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Improvement of SCALE-XSPROC Multigroup Cross Section Processing Based on the CENTRM Pointwise Slowing Down Calculation

by Kangseog Kim, Andrew M Holcomb, Friederike Bostelmann, Dorothea A Wiarda, William A Wieselquist
Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
Proceedings of PHYSOR 2020
Publication Date
Page Numbers
1329 to 1336
Conference Name
PHYSOR 2020: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
Conference Location
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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The SCALE-XSProc multigroup (MG) cross section processing procedure based on the CENTRM pointwise slowing down calculation is the primary procedure to process problem-dependent self-shielded MG cross sections and scattering matrices for neutron transport calculations.This procedure supports various cell-based geometries including slab, 1-D cylindrical, 1-D spherical and 2-D rectangular configurations and doubly heterogeneous particulate fuels. Recently, this procedure has been significantly improved to be applied to any advanced reactor analysis covering thermal and fast reactor systems, and to be comparable to continuous energy (CE) Monte Carlo calculations. Some reactivity bias and reaction rate differences have been observed compared with CE Monte Carlo calculations, and several areas for improvement have been identified in the SCALE-XSProc MG cross section processing: (1) resonance self-shielding calculations within the unresolved resonance range, (2) 10 eV thermal cut-off energy for the free gas model, (3) on-the-fly adjustments to the thermal scattering matrix, (4) normalization of the pointwise neutron flux, and (5) fine MG energy structure. This procedure ensures very accurate MG cross section processing for high-fidelity deterministic reactor physics analysis for various advanced reactor systems.