Calculations of neutron penetration through graphite medium with Monte Carlo code MCNP
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Experiments for fast neutron penetration through graphite are analysed with the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP. Reaction rates and energy spectra obtained with the MCNP are compared with measured values and calculated ones with McBEND code. And validity of penetration calculation with the MCNP is comfirmed. In addition, it is revealed that the MCNP code using Weight-Window method is well applicable to calculations of neutron penetration through graphite up to 70 cm in depth. (author)
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The MCNP code is the major Monte Carlo coupled neutron-photon transport research tool at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and it represents the most extensive Monte Carlo development program in the United States which is available in the public domain. The present code is the direct descendent of the original Monte Carlo work of Fermi, von Neumaum, and Ulam at Los Alamos in the 1940s. Development has continued uninterrupted since that time, and the current version of MCNP (or its predecessors) has always included state-of-the-art methods in the Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport, basic cross section data, geometry capability, variance reduction, and estimation procedures. The authors of the present code have oriented its development toward general user application. The documentation, though extensive, is presented in a clear and simple manner with many examples, illustrations, and sample problems. In addition to providing the desired results, the output listings give a a wealth of detailed information (some optional) concerning each state of the calculation. The code system is continually updated to take advantage of advances in computer hardware and software, including interactive modes of operation, diagnostic interrupts and restarts, and a variety of graphical and video aids
A comparison between the Monte Carlo radiation transport codes MCNP and MCBEND
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Sawamura, Hidenori; Nishimura, Kazuya [Computer Software Development Co., Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)
2001-01-01
In Japan, almost of all radiation analysts are using the MCNP code and MVP code on there studies. But these codes have not had automatic variance reduction. MCBEND code made by UKAEA have automatic variance reduction. And, MCBEND code is user friendly more than other Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Codes. Our company was first introduced MCBEND code in Japan. Therefore, we compared with MCBEND code and MCNP code about functions and production capacity. (author)
Systems guide to MCNP (Monte Carlo Neutron and Photon Transport Code)
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The subject of this report is the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Monte Carlo Neutron and Photon Transport Code - Version 3 (MCNP) on the different types of computer systems, especially the IBM MVS system. The report supplements the documentation of the RSIC computer code package CCC-200/MCNP. Details of the procedure to follow in executing MCNP on the IBM computers, either in batch mode or interactive mode, are provided
MCNP: a general Monte Carlo code for neutron and photon transport
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MCNP is a very general Monte Carlo neutron photon transport code system with approximately 250 person years of Group X-6 code development invested. It is extremely portable, user-oriented, and a true production code as it is used about 60 Cray hours per month by about 150 Los Alamos users. It has as its data base the best cross-section evaluations available. MCNP contains state-of-the-art traditional and adaptive Monte Carlo techniques to be applied to the solution of an ever-increasing number of problems. Excellent user-oriented documentation is available for all facets of the MCNP code system. Many useful and important variants of MCNP exist for special applications. The Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is the contact point for worldwide MCNP code and documentation distribution. A much improved MCNP Version 3A will be available in the fall of 1985, along with new and improved documentation. Future directions in MCNP development will change the meaning of MCNP to Monte Carlo N Particle where N particle varieties will be transported
MCNP: a general Monte Carlo code for neutron and photon transport. Version 3A. Revision 2
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This manual is a practical guide for the use of our general-purpose Monte Carlo code MCNP. The first chapter is a primer for the novice user. The second chapter describes the mathematics, data, physics, and Monte Carlo simulation found in MCNP. This discussion is not meant to be exhaustive - details of the particular techniques and of the Monte Carlo method itself will have to be found elsewhere. The third chapter shows the user how to prepare input for the code. The fourth chapter contains several examples, and the fifth chapter explains the output. The appendices show how to use MCNP on particular computer systems at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and also give details about some of the code internals that those who wish to modify the code may find useful. 57 refs
MCNP, a general Monte Carlo code for neutron and photon transport: a summary
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The general-purpose Monte Carlo code MCNP can be used for neutron, photon, or coupled neutron-photon transport, including the capability to calculate eigenvalues for critical systems. The code treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and some special fourth-degree surfaces
The present of shielding analysis with nuclear data for continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP
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Following three problems are analyzed by continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP with JENDL-3.2, 3.3, and ENDF/B-VI. 1. Shielding analysis of WINFRITH-Aspins iron deep penetration experiment. 2. Shielding analysis of TN-12A spent fuel transport cask experiment. 3. Shielding analysis of modular shielding house keeping spent fuel transportable casks. (author)
Installation of Monte Carlo neutron and photon transport code system MCNP4
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The continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP-4 including its graphic functions has been installed on the Sun-4 sparc-2 work station with minor corrections. In order to validate the installed MCNP-4 code, 25 sample problems have been executed on the work station and these results have been compared with the original ones. And, the most of the graphic functions have been demonstrated by using 3 sample problems. Further, additional 14 nuclides have been included to the continuous cross section library edited from JENDL-3. (author)
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Sohrabpour, M. [Gamma Irradiation Center, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahriari, M. [Physics Department, Amir Kabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zarifian, V.; Moghadam, K.K. [Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
1999-04-01
A borehole experiment using prompt gamma neutron activation analysis has been performed in a large sample box having a volume of 1 m{sup 3}. Brine solutions having a salt concentration in the range of 0-10 wt% of sodium chloride has been used. Chlorine prompt gamma spectral response as a function of the salt concentrations have been obtained. A simulation of the above experiments has also been carried out using the MCNP4A Monte Carlo code. Comparison of the experimental spectral response versus the simulated MCNP4A data has produced excellent agreement. In view of the good benchmark data it is proposed that due to the inherent problems associated with the ordinary calibration procedures for the borehole logging tools, one could employ a combined calibration/simulation scheme to circumvent these difficulties and achieve more effective results.
Parallel processing of Monte Carlo code MCNP for particle transport problem
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Higuchi, Kenji; Kawasaki, Takuji
1996-06-01
It is possible to vectorize or parallelize Monte Carlo codes (MC code) for photon and neutron transport problem, making use of independency of the calculation for each particle. Applicability of existing MC code to parallel processing is mentioned. As for parallel computer, we have used both vector-parallel processor and scalar-parallel processor in performance evaluation. We have made (i) vector-parallel processing of MCNP code on Monte Carlo machine Monte-4 with four vector processors, (ii) parallel processing on Paragon XP/S with 256 processors. In this report we describe the methodology and results for parallel processing on two types of parallel or distributed memory computers. In addition, we mention the evaluation of parallel programming environments for parallel computers used in the present work as a part of the work developing STA (Seamless Thinking Aid) Basic Software. (author)
Introduction to the simulation with MCNP Monte Carlo code and its applications in Medical Physics
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The simulation by Monte Carlo is tool which Medical Physics counts with it for the development of its research, the interest by this tool is growing, as we may observe in the main scientific journals for the years 1995-1997 where more than 27 % of the papers treat over Monte Carlo and/or its applications in the radiation transport.In the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy we are implementing and making use of the MCNP4 and EGS4 codes. In this work are presented the general features of the Monte Carlo method and its more useful applications in Medical Physics. Likewise, it is made a simulation of the calculation of isodose curves in an interstitial treatment with Ir-192 wires in a mammary gland carcinoma. (Author)
MCNP: a general Monte Carlo code for neutron and photon transport
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The general-purpose Monte Carlo code MCNP ca be used for neutron, photon, or coupled neutron-photon transport, including the capability to calculate eigenvalues for critical systems. The code treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and some special fourth-degree surfaces (elliptical tori). Pointwise cross-section data are used. For neutrons, all reactions given in a particular cross-section evaluation are accounted for. Thermal neutrons are described by both the free-gas and S(α,β) models. For photons, the code takes account of incoherent and coherent scattering, the possibility of fluorescent emission following photoelectric absorption, and absorption in pair production with local emission of annihilation radiation. MCNP includes an elaborate, interactive plotting capability that allows the user to view his input geometry to help check for setup errors. Standard features which are available to improve computational efficiency include geometry splitting and Russian roulette, weight cutoff with Russian roulette, correlated sampling, analog capture or capture by weight reduction, the exponential transformation, energy splitting, forced collisions in designated cells, flux estimates at point or ring detectors, deterministically transporting pseudo-particles to designated regions, track-length estimators, source biasing, and several parameter cutoffs. Extensive summary information is provided to help the user better understand the physics and Monte Carlo simulation of his problem. The standard, user-defined output of MCNP includes two-way current as a function of direction across any set of surfaces or surface segments in the problem. Flux across any set of surfaces or surface segments is available. 58 figures, 28 tables
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The general purpose Monte Carlo code MCNP4 has been implemented on the Fujitsu AP1000 distributed memory highly parallel computer. Parallelization techniques developed and studied are reported. A shielding analysis function of the MCNP4 code is parallelized in this study. A technique to map a history to each processor dynamically and to map control process to a certain processor was applied. The efficiency of parallelized code is up to 80% for a typical practical problem with 512 processors. These results demonstrate the advantages of a highly parallel computer to the conventional computers in the field of shielding analysis by Monte Carlo method. (orig.)
Implementation of a Monte Carlo based inverse planning model for clinical IMRT with MCNP code
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In IMRT inverse planning, inaccurate dose calculations and limitations in optimization algorithms introduce both systematic and convergence errors to treatment plans. The goal of this work is to practically implement a Monte Carlo based inverse planning model for clinical IMRT. The intention is to minimize both types of error in inverse planning and obtain treatment plans with better clinical accuracy than non-Monte Carlo based systems. The strategy is to calculate the dose matrices of small beamlets by using a Monte Carlo based method. Optimization of beamlet intensities is followed based on the calculated dose data using an optimization algorithm that is capable of escape from local minima and prevents possible pre-mature convergence. The MCNP 4B Monte Carlo code is improved to perform fast particle transport and dose tallying in lattice cells by adopting a selective transport and tallying algorithm. Efficient dose matrix calculation for small beamlets is made possible by adopting a scheme that allows concurrent calculation of multiple beamlets of single port. A finite-sized point source (FSPS) beam model is introduced for easy and accurate beam modeling. A DVH based objective function and a parallel platform based algorithm are developed for the optimization of intensities. The calculation accuracy of improved MCNP code and FSPS beam model is validated by dose measurements in phantoms. Agreements better than 1.5% or 0.2 cm have been achieved. Applications of the implemented model to clinical cases of brain, head/neck, lung, spine, pancreas and prostate have demonstrated the feasibility and capability of Monte Carlo based inverse planning for clinical IMRT. Dose distributions of selected treatment plans from a commercial non-Monte Carlo based system are evaluated in comparison with Monte Carlo based calculations. Systematic errors of up to 12% in tumor doses and up to 17% in critical structure doses have been observed. The clinical importance of Monte Carlo based
Performance of the improved version of Monte Carlo Code A{sup 3}MCNP for cask shielding design
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Hasegawa, T. [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Yokohama (Japan); Ueki, K. [Tokai Univ., Kanagawa (Japan); Sato, O. [Mitsubishi Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan); Sjoden, G.E. [Dept. of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States); Miyake, Y.; Ohmura, M.; Haghighat, A.
2004-07-01
A{sup 3}MCNP (Automatic Adjoint Accelerated MCNP) is a revised version of the MCNP Monte Carlo code, that automatically prepares variance reduction parameters for the CADIS (Consistent Adjoint Driven Importance Sampling) methodology. Using a deterministic ''importance'' (or adjoint) function, CADIS performs source and transport biasing within the weight-window technique. The current version of A{sup 3}MCNP uses the 3-D Sn transport TORT code to determine a 3-D importance function distribution. Based on simulation of several real-life problems, it is demonstrated that A3MCNP provides precise calculation results with a remarkably short computation time by using the proper and objective variance reduction parameters. However, since the first version of A{sup 3}MCNP provided only a point source configuration option for large-scale shielding problems, such as spent-fuel transport casks, a large amount of memory may be necessary to store enough points to properly represent the source. Hence, we have developed an improved version of A{sup 3}MCNP (referred to as A{sup 3}MCNPV) which has a volumetric source configuration option. This paper describes the successful use of A{sup 3}MCNPV for cask neutron and gamma-ray shielding problem.
MCNP: a general Monte Carlo code for neutron and photon transport
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The general-purpose Monte Carlo code MCNP can be used for neutron, photon, or coupled neutron--photon transport. The code treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and some special fourth-degree surfaces (elliptical tori). Pointwise cross-section data are used. For neutrons, all reactions given in a particular cross-section evaluation (such as ENDF/B-IV) are accounted for. For photons, the code takes account of incoherent and coherent scattering, the possibility of fluorescent emission following photoelectric absorption, and absorption in pair production with local emission of annihilation radiation. Standard optional variance reduction schemes include geometry splitting and Russian roulette, the exponential transformation, energy splitting, forced collisions in designated cells, flux estimates at point detectors, track-length estimators, and source biasing. The standard output of MCNP includes two-way current as a function of energy, time, and angle with the normal, across any subset of bounding surfaces in the problem. Fluxes across any set of bounding surfaces are available as a function of time and energy. Similarly, the flux at designated points and the average flux in a cell (track length per unit volume) are standard tallies. Reactions such as fissions or absorptions may be obtained in a subset of geometric cells. The heating tallies give the energy deposition per starting particle. In addition, particles may be flagged when they cross specified surfaces or enter designated cells, and the contributions of these flagged particles to certain of the tallies are listed separately. All quantities printed out have their relative errors listed also. 11 figures, 27 tables
MCNP trademark Monte Carlo: A precis of MCNP
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MCNP trademark is a general purpose three-dimensional time-dependent neutron, photon, and electron transport code. It is highly portable and user-oriented, and backed by stringent software quality assurance practices and extensive experimental benchmarks. The cross section database is based upon the best evaluations available. MCNP incorporates state-of-the-art analog and adaptive Monte Carlo techniques. The code is documented in a 600 page manual which is augmented by numerous Los Alamos technical reports which detail various aspects of the code. MCNP represents over a megahour of development and refinement over the past 50 years and an ongoing commitment to excellence
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The benchmark analysis of reactivity experiments in the TRIGA-II core at the Musashi Institute of Technology Research Reactor (Musashi reactor; 100 kW) was performed by a three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo code MCNP4A. The reactivity worth and integral reactivity curves of the control rods as well as the reactivity worth distributions of fuel and graphite elements were used in the validation process of the physical model and neutron cross section data from the ENDF/B-V evaluation. The calculated values of integral reactivity curves of the control rods were in agreement with the experimental data obtained by the period method. The integral worth measured by the rod drop method was also consistent with the calculation. The calculated values of the fuel and the graphite element worth distributions were consistent with the measured ones within the statistical error estimates. These results showed that the exact core configuration including the control rod positions to reproduce the fission source distribution in the experiment must be introduced into the calculation core for obtaining the precise solution. It can be concluded that our simulation model of the TRIGA-II core is precise enough to reproduce the control rod worth, fuel and graphite elements reactivity worth distributions. (author)
Radiation field characterization of a BNCT research facility using Monte Carlo method - code MCNP-4B
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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy - BNCT - is a selective cancer treatment and arises as an alternative therapy to treat cancer when usual techniques - surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy - show no satisfactory results. The main proposal of this work is to project a facility to BNCT studies. This facility relies on the use of an Am Be neutron source and on a set of moderators, filters and shielding which will provide the best neutron/gamma beam characteristic for these Becton studies, i.e., high intensity thermal and/or epithermal neutron fluxes and with the minimum feasible gamma rays and fast neutrons contaminants. A computational model of the experiment was used to obtain the radiation field in the sample irradiation position. The calculations have been performed with the MCNP 4B Monte Carlo Code and the results obtained can be regarded as satisfactory, i.e., a thermal neutron fluencyNT = 1,35x108 n/cm , a fast neutron dose of 5,86x10-10 Gy/NT and a gamma ray dose of 8,30x10-14 Gy/NT. (author)
Radiation field characterization of a BNCT research facility using Monte Carlo Method - Code MCNP-4B
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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy - BNCT- is a selective cancer treatment and arises as an alternative therapy to treat cancer when usual techniques - surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy - show no satisfactory results. The main proposal of this work is to project a facility to BNCT studies. This facility relies on the use of an AmBe neutron source and on a set of moderators, filters and shielding which will provide the best neutron/gamma beam characteristic for these BNCT studies, i.e., high intensity thermal and/or epithermal neutron fluxes and with the minimum feasible gamma rays and fast neutrons contaminants. A computational model of the experiment was used to obtain the radiation field in the sample irradiation position. The calculations have been performed with the MCNP 4B Monte Carlo Code and the results obtained can be regarded as satisfactory, i.e., a thermal neutron fluency ΝΤ = 1,35x108 n/cm2, a fast neutron dose of 5,86x-10 Gy/ΝΤ and a gamma ray dose of 8,30x-14 Gy/ΝΤ. (author)
Monte Carlo Simulation Of Absorbed Dose From LINAC On VOXEL Phantom By Using MCNP5 Code
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In this work, we use MCNP5 code for simulating dose distribution calculation from LINAC on phantom CT. CT images obtained from cancer treatment cases at Cho Ray hospital. In order to transform CT images into data of MCNP5 input file we also build a program CODIM by using MATLAB programming software. The results show that there is a difference of 5% in comparison to DSS program - a semi-empirical simulation program which is being used for treatment planning in Cho Ray hospital. (author)
Uncertainty analysis in the simulation of an HPGe detector using the Monte Carlo Code MCNP5
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A gamma spectrometer including an HPGe detector is commonly used for environmental radioactivity measurements. Many works have been focused on the simulation of the HPGe detector using Monte Carlo codes such as MCNP5. However, the simulation of this kind of detectors presents important difficulties due to the lack of information from manufacturers and due to loss of intrinsic properties in aging detectors. Some parameters such as the active volume or the Ge dead layer thickness are many times unknown and are estimated during simulations. In this work, a detailed model of an HPGe detector and a petri dish containing a certified gamma source has been done. The certified gamma source contains nuclides to cover the energy range between 50 and 1800 keV. As a result of the simulation, the Pulse Height Distribution (PHD) is obtained and the efficiency curve can be calculated from net peak areas and taking into account the certified activity of the source. In order to avoid errors due to the net area calculation, the simulated PHD is treated using the GammaVision software. On the other hand, it is proposed to use the Noether-Wilks formula to do an uncertainty analysis of model with the main goal of determining the efficiency curve of this detector and its associated uncertainty. The uncertainty analysis has been focused on dead layer thickness at different positions of the crystal. Results confirm the important role of the dead layer thickness in the low energy range of the efficiency curve. In the high energy range (from 300 to 1800 keV) the main contribution to the absolute uncertainty is due to variations in the active volume. (author)
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In order to improve the accuracy and calculating speed of shielding analyses, MCNP 4, a Monte Carlo neutron and photon transport code system, has been parallelized and measured of its efficiency in the highly parallel distributed memory type computer, AP1000. The code has been analyzed statically and dynamically, then the suitable algorithm for parallelization has been determined for the shielding analysis functions of MCNP 4. This includes a strategy where a new history is assigned to the idling processor element dynamically during the execution. Furthermore, to avoid the congestion of communicative processing, the batch concept, processing multi-histories by a unit, has been introduced. By analyzing a sample cask problem with 2,000,000 histories by the AP1000 with 512 processor elements, the 82 % of parallelization efficiency is achieved, and the calculational speed has been estimated to be around 50 times as fast as that of FACOM M-780. (author)
Electron absorbed dose comparison between MCNP5 and Penelope Monte Carlo code for microdosimetry
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The objective of the present work was to compare electron absorbed dose results between two widespread used codes in international scientific community: MCNP5 and Penelope-2003. Individual water spheres with masses between 10-9 g up to 10-3 g immersed in an infinite water medium (density of 1g/cm3) and monoenergetic electron sources with energy from 0.002 MeV to 0.1 MeV have been considered. The absorbed dose in the spheres was evaluated by both codes and the relative differences have been quantified. The results shown that Penelope gives, in general, higher results that, in some cases saturate or reach a maximum point and then rapidly drops. Particularly, for the 40 keV electron source we have done additional tests in three different scenarios: more points in the region of lower masses to a better definition of the curve behavior; MCNP used 200 substeps and Penelope was set to a full detail history methodology, and almost same parameters of case B but with the density of exterior medium increased to 10 g/cm3. The three cases show the influence of the backscattering that contribute with an important fraction of absorbed dose, finally we can infer a range of reliability to use the codes in this kind of simulations: both codes can calculate close results for up to 10-4 g.Even though MCNP5 uses the condensed history method, if simulation parameters are chosen carefully it can reproduce results very close to those obtained using detailed history mode. In some cases, the use of higher number of electron substeps causes significant differences in the result. (author)
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Monte Carlo simulation has been used by many researchers to calculate organ and effective dose of patients arising from conventional X-ray examinations. In this study the radiation transport code, MCNP4C, has been used to perform Monte Carlo simulations to estimate radiation dose delivered to different organs in conventional X-ray examinations. Materials and Methods: In this work we have made use of ORNL mathematical phantoms with few modifications which have been made. The source has been defined as a point source, emitting photons into a solid angle. The X-ray beam was shaped by a collimator to produce a rectangular field at the midline of the phantom. Results: to validate the simulation executed in this study normalized organs doses to unit ESD for hermaphrodite phantom were computed. Our results were compared with corresponding values presented by NRPB. In general organs doses obtained by application of MCNP-4C (present study) and corresponding values presented in NRPB were in good agreement. For further evaluation of our phantom, the values acquired for organ and effective doses by MCNP-4C and ODS-60 were compared. Conclusion: the technique we have developed is capable of estimating organ and effective doses with a better accuracy than dose values obtained by employment of NRPB and ODS-60 technique
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A good model on experimental data (criticality, control rod worth, and fuel element worth distributions) is encouraged to provide from the Musashi-TRIGA Mark 2 reactor. In the previous paper, as the keff values for different fuel loading patterns had been provided ranging from the minimum core to the full one, the data would be candidate for an ICSBEP evaluation. Evaluation of the control rod worth and fuel element worth distributions presented in this paper could be an excellent benchmark data applicable for validation of calculation technique used in the field of modern research reactor. As a result of simulation on the TRIGA-2 benchmark experiment, which was performed by three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo code (MCNP4A), it was found that the MCNP calculated values of control rod worth were consisted to the experimental data for both rod-drop and period methods. And for the fuel and the graphite element worth distributions, the MCNP calculated values agreed well with the measured ones though consideration of real control rod positions was needed for calculating fuel element reactivity positioned in inner ring. (G.K.)
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The criticality analysis of the TRIGA-II benchmark experiment at the Musashi Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MuITR, 100kW) was performed by the three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo code (MCNP4A). To minimize errors due to an inexact geometry model, all fresh fuels and control rods as well as vicinity of the core were precisely modeled. Effective multiplication factors (keff) in the initial core critical experiment and in the excess reactivity adjustment for the several fuel-loading patterns as well as the fuel element reactivity worth distributions were used in the validation process of the physical model and neutron cross section data from the ENDF/B-V evaluation. The calculated keff overestimated the experimental data by about 1.0%Δk/k for both the initial core and the several fuel-loading arrangements (fuels or graphite elements were added only to the outer-ring), but the discrepancy increased to 1.8%Δk/k for the some fuel-loading patterns (graphite elements were inserted into the inner-ring). The comparison result of the fuel element worth distribution showed above tendency. All in all, the agreement between the MCNP predictions and the experimentally determined values is good, which indicates that the Monte Carlo model is enough to simulate criticality of the TRIGA-II reactor. (author)
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Highlights: ► New coupled Monte Carlo code system for reference results at operating conditions. ► Automated methodology to create and use temperature-dependent cross section libraries. ► Multi-level coupling scheme between MCNP5 and COBRA-TF with different options. ► Acceleration strategy for coupled Monte Carlo calculations including hybrid approach. ► Sensitivity studies on thermal-scattering models and different sub-channel approaches. -- Abstract: High accuracy code systems are necessary to model core environments with considerable geometry complexity and great material heterogeneity. These features are typical of current and innovative nuclear reactor core designs. Advanced methodologies and state-of-the art coupled code systems must be put into practice in order to model with high accuracy these challenging core designs. The presented research comprises the development and implementation of the thermal–hydraulic feedback to the Monte Carlo method and of speed-up mechanisms to accelerate the Monte Carlo criticality calculation. Coupled Monte-Carlo calculations can serve as reference solutions for verifying high-fidelity coupled deterministic neutron transport methods with detailed and accurate thermal–hydraulic models. The development and verification of such reference high-fidelity coupled multi-physics scheme is performed at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in cooperation with AREVA, AREVA NP GmbH in Erlangen, Germany, on the basis of MCNP5, NEM, NJOY and COBRA-TF (CTF) computer codes. This paper presents the latest studies and ameliorations developed to this coupled hybrid system, which includes a new methodology for generation and interpolation of Temperature-Dependent Thermal Scattering Cross Section Libraries for MCNP5, a comparison between sub-channel approaches, and acceleration schemes.
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There have been two versions of SWAT depending on details of its development history: the revised SWAT that uses the deterministic calculation code SRAC as a neutron transportation solver, and the SWAT3.1 that uses the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MVP or MCNP5 for the same purpose. It takes several hours, however, to execute one calculation by the continuous energy Monte Carlo code even on the super computer of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. Moreover, two-dimensional burnup calculation is not practical using the revised SWAT because it has problems on production of effective cross section data and applying them to arbitrary fuel geometry when a calculation model has multiple burnup zones. Therefore, SWAT4.0 has been developed by adding, to SWAT3.1, a function to utilize the deterministic code SARC2006, which has shorter calculation time, as an outer module of neutron transportation solver for burnup calculation. SWAT4.0 has been enabled to execute two-dimensional burnup calculation by providing an input data template of SRAC2006 to SWAT4.0 input data, and updating atomic number densities of burnup zones in each burnup step. This report describes outline, input data instruction, and examples of calculations of SWAT4.0. (author)
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High accuracy code systems are necessary to model core environments with considerable geometry complexity and great material heterogeneity. These features are typical of current and innovative nuclear reactor core designs. Advanced methodologies and state-of-the art coupled code systems must be put into practice in order to model with high accuracy these challenging core designs. The presented research comprises the development and implementation of the thermal-hydraulic feedback to the Monte Carlo method and of speed-up mechanisms to accelerate the Monte Carlo criticality calculation. Coupled Monte-Carlo calculations can serve as reference solutions for verifying high-fidelity coupled deterministic neutron transport methods with detailed and accurate thermal-hydraulic models. The development and verification of such reference high-fidelity coupled multi-physics scheme is performed at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in cooperation with AREVA, AREVA NP GmbH in Erlangen, Germany, on the basis of MCNP5, NEM, NJOY and COBRA-TF (CTF) computer codes. This paper presents the latest studies and ameliorations developed to this coupled hybrid system, which includes a new methodology for generation and interpolation of Temperature-Dependent Thermal Scattering Cross Section Libraries for MCNP5, a comparison between sub-channel approaches, and acceleration schemes. (authors)
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Parreno Z, F.; Paucar J, R.; Picon C, C. [Instituto Peruano de Energia Nuclear, Av. Canada 1470, San Borja, Lima 41 (Peru)
1998-12-31
The simulation by Monte Carlo is tool which Medical Physics counts with it for the development of its research, the interest by this tool is growing, as we may observe in the main scientific journals for the years 1995-1997 where more than 27 % of the papers treat over Monte Carlo and/or its applications in the radiation transport.In the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy we are implementing and making use of the MCNP4 and EGS4 codes. In this work are presented the general features of the Monte Carlo method and its more useful applications in Medical Physics. Likewise, it is made a simulation of the calculation of isodose curves in an interstitial treatment with Ir-192 wires in a mammary gland carcinoma. (Author)
MCNP-POLIMI v1.0, Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code System To Simulate Time-Analysis Quantities
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1 - Description of program or function: MCNP is a general-purpose, continuous-energy, generalized geometry, time-dependent, coupled neutron-photon-electron Monte Carlo transport code system. Based on the Los Alamos National Laboratory code MCNP4C (formerly distributed as CCC-700), MCNP-PoliMi was developed to simulate time-analysis quantities. In particular, the code includes the correlation between neutron interaction and the corresponding photon production. Conversely to the technique adopted by standard MCNP, MCNP PoliMi samples secondary photons according to the neutron collision type. A post-processing code, i.e. the Matlab script 'postmain', is included and can be tailored to model specific detector characteristics. These features make MCNP-PoliMi a versatile tool to simulate particle interactions and detection processes. 2 - Methods: MCNP treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and some special fourth-degree surfaces. For neutrons, all reactions in a particular cross-section evaluation are accounted for. Both free gas and S(alpha, beta) thermal treatments are used. Criticality sources as well as fixed and surface sources are available. For photons, the code takes account of incoherent and coherent scattering with and without electron binding effects, the possibility of fluorescent emission following photoelectric absorption, and absorption in pair production with local emission of annihilation radiation. A very general source and tally structure is available. The tallies have extensive statistical analysis of convergence. Rapid convergence is enabled by a wide variety of variance reduction methods. Energy ranges are 0-60 MeV for neutrons (data generally only available up to 20 MeV) and 1 keV - 1 GeV for photons and electrons. The MCNP-PoliMi code was developed to simulate each neutron-nucleus interaction as closely as possible. In particular, neutron interaction and
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This work has been performed within the frame of the European Union ORAMED project (Optimisation of Radiation protection for Medical staff). The main goal of the project is to improve standards of protection for medical staff for procedures resulting in potentially high exposures and to develop methodologies for better assessing and for reducing, exposures to medical staff. The Work Package WP2 is involved in the development of practical eye-lens dosimetry in interventional radiology. This study is complementary of the part of the ENEA report concerning the calculations with the MCNP-4C code of the conversion factors related to the operational quantity Hp(3). In this study, a set of energy- and angular-dependent conversion coefficients (Hp(3)/Ka), in the newly proposed square cylindrical phantom made of ICRU tissue, have been calculated with the Monte-Carlo code PENELOPE and MCNP5. The Hp(3) values have been determined in terms of absorbed dose, according to the definition of this quantity, and also with the kerma approximation as formerly reported in ICRU reports. At a low-photon energy (up to 1 MeV), the two results obtained with the two methods are consistent. Nevertheless, large differences are showed at a higher energy. This is mainly due to the lack of electronic equilibrium, especially for small angle incidences. The values of the conversion coefficients obtained with the MCNP-4C code published by ENEA quite agree with the kerma approximation calculations obtained with PENELOPE. We also performed the same calculations with the code MCNP5 with two types of tallies: F6 for kerma approximation and *F8 for estimating the absorbed dose that is, as known, due to secondary electrons. PENELOPE and MCNP5 results agree for the kerma approximation and for the absorbed dose calculation of Hp(3) and prove that, for photon energies larger than 1 MeV, the transport of the secondary electrons has to be taken into account. (authors)
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2015-10-15
As a result, there was a difference within about 300-400 pcm between keff values at each enrichment due to the difference of codes and nuclear data used in the evaluations. The FTC was changed to be less negative with the increase of uranium enrichment, and it followed the form of asymptotic curve. However, it is necessary to perform additional study for investigating what factor causes the differences more than two standard deviation (2σ) among the FTCs at partial enrichment region. The interaction probability of incident neutron with nuclear fuel is depended on the relative velocity between the neutron and the target nuclei. The Fuel Temperature Coefficient (FTC) is defined as the change of Doppler effect with respect to the change in fuel temperature without any other change such as moderator temperature, moderator density, etc. In this study, the FTCs for UO{sub 2} fuel were evaluated by using MCNP6.1 and KENO6 codes based on a Monte Carlo method. In addition, the latest neutron cross-sections (ENDF/B-VI and VII) were applied to analyze the effect of these data on the evaluation of FTC, and nuclear data used in MCNP calculations were generated from the makxsf code. An evaluation of the Doppler effect and FTC for UO{sub 2} fuel widely used in PWR was conducted using MCNP6.1 and KENO6 codes. The ENDF/B-VI and VII were also applied to analyze what effect these data has on those evaluations. All cross-sections needed for MCNP calculation were produced using makxsf code. The calculation models used in the evaluations were based on the typical PWR UO{sub 2} lattice.
