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Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
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A 3-D FINITE ELEMENT FEW-GROUP DIFFUSION CODE AND ITS APPLICATION TO GENERATION IV REACTOR CONCEPTS
Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH Boltzmannstr. 14, D-85748 Garching, Germany
Published online: 22 February 2021
In this paper, a recently developed 3-d few-group finite element-based diffusion code is de-scribed. Its geometrical flexibility allows future modeling of complex and irregular geometries of (very) small and medium size reactor concepts –(v)SMRs –being in the spotlight for energy provision in remote residential and industrial regions or for space applications, and also liquid metal cooled Generation IV reactors where thermally induced core deformation results in localized assembly lattice distortions which cannot be treated by traditional 3-d neutron kinetics codes devoted to the regular lattices of LWR and Generation IV systems. The description of the implemented FEM solution method is followed by first applications to a prismatic (or block type) high-temperature reactor MHTGR-350MW within an OECD/NEA benchmark activity and to the sodium cooled fast reactor concept ASTRID within the past EU project ESNII+. Finally, an outlook to planned further code development activities is given.
Key words: FEM / diffusion approximation / (v)SMR / Generation IV
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