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Feasibility Investigation of Application of MPACT to Core Design Studies of NBSR-2, a Heavy Water-Reflected, Heterogeneous LEU Fuel Research Reactor

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Author(s)

Bryan Daniel Eyers, Zeyun NMN Wu, Brendan Kochunas

Abstract

Engineers at NIST would like to use the VERA software suite developed by CASL to study a new 20 MW research reactor design called NBSR-2, which uses heterogeneous MTR-type LEU fuel plates, a light water coolant, and heavy water reflector. These features are a significant departure from the PWR-type power reactors previously benchmarked in VERA. Comparable 2-D models of NBSR-2 were developed in both MPACT and MCNP6, and the MPACT model was benchmarked to within 120 pcm and 1.5% mean error in fast and thermal flux distributions. This work is intended to facilitate additional design studies of NBSR-2 with VERA software in the future, and to assess the maturity of MPACT's ability to model non-PWR reactors.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the PHYSOR 2016 Meeting in Sun Valley, ID, May 2016.
Volume
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Issue
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Conference Dates
May 1-5, 2016
Conference Location
Sun Valley, ID
Conference Title
PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century

Keywords

MPACT, Validation, MCNP, NBSR-2, Cold Neutron

Citation

, B. , , Z. and Kochunas, B. (2016), Feasibility Investigation of Application of MPACT to Core Design Studies of NBSR-2, a Heavy Water-Reflected, Heterogeneous LEU Fuel Research Reactor, Proceedings of the PHYSOR 2016 Meeting in Sun Valley, ID, May 2016., Sun Valley, ID, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=920523 (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created May 1, 2016, Updated February 19, 2017