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.
- Accelerator-driven systems
- Approximate kinetic methods
- Time-dependent neutron transport theory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering