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Gonchar N.I.
A.I. Leypunsky Institute for Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk, Russia

Gonchar N.I. - senior researcher, A.I. Leypunsky Institute for Physics and Power Engineering. Contacts: 1, sq. Bondarenko, Obninsk, Kaluga reg., Russia, 249033, Tel.: (484) 399-42-59, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Safe exploitation of reactor facility (RF) should provided by routine cladding failure detection (CDF). Optimal diagnostic medium for heavy liquid metal coolant (HLMC) RF routine cladding failure detection is primary covergas (argon) and reference group of isotopes–radioactive noble gases (RNG) that feature significant gamma radiation, these are fission products - Kr and Õå isotopes and an activation product of Ar-41 cover gas dissolved in the coolant. The method of routine monitoring is gamma spectrometry of the vapor and aerosol – free cover gas. For identification of diagnostic indicators and diagnostic algorithm development a model of RNG migration from the fuel grain to the gas system is needed. Model of RNG migration through the primary circuit is presented in this paper. The calculated value of RNG-activity in primary gas system that are result of the different events into primary circuit and the change of the cover gas gamma-radiation spectrum are showed.

reactor facility, heavy liquid metal coolant, cladding failure detection, cover gas, radioactive noble gases, gamma-spectrometry

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UDC 621.039.546

Problems of Atomic Science and Technology. Series: Nuclear and Reactor Constants, 2016, issue 5, 5:20