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Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Transient Systems and Analysis|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
AN IRSN CONTRIBUTION TO THE UAM PROJECT: THERMAL-HYDRAULIC AND NEUTRONIC UNCERTAINTIES PROPAGATION IN A ROD EJECTION, FIRST RESULTS
IRSN BP 17 – 92260 Fontenay-aux-Roses Cedex - France
Published online: 22 February 2021
The paper presents our first results of the exercise III-I-2c from the OECD-NEA UAM-LWR benchmark intended to an elaboration of the methodology of uncertainty propagation. The considered case studied a full PWR core behavior in fast (~0.1 sec) rod ejection transient. According to the benchmark, the core represented a Hot Zero Power state. Authors used brute-force sampling propagating nuclear data and thermo-fluid uncertainties using 3D computational IRSN chain HEMERA. It couples the reactor physics code CRONOS and thermal-hydraulic core code FLICA4. The nuclear data uncertainties were represented in a form of cross sections standard deviations (in percentage of the mean cross sections values) supplied by the UAM team. In addition to the original benchmark, the study includes a case with an increased power peak by supplementary rod ejection, i.e. with higher reactivity. Both the results are similar to what we obtained in the mini-core rod ejection: the power standard deviation follows, in percentage of the mean power, the mean power curve. We split the variance with a direct calculation: once the cross sections are modified and the thermal-hydraulics inputs are kept constant, another time the contrary. The results show that uncertainties dues to nuclear data dominate over ones due to the thermal-flow area. Furthermore, the major contributors in peak-of-power variance lie in a fast group of cross sections.
Key words: rod ejection / UAM / uncertainties
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