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Title: Warthog: Progress on Coupling BISON and PROTEUS

Abstract

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program from the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE) provides a robust toolkit for modeling and simulation of current and future advanced nuclear reactor designs. This toolkit provides these technologies organized across product lines, with two divisions targeted at fuels and end-to-end reactor modeling, and a third for integration, coupling, and high-level workflow management. The Fuels Product Line (FPL) and the Reactor Product Line (RPL) provide advanced computational technologies that serve each respective field effectively. There is currently a lack of integration between the product lines, impeding future improvements of simulation solution fidelity. In order to mix and match tools across the product lines, a new application called Warthog was produced. Warthog is built on the Multi-physics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) framework developed at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This report details the continuing efforts to provide the Integration Product Line (IPL) with interoperability using the Warthog code. Currently, this application strives to couple the BISON fuel performance application from the FPL using the PROTEUS Core Neutronics application from the RPL. Warthog leverages as much prior work from the NEAMS program as possible, enabling interoperability between the independently developedmore » MOOSE and SHARP frameworks, and the libMesh and MOAB mesh data formats. Previous work performed on Warthog allowed it to couple a pin cell between the two codes. However, as the temperature changed due to the BISON calculation, the cross sections were not recalculated, leading to errors as the temperature got further away from the initial conditions. XSProc from the SCALE code suite was used to calculate the cross sections as needed. The remainder of this report discusses the changes to Warthog to allow for the implementation of XSProc as an external code. It also discusses the changes made to Warthog to allow it to fit more cleanly into the MultiApp syntax of the MOOSE framework. The capabilities, design, and limitations of Warthog will be described, in addition to some of the test cases that were used to demonstrate the code. Future plans for Warthog will be discussed, including continuation of the modifications to the input and coupling to other SHARP codes such as Nek5000.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1335353
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-2016/579
NT0510000; NENT026; TRN: US1700826
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; NUCLEAR FUELS; CROSS SECTIONS; DESIGN; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; ERRORS; IMPLEMENTATION; MANAGEMENT; MODIFICATIONS; PERFORMANCE; REACTORS; W CODES; B CODES; P CODES; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; FUEL PINS

Citation Formats

Hart, Shane W.D. Warthog: Progress on Coupling BISON and PROTEUS. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1335353.
Hart, Shane W.D. Warthog: Progress on Coupling BISON and PROTEUS. United States. doi:10.2172/1335353.
Hart, Shane W.D. Thu . "Warthog: Progress on Coupling BISON and PROTEUS". United States. doi:10.2172/1335353. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1335353.
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abstractNote = {The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program from the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE) provides a robust toolkit for modeling and simulation of current and future advanced nuclear reactor designs. This toolkit provides these technologies organized across product lines, with two divisions targeted at fuels and end-to-end reactor modeling, and a third for integration, coupling, and high-level workflow management. The Fuels Product Line (FPL) and the Reactor Product Line (RPL) provide advanced computational technologies that serve each respective field effectively. There is currently a lack of integration between the product lines, impeding future improvements of simulation solution fidelity. In order to mix and match tools across the product lines, a new application called Warthog was produced. Warthog is built on the Multi-physics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) framework developed at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This report details the continuing efforts to provide the Integration Product Line (IPL) with interoperability using the Warthog code. Currently, this application strives to couple the BISON fuel performance application from the FPL using the PROTEUS Core Neutronics application from the RPL. Warthog leverages as much prior work from the NEAMS program as possible, enabling interoperability between the independently developed MOOSE and SHARP frameworks, and the libMesh and MOAB mesh data formats. Previous work performed on Warthog allowed it to couple a pin cell between the two codes. However, as the temperature changed due to the BISON calculation, the cross sections were not recalculated, leading to errors as the temperature got further away from the initial conditions. XSProc from the SCALE code suite was used to calculate the cross sections as needed. The remainder of this report discusses the changes to Warthog to allow for the implementation of XSProc as an external code. It also discusses the changes made to Warthog to allow it to fit more cleanly into the MultiApp syntax of the MOOSE framework. The capabilities, design, and limitations of Warthog will be described, in addition to some of the test cases that were used to demonstrate the code. Future plans for Warthog will be discussed, including continuation of the modifications to the input and coupling to other SHARP codes such as Nek5000.},
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year = {Thu Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
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