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Eigenvalue Implicit Sensitivity Calculation and Analysis for Lattice-Physics Calculation

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Yong Liu, Liangzhi Cao, Hongchun Wu, Tiejun Zu, Qingming He

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Paper No. ICONE24-60401, pp. V001T02A019; 8 pages
  • 2016 24th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Operations and Maintenance, Aging Management and Plant Upgrades; Nuclear Fuel, Fuel Cycle, Reactor Physics and Transport Theory; Plant Systems, Structures, Components and Materials; I&C, Digital Controls, and Influence of Human Factors
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5001-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Accurate nuclear cross-section sensitivity-coefficient evaluation is important for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, similarity analysis, cross-section adjustment et al. A cross-section perturbation will affect the lattice-physics calculation results through the transport calculation directly and through the resonance calculation indirectly. The indirect effect was found to be important in some cases in the previous studies. To quantify the indirect effect on the lattice-physics calculation results for subgroup resonance calculation method, a sensitivity and uncertainty analysis code COLEUS was developed based the GPT-based method. The eigenvalue sensitivity to non-resonance nuclide cross sections was investigated. Numerical results show that in the traditional LWR, the sensitivity coefficients will be overestimated if implicit sensitivity is neglected. And in the BWR, the implicit sensitivity will become more important along with the temperature rise. But if resonance fission and resonance capture play a coequal role or the background cross section is big, the implicit sensitivity can be small.

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Topics: Physics , Eigenvalues



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