EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Sensitivity & Uncertainty Methods|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
ANSWERS® TOOLS FOR UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION AND VALIDATION
Kings Point House, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, United Kingdom, DT1 3BW
Published online: 22 February 2021
ANSWERS® is developing a set of uncertainty quantification (UQ) tools for use with its major physics codes: WIMS/PANTHER (reactor physics), MONK (criticality and reactor physics) and MCBEND (shielding and dosimetry). The Visual Workshop integrated development environment allows the user to construct and edit code inputs, launch calculations, post-process results and produce graphs, and recently uncertainty quantification and optimisation tools have been added.
Prior uncertainties due to uncertainties in nuclear data or manufacturing tolerances can be estimated using the sampling method or using the sensitivity options in the physics codes combined with appropriate covariance matrices. To aid the user in the choice of appropriate validation experiments, the MONK categorisation scheme and/or a similarity index can be used. An interactive viewer has been developed which allows the user to search through, and browse details of, over 2,000 MONK validation experiments that have been analysed from the ICSBEP and IRPhE validation sets. A Bayesian updating approach is used to assimilate the measured data with the calculated results. It is shown how this process can be used to reduce bias in calculated results and reduce the calculated uncertainty on those results. This process is illustrated by application to a PWR fuel assembly.
Key words: ANSWERS / uncertainty / validation
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.