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Verification of the code DYN3D for calculations of neutron flux fluctuations

Viebach, M.; Lange, C.; Kliem, S.; Demaziere, C.; Rohde, U.; Hennig, D.; Hurtado, A.

Insufficiently explained magnitudes and patterns of flux fluctuation observed mainly in KWU PWRs are recently investigated
by various European institutions. Among the numerical tools used to investigate the neutron flux fluctuations is the time-domain
reactor dynamics code DYN3D. As DYN3D and comparable codes have not been developed with the primary intention to simulate
low-amplitude neutron flux fluctuations, their applicability in this field has to be verified.
In order to contribute to the verification of DYN3D for the simulation of neutron flux fluctuations, two special cases of perturbations
of the neutron flux (a localized absorber of variable/oscillatory strength and a travelling oscillatory perturbation) are considered
with DYN3D on the one hand and with the frequency-domain neutron noise tool CORE SIM as well as analytical frequency-domain
approaches, respectively, on the other hand. The obtained results are compared with respect to the distributions of the amplitude and
the phase of the induced neutron flux fluctuations. The comparisons are repeated with varied amplitudes and frequencies of the
perturbation.
The results agree well both qualitatively and quantitatively for each of the conducted calculations. The remaining deviations
between the DYN3D results and the reference results exhibit a dependence on the perturbation magnitude, which is attributed to the
neglect of higher-order terms (linear theory) of the perturbed quantities in the calculation of the reference solutions.

Keywords: neutron noise; deterministic reactor modeling; DYN3D; CORE SIM

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