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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
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
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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.