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Parallel Computation of the Point Neutron Kinetic Equations Using Parallel Revisionist Integral Deferred Correction

[+] Author Affiliations
Yun Cai, Xingjie Peng, Qing Li, Zhizhu Zhang, Zhumin Jiang, Guo Rui

Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu, China

Paper No. ICONE26-81205, pp. V003T02A010; 5 pages
  • 2018 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Nuclear Fuel and Material, Reactor Physics, and Transport Theory
  • London, England, July 22–26, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5145-6
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


The point kinetics is very important to the safety of the reactor operation. However, these equations are stiff and usually solved with very small time step. These equations are solved by Revisionist integral deferred correction (RIDC), which is a parallel time integration method. RIDC is a highly accurate method, and it reduces the error by iteration. Based on C++ and MPI, a four-core fourth-order RIDC is implemented and tested by several cases, such as step, ramp, and sinusoidal reactivity insertion. Compared with other methods, the time step of RIDC in the step reactivity insertion case is smaller, but it’s larger in the case of the sinusoidal reactivity insertion. RIDC can keep high accuracy while the time step is appropriately large. The numerical results also show that the speed-up ratio can achieve 2 when 4 processors are used.

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