Development of Subspace-based Hybrid Monte Carlo-Deterministric Algorithms for Reactor Physics Calculations
The development of hybrid Monte-Carlo-Deterministic (MC-DT) approaches, taking place over the past few decades, have primarily focused on shielding and detection applications where the analysis requires a small number of responses, i.e. at the detector locations(s). This work further develops a recently introduced global variance reduction approach, denoted by the SUBSPACE approach is designed to allow the use of MC simulation, currently limited to benchmarking calculations, for routine engineering calculations. By way of demonstration, the SUBSPACE approach is applied to assembly level calculations used to generate the few-group homogenized cross-sections. These models are typically expensive and need to be executed in the order of 10 3 - 10 5 times to properly characterize the few-group cross-sections for downstream core-wide calculations. Applicability to k-eigenvalue core-wide models is also demonstrated in this work. Given the favorable results obtained in this work, we believe the applicability of the MC method for reactor analysis calculations could be realized in the near future.
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- North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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- 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; MONTE CARLO METHOD; ALGORITHMS; EIGENVALUES; CROSS SECTIONS; MULTIGROUP THEORY; REACTOR KINETICS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION
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