ADVANCED HOMOGENIZATION METHODS FOR PRESSURIZED WATER REACTORS

Pavel Suk

Abstract


Macroscopic cross section generation is key part of core calculation. Commonly, the data are prepared independently without a knowledge of fuel loading pattern. The fuel assemblies are simulated in infinite lattice (with mirror boundary conditions). Rehomogenization method is based on combination of actual neutron flux in fuel assembly with macroscopic data from infinite lattice. Rehomogenization method was implemented into the macrocode Andrea and tested on a reference cases. Cases consist of fuel cases, cases with strong absorber, cases with absorption rods, or cases with reflector assemblies. Testing method is based on a comparisons of homogenized and rehomogenized macroscopic cross sections and later on a comparisons of relative power of each fuel assembly. Above that there is comparison of eigenvalue.

Keywords


homogenization, rehomogenization, full core calculation, Andrea, Helios, macroscopic data preparation, neutron flux

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ISSN 2336-5382 (Online)
Published by the Czech Technical University in Prague