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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||Verification & Validation|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
FEATURES OF THE SOURCE TERM CALCULATION CAPABILITY OF THE NECP-X CODE
1 School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 28 West Xianning Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049, China
2 Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, People’s Republic ofChina
Published online: 22 February 2021
The source term calculation capability is developed for the high-fidelity neutronics code NECP-X. Generally, a full activation library is used, but the memory requirement is unacceptable for the high-fidelity calculation. In order to minimize the memory requirement during the calculation with very strict conditions, a new generalized activation chain compressed method is proposed based on the influence qualification. One basic compression element is a reaction channel or an isotope, and the influence of every compression element to the final results are qualified. To enlarge the range of application of the new compressed library, an effective method to determine representative problems, which utilizes the neutron spectra and neutron flux, is developed and analyzed. Based on the ENDF-VII.0, EAF-2010 evaluated nuclear library and the influence qualification-based activation library compression method, a new compressed activation library is generated. The VERA-3A problem and the KAIST problem are used to assess the accuracy and the efficiency of the new activation library. 85 measurements of decay heat from decay heat measurement facilities GE-Morris and CLAB are used to validate the decay heat calculation in NECP-X. The results show good accuracy of NECP-X in predicting radiation source term of the spent nuclear fuel and significant memory saving when using new compressed activation library.
Key words: NECP-X / activation chain compression / source term / decay heat validation
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