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It’s the third week of October, and Nuclear Science Week, first recognized in 2009, has arrived! Nuclear Science Week is an annual opportunity to celebrate nuclear science; recognize the professionals who apply it to solving the world’s most pressing problems; encourage nuclear professional development and networking; and share information with students, educators, and community members about the vital role of nuclear science in the lives of all people.
Bastien Faure, Pascal Archier, Jean-François Vidal, Laurent Buiron
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 192 | Number 1 | October 2018 | Pages 40-51
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2018.1480190
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Fast resolution of the Boltzmann transport equation over a nuclear reactor core presupposes the definition of homogenized and energy-collapsed cross sections. In modern sodium fast reactors that rely on heterogeneous core designs, anisotropy in the neutron propagation cannot be neglected, so three-dimensional (3D) models should be used to efficiently compute those effective cross sections. In this paper, the 2D/1D approximation is carried out to overcome computationally expensive 3D calculations while preserving consistent angular representations of the neutron flux. An iterative procedure is defined to solve the 2D/1D equations and produce coarse group homogenized cross sections that account for 3D transport effects. Accuracy of the algorithm is tested on a realistic model of the ASTRID core showing very good results against Monte Carlo simulations for all neutronic parameters (eigenvalue, sodium void worth, and fission map distribution).