Open Access
ND 2007
Article Number 228
Number of page(s) 4
Section Benchmarking for fission applications
Published online 17 June 2008
International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology 2007
DOI: 10.1051/ndata:07708

239Pu nuclear data improvements in thermal and epithermal neutron ranges

D. Bernard, E. Fort, A. Courcelle, A. Santamarina, G. Noguere, O. Litaize and C. Vaglio-Gaudard

CEA Cadarache, Bd 230, DEN/CAD/DER/SPRC/LEPh, 13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance Cedex, France

Published online: 21 May 2008

The analysis of keff multiplicative factor of 100%-MOx cores and plutonium solutions showed a systematic discrepancy between calculation and experiment. The aim of this paper is to propose an improved version of the JEFF-3.1 239Pu evaluation in the low-energy neutron range. We propose here slight modifications of the evaluation file, consistent with the uncertainties of differential data measurements in sub-thermal/thermal and epithermal ranges, namely: modifications of the sub-thermal fission, capture and total cross sections, and a revised evaluation of νp from sub-thermal up to 20 eV using a phenomenological formalism. The proposed modifications are described and tested against integral measurements.

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