Quantifying the Effect of Undersampling in Monte Carlo Simulations Using SCALE
This study explores the effect of undersampling in Monte Carlo calculations on tally estimates and tally variance estimates for burnup credit applications. Steady-state Monte Carlo simulations were performed for models of several critical systems with varying degrees of spatial and isotopic complexity and the impact of undersampling on eigenvalue and flux estimates was examined. Using an inadequate number of particle histories in each generation was found to produce an approximately 100 pcm bias in the eigenvalue estimates, and biases that exceeded 10% in fuel pin flux estimates.
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- Conference: PHYSOR 2014, Kyoto, Japan, 20140928, 20141003
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- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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- NNSA USDOE - National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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- United States
- Monte Carlo; bias; underprediction of variance
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