TY - GEN

T1 - Benchmarks for the point kinetics equations

AU - Ganapol, B.

AU - Picca, P.

AU - Previti, A.

AU - Mostacci, D.

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - A new numerical algorithm is presented for the solution to the point kinetics equations (PKEs), whose accurate solution has been sought for over 60 years. The method couples the simplest of finite difference methods, a backward Euler, with Richardsons extrapolation, also called an acceleration. From this coupling, a series of benchmarks have emerged. These include cases from the literature as well as several new ones. The novelty of this presentation lies in the breadth of reactivity insertions considered, covering both prescribed and feedback reactivities, and the extreme 8- to 9- digit accuracy achievable. The benchmarks presented are to provide guidance to those who wish to develop further numerical improvements.

AB - A new numerical algorithm is presented for the solution to the point kinetics equations (PKEs), whose accurate solution has been sought for over 60 years. The method couples the simplest of finite difference methods, a backward Euler, with Richardsons extrapolation, also called an acceleration. From this coupling, a series of benchmarks have emerged. These include cases from the literature as well as several new ones. The novelty of this presentation lies in the breadth of reactivity insertions considered, covering both prescribed and feedback reactivities, and the extreme 8- to 9- digit accuracy achievable. The benchmarks presented are to provide guidance to those who wish to develop further numerical improvements.

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M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:84883341249

SN - 9781627486439

T3 - International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2013

SP - 2119

EP - 2146

BT - International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2013

T2 - International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2013

Y2 - 5 May 2013 through 9 May 2013

ER -