Safety of the Superbooster “Neptun”

Publications, 30 April 2019

The JINR Publishing Department published the preprint «On the Issue of Stability and Safety of the Superbooster “Neptun”» P3-2019-8. The authors are Rzyanin M. V., Shabalin E. P.


Highly intense pulsed neutron source which should replace the pulsed reactor IBR-2M currently in operation after its wear-out, can be made as superbooster, that is a powerful breeder of neutrons produced in accelerating proton target. Usually, superbooster is considered to be a safe and reliable nuclear facility. However, as indicated in the paper, powerful superbooster can be less stable in operation than pulsed reactor. Therefore, problems of its safety call for close study.