Modeling of the SPERT transients using Serpent 2 with time-dependent capabilities

Alex Levinsky (Corresponding Author), Ville Valtavirta, Frederick P. Adams, Vinicius N.P. Anghel

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    Monte Carlo multi-physics modeling of reactor transients is being made feasible by the advancement of computer capacities. Developments have recently been made in the area of dynamic Monte Carlo methods, and corresponding new algorithms have been implemented in a number of transport codes. In particular, a time-dependent simulation mode has been implemented in the Serpent 2 code. This paper is focused on time-dependent simulations of the SPERT experiments. The results of reactor-physics simulations are presented. The modeling has been performed using Serpent 2. The results of the reactor physics simulations without fuel temperature feedback are in very good agreement with the experimental data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-98
    JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    This study was funded by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited , under the auspices of the Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Program. This work was partly conducted within the McSAFE project which is receiving funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014–2018 under grant agreement No 755097.


    • Pressurized water reactor
    • Reactor kinetics
    • Reactor period
    • Reactor transient
    • Serpent
    • Time-dependent Monte Carlo


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