EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Monte Carlo Transport|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
INLINE THERMAL AND XENON FEEDBACK ITERATIONS IN MONTE CARLO REACTOR CALCULATIONS
Naval Nuclear Laboratory P.O. Box 79, West Mifflin, PA 15122
Published online: 22 February 2021
In this work, we describe a method for converging nonlinear feedback during the convergence of the neutron fission source in a Monte Carlo reactor simulation. This approach involves updating feedback physics during discard batches in the Monte Carlo simulation rather than fully (or partially) converging the neutronics prior to the nonlinear update. This approach is demonstrated for a single PWR pin with thermal feedback and with both thermal and xenon feedback. Converging these feedbacks inline with the fission source is shown to have the benefit of reducing numerical instability by effectively underrelaxing the tallied quantities in the Monte Carlo simulation and improving computational performance by converging feedback within (or near to) the number of discard batches required to converge the fission source even without any feedback.
Key words: Thermal Feedback / Xenon Feedback / Monte Carlo / Underrelaxation
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021
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