Burnup Credit Evaluation for BWR Spent Fuel from Full Core Calculations

Detkina, Anna, Litskevitch, Dzianis, Peakman, Aiden ORCID: 0000-0002-1109-4781 and Merk, Bruno
(2020) Burnup Credit Evaluation for BWR Spent Fuel from Full Core Calculations. APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL, 10 (21). p. 7549.

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<jats:p>Due to the challenges of spent fuel accumulation, the nuclear industry is exploring more cost-effective solutions for spent fuel management. The burnup-credit method, in application for storage and transport of the spent fuel, gained traction over recent decades since it can remove the over-conservatism of the “fresh-fuel” approach. The presented research is focused on creating an innovative, best estimate approach of the burnup-credit method for boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel based on the results of neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled full core simulations. The analysis is performed using a Polaris/DYN3D sequence. Four different shuffling procedures were used to estimate the possible range of the BWR fuel discharged burnup variation. The results showed a strong influence of the shuffling procedure on the final burnup distribution. Moreover, a comparison of the 2D lattice and 3D coupled nodal approaches was conducted for the criticality estimation of single fuel assemblies. The analysis revealed substantial improvement in criticality curves obtained with the full-core model. Finally, it was shown that the benefit from the burnup-credit method is larger in the case of more optimal fuel utilisation-based shuffling procedures. The new approach developed here delivers a promising basis for future industrial optimisation procedures and thus cost optimisation.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: burnup credit, BWR, Polaris, DYN3D, full-core simulations
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 16:09
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 05:53
DOI: 10.3390/app10217549
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217549
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3106055