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Title:The Extinction Probabilities of Nuclear Assemblies: A Sensitivity Study
Author(s):Ramsey, Scott Douglas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Axford, Roy A.
Department / Program:Nuclear Engineering
Discipline:Nuclear Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, Nuclear
Abstract:It is thus the purpose of this work to investigate the nature of input parameter variation-induced effects on the extinction probabilities of certain types of nuclear assemblies. A broadly defined class of mathematical analysis techniques known as sensitivity analysis (and in particular, a theoretical construct known as the Gâteaux-variation) will be employed to calculate these effects. The analysis will be left as general as possible within the context of a clean, stochastic point model, though examples of interest to the consideration of fast reactors near start-up time will also be considered. In addition to providing situation-specific information regarding input parameter influence on the start-up behavior of fast reactors, the primary goal of this work is to maximize the usefulness of the generalized developments as applied to other potential problem classes of interest.
Issue Date:2009
Description:312 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3363067
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2009

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