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Application of Hybrid Subgroup Decomposition Method to Gas Cooled Thermal Reactor Problem

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Saam Yasseri, Farzad Rahnema

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. ICONE22-30353, pp. V004T11A005; 6 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


In this paper, a newly developed hybrid subgroup decomposition method is tested in a 1D problem characteristic of gas cooled thermal reactors (GCR). The new method couples an efficient coarse-group eigenvalue calculation with a set of fine-group transport source iterations to unfold the fine-group flux. It is shown that the new method reproduces the fine-group transport solution by iteratively solving the coarse-group quasi transport equation. The numerical results demonstrate that the new method applied to 1D GCR problem is capable of achieving high accuracy while gaining computational efficiency up to 5 times compared to direct fine-group transport calculations.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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