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Neutronic Characteristics of ENDF/B-VIII.0 Compared to ENDF/B-VII.1 for Light-Water Reactor Analysis

by Kangseog Kim, William A Wieselquist
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Journal of Nuclear Engineering
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318 to 335

The Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF)/B-VIII.0 data library was released in 2018. To assess the new data during development and shortly after release, many validation calculations were performed with static, room-temperature benchmarks. Recently, when performing validation of ENDF/B-VIII.0 for pressurized water reactor depletion calculations, a regression in performance compared to ENDF/B-VII.1 was observed. This paper documents extensive benchmark calculations for light-water reactors performed using continuous energy Monte Carlo code with ENDF/B-VII.1 and -VIII.0 and neutronic characteristics of ENDF/B-VIII.0 are discussed and compared to those of ENDF/B-VII.1. It is our recommendation that ENDF/B data library assessment should include reactor-specific benchmark assessments, including depletion cases, such that these types of regressions may be caught earlier in the data development cycle.