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The consequences of closure: The local cost of shutting down a nuclear power plant
When on May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in rural Wisconsin was shut down, it took with it more than 600 full-time jobs and more than $70 million in lost wages, not including temporary employment from refueling and maintenance outages. Taking into account indirect business-to-business activity, the total economic impact of the closure of the single-unit pressurized water reactor was estimated to be more than $630 million to the surrounding three-county area.
Martin Frank, Jonas Kusch, Thomas Camminady, Cory D. Hauck
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 194 | Number 11 | November 2020 | Pages 971-988
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2020.1730665
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Solving the radiative transfer equation with the discrete ordinates (S) method leads to a nonphysical imprint of the chosen quadrature set on the solution. To mitigate these so-called ray effects, we propose a modification of the S method that we call artificial scattering S (as-S). The method adds an artificial forward-peaked scattering operator that generates angular diffusion to the solution and thereby mitigates ray effects. Similar to artificial viscosity for spatial discretizations, the additional term vanishes as the number of ordinates approaches infinity. Our method allows an efficient implementation of explicit and implicit time integration according to standard S solver technology. For two test cases, we demonstrate a significant reduction of error for the as-S method when compared to the standard S method, both for explicit and implicit computations. Furthermore, we show that a prescribed numerical precision can be reached with less memory due to the reduction in the number of ordinates.