Rbu-Calculation of Reactor History Including the Details of Isotopic Concentration. Part 1. The Method

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RBU is a digital computer program for the detailed calculaticn of the neutron, reactivity, and isotopic history of a reactor in which relatively exact models of the geometry and physical processes are included to permit reliable predictions of fuel costs and reactor performance. The program uses the Monte Carlo method to obtain the fine structure of the neutron flux in three space dimensions and energy. Using this fine structure, cross sections are averaged over space and energy to obtain the neutronic properties for equivalent homogeneous one-dimensional regions of space and ranges of energy. These are used in diffusion calculations to ... continued below

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Leshan, E. J.; Burr, J. R.; Temme, M.; Morrison, R.; Thompson, G. T. & Triplett, J. R. December 1, 1958.

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RBU is a digital computer program for the detailed calculaticn of the neutron, reactivity, and isotopic history of a reactor in which relatively exact models of the geometry and physical processes are included to permit reliable predictions of fuel costs and reactor performance. The program uses the Monte Carlo method to obtain the fine structure of the neutron flux in three space dimensions and energy. Using this fine structure, cross sections are averaged over space and energy to obtain the neutronic properties for equivalent homogeneous one-dimensional regions of space and ranges of energy. These are used in diffusion calculations to obtain the macroscopic fiux distribution throughout the reactor. The consumption and production of isotopes are computed for a time step by the solution of sets of partial differential equations involving both the macroscopic and microscopic fluxes. With the new concentrations, diffusion calculations are performed again to obtain macroscopic fluxes for the next time step. At variable intervals Monte Carlo calculations are again performed to determine the changes in microscopic flux distributions. The cycle is repeated until conditions on the reactivity or other properties dictate thc end of the calculation. Programmed control rod manipulation or fuel transfers may be included in the calculation. The Monte Carlos diffusions or burnup portions of the program may be used separately, on the IBM 704 as well as on the IBM 709 for which the complete program is written. The unresolved resonance range is treated by random selection of resonance parameters from appropriate distributions using the Doppler broadened single level Breit-Wigner formula. Resolved resonances are treated similarly with the exception that specific values of the resonance parameters are used. The effects of molecular binding and thermal motion of the nuclei on nearthermal scattering are treated by a simple model capable of incorporating the pertinent physical theory and data. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-59

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  • DOI: 10.2172/4262127 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1019592

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Leshan, E. J.; Burr, J. R.; Temme, M.; Morrison, R.; Thompson, G. T. & Triplett, J. R. Rbu-Calculation of Reactor History Including the Details of Isotopic Concentration. Part 1. The Method, report, December 1, 1958; Mountain View, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1019592/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.