Validation of new 3-D neutronics model in APROS for hexagonal geometry

Jukka Rintala

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APROS - Advanced PROcess Simulation environment - is a widely used simulation tool for nuclear power plant modelling. Earlier the three-dimensional neutronics calculation has been based on model using the difference method. The original three-dimensional core model is mainly used in power plant simulator applications, where it fits well because of its speed. For safety analysis purposes, however, a new model was considered to be an important improvement to meet the accuracy requirements. A sophisticated nodal model used already in HEXTRAN and TRAB-3D was decided to be implemented into APROS. The hexagonal part of the model has now been implemented and tested. For practical reasons, the model was programmed from scratch into APROS and also some small improvements were added and thus, an extensive validation program was necessary to prove the correct behaviour of the model. In this paper, the most important results from AER kinetic benchmarks 2 & 3 calculations are shown as well as the calculation results against data achieved LR-0 test reactor space-time kinetic experiments. Since the model is similar to the one in HEXTRAN, the results in benchmarks are compared to the results by it. In LR-0 calculations, results by both, original and new model are presented and compared to the measurements. The results shows that the implementation of the model has been successful and the new model improves the accuracy of three-dimensional neutronics calculation in APROS into the level required in safety analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceeding
Subtitle of host publication20th AER Symposium on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety
Pages569-582
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event20th AER Symposium on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 20 Sep 201024 Sep 2010

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Conference20th AER Symposium on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety
CountryFinland
CityEspoo
Period20/09/1024/09/10

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Rintala, J. (2010). Validation of new 3-D neutronics model in APROS for hexagonal geometry. In Conference proceeding: 20th AER Symposium on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety (Vol. 1, pp. 569-582)
Rintala, Jukka. / Validation of new 3-D neutronics model in APROS for hexagonal geometry. Conference proceeding: 20th AER Symposium on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety. Vol. 1 2010. pp. 569-582
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Rintala J. Validation of new 3-D neutronics model in APROS for hexagonal geometry. In Conference proceeding: 20th AER Symposium on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety. Vol. 1. 2010. p. 569-582