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Accuracy Improvement of Boron Meter Adopting New Fitting Function and Multi-Detector

By Chidong Kong, Hyunsuk Lee, Taewoo Tak, Deokjung Lee, Si Hwan Kim and Seokjean Lyou


This paper introduces a boron meter with improved accuracy compared with other commercially available boron meters. Its design includes a new fitting function and a multi-detector. In pressurized water reactors (PWRs) in Korea, many boron meters have been used to continuously monitor boron concentration in reactor coolant. However, it is difficult to use the boron meters in practice because the measurement uncertainty is high. For this reason, there has been a strong demand for improvement in their accuracy. In this work, a boron meter evaluation model was developed, and two approaches were considered to improve the boron meter accuracy: the first approach uses a new fitting function and the second approach uses a multi-detector. With the new fitting function, the boron concentration error was decreased from 3.30 ppm to 0.73 ppm. With the multi-detector, the count signals were contaminated with noise such as field measurement data, and analyses were repeated 1,000 times to obtain average and standard deviations of the boron concentration errors. Finally, using the new fitting formulation and multi-detector together, the average error was decreased from 5.95 ppm to 1.83 ppm and its standard deviation was decreased from 0.64 ppm to 0.26 ppm. This result represents a great improvement of the boron meter accuracy

Topics: Accuracy Improvement, Boron Meter, Evaluation Model, Fitting Function, Multi-detector, Nuclear engineering. Atomic power, TK9001-9401
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1016/
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