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Base for second Hinkley Point C reactor completed
Concrete pour at the Hinkley Point C2 reactor. Photo: EDF Energy
Workers at the Hinkley Point C nuclear construction project in the United Kingdom have completed the 49,000-ton base for the station’s second reactor, Unit C2, hitting a target date set more than four years ago, according to EDF Energy.
Justin M. Pounders, Farzad Rahnema
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 176 | Number 3 | March 2014 | Pages 273-291
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE12-108
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A new solution technique is derived for the time-dependent transport equation. This approach extends the steady-state coarse-mesh transport method that is based on global-local decompositions of large (i.e., full-core) neutron transport problems. The new method is based on polynomial expansions of the space, angle, and time variables in a response-based formulation of the transport equation. The local problem (coarse-mesh) solutions, which are entirely decoupled from each other, are characterized by space-, angle-, and time-dependent response functions. These response functions are, in turn, used to couple an arbitrary sequence of local problems to form the solution of a much larger global problem. In the current work, the local problem (response function) computations are performed using the Monte Carlo method, while the global (coupling) problem is solved deterministically. The spatial coupling is performed by orthogonal polynomial expansions of the partial currents on the local problem surfaces, and similarly, the time-dependent response of the system (i.e., the time-varying flux) is computed by convolving the time-dependent surface partial currents and time-dependent volumetric sources against precomputed time-dependent response kernels.