Development and test of a new verification scheme for transient core simulators
Paper in proceedings, 2017
Transient calculations in commercial nuclear reactors are performed while typically relying on a time-dependent neutron transport solver or a low-order solver (i.e. diffusion). In order to be licensed, the codes used by the industry need to go through a process of verification and validation, with the verification carried out by comparing the results of simulations to analytical or semi-analytical solutions. Such analytical or semi-analytical solutions can only be obtained if the system to be modelled during the verification process is either fully homogeneous or piece-wise homogeneous.
This paper reports on the development of a different verification approach that can be applied to fully heterogeneous systems. It relies on the extraction of the point-kinetic response of the reactor (which can be estimated from the results of core simulations) and on its subsequent comparison with its expected analytical form.
time-dependent neutron transport
computational verification and validation
frequency-dependent neutron transport