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    Optimal locally repairable codes of distance 33 and 44 via cyclic codes

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    Like classical block codes, a locally repairable code also obeys the Singleton-type bound (we call a locally repairable code {\it optimal} if it achieves the Singleton-type bound). In the breakthrough work of \cite{TB14}, several classes of optimal locally repairable codes were constructed via subcodes of Reed-Solomon codes. Thus, the lengths of the codes given in \cite{TB14} are upper bounded by the code alphabet size qq. Recently, it was proved through extension of construction in \cite{TB14} that length of qq-ary optimal locally repairable codes can be q+1q+1 in \cite{JMX17}. Surprisingly, \cite{BHHMV16} presented a few examples of qq-ary optimal locally repairable codes of small distance and locality with code length achieving roughly q2q^2. Very recently, it was further shown in \cite{LMX17} that there exist qq-ary optimal locally repairable codes with length bigger than q+1q+1 and distance propositional to nn. Thus, it becomes an interesting and challenging problem to construct new families of qq-ary optimal locally repairable codes of length bigger than q+1q+1. In this paper, we construct a class of optimal locally repairable codes of distance 33 and 44 with unbounded length (i.e., length of the codes is independent of the code alphabet size). Our technique is through cyclic codes with particular generator and parity-check polynomials that are carefully chosen

    Neutronic Analysis on Potential Accident Tolerant Fuel-Cladding Combination U3_3Si2_2-FeCrAl

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    Neutronic performance is investigated for a potential accident tolerant fuel (ATF),which consists of U3_3Si2_2 fuel and FeCrAl cladding. In comparison with current UO2_2-Zr system, FeCrAl has a better oxidation resistance but a larger thermal neutron absorption cross section. U3_3Si2_2 has a higher thermal conductivity and a higher uranium density, which can compensate the reactivity suppressed by FeCrAl. Based on neutronic investigations, a possible U3_3Si2_2-FeCrAl fuel-cladding systemis taken into consideration. Fundamental properties of the suggested fuel-cladding combination are investigated in a fuel assembly.These properties include moderator and fuel temperature coefficients, control rods worth, radial power distribution (in a fuel rod), and different void reactivity coefficients. The present work proves that the new combination has less reactivity variation during its service lifetime. Although, compared with the current system, it has a little larger deviation on power distribution and a little less negative temperature coefficient and void reactivity coefficient and its control rods worth is less important, variations of these parameters are less important during the service lifetime of fuel. Hence, U3_3Si2_2-FeCrAl system is a potential ATF candidate from a neutronic view
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