EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 281, 20235th International Workshop on Nuclear Data Covariances (CW2022)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||29 March 2023|
Uncertainty quantification calculations of nuclide number densities of Gd-bearing fuel rods in light water reactors
Hokkaido University, Faculty of Engineering, Kita 13 Nishi 8, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628, Japan
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Published online: 29 March 2023
The Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) data are quite useful to validate the evaluated nuclear data. Recently, a new experimental program, REGAL (the Rod-Extremity and Gadolinia AnaLysis), has been proposed and launched. During this program, the PIE data are acquired for the Gd-bearing fuel rods during (or after) the initial Gd burnout. These PIE data would be different from those for the normal UOX or MOX fuel rods from a viewpoint of nuclide transmutation process. In the present work, we attempt to quantify this difference through calculating sensitivity coefficients of nuclide number densities of the Gd-bearing rods using the depletion perturbation theory and performing uncertainty quantification calculations with the sensitivity coefficients and the nuclear data covariance data. Through the numerical analyses, we found that the impact of the uncertainties of the nuclear data of Gd isotopes on the number densities of actinoids is negligible. The nuclear data-induced uncertainties of Gd isotopes number densities are relatively large during the Gd depletion, and those become small after the Gd burnout. After the Gd burnout, the relative standard deviations of Gd-155 and -157 number densities are approximately 6% and 13%, respectively, and the nuclear data of the parent nuclides of these Gd isotopes, Gd-154 and -156, are also important as well as those of Gd-155 and -157.
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