Parallel MCNP Monte Carlo transport calculations with MPI
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The steady increase in computational performance has made Monte Carlo calculations for large/complex systems possible. However, in order to make these calculations practical, order of magnitude increases in performance are necessary. The Monte Carlo method is inherently parallel (particles are simulated independently) and thus has the potential for near-linear speedup with respect to the number of processors. Further, the ever-increasing accessibility of parallel computers, such as workstation clusters, facilitates the practical use of parallel Monte Carlo. Recognizing the nature of the Monte Carlo method and the trends in available computing, the code developers at Los Alamos National Laboratory implemented the message-passing general-purpose Monte Carlo radiation transport code MCNP (version 4A). The PVM package was chosen by the MCNP code developers because it supports a variety of communication networks, several UNIX platforms, and heterogeneous computer systems. This PVM version of MCNP has been shown to produce speedups that approach the number of processors and thus, is a very useful tool for transport analysis. Due to software incompatibilities on the local IBM SP2, PVM has not been available, and thus it is not possible to take advantage of this useful tool. Hence, it became necessary to implement an alternative message-passing library package into MCNP. Because the message-passing interface (MPI) is supported on the local system, takes advantage of the high-speed communication switches in the SP2, and is considered to be the emerging standard, it was selected
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The fundamental motivation for the research presented in this dissertation was the need to development a more accurate prediction method for characterization of mixed radiation fields around medical electron accelerators (MEAs). Specifically, a model is developed for simulation of neutron and other particle production from photonuclear reactions and incorporated in the Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) radiation transport code. This extension of the capability within the MCNP code provides for the more accurate assessment of the mixed radiation fields. The Nuclear Theory and Applications group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has recently provided first-of-a-kind evaluated photonuclear data for a select group of isotopes. These data provide the reaction probabilities as functions of incident photon energy with angular and energy distribution information for all reaction products. The availability of these data is the cornerstone of the new methodology for state-of-the-art mutually coupled photon-neutron transport simulations. The dissertation includes details of the model development and implementation necessary to use the new photonuclear data within MCNP simulations. A new data format has been developed to include tabular photonuclear data. Data are processed from the Evaluated Nuclear Data Format (ENDF) to the new class ''u'' A Compact ENDF (ACE) format using a standalone processing code. MCNP modifications have been completed to enable Monte Carlo sampling of photonuclear reactions. Note that both neutron and gamma production are included in the present model. The new capability has been subjected to extensive verification and validation (V and V) testing. Verification testing has established the expected basic functionality. Two validation projects were undertaken. First, comparisons were made to benchmark data from literature. These calculations demonstrate the accuracy of the new data and transport routines to better than 25 percent. Second, the ability to
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The fundamental motivation for the research presented in this dissertation was the need to development a more accurate prediction method for characterization of mixed radiation fields around medical electron accelerators (MEAs). Specifically, a model is developed for simulation of neutron and other particle production from photonuclear reactions and incorporated in the Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) radiation transport code. This extension of the capability within the MCNP code provides for the more accurate assessment of the mixed radiation fields. The Nuclear Theory and Applications group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has recently provided first-of-a-kind evaluated photonuclear data for a select group of isotopes. These data provide the reaction probabilities as functions of incident photon energy with angular and energy distribution information for all reaction products. The availability of these data is the cornerstone of the new methodology for state-of-the-art mutually coupled photon-neutron transport simulations. The dissertation includes details of the model development and implementation necessary to use the new photonuclear data within MCNP simulations. A new data format has been developed to include tabular photonuclear data. Data are processed from the Evaluated Nuclear Data Format (ENDF) to the new class ''u'' A Compact ENDF (ACE) format using a standalone processing code. MCNP modifications have been completed to enable Monte Carlo sampling of photonuclear reactions. Note that both neutron and gamma production are included in the present model. The new capability has been subjected to extensive verification and validation (V&V) testing. Verification testing has established the expected basic functionality. Two validation projects were undertaken. First, comparisons were made to benchmark data from literature. These calculations demonstrate the accuracy of the new data and transport routines to better than 25 percent. Second
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To evaluate exactly the total amount of tritium production in tritium breeding materials during in-pile test with JMTR, the 'tritium monitor' has been produced and evaluation of total tritium generation was done by using 'tritium monitor' in preliminary in-pile mock-up, and verification of procedure concerning tritium production evaluation was conducted by using Monte Carlo code MCNP and nuclear cross section library of FSXLIBJ3R2. Li-Al alloy (Li 3.4 wt.%, 95.5% enrichment of 6Li) was selected as tritium monitor material for the evaluation on the total amount of tritium production in high 6Li enriched materials. From the results of preliminary experiment, calculated amounts of total tritium production at each 'tritium monitor', which was installed in the preliminary in-pile mock-up, were about 50-290% higher than the measured values. Concerning tritium measurement, increase of measurement error in tritium leak form measuring system to measure small amount of tritium (0.2-0.7 mCi in tritium monitor) was found in the results of present experiment. The tendency for overestimation of calculated thermal neutron flux in the range of 1-6x1013 n cm-2 per s was found in JMTR and the reason may be due to the beryllium cross section data base in JENDL3.2
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As part of developing its nuclear infrastructure base, the National Science and Technology Center Nuclear (CNSTN) examines the technical feasibility of setting up a new installation of subcritical assembly. Our study focuses on determining the neutron parameters of a nuclear zero power reactor based on Monte Carlo simulation MCNP. The objective of the simulation is to model the installation, determine the effective multiplication factor, and spatial distribution of neutron flux.
MCNP4B-GN, Monte Carlo Code System for (gamma,n) production and transport in high-Z materials
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1 - Description of program or function: MCNP4B-GN is used to treat (gamma,n) production and transport in medical accelerator heads, to study the undesired neutron dose to patients, employing a single code for both the electromagnetic and the neutron transport. 2 - Methods: The code simulates the production of giant dipole resonance (GDR) photoneutrons in thick layers of high-Z elements. Neutrons are generated through evaporation of the compound nucleus or through direct channel; the photoneutron origin coordinates, evaluated as the electromagnetic shower develops are taken into account as well as the energy spectrum of the generated photoneutron. Photoneutron production routines have been inserted into MCNP4B, thus allowing a handling of complicated geometries with a single input definition, a fundamental requirement for this kind of application. The modifications to the standard MCNP4B were made as a 'patch' (i.e. a series of instructions on how to modify the basic code) which is distributed together with a preprocessor. The preprocessor reads the patch, reads MCNP4B and writes MCNP4B-GN. A new subroutine 'GAMMN' has been written, analogous to the subroutine 'ACEGAM' for (n,gamma). GAMMN is called from subroutine 'COLIDP' at a photon collision with one of the 6 elements in question when the energy of the photon is such that there is a non-zero probability of producing a neutron. In analogy with the (n,gamma) capability, the production or not of a neutron is not correlated with the subsequent history of the photon and in particular the choice of the type of photon collision at that spatial point. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The upper energy limit, imposed by theoretical considerations, is 30 MeV for photons and 20 MeV for photoneutrons. The physical model breaks down at higher photon energies, whilst the neutron transport performed with MCNP cannot be simulated for neutron energies greater than 20 MeV (the neutron energy regime in MCNP is
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The authors report calculations performed using the MNCP and PENELOPE codes to determine the Hp(3)/K air conversion coefficient which allows the Hp(3) dose equivalent to be determined from the measured value of the kerma in the air. They report the definition of the phantom, a 20 cm diameter and 20 cm high cylinder which is considered as representative of a head. Calculations are performed for an energy range corresponding to interventional radiology or cardiology (20 keV-110 keV). Results obtained with both codes are compared
MCNP4, a parallel Monte Carlo implementation on a workstation network
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The Monte Carlo code MCNP4 has been implemented on a workstation network to allow parallel computing of Monte Carlo transport processes. This has been achieved by making use of the communication tool PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine) and introducing some changes in the MCNP4 code. The PVM daemons and user libraries have been installed on different workstations to allow working on the same platform. Essential features of PVM and the structure of the parallelized MCNP4 version are discussed in this paper. Experiences are described and problems are explained and solved with the extended version of MCNP. The efficiency of the parallelized MCNP4 is assessed for two realistic sample problems from the field of fusion neutronics. Compared with the fastest workstation in the network, a speed-up factor near five has been obtained by using a network of ten workstations, different in architecture and performance. (orig.)
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Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) is the code of choice for doing complex neutron/photon/electron transport calculations for the nuclear industry and research institutions. The Visual Editor for Monte Carlo N-Particle is internationally recognized as the best code for visually creating and graphically displaying input files for MCNP. The work performed in this grant was used to enhance the capabilities of the MCNP Visual Editor to allow it to read in both 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) files, allowing the user to electronically generate a valid MCNP input geometry
MCNP-REN a Monte Carlo tool for neutron detector design
Abhold, M E
2002-01-01
The development of neutron detectors makes extensive use of the predictions of detector response through the use of Monte Carlo techniques in conjunction with the point reactor model. Unfortunately, the point reactor model fails to accurately predict detector response in common applications. For this reason, the general Monte Carlo code developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP), was modified to simulate the pulse streams that would be generated by a neutron detector and normally analyzed by a shift register. This modified code, MCNP-Random Exponentially Distributed Neutron Source (MCNP-REN), along with the Time Analysis Program, predicts neutron detector response without using the point reactor model, making it unnecessary for the user to decide whether or not the assumptions of the point model are met for their application. MCNP-REN is capable of simulating standard neutron coincidence counting as well as neutron multiplicity counting. Measurements of mixed oxide fresh fuel w...
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The Monte Carlo code (MCNPX) was used to simulate a nuclear densimeter for measuring soil density. An Americium source (E = 60 keV) and a NaI (Tl) detector were placed on soil surface. Results from MCNP shown that scattered photon fluxes may be used to determining soil density. Linear regressions between scattered photons fluxes and soil density were calculated and shown correlation coefficients near unity. (author)
Distributed processor Monte Carlo. MCNP results on a 16-node IBM cluster
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MCNP, a general 3-D Monte Carlo neutron, photon, and electron transport code developed by LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory, X-6 Group) is presented. With the widespread use of high-performance workstations, an increased interest for multi-processing MCNP on distributed memory systems has emerged. Such systems, connected by high-speed communication networks, provide the capability for codes like MCNP to achieve order-of-magnitude higher performance over current common memory systems. The software communication package chosen for use within MCNP is Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM), available as public domain software. This package supports a variety of communication networks and computer systems. The PVM version of MCNP on a 16 processor IBM RS/6000 cluster produced speedups that approach the number of processors. (author)
Benchmark study of TRIPOLI-4 through experiment and MCNP codes
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Michel, M. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Coulon, R. [Canberra France, F-78182 Saint Quentin en Yvelines (France); Normand, S. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Huot, N.; Petit, O. [CEA, DEN DANS, SERMA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
2011-07-01
Reliability on simulation results is essential in nuclear physics. Although MCNP5 and MCNPX are the world widely used 3D Monte Carlo radiation transport codes, alternative Monte Carlo simulation tools exist to simulate neutral and charged particles' interactions with matter. Therefore, benchmark are required in order to validate these simulation codes. For instance, TRIPOLI-4.7, developed at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission for neutron and photon transport, now also provides the user with a full feature electron-photon electromagnetic shower. Whereas the reliability of TRIPOLI-4.7 for neutron and photon transport has been validated yet, the new development regarding electron-photon matter interaction needs additional validation benchmarks. We will thus demonstrate how accurately TRIPOLI-4's 'deposited spectrum' tally can simulate gamma spectrometry problems, compared to MCNP's 'F8' tally. The experimental setup is based on an HPGe detector measuring the decay spectrum of an {sup 152}Eu source. These results are then compared with those given by MCNPX 2.6d and TRIPOLI-4 codes. This paper deals with both the experimental aspect and simulation. We will demonstrate that TRIPOLI-4 is a potential alternative to both MCNPX and MCNP5 for gamma-electron interaction simulation. (authors)
Benchmark study of TRIPOLI-4 through experiment and MCNP codes
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Reliability on simulation results is essential in nuclear physics. Although MCNP5 and MCNPX are the world widely used 3D Monte Carlo radiation transport codes, alternative Monte Carlo simulation tools exist to simulate neutral and charged particles' interactions with matter. Therefore, benchmark are required in order to validate these simulation codes. For instance, TRIPOLI-4.7, developed at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission for neutron and photon transport, now also provides the user with a full feature electron-photon electromagnetic shower. Whereas the reliability of TRIPOLI-4.7 for neutron and photon transport has been validated yet, the new development regarding electron-photon matter interaction needs additional validation benchmarks. We will thus demonstrate how accurately TRIPOLI-4's 'deposited spectrum' tally can simulate gamma spectrometry problems, compared to MCNP's 'F8' tally. The experimental setup is based on an HPGe detector measuring the decay spectrum of an 152Eu source. These results are then compared with those given by MCNPX 2.6d and TRIPOLI-4 codes. This paper deals with both the experimental aspect and simulation. We will demonstrate that TRIPOLI-4 is a potential alternative to both MCNPX and MCNP5 for gamma-electron interaction simulation. (authors)
BURNCAL: A Nuclear Reactor Burnup Code Using MCNP Tallies
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BURNCAL is a Fortran computer code designed to aid in analysis, prediction, and optimization of fuel burnup performance in a nuclear reactor. The code uses output parameters generated by the Monte Carlo neutronics code MCNP to determine the isotopic inventory as a function of time and power density. The code allows for multiple fueled regions to be analyzed. The companion code, RELOAD, can be used to shuffle fueled regions or reload regions with fresh fuel. BURNCAL can be used to study the reactivity effects and isotopic inventory as a function of time for a nuclear reactor system. Neutron transmutation, fission, and radioactive decay are included in the modeling of the production and removal terms for each isotope of interest. For a fueled region, neutron transmutation, fuel depletion, fission-product poisoning, actinide generation, and burnable poison loading and depletion effects are included in the calculation. Fueled and un-fueled regions, such as cladding and moderator, can be analyzed simultaneously. The nuclides analyzed are limited only by the neutron cross section availability in the MCNP cross-section library. BURNCAL is unique in comparison to other burnup codes in that it does not use the calculated neutron flux as input to other computer codes to generate the nuclide mixture for the next time step. Instead, BURNCAL directly uses the neutron absorption tally/reaction information generated by MCNP for each nuclide of interest to determine the nuclide inventory for that region. This allows for the full capabilities of MCNP to be incorporated into the calculation and a more accurate and robust analysis to be performed
Investigation of the applicability of MCNP code to complicated geometries
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Applicability of MCNP code, which is a general purpose Monte Carlo code for particle transport problems, to complicated geometries, has been investigated as a study in Human Acts Simulation Program (HASP), in which basic studies for intelligent robot for patrol and inspection of nuclear facilities are being performed. In HASP, basic software systems simulating the behavior of intelligent robot of human shape working in Japan Research Reactor No.3 are being developed. The aim of Dose Evaluation system in HASP is to establish the methodology to evaluate irradiation damage of the LSI/VLSI circuits embedded within a robot body and to give design criteria of intelligent robot. Monte Carlo method is used to solve particle transport problem in a complicated geometry such as robot body. Preliminary evaluation to establish the methodology has been conducted using continuous energy Monte Carlo code, MCNP with the anthropomorphic phantom. The phantom has the same degree of geometric complexity as robot body and is widely used for the calculation of the effective dose equivalent for radiological protection. It allowed us to verify the validity of the methodology by comparison of calculation results with the data in ICRP Pub. 51. In this report, the method used in the calculation of effective dose equivalent, visualization system supporting visualization of input data for complicated geometry and the results in the evaluation of validity of the method by the comparison of the calculated results with the data in the ICRP publication are described. (author)
Monte Carlo parameter studies and uncertainty analyses with MCNP5
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A software tool called mcnppstudy has been developed to automate the setup, execution, and collection of results from a series of MCNP5 Monte Carlo calculations. This tool provides a convenient means of performing parameter studies, total uncertainty analyses, parallel job execution on clusters, stochastic geometry modeling, and other types of calculations where a series of MCNP5 jobs must be performed with varying problem input specifications. (authors)
Fission Matrix Capability for MCNP Monte Carlo
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Carney, Sean E. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Brown, Forrest B. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kiedrowski, Brian C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martin, William R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2012-09-05
In a Monte Carlo criticality calculation, before the tallying of quantities can begin, a converged fission source (the fundamental eigenvector of the fission kernel) is required. Tallies of interest may include powers, absorption rates, leakage rates, or the multiplication factor (the fundamental eigenvalue of the fission kernel, k{sub eff}). Just as in the power iteration method of linear algebra, if the dominance ratio (the ratio of the first and zeroth eigenvalues) is high, many iterations of neutron history simulations are required to isolate the fundamental mode of the problem. Optically large systems have large dominance ratios, and systems containing poor neutron communication between regions are also slow to converge. The fission matrix method, implemented into MCNP[1], addresses these problems. When Monte Carlo random walk from a source is executed, the fission kernel is stochastically applied to the source. Random numbers are used for: distances to collision, reaction types, scattering physics, fission reactions, etc. This method is used because the fission kernel is a complex, 7-dimensional operator that is not explicitly known. Deterministic methods use approximations/discretization in energy, space, and direction to the kernel. Consequently, they are faster. Monte Carlo directly simulates the physics, which necessitates the use of random sampling. Because of this statistical noise, common convergence acceleration methods used in deterministic methods do not work. In the fission matrix method, we are using the random walk information not only to build the next-iteration fission source, but also a spatially-averaged fission kernel. Just like in deterministic methods, this involves approximation and discretization. The approximation is the tallying of the spatially-discretized fission kernel with an incorrect fission source. We address this by making the spatial mesh fine enough that this error is negligible. As a consequence of discretization we get a
Heart simulation with surface equations for using on MCNP code
Rezaei-Ochbelagh, D.; Salman-Nezhad, S.; Asadi, A.; Rahimi, A.
2011-12-01
External photon beam radiotherapy is carried out in a way to achieve an "as low as possible" a dose in healthy tissues surrounding the target. One of these surroundings can be heart as a vital organ of body. As it is impossible to directly determine the absorbed dose by heart, using phantoms is one way to acquire information around it. The other way is Monte Carlo method. In this work we have presented a simulation of heart geometry by introducing of different surfaces in MCNP code. We used 14 surface equations in order to determine human heart modeling. Those surfaces are borders of heart walls and contents.
Heart simulation with surface equations for using on MCNP code
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External photon beam radiotherapy is carried out in a way to achieve an 'as low as possible' a dose in healthy tissues surrounding the target. One of these surroundings can be heart as a vital organ of body. As it is impossible to directly determine the absorbed dose by heart, using phantoms is one way to acquire information around it. The other way is Monte Carlo method. In this work we have presented a simulation of heart geometry by introducing of different surfaces in MCNP code. We used 14 surface equations in order to determine human heart modeling. Those surfaces are borders of heart walls and contents.
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Salome, Jean A.D.; Cardoso, Fabiano; Faria, Rochkhudson B.; Pereira, Claubia, E-mail: jadsalome@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: fabinuclear@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: rockdefaria@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: claubia@nuclear.ufmg.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear
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The IPEN/MB-01 reactor, located in the city of Sao Paulo - Brazil, reached its first criticality on the year of 1988. The reactor is characterized by a low output power of 100 W only, even because its purpose is to produce knowledge about nuclear power plants on a smaller geometric scale without the requirement of an extremely complex cooling system. The use of devices such as this it is very interesting because it achieves the demands of nuclear engineering about the neutronic parameters needed in the design of large nuclear plants through relatively simple and inexpensive methods. In this paper, the computational mathematical code MCNP5 is used to perform the calculation of the thermal neutron flux in the core of the IPEN/MB-01 reactor. To do this is used an experiment from the LEU-COMP-THERM-077 benchmark that represents the standard rectangular configuration of the IPEN/MB-01 reactor. The thermal neutron flux is calculated at some axial planes of different heights and, after that, axial profiles of the thermal neutron flux are done and compared to experimental results issued previously. The experimental values used as reference refer to a cylindrical configuration of the core of the reactor. Finally, the pertinence and relevance of the results are checked. With this work is expected to produce more knowledge about the dynamics of neutron flux in the core of the IPEN/MB-01 reactor. (author)
Parallel processing Monte Carlo radiation transport codes
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Issues related to distributed-memory multiprocessing as applied to Monte Carlo radiation transport are discussed. Measurements of communication overhead are presented for the radiation transport code MCNP which employs the communication software package PVM, and average efficiency curves are provided for a homogeneous virtual machine
MCNP variance reduction overview
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The MCNP code is rich in variance reduction features. Standard variance reduction methods found in most Monte Carlo codes are available as well as a number of methods unique to MCNP. We discuss the variance reduction features presently in MCNP as well as new ones under study for possible inclusion in future versions of the code
Monte Carlo importance sampling for the MCNP{trademark} general source
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Lichtenstein, H.
1996-01-09
Research was performed to develop an importance sampling procedure for a radiation source. The procedure was developed for the MCNP radiation transport code, but the approach itself is general and can be adapted to other Monte Carlo codes. The procedure, as adapted to MCNP, relies entirely on existing MCNP capabilities. It has been tested for very complex descriptions of a general source, in the context of the design of spent-reactor-fuel storage casks. Dramatic improvements in calculation efficiency have been observed in some test cases. In addition, the procedure has been found to provide an acceleration to acceptable convergence, as well as the benefit of quickly identifying user specified variance-reduction in the transport that effects unstable convergence.
Sensitivity Analysis of the TRIGA IPR-R1 Reactor Models Using the MCNP Code
C. A. M. Silva; J. A. D. Salomé; B. T. Guerra; Pereira, C; Costa, A. L.; Veloso, M. A. F.; M. A. B. C. Menezes; Dalle, H. M.
2014-01-01
In the process of verification and validation of code modelling, the sensitivity analysis including systematic variations in code input variables must be used to help identifying the relevant parameters necessary for a determined type of analysis. The aim of this work is to identify how much the code results are affected by two different types of the TRIGA IPR-R1 reactor modelling processes performed using the MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport) code. The sensitivity analyses included sma...
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A comparison is made of results obtained from neutron transmissions analysis of RPV performed by MCNP with ENDF/B-VI and JENDL-3.1 iron data. At first, a one-dimensional discrete ordinates transport calculation using VITAMIN-C fine-group library based on ENDF/B-IV was performed for a cylindrical model of a PWR to generate the source spectrum at the front of the RPV. And then, the transmission of neutrons through RPV was calculated by MCNP with the moderated fission spectrum incident on the vessel face. For these ENDF/B-IV, -VI and JENDL-3.1 iron data were processed into continuous energy point data form by NJOY91.91. The fast neutron fluxes and dosimeter reaction rates through RPV using each iron data were intercompared
Monte Carlo simulation of the Greek research reactor neutron irradiation positions using MCNP
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Prediction of neutron flux at the irradiation devices of a research reactor facility is essential for the design and evaluation of experiments involving material irradiations. A computational model of the Greek Research Reactor (GRR-1) was developed using the Monte Carlo code MCNP with continuous energy neutron cross-section data evaluations from ENDF/B-VI library. The model included detailed geometrical representation of the fuel and control assemblies, beryllium reflectors, irradiation devices and the graphite pile. The MCNP model was applied to predict neutron flux at the in-pool irradiation positions and the graphite pile. The MCNP estimated neutron fluxes were compared with measurements using activation foils and a good agreement between calculated and experimental results was observed. (author)
Regulation and optimization of the design of Qimingxing experimental facility utilizing MCNP code
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Qimingxing Experimental Facility is designed to validate principle of Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS). Monte Carlo Code (MCNP) is used to carry out Keff calculations. The thickness of thermal zone and the pitch of fuel rods in thermal zone are optimized. Calculation results show that the optimized design can meet the Keff requirement of the facility. (authors)
Calculate Some Characteristic Parameters Of VVER-1000's Fuel Assembly By MCNP4C2 Code
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This report presents the descriptions of parameters characteristics of the LEU and MOX Fuel Assemblies of VVER-1000 reactor, and calculation results such as infinite neutron multiplication factor kinf, two groups energies constants, neutron flux distribution by using Monte Carlo code MCNP. (author)
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In this study, azimuthal particle redistribution (APR), and azimuthal particle rotational splitting (APRS) methods are implemented in MCNPX2.4 source code. First of all, the efficiency of these methods was compared to two tallying methods. The APRS is more efficient than the APR method in track length estimator tallies. However in the energy deposition tally, both methods have nearly the same efficiency. Latent variance reduction factors were obtained for 6, 10 and 18 MV photons as well. The APRS relative efficiency contours were obtained. These obtained contours reveal that by increasing the photon energies, the contours depth and the surrounding areas were further increased. The relative efficiency contours indicated that the variance reduction factor is position and energy dependent. The out of field voxels relative efficiency contours showed that latent variance reduction methods increased the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation efficiency in the out of field voxels. The APR and APRS average variance reduction factors had differences less than 0.6% for splitting number of 1000. -- Highlights: ► The efficiency of APR and APRS methods was compared to two tallying methods. ► The APRS is more efficient than the APR method in track length estimator tallies. ► In the energy deposition tally, both methods have nearly the same efficiency. ► Variance reduction factors of these methods are position and energy dependent.
