Journal Article Important fission product nuclides identification method for simplified burnup chain construction

Chiba, Go  ,  Tsuji, Masashi  ,  Narabayashi, Tadashi  ,  Ohoka, Yasunori  ,  Ushio, Tadashi

52 ( 7-8 )  , pp.953 - 960 , 2015-08 , Taylor & Francis
A method of identifying important fission product (FP) nuclides which are included in a simplified burnup chain is proposed. This method utilizes adjoint nuclide number densities and contribution functions which quantify the importance of nuclide number densities to the target nuclear characteristics: number densities of specific nuclides after burnup. Numerical tests with light water reactor (LWR) fuel pin-cell problems reveal that this method successfully identifies important FP nuclides included in a simplified burnup chain, with which number densities of target nuclides after burnup are well reproduced. A simplified burnup chain consisting of 138 FP nuclides is constructed using this method, and its good performance for predictions of number densities of target nuclides and reactivity is demonstrated against LWR pin-cell problems and multi-cell problem including gadolinium-bearing fuel rod.

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