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Consultant recommends subsidies for Exelon plants
A research and consulting firm hired by Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker’s administration to scrutinize the financial fitness of Exelon’s Byron and Dresden nuclear plants approves of limited state subsidies for the facilities, according to a redacted version of the firm’s report made available yesterday.
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Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 183 | Number 2 | June 2016 | Pages 261-274
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE15-60
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The sensitivity coefficients of self-shielded cross sections to isotopic densities are computed for a subgroup resonance self-shielding model. The method we propose is based on the derivatives of the collision probabilities used in the slowing-down equation. In this work, we look at how the sensitivities vary as a function of the position inside a fuel pin or of the position of a fuel pin within an assembly. Moreover, we evaluate the importance of the superhomogenization factors, used to correct self-shielded cross sections for the subgroup method, on the cross-section sensitivities. We also present a comparison with the Monte Carlo code Serpent where the sensitivity coefficients are approximated using a finite difference method.