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A Numerical Solution to the Point Kinetic Equations Using Diagonally Implicit Runge Kutta Method

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Zhizhu Zhang

Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu, China

Yun Cai

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE24-60011, pp. V001T02A001; 5 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


It would take a long time to solve the point kinetics equations by using full implicit Runge-Kutta (FIRK) for the strong stiffness. Diagonally implicit Runge-Kutta (DIRK) is a useful tool like FIRK to solve the stiff differential equations, while it could greatly reduce the computation compared to FIRK. By embedded low-order Runge-Kutta, DIRK is implemented with the time step adaptation technique, which improves the computation efficiency of DIRK. Through four typical cases with step, ramp sinusoidal and zig-zag reactivity insertions, it shows that the results obtained by DIRK are in perfect agreement with other available results and DIRK with adaptive time step technique has more efficiency than DIRK with the fixed time step.

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