Development of a new convergence criterion for monte carlo simulation with thermal-hydraulics feedback

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Abstract

Coupled multi-physics approach plays an important role in improving computational accuracy. Compared with deterministic neutronics codes, Monte Carlo codes have the advantage of higher resolution level. In the present paper, a three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code, Serpent , is coupled with thermal-hydraulics safety analysis code, RELAP5. A new convergence criterion for the coupled simulation is developed based on the statistical uncertainty in power distribution in Monte Carlo code, rather than an arbitrarily chosen criterion in previous research. The coupled simulation is based on the OECD-NEA/NRC PWR MOX-UO2 Core Transient Benchmark. The convergence criterion of normalized axial power distribution is tested on both UO2 and MOX single assembly models. Compared with previously implemented convergence criteria based on temperature, eigenvalue or flux (or power), it takes into account both the local and global convergence. It does not use a pre-set tolerance limit and is decided by the statistical accuracy of the Monte Carlo code itself. This new convergence criterion is shown to be stable, more stringent and direct, equally convenient to use but may need a few more steps to converge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 International Conference on Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2014 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Sep 28 2014Oct 3 2014

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference on Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2014
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKyoto
Period9/28/1410/3/14

Keywords

  • Convergence criteria
  • Coupled simulation
  • Monte carlo
  • Thermal-hydraulics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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