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Homework Help: Minimum Critical Power Ratio (MCPR) for a BWR

  1. Sep 13, 2011 #1
    From Todreas & Kazimi, Nuclear Systems I, Problem 2-3

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Calculate the minimum critical power ratio for a typical 1000 MWe BWR operating at 100% power using the data in Tables 1 – 2, 1 – 3, and 2 – 3. Assume that:

    a) The axial linear power shape can be expressed as

    q’(z) = q’(ref)e^(-az/L)sin (az/L)

    where a = 1.96. Determine q’(ref) such that q’(max) = 44 kW/m

    b) The critical bundle power is 9319 kW

    2. Relevant equations

    Minimum Critical Power Ratio = Critical Power/Operating Power
    (unfortunately, the textbook is sparse in its relevant equations and examples)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    For q’(z) to be a maximum, e^(-a/L)sin (az/L) must be maximum. This maximum occurs when the derivative with respect to z/L is zero (or at the ends). Solving this, I find z = L*tan^(-1)(pi/a)/pi = 0.322L, and q'(ref) = 4685 kW/m. From here I have no clue what to do (especially with the given critical bundle power).
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  3. Sep 13, 2011 #2
    I was on the right track and got the answer after a little frustration. Thanks anyway though! I'll have to remember this site when I am having trouble in my NUC E/M E classes this year.
  4. Sep 18, 2012 #3
    did you ever figure out what to do with the critical bundle power... i know this is an old thread. sorry
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