Knowledge-based system for optimization of fuel reload configurations

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A knowledge-based production system was developed for generating optimal fuel reload configurations. The system was based on a heuristic search method and implemented in Common Lisp programming language. The knowledge base embodied the reactor physics, reactor operations, and a general approach to fuel management strategy. The data base included a description of the physical system involved, i.e., the core geometry and fuel storage. The fifth cycle of the Three Mile Island Unit 1 pressurized water reactor was chosen as a test case. Application of the system to the test case revealed a self-learning process by which a relatively large number of 'near-optimal' configurations were discovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Science and Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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