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The Super Equivalence Method in Monte Carlo Based Homogenization

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Mancang Li, Dong Yao

Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Kan Wang

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE22-30882, pp. V004T11A012; 7 pages
  • 2014 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 4: Radiation Protection and Nuclear Technology Applications; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Reactor Physics and Transport Theory
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 7–11, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4594-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The general equivalence theory (GET) and the superhomogenization method (SPH) are widely used for equivalence in the standard two-step reactor physics calculation. GET has behaved well in light water reactor calculation via nodal reactor analysis methods. The SPH was brought up again lately to satisfy the need of accurate pin-by-pin core calculations. However, both of the classical methods have their limitations. The super equivalence method (SPE) is proposed in the paper as an attempt to preserve the surface current, the reaction rates and the reactivity. It enhances the good property of the SPH method through reaction rates based normalization. The concept of pin discontinuity factors are utilized to preserve the surface current, which is the basic idea in the GET technique. However, the pin discontinuity factors are merged into the homogenized cross sections and diffusion coefficients, thus no additional homogenization parameters are needed in the succedent reactor core calculation. The eigenvalue preservation is performed after the reaction rate and surface current have been preserved, resulting in reduced errors of reactivity. The SPE has been implemented into the Monte Carlo method based homogenization code MCMC, as part of RMC Program, under developed in Tsinghua University. The C5G7 benchmark problem have been carried out to test the SPE. The results show that the SPE method not only suits for the equivalence in Monte Carlo based homogenization but also provides improved accuracy compared to the traditional GET or SPH method.

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