Verification of the spectral history correction methodwith fully coupledmonte carlocode bgcore

Y. Bilodid, E. Fridman, M. Margulis, D. Kotlyar, E. Shwageraus

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Abstract

Recently,a new method for accounting for burnup history effects on few-group cross sections was developed and implemented in the reactor dynamic code DYN3D. The method relies on the tracking of the local Pu-239 density which serves as an indicator of burnup spectral history. The validityof the method was demonstrated in PWRand VVER applications.However, the spectrum variation in BWR core is more pronounced due to the strongercoolant density change. Therefore, the purpose of the current work is to further investigate the applicability of the method to BWR analysis. The proposed methodology was verified against recently developed BGCore system, which couples Monte Carlo neutron transport withdepletion and thermal hydraulic solvers and thus capable of providing a reference solution for 3D simulations. The results clearly show that neglecting the spectral history effects leads to a very large deviation (e.g. 2000 pcm in reactivity) from the reference solution. However, a very good agreement betweenDYN3D and BGCore is observed (on the order of200 pcm in reactivity), when the Pu-correction method is applied.

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

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference on Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2014
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKyoto
Period28/09/143/10/14

Keywords

  • BGCore
  • DYN3D
  • History effects
  • Monte-Carlo
  • Spectral history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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