Flux renormalization in constant power burnup calculations

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  • A. E. Isotalo
  • G. G. Davidson
  • T. M. Pandya
  • W. A. Wieselquist
  • Seth R. Johnson

Research units

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory


To more accurately represent the desired power in a constant power burnup calculation, the depletion steps of the calculation can be divided into substeps and the neutron flux renormalized on each substep to match the desired power. This paper explores how such renormalization should be performed, how large a difference it makes, and whether using renormalization affects results regarding the relative performance of different neutronics-depletion coupling schemes. When used with older coupling schemes, renormalization can provide a considerable improvement in overall accuracy. With previously published higher order coupling schemes, which are more accurate to begin with, renormalization has a much smaller effect. While renormalization narrows the differences in the accuracies of different coupling schemes, their order of accuracy is not affected.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-157
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Burnup calculations, Constant power depletion, Renormalization, Substeps

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