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Base for second Hinkley Point C reactor completed
Concrete pour at the Hinkley Point C2 reactor. Photo: EDF Energy
Workers at the Hinkley Point C nuclear construction project in the United Kingdom have completed the 49,000-ton base for the station’s second reactor, Unit C2, hitting a target date set more than four years ago, according to EDF Energy.
HyeonTae Kim, Woosong Kim, Yonghee Kim
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 193 | Number 5 | May 2019 | Pages 441-452
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2018.1542867
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This paper suggests novel approaches to generate exact discontinuity factors (DFs) for transverse-integrated nodal analyses with a two-by-two node configuration in a homogenized fuel assembly (FA). We have shown that the conventional DF calculation scheme cannot generate exact DFs with the nodal expansion method (NEM) calculation when a FA is subdivided into two-by-two nodes due to the inherent discrepancy between the transport-based heterogeneous analysis and the diffusion-based NEM calculation. In order to overcome the difference, an iterative, two-node NEM sweeping method is proposed. In addition, three different formulations to define a single representative DF per assembly surface for the two-by-two NEM are suggested for convenient application for the existing nodal codes while maintaining enough accuracy. Numerical assessments with a colorset model and small modular reactor cores with 16 × by × 16 FAs show that the iterative two-node NEM sweep method successfully corrects the error caused by an inherent discrepancy between the transport and the diffusion method. Among the candidates of a single representative DF, the net current weighted average DFs are found to be the most adequate.