A discontinuous Galerkin FEM multi-physics solver for the molten salt fast reactor

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Abstract

Numerical simulations of fast MSRs constitute a challenging task. In fact, classical codes employed in reactor physics cannot be used, and new dedicated multi-physics tools must be developed, to capture the unique features of these systems: the strong coupling between neutronics and thermal-hydraulics due to the use of a liquid fuel, the effects on reactor kinetics induced by the precursors drift, the internal heat generation, and the shape of the core having no fuel pins as a repeated structure. In this work, we present a novel multi-physics tool being developed at TU Delft. The coupling is realized between an SN radiation transport code (PHANTOM-SN) and a RANS solver (DGFlows). Both in-house tools are based on a Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element space discretization, characterized by local conservation, high-order accuracy, and allowing for high geometric flexibility. Implicit discretization in time is performed adopting Backward Differentiation Formulae. Cross sections are computed on an element base, starting from the local average temperature and a set of libraries generated at reference temperatures with Monte Carlo or deterministic codes. Comparison of the results obtained performing a suitable numerical benchmark created at LPSC/CNRS/Grenoble with those available in literature shows that the multi-physics tool is able to capture the unique phenomena characterizing fast liquid-fueled systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2019
EditorsJohn Wagner, Jim Rathkopf
PublisherAmerican Nuclear Society
Pages1818-1827
ISBN (Electronic)978-089448769-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: 25 Aug 201929 Aug 2019

Conference

Conference2019 International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period25/08/1929/08/19

Keywords

  • Discontinuous Galerkin FEM
  • MSFR
  • Multi-physics
  • S transport

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