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|
MPACT VERIFICATION WITH MAGNOX REACTOR NEUTRONICS PROGRESSION PROBLEMS
Oak Ridge National Laboratory PO Box 2008, MS6165 Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6165
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Published online: 22 February 2021
MPACT is a state-of-the-art core simulator designed to perform high-fidelity analysis using whole-core, three-dimensional, pin-resolved neutron transport calculations on modern parallel computing hardware. MPACT was originally developed to model light water reactors, and its capabilities are being extended to simulate gas-cooled, graphite-moderated cores such as Magnox reactors. To verify MPACT’s performance in this new application, the code is being formally benchmarked using representative problems. Progression problems are a series of example models that increase in complexity designed to test a code’s performance. The progression problems include both beginning-of-cycle and depletion calculations. Reference solutions for each progression problem have been generated using Serpent 2, a continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code. Using the neutron multiplication eigenvalue ke_ as a metric, MPACT’s performance is assessed on each of the progression problems. Initial results showed that MPACT’s multigroup cross section libraries, originally developed for pressurized water reactor problems, were not sufficient to accurately solve Magnox problems. MPACT’s improved performance on the progression problems is demonstrated using this new optimized cross section library.
Key words: Magnox / MPACT / MOC / 2D-1D / Serpent
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