Creation of a whole-core PWR benchmark for the analysis and validation of neutronics codes
Hon, Ryan Paul
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This work presents a whole-core benchmark problem based on a 2-loop pressurized water reactor with both UO₂and MOX fuel assemblies. The specification includes heterogeneity at both the assembly and core level. The geometry and material compositions are fully described and multi-group cross section libraries are provided in 2, 4, and 8 group formats. Simplifications made to the benchmark specification include a Cartesian boundary, to facilitate the use of transport codes that may have trouble with cylindrical boundaries, and control rod homogenization, to reduce the geometric complexity of the problem. These modifications were carefully chosen to preserve the physics of the problem and a justification of these modifications is given. Detailed Monte Carlo reference solutions including core eigenvalue, assembly averaged fission densities and selected fuel pin fission densities are presented for benchmarking diffusion and transport methods. Three different core configurations are presented in the paper namely all-rods-out, all-rods-in, and some-rods-in.