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Title:Performance Characteristics of Specified Power Reactors in Multidimensional Neutron Diffusion Problems
Author(s):Kim, Moon Gil
Department / Program:Nuclear Engineering
Discipline:Nuclear Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Nuclear
Abstract:The multigroup neutron diffusion equations with the constraint of specified power distributions are investigated by the application of the straight-line method which can be considered as the limiting case of zero mesh space in the finite difference method. The standard partial differential form of the diffusion equation is reduced to sets of ordinary differential equations and then converted into sets of integral equations by using Green's functions defined on the pseudo straight lines. Coupling of each straight line to the adjacent lines arises from the application of a three-point central difference formula. The interfaces encountered between two regions are taken into account by imposing the continuity conditions for the group fluxes and net currents with Taylor expansions of internal fluxes at the interface positions.
A few sample problems are selected to test the validity of the method. It is found that the proposed method of solution is similar to the finite Fourier sine transform.
Numerical results for the solutions obtained by the method of straight lines are compared with the results of the exact analytical solutions for simple geometries. These comparisons indicate that the proposed method is compatible with the analytical method, and in some problems considered the straight-line solutions are much more efficient than the exact solutions.
The method is also extended to the reactor kinetics problem by expressing the kinetics parameters in tems of the basis functions which are used to obtain the solutions of the steady-state neutron diffusion equations.
Issue Date:1980
Description:172 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8026537
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-14
Date Deposited:1980

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