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Control rod worth calculation for VVER-1000 nuclear reactor using WIMS and CITATION codes

Authors
Journal
Progress in Nuclear Energy
0149-1970
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
51
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pnucene.2008.03.003
Keywords
  • Control Rod Worth
  • Pij + Perseus
  • Dsn
  • Wims
  • Citation
  • Reactor Simulation

Abstract

Abstract This paper summarizes efforts related to developing a technically justifiable approach for investigating the control rod worth of VVER-1000 reactor. For this assessment, computer simulation of nuclear reactor was needed. In this study nuclear reactor behavior was modeled by WIMS code, which solves transport equation for fuel assemblies' modeling at first step, and CITATION code that solves diffusion equation for core modeling. From these two codes, neutronic calculation of reactor was performed and control rod worth was calculated. Results of this study are comparable with the plant's FSAR. On comparing results of this study and reference some unacceptable errors were discerned. To find out the cause of these errors, some efforts had been performed and finally was discerned that the method of cell calculation, i.e., DSN method, was the important cause of errors. Therefore, some analysis had been performed by WIMS in PIJ + PERSEUS method and was shown that the results were improved.

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