EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Verification & Validation|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
DEVELOPMENT OF THE MPACT 69-GROUP LIBRARY FOR MAGNOX REACTOR ANALYSIS USING CASL VERA
Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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Published online: 22 February 2021
The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) has developed the CASL toolset, Virtual Environment for Reactor Analysis (VERA), for pressurized water reactor (PWR) analysis. Recently the CASL VERA was improved for Magnox reactor analysis, which required the development of a new cross section library and new geometrical and thermal feedback capabilities for graphite-moderated Magnox reactors. The MPACT neutronics module of the CASL core simulator is a 3D whole core transport code, which requires a new cross section library with a different energy group structure due to the different neutronic characteristics of Magnox compared with PWR. A new 69-group structure was developed based on the MPACT 51-group structure to have more thermal energy groups and to be a subset of the SCALE 252-group structure. The ENDF/B-VII.1 MPACT 69-group library was developed for Magnox reactor analysis using the SCALE/AMPX and VERA-XSTools for which a super-homogenization method was applied, and transport cross sections were generated for graphite using a neutron leakage conservation method. Benchmark results show that new MPACT 69-group library works reasonably well for Magnox reactor analysis.
Key words: Magnox / VERA MPACT / cross section library
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