A hybrid transport point-kinetic method for simulating source transients in subcritical systems

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This paper describes a novel hybrid technique for the solution of the time-dependent neutron transport equation in source switch-on transients. The Hybrid Transport Point Kinetics (HTPK) method is derived from a multi-collision description of the transport equation and is based on the observation that the external source mainly influences the first few neutron generations and, through collisions and multiplications, an ensemble behavior statistically emerges at higher order. The HTPK is designed to separately describe the propagation phenomenon from the ensemble response of the system, using both the rigorous transport equation and simplified kinetic models. Numerical simulations performed on a typical acceleration driven system configuration confirm the basic physical intuition of HTPK and show a significant gain in accuracy when compared to classical point kinetics. The proposed HTPK technique is also shown to be attractive because of its flexibility and competitive computational effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2680-2688
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Volume38
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

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  • Accelerator-driven systems
  • Approximate kinetic methods
  • Time-dependent neutron transport theory

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A hybrid transport point-kinetic method for simulating source transients in subcritical systems. / Picca, Paolo; Furfaro, Roberto; Ganapol, Barry D.

In: Annals of Nuclear Energy, Vol. 38, No. 12, 12.2011, p. 2680-2688.

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