Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 151 / Number 2 / October 2005 / Pages 194-211
Closed-form expressions for three-timescale approximations are developed for the one-group time-dependent P1 and P3 equations for a homogeneous multiplying medium in planar geometry with two effective groups of delayed neutrons. The development of these three-scale approximations does not rely on imposing separation of space and time. The differences between the three-scale approximations for the P1, P3, and diffusion equations, respectively, are analyzed in detail. In particular, the results obtained using the three-scale approximations for the P1 and P3 equations underscore their efficiency and accuracy, particularly for the shortest timescales and in the presence of large reactivity insertions.