Problem and solution of tally segment card in MCNP code
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Wrong results may be given when FS card (tally segment card) was used for tally with other tally cards in Monte Carlo code MCNP. According to the comparison of segment tally results which were obtained by FS card of three different models of the same geometry, the tally results of fuel regions were found to be wrong in fill pattern. The reason is that the fuel cells were described by Universe card and FILL card, and the filled cells were always considered at Universe card definition place. A proposed solution was that the segment tally for filled cells was done at Universe card definition place. Radial flux distribution of one example was calculated in this way. The results show that the fault of segment tally with FS card in fill pattern could be solved by this method. (authors)
Modeling the PUSPATI TRIGA Reactor using MCNP code
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The 1 MW TRIGA MARK II research reactor at Malaysian Nuclear Agency achieved initial criticality on June 28, 1982. The reactor is designed to effectively implement the various fields of basic nuclear research, manpower training, and production of radioisotopes. This paper describes the reactor parameters calculation for the PUSPATI TRIGA REACTOR (RTP); focusing on the application of the developed reactor 3D model for criticality calculation, analysis of power and neutron flux distribution and depletion study of TRIGA fuel. The 3D continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP was used to develop a versatile and accurate full model of the TRIGA reactor. The model represents in detailed all important components of the core and shielding with literally no physical approximation. (author)
Qualification of MCNP4A code with a lithium-6 neutron detector's
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This paper is a qualification of MCNP code (Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code system). In this study MCNP code has been used for the simulation of a neutron detector. The purpose of this work is benchmarking of the code by comparing its results with the physical measurements made by Wang, Jensen and Czirr of neutron detection in a Lithium-6 enriched glass scintillator with two different moderator materials and two different neutron sources. The purpose of the referenced paper was to test to which extent MCNP could predict within a 1% accuracy the relative efficiency of a neutron detector under measurable conditions. For this purpose, the efficiency of ''6 Li-glass moderating neutron detector using Lucite as moderator relative to the efficiency of the detector using mineral oil as moderator has been calculated using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP-4A, and the results compared with the measurements. The experiments were performed using two different fast neutron sources, a ''252 Cf fission neutrons sources and the 12 MeV neutrons produced by a Van de Graff accelerator. (Author) 2 refs
Computers cluster for parallel processing with the MCNP4B code: Linux + PVM + MCNP4B
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Procedures and results obtained in the implantation process of a microcomputers cluster (Linux and PVM) to reduce processing time in MCNP simulations are described. The necessities and specificity concerned to the hardware, the Linux operational system, the PVM software package and an adequate compiled version for MCNP4B are presented. The system was tested to verify the gain in the processing time in function of the number of computers in the cluster using the MCNP input developed to simulate the research reactor TRIGA IPR - R1 of the CDTN/CNEN. Advantages and disadvantages of MCNP code generated with several compilers are discussed, as well as the performance of the executable code generated by each compiler is compared. The results show the viability of the system. It is possible to reduce significantly the simulations processing time of the MCNP code by utilizing PVM computers cluster. It was found that the cost/performance of such a system is often better than the sequential machine (workstations or even mainframes). (author)
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C.C. Arwui
2011-05-01
Full Text Available Design objectives for brachytherapy treatment facilities require sufficient shielding to reduce primary and scatter radiation to design limit in order to limit exposure to patients, staff and the general public. The primary aim of this study is to verify whether shielding of the brachytherapy unit at the Korle Bu teaching Hospital in Ghana provides adequate protection in order to assess any radiological health and safety impact and also test the suitability of other available sources. The study evaluates the effectiveness of the biological shielding design of a Cs-137 brachytherapy unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana using MCNP5. The facility was modeled based on the design specifications for LDR Cs-137, MDR Cs-137, HDR Co-60 and HDR Ir-192 treatment modalities. The estimated dose rate ranged from (0.01-0.15 μSv/h and (0.37-3.05 μSv/h for the existing initial and decayed activities of LDR Cs-137 for the public and controlled areas respectively, (0.03-0.57 μSv/h and (1.53-8.06 μSv/h for MDR Cs-137, (7.47-59.46 μSv/h and (144.87-178.74 μSv/h for HDR Co- 60, (0.13-6.95 μSv/h and (19.47-242.98 μSv/h for HDR Ir-192 for the public and controlled areas respectively. The results were verified by dose rates measurement for the current LDR setup at the Brachytherapy unit and agreed quiet well. It was also compared with the reference values of 0.5 μSv/h for public areas and 7.5 μSv/h for controlled areas respectively. It can be concluded that the shielding is adequate for the existing source.
The MCNPX Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Code
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MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended) is a general-purpose Monte Carlo radiation transport code with three-dimensional geometry and continuous-energy transport of 34 particles and light ions. It contains flexible source and tally options, interactive graphics, and support for both sequential and multi-processing computer platforms. MCNPX is based on MCNP4c and has been upgraded to most MCNP5 capabilities. MCNP is a highly stable code tracking neutrons, photons and electrons, and using evaluated nuclear data libraries for low-energy interaction probabilities. MCNPX has extended this base to a comprehensive set of particles and light ions, with heavy ion transport in development. Models have been included to calculate interaction probabilities when libraries are not available. Recent additions focus on the time evolution of residual nuclei decay, allowing calculation of transmutation and delayed particle emission. MCNPX is now a code of great dynamic range, and the excellent neutronics capabilities allow new opportunities to simulate devices of interest to experimental particle physics, particularly calorimetry. This paper describes the capabilities of the current MCNPX version 2.6.C, and also discusses ongoing code development
THE MCNPX MONTE CARLO RADIATION TRANSPORT CODE
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WATERS, LAURIE S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; MCKINNEY, GREGG W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; DURKEE, JOE W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; FENSIN, MICHAEL L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; JAMES, MICHAEL R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; JOHNS, RUSSELL C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; PELOWITZ, DENISE B. [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2007-01-10
MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended) is a general-purpose Monte Carlo radiation transport code with three-dimensional geometry and continuous-energy transport of 34 particles and light ions. It contains flexible source and tally options, interactive graphics, and support for both sequential and multi-processing computer platforms. MCNPX is based on MCNP4B, and has been upgraded to most MCNP5 capabilities. MCNP is a highly stable code tracking neutrons, photons and electrons, and using evaluated nuclear data libraries for low-energy interaction probabilities. MCNPX has extended this base to a comprehensive set of particles and light ions, with heavy ion transport in development. Models have been included to calculate interaction probabilities when libraries are not available. Recent additions focus on the time evolution of residual nuclei decay, allowing calculation of transmutation and delayed particle emission. MCNPX is now a code of great dynamic range, and the excellent neutronics capabilities allow new opportunities to simulate devices of interest to experimental particle physics; particularly calorimetry. This paper describes the capabilities of the current MCNPX version 2.6.C, and also discusses ongoing code development.
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Hammam Oktajianto
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Gas-cooled nuclear reactor is a Generation IV reactor which has been receiving significant attention due to many desired characteristics such as inherent safety, modularity, relatively low cost, short construction period, and easy financing. High temperature reactor (HTR pebble-bed as one of type of gas-cooled reactor concept is getting attention. In HTR pebble-bed design, radius and enrichment of the fuel kernel are the key parameter that can be chosen freely to determine the desired value of criticality. This paper models HTR pebble-bed 10 MW and determines an effective of enrichment and radius of the fuel (Kernel to get criticality value of reactor. The TRISO particle coated fuel particle which was modelled explicitly and distributed in the fuelled region of the fuel pebbles using a Simple-Cubic (SC lattice. The pebble-bed balls and moderator balls distributed in the core zone using a Body-Centred Cubic lattice with assumption of a fresh fuel by the fuel enrichment was 7-17% at 1% range and the size of the fuel radius was 175-300 µm at 25 µm ranges. The geometrical model of the full reactor is obtained by using lattice and universe facilities provided by MCNP4C. The details of model are discussed with necessary simplifications. Criticality calculations were conducted by Monte Carlo transport code MCNP4C and continuous energy nuclear data library ENDF/B-VI. From calculation results can be concluded that an effective of enrichment and radius of fuel (Kernel to achieve a critical condition was the enrichment of 15-17% at a radius of 200 µm, the enrichment of 13-17% at a radius of 225 µm, the enrichments of 12-15% at radius of 250 µm, the enrichments of 11-14% at a radius of 275 µm and the enrichment of 10-13% at a radius of 300 µm, so that the effective of enrichments and radii of fuel (Kernel can be considered in the HTR 10 MW.
MCNP Perturbation Capability for Monte Carlo Criticality Calculations
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The differential operator perturbation capability in MCNP4B has been extended to automatically calculate perturbation estimates for the track length estimate of keff in MCNP4B. The additional corrections required in certain cases for MCNP4B are no longer needed. Calculating the effect of small design changes on the criticality of nuclear systems with MCNP is now straightforward
MCNP Perturbation Capability for Monte Carlo Criticality Calculations
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Hendricks, J.S.; Carter, L.L.; McKinney, G.W.
1999-09-20
The differential operator perturbation capability in MCNP4B has been extended to automatically calculate perturbation estimates for the track length estimate of k{sub eff} in MCNP4B. The additional corrections required in certain cases for MCNP4B are no longer needed. Calculating the effect of small design changes on the criticality of nuclear systems with MCNP is now straightforward.
Evaluation of Geometric Progression (GP Buildup Factors using MCNP Codes (MCNP6.1 and MCNP5-1.60
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Kim Kyung-O
2016-01-01
Full Text Available The gamma-ray buildup factors of three-dimensional point kernel code (QAD-CGGP are re-evaluated by using MCNP codes (MCNP6.1 and MCNPX5-1.60 and ENDF/B-VI.8 photoatomic data, which cover an energy range of 0.015–15 MeV and an iron thickness of 0.5–40 Mean Free Path (MFP. These new data are fitted to the Geometric Progression (GP fitting function and are then compared with ANS standard data equipped with QAD-CGGP. In addition, a simple benchmark calculation was performed to compare the QAD-CGGP results applied with new and existing buildup factors based on the MCNP codes. In the case of the buildup factors of low-energy gamma-rays, new data are evaluated to be about 5% higher than the existing data. In other cases, these new data present a similar trend based on the specific penetration depth, while existing data continuously increase beyond that depth. In a simple benchmark, the calculations using the existing data were slightly underestimated compared to the reference data at a deep penetration depth. On the other hand, the calculations with new data were stabilized with an increasing penetration depth, despite a slight overestimation at a shallow penetration depth.
Development of an MCNP-tally based burnup code and validation through PWR benchmark exercises
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The aim of this study is to evaluate the capabilities of a newly developed burnup code called BUCAL1. The code provides the full capabilities of the Monte Carlo code MCNP5, through the use of the MCNP tally information. BUCAL1 uses the fourth order Runge Kutta method with the predictor-corrector approach as the integration method to determine the fuel composition at a desired burnup step. Validation of BUCAL1 was done by code vs. code comparison. Results of two different kinds of codes are employed. The first one is CASMO-4, a deterministic multi-group two-dimensional transport code. The second kind is MCODE and MOCUP, a link MCNP-ORIGEN codes. These codes use different burnup algorithms to solve the depletion equations system. Eigenvalue and isotope concentrations were compared for two PWR uranium and thorium benchmark exercises at cold (300 K) and hot (900 K) conditions, respectively. The eigenvalue comparison between BUCAL1 and the aforementioned two kinds of codes shows a good prediction of the systems'k-inf values during the entire burnup history, and the maximum difference is within 2%. The differences between the BUCAL1 isotope concentrations and the predictions of CASMO-4, MCODE and MOCUP are generally better, and only for a few sets of isotopes these differences exceed 10%.
Monte Carlo N Particle code - Dose distribution of clinical electron beams in inhomogeneous phantoms
H A Nedaie; Mosleh-Shirazi, M. A.; Allahverdi, M.
2013-01-01
Electron dose distributions calculated using the currently available analytical methods can be associated with large uncertainties. The Monte Carlo method is the most accurate method for dose calculation in electron beams. Most of the clinical electron beam simulation studies have been performed using non- MCNP [Monte Carlo N Particle] codes. Given the differences between Monte Carlo codes, this work aims to evaluate the accuracy of MCNP4C-simulated electron dose distributions in a homogenous...
Development and Application of MCNP5 and KENO-VI Monte Carlo Models for the Atucha-2 PHWR Analysis
O. Mazzantini; F. D'Auria; M. Pecchia; Parisi, C
2011-01-01
The geometrical complexity and the peculiarities of Atucha-2 PHWR require the adoption of advanced Monte Carlo codes for performing realistic neutronic simulations. Core models of Atucha-2 PHWR were developed using both MCNP5 and KENO-VI codes. The developed models were applied for calculating reactor criticality states at beginning of life, reactor cell constants, and control rods volumes. The last two applications were relevant for performing successive three dimensional neutron kinetic ana...
Physics and Algorithm Enhancements for a Validated MCNP/X Monte Carlo Simulation Tool, Phase VII
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McKinney, Gregg W [Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Currently the US lacks an end-to-end (i.e., source-to-detector) radiation transport simulation code with predictive capability for the broad range of DHS nuclear material detection applications. For example, gaps in the physics, along with inadequate analysis algorithms, make it difficult for Monte Carlo simulations to provide a comprehensive evaluation, design, and optimization of proposed interrogation systems. With the development and implementation of several key physics and algorithm enhancements, along with needed improvements in evaluated data and benchmark measurements, the MCNP/X Monte Carlo codes will provide designers, operators, and systems analysts with a validated tool for developing state-of-the-art active and passive detection systems. This project is currently in its seventh year (Phase VII). This presentation will review thirty enhancements that have been implemented in MCNPX over the last 3 years and were included in the 2011 release of version 2.7.0. These improvements include 12 physics enhancements, 4 source enhancements, 8 tally enhancements, and 6 other enhancements. Examples and results will be provided for each of these features. The presentation will also discuss the eight enhancements that will be migrated into MCNP6 over the upcoming year.
Atucha-2 PHWR Monte Carlo MCNP5 and KENO-VI models development and application
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The geometrical complexity and the peculiarities of Atucha-2 PHWR require the adoption of advanced Monte Carlo codes for performing realistic neutronic simulations. Core models of Atucha-2 PHWR were developed using both MCNP5 and KENOVI codes. The developed models were applied for calculating reactor criticality states at beginning of life, reactor cell constants and control rods volumes. The last two applications were relevant for performing successive three dimensional neutron kinetic analyses since it was necessary to correctly evaluate the effect of each oblique control rod in each cell discretizing the reactor. These corrective factors were then applied to the cell cross sections calculated by the two dimensional deterministic lattice physics code HELIOS. (authors)
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The theory of multipoint coupled reactors developed by multi-group transport is verified by using the probabilistic transport code MCNP5 and the continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation Serpent code. The verification was performed by calculating the multiplication factors (or criticality factors) and coupling coefficients for a two-region test reactor known as the Deuterium Critical Assembly, DCA. The multiplication factors keff calculated numerically and independently from simulations of the DCA by MCNP5 and Serpent codes are compared with the multiplication factors keff calculated based on the coupled reactor theory. Excellent agreement was obtained between the multiplication factors keff calculated with the Serpent code, with MCNP5, and from the coupled reactor theory. This analysis demonstrates that the Serpent code is valid for the multipoint coupled reactor calculations. (author)
GB - a preliminary linking code between MCNP4C and Origen2.1 - DEN/UFMG version
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Nowadays it is possible to perform burnup simulation in a detailed 3D geometry and a continuous energy description by the Monte Carlo method. This paper describes an initial project to create and verify a connection code to link Origen2.1 (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and MCNP4C (Los Alamos National Laboratory). Essentially the code includes point depletion capability to the MCNP code. The incorporation of point depletion capability is explicit and can be summarized by three steps: 1-Monte Carlo determines reaction rates, 2-the reaction rates are used to determine microscopic cross sections for depletion equations, 3-solution of depletion equations (given by Origen2.1) determines number densities for next MCNP step. To evaluate the initial version of the program, we focused on comparing the results with one of the major Monte Carlo burnup codes: MCNPX version 2.6.0. The input files for all codes share the same MCNP geometry, nuclear data library and core thermal power. While simulating 75 time steps at 800 kw of a Heat Pipe Power System model, we have found that the codes generate very similar results. The neutron flux and criticality value of the core agree, especially in the begin of burnup when the influence of fission products are not very considerable. The small difference encountered was probably caused by the difference in the number of isotopes considered in the transport models (89 MCNPX x 25 GB (author)
Neutron fluence at the pressure vessel of a pressurized water reactor determined by the MCNP code
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Pressure vessel fluence and reaction rates for dosimetry foils in the cavity surrounding the pressure vessel of a pressurized water reactor were determined with a Monte Carlo calculation using the MCNP code. Source neutrons were sampled from a position probability distribution derived from the utility-provided normalized assembly segment power output. The MCNP model was based on one-eighth core symmetry. Source segment spatial biasing, energy cutoff, spatial importance functions, and weight windows were employed as variance reduction techniques. Computed reaction rates were compared with measured ones and in one case to discrete ordinates transport code calculations. Computed reaction rates matched the measured ones within ±10% for 21 of 33 cases and within ±15% for 26 of 33 cases. Neutron flux and fluence >0.1111 and 1 MeV at the pressure vessel location were computed to 17 n/cm2
RBMK fuel channel blockage analysis by MCNP5, DRAGON and RELAP5-3D codes
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The aim of this work was to perform precise criticality analyses by Monte-Carlo code MCNP5 for a Fuel Channel (FC) flow blockage accident, considering as calculation domain a single FC and a 3x3 lattice of RBMK cells. Boundary conditions for MCNP5 input were derived by a previous transient calculation by state-of-the-art codes HELIOS/RELAP5-3D. In a preliminary phase, suitable MCNP5 models of a single cell and of a small lattice of RBMK cells were set-up; criticality analyses were performed at reference conditions for 2.0% and 2.4% enriched fuel. These analyses were compared with results obtained by University of Pisa (UNIPI) using deterministic transport code DRAGON and with results obtained by NIKIET Institute using MCNP4C. Then, the changes of the main physical parameters (e.g. fuel and water/steam temperature, water density, graphite temperature) at different time intervals of the FC blockage transient were evaluated by a RELAP5-3D calculation. This information was used to set up further MCNP5 inputs. Criticality analyses were performed for different systems (single channel and lattice) at those transient' states, obtaining global criticality versus transient time. Finally the weight of each parameter's change (fuel overheating and channel voiding) on global criticality was assessed. The results showed that reactivity of a blocked FC is always negative; nevertheless, when considering the effect of neighboring channels, the global reactivity trend reverts, becoming slightly positive or not changing at all, depending in inverse relation to the fuel enrichment. (author)
Parallelization of MCNP4 code by using simple FORTRAN algorithms
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Simple FORTRAN algorithms, that rely only on open, close, read and write statements, together with disk files and some UNIX commands have been applied to parallelization of MCNP4. The code, named MCNPNFS, maintains almost all capabilities of MCNP4 in solving shielding problems. It is able to perform parallel computing on a set of any UNIX workstations connected by a network, regardless of the heterogeneity in hardware system, provided that all processors produce a binary file in the same format. Further, it is confirmed that MCNPNFS can be executed also on Monte-4 vector-parallel computer. MCNPNFS has been tested intensively by executing 5 photon-neutron benchmark problems, a spent fuel cask problem and 17 sample problems included in the original code package of MCNP4. Three different workstations, connected by a network, have been used to execute MCNPNFS in parallel. By measuring CPU time, the parallel efficiency is determined to be 58% to 99% and 86% in average. On Monte-4, MCNPNFS has been executed using 4 processors concurrently and has achieved the parallel efficiency of 79% in average. (author)
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Noelle, P
2006-12-15
In vivo lung counting, one of the preferred methods for monitoring people exposed to the risk of actinide inhalation, is nevertheless limited by the use of physical calibration phantoms which, for technical reasons, can only provide a rough representation of human tissue. A new approach to in vivo measurements has been developed to take advantage of advances in medical imaging and computing; this consists of numerical phantoms based on tomographic images (CT) or magnetic resonance images (R.M.I.) combined with Monte Carlo computing techniques. Under laboratory implementation of this innovative method using specific software called O.E.D.I.P.E., the main thrust of this thesis was to provide answers to the following question: what do numerical phantoms and new techniques like O.E.D.I.P.E. contribute to the improvement in calibration of low-energy in vivo counting systems? After a few developments of the O.E.D.I.P.E. interface, the numerical method was validated for systems composed of four germanium detectors, the most widespread configuration in radio bioassay laboratories (a good match was found, with less than 10% variation). This study represents the first step towards a person-specific numerical calibration of counting systems, which will improve assessment of the activity retained. A second stage focusing on an exhaustive evaluation of uncertainties encountered in in vivo lung counting was possible thanks to the approach offered by the previously-validated O.E.D.I.P.E. software. It was shown that the uncertainties suggested by experiments in a previous study were underestimated, notably morphological differences between the physical phantom and the measured person. Some improvements in the measurement procedure were then proposed, particularly new bio-metric equations specific to French measurement configurations that allow a more sensible choice of the calibration phantom, directly assessing the thickness of the torso plate to be added to the Livermore phantom
VVER-440 Ex-Core Neutron Transport Calculations by MCNP-5 Code and Comparison with Experiment
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Ex-core neutron transport calculations are needed to evaluate radiation loading parameters (neutron fluence, fluence rate and spectra) on the in-vessel equipment, reactor pressure vessel (RPV) and support constructions of VVER type reactors. Due to these parameters are used for reactor equipment life-time assessment, neutron transport calculations should be carried out by precise and reliable calculation methods. In case of RPVs, especially, of first generation VVER-440s, the neutron fluence plays a key role in the prediction of RPV lifetime. Main part of VVER ex-core neutron transport calculations are performed by deterministic and Monte-Carlo methods. This paper deals with precise calculations of the Russian first generation VVER-440 by MCNP-5 code. The purpose of this work was an application of this code for expert calculations, verification of results by comparison with deterministic calculations and validation by neutron activation measured data. Deterministic discrete ordinates DORT code, widely used for RPV neutron dosimetry and many times tested by experiments, was used for comparison analyses. Ex-vessel neutron activation measurements at the VVER-440 NPP have provided space (in azimuth and height directions) and neutron energy (different activation reactions) distributions data for experimental (E) validation of calculated results. Calculational intercomparison (DORT vs. MCNP-5) and comparison with measured values (MCNP-5 and DORT vs. E) have shown agreement within 10-15% for different space points and reaction rates. The paper submits a discussion of results and makes conclusions about practice use of MCNP-5 code for ex-core neutron transport calculations in expert analysis. (authors)
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Holly R. Trellue
1998-12-01
Monteburns is a fully automated tool that links the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the radioactive decay and burnup code 0RIGEN2. Monteburns produces many criticality and burnup computational parameters based on material feed/removal specifications, power(s), and time intervals. This code processes input from the user indicating the system geometry, initial material compositions, feed/removal, and other code-specific parameters. Results from MCNP, 0RIGEN2, and other calculations are then output successively as the code runs. The principle function of monteburns is to first transfer one-group cross sections and fluxes from MCNP to 0RIGEN2, and then transfer the resulting material compositions (after irradiation and/or decay) from 0RIGEN2 back to MCNP in a repeated, cyclic fashion. The main requirement of the code is that the user have a working MCNP input file and other input parameters; all interaction with 0RIGEN2 and other calculations are performed by monteburns. This report presents the results obtained from the benchmarking of monteburns to measured and previously obtained data from traditional Light Water Reactor systems. The majority of the differences seen between the two were less than five percent. These were primarily a result of variances in cross sections between MCNP, cross section libraries used by other codes, and observed values. With this understanding, this code can now be used with confidence for burnup calculations in three-dimensional systems. It was designed for use in the Accelerator Transmutation of Waste project at Los Alamos National Laboratory but is also being applied to the analysis of isotopic production/destruction of transuranic actinides in a reactor system. The code has now been shown to sufficiently support these calculations.
Generation of Bondarenko F factors with MCNP5 for use in scale transport codes
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Hart, S.; Maldonado, G. I. [Univ. of Tennessee, 315 Pasqua Engineering Building, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States)
2012-07-01
Generally there are three methods of cross-section processing available when using the Scale computer code. They are NITAWL, BONAMI, and CENTRM, with CENTRM being the most common and accurate, but computationally expensive. In order to improve the accuracy of BONAMI (which uses the Bondarenko Method), new Bondarenko/F Factors were to be generated that will smooth out the current F Factors that are being generated using CENTRM. The case discussed here involves using a dedicated Monte Carlo code (MCNP5) to calculate the transport solution from which shielded cross-sections can be produced directly for the transport geometry/mesh. A simple program was created to parse and collect the tallied cross-sections from the MCNP output, which was fed into a modified CLAROL input (a module that replaces or adds data in an AMPX master library), which used the cross-sections obtained from MCNP to calculate new F-factors and update the SCALE library. This approach allows the use of other methods to generate the shielded cross-sections and for easy comparison to existing results. Initial proof-of-principle calculations were carried out for an various cases using various transport solvers, such as NEWT, KENO, and XSDRN, with BONAMI in SCALE. Poor results were obtained using cross-sections generated using infinite homogeneous cases, but good results were obtained by using pin cells in an infinite lattice. (authors)
Generation of Bondarenko F factors with MCNP5 for use in scale transport codes
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Generally there are three methods of cross-section processing available when using the Scale computer code. They are NITAWL, BONAMI, and CENTRM, with CENTRM being the most common and accurate, but computationally expensive. In order to improve the accuracy of BONAMI (which uses the Bondarenko Method), new Bondarenko/F Factors were to be generated that will smooth out the current F Factors that are being generated using CENTRM. The case discussed here involves using a dedicated Monte Carlo code (MCNP5) to calculate the transport solution from which shielded cross-sections can be produced directly for the transport geometry/mesh. A simple program was created to parse and collect the tallied cross-sections from the MCNP output, which was fed into a modified CLAROL input (a module that replaces or adds data in an AMPX master library), which used the cross-sections obtained from MCNP to calculate new F-factors and update the SCALE library. This approach allows the use of other methods to generate the shielded cross-sections and for easy comparison to existing results. Initial proof-of-principle calculations were carried out for an various cases using various transport solvers, such as NEWT, KENO, and XSDRN, with BONAMI in SCALE. Poor results were obtained using cross-sections generated using infinite homogeneous cases, but good results were obtained by using pin cells in an infinite lattice. (authors)
Optimum Water Level for Spent Fuel Pool using MCNP Code
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TRIGA reactor (RTP) has been operated for more than 30 years. Some of the part of the reactor become degraded by the time. Sooner or later, all these part either will be changed with a new part and proceed with upgrading plan or the reactor itself will be decommissioned. By that time, spent fuel pool (SFP) need to be ready to keep all the fuel from the core. The conceptual design of the SFP has been established. This paper will determine optimum water level to avoid any radiation hazard expose to the workers during managing the fuel later. This determination will use MCNP computer code. (author)
Monte Carlo Simulation of Electron Beams for Radiotherapy - EGS4, MCNP4b and GEANT3 Intercomparison
Trindade, A; Alves, C M; Chaves, A; Lopes, C; Oliveira, C; Peralta, L
2000-01-01
In medical radiation physics, an increasing number of Monte Carlo codes are being used, which requires intercomparison between them to evaluated the accuracy of the simulated results against benchmark experiments. The Monte Carlo code EGS4, commonly used to simulate electron beams from medical linear accelerators, was compared with GEANT3 and MCNP4b. Intercomparison of electron energy spectra, angular and spatial distribution were carried out for the Siemens KD2 linear accelerator, at beam energies of 10 and 15 MeV for a field size of 10x10 cm2. Indirect validation was performed against electron depth doses curves and beam profiles measured in a MP3-PTW water phantom using a Markus planar chamber. Monte Carlo isodose lines were reconstructed and compared to those from commercial treatment planning systems (TPS's) and with experimental data.
Calibration curves of a PGNAA system for cement raw material analysis using the MCNP code
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Oliveira, Carlos; Salgado, Jose
1998-12-01
In large samples, the {gamma}-ray count rate of a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis system is a multi-variable function of the elemental dry composition, density, water content and thickness of the material. The experimental calibration curves require tremendous laboratory work, using a great number of standards with well-known compositions. Although a Monte Carlo simulation study does not avoid the experimental calibration work, it reduces the number of experimental calibration standards. This paper is part of a feasibility study for a PGNAA system for on-line continuous characterisation of cement raw material conveyed on a belt (Oliveira, C., Salgado, J. and Carvalho, F. G. (1997) Optimisation of PGNAA instrument design for cement raw materials using the MCNP code. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 216(2), 191-198; Oliveira, C., Salgado, J., Goncalves, I. F., Carvalho, F. G. and Leitao, F. (1997a) A Monte Carlo study of the influence of geometry arrangements and structural materials on a PGNAA system performance for cement raw materials analysis. Appl. Radiat. Isot. (accepted); Oliveira, C., Salgado, J. and Leitao, F. (1997b) Density and water content corrections in the gamma count rate of a PGNAA system for cement raw material analysis using the MCNP code. Appl. Radiat. Isot. (accepted).]. It reports on the influence of the density, mass water content and thickness on the calibration curves of the PGNAA system. The MCNP-4A code, running in a Pentium-PC and in a DEC workstation, was used to simulate the PGNAA configuration system.
