Status of XSUSA for Sampling Based Nuclear Data Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis
Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit, Forschungszentrum, Boltzmannstrasse 14, Garching, Germany, 85748
a e-mail: Winfried.Zwermann@grs.de
In the present contribution, an overview of the sampling based XSUSA method for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis with respect to nuclear data is given. The focus is on recent developments and applications of XSUSA. These applications include calculations for critical assemblies, fuel assembly depletion calculations, and steadystate as well as transient reactor core calculations. The analyses are partially performed in the framework of international benchmark working groups (UACSA – Uncertainty Analyses for Criticality Safety Assessment, UAM – Uncertainty Analysis in Modelling). It is demonstrated that particularly for full-scale reactor calculations the influence of the nuclear data uncertainties on the results can be substantial. For instance, for the radial fission rate distributions of mixed UO2/MOX light water reactor cores, the 2σ uncertainties in the core centre and periphery can reach values exceeding 10%. For a fast transient, the resulting time behaviour of the reactor power was covered by a wide uncertainty band. Overall, the results confirm the necessity of adding systematic uncertainty analyses to best-estimate reactor calculations.
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