3D neutron diffusion computational code based on GFEM with unstructured tetrahedron elements: A comparative study for linear and quadratic approximations

Hosseini, S. A ; Sharif University of Technology | 2016

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.pnucene.2016.07.006
  3. Publisher: Elsevier Ltd , 2016
  4. Abstract:
  5. In the present study, the comparison between the results obtained from the linear and quadratic approximations of the Galerkin Finite Element Method (GFEM) for neutronic reactor core calculation was reported. The sensitivity analysis of the calculated neutron multiplication factor, neutron flux and power distributions in the reactor core vs. the number of the unstructured tetrahedron elements and order of the considered shape function was performed. The cost of the performed calculation using linear and quadratic approximation was compared through the calculation of the FOM. The neutronic core calculation was performed for both rectangular and hexagonal geometries. Both the criticality and fixed source calculations were done using the developed GFEM-3D computational code. An acceptable accuracy with low computational cost is the main advantage of applying the unstructured tetrahedron elements. The generated unstructured tetrahedron elements with Gambit software were used in the GFEM-3D computational code via a developed interface. The criticality calculation was benchmarked against the valid data for IAEA-3D and VVER-1000 benchmark problems. Also, the neutron fixed source calculation was validated through the comparison with the similar computational code. The results show that the accuracy of the calculation for the both linear and quadratic approximations improves vs. the number of elements. Quadratic approximation gives acceptable results for almost all considered number of the elements, while the results obtained from the linear approximation have good accuracy for only high number of the elements
  6. Keywords:
  7. Galerkin finite element method ; Linear ; Power distribution ; Unstructured tetrahedron elements ; Codes (symbols) ; Computational mechanics ; Criticality (nuclear fission) ; Galerkin methods ; Geometry ; Neutron flux ; Reactor cores ; Sensitivity analysis ; Galerkin finite element methods ; Linear ; Power distributions ; Quadratic ; Tetrahedron elements ; Finite element method
  8. Source: Progress in Nuclear Energy ; Volume 92 , 2016 , Pages 119-132 ; 01491970 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0149197016301494