OPTIMIZATION OF TIME-AVERAGE CALCULATIONS IN CANDU FUEL MANAGEMENT USING SIMULATED ANNEALING: MINIMIZATION OF MAXIMUM BUNDLE AND CHANNEL POWERS


37th Annual CNS Conference - 2017 June 04-07

Presented at:
37th Annual CNS Conference
2017 June 04-07
Location:
Niagara Falls
Session Title:
2B3 - Reactor and Radiation Physics (IV)

Authors:
D. Kastanya (Candesco Division of Kinectrics Inc.)
D. McClure (Candesco Division of Kinectrics Inc.)
  

Abstract

The time-average approach has been extensively used in CANDU fuel management, especially during the design phase, to represent an average behavior in the equilibrium core after a long period of operation. During the design process, this approach could be utilized for designing the distribution of reactivity control devices, the distribution of various in-core detectors, and the overall shape of power distribution.  This paper presents an alternative approach to create a time-average core through an optimization process which has been implemented through an algorithm called SANTAN (Simulated ANnealing for Time-Average calculatioN). In the current implementation, the objective of the optimization is to minimize the maximum bundle and channel powers in the core.  The SANTAN algorithm is valuable in helping a new core designer who would like to create a time-average core from scratch.  Presented in this paper are results from utilizing this algorithm on different number of target exit irradiation regions.

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