Calibration curves of a PGNAA system for cement raw material analysis using the MCNP code
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In large samples, the γ-ray count rate of a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis system is a multi-variable function of the elemental dry composition, density, water content and thickness of the material. The experimental calibration curves require tremendous laboratory work, using a great number of standards with well-known compositions. Although a Monte Carlo simulation study does not avoid the experimental calibration work, it reduces the number of experimental calibration standards. This paper is part of a feasibility study for a PGNAA system for on-line continuous characterisation of cement raw material conveyed on a belt (Oliveira, C., Salgado, J. and Carvalho, F. G. (1997) Optimisation of PGNAA instrument design for cement raw materials using the MCNP code. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 216(2), 191-198; Oliveira, C., Salgado, J., Goncalves, I. F., Carvalho, F. G. and Leitao, F. (1997a) A Monte Carlo study of the influence of geometry arrangements and structural materials on a PGNAA system performance for cement raw materials analysis. Appl. Radiat. Isot. (accepted); Oliveira, C., Salgado, J. and Leitao, F. (1997b) Density and water content corrections in the gamma count rate of a PGNAA system for cement raw material analysis using the MCNP code. Appl. Radiat. Isot. (accepted).]. It reports on the influence of the density, mass water content and thickness on the calibration curves of the PGNAA system. The MCNP-4A code, running in a Pentium-PC and in a DEC workstation, was used to simulate the PGNAA configuration system
The use of the MCNP code for the quantitative analysis of elements in geological formations
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The Monte Carlo modelling calculations using the MCNP code have been performed, which support the spectrometric neutron-gamma (SNGL) borehole logging. The SNGL enables the lithology identification through the quantitative analysis of the elements in geological formations and thus can be very useful for the oil and gas industry as well as for prospecting of the potential host rocks for radioactive waste disposal. In the SNGL experiment, gamma-rays induced by the neutron interactions with the nuclei of the rock elements are detected using the gamma-ray probe of complex mechanical and electronic construction. The probe has to be calibrated for a wide range of the elemental concentrations, to assure the proper quantitative analysis. The Polish Calibration Station in Zielona Gora is equipped with a limited number of calibration standards. An extension of the experimental calibration and the evaluation of the effect of the so-called side effects (for example the borehole and formation salinity variation) on the accuracy of the SNGL method can be done by the use of the MCNP code. The preliminary MCNP results showing the effect of the borehole and formation fluids salinity variations on the accuracy of silicon (Si), calcium (Ca) and iron (Fe) content determination are presented in the paper. The main effort has been focused on a modelling of the complex SNGL probe situated in a fluid filled borehole, surrounded by a geological formation. Track length estimate of the photon flux from the (n,gamma) interactions as a function of gamma-rays energy was used. Calculations were run on the PC computer with AMD Athlon 1.33 GHz processor. Neutron and photon cross-sections libraries were taken from the MCNP4c package and based mainly on the ENDF/B-6, ENDF/B-5 and MCPLIB02 data. The results of simulated experiment are in conformity with results of the real experiment performed with the use of the main lithology models (sandstones, limestones and dolomite). (authors)
Vectorization techniques for neutron transport Monte Carlo codes
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Four Monte Carlo codes, KENO IV, MORSE-DD, MCNP and VIM, have been vectorized already at JAERI Computing Center aiming at an increase in clculation performance, and speed-up ratios of vectorized codes to the original ones were found to be low values between 1.3 and 1.5. In this report the vectorization processes for these four codes are reviewed comprehensively, and methods of analysis for vectorization, modification of control structures of codes and debugging techniques are discussed. The reason for low speed-up ratios is also discussed. (author)
Sensitivity Analysis of the TRIGA IPR-R1 Reactor Models Using the MCNP Code
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2014-01-01
Full Text Available In the process of verification and validation of code modelling, the sensitivity analysis including systematic variations in code input variables must be used to help identifying the relevant parameters necessary for a determined type of analysis. The aim of this work is to identify how much the code results are affected by two different types of the TRIGA IPR-R1 reactor modelling processes performed using the MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport code. The sensitivity analyses included small differences of the core and the rods dimensions and different levels of model detailing. Four models were simulated and neutronic parameters such as effective multiplication factor (keff, reactivity (ρ, and thermal and total neutron flux in central thimble in some different conditions of the reactor operation were analysed. The simulated models presented good agreement between them, as well as in comparison with available experimental data. In this way, the sensitivity analyses demonstrated that simulations of the TRIGA IPR-R1 reactor can be performed using any one of the four investigated MCNP models to obtain the referenced neutronic parameters.
Zaker, Neda; Zehtabian, Mehdi; Sina, Sedigheh; Koontz, Craig; S Meigooni, Ali
2016-01-01
Monte Carlo simulations are widely used for calculation of the dosimetric param-eters of brachytherapy sources. MCNP4C2, MCNP5, MCNPX, EGS4, EGSnrc, PTRAN, and GEANT4 are among the most commonly used codes in this field. Each of these codes utilizes a cross-sectional library for the purpose of simulat-ing different elements and materials with complex chemical compositions. The accuracies of the final outcomes of these simulations are very sensitive to the accuracies of the cross-sectional libraries. Several investigators have shown that inaccuracies of some of the cross section files have led to errors in 125I and 103Pd parameters. The purpose of this study is to compare the dosimetric parameters of sample brachytherapy sources, calculated with three different versions of the MCNP code - MCNP4C, MCNP5, and MCNPX. In these simulations for each source type, the source and phantom geometries, as well as the number of the photons, were kept identical, thus eliminating the possible uncertainties. The results of these investigations indicate that for low-energy sources such as 125I and 103Pd there are discrepancies in gL(r) values. Discrepancies up to 21.7% and 28% are observed between MCNP4C and other codes at a distance of 6 cm for 103Pd and 10 cm for 125I from the source, respectively. However, for higher energy sources, the discrepancies in gL(r) values are less than 1.1% for 192Ir and less than 1.2% for 137Cs between the three codes. PMID:27074460
MCNP: Photon benchmark problems
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The recent widespread, markedly increased use of radiation transport codes has produced greater user and institutional demand for assurance that such codes give correct results. Responding to these pressing requirements for code validation, the general purpose Monte Carlo transport code MCNP has been tested on six different photon problem families. MCNP was used to simulate these six sets numerically. Results for each were compared to the set's analytical or experimental data. MCNP successfully predicted the analytical or experimental results of all six families within the statistical uncertainty inherent in the Monte Carlo method. From this we conclude that MCNP can accurately model a broad spectrum of photon transport problems. 8 refs., 30 figs., 5 tabs
Method of tallying adjoint fluence and calculating kinetics parameters in Monte Carlo codes
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A method of using iterated fission probability to estimate the adjoint fluence during particles simulation, and using it as the weighting function to calculate kinetics parameters βeff and A in Monte Carlo codes, was introduced in this paper. Implements of this method in continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP and multi-group Monte Carlo code MCMG are both elaborated. Verification results show that, with regardless additional computing cost, using this method, the adjoint fluence accounted by MCMG matches well with the result computed by ANISN, and the kinetics parameters calculated by MCNP agree very well with benchmarks. This method is proved to be reliable, and the function of calculating kinetics parameters in Monte Carlo codes is carried out effectively, which could be the basement for Monte Carlo codes' utility in the analysis of nuclear reactors' transient behavior. (authors)
Study of photon attenuation coefficient in brine using MCNP code
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Barbosa, Caroline M.; Salgado, Cesar M.; Brandao, Luis E.B., E-mail: carolmattosb@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: otero@ien.gov.br, E-mail: brandao@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
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In petroleum industry, multiphase flows are common and the relative salt content of the water component depends on the location of oil extraction. The salt present in the water component causes incrustations in the pipeline and may interfere in the flow measurement. This paper presents an elaborate model using MCNP code to simulate a narrow beam gamma ray source, a brine sample and a NaI(Tl) detector, with beam energies ranging from 59,54 keV to 662 keV. Through this model, we can relate the photon attenuation coefficient to the salinity of water. This model can be experimentally reproduced, and used to measure the salinity in situ without affecting the medium. (author)
MCOR - Monte Carlo depletion code for reference LWR calculations
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Research highlights: → Introduction of a reference Monte Carlo based depletion code with extended capabilities. → Verification and validation results for MCOR. → Utilization of MCOR for benchmarking deterministic lattice physics (spectral) codes. - Abstract: The MCOR (MCnp-kORigen) code system is a Monte Carlo based depletion system for reference fuel assembly and core calculations. The MCOR code is designed as an interfacing code that provides depletion capability to the LANL Monte Carlo code by coupling two codes: MCNP5 with the AREVA NP depletion code, KORIGEN. The physical quality of both codes is unchanged. The MCOR code system has been maintained and continuously enhanced since it was initially developed and validated. The verification of the coupling was made by evaluating the MCOR code against similar sophisticated code systems like MONTEBURNS, OCTOPUS and TRIPOLI-PEPIN. After its validation, the MCOR code has been further improved with important features. The MCOR code presents several valuable capabilities such as: (a) a predictor-corrector depletion algorithm, (b) utilization of KORIGEN as the depletion module, (c) individual depletion calculation of each burnup zone (no burnup zone grouping is required, which is particularly important for the modeling of gadolinium rings), and (d) on-line burnup cross-section generation by the Monte Carlo calculation for 88 isotopes and usage of the KORIGEN libraries for PWR and BWR typical spectra for the remaining isotopes. Besides the just mentioned capabilities, the MCOR code newest enhancements focus on the possibility of executing the MCNP5 calculation in sequential or parallel mode, a user-friendly automatic re-start capability, a modification of the burnup step size evaluation, and a post-processor and test-matrix, just to name the most important. The article describes the capabilities of the MCOR code system; from its design and development to its latest improvements and further ameliorations
MCOR - Monte Carlo depletion code for reference LWR calculations
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Puente Espel, Federico, E-mail: fup104@psu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University (United States); Tippayakul, Chanatip, E-mail: cut110@psu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University (United States); Ivanov, Kostadin, E-mail: kni1@psu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University (United States); Misu, Stefan, E-mail: Stefan.Misu@areva.com [AREVA, AREVA NP GmbH, Erlangen (Germany)
2011-04-15
Research highlights: > Introduction of a reference Monte Carlo based depletion code with extended capabilities. > Verification and validation results for MCOR. > Utilization of MCOR for benchmarking deterministic lattice physics (spectral) codes. - Abstract: The MCOR (MCnp-kORigen) code system is a Monte Carlo based depletion system for reference fuel assembly and core calculations. The MCOR code is designed as an interfacing code that provides depletion capability to the LANL Monte Carlo code by coupling two codes: MCNP5 with the AREVA NP depletion code, KORIGEN. The physical quality of both codes is unchanged. The MCOR code system has been maintained and continuously enhanced since it was initially developed and validated. The verification of the coupling was made by evaluating the MCOR code against similar sophisticated code systems like MONTEBURNS, OCTOPUS and TRIPOLI-PEPIN. After its validation, the MCOR code has been further improved with important features. The MCOR code presents several valuable capabilities such as: (a) a predictor-corrector depletion algorithm, (b) utilization of KORIGEN as the depletion module, (c) individual depletion calculation of each burnup zone (no burnup zone grouping is required, which is particularly important for the modeling of gadolinium rings), and (d) on-line burnup cross-section generation by the Monte Carlo calculation for 88 isotopes and usage of the KORIGEN libraries for PWR and BWR typical spectra for the remaining isotopes. Besides the just mentioned capabilities, the MCOR code newest enhancements focus on the possibility of executing the MCNP5 calculation in sequential or parallel mode, a user-friendly automatic re-start capability, a modification of the burnup step size evaluation, and a post-processor and test-matrix, just to name the most important. The article describes the capabilities of the MCOR code system; from its design and development to its latest improvements and further ameliorations. Additionally
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Highlights: ► We used Monte Carlo method and MCNP-4C code for simulation. ► We simulated linear attenuation coefficients, Mfp and transmission factor for three barites and lead. ► We compared MCNP results and experimental data for various concretes in different energies. ► MCNP results showed a good agreement with experimental data. - Abstract: In this study shielding properties of various barites concretes and lead in three high gamma energies 0.662, 1.173, and 1.332 MeV were investigated using the MCNP-4C code and compared with predictions from the XCOM code and experimental data. In the three selected energies, the simulated and available data values were compared and results showed a good agreement. The results of the three methods show that lead, and pure (100%) barite have higher linear attenuation coefficients and lower transmission factors and mean free path values relative to 50% barite and 0% barite concretes
Criticality benchmarking of ANET Monte Carlo code
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In this work the new Monte Carlo code ANET is tested on criticality calculations. ANET is developed based on the high energy physics code GEANT of CERN and aims at progressively satisfying several requirements regarding both simulations of GEN II/III reactors, as well as of innovative nuclear reactor designs such as the Accelerator Driven Systems (ADSs). Here ANET is applied on three different nuclear configurations, including a subcritical assembly, a Material Testing Reactor and the conceptual configuration of an ADS. In the first case, calculation of the effective multiplication factor (keff) are performed for the Training Nuclear Reactor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, while in the second case keff is computed for the fresh fueled core of the Portuguese research reactor (RPJ) just after its conversion to Low Enriched Uranium, considering the control rods at the position that renders the reactor critical. In both cases ANET computations are compared with corresponding results obtained by three different well established codes, including both deterministic (XSDRNPM/CITATION) and Monte Carlo (TRIPOLI, MCNP). In the RPI case, keff computations are also compared with observations during the reactor core commissioning since the control rods are considered at criticality position. The above verification studies show ANET to produce reasonable results since they are satisfactorily compared with other models as well as with observations. For the third case (ADS), preliminary ANET computations of keff for various intensities of the proton beam are presented, showing also a reasonable code performance concerning both the order of magnitude and the relative variation of the computed parameter. (author)
MCMG: a 3-D multigroup P3 Monte Carlo code and its benchmarks
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In this paper a 3-D Monte Carlo multigroup neutron transport code MCMG has been developed from a coupled neutron and photon transport Monte Carlo code MCNP. The continuous-energy cross section library of the MCNP code is replaced by the multigroup cross section data generated by the transport lattice code, such as the WIMS code. It maintains the strong abilities of MCNP for geometry treatment, counting, variance reduction techniques and plotting. The multigroup neutron scattering cross sections adopt the Pn (n ≤ 3) approximation. The test results are in good agreement with the results of other methods and experiments. The number of energy groups can be varied from few groups to multigroup, and either macroscopic or microscopic cross section can be used. (author)
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This study made a comparison between some of the major transport codes that employ the Monte Carlo stochastic approach in dosimetric calculations in nuclear medicine. We analyzed in detail the various physical and numerical models used by MCNP5 code in relation with codes like EGS and Penelope. The identification of its potential and limitations for solving microdosimetry problems were highlighted. The condensed history methodology used by MCNP resulted in lower values for energy deposition calculation. This showed a known feature of the condensed stories: its underestimates both the number of collisions along the trajectory of the electron and the number of secondary particles created. The use of transport codes like MCNP and Penelope for micrometer scales received special attention in this work. Class I and class II codes were studied and their main resources were exploited in order to transport electrons, which have particular importance in dosimetry. It is expected that the evaluation of available methodologies mentioned here contribute to a better understanding of the behavior of these codes, especially for this class of problems, common in microdosimetry. (author)
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In Many situations of nuclear system study, it is necessary to know the detailed particle flux in a geometry. Deterministic 1-D and 2-D methods aren't suitable to represent some strong 3-D behavior configurations, for example in cores where the neutron flux varies considerably in the space and Monte Carlo analysis are necessary. The majority of Monte Carlo transport calculation codes, performs time static simulations, in terms of fuel isotopic composition. This work is a initial project to incorporate depletion capability to the MCNP code, by means of a connection with ORIGEN2.1 burnup code. The method to develop the program proposed followed the methodology of other programs used to the same purpose. Essentially, MCNP data library are used to generate one group microscopic cross sections that override default ORIGEN libraries. To verify the actual implemented part, comparisons which MCNPX (version 2.6.0) results were made. The neutron flux and criticality value of core agree. The neutron flux and criticality value of the core agree, especially in beginning of burnup when the influence of fission products are not very considerable. The small difference encountered was probably caused by the difference in the number of isotopes considered in the transport models (89 MCNPX x 25 GB). Next step of this work is to adapt MCNP version 4C to work with a memory higher than its standard value (4MB), in order to allow a greater number of isotopes in the transport model. (author)
Development and Application of MCNP5 and KENO-VI Monte Carlo Models for the Atucha-2 PHWR Analysis
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2011-01-01
Full Text Available The geometrical complexity and the peculiarities of Atucha-2 PHWR require the adoption of advanced Monte Carlo codes for performing realistic neutronic simulations. Core models of Atucha-2 PHWR were developed using both MCNP5 and KENO-VI codes. The developed models were applied for calculating reactor criticality states at beginning of life, reactor cell constants, and control rods volumes. The last two applications were relevant for performing successive three dimensional neutron kinetic analyses since it was necessary to correctly evaluate the effect of each oblique control rod in each cell discretizing the reactor. These corrective factors were then applied to the cell cross sections calculated by the two-dimensional deterministic lattice physics code HELIOS. These results were implemented in the RELAP-3D model to perform safety analyses for the licensing process.
Development and Application of MCNP5 and KENO-VI Monte Carlo Models for the Atucha-2 PHWR Analysis
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The geometrical complexity and the peculiarities of Atucha-2 PHWR require the adoption of advanced Monte Carlo codes for performing realistic neutronic simulations. Core models of Atucha-2 PHWR were developed using both MCNP5 and KENO-VI codes. The developed models were applied for calculating reactor criticality states at beginning of life, reactor cell constants, and control rods volumes. The last two applications were relevant for performing successive three dimensional neutron kinetic analyses since it was necessary to correctly evaluate the effect of each oblique control rod in each cell discretizing the reactor. These corrective factors were then applied to the cell cross sections calculated by the two-dimensional deterministic lattice physics code Helios. These results were implemented in the RELAP-3D model to perform safety analyses for the licensing process.
Research on parallel computing of MCNP code based on MPI
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This paper introduces the method that develops a parallel computing platform with ordinary PCs and the mpi.nt.1.2.5 software based on MPI (Message Interface Passing) standard specification on Windows operating system. The parallel computing of MCNP on this platform is realized, and the parallel computing performance of MCNP is analyzed in this paper. (authors)
Image enhancement using MCNP5 code and MATLAB in neutron radiography.
Tharwat, Montaser; Mohamed, Nader; Mongy, T
2014-07-01
This work presents a method that can be used to enhance the neutron radiography (NR) image for objects with high scattering materials like hydrogen, carbon and other light materials. This method used Monte Carlo code, MCNP5, to simulate the NR process and get the flux distribution for each pixel of the image and determines the scattered neutron distribution that caused image blur, and then uses MATLAB to subtract this scattered neutron distribution from the initial image to improve its quality. This work was performed before the commissioning of digital NR system in Jan. 2013. The MATLAB enhancement method is quite a good technique in the case of static based film neutron radiography, while in neutron imaging (NI) technique, image enhancement and quantitative measurement were efficient by using ImageJ software. The enhanced image quality and quantitative measurements were presented in this work. PMID:24583508
Calculation of age-dependent effective doses for external exposure using the MCNP code
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Hung, Tran Van [Research and Development Center for Radiation Technology, ThuDuc, HoChiMinh City (VT)
2013-07-15
Age-dependent effective dose for external exposure to photons uniformly distributed in air were calculated. Firstly, organ doses were calculated with a series of age-specific MIRD-5 type phantoms using the Monte Carlo code MCNP. The calculations were performed for mono-energetic photon sources with source energies from 10 keV to 5 MeV and for phantoms of newborn, 1, 5, 10, and 15 years-old and adult. Then, the effective doses to the different age-phantoms from the mono-energetic photon sources were estimated based on the obtained organ doses. From the calculated results, it is shown that the effective doses depend on the body size; the effective doses in younger phantoms are higher than those in the older phantoms, especially below 100 keV. (orig.)
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Full text: New releases of nuclear data files made available during the few recent years. The reference MCNP5 code (1) for Monte Carlo calculations is usually distributed with only one standard nuclear data library for neutron interactions based on ENDF/B-VI. The main goal of this work is to process new neutron cross sections libraries in ACE continuous format for MCNP code based on the most recent data files recently made available for the scientific community : ENDF/B-VII.b2, ENDF/B-VI (release 8), JEFF3.0, JEFF-3.1, JENDL-3.3 and JEF2.2. In our data treatment, we used the modular NJOY system (release 99.9) (2) in conjunction with its most recent upadates. Assessment of the processed point wise cross sections libraries performances was made by means of some criticality prediction and analysis of other integral parameters for a set of reactor benchmarks. Almost all the analyzed benchmarks were taken from the international handbook of Evaluated criticality safety benchmarks experiments from OECD (3). Some revised benchmarks were taken from references (4,5). These benchmarks use Pu-239 or U-235 as the main fissionable materiel in different forms, different enrichments and cover various geometries. Monte Carlo calculations were performed in 3D with maximum details of benchmark description and the S(α,β) cross section treatment was adopted in all thermal cases. The resulting one standard deviation confidence interval for the eigenvalue is typically +/-13% to +/-20 pcm
Burnup calculations of TR-2 Research Reactor with Monteburns Monte Carlo Code
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Full text: In this study, some neutronic calculations of first and second core cycles of 5 MW pool type TR-2 Research Reactor have been performed using Multi-Step Monte Carlo Burnup Code System MONTEBURNS and the results were compared with the values of experiments and other codes. Time dependent keff distribution and burnup ratios belong to first and second core cycles of TR-2 Research Reactor were compared and quite good consistence in the results were observed. After modeling the first and second core cycles of TR-2 with MCNP5 Monte Carlo code, MCNP5 used in MONTEBURNS code has been parallelized in 8 HP ProLiant BL680C G5 systems with 4 quad-core Intel Xeon E7330 CPU, utilizing the MPI parallel protocol and simulations were performed on the 128 cores Linux parallel computing machine system. The computation time was reduced by parallelization of MONTEBURNS which uses MCNP in many steps. (authors)
Full-core pin-power calculations using Monte Carlo codes
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Pin wise calculations of core power distribution have been performed for a criticality mock up installation that models a WWER-1000 reactor. Two Monte Carlo codes have been applied for solving of this problem: the MCNP4B code and the KENO-VI code from the SCALE 4.4 system. The codes use different kinds of neutron cross section data: pointwise continuous-energy ENDF/B-VI data and multigroup ENDF/B-V data. Comparisons of calculated results show that the MCNP4B and KENO-VI results are in good agreement. (authors)
Simulations of X-ray spectrum and HVL for mammographic equipment using MCNP5 code
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Souza, Rafael Toledo F. de; Alvarez, Matheus; Velo, Alexandre F.; Oliveira, Marcela de; Miranda, Jose Ricardo A. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de mesquita Filho (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Biociencias de Botucatu. Dept. de Fisica e Biofisica; Pina, Diana R. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de mesquita Filho (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina. Dept. de Doencas Tropicais e Diagnostico por Imagem
2012-07-01
Full text: The main goal of mammography is early detection of breast cancer. Thus, the mammograph should be designed so that the X-ray photons are emitted within an appropriate energy range, to distinguish the normal breast tissue and cancerous tissue. The distribution of the photons amount of X-ray beam, with their respective energies, is called the spectrum. From the spectrum it is possible to estimate the quality of the X-ray beam from the Half Value Layer (HVL). Objectives: This study aims to simulate the Senographe 600T mammography unit, manufactured by General Electric (GE), using the MCNP5 Monte Carlo code, to obtain its spectrum and HVL, and compare the HVL of the simulated model with experimental data. Method: the mammography unit was simulated using a simplified model which a beam of 2x10{sup 8} electrons focuses on a Mo target angled 12 degrees, within a capsule filled with vacuum. The incident electrons were converted into photons. The capsule has a beryllium window, allowing the passage of the X-ray beam. The beam is detected by an air cylinder with 1 cm thickness placed 60 cm from the target. On the path of X-ray beam, is inserted a 0.03 mm Mo filter located 1.6 cm after the beryllium window. The space between the capsule and the detector cylinder was filled with air. The quality of X-ray beam was verified from the HVL using the MCNP5 code and the experimental method for the voltage range typically used in clinical routine (26-31 kVp). Results and discussion: the X-ray spectrum of the mammography device is satisfactorily simulated by MCNP5, showing the characteristic radiation peaks of molybdenum at 17.479 keV and 19.602 keV, the filtered spectrum generated by Bremsstrahlung, and reducing the total number of photons with the decrease in applied tension (kVp). The HVL obtained by MCNP5 and experimental measurements show a maximum difference of 5.31% (for 31 kVp). The result of both methods are within acceptable limits established by national
Verification of the shift Monte Carlo code with the C5G7 reactor benchmark
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Sly, N. C.; Mervin, B. T. [Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee, 311 Pasqua Engineering Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (United States); Mosher, S. W.; Evans, T. M.; Wagner, J. C. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Maldonado, G. I. [Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee, 311 Pasqua Engineering Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (United States)
2012-07-01
Shift is a new hybrid Monte Carlo/deterministic radiation transport code being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At its current stage of development, Shift includes a parallel Monte Carlo capability for simulating eigenvalue and fixed-source multigroup transport problems. This paper focuses on recent efforts to verify Shift's Monte Carlo component using the two-dimensional and three-dimensional C5G7 NEA benchmark problems. Comparisons were made between the benchmark eigenvalues and those output by the Shift code. In addition, mesh-based scalar flux tally results generated by Shift were compared to those obtained using MCNP5 on an identical model and tally grid. The Shift-generated eigenvalues were within three standard deviations of the benchmark and MCNP5-1.60 values in all cases. The flux tallies generated by Shift were found to be in very good agreement with those from MCNP. (authors)
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MCNP is a widely used and actively developed Monte Carlo radiation transport code. Many important features have recently been added and more are under development. Benchmark studies not only indicate that MCNP is accurate but also that modern computer codes can give answers basically as accurate as the physics data that goes in them. Even deep penetration problems can be correct to within a factor of two after 10 to 25 mean free paths of penetration. And finally, Monte Carlo calculations, once thought to be too expensive to run routinely, can now be run effectively on desktop computers which compete with the supercomputers of yesteryear. 21 refs., 3 tabs
Monte Carlo solver for UWB1 nuclear fuel depletion code
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Highlights: • A new Monte Carlo solver was developed in order to speed-up depletion calculations. • For LWR model, UWB1 Monte Carlo solver is on average 10 times faster than MCNP6. • The UWB1 code will allow faster calculation analysis of BA parameters in fuel design. - Abstract: Recent nuclear reactor burnable absorber research tries to introduce new materials in the nuclear fuel. As a part of this effort, a fast computational tool is being developed for the advanced nuclear fuel. The first version of the newly developed UWB1 fast nuclear fuel depletion code significantly reduced calculation time by omitting the solution step for the Boltzmann transport equation. However, estimation of neutron multiplication factor during depletion was not sufficiently calculated. Therefore, at least one transport calculation for fuel depletion is necessary. This paper presents a new Monte Carlo solver that is implemented into the UWB1 code. The UWB1 Monte Carlo solver calculates neutron multiplication factor and neutron flux in the fuel for collapsed cross sections. Accuracy of the solver is supported by using current nuclear data stored in the ENDF/B-VII.1 library. Speed of the solver is the product of development focusing on minimization of CPU utilization at the expense of RAM demands. The UWB1 Monte Carlo solver is approximately 14 times faster than the MCNP6 reference code when one transport equation solution within fuel depletion is compared. Another speed-up can be achieved by employing advanced depletion scheme in the coupled transport and burnup equations. The resulting faster code will be used in optimization studies for ideal burnable absorber material selection where many various materials and concentrations will be evaluated
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The Monte Carlo code MCNP-DSP was developed from the Los Alamos MCNP4a code to calculate the time and frequency response statistics obtained from the 252Cf-source-driven frequency analysis measurements. This code can be used to validate calculational methods and cross section data sets from subcritical experiments. This code provides a more general model for interpretation and planning of experiments for nuclear criticality safety, nuclear safeguards, and nuclear weapons identification and replaces the use of point kinetics models for interpreting the measurements. The use of MCNP-DSP extends the usefulness of this measurement method to systems with much lower neutron multiplication factors
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An accurate knowledge of the output energy spectra of an x-ray tube is essential in many areas of radiological studies. It forms the basis of almost all image quality simulations and enable system designers to predict patient dose more accurately. Many radiological physics problems that can be solved by Monte Carlo simulation methods require an x-ray spectra as input data. Computer simulation of x-ray spectra is one of the most important tools for investigation of patient dose and image quality in diagnostic radiology systems. In this work the general purpose Monte Carlo N-particle radiation transport computer code (MCNP-4C) was used for the simulation of x-ray spectra in diagnostic radiology, Electron's path in the target was followed until it's energy was reduced to 10 keV. A user friendly interface named 'Diagnostic X-ray Spectra by Monte Carlo Simulation (DXRaySMCS)' was developed to facilitate the application of MCNP-4C code for diagnostic radiology spectrum prediction. The program provides a user friendly interface for modifying the MCNP input file, launching the MCNP program to simulate electron and photon transport and processing the MCNP output file to yield a summary of the results (Relative Photon Number per Energy Bin). In this article the development and characteristics of DXRaySMCS are outlined. As part of the validation process, out put spectra for 46 diagnostic radiology system settings produced by DXRaySMCS were compared with the corresponding IPEM78. Generally, there is a good agreement between the two sets of spectra. No statistically significant differences have been observed between IPEM78 reported spectra and the simulated spectra generated in this study. (author)
A voxel-based mouse for internal dose calculations using Monte Carlo simulations (MCNP)
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Murine models are useful for targeted radiotherapy pre-clinical experiments. These models can help to assess the potential interest of new radiopharmaceuticals. In this study, we developed a voxel-based mouse for dosimetric estimates. A female nude mouse (30 g) was frozen and cut into slices. High-resolution digital photographs were taken directly on the frozen block after each section. Images were segmented manually. Monoenergetic photon or electron sources were simulated using the MCNP4c2 Monte Carlo code for each source organ, in order to give tables of S-factors (in Gy Bq sup - sup 1 s sup - sup 1) for all target organs. Results obtained from monoenergetic particles were then used to generate S-factors for several radionuclides of potential interest in targeted radiotherapy. Thirteen source and 25 target regions were considered in this study. For each source region, 16 photon and 16 electron energies were simulated. Absorbed fractions, specific absorbed fractions and S-factors were calculated for 16 radionuclides of interest for targeted radiotherapy. The results obtained generally agree well with data published previously. For electron energies ranging from 0.1 to 2.5 MeV, the self-absorbed fraction varies from 0.98 to 0.376 for the liver, and from 0.89 to 0.04 for the thyroid. Electrons cannot be considered as 'non-penetrating' radiation for energies above 0.5 MeV for mouse organs. This observation can be generalized to radionuclides: for example, the beta self-absorbed fraction for the thyroid was 0.616 for I-131; absorbed fractions for Y-90 for left kidney-to-left kidney and for left kidney-to-spleen were 0.486 and 0.058, respectively. Our voxel-based mouse allowed us to generate a dosimetric database for use in preclinical targeted radiotherapy experiments. (author)
Shielding analysis of the microtron MT-25 bunker using the MCNP-4C code and NCRP report 51
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A cyclic electron accelerator Microtron MT-25 will be installed in Havana (Cuba)). Electrons, neutrons and gamma radiation up to 25 MeV can be produced in the MT-25. A detailed shielding analysis for the bunker is carried out using two ways: the NCRP-51 Report and the Monte Carlo Method (MCNP-4C Code). The walls and ceiling thicknesses are estimated with dose constraints of 0.5 and 20 mSv y-1, respectively, and an area occupancy factor of 1/16. Both results are compared and a preliminary bunker design is shown. (authors)
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The Monte Carlo code MONK is a general program written to provide a high degree of flexibility to the user. MONK is distinguished by its detailed representation of nuclear data in point form i.e., the cross-section is tabulated at specific energies instead of the more usual group representation. The nuclear data are unadjusted in the point form but recently the code has been modified to accept adjusted group data as used in fast and thermal reactor applications. The various geometrical handling capabilities and importance sampling techniques are described. In addition to the nuclear data aspects, the following features are also described; geometrical handling routines, tracking cycles, neutron source and output facilities. 12 references. (U.S.)
