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Generalized Sensitivity Analysis With Continuous-Energy Monte Carlo Code RMC

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Yishu Qiu, Kan Wang

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Manuele Aufiero, Massimiliano Fratoni

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Paper No. ICONE24-60473, pp. V005T15A033; 6 pages
  • 2016 24th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 5: Student Paper Competition
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5005-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


A new capability for computing sensitivity coefficients of bilinear response functions has been developed in the Reactor Monte Carlo code RMC based on the collision history-based method. Originally implemented in the Monte Carlo code SERPENT2 in the frame of Delta-tracking technique, this method computes the perturbation of particle weight based on the concept of accepted events and rejected events. The implementation of this method in RMC is based on ray-tracking technique. The new capability in RMC has been verified by comparing sensitivity coefficients of adjoint-weighted kinetic parameters including effective prompt lifetime and effective delayed neutron fraction from SERPENT2 as well as two deterministic codes based on Equivalent Generalized Perturbation Theory (EGPT), TSUNAMI-1D and SUSD3D, through two fast metallic systems, the Jezebel and flattop problems. Good agreement among RMC, SERPENT2, SUSD3D and TSUNAMI-1D (EGPT) is observed.

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