Least-Squares Neutron Spectral Adjustment with STAYSL PNNL
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, Washington 99352, USA
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Published online: 3 February 2016
The STAYSL PNNL computer code, a descendant of the STAY'SL code , performs neutron spectral adjustment of a starting neutron spectrum, applying a least squares method to determine adjustments based on saturated activation rates, neutron cross sections from evaluated nuclear data libraries, and all associated covariances. STAYSL PNNL is provided as part of a comprehensive suite of programs , where additional tools in the suite are used for assembling a set of nuclear data libraries and determining all required corrections to the measured data to determine saturated activation rates. Neutron cross section and covariance data are taken from the International Reactor Dosimetry File (IRDF-2002) , which was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), though work is planned to update to data from the IAEA's International Reactor Dosimetry and Fusion File (IRDFF) . The nuclear data and associated covariances are extracted from IRDF-2002 using the third-party NJOY99 computer code . The NJpp translation code converts the extracted data into a library data array format suitable for use as input to STAYSL PNNL. The software suite also includes three utilities to calculate corrections to measured activation rates. Neutron self-shielding corrections are calculated as a function of neutron energy with the SHIELD code and are applied to the group cross sections prior to spectral adjustment, thus making the corrections independent of the neutron spectrum. The SigPhi Calculator is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet used for calculating saturated activation rates from raw gamma activities by applying corrections for gamma self-absorption, neutron burn-up, and the irradiation history. Gamma self-absorption and neutron burn-up corrections are calculated (iteratively in the case of the burn-up) within the SigPhi Calculator spreadsheet. The irradiation history corrections are calculated using the BCF computer code and are inserted into the SigPhi Calculator workbook for use in correcting the measured activities. Output from the SigPhi Calculator is automatically produced, and consists of a portion of the STAYSL PNNL input file data that is required to run the spectral adjustment calculations. Within STAYSL PNNL, the least-squares process is performed in one step, without iteration, and provides rapid results on PC platforms. STAYSL PNNL creates multiple output files with tabulated results, data suitable for plotting, and data formatted for use in subsequent radiation damage calculations using the SPECTER computer code (which is not included in the STAYSL PNNL suite). All components of the software suite have undergone extensive testing and validation prior to release and test cases are provided with the package.
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