On the impact of nuclear data uncertainties on LWR neutron dosimetry assessments
1 Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Thermal-Hydraulics (LRT), Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
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Published online: 30 September 2020
In this work, an overview on the relevance of the nuclear data (ND) uncertainties with respect to the Light Water Reactors (LWR) neutron dosimetry is presented. The paper summarizes results of several studies realized at the LRT laboratory of the Paul Scherrer Institute over the past decade. The studies were done using the base LRT calculation methodology for dosimetry assessments, which involves the neutron source distribution representation, obtained based on validated CASMO/SIMULATE core follow calculation models, and the subsequent neutron transport simulations with the MCNP® software. The methodology was validated using as reference data results of numerous measurement programs fulfilled at Swiss NPPs. Namely, the following experimental programs are considered in the given overview: PWR “gradient probes” and BWR fast neutron fluence (FNF) monitors post irradiation examination (PIE). For the both cases, assessments of the nuclear data related uncertainties were performed. When appropriate, a cross-verification of the deterministic and stochastic based uncertainty propagation techniques is provided. Furthermore, the observations on which particular neutron induced reactions contribute dominantly to the overall ND-related uncertainties are demonstrated. The presented results should help with assessing the overall impact of the various nuclear data uncertainties with respect to dosimetry applications and provide relevant feedback to the nuclear data evaluators.
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