RBU: A COMBINED MONTE CARLO REACTOR-BURNUP PROGRAM FOR THE IBM 709

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RBU is a digital computer program for the detailed calculation 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 pre dictions 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 ... continued below

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Leshan, E.J.; Burr, J.R.; Temme, M.; Thompson, G.T. & Triplett, J.R. September 30, 1959.

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    Publisher Info: Advanced Technology Labs., Div. of American-Standard, Mountain View, Calif.
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RBU is a digital computer program for the detailed calculation 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 pre dictions 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 flux distribution throughout the reactor. The consumption and production of isotopes is 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 the end of the calculation. Programmed control rod manipulation may be included in the calculation. The Monte Carlo, diffusion, or burnup portions of the program may be used separately. 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 near-thermal scattering are treated by a simple model capable of incorporating the pertinent physical theory and data. (auth)

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  • Other Information: ATL Job C-13. Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60

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  • Report No.: ATL-A-101
  • Report No.: ATL Job C-13
  • Grant Number: AT(04-3)-109
  • DOI: 10.2172/4191919 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4191919
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc880957

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Leshan, E.J.; Burr, J.R.; Temme, M.; Thompson, G.T. & Triplett, J.R. RBU: A COMBINED MONTE CARLO REACTOR-BURNUP PROGRAM FOR THE IBM 709, report, September 30, 1959; Mountain View, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc880957/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.