SMALL MODULAR PWR DESIGN FOR TRU RECYCLING WITH McCARD-MASTER TWO-STEP PROCEDURE
Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyung Hee University 1732, Deogyeong-daero, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, 17104, Republic of Korea
Published online: 22 February 2021
In our previous study, a small modular PWR core was designed for TRU (Transuranics) recycling with multi-recycling scheme with a typical two-step procedure using DeCART2D/MASTER code system in which the lattice analysis for producing homogenized group constant was performed by DeCART2D while whole core analysis was conducted by MASTER code. However, the neutron spectrum hardening of the LWR core loaded with TRU requires validating the multi-group cross section library and resonance self-shielding treatment method in lattice calculation. In this study, a new procedure using McCARD/MASTER was used to analyze the SMR core, in which the lattice calculation was performed by a Monte Carlo code called McCARD with a continuous energy library to generate homogenized two-group assembly cross sections. The SMR core analysis was performed to show neutronic characteristics and TRU mass flow in the SMR core with TRU multi-recycling. The result shows that the analyses on the neutronic characteristics and TRU mass flow using the McCARD/MASTER code system showed good agreement with the previous ones using the DeCART2D/MASTER code system. The neutronic characteristics of each cycle of the core satisfied the typical limit of a commercial PWR core and the SMR core consumes effectively TRU with net TRU consumption rates of 8.46~14.33 %.
Key words: McCARD/MASTER / small modular PWR / TRU multi-recycling
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