EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
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A SUBGROUP METHOD BASED ON THE EQUIVALENT DANCOFF-FACTOR CELL TECHNIQUE COMPARED WITH THE FINE-STRUCTURE METHOD IN APOLLO3®
DEN-Service d’études des réacteurs et de mathématiques appliquées (SERMA), CEA, Université Paris-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Published online: 22 February 2021
We compare a newly implemented subgroup method, which is based on the equivalent Dancoff-factor cell technique, with the fine structure method in APOLLO3®. The new method obtains precise reaction rates and consequently is precise in predicting multipli-cation factor. It can reduce the time in the self-shielding calculation by a factor of 38 compared with the subgroup method based on the multi-cell approximation in a PWR Gd-UOX assembly calculation. The fine structure method obtains larger errors in reac-tion rates than the subgroup method, but the error compensation sometimes leads to small errors in multiplication factors. This work demonstrates the precision and the efficiency of the new method.
Key words: resonance self-shielding / subgroup method / SPH method / equivalent Dancoff-factor cell method / fine structure method
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