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Title: Improvements to Bison Validation Base for LWR Fuel

Abstract

The Bison fuel performance code is being developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to analyze a wide range of fuel forms and operating conditions with the flexibility to conduct simulations in 1D through 3D geometries. Bison plays an important role in the development of advanced fuel with improved accident tolerance for existing light water reactors (LWRs), the improved understanding of mechanisms in fuel designs in a wider range of operating conditions, and the facilitation of future development of fuel for advanced reactor designs. Additionally, industry interest in advanced fuels has also driven Bison development for advanced fuels in the last few years. All of these factors combine to create a potential increase of new Bison users. These new users will potentially be interested in the Bison LWR validation base for examples of Bison's capabilities and how to use Bison. Current users also rely on the Bison validation base as a demonstration of the best practices settings and material behavioral models. Bison, both through direct updates to the Bison source code and to the nearly daily changes and improvements in the underlying MOOSE framework source code, undergoes nearly continuous changes. It is necessary that these source code changes are reflected withmore » updated input files in the Bison validation base. Periodic updates of the validation case input files should also be accompanied by a review and revision of the validation case documentation on which our users rely. Therefore our efforts under this milestone were guided by two objectives: 1) Update the Bison LWR validation input files to use current Bison simulation settings, and 2) Enhance the ease-of-use for Bison through improved documentation These objectives build on the goals identified FY18 CASL milestone reports. During FY18 we addressed issues with the robustness of Bison and identified a need to migrate the assessment suite to the more reliable tensor mechanics module system and set a goal of standardizing the Bison input files. The FY18 CASL milestone report on updates to the Bison documentation system listed continued development of user-focused guides and examples along with revisions to the validation case documentation as future development goals. During FY19 we have separated these two objectives into four different focus areas for our work on this milestone. Our first two focus areas target the existing Bison validation suite: update the existing LWR validation cases and the accompanying documentation. The second two focus areas center on adding new capabilities: a new Bison LWR validation case and expansion of user support documentation. In the following report each of these four focus areas are discussed as a separate section. We conclude the report with a summary of potential future work to build on the efforts of this year.« less

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  1. Idaho National Laboratory
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1562883
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-19-55596-Rev000
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 - NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; Bison; Validation

Citation Formats

Pitts, Stephanie A, Gardner, Russell J, Casagranda, Albert, Spencer, Benjamin W, Vanwasshenova, Daniel J, McDowell, Dylan James, Rota, Giuseppe, and Williamson, Richard L. Improvements to Bison Validation Base for LWR Fuel. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1562883.
Pitts, Stephanie A, Gardner, Russell J, Casagranda, Albert, Spencer, Benjamin W, Vanwasshenova, Daniel J, McDowell, Dylan James, Rota, Giuseppe, & Williamson, Richard L. Improvements to Bison Validation Base for LWR Fuel. United States. doi:10.2172/1562883.
Pitts, Stephanie A, Gardner, Russell J, Casagranda, Albert, Spencer, Benjamin W, Vanwasshenova, Daniel J, McDowell, Dylan James, Rota, Giuseppe, and Williamson, Richard L. Fri . "Improvements to Bison Validation Base for LWR Fuel". United States. doi:10.2172/1562883. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1562883.
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title = {Improvements to Bison Validation Base for LWR Fuel},
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abstractNote = {The Bison fuel performance code is being developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to analyze a wide range of fuel forms and operating conditions with the flexibility to conduct simulations in 1D through 3D geometries. Bison plays an important role in the development of advanced fuel with improved accident tolerance for existing light water reactors (LWRs), the improved understanding of mechanisms in fuel designs in a wider range of operating conditions, and the facilitation of future development of fuel for advanced reactor designs. Additionally, industry interest in advanced fuels has also driven Bison development for advanced fuels in the last few years. All of these factors combine to create a potential increase of new Bison users. These new users will potentially be interested in the Bison LWR validation base for examples of Bison's capabilities and how to use Bison. Current users also rely on the Bison validation base as a demonstration of the best practices settings and material behavioral models. Bison, both through direct updates to the Bison source code and to the nearly daily changes and improvements in the underlying MOOSE framework source code, undergoes nearly continuous changes. It is necessary that these source code changes are reflected with updated input files in the Bison validation base. Periodic updates of the validation case input files should also be accompanied by a review and revision of the validation case documentation on which our users rely. Therefore our efforts under this milestone were guided by two objectives: 1) Update the Bison LWR validation input files to use current Bison simulation settings, and 2) Enhance the ease-of-use for Bison through improved documentation These objectives build on the goals identified FY18 CASL milestone reports. During FY18 we addressed issues with the robustness of Bison and identified a need to migrate the assessment suite to the more reliable tensor mechanics module system and set a goal of standardizing the Bison input files. The FY18 CASL milestone report on updates to the Bison documentation system listed continued development of user-focused guides and examples along with revisions to the validation case documentation as future development goals. During FY19 we have separated these two objectives into four different focus areas for our work on this milestone. Our first two focus areas target the existing Bison validation suite: update the existing LWR validation cases and the accompanying documentation. The second two focus areas center on adding new capabilities: a new Bison LWR validation case and expansion of user support documentation. In the following report each of these four focus areas are discussed as a separate section. We conclude the report with a summary of potential future work to build on the efforts of this year.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {8}
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