XXXII, No. 3, Pp. 193-305
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Authors: Liang Zhang, Bin Zhang, Cong Liu, and Yixue Chen
An accurate evaluation of PWR pressure vessel fast neutron fluence is essential to ensure pressure vessel integrity over the design lifetime. The discrete ordinates method is one of the main methods to treat such problems. In this paper, evaluations have been performed for three PWR benchmarks described in NUREG/CR-6115 using ARES transport code. The calculated results were compared to the reference values and a satisfactory agreement was obtained. In addition, the effects of SN numeric and source distribution modeling for pressure vessel fast neutron fluence calculation are investigated. Based on the fine enough grids adopted, the different spatial and angular discretization introduces derivations less than 3 %, and fix-up for negative scattering source causes no noticeable effects when calculating pressure vessel fast neutron fluence. However, the discrepancy of assembly-wise and pin-wise source modeling for peripheral assemblies reaches ~20 %, which indicates that pin-wise modeling for peripheral assemblies is essential. These results provide guidelines for pressure vessel fast neutron fluence calculation and demonstrate that the ARES transport code is capable of performing neutron transport calculations for evaluating PWR pressure vessel fast neutron fluence.
discrete ordinate, NUREG/CR-6115, reactor pressure vessel, fast neutron fluence,
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