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By the time you read this, I will have celebrated my 41st anniversary as a member of the American Nuclear Society. In thinking about this time, I find myself realizing that I have never been part of anything else (besides my immediate family) for as long. I joined ANS when I started graduate school and have been an active member ever since. In that time, I have worked for several employers, been active in other professional and social organizations, lived in four different states, and worked on projects that have taken me all over the world—but my ties to ANS and the people I have met here have been the most influential I have ever known. In thinking about this, I can only come to one conclusion: there is something special about ANS. Is it the technology? The people? For me, it is both.
C. Rabiti, A. Alfonsi, A. Epiney
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 182 | Number 1 | January 2016 | Pages 104-118
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the RELAP5-3D Computer Code | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-143
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PHISICS (Parallel and Highly Innovative Simulation for INL Code System) is a reactor physics package developed at the Idaho National Laboratory. It is composed of several modules: a nodal and semistructured transport core solver (INSTANT), a depletion module (MRTAU), a time-dependent solver (TimeIntegrator), a cross-section interpolation and manipulation framework (MIXER), a criticality search module (CRITICALITY), and a fuel management and shuffling component (SHUFFLE). The PHISICS code has been coupled to the RELAP5-3D thermal-hydraulics code. Flexibility in the coupling among the different modules and with RELAP5-3D allows for several new integrated computational schemes and improvements with respect to current available options using NESTLE/RELAP5-3D. These schemes will be described in this paper. Moreover, the whole PHISICS package is fully parallelized, using the Message Passing Interface protocol. This allows for reduced computational times, while providing the capability to solve very detailed problems.