Nuclear data-induced uncertainty quantification of prompt neutron decay constant based on perturbation theory for ADS experiments at KUCA

Tomohiro Endo, Kenichi Watanabe, Go Chiba, Masao Yamanaka, Willem Frederik Geert van Rooijen, Cheol Ho Pyeon

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Abstract

In experimental benchmarks of the accelerator-driven system (ADS) conducted at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA), the prompt neutron decay constant α was measured using two types of pulsed neutron sources, i.e. a D-T neutron source and a spallation neutron source driven by a 100-MeV proton beam. The measurement results of α are useful information to validate the numerical results predicted by the prompt ω-eigenvalue calculation. In this study, the numerical analysis of α using a multi-energy group SN neutron transport code was carried out for the uranium-lead zoned experimental cores. To reduce the discretization error owing to the deterministic code, the KUCA geometry was modelled in detail as a three-dimensional heterogeneous plate-by-plate geometry, and an improved variant of EON quadrature was utilized. In addition, the sensitivity coefficients of α with respect to nuclear data were efficiently evaluated by first-order perturbation theory, followed by nuclear data-induced uncertainty quantification based on the 56 neutron-energy group SCALE covariance library. Consequently, the numerical results of α were validated successfully by the experimental results of the pulsed neutron source method, compared with the range of the nuclear data-induced uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-204
Number of pages9
Journaljournal of nuclear science and technology
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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