Rapid methods for radionuclide contaminant transport in nuclear fuel cycle simulation

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Nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear waste disposal decisions are technologically coupled. However, current nuclear fuel cycle simulators lack dynamic repository performance analysis due to the computational burden of high-fidelity hydrolgic contaminant transport models. The CYDER disposal environment and repository module was developed to fill this gap. It implements medium-fidelity hydrologic radionuclide transport models to support assessment appropriate for fuel cycle simulation in the CYCLUS fuel cycle simulator. Rapid modeling of hundreds of discrete waste packages in a geologic environment is enabled within this module by a suite of four closed form models for advective, dispersive, coupled, and idealized contaminant transport: a Degradation Rate model, a Mixed Cell model, a Lumped Parameter model, and a 1-D Permeable Porous Medium model. A summary of the CYDER module, its timestepping algorithm, and the mathematical models implemented within it are presented. Additionally, parametric demonstrations simulations performed with CYDER are presented and shown to demonstrate functional agreement with parametric simulations conducted in a standalone hydrologic transport model, the Clay Generic Disposal System Model developed by the Used Fuel Disposition Campaign Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-281
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Engineering Software
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Hydrologic contaminant transport
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Repository
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Engineering(all)


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