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MATLAB/FLUENT Model for Studying the Uncertainty Quantification of Spent Nuclear Fuel Heat Transfer

Imane Khalil, Quinn Pratt

Nuclear Technology / Volume 205 / Number 7 / July 2019 / Pages 987-991

Technical Note / dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2018.1554026

Received:June 22, 2018
Accepted:November 26, 2018
Published:June 11, 2019

A MATLAB tool that combines computational fluid dynamics with uncertainty quantification (UQ) applied to a two-dimensional FLUENT computational model to predict the heat transfer and the maximum temperature inside a spent fuel assembly is presented in this technical note. The tool is used to establish a connection between MATLAB and ANSYS-FLUENT for the purpose of UQ using the Sandia National Laboratory’s UQ Toolkit. This tool allows users to adapt the UQ methodology to existing ANSYS-FLUENT models in order to automate the quadrature-based simulation process. The novelty of the tool presented in this technical note is its ability to generate results covering a continuous range of input parameters by using polynomial chaos expansions for the representation of random variables and the propagation of uncertainty in computational models.

 
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