Benchmarking the coarse mesh radiation transport (COMET) method
Lago, Daniel E.
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This thesis presents a whole-core benchmark of the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) using multiple transport methods. The core specifications were taken directly from the Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the reactor was modeled in a stylized manner while maintaining full heterogeneity at the pin and assembly level. The geometry and material specifications are given as well as problem-specific cross sections for 2, 4, and 8 energy group calculations. Cross sections were generated using HELIOS, a lattice depletion code based on the Collision Probability Method (CPM). The multi-group cross sections were utilized in the reference calculation, COMET calculation, and response function generation. The reference solution was obtained via an MCNP model identical to the one implemented in COMET. Specific steps towards constructing and running a COMET calculation are outlined. Detailed results including assembly eigenvalues, core eigenvalues, and pin fission densities are presented.