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Applying the pulsed ion chamber methodology to full range reactor ...

Applying the pulsed ion chamber methodology to full range reactor ...

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ACKK0WLLDGLMB7 The author is especially indebted to his committee chairman Dr. William Ellis, whose input, guidance, and encouragement in this long endeavor proved invaluable. Thanks is also extended the other members of his committee, Dr. E. E. Carroll, Dr. N. J. Diaz, Dr. G. R. Dalton, Dr. W. Mauderli, and Dr. C. K. Day for their interest and support. Much of the work to be described herein was performed at the Hanford Engineering and Development Laboratory. The author is deeply indebted to Dr, Cliff Day and the Instrument Technology group at Westinghouse Hanford whose avid support made the work possible. Acknowledgement is expressed for the financial support received from a University of Honda teaching assistantship and a Northwest College and University Association for Science fellowship. Finally, words fail to express the 1 harks which is extended to the author's wife, Michele. Her patience, love, arc financial support proved to be the difference between success and failure.

TABLE OF CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . , ii LIST OF TABLES iv LIST OF FIGURES . . . V ABSTRACT ...»...,.« ..... ix CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION .............. 1 CHAPTER II. PULSED IONIZATION CHAMBER OPERATIONAL THEORY . . .11 CHAPTER III. PIC POWER REACTOR MEASUREMENT SYSTEM ....... 21 PIC Electronic System . 29 Detector Selection .... .......... 40 CHAPTER IV. EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURES, RESULTS AND METHODS OF DATA PROCESSING .43 Initial System Setup ........ 43 Experimental Measurements and Results ............. 44 Gamma Compensation 44 PIC Chamber Temperature Response ... 55 Source of Errors . . ......... 79 CHAPTER V. CONCLUSIONS SI APPENDIX 83 REFERENCES ......... 97 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ........... . . 98 ill Page