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Demonstration of long-term optical fiber thermometry in the in-core region of a nuclear reactor
Author(s): Fredrik B. H. Jensen; Masaharu Nakazawa; Tsunemi Kakuta; Tatsuo Shikama; Minoru Narui; Tsutomu Sagawa
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Paper Abstract

An experimental demonstration of fiber optic temperature sensing in the in-core region of Japan Materials Testing Reactor from 250 to 750 degrees C is described. Temperature data could be obtained for two full-power weeks with neutron fluxes of approximately 1014 n/cm2/s and gamma dose rates of approximately 5 X 103 Gy/s. The measurements were based on thermally generated IR light within the optical fiber itself. The fiber thus served as both signal generator and signal transmitter to the out-of-core region. The fibers utilized in the experiments where of high OH pure-silica-core type and showed good radiation resistance. In the IR region the transmission of the fibers was only weakly affected by the incident radiation. Radiation induced luminescence and Cerenkov radiation in the optical fibers were found to have small influence on the signal in the IR window. The high OH content of the fibers used in the present experiment precluded the use of the spectral regions at 945, 1245, and 1390 nm, due to the high intrinsic and radiation induced absorption at these wavelengths. The use of silica fibers limited the maximum temperature to < 1000 degrees C. The present experiments show that optical sensors based on IR emission can be used to monitor temperature in the in-core region of nuclear reactors for extended periods of time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3172, Optical Technology in Fluid, Thermal, and Combustion Flow III, (21 November 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279753
Show Author Affiliations
Fredrik B. H. Jensen, Univ. of Tokyo (Switzerland)
Masaharu Nakazawa, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Tsunemi Kakuta, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (Japan)
Tatsuo Shikama, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Minoru Narui, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Tsutomu Sagawa, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3172:
Optical Technology in Fluid, Thermal, and Combustion Flow III
Soyoung Stephen Cha; James D. Trolinger; Masaaki Kawahashi, Editor(s)

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