EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Advanced Modelling and Simulation|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
QUANTUM ANNEALING OPTIMIZATION OF A HEURISTIC SURROGATE MODEL FOR PWR FUEL LOADING
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Published online: 22 February 2021
An efficient fuel arrangement must be generated by PWR operators every 6–18 months. This complex problem has been extensively researched with two broad approaches, heuristic and stochastic methods, becoming accepted. This initial study qualitatively introduces the concept of encoding full-core PWR fuel loading patterns in a form suitable for quantum annealing. The concepts of adiabatic quantum computers and quantum annealing are introduced, and a surrogate model encoding of a set of heuristics for loading pattern design produced in a form suitable for use in present-day quantum annealers. The simulated results show significant similarity to benchmark loading patterns.
Key words: quantum computing / optimization / nuclear fuel management / loading pattern / PWR
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