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Particle Swarm Optimization in Reactor Core Design

Roberto P. Domingos, Roberto Schirru, Cláudio M. N. A. Pereira

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 152 / Number 2 / February 2006 / Pages 197-203


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This work presents particle swarm optimization (PSO) as an alternative method for solving an optimization problem that arises during nuclear reactor core design. The method is introduced and applied to a simplified core optimization problem found in literature. When compared with other evolutionary computation-based methods, PSO performs better. Moreover, PSO presents easier modeling and demands less computational effort in the optimization process. The obtained results are shown and discussed.

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