TY: CONF
T1 - Neutron flux intercomparison and ex-core neutron detector optimization in a SMR reactor using MCNP6 code and MAVRIC sequence
A1 - SOUZA, GREGÓRIO
N2 - Ex-core neutron detectors are commonly referred as a detector placed outside the reactor pressure vessel and in a typical SMR design its use is employed to reactor control. Due to its position (far from core) neutron flux calculation for ex-core detector purposes is challenging when using Monte Carlo codes, therefore this work presents an intercomparison between two Monte Carlo codes and also a neutron flux analysis (axially and radially) to better positioning the ex-core neutron detectors. Discrepancies regarding energy treatment can be evaluated as the MAVRIC sequence uses a set of cross sections in a multigroup energy structure while MCNP6 uses continuous energy. In this work, neutron flux intercomparison is mostly focused on variance reduction techniques since these codes presents different approaches, mainly because the MAVRIC sequence uses a hybrid approach combining deterministic and probabilistic methods and MCNP6 code uses traditional variance reduction methods. Some Monte Carlo variables such as figure-of-merit, CPU-time and error distributions maps are evaluated, and neutron flux magnitudes compared. To do so, a typical small modular reactor is modeled with the aid of MCNP6 code and the MAVRIC sequence in two different situations: one being a deep subcritical state with an external neutron source for variance reduction techniques comparison and the other a generic start up procedure (control rods removal) for detector position optimization.
UR - http://repositorio.ipen.br/handle/123456789/30692
Y1 - No date defined
PB - Associação Brasileira de Energia Nuclear