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Application of the Second-Order Comprehensive Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis Methodology to Compute First- and Second-Order Sensitivities of Flux Functionals in a Multiplying System with Source

Dan Gabriel Cacuci

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 193 / Number 6 / June 2019 / Pages 555-600

Technical Paper /

Received:July 30, 2018
Accepted:November 27, 2018
Published:May 8, 2019

This work presents an application of the Second-Order Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis Methodology (2nd-ASAM) to the neutron transport Boltzmann equation that models a multiplying subcritical system comprising a nonfission neutron source to compute efficiently and exactly all of the first- and second-order functional derivatives (sensitivities) of a detector’s response to all of the model’s parameters, including isotopic number densities, microscopic cross sections, fission spectrum, sources, and detector response function. As indicated by the general theoretical considerations underlying the 2nd-ASAM, the number of computations required to obtain the first and second orders increases linearly in augmented Hilbert spaces as opposed to increasing exponentially in the original Hilbert space. The results presented in this work are currently being implemented in several production-oriented three-dimensional neutron transport code systems for analyzing specific subcritical systems.

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