Monday, June 24, 2013

1306.5077 (Zhen-Ping Chen et al.)

Preliminary study on CAD-based method of characteristics for neutron
transport calculation

Zhen-Ping Chen, Hua-Qing Zhen, Guang-Yao Sun, Jing Song, Li-Juan Hao, Li-Qin Hu, Yi-Can Wu
The method of characteristics (MOC) is widely used for neutron transport calculation in recent decades. However, the key problem determining whether MOC can be applied in highly heterogeneous geometry is how to combine an effective geometry modeling method with it. Most of the existing MOC codes conventionally describe the geometry model just by lines and arcs with extensive input data. Thus they have difficulty in geometry modeling and ray tracing for complicated geometries. In this study, a new method making use of a CAD-based automatic modeling tool MCAM which is a CAD/Image-based Automatic Modeling Program for Neutronics and Radiation Transport developed by FDS Team in China was introduced for geometry modeling and ray tracing of particle transport to remove those limitations. The diamond -difference scheme was applied to MOC to reduce the spatial discretization errors of the flat flux approximation. Based on MCAM and MOC, a new MOC code was developed and integrated into SuperMC system, whic h is a Super Multi-function Computational system for neutronics and radiation simulation. The numerical results demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of the new method for neutron transport calculation in MOC.
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