Many nuclear fuel cycle simulators can analyze transitions from once-through to advanced nuclear fuel cycles. Verification studies compare various fuel cycle analysis tools to test agreement and identify sources of difference. A recent verification study, Feng et al. (2016) established transition scenario test case specifications and accordingly evaluated national laboratory nuclear fuel cycle simulators, DYMOND, VISION, ORION, and MARKAL. This work verifies the performance of CYCLUS, the agent-based, open-source fuel cycle simulator, using the test case specifications in Feng et. al. In this work, CYCLUS demonstrates agreement with the results from the previous verification study. Minor differences reflect intentional, detailed material tracking in the CYCAMORE reactor module. These results extend the example results in Feng et al. to further enable future verification of additional nuclear fuel cycle simulation tools.
- Nuclear fuel cycle
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering