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Goal-Oriented h-Adaptivity for the Multigroup SPN Equations

Bruno Turcksin, Jean C. Ragusa, Wolfgang Bangerth

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 165 / Number 3 / July 2010 / Pages 305-319

Technical Paper

We investigate application of goal-oriented mesh adaptivity to the SPN multigroup equations. This technique utilizes knowledge of the computational goal and combines it with mesh adaptivity to accurately and rapidly compute quantities of interest. Specifically, the local error is weighted by the importance of a given cell toward the computational goal, resulting in appropriate goal-oriented error estimates. Even though this approach requires the solution of an adjoint (dual) problem, driven by a specific source term for a given quantity of interest, the work reported here clearly shows the benefits of such a method.

We demonstrate the level of accuracy this method can achieve using two-dimensional and three-dimensional numerical test cases for one-group and two-group models and compare results with more traditional mesh refinement and uniformly refined meshes. The test cases consider situations in which the radiative flux of a source is shielded and are designed to prototypically explore the range of conditions under which our methods improve on other refinement algorithms. In particular, they model strong contrasts in material properties, a situation ubiquitous in nuclear engineering.

 
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