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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Seungsu Yuk, Nam Zin Cho
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 184 | Number 2 | October 2016 | Pages 151-167
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE15-128
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Two two-dimensional/one-dimensional (2-D/1-D) methods, fusion and hybrid, have been developed and reported in the literature to deal with three-dimensional (3-D) heterogeneous reactor problems and to avoid direct 3-D transport calculations. The 2-D/1-D fusion method transforms a 3-D transport problem into 2-D and 1-D transport problems that have a smaller computational burden than the original problem. The hybrid method uses an additional diffusion (or SP3) approximation in the axial direction to enhance the efficiency of the calculation.
This paper presents and compares the stability and the accuracy of the two methods. To this end, a 2-D transport problem is considered by reducing one dimension in the radial direction, leading to 1-D/1-D fusion or hybrid method. Fourier stability analysis is used to study the stability and the convergence behaviors of the two methods. With respect to accuracy, the two methods are compared via numerical solutions on a typical 2-D reactor problem. The results indicate that the fusion method is stable and gives a very accurate transport solution. On the other hand, the hybrid method requires a stabilizing scheme, and the diffusion approximation in the axial calculation causes significant errors.