Generation of one-group self shielded cross sections with multi-group approach for monte carlo burnup codes

D. Kotlyar, E. Shwageraus, E. Fridman

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Allowing Monte Carlo (MC) codes to perform fuel cycle calculations requires coupling to a point depletion solver. In order to perform depletion calculations, one-group (1-g) cross sections must be provided in advance. This paper focuses on generating accurate 1-g cross section values that are necessary for evaluation of nuclide densities as a function of burnup. The proposed method is an alternative to the conventional direct reaction rate tally approach, which requires extensive computational efforts. The method presented here is based on the multi-group (MG) approach, in which pre-generated MG sets are collapsed with MC calculated flux. In our previous studies, we showed that generating accurate 1-g cross sections requires their tabulation against the background cross-section (?0) to account for the self-shielding effect. However, in previous studies, the model that was used to calculate ?0 was simplified by fixing Bell and Dancoff factors. This work demonstrates that 1-g values calculated under the previous simplified model may not agree with the tallied values. Therefore, the original background cross section model was extended by implicitly accounting for the Dancoff and Bell factors. The method developed here reconstructs the correct value of ?0 by utilizing statistical data generated within the MC transport calculation by default. The proposed method was implemented into BGCore code system. The 1-g cross section values generated by BGCore were compared with those tallied directly from the MCNP code. Very good agreement (0.05%) in the 1-g cross values was observed. The method does not carry any additional computational burden and it is universally applicable to the analysis of thermal as well as fast reactor systems.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 International Conference on Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2014 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 28 Sep 20143 Oct 2014


Conference2014 International Conference on Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2014


  • BGCore
  • Monte Carlo
  • Multi group
  • one-group cross sections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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