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CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS FOR WHOLE-CORE MONTE CARLO ANALYSIS

  • Martin, William R.
  • Received : 2011.03.23
  • Accepted : 2012.02.19
  • Published : 2012.03.25

Abstract

The advantages for using Monte Carlo methods to analyze full-core reactor configurations include essentially exact representation of geometry and physical phenomena that are important for reactor analysis. But this substantial advantage comes at a substantial cost because of the computational burden, both in terms of memory demand and computational time. This paper focuses on the challenges facing full-core Monte Carlo for keff calculations and the prospects for Monte Carlo becoming a routine tool for reactor analysis.

Keywords

Monte Carlo Analysis;Full-core Reactor Analysis;Parallel Processing;Fission Source Acceleration;Hybrid Monte Carlo;Multiphysics Feedback;NEA Full-core Benchmark Problem

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