# Nodal approximations of varying order by energy group for solving the diffusion equation [electronic resource].

- Published:
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1992.

Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy. - Physical Description:
- 72 pages : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States. Department of Energy, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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- Summary:
- The neutron flux across the nuclear reactor core is of interest to reactor designers and others. The diffusion equation, an integro-differential equation in space and energy, is commonly used to determine the flux level. However, the solution of a simplified version of this equation when automated is very time consuming. Since the flux level changes with time, in general, this calculation must be made repeatedly. Therefore solution techniques that speed the calculation while maintaining accuracy are desirable. One factor that contributes to the solution time is the spatial flux shape approximation used. It is common practice to use the same order flux shape approximation in each energy group even though this method may not be the most efficient. The one-dimensional, two-energy group diffusion equation was solved, for the node average flux and core k-effective, using two sets of spatial shape approximations for each of three reactor types. A fourth-order approximation in both energy groups forms the first set of approximations used. The second set used combines a second-order approximation with a fourth-order approximation in energy group two. Comparison of the results from the two approximation sets show that the use of a different order spatial flux shape approximation results in considerable loss in accuracy for the pressurized water reactor modeled. However, the loss in accuracy is small for the heavy water and graphite reactors modeled. The use of different order approximations in each energy group produces mixed results. Further investigation into the accuracy and computing time is required before any quantitative advantage of the use of the second-order approximation in energy group one and the fourth-order approximation in energy group two can be determined.
- Report Numbers:
- E 1.99:doe/or/00033--t539

doe/or/00033--t539 - Subject(s):
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- Dissertation Note:
- Thesis (M.S.); PBD: Feb 1992
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- Published through SciTech Connect.

02/01/1992.

"doe/or/00033--t539"

"DE94000833"

Broda, J.T.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Inc., TN (United States) - Funding Information:
- AC05-76OR00033

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