Burnup calculation methodology in the serpent 2 Monte Carlo code

Jaakko Leppänen, A. Isotalo

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This paper presents two topics related to the burnup calculation capabilities in the Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code: advanced time-integration methods and improved memory management, accomplished by the use of different optimization modes. The development of the introduced methods is an important part of re-writing the Serpent source code, carried out for the purpose of extending the burnup calculation capabilities from 2D assembly-level calculations to large 3D reactor-scale problems. The progress is demonstrated by repeating a PWR test case, originally carried out in 2009 for the validation of the newly-implemented burnup calculation routines in Serpent 1
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on the Physics of Reactors 2012: Advances in Reactor Physics, PHYSOR 2012
PublisherAmerican Nuclear Society (ANS)
ISBN (Print)978-1-6227-6389-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on the Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2012: Advances in Reactor Physics - Knoxville, United States
Duration: 15 Apr 201220 Apr 2012


ConferenceInternational Conference on the Physics of Reactors, PHYSOR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Burnup calculation
  • memory usage
  • Monte Carlo
  • predictor-corrector method
  • serpent


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