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Over 50 neutron benchmark calculations have recently been completed as part of an ongoing program to validate the MCNP Monte Carlo radiation transport code. The new and significant aspects of this work are as follows: These calculations are the first attempt at a validation program for MCNP and the first official benchmarking of version 4 of the code. We believe the chosen set of benchmarks is a comprehensive set that may be useful for benchmarking other radiation transport codes and data libraries. These calculations provide insight into how well neutron transport calculations can be expected to model a wide variety of problems
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Application of Monte Carlo method to build spectra library is useful to reduce experiment workload in Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA). The new Monte Carlo Code MOCA was used to simulate the response spectra of BGO detector for gamma rays from 137Cs, 60Co and neutron induced gamma rays from S and Ti. The results were compared with general code MCNP, show that the agreement of MOCA between simulation and experiment is better than MCNP. This research indicates that building spectra library by Monte Carlo method is feasible. (authors)
Benchmark of Atucha-2 PHWR RELAP5-3D control rod model by Monte Carlo MCNP5 core calculation
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Pecchia, M.; D' Auria, F. [San Piero A Grado Nuclear Research Group GRNSPG, Univ. of Pisa, via Diotisalvi, 2, 56122 - Pisa (Italy); Mazzantini, O. [Nucleo-electrica Argentina Societad Anonima NA-SA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2012-07-01
Atucha-2 is a Siemens-designed PHWR reactor under construction in the Republic of Argentina. Its geometrical complexity and peculiarities require the adoption of advanced Monte Carlo codes for performing realistic neutronic simulations. Therefore core models of Atucha-2 PHWR were developed using MCNP5. In this work a methodology was set up to collect the flux in the hexagonal mesh by which the Atucha-2 core is represented. The scope of this activity is to evaluate the effect of obliquely inserted control rod on neutron flux in order to validate the RELAP5-3D{sup C}/NESTLE three dimensional neutron kinetic coupled thermal-hydraulic model, applied by GRNSPG/UNIPI for performing selected transients of Chapter 15 FSAR of Atucha-2. (authors)
Benchmark of Atucha-2 PHWR RELAP5-3D control rod model by Monte Carlo MCNP5 core calculation
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Atucha-2 is a Siemens-designed PHWR reactor under construction in the Republic of Argentina. Its geometrical complexity and peculiarities require the adoption of advanced Monte Carlo codes for performing realistic neutronic simulations. Therefore core models of Atucha-2 PHWR were developed using MCNP5. In this work a methodology was set up to collect the flux in the hexagonal mesh by which the Atucha-2 core is represented. The scope of this activity is to evaluate the effect of obliquely inserted control rod on neutron flux in order to validate the RELAP5-3DC/NESTLE three dimensional neutron kinetic coupled thermal-hydraulic model, applied by GRNSPG/UNIPI for performing selected transients of Chapter 15 FSAR of Atucha-2. (authors)
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The Monte Carlo code MCNP-DSP was developed from the Los Alamos MCNP4a code to calculate the time and frequency response statistics obtained from subcritical measurements. The code can be used to simulate a variety of subcritical measurements including source-driven noise analysis, Rossi-{alpha}, pulsed source, passive frequency analysis, multiplicity, and Feynman variance measurements. This code can be used to validate Monte Carlo methods and cross section data sets with subcritical measurements and replaces the use of point kinetics models for interpreting subcritical measurements.
TRIPOLI-4{sup ®} Monte Carlo code ITER A-lite neutronic model validation
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Jaboulay, Jean-Charles, E-mail: jean-charles.jaboulay@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, Saclay, DM2S, SERMA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Cayla, Pierre-Yves; Fausser, Clement [MILLENNIUM, 16 Av du Québec Silic 628, F-91945 Villebon sur Yvette (France); Damian, Frederic; Lee, Yi-Kang; Puma, Antonella Li; Trama, Jean-Christophe [CEA, DEN, Saclay, DM2S, SERMA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
2014-10-15
3D Monte Carlo transport codes are extensively used in neutronic analysis, especially in radiation protection and shielding analyses for fission and fusion reactors. TRIPOLI-4{sup ®} is a Monte Carlo code developed by CEA. The aim of this paper is to show its capability to model a large-scale fusion reactor with complex neutron source and geometry. A benchmark between MCNP5 and TRIPOLI-4{sup ®}, on the ITER A-lite model was carried out; neutron flux, nuclear heating in the blankets and tritium production rate in the European TBMs were evaluated and compared. The methodology to build the TRIPOLI-4{sup ®} A-lite model is based on MCAM and the MCNP A-lite model. Simplified TBMs, from KIT, were integrated in the equatorial-port. A good agreement between MCNP and TRIPOLI-4{sup ®} is shown; discrepancies are mainly included in the statistical error.
Validation the Monte Carlo code RMC with C5G7 benchmark
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Highlights: • The RMC code was verified based on the benchmark of C5G7. • Calculation speed of RMC is better than MCNP, especially in the flux tallies. • Eigenvalues calculated by RMC were within 2σ of the benchmark in all cases. • The pin by pin flux tallies of RMC are consistent with MCNP well. - Abstract: RMC (Reactor Monte Carlo code) is a new 3D Monte Carlo neutron transport code being developed by Department of Engineering Physics in Tsinghua University. The current version of RMC is a β version. In this paper, based on 2D and 3D benchmark of C5G7, the criticality calculation capacity of RMC was verified. Comparisons were made between the benchmark eigenvalues and those outputs by the RMC code. The RMC-generated eigenvalues were within two standard deviations of the benchmark and MCNP values in all cases. Additionally, the flux was compared pin by pin between MCNP and RMC. The flux tallies generated by RMC were found to be in well agreement with those from MCNP
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The double-heterogeneity characterising pebble-bed high temperature reactors (HTRs) makes Monte Carlo based calculation tools the most suitable for detailed core analyses. These codes can be successfully used to predict the isotopic evolution during irradiation of the fuel of this kind of cores. At the moment, there are many computational systems based on MCNP that are available for performing depletion calculation. All these systems use MCNP to supply problem dependent fluxes and/or microscopic cross sections to the depletion module. This latter then calculates the isotopic evolution of the fuel resolving Bateman's equations. In this paper, a comparative analysis of three different MCNP-based depletion codes is performed: Montburns2.0, MCNPX2.6.0 and BGCore. Monteburns code can be considered as the reference code for HTR calculations, since it has been already verified during HTR-N and HTR-N1 EU project. All calculations have been performed on a reference model representing an infinite lattice of thorium-plutonium fuelled pebbles. The evolution of k-inf as a function of burnup has been compared, as well as the inventory of the important actinides. The k-inf comparison among the codes shows a good agreement during the entire burnup history with the maximum difference lower than 1%. The actinide inventory prediction agrees well. However significant discrepancy in Am and Cm concentrations calculated by MCNPX as compared to those of Monteburns and BGCore has been observed. This is mainly due to different Am-241 (n,γ) branching ratio utilized by the codes. The important advantage of BGCore is its significantly lower execution time required to perform considered depletion calculations. While providing reasonably accurate results BGCore runs depletion problem about two times faster than Monteburns and two to five times faster than MCNPX.
Monte Carlo photon benchmark problems
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Photon benchmark calculations have been performed to validate the MCNP Monte Carlo computer code. These are compared to both the COG Monte Carlo computer code and either experimental or analytic results. The calculated solutions indicate that the Monte Carlo method, and MCNP and COG in particular, can accurately model a wide range of physical problems. 8 refs., 5 figs
Simulation of absorbed dose in human blood with MCNP 4C code
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Biological dosimetry, based on the analysis of solid stained dicentric chromosomes, has been used since the mid 1960s. The intervening years have seen great improvements bringing the technique to a point where dicentric analysis has become a routine component of the radiological protection programs of many countries. Experience of its application in thousands of cases of actual or suspected overexposures has proved the worth of the method. The aberrations scored in the lymphocytes are interpreted in terms of absorbed dose by reference to a dose response calibration curve. This curve will have been produced by exposure of blood in vitro to doses of the appropriate quality of radiation. The doses given to the specimens should be traceable via a physical instrument such as an ionization chamber, to a primary or secondary standard. An alternative to obtain the information about absorbed dose in a specific blood volume is through the Monte Carlo method. The use of such technique is worldwide when physical measurements are inconvenient or impossible, and particularly useful for the solution of complex problems that cannot be modeled by codes that use deterministic methods. It is applied to particle systems as neutrons and electrons, as well as photons or still in mixed systems. Due to difficulties that involve the use of neutrons, this technique has shown extreme importance for preliminary research and experimental arrangements with neutron sources. In this study, the main objective was to simulate the dose absorbed by a blood sample in an experimental arrangement through the irradiation with sources of 241AmBe. It was used the code Monte Carlo N-Particle version 4C (MCNP 4C) whose data had been processed parallel in a computational structure in a cluster. This method allowed estimating the absorbed dose in a specific blood volume, making possible the experimental setup arrangement. (author)
The New MCNP6 Depletion Capability
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Fensin, Michael Lorne [Los Alamos National Laboratory; James, Michael R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hendricks, John S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Goorley, John T. [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2012-06-19
The first MCNP based inline Monte Carlo depletion capability was officially released from the Radiation Safety Information and Computational Center as MCNPX 2.6.0. Both the MCNP5 and MCNPX codes have historically provided a successful combinatorial geometry based, continuous energy, Monte Carlo radiation transport solution for advanced reactor modeling and simulation. However, due to separate development pathways, useful simulation capabilities were dispersed between both codes and not unified in a single technology. MCNP6, the next evolution in the MCNP suite of codes, now combines the capability of both simulation tools, as well as providing new advanced technology, in a single radiation transport code. We describe here the new capabilities of the MCNP6 depletion code dating from the official RSICC release MCNPX 2.6.0, reported previously, to the now current state of MCNP6. NEA/OECD benchmark results are also reported. The MCNP6 depletion capability enhancements beyond MCNPX 2.6.0 reported here include: (1) new performance enhancing parallel architecture that implements both shared and distributed memory constructs; (2) enhanced memory management that maximizes calculation fidelity; and (3) improved burnup physics for better nuclide prediction. MCNP6 depletion enables complete, relatively easy-to-use depletion calculations in a single Monte Carlo code. The enhancements described here help provide a powerful capability as well as dictate a path forward for future development to improve the usefulness of the technology.
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This study deals with the neutronic analysis of the 2MW TRIGA MARK II Moroccan research reactor. The reactor was commissioned at Centre des Etudes Nucleaires de la Maamora (CENM) and it went critical on May 2, 2007. The 3-D continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP5 was used to develop a full model of the TRIGA reactor, using the maximum details allowed by the constructor General Atomics of USA. Continuous energy cross section data from the more recent nuclear data evaluations (ENDF/B-VI.8, ENDF/B-VII.0, JEFF-3.1, and JENDL-3.3) as well as S(α, β) thermal neutron scattering functions distributed with the MCNP code were used. The cross section libraries were generated by using the NJOY99 system updated to its more recent patch file 'up259'. The consistency and accuracy of both Monte Carlo simulation and neutron transport physics were established by benchmarking the TRIGA experiments. (author)
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McKinney, Gregg W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Armstrong, Hirotatsu [Los Alamos National Laboratory; James, Michael R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Clem, John [University of Delaware, BRI; Goldhagen, Paul [DHS, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory
2012-06-19
MCNP is a Monte Carlo radiation transport code that has been under development for over half a century. Over the last decade, the development team of a high-energy offshoot of MCNP, called MCNPX, has implemented several physics and algorithm improvements important for modeling galactic cosmic-ray (GCR) interactions with matter. In this presentation, we discuss the latest of these improvements, a new Cosmic-Source option, that has been implemented in MCNP6.
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In vivo lung counting, one of the preferred methods for monitoring people exposed to the risk of actinide inhalation, is nevertheless limited by the use of physical calibration phantoms which, for technical reasons, can only provide a rough representation of human tissue. A new approach to in vivo measurements has been developed to take advantage of advances in medical imaging and computing; this consists of numerical phantoms based on tomographic images (CT) or magnetic resonance images (R.M.I.) combined with Monte Carlo computing techniques. Under laboratory implementation of this innovative method using specific software called O.E.D.I.P.E., the main thrust of this thesis was to provide answers to the following question: what do numerical phantoms and new techniques like O.E.D.I.P.E. contribute to the improvement in calibration of low-energy in vivo counting systems? After a few developments of the O.E.D.I.P.E. interface, the numerical method was validated for systems composed of four germanium detectors, the most widespread configuration in radio bioassay laboratories (a good match was found, with less than 10% variation). This study represents the first step towards a person-specific numerical calibration of counting systems, which will improve assessment of the activity retained. A second stage focusing on an exhaustive evaluation of uncertainties encountered in in vivo lung counting was possible thanks to the approach offered by the previously-validated O.E.D.I.P.E. software. It was shown that the uncertainties suggested by experiments in a previous study were underestimated, notably morphological differences between the physical phantom and the measured person. Some improvements in the measurement procedure were then proposed, particularly new bio-metric equations specific to French measurement configurations that allow a more sensible choice of the calibration phantom, directly assessing the thickness of the torso plate to be added to the Livermore phantom
The MCNP perturbation feature assessment for nuclear logging Monte Carlo calculations
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In the oil industry a log is a record of the measurements taken by the instrument, called a sonde, in an attempt to determine a geology through which a drill is passing. Nuclear sondes probe the formation with very energetic neutrons and gamma rays. The sonde is typically about half the diameter of the borehole and contains a source, detectors and shielding. In this work the sensitivity of detector response to the borehole fluid, detector helium gas and formation matrix density changes has been tested with well logging benchmark, containing a neutron source and two 3He neutron detectors. The MCNP4C code standard perturbation feature, using the first- and second-term Taylor series expansion of perturbed quantity, has been applied for differential sampling. The volume averaged neutron flux and (n,p) reaction rates were the tallying quantities. Calculation results show that the MCNP perturbation feature can be fairly successfully implemented as initial step of well logging sensitivity studies. However, one should always keep in mind the limitations resulting from a two-term Taylor series expansion, currently used in MCNP. (author)
Use of MCNP perturbation feature for nuclear well logging Monte Carlo sensitivity calculations
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In the oil industry a log is a record of the measurements taken by the instrument, called a sonde, in an attempt to determine a geology through which a drill is passing. Nuclear sondes probe the formation with very energetic neutrons and gamma rays. The sonde is typically about half the diameter of the borehole and contains a source, detectors and shielding. In this work the sensitivity of detector response to the borehole fluid, detector helium gas and formation matrix density changes has been tested with well logging benchmark, containing a neutron source and two 3He neutron detectors. The MCNP4C code standard perturbation feature, using the first- and second-term Taylor series expansion of perturbed quantity, has been applied for differential sampling. The volume averaged neutron flux and (n,p) reaction rates were the tallying quantities. Calculation results show that the MCNP perturbation feature can be fairly successfully implemented as initial step of well logging sensitivity studies. However, one should always keep in mind the limitations resulting from a two-term Taylor series expansion, currently used in MCNP. (author)
Calibration of a foot borne spectrometry system using the MCNP 4C code
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The increased interest for the cycling of radioactive Caesium in natural ecosystems has gained need for rapid and reliable methods to investigate the deposition density in natural soils. One commonly used method, soil sampling, is a good method that correctly used gives information of both the horizontal and vertical distribution of the desired nuclide. The main disadvantage is that the method is time consuming regarding sampling, preparation and measurements. An alternative method is the use of semiconductors or scintillation detectors in the field i.e. in cars, airplanes, or helicopters. Theses methods are rapid and integrate over large areas which gives a more reliable mean value provided that the operator has some basic knowledge about the depth distribution of the radio nuclides and bulk density in the soil. To be effective the systems are often connected to a GPS to give the exact coordinate for each measurement. In a situation where the area of interest is too large to cover by soil samples and measurements by airplane not will give a spatial resolution good enough, one feasible method is to use a foot borne gamma spectrometry system. The advantage of a foot borne system is that the operator can cover a quite large area within a few hours and that the method can detect small anomalies in the deposition field which may be difficult to discover with soil samples. This abstract describes the calibration of a foot borne gamma-spectrometry system carried in a back-pack and consisting of a NaI-detector, a GPS and a system for logging activity and position. The detector system and surroundings has been modeled in the Monte Carlo code MCNP 4C (Figure 1). The Monte Carlo method gives the possibility to study the influence of complex geometries that are difficult to create for a practical calibration using real activity. The results of the MCNP calibration model, has been compared to foot borne gamma-spectrometry field measurements in a Cs-137 deposition area. A
New developments enhancing MCNP for criticality safety
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Since the early 80's MCNP has had three estimates of keff: collision, absorption, and track length. MCNP has also had collision and absorption estimators of removal lifetime. These are calculated for every cycle and are averaged over the cycles as simple averages and covariance weighted averages. Correlation coefficients between estimators are also calculated. These criticality estimators are all in addition to the extensive summary information and tally edits used in shielding and other problems. A number of significant new developments have been made to enhance the MCNP Monte Carlo radiation transport code for criticality safety applications. These are available in the newly released MCNP4A version of the code
Simulation of the BNCT of Brain Tumors Using MCNP Code: Beam Designing and Dose Evaluation
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BNCT is an effective method to destroy brain tumoral cells while sparing the healthy tissues. The recommended flux for epithermal neutrons is 109 n/cm2s, which has the most effectiveness on deep-seated tumors. In this paper, it is indicated that using D-T neutron source and optimizing of Beam Shaping Assembly leads to treating brain tumors in a reasonable time where all International Atomic Energy Agency recommended criteria are met. The proposed Beam Shaping Assembly based on a D-T neutron generator consists of a neutron multiplier system, moderators, reflector, and collimator. The simulated Snyder head phantom is used to evaluate dose profiles in tissues due to the irradiation of designed beam. Monte Carlo Code, MCNP-4C, was used in order to perform these calculations. The neutron beam associated with the designed and optimized Beam Shaping Assembly has an adequate epithermal flux at the beam port and neutron and gamma contaminations are removed as much as possible. Moreover, it was showed that increasing J/Φ, as a measure of beam directionality, leads to improvement of beam performance and survival of healthy tissues surrounding the tumor. According to the simulation results, the proposed system based on D-T neutron source, which is suitable for in-hospital installations, satisfies all in-air parameters. Moreover, depth-dose curves investigate proper performance of designed beam in tissues. The results are comparable with the performances of other facilities.
Simulation of dental intensifying screen for intraoral radiographic using MCNP5 code
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Ferreira, Vanessa M.; Oliveira, Renato C.M., E-mail: vanessamachado@ufmg.br [Curso Superior de Tecnologia em Radiologia. Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Barros, Graiciany P.; Oliveira, Arno H.; Veloso, M. Auxiliadora F. [Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear. Escola de Engenharia. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)
2011-07-01
One of basic principles for radiological protection is the optimization of techniques for obtain radiographic images, in way that the dose in the patient is kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Intensifying screens are used in medical radiology, which reduce considerably the dose rates in the production of radiographic images, maintaining the quality of these, while in dental radiology, there is no a intensifying screen available for intraoral examinations. From this technological requirement, this paper evaluates a computational modeling of an intensifying screen for use in intraoral radiography. For this, it was used the Monte Carlo code MCNP5 that allows the radiography simulation through the transport of electrons and photons in the different materials present in this examination. The goal of an intensifying screen is the conversion of X-ray photons to photons in the visible spectrum, knowing that radiographic films are more sensitive to light photons than to X-ray photons. So the screen should be composed of an efficient material for converting x-rays photons in light photons, therefore was made simulations using different materials, thicknesses and positions possible for placing screen in radiographic film in order to find the way more technically feasible. (author)
Simulation of dental intensifying screen for intraoral radiographic using MCNP5 code
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One of basic principles for radiological protection is the optimization of techniques for obtain radiographic images, in way that the dose in the patient is kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Intensifying screens are used in medical radiology, which reduce considerably the dose rates in the production of radiographic images, maintaining the quality of these, while in dental radiology, there is no a intensifying screen available for intraoral examinations. From this technological requirement, this paper evaluates a computational modeling of an intensifying screen for use in intraoral radiography. For this, it was used the Monte Carlo code MCNP5 that allows the radiography simulation through the transport of electrons and photons in the different materials present in this examination. The goal of an intensifying screen is the conversion of X-ray photons to photons in the visible spectrum, knowing that radiographic films are more sensitive to light photons than to X-ray photons. So the screen should be composed of an efficient material for converting x-rays photons in light photons, therefore was made simulations using different materials, thicknesses and positions possible for placing screen in radiographic film in order to find the way more technically feasible. (author)
Image enhancement using MCNP5 code and MATLAB in neutron radiography
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This work presents a method that can be used to enhance the neutron radiography (NR) image for objects with high scattering materials like hydrogen, carbon and other light materials. This method used Monte Carlo code, MCNP5, to simulate the NR process and get the flux distribution for each pixel of the image and determines the scattered neutron distribution that caused image blur, and then uses MATLAB to subtract this scattered neutron distribution from the initial image to improve its quality. This work was performed before the commissioning of digital NR system in Jan. 2013. The MATLAB enhancement method is quite a good technique in the case of static based film neutron radiography, while in neutron imaging (NI) technique, image enhancement and quantitative measurement were efficient by using ImageJ software. The enhanced image quality and quantitative measurements were presented in this work. - Highlights: • This work is applicable for static based film neutron radiography and digital neutron imaging. • MATLAB is a useful tool for imaging enhancement in radiographic film. • Advanced imaging processing is available in the ETRR-2 for imaging processing and data extraction. • The digital imaging system is suitable for complex shapes and sizes, while MATLAB technique is suitable for simple shapes and sizes. • Quantitative measurements are available
Progress on burnup calculation methods coupling Monte Carlo and depletion codes
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Leszczynski, Francisco [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, San Carlos de Bariloche, RN (Argentina). Centro Atomico Bariloche]. E-mail: lesinki@cab.cnea.gob.ar
2005-07-01
Several methods of burnup calculations coupling Monte Carlo and depletion codes that were investigated and applied for the author last years are described. here. Some benchmark results and future possibilities are analyzed also. The methods are: depletion calculations at cell level with WIMS or other cell codes, and use of the resulting concentrations of fission products, poisons and actinides on Monte Carlo calculation for fixed burnup distributions obtained from diffusion codes; same as the first but using a method o coupling Monte Carlo (MCNP) and a depletion code (ORIGEN) at a cell level for obtaining the concentrations of nuclides, to be used on full reactor calculation with Monte Carlo code; and full calculation of the system with Monte Carlo and depletion codes, on several steps. All these methods were used for different problems for research reactors and some comparisons with experimental results of regular lattices were performed. On this work, a resume of all these works is presented and discussion of advantages and problems found are included. Also, a brief description of the methods adopted and MCQ system for coupling MCNP and ORIGEN codes is included. (author)
First Results of Saturation Curve Measurements of Heat-Resistant Steel Using GEANT4 and MCNP5 Codes
Hoang, Duc-Tam; Tran, Thien-Thanh; Le, Bao-Tran; Tran, Kim-Tuyet; Huynh, Dinh-Chuong; Vo, Hoang-Nguyen; Chau, Van-Tao
A gamma backscattering technique is applied to calculate the saturation curve and the effective mass attenuation coefficient of material. A NaI(Tl) detector collimated by collimator of large diameter is modeled by Monte Carlo technique using both MCNP5 and GEANT4 codes. The result shows a good agreement in response function of the scattering spectra for the two codes. Based on such spectra, the saturation curve of heat-resistant steel is determined. The results represent a strong confirmation that it is appropriate to use the detector collimator of large diameter to obtain the scattering spectra and this work is also the basis of experimental set-up for determining the thickness of material.
Simulation of density curve for slim borehole using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX
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Borehole logging for formation density has been an important geophysical measurement in oil industry. For calibration of the Gamma Ray nuclear logging tool, numerous rock models of different lithology and densities are necessary. However, the full success of this calibration process is determined by a reliable benchmark, where the complete and precise chemical composition of the standards is necessary. Simulations using the Monte Carlo MCNP have been widely employed in well logging application once it serves as a low-cost substitute for experimental test pits, as well as a means for obtaining data that are difficult to obtain experimentally. Considering this, the purpose of this work is to use the code MCNP to obtain density curves for slim boreholes using Gamma Ray logging tools. For this, a Slim Density Gamma Probe, named TRISONDR, and a 100 mCi Cs-137 gamma source has been modeled with the new version of MCNP code MCNPX. (author)
Simulation of density curve for slim borehole using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX
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Souza, Edmilson Monteiro de; Silva, Ademir Xavier da; Lopes, Ricardo Tadeu, E-mail: emonteiro@nuclear.ufrj.b, E-mail: ademir@nuclear.ufrj.b, E-mail: ricardo@lin.ufrj.b [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Correa, Samanda Cristine Arruda, E-mail: scorrea@nuclear.ufrj.b [Centro Universitario Estadual da Zona Oeste (CCMAT/UEZO), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Lima, Inaya C.B., E-mail: inaya@lin.ufrj.b [Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (IPRJ/UERJ) Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Instituto Politecnico do Rio de Janeiro; Rocha, Paula L.F., E-mail: ferrucio@acd.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Geologia
2010-07-01
Borehole logging for formation density has been an important geophysical measurement in oil industry. For calibration of the Gamma Ray nuclear logging tool, numerous rock models of different lithology and densities are necessary. However, the full success of this calibration process is determined by a reliable benchmark, where the complete and precise chemical composition of the standards is necessary. Simulations using the Monte Carlo MCNP have been widely employed in well logging application once it serves as a low-cost substitute for experimental test pits, as well as a means for obtaining data that are difficult to obtain experimentally. Considering this, the purpose of this work is to use the code MCNP to obtain density curves for slim boreholes using Gamma Ray logging tools. For this, a Slim Density Gamma Probe, named TRISOND{sup R}, and a 100 mCi Cs-137 gamma source has been modeled with the new version of MCNP code MCNPX. (author)
MCNP applications for the 21st century
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The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Monte Carlo N-Particle radiation transport code, MCNP, has become an international standard for a wide spectrum of neutron, photon, and electron radiation transport applications. The latest version of the code, MCNP 4C, was released to the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) in February 2000. This paper describes the code development philosophy, new features and capabilities, applicability to various problems, and future directions. (author)
MCNP application for the 21 century
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The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Monte Carlo N-Particle radiation transport code, MCNP, has become an international standard for a wide spectrum of neutron, photon, and electron radiation transport applications. The latest version of the code, MCNP 4C, was released to the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) in February 2000. This paper describes the code development philosophy, new features and capabilities, applicability to various problems, and future directions
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This study investigates the radiation shielding design of the treatment room for boron neutron capture therapy at Tsing Hua Open-pool Reactor using 'TORT-coupled MCNP' method. With this method, the computational efficiency is improved significantly by two to three orders of magnitude compared to the analog Monte Carlo MCNP calculation. This makes the calculation feasible using a single CPU in less than 1 day. Further optimization of the photon weight windows leads to additional 50-75% improvement in the overall computational efficiency
Development of a New Monte Carlo reactor physics code
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have no continuous-energy counterparts in the Monte Carlo calculation. This study is focused on the development of an entirely new Monte Carlo neutron transport code, specifically intended for reactor physics calculations at the fuel assembly level. The PSG code is developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and one of the main applications is the generation of homogenised group constants for deterministic reactor simulator codes. The theoretical background on general transport theory, nodal diffusion calculation and the Monte Carlo method are discussed. The basic methodology used in the PSG code is introduced and previous studies related to the topic are briefly reviewed. PSG is validated by comparison to reference results produced by MCNP4C and CASMO-4E in infinite two-dimensional LWR lattice calculations. Group constants generated by PSG are used in ARES reactor simulator calculations and the results compared to reference calculations using CASMO-4E data.
