Analysis of a small PWR core with the PARCS/Helios and PARCS/Serpent code systems

G. Baiocco, A. Petruzzi, S. Bznuni, T. Kozlowski

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Abstract

Lattice physics codes are primarily used to generate cross-section data for nodal codes. In this work the methodology of homogenized constant generation was applied to a small Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) core, using the deterministic code Helios and the Monte Carlo code Serpent. Subsequently, a 3D analysis of the PWR core was performed with the nodal diffusion code PARCS using the two-group cross section data sets generated by Helios and Serpent. Moreover, a full 3D model of the PWR core was developed using Serpent in order to obtain a reference solution. Several parameters, such as keff, axial and radial power, fission and capture rates were compared and found to be in good agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Volume107
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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Keywords

  • 3D core analysis
  • Few-group cross section generation
  • Lattice Physics
  • Monte Carlo
  • Spacer grids

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  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Analysis of a small PWR core with the PARCS/Helios and PARCS/Serpent code systems. / Baiocco, G.; Petruzzi, A.; Bznuni, S.; Kozlowski, T.

In: Annals of Nuclear Energy, Vol. 107, 01.09.2017, p. 42-48.

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Baiocco, G.; Petruzzi, A.; Bznuni, S.; Kozlowski, T. / Analysis of a small PWR core with the PARCS/Helios and PARCS/Serpent code systems.

In: Annals of Nuclear Energy, Vol. 107, 01.09.2017, p. 42-48.

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