|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Monday, April 11, 2016, 1:00 p.m.|
|TITLE:||Detailed Study of the Transient Rod Pneumatic System on the Annular Core Research Reactor|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Farzad Rahnema, Chair (NRE)
Dr. Bojan Petrovic (NRE)
Dr. Tris Utschig (NRE)
Mr. Michael Black (SNL)
Throughout the history of the Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR), transient rod (TR) A has experienced an increased rate of failure versus the other two TRs (B and C). Either by pneumatic force or electric motor, the transient rods remove the poison rods from the ACRR core allowing for the irradiation of experiments. In order to develop causes for why TR A is failing more often, a better understanding of the whole TR system and its components is needed. This study aims to provide a foundational understanding of how the TR pneumatic system affects the motion of the TRs and the resulting effects that the TR motion has on the neutronics of the ACRR.