MCNPX{trademark} -- The LAHET{trademark}/MCNP{trademark} code merger
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Hughes, H.G.; Adams, K.J.; Chadwick, M.B. [and others
1997-08-01
The MCNP code is written and maintained by Group X-TM at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In response to the demands of the accelerator community, the authors have undertaken a major effort to expand the capabilities of MCNP to increase the set of transportable particles; to make use of newly evaluated high-energy nuclear data tables for neutrons, protons, and potentially other particles; and to incorporate physics models for use where tabular data are unavailable. A preliminary version of the expanded code, called MCNPX, has now been issued for testing. The new code includes all existing LAHET physics modules, and has the ability to utilize the 150-MeV data libraries that have recently been released by LANL Group T-2.
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The dose distribution calculation is one of major steps in cancer radiotherapy. This paper applies Monte Carlo code, MCNP5, in simulation 15 MV photon beams from linear accelerator of General Hospital of Kien Giang in a case treatment of lung cancer. The settings for beam direction, field size and isocenter position used in MCNP5 must be the same as in treatment plan at hospital to ensure the results from MCNP5 are accurate. We also built a program CODIM by using MATLAB® programming software. This program is used to construct digital voxel phantoms from lung CT images obtained from cancer treatment cases at Kien Giang hospital and then simulate the delivered dose of linac in these phantoms by using MCNP5 simulation code. The results show that there is a difference of 5% in comparison to Prowess Panther program - a semi-empirical simulation program which is being used for treatment planning in Kien Giang hospital. (author)
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MCNP and Monte Carlo method was used to calculate dose rate in the air-space of irradiation room at Hanoi Irradiation Center. Experiment measurements were also carried out to investigate the real distribution of dose field in air of the irradiator as well as the distribution of absorbed dose in sample product containers. The results show that there is a deviation between calculated data given by MCNP and measurements. The data of MCNP give a symmetric distribution of dose field against the axes going through the center of the source rack meanwhile the experiment data show that dose rate get higher values in the lower part of the space. Going to lower position to the floor dose rate getting higher value. This phenomenon was also occurred for the measurements of absorbed dose in sample product container. (author)
El-Khayatt, A. M.; Ali, A. M.; Singh, Vishwanath P.
2014-01-01
The mass attenuation coefficients, μ/ρ, total interaction cross-section, σt, and mean free path (MFP) of some Heavy Metal Oxides (HMO) glasses, with potential applications as gamma ray shielding materials, have been investigated using the MCNP-4C code. Appreciable variations are noted for all parameters by changing the photon energy and the chemical composition of HMO glasses. The numerical simulations parameters are compared with experimental data wherever possible. Comparisons are also made with predictions from the XCOM program in the energy region from 1 keV to 100 MeV. Good agreement noticed indicates that the chosen Monte Carlo method may be employed to make additional calculations on the photon attenuation characteristics of different glass systems, a capability particularly useful in cases where no analogous experimental data exist.
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Ivanov, A., E-mail: aleksandar.ivanov@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, Herman-vom-Helmholtz-Platz-1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Sanchez, V., E-mail: victor.sanchez@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, Herman-vom-Helmholtz-Platz-1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Stieglitz, R., E-mail: robert.stieglitz@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, Herman-vom-Helmholtz-Platz-1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Ivanov, K., E-mail: kni1@psu.edu [The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 206 Reber, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)
2013-09-15
Highlights: • Coupled scheme between MCNP and in-house developed sub-channel code. • We discuss the temperature dependence of nuclear data. • We test the validity of the pseudo material mixing for thermal scattering data. • The correlation between statistical uncertainty and convergence is investigated. • The coupled scheme was applied to PWR, BWR and High Conversion PWR problems. -- Abstract: In order to increase the accuracy and the degree of spatial and energy resolution of core design studies, coupled 3D neutronic (multi-group deterministic and continuous energy Monte-Carlo) and 3D thermal-hydraulic (CFD and sub-channel) codes are being developed worldwide. At KIT, both deterministic and Monte-Carlo codes were coupled with sub-channel codes and applied to predict the safety-related design parameters such as critical power ratio, maximal cladding, fuel temperature and DNB. These coupling approaches were revised and improved based on the experience gained. One particular example is replacing COBRA-TF with SUBCHANFLOW, an in-house developed sub-channel code, in the COBRA-TF/MCNP coupling, accompanied with new way of radial mapping between the neutronic and thermal-hydraulic domains. The new coupled system MCNP5/SUBCHANFLOW makes it possible to investigate a variety of fuel assembly types. Key issues in such a coupled system are the implementation of the thermal-hydraulic/neutronic feedback mechanisms, the precision of the Monte-Carlo solutions, and the supervision of convergence during the iterative solution process. Another key issue considered is the optimal application of parallel computing. Using multi-processor computer architectures, it is possible to reduce the Monte-Carlo running time and obtain converged results within reasonable time limit. In particular, it is shown that by exploiting the capabilities of multi-processor calculation, large fuel assemblies on a pin-by-pin basis with a resolution at sub-channel level can be analyzed. One of the
The analog linear interpolation approach for Monte Carlo simulation of PGNAA: The CEARPGA code
Zhang, Wenchao; Gardner, Robin P.
2004-01-01
The analog linear interpolation approach (ALI) has been developed and implemented to eliminate the big weight problem in the Monte Carlo simulation code CEARPGA. The CEARPGA code was previously developed to generate elemental library spectra for using the Monte Carlo - library least-squares (MCLLS) approach in prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA). In addition, some other improvements to this code have been introduced, including (1) adopting the latest photon cross-section data, (2) using an improved detector response function, (3) adding the neutron activation backgrounds, (4) generating the individual natural background libraries, (5) adding the tracking of annihilation photons from pair production interactions outside of the detector and (6) adopting a general geometry package. The simulated result from the new CEARPGA code is compared with those calculated from the previous CEARPGA code and the MCNP code and experimental data. The new CEARPGA code is found to give the best result.
Depleted Reactor Analysis With MCNP-4B
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Monte Carlo neutronics calculations are mostly done for fresh reactor cores. There is today an ongoing activity in the development of Monte Carlo plus burnup code systems made possible by the fast gains in computer processor speeds. In this work we investigate the use of MCNP-4B for the calculation of a depleted core of the Soreq reactor (IRR-1). The number densities as function of burnup were taken from the WIMS-D/4 cell code calculations. This particular code coupling has been implemented before. The Monte Carlo code MCNP-4B calculates the coupled transport of neutrons and photons for complicated geometries. We have done neutronics calculations of the IRR-1 core with the WIMS and CITATION codes in the past Also, we have developed an MCNP model of the IRR-1 standard fuel for a criticality safety calculation of a spent fuel storage pool
The filter effects in X-ray tube XRF simulated by using the MCNP5 code
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In X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis, the use of filter reduces the background interference effectively, and improves the analysis sensitivity. In this paper, the MCNP5 code is used to simulate the filter effects in X-ray tube XRF. The XRF spectra by 140 keV electron beams, with filters of different materials and thicknesses, are compared. Their attenuation rates, i.e. background reduction from the original XRF spectra, are analyzed. (authors)
Determination of dosimetric parameters for 125I seed source using MCNP5 and EGSnrc MC codes
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Background: Seed source has become a popular treatment option in the management of various tumors, particularly in the prostate. Purpose: The aim is to develop accurate and reliable dosimetric parameters that could be used to measure the dose delivered to organs at risk. Methods: Dosimetric parameters (dose rate constant, radial dose function and anisotropy function) of model 6711 125I seed source were calculated with MCNP5 and EGSnrc MC codes following AAPM TG43U1 recommendations. Results: The two results were compared with the relative data recommend by AAPM TG43U1, and the data were as follows: dose rate constant with MCNP5 was in agreement with 0.62%, while that with EGSnrc was 2.07%; radial dose function with MCNP5 was within 0.15%-5.12%, while that with EGSnrc was within 0%-2.48%. Conclusion: The results of two MC codes are in accordance with the recommendations. But that with EGSnrc MC code is better. (authors)
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Cadenas Mendicoa, A. M.
2016-08-01
Due to the lack of graphical representation capability of same nuclear codes like MCNP of GOTHIC, widely used in the industry, the following article describes the development of an interface to use a graphical representation open source (Paraview) with the outputs generated by the nuclear codes. Moreover, this article aims at describing the advantage of this type of visualization programs for the modeling and decision making in the calculation. (Author)
SPQR: a Monte Carlo reactor kinetics code
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The SPQR Monte Carlo code has been developed to analyze fast reactor core accident problems where conventional methods are considered inadequate. The code is based on the adiabatic approximation of the quasi-static method. This initial version contains no automatic material motion or feedback. An existing Monte Carlo code is used to calculate the shape functions and the integral quantities needed in the kinetics module. Several sample problems have been devised and analyzed. Due to the large statistical uncertainty associated with the calculation of reactivity in accident simulations, the results, especially at later times, differ greatly from deterministic methods. It was also found that in large uncoupled systems, the Monte Carlo method has difficulty in handling asymmetric perturbations
Application of ENDF nuclear data for testing a Monte-Carlo neutron and photon transport code
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A Monte-Carlo photon and neutron transport code was developed at OAEP. The code was written in C and C++ languages in an object-oriented programming style. Constructive solid geometry (CSG), rather than combinatorial, was used such that making its input file more readable and recognizable. As the first stage of code validation, data from some ENDF files, in the MCNP's specific format, were used and compared with experimental data. The neutron (from a 300 mCi Am/Be source) attenuation by water was chosen to compare the results. The agreement of the quantity 1/Σ among the calculation from SIPHON and MCNP, and the experiment - which are 10.39 cm, 9.71 cm and 10.25 cm respectively - was satisfactorily well within the experimental uncertainties. These results also agree with the 10.8 cm result of N.M., Mirza, et al. (author)
Calculation of the Fast Flux Test Facility fuel pin tests with the WIMS-E and MCNP codes
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The Fuel Assembly Area (FAA) at the Fast Flux Test Facility site on the Hanford Site at Richland, Washington currently is being prepared to fabricate mixed oxide fuel (U, Pu) for the FFTF. Calculational tools are required to perform criticality safety analyses for various process locations and to establish safe limits for fissile material handling at the FAA. These codes require validation against experimental data appropriate for the compositions that will be handled. Critical array experiments performed by Bierman provide such data for mixed oxide fuel in the range Pu/(U+Pu) = 22 wt %, and with Pu-240 contents equal to 12 wt %. Both the Monte Carlo Neutron Photon (MCNP) and the Winfrith Improved Multigroup Scheme (WIMS-E) computer codes were used to calculate the neutron multiplication factor for explicit models of the various critical arrays. The W-CACTUS modules within the WIMS-E code system was used to calculate k∞ for the explicit array configuration, as well as few-group cross sections that were then used in a three-dimensional diffusion theory code for the calculation of keff for the finite array. 10 refs., 15 figs., 7 tabs
Coded aperture optimization using Monte Carlo simulations
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Coded apertures using Uniformly Redundant Arrays (URA) have been unsuccessfully evaluated for two-dimensional and three-dimensional imaging in Nuclear Medicine. The images reconstructed from coded projections contain artifacts and suffer from poor spatial resolution in the longitudinal direction. We introduce a Maximum-Likelihood Expectation-Maximization (MLEM) algorithm for three-dimensional coded aperture imaging which uses a projection matrix calculated by Monte Carlo simulations. The aim of the algorithm is to reduce artifacts and improve the three-dimensional spatial resolution in the reconstructed images. Firstly, we present the validation of GATE (Geant4 Application for Emission Tomography) for Monte Carlo simulations of a coded mask installed on a clinical gamma camera. The coded mask modelling was validated by comparison between experimental and simulated data in terms of energy spectra, sensitivity and spatial resolution. In the second part of the study, we use the validated model to calculate the projection matrix with Monte Carlo simulations. A three-dimensional thyroid phantom study was performed to compare the performance of the three-dimensional MLEM reconstruction with conventional correlation method. The results indicate that the artifacts are reduced and three-dimensional spatial resolution is improved with the Monte Carlo-based MLEM reconstruction.
Successful vectorization - reactor physics Monte Carlo code
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Most particle transport Monte Carlo codes in use today are based on the ''history-based'' algorithm, wherein one particle history at a time is simulated. Unfortunately, the ''history-based'' approach (present in all Monte Carlo codes until recent years) is inherently scalar and cannot be vectorized. In particular, the history-based algorithm cannot take advantage of vector architectures, which characterize the largest and fastest computers at the current time, vector supercomputers such as the Cray X/MP or IBM 3090/600. However, substantial progress has been made in recent years in developing and implementing a vectorized Monte Carlo algorithm. This algorithm follows portions of many particle histories at the same time and forms the basis for all successful vectorized Monte Carlo codes that are in use today. This paper describes the basic vectorized algorithm along with descriptions of several variations that have been developed by different researchers for specific applications. These applications have been mainly in the areas of neutron transport in nuclear reactor and shielding analysis and photon transport in fusion plasmas. The relative merits of the various approach schemes will be discussed and the present status of known vectorization efforts will be summarized along with available timing results, including results from the successful vectorization of 3-D general geometry, continuous energy Monte Carlo. (orig.)
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Fernandes, Marco A.R., E-mail: marco@cetea.com.b, E-mail: marfernandes@fmb.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (FMB/UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina; Ribeiro, Victor A.B. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (IBB/UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Biociencias; Viana, Rodrigo S.S.; Coelho, Talita S. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)
2011-07-01
The paper illustrates the use of the Monte Carlo method, MCNP-5C code, to analyze the attenuation curve behavior of the 50 kVp radiation beam from superficial radiotherapy equipment as Dermopan2 model. The simulations seek to verify the MCNP-5C code performance to study the variation of the attenuation curve - percentage depth dose (PDD) curve - in function of the radiation field dimension used at radiotherapy of skin tumors with 50 kVp X-ray beams. The PDD curve was calculated for six different radiation field sizes with circular geometry of 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 cm in diameter. The radiation source was modeled considering a tungsten target with inclination 30 deg, focal point of 6.5 mm in diameter and energy beam of 50 kVp; the X-ray spectrum was calculated with the MCNP-5C code adopting total filtration (beryllium window of 1 mm and aluminum additional filter of 1 mm). The PDD showed decreasing behavior with the attenuation depth similar what is presented on the literature. There was not significant variation at the PDD values for the radiation field between 1.0 and 4.0 cm in diameter. The differences increased for fields of 5.0 and 6.0 cm and at attenuation depth higher than 1.0 cm. When it is compared the PDD values for fields of 3.0 and 6.0 cm in diameter, it verifies the greater difference (12.6 %) at depth of 5.7 cm, proving the scattered radiation effect. The MCNP-5C code showed as an appropriate procedure to analyze the attenuation curves of the superficial radiotherapy beams. (author)
Monte Carlo simulation code modernization
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2015-01-01
The continual development of sophisticated transport simulation algorithms allows increasingly accurate description of the effect of the passage of particles through matter. This modelling capability finds applications in a large spectrum of fields from medicine to astrophysics, and of course HEP. These new capabilities however come at the cost of a greater computational intensity of the new models, which has the effect of increasing the demands of computing resources. This is particularly true for HEP, where the demand for more simulation are driven by the need of both more accuracy and more precision, i.e. better models and more events. Usually HEP has relied on the "Moore's law" evolution, but since almost ten years the increase in clock speed has withered and computing capacity comes in the form of hardware architectures of many-core or accelerated processors. To harness these opportunities we need to adapt our code to concurrent programming models taking advantages of both SIMD and SIMT architectures. Th...
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Bot3p consists of a set of standard Fortran 77 language programs that gives the users of the deterministic transport codes Dort and Tort some useful diagnostic tools to prepare and check the geometry of their input data files for both Cartesian and cylindrical geometries including graphical display modules. Bot3p produces at the same time the geometrical and material distribution data for the deterministic transport codes Twodant and Threedant and, only in three-dimensional (3D) Cartesian geometry, for the Monte Carlo Transport Code MCNP. This makes it possible to compare directly for the same geometry the effects stemming from the use of different data libraries and solution approaches on transport analysis results. Through the use of Bot3p, radiation transport problems with complex 3D geometrical structures can be modelled easily, as a relatively small amount of engineer-time is required and refinement is achieved by changing few parameters. This tool is useful for solving very large challenging problems. (author)
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The present work had as objective to analyze the distribution profile of a therapeutic dose of radiation produced by radioactive sources used in radiotherapy procedures in superficial lesions on the skin. The experimental measurements for analysis of dosimetric radiation sources were compared with calculations obtained from the computer system based on the Monte Carlo Method. The results obtained by the computations calculations using the code MCNP-4C showed a good agreement with the experimental measurements. A comparison of different treatment modalities allows an indication of more appropriate procedures for each clinical case. (author)
Verification of the MCNP (TM) Perturbation Correction Feature for Cross-Section Dependent Tallies
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A. K. Hess; G. W. McKinney; J. S. Hendricks; L. L. Carter
1998-10-01
The Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code MCNP version 4B perturbation capability has been extended to cross-section dependent tallies and to the track-length estimate of Iqff in criticality problems. We present the complete theory of the MCNP perturbation capability including the correction to MCNP4B which enables cross-section dependent perturbation tallies. We also present the MCNP interface as an upgrade to the MCNP4B manual. Finally, we present test results demonstrating the validity of the perturbation capability in MCNP, particularly cross-section dependent problems.
MCAM 5: an advanced interface program for multiple Monte Carlo Codes
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The Automatic Modeling Program for Neutronics and Radiation Transport Simulation (MCAM) developed in China, is an advanced interface program between CAD (Computer Aided Design) systems and Monte Carlo (MC) codes. It can significantly reduce the manpower and enhance reliability for constructing MC codes input of complex systems. The latest version MCAM 4.8 was a mature and efficient version which was benchmarked with ITER benchmark model and has been used by hundreds of institutes in more than 40 countries all over the world. It can deal with MCNP and TRIPOLI models. The main function of MCAM is to convert geometries in CAD systems to geometries in MC codes input files. The MCAM version 5.2 is going to be released with added capabilities to support SuperMC, Geant4 and FLUKA Monte Carlo codes
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More than 50 neutron benchmark calculations have recently been completed as part of an ongoing program to validate the MCNP Monte Carlo radiation transport code. The benchmark calculations reported here are part of an ongoing multiyear, multiperson effort to benchmark version 4 of the MCNP code. The MCNP is a Monte Carlo three-dimensional general-purpose, continuous-energy neutron, photon, and electron transport code. It is used around the world for many applications including aerospace, oil-well logging, physics experiments, criticality safety, reactor analysis, medical imaging, defense applications, accelerator design, radiation hardening, radiation shielding, health physics, fusion research, and education. The first phase of the benchmark project consisted of analytic and photon problems. The second phase consists of the ENDF/B-V neutron problems reported in this paper and in more detail in the comprehensive report. A cooperative program being carried out a General Electric, San Jose, consists of light water reactor benchmark problems. A subsequent phase focusing on electron problems is planned
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Mosteller, R. D. (Russell D.)
2002-01-01
Two validation suites, one for criticality and another for radiation shielding, have been defined and tested for the MCNP Monte Carlo code. All of the cases in the validation suites are based on experiments so that calculated and measured results can be compared in a meaningful way. The cases in the validation suites are described, and results from those cases are discussed. For several years, the distribution package for the MCNP Monte Carlo code1 has included an installation test suite to verify that MCNP has been installed correctly. However, the cases in that suite have been constructed primarily to test options within the code and to execute quickly. Consequently, they do not produce well-converged answers, and many of them are physically unrealistic. To remedy these deficiencies, sets of validation suites are being defined and tested for specific types of applications. All of the cases in the validation suites are based on benchmark experiments. Consequently, the results from the measurements are reliable and quantifiable, and calculated results can be compared with them in a meaningful way. Currently, validation suites exist for criticality and radiation-shielding applications.
The development of depletion program coupled with Monte Carlo computer code
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The paper presents the development of depletion code for light water reactor coupled with MCNP5 code called the MCDL code (Monte Carlo Depletion for Light Water Reactor). The first order differential depletion system equations of 21 actinide isotopes and 50 fission product isotopes are solved by the Radau IIA Implicit Runge Kutta (IRK) method after receiving neutron flux, reaction rates in one group energy and multiplication factors for fuel pin, fuel assembly or whole reactor core from the calculation results of the MCNP5 code. The calculation for beryllium poisoning and cooling time is also integrated in the code. To verify and validate the MCDL code, high enriched uranium (HEU) and low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel assemblies VVR-M2 types and 89 fresh HEU fuel assemblies, 92 LEU fresh fuel assemblies cores of the Dalat Nuclear Research Reactor (DNRR) have been investigated and compared with the results calculated by the SRAC code and the MCNPREBUS linkage system code. The results show good agreement between calculated data of the MCDL code and reference codes. (author)
A new assembly-level Monte Carlo neutron transport code for reactor physics calculations
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This paper presents a new assembly-level Monte Carlo neutron transport code, specifically intended for diffusion code group-constant generation and other reactor physics calculations. The code is being developed at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), under the working title 'Probabilistic Scattering Game', or PSG. The PSG code uses a method known as Woodcock tracking to simulate neutron histories. The advantages of the method include fast simulation in complex geometries and relatively simple handling of complicated geometrical objects. The main drawback is the inability to calculate reaction rates in optically thin volumes. This narrows the field of application to calculations involving parameters integrated over large volumes. The main features of the PSG code and the Woodcock tracking method are introduced. The code is applied in three example cases, involving infinite lattices of two-dimensional LWR fuel assemblies. Comparison calculations are carried out using MCNP4C and CASMO-4E. The results reveal that the code performs quite well in the calculation cases of this study, especially when compared to MCNP. The PSG code is still under extensive development and there are both flaws in the simulation of the interaction physics and programming errors in the source code. The results presented here, however, seem very encouraging, especially considering the early development stage of the code. (author)
Neutronic conceptual design of the ETRR-2 cold-neutron source using the MCNP code
Khalil, M. Y.; Shaat, M. K.; Abdelfattah, A. Y.
2005-04-01
A conceptual neutronic design of the cold-neutron source (CNS) for the Egyptian second research reactor (ETRR-2) was done using the MCNP code. Parametric analysis to chose the type and geometry of the moderator, and the required CNS dimensions to maximize the cold neutron production was performed. The moderator cell has a spherical annulus structure containing liquid hydrogen. The cold neutron gain and cold neutron brightness are calculated together with the nuclear heat load of the CNS. Analysis of the estimated performance of the CNS has been done regarding the effect of void fraction in the moderator cell together with the ortho: para ratio.
Neutronic conceptual design of the ETRR-2 cold-neutron source using the MCNP code
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A conceptual neutronic design of the cold-neutron source (CNS) for the Egyptian second research reactor (ETRR-2) was done using the MCNP code. Parametric analysis to chose the type and geometry of the moderator, and the required CNS dimensions to maximize the cold neutron production was performed. The moderator cell has a spherical annulus structure containing liquid hydrogen. The cold neutron gain and cold neutron brightness are calculated together with the nuclear heat load of the CNS. Analysis of the estimated performance of the CNS has been done regarding the effect of void fraction in the moderator cell together with the ortho: para ratio
Shielding analysis of high level waste water storage facilities using MCNP code
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The neutron and gamma-ray transport analysis for the facility as a reprocessing facility with large buildings having thick shielding was made. Radiation shielding analysis consists of a deep transmission calculation for the concrete wall and a skyshine calculation for the space out of the buildings. An efficient analysis with a short running time and high accuracy needs a variance reduction technique suitable for all the calculation regions and structures. In this report, the shielding analysis using MCNP and a discrete ordinate transport code is explained and the idea and procedure of decision of variance reduction parameter is completed. (J.P.N.)
Transport calculation of thermal and cold neutrons using NMTC/JAERI-MCNP4A code system
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Iga, Kiminori [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan); Takada, Hiroshi; Nagao, Tadashi
1998-01-01
In order to investigate the applicability of the NMTC/JAERI-MCNP4A code system to the neutronics design study in the neutron science research project of JAERI, transport calculations of thermal and cold neutrons are performed with the code system on a spallation neutron source composed of light water cooled tantalum target with a moderator and a reflector system. The following neutronic characteristics are studied in the calculation : the variation of the intensity of neutrons emitted from a light water moderator or a liquid hydrogen with/without the B{sub 4}C decoupler, which are installed to produce sharp pulse, and that dependent on the position of external source neutrons in the tantalum target. The calculated neutron energy spectra are reproduced well by the semi-empirical formula with the parameter values reliable in physical meanings. It is found to be necessary to employ proper importance sampling technique in the statistics. It is confirmed from this work that the NMTC/JAERI-MCNP4A code system is applicable to the neutronics design study of spallation neutron sources proposed for the neutron science research project. (author)
Monte Carlo N Particle code - Dose distribution of clinical electron beams in inhomogeneous phantoms
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2013-01-01
Full Text Available Electron dose distributions calculated using the currently available analytical methods can be associated with large uncertainties. The Monte Carlo method is the most accurate method for dose calculation in electron beams. Most of the clinical electron beam simulation studies have been performed using non- MCNP [Monte Carlo N Particle] codes. Given the differences between Monte Carlo codes, this work aims to evaluate the accuracy of MCNP4C-simulated electron dose distributions in a homogenous phantom and around inhomogeneities. Different types of phantoms ranging in complexity were used; namely, a homogeneous water phantom and phantoms made of polymethyl methacrylate slabs containing different-sized, low- and high-density inserts of heterogeneous materials. Electron beams with 8 and 15 MeV nominal energy generated by an Elekta Synergy linear accelerator were investigated. Measurements were performed for a 10 cm × 10 cm applicator at a source-to-surface distance of 100 cm. Individual parts of the beam-defining system were introduced into the simulation one at a time in order to show their effect on depth doses. In contrast to the first scattering foil, the secondary scattering foil, X and Y jaws and applicator provide up to 5% of the dose. A 2%/2 mm agreement between MCNP and measurements was found in the homogenous phantom, and in the presence of heterogeneities in the range of 1-3%, being generally within 2% of the measurements for both energies in a "complex" phantom. A full-component simulation is necessary in order to obtain a realistic model of the beam. The MCNP4C results agree well with the measured electron dose distributions.
Morse Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Code System
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Emmett, M.B.
