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NRC recommends over $7 million in R&D grants
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on September 21 that based on a review of 141 research and development grant proposals, it anticipates awarding more than $7.25 million in funding to 15 of the peer-reviewed proposals. The funding is part of the $16 million appropriated by Congress in fiscal year 2020 under the Integrated University Program.
While independent NRC review panels recommended the 15 R&D proposals for funding, the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research will make a final decision on the awards.
Jean Tommasi, Maxence Maillot, Gérald Rimpault
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 184 | Number 2 | October 2016 | Pages 174-189
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE16-4
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In neutron chain systems with material symmetries, various k-eigenvalues of the neutron balance equation beyond the dominant one may be degenerate. Eigenfunctions can be partitioned into several classes according to their invariance properties with respect to the symmetry operations (mirror symmetries and rotations) keeping the material distribution in the system unchanged. Their calculation can be limited to a fraction of the system (sector) provided that innovative boundary conditions matching the symmetry classes are used, and whole-system eigenfunctions can then be unfolded from the solutions obtained over the sector. With power iteration as the method for searching k-eigenvalues, this use of the material symmetries to split the global problem into a variety of smaller-sized problems has several computational advantages: lower computation times and memory requirements, increased dominance ratios, lowered possible degeneracies in each subproblem, and possible parallel (separated) treatment of the subproblems. The implementation is discussed in a companion paper using diffusion and transport theories.