## SENSMG: First-Order Sensitivities of Neutron Reaction Rates, Reaction-Rate Ratios, Leakage, *k*_{eff} , and **α** Using PARTISN

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## Abstract

SENSMG is a tool for calculating the first-order sensitivities of reaction-rate ratios, k _{eff}, and α in critical problems and reaction-rate ratios, reaction rates, and leakage in fixed-source problems to multigroup cross sections, isotope densities, material mass densities, and interface locations using the PARTISN multigroup discrete-ordinates code by implementing Generalized Perturbation Theory. SENSMG can be used for one-dimensional spherical and slab (r) and two-dimensional cylindrical (r-z) geometries. For fixed-source (leakage) problems, SENSMG relies on the MISC and/or SOURCES4C codes to compute neutron source rate densities from spontaneous fission and (α,n) sources. SENSMG is a combination of Python and Fortran and was developed under Linux. This computer code abstract describes all user inputs, the input file, and output files. Furthermore, this computer code abstract describes how SENSMG can be modified to support different computer platforms, PARTISN versions, or cross-section availability. Several verification problems are presented in which SENSMG results are compared with MCNP6, SCALE6.2, and direct perturbations (central differences).

- Authors:

- Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

- Sponsoring Org.:
- USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

- OSTI Identifier:
- 1467217

- Report Number(s):
- LA-UR-18-22532

Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5639

- Grant/Contract Number:
- AC52-06NA25396

- Resource Type:
- Accepted Manuscript

- Journal Name:
- Nuclear Science and Engineering

- Additional Journal Information:
- Journal Volume: 192; Journal Issue: 1; 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; multigroup; discrete ordinates; adjoint; first-order sensitivity analysis

### Citation Formats

```
Favorite, Jeffrey A. SENSMG: First-Order Sensitivities of Neutron Reaction Rates, Reaction-Rate Ratios, Leakage, keff , and α Using PARTISN. United States: N. p., 2018.
Web. doi:10.1080/00295639.2018.1471296.
```

```
Favorite, Jeffrey A. SENSMG: First-Order Sensitivities of Neutron Reaction Rates, Reaction-Rate Ratios, Leakage, keff , and α Using PARTISN. United States. doi:10.1080/00295639.2018.1471296.
```

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Favorite, Jeffrey A. Mon .
"SENSMG: First-Order Sensitivities of Neutron Reaction Rates, Reaction-Rate Ratios, Leakage, keff , and α Using PARTISN". United States. doi:10.1080/00295639.2018.1471296. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1467217.
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@article{osti_1467217,
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title = {SENSMG: First-Order Sensitivities of Neutron Reaction Rates, Reaction-Rate Ratios, Leakage, keff , and α Using PARTISN},

author = {Favorite, Jeffrey A.},

abstractNote = {SENSMG is a tool for calculating the first-order sensitivities of reaction-rate ratios, keff, and α in critical problems and reaction-rate ratios, reaction rates, and leakage in fixed-source problems to multigroup cross sections, isotope densities, material mass densities, and interface locations using the PARTISN multigroup discrete-ordinates code by implementing Generalized Perturbation Theory. SENSMG can be used for one-dimensional spherical and slab (r) and two-dimensional cylindrical (r-z) geometries. For fixed-source (leakage) problems, SENSMG relies on the MISC and/or SOURCES4C codes to compute neutron source rate densities from spontaneous fission and (α,n) sources. SENSMG is a combination of Python and Fortran and was developed under Linux. This computer code abstract describes all user inputs, the input file, and output files. Furthermore, this computer code abstract describes how SENSMG can be modified to support different computer platforms, PARTISN versions, or cross-section availability. Several verification problems are presented in which SENSMG results are compared with MCNP6, SCALE6.2, and direct perturbations (central differences).},

doi = {10.1080/00295639.2018.1471296},

journal = {Nuclear Science and Engineering},

number = 1,

volume = 192,

place = {United States},

year = {2018},

month = {7}

}