1975-02-01
The report contains sections containing descriptions of the MORSE and PICTURE codes, input descriptions, sample problems, deviations of the physical equations and explanations of the various error messages. The MORSE code is a multipurpose neutron and gamma-ray transport Monte Carlo code. Time dependence for both shielding and criticality problems is provided. General three-dimensional geometry may be used with an albedo option available at any material surface. The PICTURE code provide aid in preparing correct input data for the combinatorial geometry package CG. It provides a printed view of arbitrary two-dimensional slices through the geometry. By inspecting these pictures one may determine if the geometry specified by the input cards is indeed the desired geometry. 23 refs. (WRF)
A group of neutronics calculations in the MNSR using the MCNP-4C code
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The MCNP-4C code was used to model the 3-D core configuration for the Syrian Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR). The continuous energy neutron cross sections were evaluated from ENDF/B-VI library to calculate the thermal and fast neutron fluxes in the MNSR inner and outer irradiation sites. The thermal fluxes in the MNSR inner irradiation sites were measured for the first time using the multiple foil activation method. Good agreements were noticed between the calculated and measured results. This model is used as well to calculate neutron flux spectrum in the reactor inner and outer irradiation sites and the reactor thermal power. Three 3-D neutronic models for the Syrian MNSR reactor using the MCNP-4C code were developed also to assess the possibility of fuel conversion from 89.87 % HEU fuel (UAl4-Al) to 19.75 % LEU fuel (UO2). This model is used in this paper to calculate the following reactor core physics parameters: clean cold core excess reactivity, calibration of the control rod worth and calculation its shut down margin, calibration of the top beryllium shim plate reflector, axial neutron flux distributions in the inner and outer irradiation sites and the kinetics parameters ( ιp l and βeff). (authors)
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Leal, B. [Centro Regional de Estudios Nucleares, A.P. 579C, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)
2004-07-01
In the majority of the laboratories, the calibration in efficiency of the detector is carried out by means of the standard sources measurement of gamma photons that have a determined activity, or for matrices that contain a variety of radionuclides that can embrace the energy range of interest. Given the experimental importance that has the determination from the curves of efficiency to the effects of establishing the quantitative results, is appealed to the simulation of the response function of the detector used in the Regional Center of Nuclear Studies inside the energy range of 80 keV to 1400 keV varying the density of the matrix, by means of the application of the Monte Carlo code MCNP-4A. The adjustment obtained shows an acceptance grade in the range of 100 to 600 keV, with a smaller percentage discrepancy to 5%. (Author)
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High energy photon (over 10 MeV) and neutron beams adopted in radiobiology and radiotherapy always produce mixed neutron/gamma-ray fields. The Mg(Ar) ionization chambers are commonly applied to determine the gamma-ray dose because of its neutron insensitive characteristic. Nowadays, many perturbation corrections for accurate dose estimation and lots of treatment planning systems are based on Monte Carlo technique. The Monte Carlo codes EGSnrc, FLUKA, GEANT4, MCNP5, and MCNPX were used to evaluate energy dependent response functions of the Exradin M2 Mg(Ar) ionization chamber to a parallel photon beam with mono-energies from 20 keV to 20 MeV. For the sake of validation, measurements were carefully performed in well-defined (a) primary M-100 X-ray calibration field, (b) primary 60Co calibration beam, (c) 6-MV, and (d) 10-MV therapeutic beams in hospital. At energy region below 100 keV, MCNP5 and MCNPX both had lower responses than other codes. For energies above 1 MeV, the MCNP ITS-mode greatly resembled other three codes and the differences were within 5%. Comparing to the measured currents, MCNP5 and MCNPX using ITS-mode had perfect agreement with the 60Co, and 10-MV beams. But at X-ray energy region, the derivations reached 17%. This work shows us a better insight into the performance of different Monte Carlo codes in photon-electron transport calculation. Regarding the application of the mixed field dosimetry like BNCT, MCNP with ITS-mode is recognized as the most suitable tool by this work.
SERPENT Monte Carlo reactor physics code
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SERPENT is a three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code, developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2004. The code is specialized in lattice physics applications, but the universe-based geometry description allows transport simulation to be carried out in complicated three-dimensional geometries as well. The suggested applications of SERPENT include generation of homogenized multi-group constants for deterministic reactor simulator calculations, fuel cycle studies involving detailed assembly-level burnup calculations, validation of deterministic lattice transport codes, research reactor applications, educational purposes and demonstration of reactor physics phenomena. The Serpent code has been publicly distributed by the OECD/NEA Data Bank since May 2009 and RSICC in the U. S. since March 2010. The code is being used in some 35 organizations in 20 countries around the world. This paper presents an overview of the methods and capabilities of the Serpent code, with examples in the modelling of WWER-440 reactor physics. (Author)
Accuracy assessment of a new Monte Carlo based burnup computer code
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Highlights: ► A new burnup code called BUCAL1 was developed. ► BUCAL1 uses the MCNP tallies directly in the calculation of the isotopic inventories. ► Validation of BUCAL1 was done by code to code comparison using VVER-1000 LEU Benchmark Assembly. ► Differences from BM value were found to be ± 600 pcm for k∞ and ±6% for the isotopic compositions. ► The effect on reactivity due to the burnup of Gd isotopes is well reproduced by BUCAL1. - Abstract: This study aims to test for the suitability and accuracy of a new home-made Monte Carlo burnup code, called BUCAL1, by investigating and predicting the neutronic behavior of a “VVER-1000 LEU Assembly Computational Benchmark”, at lattice level. BUCAL1 uses MCNP tally information directly in the computation; this approach allows performing straightforward and accurate calculation without having to use the calculated group fluxes to perform transmutation analysis in a separate code. ENDF/B-VII evaluated nuclear data library was used in these calculations. Processing of the data library is performed using recent updates of NJOY99 system. Code to code comparisons with the reported Nuclear OECD/NEA results are presented and analyzed.
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A systematic study of isodose distributions and dose uniformity in sample carriers of the Portuguese Gamma Irradiation Facility was carried out using the MCNP code. Each carrier can be loaded with 4 cardboard boxes (0.4x0.4x 0.4 m3 ). Each box was divided in eight equal cubes. Absorbed dose rate, gamma flux per energy interval and average gamma energy were calculated inside the eight cubes. For comparison purposes, boxes filled with air and 'dummy' boxes loaded with layers of folded and crumpled newspapers to reach the desired density were used. The contributions from source, irradiator structures, sample material and other origins (ceiling, floor and walls) for the total photon spectra were also calculated. The dose distribution in the irradiator depends on the material and its density. These results show that the MCNP is an important tool to perform a dose mapping of the irradiator for each material to be irradiated. The economic benefits of the knowledge of the dose mapping for each material are important because allow to save time utilisation of UTR, dosimeters and man power. The previous knowledge of the dose mapping permits to establish an appropriate irradiation planning, which results in good dose uniformity in the material and reducing previous experimental work. (author)
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Highlights: • The MCNP4C was used to calculate the gamma ray dose rate spatial distribution in for the SGIF. • Measurement of the gamma ray dose rate spatial distribution using the Chlorobenzene dosimeter was conducted as well. • Good agreements were noticed between the calculated and measured results. • The maximum relative differences were less than 7%, 4% and 4% in the x, y and z directions respectively. - Abstract: A three dimensional model for the Syrian gamma irradiation facility (SGIF) is developed in this paper to calculate the gamma ray dose rate spatial distribution in the irradiation room at the 60Co source board using the MCNP-4C code. Measurement of the gamma ray dose rate spatial distribution using the Chlorobenzene dosimeter is conducted as well to compare the calculated and measured results. Good agreements are noticed between the calculated and measured results with maximum relative differences less than 7%, 4% and 4% in the x, y and z directions respectively. This agreement indicates that the established model is an accurate representation of the SGIF and can be used in the future to make the calculation design for a new irradiation facility
Criticality calculations with MCNP trademark: A primer
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With the closure of many experimental facilities, the nuclear criticality safety analyst increasingly is required to rely on computer calculations to identify safe limits for the handling and storage of fissile materials. However, in many cases, the analyst has little experience with the specific codes available at his/her facility. This primer will help you, the analyst, understand and use the MCNP Monte Carlo code for nuclear criticality safety analyses. It assumes that you have a college education in a technical field. There is no assumption of familiarity with Monte Carlo codes in general or with MCNP in particular. Appendix A gives an introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. The primer is designed to teach by example, with each example illustrating two or three features of MCNP that are useful in criticality analyses. Beginning with a Quickstart chapter, the primer gives an overview of the basic requirements for MCNP input and allows you to run a simple criticality problem with MCNP. This chapter is not designed to explain either the input or the MCNP options in detail; but rather it introduces basic concepts that are further explained in following chapters. Each chapter begins with a list of basic objectives that identify the goal of the chapter, and a list of the individual MCNP features that are covered in detail in the unique chapter example problems. It is expected that on completion of the primer you will be comfortable using MCNP in criticality calculations and will be capable of handling 80 to 90 percent of the situations that normally arise in a facility. The primer provides a set of basic input files that you can selectively modify to fit the particular problem at hand
Importance sampling techniques and treatment of electron transport in MCNP 4A
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The continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP was developed by the Radiation Transport Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the MCNP 4A version is available, now. The MCNP 4A is able to do the coupled neutron-secondary gamma-ray-electron-bremsstrahlung calculation. The calculated results, such as energy spectra, tally fluctuation chart, and geometrical input data can be displayed by using a work station. The document of the MCNP 4A code has no description on the subroutines, except few ones of 'SOURCE', 'TALLYX'. However, when we want to improve the MCNP Monte Carlo sampling techniques to get more accuracy or efficiency results for some problems, some subroutines are required or needed to revised. Three subroutines have been revised and built in the MCNP 4A code. (author)
Randomly dispersed particle fuel model in the PSG Monte Carlo neutron transport code
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High-temperature gas-cooled reactor fuels are composed of thousands of microscopic fuel particles, randomly dispersed in a graphite matrix. The modelling of such geometry is complicated, especially using continuous-energy Monte Carlo codes, which are unable to apply any deterministic corrections in the calculation. This paper presents the geometry routine developed for modelling randomly dispersed particle fuels using the PSG Monte Carlo reactor physics code. The model is based on the delta-tracking method, and it takes into account the spatial self-shielding effects and the random dispersion of the fuel particles. The calculation routine is validated by comparing the results to reference MCNP4C calculations using uranium and plutonium based fuels. (authors)
Comparison of a laboratory spectrum of Eu-152 with results of simulation using the MCNP code
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Rodenas, J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Gallardo, S. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)], E-mail: sergalbe@iqn.upv.es; Ortiz, J. [Laboratorio de Radiactividad Ambiental, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Apartado 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)
2007-09-21
Detectors used for gamma spectrometry must be calibrated for each geometry considered in environmental radioactivity laboratories. This calibration is performed using a standard solution containing gamma emitter sources. Nevertheless, the efficiency curves obtained are periodically checked using a source such as {sup 152}Eu emitting many gamma rays that cover a wide energy range (20-1500 keV). {sup 152}Eu presents a problem because it has a lot of peaks affected by True Coincidence Summing (TCS). Two experimental measures have been performed placing the source (a Marinelli beaker) at 0 and 10 cm from the detector. Both spectra are simulated by the MCNP 4C code, where the TCS is not reproduced. Therefore, the comparison between experimental and simulated peak net areas permits one to choose the most convenient peaks to check the efficiency curves of the detector.
Installation and validation of MCNP-4A
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MCNP-4A is a multi-purpose Monte Carlo program suitable for the modelling of neutron, photon, and electron transport problems. It is a particularly useful technique when studying systems containing irregular shapes. MCNP has been developed over the last 25 years by Los Alamos, and is distributed internationally via RSIC at Oak Ridge. This document describes the installation of MCNP-4A (henceforth referred to as MCNP) on the Silicon Graphics workstation (bluey.ansto.gov.au). A limited number of benchmarks pertaining to fast and thermal systems were performed to check the installation and validate the code. The results are compared to deterministic calculations performed using the AUS neutronics code system developed at ANSTO. (author)
Analysis Of Criticality Experiments Of Bandung Triga 2000 Reactor By Using MCNP-4B Code
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During the first core loading of Bandung TRIGA 2000 reactor, two kinds of criticality experiment have been conducted, i.e, sub critical core loading and critical core loading experiments. The purpose of the experiments is to maximize the utilization of the reactor as well as to provide benchmark data for neutronic computer codes. In the sub critical core loading experiment, the core is loaded up to 42 fuel elements ring D, 13 fuel elements in ring, D, 6 fuel elements and 3 graphite dummies in ring E, 2 fuel elements in ring B, 2 fuel elements in ring B, 1 fuel element in ring B. In the other case, during the critical loading experiment, the core is loaded following the loading pattern planned by General Atomics, i.e: 20 fuel elements in ring B, C and D plus 5 control rods in ring D, 11 fuel elements in ring D, 6 fuel elements and 3 graphite dummies in ring E, and then the core is loaded with additional fuel elements, step by step, until the core reached its first criticality, i.e., 55 fuel elements. Prior to conduct of criticality experiments MCNP-4B code is used to plan the fuel loading pattern of the sub critical loading experiment, i.e. to assure that the core is still in sub critical state with 42 fuel elements in the core. In the calculation is assumed that the mass of U-235 in each fuel element depends on the documented burnup data, the mass of U-238 is assumed to be the same as the one in fresh fuels. Furthermore, all fission patricides as well as poisonous materials in each fuel element are ignored. The experiment results showed that the calculations of MCNP-4B also predicted that TRIGA 2000 reactor with the above assumptions, is appropriate for predicting for predicting the neutronic characteristics of Bandung TRIGA 2000 reactor
Performance of scientific computing platforms running MCNP4B
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A performance study has been made for the MCNP4B Monte Carlo radiation transport code on a wide variety of scientific computing platforms ranging from personal computers to Cray mainframes. We present the timing study results using MCNP4B and its new test set and libraries. This timing study is unlike other timing studies because of its widespread reproducibility, its direct comparability to the predecessor study in 1993, and its focus upon a nuclear engineering code
Calibration and simulation of a HPGe well detector using Monte Carlo computer code
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Monte Carlo methods are often used in simulating physical and mathematical systems. This computer code is a class of computational algorithms that rely on repeated random sampling to compute their results. Because of their reliance on repeated computation of random or pseudo-random numbers, these methods are most suited to calculation by a computer and tend to be used when it is unfeasible or impossible to compute an exact result with a deterministic algorithm. The Monte Carlo method is used to determine a detector's response curves which are difficult to obtain experimentally. It deals with random numbers for the simulation of the decay conditions and angle of incidence at a given energy value, studying, thus, the random behavior of the radiation, providing response and efficiency curves. The MCNP5 computer code provides means to simulate gamma ray detectors and has been used for this work for the 50keV - 2000 keV energy range. The HPGe well detector was simulated with the MCNP5 computer code and compared with experimental data. The dimensions of both dead layer and the transition layer were determined, and the response curve for a particular geometry was then obtained and compared with the experimental results, in order to verify the detector's simulation. Both results were in very good agreement. (author)
Lecture Notes on Criticality Safety Validation Using MCNP & Whisper
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Training classes for nuclear criticality safety, MCNP documentation. The need for, and problems surrounding, validation of computer codes and data area considered first. Then some background for MCNP & Whisper is given--best practices for Monte Carlo criticality calculations, neutron spectra, S(α,@@) thermal neutron scattering data, nuclear data sensitivities, covariance data, and correlation coefficients. Whisper is computational software designed to assist the nuclear criticality safety analyst with validation studies with the Monte Carlo radiation transport package MCNP. Whisper's methodology (benchmark selection - Ck's, weights; extreme value theory - bias, bias uncertainty; MOS for nuclear data uncertainty - GLLS) and usage are discussed.
Estimation of skyshine dose from turbine building of BWR plant using Monte Carlo code
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The Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code (MCNP) was adopted to calculate the skyshine dose from the turbine building of a BWR plant for obtaining precise estimations at the site boundary. In MCNP calculation, the equipment and piping arranged on the operating floor of the turbine building were considered and modeled in detail. The inner and outer walls of the turbine building, the shielding materials around the high-pressure turbine, and the piping connected from the moisture separator to the low-pressure turbine were all considered. A three-step study was conducted to estimate the applicability of MCNP code. The first step is confirming the propriety of calculation models. The atmospheric relief diaphragms, which are installed on top of the low-pressure turbine exhaust hood, are not considered in the calculation model. There was little difference between the skyshine dose distributions that were considered when using and not using the atmospheric relief diaphragms. The calculated dose rates agreed well with the measurements taken around the turbine. The second step is estimating the dose rates on the outer roof surface of the turbine building. This calculation was made to confirm the dose distribution of gamma-rays on the turbine roof before being scattered into the air. The calculated dose rates agreed well with the measured data. The third step is making a final confirmation by comparing the calculations and measurements of skyshine dose rates around the turbine building. The source terms of the main steam system are based on the measured activity data of N-16 and C-15. As a conclusion, we were able to calculate reasonable skyshine dose rates by using MCNP code. (authors)
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In the design of the incore thermionic reactor system developed under the Advanced Thermionic Initiative (ATI), the fuel is highly enriched uranium dioxide and the moderating medium is zirconium hydride. The traditional burnup and fuel depletion analysis codes have been found to be inadequate for these calculations, largely because of the material and geometry modeled and because the neutron spectra assumed for the codes such as LEOPARD and ORIGEN do not even closely fit that for a small, thermal reactor using ZrH as moderator. More sophisticated codes such as the transport lattice type code WIMS often lack some materials, such as ZrH. Thus a new method which could accurately calculate the neutron spectrum and the appropriate reaction rates within the fuel element is needed. The method developed utilizes and interconnects the accuracy of the Monte Carlo Neutron/Photon (MCNP) method to calculate reaction rates for the important isotopes, and a time dependent depletion routine to calculate the temporal effects on isotope concentrations. This effort required the modification of MCNP itself to perform the additional task of accomplishing burnup calculations. The modified version called, MCNPBURN, evolved to be a general dual purpose code which can be used for standard calculations as well as for burn-up
MCNP Code in Assessment of Variations of Effective Dose with Torso Adipose Tissue Thickness
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The effective dose is the unite used in the field of radiation protection. It is a well defined doubly weighted uantity involving both physical and biological variables. Several factors may induce variation in the effective dose in different individuals of similar exposure data. One of these factors is the variation of adipose tissue thickness in different exposed individuals. This study essentially concenrs the assessment of the possible variation in the effective dose due to variation in the thickness of adipose tissue. The study was done using MCNP4b code to perform mathematical model of the human body depending on that given to the reference man developed by International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP), and calculate the effective dose with different thicknessess of adipose tissues. The study includes a comprehensive appraisal of the Monte Cario simulation, the Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) model for the human body, and the various mathematical considerations involved in the radiation dose calculations for the various pertinent parts of the human body. The radiation energies considered were 80 KeV, 300 KeV and I MeV, applying two exposure positions; anteroposterior (AP), postero-anterior (PA) with different adipose tissue thickness. This study is a theoretical approach based on detailed mathematical calculations of great precision that deals with all considerations involved in the mechanisms of radiation energy absorption in biological system depending on the variation in the densities of the particular in biological system depending on the variation in the densities of the particular tissues. The results obtained indicate that maximum decrease in effective dose occures with the lowest energy at 5cm adipose tissues thickeness for both AP and PA exposure positions. The results obtained were compared to similar work previsouly done using MCNP4 b showing very good agreement
MORSE Monte Carlo radiation transport code system
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This report is an addendum to the MORSE report, ORNL-4972, originally published in 1975. This addendum contains descriptions of several modifications to the MORSE Monte Carlo Code, replacement pages containing corrections, Part II of the report which was previously unpublished, and a new Table of Contents. The modifications include a Klein Nishina estimator for gamma rays. Use of such an estimator required changing the cross section routines to process pair production and Compton scattering cross sections directly from ENDF tapes and writing a new version of subroutine RELCOL. Another modification is the use of free form input for the SAMBO analysis data. This required changing subroutines SCORIN and adding new subroutine RFRE. References are updated, and errors in the original report have been corrected
Analysis of the TRIGA Mark-II benchmark IEU-COMP-THERM-003 with Monte Carlo code MVP
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The benchmark experiments of the TRIGA Mark-II reactor in the ICSBEP handbook have been analyzed with the Monte Carlo code MVP using the cross section libraries based on JENDL-3.3, JENDL-3.2 and ENDF/B-VI.8. The MCNP calculations have been also performed with the ENDF/B-VI.6 library for comparison between the MVP and MCNP results. For both cores labeled 132 and 133, which have different core configurations, the ratio of the calculated to the experimental results (C/E) for keff obtained by the MVP code is 0.999 for JENDL-3.3, 1.003 for JENDL-3.2, and 0.998 for ENDF/B-VI.8. For the MCNP code, the C/E values are 0.998 for both Core 132 and 133. All the calculated results agree with the reference values within the experimental uncertainties. The results obtained by MVP with ENDF/B-VI.8 and MCNP with ENDF/B-VI.6 differ only by 0.02% for Core 132, and by 0.01% for Core 133. (author)
MCWO - Linking MCNP And ORIGEN2 For Fuel Burnup Analysis
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The UNIX BASH (Bourne Again Shell) script MCWO has been developed at the Idaho National Engineering and Environment Laboratory (INEEL) to couple the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the depletion and buildup code ORIGEN2. MCWO is a fully automated tool that links the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP with the radioactive decay and burnup code ORIGEN2. MCWO can handle a large number of fuel burnup and material loading specifications, Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) powers, and irradiation time intervals. The program processes input from the user that specifies the system geometry, initial material compositions, feed/removal specifications, and other code-specific parameters. Calculated results from MCNP, ORIGEN2, and data process module calculations are then output successively as the code runs. The principal function of MCWO is to transfer one-group cross-section and flux values from MCNP to ORIGEN2, and then transfer the resulting material compositions (after irradiation and/or decay) from ORIGEN2 back to MCNP in a repeated, cyclic fashion. The basic requirement of the code is that the user have a working MCNP input file and other input parameters; all interaction with ORIGEN2 and other calculations are performed by UNIX BASH script MCWO. This paper presents the MCWO-calculated results of the RERTR-1 and -2, and the Weapons-Grade Mixed Oxide fuel (Wg-MOX) fuel experiments in ATR and compares the MCWO-calculated results with the measured data
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This paper discusses the implementation, capabilities, and validation of Shift, a massively parallel Monte Carlo radiation transport package developed and maintained at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It has been developed to scale well from laptop to small computing clusters to advanced supercomputers. Special features of Shift include hybrid capabilities for variance reduction such as CADIS and FW-CADIS, and advanced parallel decomposition and tally methods optimized for scalability on supercomputing architectures. Shift has been validated and verified against various reactor physics benchmarks and compares well to other state-of-the-art Monte Carlo radiation transport codes such as MCNP5, CE KENO-VI, and OpenMC. Some specific benchmarks used for verification and validation include the CASL VERA criticality test suite and several Westinghouse AP1000® problems. These benchmark and scaling studies show promising results
Pandya, Tara M.; Johnson, Seth R.; Evans, Thomas M.; Davidson, Gregory G.; Hamilton, Steven P.; Godfrey, Andrew T.
2016-03-01
This work discusses the implementation, capabilities, and validation of Shift, a massively parallel Monte Carlo radiation transport package authored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Shift has been developed to scale well from laptops to small computing clusters to advanced supercomputers and includes features such as support for multiple geometry and physics engines, hybrid capabilities for variance reduction methods such as the Consistent Adjoint-Driven Importance Sampling methodology, advanced parallel decompositions, and tally methods optimized for scalability on supercomputing architectures. The scaling studies presented in this paper demonstrate good weak and strong scaling behavior for the implemented algorithms. Shift has also been validated and verified against various reactor physics benchmarks, including the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors' Virtual Environment for Reactor Analysis criticality test suite and several Westinghouse AP1000® problems presented in this paper. These benchmark results compare well to those from other contemporary Monte Carlo codes such as MCNP5 and KENO.
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One of the direct analysis methods of the activity of 238U nuclide in an HPGe detector based gamma spectrometer is to measure the 63.3 keV gamma ray emitted from 234Th nuclide. The advantage of this method is to overcome the difficulty of sample sealing in the analysis of 226Ra nuclide. However for the samples of low activity as environmental ones, they must have large masses and volumes. Then another difficulty appears relating with the significant self-absorption effect of this low energy gamma ray in the sample. This effect depends on the sample geometry, density and chemical composition. The present work suggests a method to correct the self-absorption effect by applying the Monte Carlo MCNP5 code. The sample containers used in this study have cylindrical and Marinelli forms with the sample masses of hundreds grams and sample volumes of hundreds cm3. (author)
Thanh, Tran Thien; Nguyen, Vo Hoang; Chuong, Huynh Dinh; Tran, Le Bao; Tam, Hoang Duc; Binh, Nguyen Thi; Tao, Chau Van
2015-11-01
This article focuses on the possible application of a (137)Cs low-radioactive source (5mCi) and a NaI(Tl) detector for measuring the saturation thickness of solid cylindrical steel targets. In order to increase the reliability of the obtained experimental results and to verify the detector response function of Compton scattering spectrum, simulation using Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP5) code is performed. The obtained results are in good agreement with the response functions of the simulation scattering and experimental scattering spectra. On the basis of such spectra, the saturation depth of a steel cylinder is determined by experiment and simulation at about 27mm using gamma energy of 662keV ((137)Cs) at a scattering angle of 120°. This study aims at measuring the diameter of solid cylindrical objects by gamma-scattering technique. PMID:26363240
MCNP5 development, verification, and performance
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MCNP is a well-known and widely used Monte Carlo code for neutron, photon, and electron transport simulations. During the past 18 months, MCNP was completely reworked to provide MCNP5, a modernized version with many new features, including plotting enhancements, photon Doppler broadening, radiography image tallies, enhancements to source definitions, improved variance reduction, improved random number generator, tallies on a superimposed mesh, and edits of criticality safety parameters. Significant improvements in software engineering and adherence to standards have been made. Over 100 verification problems have been used to ensure that MCNP5 produces the same results as before and that all capabilities have been preserved. Testing on large parallel systems shows excellent parallel scaling. (author)
Comparative Dosimetric Estimates of a 25 keV Electron Micro-beam with three Monte Carlo Codes
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The calculations presented compare the different performances of the three Monte Carlo codes PENELOPE-1999, MCNP-4C and PITS, for the evaluation of Dose profiles from a 25 keV electron micro-beam traversing individual cells. The overall model of a cell is a water cylinder equivalent for the three codes but with a different internal scoring geometry: hollow cylinders for PENELOPE and MCNP, whereas spheres are used for the PITS code. A cylindrical cell geometry with scoring volumes with the shape of hollow cylinders was initially selected for PENELOPE and MCNP because of its superior simulation of the actual shape and dimensions of a cell and for its improved computer-time efficiency if compared to spherical internal volumes. Some of the transfer points and energy transfer that constitute a radiation track may actually fall in the space between spheres, that would be outside the spherical scoring volume. This internal geometry, along with the PENELOPE algorithm, drastically reduced the computer time when using this code if comparing with event-by-event Monte Carlo codes like PITS. This preliminary work has been important to address dosimetric estimates at low electron energies. It demonstrates that codes like PENELOPE can be used for Dose evaluation, even with such small geometries and energies involved, which are far below the normal use for which the code was created. Further work (initiated in Summer 2002) is still needed however, to create a user-code for PENELOPE that allows uniform comparison of exact cell geometries, integral volumes and also microdosimetric scoring quantities, a field where track-structure codes like PITS, written for this purpose, are believed to be superior
Comparative Dosimetric Estimates of a 25 keV Electron Micro-beam with three Monte Carlo Codes
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Mainardi, Enrico; Donahue, Richard J.; Blakely, Eleanor A.
2002-09-11
The calculations presented compare the different performances of the three Monte Carlo codes PENELOPE-1999, MCNP-4C and PITS, for the evaluation of Dose profiles from a 25 keV electron micro-beam traversing individual cells. The overall model of a cell is a water cylinder equivalent for the three codes but with a different internal scoring geometry: hollow cylinders for PENELOPE and MCNP, whereas spheres are used for the PITS code. A cylindrical cell geometry with scoring volumes with the shape of hollow cylinders was initially selected for PENELOPE and MCNP because of its superior simulation of the actual shape and dimensions of a cell and for its improved computer-time efficiency if compared to spherical internal volumes. Some of the transfer points and energy transfer that constitute a radiation track may actually fall in the space between spheres, that would be outside the spherical scoring volume. This internal geometry, along with the PENELOPE algorithm, drastically reduced the computer time when using this code if comparing with event-by-event Monte Carlo codes like PITS. This preliminary work has been important to address dosimetric estimates at low electron energies. It demonstrates that codes like PENELOPE can be used for Dose evaluation, even with such small geometries and energies involved, which are far below the normal use for which the code was created. Further work (initiated in Summer 2002) is still needed however, to create a user-code for PENELOPE that allows uniform comparison of exact cell geometries, integral volumes and also microdosimetric scoring quantities, a field where track-structure codes like PITS, written for this purpose, are believed to be superior.
