EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||13|
|Section||Verification & Validation|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
VERIFICATION OF THE DIFFUSION AND TRANSPORT SOLVERS WITHIN DIF3D FOR 3D HEXAGONAL GEOMETRIES
Argonne National Laboratory 9700 South Cass Ave, Lemont, IL 60439
Published online: 22 February 2021
The DIF3D code (DIFfusion 3D) has been a workhorse of fast reactor analysis work at Argonne National Laboratory for over 40 years. DIF3D was primarily built in the late 1970s as a three-dimensional multigroup diffusion equation solver operating on semi-structured grid geometries. In the mid-1990s, transport capabilities needed for high-leakage reactor configurations were added to DIF3D with the variational anisotropic nodal transport approach. Recent reactor design activities at Argonne are requiring that a thorough verification of the Argonne Reactor Computation (ARC) codes be performed. With DIF3D being central to the entire ARC system, the verification efforts are focused on the 3D Cartesian, 3D triangular, and 3D hexagonal core geometry options of DIF3D. Validation activities, while needed for the ongoing design activities at Argonne, are handled at a project-specific level.
This paper summarizes the verification work so far on the forward and adjoint forms of the fixed source, inhomogeneous fixed source, and k-eigenvalue steady state transport and diffusion equations as implemented specifically for 3D triangular and hexagonal geometries in DIF3D. Since analytic solutions of the neutron diffusion and transport equations are either limited in scope or not possible, this verification required multiple tiers of problems unique to each solver and geometry type, each testing features independent and complementary arguments for why this separate testing of functionalities is acceptable. This separate testing was also supplemented with a high-level integral check of each the diffusion and transport capabilities and applicable geometries.
Key words: DIF3D / ARC / Argonne Reactor Computation / Hexagonal / Verification
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