Validation of Thermal Neutron Scattering Cross Sections for Heavy Water based on Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 111, Daedeok-daero 989beon-gil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 34057, Republic of Korea
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Published online: 5 June 2019
Recently, the thermal scattering libraries of ENDF/B-VIII.0 and JEFF-3.3 for light and heavy water were released with a new water model (CAB model) proposed by Damian. For the CAB model, the molecular dynamics code GROMACS was used to more accurately describe the realistic motions of water molecules. In this paper, to consider the coherent component we also generated the thermal scattering cross section of the deuterium and oxygen bound in the heavy water molecules using the GROMACS code and EPSR code. In addition, the frequency spectrum was also calculated using the GROMACS code. Thermal scattering cross sections based on the newly calculated Sköld correction factor and the frequency spectrum were generated by NJOY2016 code. Finally, the performance of the generated thermal scattering cross sections were validated by performing an ICSBEP benchmark simulation using MCNPX code.
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