Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Online ISSN : 1881-1248
Print ISSN : 0022-3131
Transport Calculations of MOX and UO2 Pin Cells by the Method of Characteristics
Petko T.PETKOVToshikazu TAKEDA
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1998 Volume 35 Issue 12 Pages 874-885


A new transport theory code for two-dimensional calculations of both square and hexagonal fuel lattices by the method of characteristics has been developed. The ray tracing procedure is based on the macroband method, which permits more accurate spatial integration in comparison to the equidistant method of tracing. The neutron source within each region is approximated by a linear function and linearly anisotropic scattering can be optionally accounted for. Efficient new techniques for both azimuthal and polar integration are presented. The spatial discretization problem in case of P1-scattering has been studied. Detailed analyses show that the P1-scattering in case of regular infinite array of fuel cells is significant, especially for MOX fuel, while the transport correction is inadequate in case of real geometry multi-group calculations. Finally, the complicated nature of the angular flux in MOX and UO2 fuel cells is demonstrated.

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