Title: Coupled Neutronics Thermal-Hydraulics Analysis using Monte Carlo and Sub-channel Codes
Citation: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN vol. 250 p. 403-411
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC69222
ISSN: 0029-5493
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC69222
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nucengdes.2012.06.007
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The accuracy and the degree of spatial resolution of safety studies, required for new reactor concepts, imply the use of coupled 3D neutronic and 3D thermal hydraulic codes. Tools to perform the coupling between neutronic codes both deterministic and stochastic with plant or subchannel codes are being developed worldwide. With the increase of computational resources, Monte Carlo codes like MCNPX are acquiring much more relevance. They are able to obtain results without major approximations in the geometry and with point-wise cross section representation. This paper describes the development of a coupled neutronics/thermalhydraulics code system based on Monte Carlo code MCNPX and the sub-channel code COBRA-IV. In the current work the temperature dependence of nuclear data is handled with the pseudo material approach and based on JEFF 3.1 data libraries compiled with NJOY. The code has been applied to a sodium fast reactor (SFR) concept at both fuel assembly and full core scale. This is the first step towards a more comprehensive tool that takes into account more phenomena and feedback effects.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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