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Title: A New Method for Generating Probability Tables in the Unresolved Resonance Region

Abstract

One new method for constructing probability tables in the unresolved resonance region (URR) has been developed. This new methodology is an extensive modification of the single-level Breit-Wigner (SLBW) pseudo-resonance pair sequence method commonly used to generate probability tables in the URR. The new method uses a Monte Carlo process to generate many pseudo-resonance sequences by first sampling the average resonance parameter data in the URR and then converting the sampled resonance parameters to the more robust R-matrix limited (RML) format. Furthermore, for each sampled set of pseudo-resonance sequences, the temperature-dependent cross sections are reconstructed on a small grid around the energy of reference using the Reich-Moore formalism and the Leal-Hwang Doppler broadening methodology. We then use the effective cross sections calculated at the energies of reference to construct probability tables in the URR. The RML cross-section reconstruction algorithm has been rigorously tested for a variety of isotopes, including 16O, 19F, 35Cl, 56Fe, 63Cu, and 65Cu. The new URR method also produced normalized cross-section factor probability tables for 238U that were found to be in agreement with current standards. The modified 238U probability tables were shown to produce results in excellent agreement with several standard benchmarks, including the IEU-MET-FAST-007 (BIG TEN),more » IEU-MET-FAST-003, and IEU-COMP-FAST-004 benchmarks.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States). Dept. of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering; Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division
  2. Intitute for Radiological Protection (IRSN), Paris (France)
  3. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States). Dept. of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
  4. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1361302
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 186; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5639
Publisher:
American Nuclear Society - Taylor & Francis
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Unresolved resonance region; nuclear data processing; neutron cross sections

Citation Formats

Holcomb, Andrew M., Leal, Luiz C., Rahnema, Farzad, and Wiarda, Dorothea. A New Method for Generating Probability Tables in the Unresolved Resonance Region. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1080/00295639.2016.1273632.
Holcomb, Andrew M., Leal, Luiz C., Rahnema, Farzad, & Wiarda, Dorothea. A New Method for Generating Probability Tables in the Unresolved Resonance Region. United States. doi:10.1080/00295639.2016.1273632.
Holcomb, Andrew M., Leal, Luiz C., Rahnema, Farzad, and Wiarda, Dorothea. Tue . "A New Method for Generating Probability Tables in the Unresolved Resonance Region". United States. doi:10.1080/00295639.2016.1273632. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1361302.
@article{osti_1361302,
title = {A New Method for Generating Probability Tables in the Unresolved Resonance Region},
author = {Holcomb, Andrew M. and Leal, Luiz C. and Rahnema, Farzad and Wiarda, Dorothea},
abstractNote = {One new method for constructing probability tables in the unresolved resonance region (URR) has been developed. This new methodology is an extensive modification of the single-level Breit-Wigner (SLBW) pseudo-resonance pair sequence method commonly used to generate probability tables in the URR. The new method uses a Monte Carlo process to generate many pseudo-resonance sequences by first sampling the average resonance parameter data in the URR and then converting the sampled resonance parameters to the more robust R-matrix limited (RML) format. Furthermore, for each sampled set of pseudo-resonance sequences, the temperature-dependent cross sections are reconstructed on a small grid around the energy of reference using the Reich-Moore formalism and the Leal-Hwang Doppler broadening methodology. We then use the effective cross sections calculated at the energies of reference to construct probability tables in the URR. The RML cross-section reconstruction algorithm has been rigorously tested for a variety of isotopes, including 16O, 19F, 35Cl, 56Fe, 63Cu, and 65Cu. The new URR method also produced normalized cross-section factor probability tables for 238U that were found to be in agreement with current standards. The modified 238U probability tables were shown to produce results in excellent agreement with several standard benchmarks, including the IEU-MET-FAST-007 (BIG TEN), IEU-MET-FAST-003, and IEU-COMP-FAST-004 benchmarks.},
doi = {10.1080/00295639.2016.1273632},
journal = {Nuclear Science and Engineering},
number = 2,
volume = 186,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Apr 18 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Tue Apr 18 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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