lifespan of the Molten Salt Research Reactor
COMMITTEE: Dr. Steven Biegalski, Chair (Nuclear Engineering)
Dr. Anna Erickson (Nuclear Engineering)
Dr. Pavel Tsvetkov (Nuclear Engineering)


To provide an outline of molten salt reactor development history, and the importance of reviving this technology. From previous experience gained through the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment, build upon pre-existing instrumentation and monitoring methods and apply these guidelines to the MSRR. After a brief summary of the modeling capabilities which help provide a greater insight to molten salt monitoring, develop detector models which can be experimentally validated and applied to the Molten Salt Research Reactor MCNP model. Upon implementing these validated detectors in the MSRR MCNP model, conduct a burnup study and analyze the instrumentation response as a function of reactor lifetime.