Refueling in nuclear engineering: The FUELCON project

Ephraim Nissan, Alex Galperin

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Abstract

Over a time span of almost a decade, the FUELCON project in nuclear engineering has led to a fully functional expert system and spawned sequel projects. Its task is in-core fuel management, also called 'refueling', i.e., good fuel-allocation for reloading the core of a given nuclear reactor, for a given operation cycle. The task is crucial for keeping down operation costs at nuclear power plants. Fuel comes in different types and is positioned in a grid representing the core of a reactor. The tool is useful for practitioners but also helps the expert in the domain to test his or her rules of thumb and to discover new ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in Industry
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jun 1998

Keywords

  • FUELCON project
  • In-core fuel management
  • Nuclear engineering

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