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Comparisons of the Calculations Using Different Codes Implemented in MCNPX Monte Carlo Transport Code for Accelerator Driven System Target

Basar Sarer, Sümer Sahin, Mehtap Günay, Yurdunaz Çelik

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 61 / Number 1T / January 2012 / Pages 302-307

Modeling and Simulations / Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems /

The MCNPX code offers options based on physics packages; the Bertini, ISABEL, INCL4 intra-nuclear models, and Dresner, ABLA evaporation-fission models and CEM2k cascade-exciton model. The study analyzes the main quantities determining ADS performance, such as neutron yield, neutron leakage spectra, and neutron and proton spectrain the target andin the beam window calculated by the MCNPX-2.5.0 Monte Carlo transport code, which is a combination of LAHET and MCNP codes. The results obtained by simulating different models, cited above and implemented in MCNPX are compared with each other.The investigated system is composed of a natural lead cylindrical target and stainless steel (HT9) beam window. Target has been optimized to produce maximum number of neutrons with a radius of 20 cm and 70 cm of height. Target is bombarded with a high intensity linear accelerator by a 1 GeV, 1 mA proton beam. The protons are assumed uniformly distributed across the beam of radius 3 cm, and entering the target through a hole of 5.3 cm radius. The proton beam has an outer radius of 5.3 cm and an inner radius 5.0 cm. The maximum of the neutron flux in the target is observed on the axis ~ 10 cm below the beam window, where the maximum difference between 7 different models is ~ 15 %. The total neutron leakage out of the of the target calculated with the Bertini/ABLA is 1.83×1017 n/s, and is about 14 % higher than the value calculated by the INCL4/Dresner (1.60×1017 n/s). Bertini/ABLA calculates top, bottom and side neutron leakage fractions as 20 %, 2.3 %, 77.6 % of the total leakage, respectively, whereas, they become 18.6 %, 2.3 %, 79.4 % with INCL4/Dresner combination.

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