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The Monte Carlo method, using the MCNP4C code, was used in this paper to calculate the power distribution in 3-D geometry in the fuel rods of the Syrian Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR). To normalize the MCNP4C result to the steady state nominal thermal power, the appropriate scaling factor was defined to calculate the power distribution precisely. The maximum power of the individual rod was found in the fuel ring number 2 and was found to be 105 W. The minimum power was found in the fuel ring number 9 and was 79.9 W. The total power in the total fuel rods was 30.9 k W. This result agrees very well with nominal power reported in the reactor safety analysis report which equals 30 k W. Finally, the peak power factors, which are defined as the ratios between the maximum to the average and the maximum to the minimum powers were calculated to be 1.18 and 1.31 respectively. (author)
Flow regime identification methodology with MCNP-X code and artificial neural network
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This paper presents flow regimes identification methodology in multiphase system in annular, stratified and homogeneous oil-water-gas regimes. The principle is based on recognition of the pulse height distributions (PHD) from gamma-ray with supervised artificial neural network (ANN) systems. The detection geometry simulation comprises of two NaI(Tl) detectors and a dual-energy gamma-ray source. The measurement of scattered radiation enables the dual modality densitometry (DMD) measurement principle to be explored. Its basic principle is to combine the measurement of scattered and transmitted radiation in order to acquire information about the different flow regimes. The PHDs obtained by the detectors were used as input to ANN. The data sets required for training and testing the ANN were generated by the MCNP-X code from static and ideal theoretical models of multiphase systems. The ANN correctly identified the three different flow regimes for all data set evaluated. The results presented show that PHDs examined by ANN may be applied in the successfully flow regime identification. (author)
K0-PGNAA of pollutants in aqueous samples using MCNP code
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Prompt γ-neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) using the k0 method by employing the 1951.1 keV γ-line of the 35Cl(n, γ)36Cl thermal neutron reaction as monostandard comparator was described. The method has been applied and evaluated using the anti-Compton prompt γ-ray neutron activation analysis facility using 252Cf neutron source with a neutron flux of 6.16·106 n· cm-2· s-1. A well-type HPGe detector as the main detector surrounded by NaI(Tl) guard detector has been arranged to investigate the performance of the Compton suppression spectrometer using the simplified slow circuit. The properties of neutron flux were determined by MCNP code calculations. In order to determine the efficiency curve of an HPGe detector, the prompt γ-rays from chlorine were used and an exponential curve was fitted. AC-PGNAA method has been used for the determination of high neutron absorbing elements like Cd, Sm and Gd as well as 20 light and heavy elements (Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, K, Ca, Ti, V, Mn, Sc, Fe, Co, Zn, La, Rb, Cs, As and Th) in standard reference materials (IAEA, Soil-7) and ten sediment samples collected from El-Manzala lake in northern part of Egypt. The reference material IAEA, Soil-7 was analyzed for data validation and good agreement between the experimental values and the certified values have been obtained
Simulation of detection of total content of N, P in water using PGNAA by MCNP code
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The total content of N, P is an important index of water quality detection. The content of a special element in a water sample could be determined by prompt γ rays neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) quickly. The process, γ rays were emitted while the water sample was irradiated by neutron beam, was simulated by a model set up MCNP code and a pulse neutron generator as neutron source. The total content of N, P of class Ⅳ-Ⅴ water demanded by the surface water environment quality standard were used as basis. So that detection limit of N, P using PGNAA could be gained. If the total content of N, P in the water sample were small, the detection precision could be improved by increasing the neutron flux or concentrating the water sample. For contaminated water, the total content of N, P can be obtained quickly by PGNAA so that related departments could take measures to deal with polluted water in time when emergency of water pollution takes place. (authors)
Performance of the MTR core with MOX fuel using the MCNP4C2 code.
Shaaban, Ismail; Albarhoum, Mohamad
2016-08-01
The MCNP4C2 code was used to simulate the MTR-22 MW research reactor and perform the neutronic analysis for a new fuel namely: a MOX (U3O8&PuO2) fuel dispersed in an Al matrix for One Neutronic Trap (ONT) and Three Neutronic Traps (TNTs) in its core. Its new characteristics were compared to its original characteristics based on the U3O8-Al fuel. Experimental data for the neutronic parameters including criticality relative to the MTR-22 MW reactor for the original U3O8-Al fuel at nominal power were used to validate the calculated values and were found acceptable. The achieved results seem to confirm that the use of MOX fuel in the MTR-22 MW will not degrade the safe operational conditions of the reactor. In addition, the use of MOX fuel in the MTR-22 MW core leads to reduce the uranium fuel enrichment with (235)U and the amount of loaded (235)U in the core by about 34.84% and 15.21% for the ONT and TNTs cases, respectively. PMID:27213809
MCNP(TM) Release 6.1.1 beta: Creating and Testing the Code Distribution
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Cox, Lawrence J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Casswell, Laura [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2014-06-12
This report documents the preparations for and testing of the production release of MCNP6™1.1 beta through RSICC at ORNL. It addresses tests on supported operating systems (Linux, MacOSX, Windows) with the supported compilers (Intel, Portland Group and gfortran). Verification and Validation test results are documented elsewhere. This report does not address in detail the overall packaging of the distribution. Specifically, it does not address the nuclear and atomic data collection, the other included software packages (MCNP5, MCNPX and MCNP6) and the collection of reference documents.
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The major aim of this work is a sensitivity analysis related to the influence of the different nuclear data libraries on the k-infinity values and on the void coefficient estimations performed for various CANDU fuel projects, and on the simulations related to the replacement of the original stainless steel adjuster rods by cobalt assemblies in the CANDU reactor core. The computations are performed using the Monte Carlo transport codes MCNP5 and MONTEBURNS 1.0 for the actual, detailed geometry and material composition of the fuel bundles and reactivity devices. Some comparisons with deterministic and probabilistic codes involving the WIMS library are also presented
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The objective of the study is to compare the thermal neutron fluxes at specimen positions of neutron radiography facility calculated by MCNP4C code with the measurement. A model for calculation was developed using details of the reactor core configuration no. 14 and neutron radiography facility installed at the existing research reactor, TRR-1/M1 reactor. Assuming all fresh fuel elements and all control rod out condition, the thermal neutron fluxes at various specimen positions were calculated using MCNP4C code. The calculation are verified by the measurement using foil activation method. Generally, the calculated neutron fluxes are overestimated by 16-20% which is reasonably good agreement and acceptable for the complex system. The discrepancy is expected to the assumption of using fresh fuel elements, all control rod out condition, and also lacks of information in develop a more accurate model for calculation. This study shows the possibility of using the MCNP4C code to verify the thermal neutron fluxes at specimen position and shielding design of the new neutron radiography facility at the new Thai research reactor
Criticality calculation in TRIGA MARK II PUSPATI Reactor using Monte Carlo code
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A Monte Carlo simulation of the Malaysian nuclear reactor has been performed using MCNP Version 5 code. The purpose of the work is the determination of the multiplication factor (keff) for the TRIGA Mark II research reactor in Malaysia based on Monte Carlo method. This work has been performed to calculate the value of keff for two cases, which are the control rod either fully withdrawn or fully inserted to construct a complete model of the TRIGA Mark II PUSPATI Reactor (RTP). The RTP core was modeled as close as possible to the real core and the results of keff from MCNP5 were obtained when the control fuel rods were fully inserted, the keff value indicates the RTP reactor was in the subcritical condition with a value of 0.98370±0.00054. When the control fuel rods were fully withdrawn the value of keff value indicates the RTP reactor is in the supercritical condition, that is 1.10773±0.00083. (Author)
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The research performed in common these last 3 years by the French Atomic Commission CEA, COGEMA and Eurisys Mesures had for main subject the realization of a complete tool of modelization for the largest range of realistic cases, the Pascalys modelization software. The main purpose of the modelization was to calculate the global measurement efficiency, which delivers the most accurate relationship between the photons emitted by the nuclear source in volume, punctual or deposited form and the germanium hyper pure detector, which detects and analyzes the received photons. It has been stated since long time that experimental global measurement efficiency becomes more and more difficult to address especially for complex scene as we can find in decommissioning and dismantling or in case of high activities for which the use of high activity reference sources become difficult to use for both health physics point of view and regulations. The choice of a calculation code is fundamental if accurate modelization is searched. MCNP represents the reference code but its use is long time calculation consuming and then not practicable in line on the field. Direct line-of-sight point kernel code as the French Atomic Commission 3-D analysis Mercure code can represent the practicable compromise between the most accurate MCNP reference code and the realistic performances needed in modelization. The comparison between the results of Pascalys-Mercure and MCNP code taking in account the last improvements of Mercure in the low energy range where the most important errors can occur, is presented in this paper, Mercure code being supported in line by the recent Pascalys 3-D modelization scene software. The incidence of the intrinsic efficiency of the Germanium detector is also approached for the total efficiency of measurement. (authors)
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Luneville, L.; Chiron, M. [CEA Saclay, Dept. de Mecanique et de Technologie, 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France); Toubon, H. [Cogema BCR, 78 - Saint Quentin Yveline (France); Dogny, S. [Cogema 30 - Marcoule (France); Huver, M.; Berger, L. [Eurisys Mesures, 78 - Montigny (France)
2001-07-01
The research performed in common these last 3 years by the French Atomic Commission CEA, COGEMA and Eurisys Mesures had for main subject the realization of a complete tool of modelization for the largest range of realistic cases, the Pascalys modelization software. The main purpose of the modelization was to calculate the global measurement efficiency, which delivers the most accurate relationship between the photons emitted by the nuclear source in volume, punctual or deposited form and the germanium hyper pure detector, which detects and analyzes the received photons. It has been stated since long time that experimental global measurement efficiency becomes more and more difficult to address especially for complex scene as we can find in decommissioning and dismantling or in case of high activities for which the use of high activity reference sources become difficult to use for both health physics point of view and regulations. The choice of a calculation code is fundamental if accurate modelization is searched. MCNP represents the reference code but its use is long time calculation consuming and then not practicable in line on the field. Direct line-of-sight point kernel code as the French Atomic Commission 3-D analysis Mercure code can represent the practicable compromise between the most accurate MCNP reference code and the realistic performances needed in modelization. The comparison between the results of Pascalys-Mercure and MCNP code taking in account the last improvements of Mercure in the low energy range where the most important errors can occur, is presented in this paper, Mercure code being supported in line by the recent Pascalys 3-D modelization scene software. The incidence of the intrinsic efficiency of the Germanium detector is also approached for the total efficiency of measurement. (authors)
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The MCNP code development program is a relatively large and rapidly changing project in the small and highly-specialized field of radiation transport, specifically radiation protection and shielding. A number of major new MCNP initiatives are described in the subsequent papers in this session. The focus of this paper is the important new developments not described elsewhere and a number of recent developments that have been available since MCNP4A but have gone unnoticed. In particular, we report for the first time a new MCNP quality assurance initiative providing 97% test coverage, a new MCNP feature enabling plotting of nuclear data, and the other new features developed so far for MCNP4B. Finally, an attempt is made to articulate how all these fit together into the overall MCNP development program
Analysis of JSI TRIGA MARK II reactor physical parameters calculated with TRIPOLI and MCNP.
Henry, R; Tiselj, I; Snoj, L
2015-03-01
New computational model of the JSI TRIGA Mark II research reactor was built for TRIPOLI computer code and compared with existing MCNP code model. The same modelling assumptions were used in order to check the differences of the mathematical models of both Monte Carlo codes. Differences between the TRIPOLI and MCNP predictions of keff were up to 100pcm. Further validation was performed with analyses of the normalized reaction rates and computations of kinetic parameters for various core configurations. PMID:25576735
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National Laboratory, UCRL-ID-126455, Rev. 1, November, 1997] and MCNP4B [MCNP - A General Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code, Version 4B, La-12625-m, March 1997, Los Alamos National Laboratory] for two different configurations of the system is discussed, separating the n and γ contributions, in the light of the physical interpretation of the results in terms of first flight and of scattered neutron fluxes, of primary γ and of secondary γ generated by inelastically scattered or radiatively captured neutrons. The final conclusions indicate some guidelines and suggest possible improvements for the future neutronic shielding design for a HIF facility
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Galicia A, J.; Francois L, J. L. [UNAM, Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Sistemas Energeticos, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico); Aguilar H, F., E-mail: blink19871@hotmail.com [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)
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The main purpose of this paper is to obtain a model of the reactor core TRIGA Mark III that accurately represents the real operating conditions to 1 M Wth, using the Monte Carlo code MCNP5. To provide a more detailed analysis, different models of the reactor core were realized by simulating the control rods extracted and inserted in conditions in cold (293 K) also including an analysis for shutdown margin, so that satisfied the Operation Technical Specifications. The position they must have the control rods to reach a power equal to 1 M Wth, were obtained from practice entitled Operation in Manual Mode performed at Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ). Later, the behavior of the K{sub eff} was analyzed considering different temperatures in the fuel elements, achieving calculate subsequently the values that best represent the actual reactor operation. Finally, the calculations in the developed model for to obtain the distribution of average flow of thermal, epithermal and fast neutrons in the six new experimental facilities are presented. (Author)
E language based on MCNP modeling software for autonomous
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MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle Code) is based on the Monte Carlo method for computing neutron, photon and other particles as the object of the movement simulation computer program. Because of its powerful computing simulation, flexible and universal features in many fields has been widely used, but due to a software professional in the operating area has been greatly restricted, so that in later development has been greatly hindered. E-language was used in order to develop the autonomy of MCNP modeling software, used to address users not familiar with MCNP and can not create object model, get rid of dull red tape 'notebook' type of program type and built a new MCNP modeling system. (authors)
New strategies of sensitivity analysis capabilities in continuous-energy Monte Carlo code RMC
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Highlights: • Data decomposition techniques are proposed for memory reduction. • New strategies are put forward and implemented in RMC code to improve efficiency and accuracy for sensitivity calculations. • A capability to compute region-specific sensitivity coefficients is developed in RMC code. - Abstract: The iterated fission probability (IFP) method has been demonstrated to be an accurate alternative for estimating the adjoint-weighted parameters in continuous-energy Monte Carlo forward calculations. However, the memory requirements of this method are huge especially when a large number of sensitivity coefficients are desired. Therefore, data decomposition techniques are proposed in this work. Two parallel strategies based on the neutron production rate (NPR) estimator and the fission neutron population (FNP) estimator for adjoint fluxes, as well as a more efficient algorithm which has multiple overlapping blocks (MOB) in a cycle, are investigated and implemented in the continuous-energy Reactor Monte Carlo code RMC for sensitivity analysis. Furthermore, a region-specific sensitivity analysis capability is developed in RMC. These new strategies, algorithms and capabilities are verified against analytic solutions of a multi-group infinite-medium problem and against results from other software packages including MCNP6, TSUANAMI-1D and multi-group TSUNAMI-3D. While the results generated by the NPR and FNP strategies agree within 0.1% of the analytic sensitivity coefficients, the MOB strategy surprisingly produces sensitivity coefficients exactly equal to the analytic ones. Meanwhile, the results generated by the three strategies in RMC are in agreement with those produced by other codes within a few percent. Moreover, the MOB strategy performs the most efficient sensitivity coefficient calculations (offering as much as an order of magnitude gain in FoMs over MCNP6), followed by the NPR and FNP strategies, and then MCNP6. The results also reveal that these
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As The Monte Carlo (MC) particle transport analysis for a complex system such as research reactor, accelerator, and fusion facility may require accurate modeling of the complicated geometry. Its manual modeling by using the text interface of a MC code to define the geometrical objects is tedious, lengthy and error-prone. This problem can be overcome by taking advantage of modeling capability of the computer aided design (CAD) system. There have been two kinds of approaches to develop MC code systems utilizing the CAD data: the external format conversion and the CAD kernel imbedded MC simulation. The first approach includes several interfacing programs such as McCAD, MCAM, GEOMIT etc. which were developed to automatically convert the CAD data into the MCNP geometry input data. This approach makes the most of the existing MC codes without any modifications, but implies latent data inconsistency due to the difference of the geometry modeling system. In the second approach, a MC code utilizes the CAD data for the direct particle tracking or the conversion to an internal data structure of the constructive solid geometry (CSG) and/or boundary representation (B-rep) modeling with help of a CAD kernel. MCNP-BRL and OiNC have demonstrated their capabilities of the CAD-based MC simulations. Recently we have developed a CAD-based geometry processing module for the MC particle simulation by using the OpenCASCADE (OCC) library. In the developed module, CAD data can be used for the particle tracking through primitive CAD surfaces (hereafter the CAD-based tracking) or the internal conversion to the CSG data structure. In this paper, the performances of the text-based model, the CAD-based tracking, and the internal CSG conversion are compared by using an in-house MC code, McSIM, equipped with the developed CAD-based geometry processing module
Comparison of CAP88 and MCNP for Overhead Gamma-emitting Plumes
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Mcnaughton, Michael [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Gillis, Jessica Mcdonnel [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); McClory, Aysha Reede [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Whicker, Jeffrey Jay [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Fuehne, David Patrick [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2016-01-08
The purpose of this paper is to use the Monte Carlo N-Particle Code (MCNP) to investigate the dose from gamma-emitting radionuclides such as Carbon-11 when a plume passes overhead. MCNP results are compared with results from the EPA program, CAP88. In some cases, typically near the source during stable conditions, the CAP88 results are less than the MCNP results. However, in the case of a receptor 800 m from a source at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the CAP88 result is greater than the MCNP result.
Criticality calculations with MCNP{sup TM}: A primer
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Mendius, P.W. [ed.; Harmon, C.D. II; Busch, R.D.; Briesmeister, J.F.; Forster, R.A.
1994-08-01
The purpose of this Primer is to assist the nuclear criticality safety analyst to perform computer calculations using the Monte Carlo code MCNP. Because of the closure of many experimental facilities, reliance on computer simulation is increasing. Often the analyst has little experience with specific codes available at his/her facility. This Primer helps the analyst understand and use the MCNP Monte Carlo code for nuclear criticality analyses. It assumes no knowledge of or particular experience with Monte Carlo codes in general or with MCNP in particular. The document begins with a Quickstart chapter that introduces the basic concepts of using MCNP. The following chapters expand on those ideas, presenting a range of problems from simple cylinders to 3-dimensional lattices for calculating keff confidence intervals. Input files and results for all problems are included. The Primer can be used alone, but its best use is in conjunction with the MCNP4A manual. After completing the Primer, a criticality analyst should be capable of performing and understanding a majority of the calculations that will arise in the field of nuclear criticality safety.
Fast code for Monte Carlo simulations
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A computer code to generate the dynamic evolution of the Ising model on a square lattice, following the Metropolis algorithm is presented. The computer time consumption is reduced by a factor of 8 when one compares our code with traditional multiple spin codes. The memory allocation size is also reduced by a factor of 4. The code is easily generalizable for other lattices and models. (author)
Criticality calculations with MCNP{trademark}: A primer
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Harmon, C.D. II; Busch, R.D.; Briesmeister, J.F.; Forster, R.A. [New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
1994-06-06
With the closure of many experimental facilities, the nuclear criticality safety analyst increasingly is required to rely on computer calculations to identify safe limits for the handling and storage of fissile materials. However, in many cases, the analyst has little experience with the specific codes available at his/her facility. This primer will help you, the analyst, understand and use the MCNP Monte Carlo code for nuclear criticality safety analyses. It assumes that you have a college education in a technical field. There is no assumption of familiarity with Monte Carlo codes in general or with MCNP in particular. Appendix A gives an introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. The primer is designed to teach by example, with each example illustrating two or three features of MCNP that are useful in criticality analyses. Beginning with a Quickstart chapter, the primer gives an overview of the basic requirements for MCNP input and allows you to run a simple criticality problem with MCNP. This chapter is not designed to explain either the input or the MCNP options in detail; but rather it introduces basic concepts that are further explained in following chapters. Each chapter begins with a list of basic objectives that identify the goal of the chapter, and a list of the individual MCNP features that are covered in detail in the unique chapter example problems. It is expected that on completion of the primer you will be comfortable using MCNP in criticality calculations and will be capable of handling 80 to 90 percent of the situations that normally arise in a facility. The primer provides a set of basic input files that you can selectively modify to fit the particular problem at hand.
MCNP Progress & Performance Improvements
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Brown, Forrest B. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Bull, Jeffrey S. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Rising, Michael Evan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2015-04-14
Twenty-eight slides give information about the work of the US DOE/NNSA Nuclear Criticality Safety Program on MCNP6 under the following headings: MCNP6.1.1 Release, with ENDF/B-VII.1; Verification/Validation; User Support & Training; Performance Improvements; and Work in Progress. Whisper methodology will be incorporated into the code, and run speed should be increased.
Use experience of MCNP in nuclear energy study
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'MCNP Use Experience' Working Group was organized in the Special Committee on Nuclear Code Evaluation. Each calculation sample for nuclear energy study using the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP has been reported in this working group. This report consists of (1) promotion of calculation science and its subjects, (2) compilation of point-wise cross sections for MCNP, (3) neutron and gamma-ray transport calculation of fusion reactor system, (4) concept design of nuclear transmutation system using accelerator, (5) JMTR core calculation, (6) prompt neutron time attenuation constant calculation of TCA core, (7) criticality safety analysis, (8) neutron and gamma-ray transport calculation for exposure evaluation, (9) neutron and gamma-ray transport calculation of shielding system. The MCNP input list is also shown in each calculation sample. The adaptation of the best variance reduction technique is a important subject. (author)
MORET: Version 4.B. A multigroup Monte Carlo criticality code
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MORET 4 is a three dimensional multigroup Monte Carlo code which calculates the effective multiplication factor (keff) of any configurations more or less complex as well as reaction rates in the different volumes of the geometry and the leakage out of the system. MORET 4 is the Monte Carlo code of the APOLLO2-MORET 4 standard route of CRISTAL, the French criticality package. It is the most commonly used Monte Carlo code for French criticality calculations. During the last four years, the MORET 4 team has developed or improved the following major points: modernization of the geometry, implementation of perturbation algorithms, source distribution convergence, statistical detection of stationarity, unbiased variance estimation and creation of pre-processing and post-processing tools. The purpose of this paper is not only to present the new features of MORET but also to detail clearly the physical models and the mathematical methods used in the code. (author)
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Boulaich, Y., E-mail: boulaich@cnesten.org.ma [Radiations and Nuclear Systems Laboratory, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Faculty of Sciences of Tetouan (Morocco); CEN-Maamora, CNESTEN, Rabat (Morocco); El Bardouni, T. [Radiations and Nuclear Systems Laboratory, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Faculty of Sciences of Tetouan (Morocco); Erradi, L. [University Mohammed V of Rabat (Morocco); Chakir, E. [LRM/EPTN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Kenitra (Morocco); Boukhal, H. [Radiations and Nuclear Systems Laboratory, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Faculty of Sciences of Tetouan (Morocco); Nacir, B. [CEN-Maamora, CNESTEN, Rabat (Morocco); El Younoussi, C.; El Bakkari, B. [Radiations and Nuclear Systems Laboratory, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Faculty of Sciences of Tetouan (Morocco); CEN-Maamora, CNESTEN, Rabat (Morocco); Merroun, O.; Zoubair, M. [Radiations and Nuclear Systems Laboratory, University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Faculty of Sciences of Tetouan (Morocco)
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Highlights: > In the present work, we have analyzed the CREOLE experiment on the reactivity temperature coefficient (RTC) by using the three-dimensional continuous energy code (MCNP5) and the last updated nuclear data evaluations. > Calculation-experiment discrepancies of the RTC were analyzed and the results have shown that the JENDL3.3 and JEFF3.1 evaluations give the most consistent values. > In order to specify the source of the relatively large discrepancy in the case of ENDF-BVII nuclear data evaluation, the k{sub eff} discrepancy between ENDF-BVII and JENDL3.3 was decomposed by using sensitivity and uncertainty analysis technique. - Abstract: In the present work, we analyze the CREOLE experiment on the reactivity temperature coefficient (RTC) by using the three-dimensional continuous energy code (MCNP5) and the last updated nuclear data evaluations. This experiment performed in the EOLE critical facility located at CEA/Cadarache, was mainly dedicated to the RTC studies for both UO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}-PuO{sub 2} PWR type lattices covering the whole temperature range from 20 deg. C to 300 deg. C. We have developed an accurate 3D model of the EOLE reactor by using the MCNP5 Monte Carlo code which guarantees a high level of fidelity in the description of different configurations at various temperatures taking into account their consequence on neutron cross section data and all thermal expansion effects. In this case, the remaining error between calculation and experiment will be awarded mainly to uncertainties on nuclear data. Our own cross section library was constructed by using NJOY99.259 code with point-wise nuclear data based on ENDF-BVII, JEFF3.1 and JENDL3.3 evaluation files. The MCNP model was validated through the axial and radial fission rate measurements at room and hot temperatures. Calculation-experiment discrepancies of the RTC were analyzed and the results have shown that the JENDL3.3 and JEFF3.1 evaluations give the most consistent values; the
On-The-Fly neutron Doppler broadening in MCNP
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Multi-physics calculations may involve coupling continuous-energy Monte Carlo neutronics codes to CFD codes that provide many thousands or even millions of region temperatures. The traditional Monte Carlo approach - using pre-calculated Doppler broadened nuclear cross-sections - is not feasible for these large multi-physics problems. Instead, an On-the-Fly (OTF) Doppler broadening methodology is required, whereby neutron cross-sections are broadened during the Monte Carlo transport. To this end, we have developed a methodology for MCNP to provide OTF broadening based on cell temperatures during neutron tracking. The method enables the use of many thousands or more temperatures in MCNP Monte Carlo calculations for multi-physics applications, significantly advancing the state-of-the-art by permitting the solution of problems that were not previously possible with continuous-energy Monte Carlo codes. A production library with an extended set of isotopes has been developed for use with MCNP6. Calculations of test problems with MCNP6 and the new library demonstrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the OTF approach. (authors)
Verification of the Monte Carlo code RMC with a whole PWR MOX/UO2 core benchmark
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Several types of V and V work are being carried out for the Reactor Monte Carlo code RMC, including the heterogeneous whole core configurations. In this paper, a whole PWR MOX/UO2 core benchmark which contains both UO2 and MOX assemblies with different enrichments and various burn-up points is chosen to verify RMC's criticality calculation capability, and the results of RMC and other codes are discussed and compared, such as eigenvalues, assembly power distributions, pin power distributions and so on. The discrepancies in eigenvalues and power distributions are satisfactory, which proves the accuracy of RMC's criticality calculation. Also, the influences of different cross-section libraries are discussed upon the results of RMC. Besides these results, the detailed comparisons between RMC and MCNP with the same ENDF/B-VII.0 cross-section library are carried out in this paper, including the comparisons of control rod worths calculated by both RMC and MCNP. According to the results, RMC and MCNP agree quite well in eigenvalues, power distributions and other results. The discrepancies of eigenvalues and control rod worth are fairly small and the relative differences of assembly and pin power distributions are acceptable. All these results contribute to the conclusion that the criticality calculation performance of RMC is accurate and excellent. (author)
MOx benchmark calculations by deterministic and Monte Carlo codes
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Highlights: ► MOx based depletion calculation. ► Methodology to create continuous energy pseudo cross section for lump of minor fission products. ► Mass inventory comparison between deterministic and Monte Carlo codes. ► Higher deviation was found for several isotopes. - Abstract: A depletion calculation benchmark devoted to MOx fuel is an ongoing objective of the OECD/NEA WPRS following the study of depletion calculation concerning UOx fuels. The objective of the proposed benchmark is to compare existing depletion calculations obtained with various codes and data libraries applied to fuel and back-end cycle configurations. In the present work the deterministic code NEWT/ORIGEN-S of the SCALE6 codes package and the Monte Carlo based code MONTEBURNS2.0 were used to calculate the masses of inventory isotopes. The methodology to apply the MONTEBURNS2.0 to this benchmark is also presented. Then the results from both code were compared.
A New Monte Carlo Neutron Transport Code at UNIST
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Monte Carlo neutron transport code named MCS is under development at UNIST for the advanced reactor design and research purpose. This MC code can be used for fixed source calculation and criticality calculation. Continuous energy neutron cross section data and multi-group cross section data can be used for the MC calculation. This paper presents the overview of developed MC code and its calculation results. The real time fixed source calculation ability is also tested in this paper. The calculation results show good agreement with commercial code and experiment. A new Monte Carlo neutron transport code is being developed at UNIST. The MC codes are tested with several benchmark problems: ICSBEP, VENUS-2, and Hoogenboom-Martin benchmark. These benchmarks covers pin geometry to 3-dimensional whole core, and results shows good agreement with reference results
Usage of burnt fuel isotopic compositions from engineering codes in Monte-Carlo code calculations
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Aleshin, Sergey S.; Gorodkov, Sergey S.; Shcherenko, Anna I. [Nuclear Research Centre ' ' Kurchatov Institute' ' , Moscow (Russian Federation)
2015-09-15
A burn-up calculation of VVER's cores by Monte-Carlo code is complex process and requires large computational costs. This fact makes Monte-Carlo codes usage complicated for project and operating calculations. Previously prepared isotopic compositions are proposed to use for the Monte-Carlo code (MCU) calculations of different states of VVER's core with burnt fuel. Isotopic compositions are proposed to calculate by an approximation method. The approximation method is based on usage of a spectral functionality and reference isotopic compositions, that are calculated by engineering codes (TVS-M, PERMAK-A). The multiplication factors and power distributions of FA and VVER with infinite height are calculated in this work by the Monte-Carlo code MCU using earlier prepared isotopic compositions. The MCU calculation data were compared with the data which were obtained by engineering codes.
Radiation calculations using LAHET/MCNP/CINDER90
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The LAHET Monte Carlo code system has recently been expanded to include high energy hadronic interactions via the FLUKA code, while retaining the original Los Alamos versions of HETC and ISABEL at lower energies. Electrons and photons are transported with EGS4 or ITS, while the MCNP coupled neutron/photon Monte Carlo code provides analysis of neutrons with kinetic energies less than 20 MeV. An interface with the CINDER activation code is now in common use. Various other changes have been made to facilitate analysis of high energy accelerator radiation environments and experimental physics apparatus, such as those found at SSC and RHIC. Current code developments and applications are reviewed
Varian 2100C/D Clinac 18 MV photon phase space file characterization and modeling by using MCNP Code
Ezzati, Ahad Ollah
2015-07-01
Multiple points and a spatial mesh based surface source model (MPSMBSS) was generated for 18MV Varian 2100 C/D Clinac phase space file (PSF) and implemented in MCNP code. The generated source model (SM) was benchmarked against PSF and measurements. PDDs and profiles were calculated using the SM and original PSF for different field sizes from 5 × 5 to 20 × 20 cm2. Agreement was within 2% of the maximum dose at 100cm SSD for beam profiles at the depths of 4cm and 15cm with respect to the original PSF. Differences between measured and calculated points were less than 2% of the maximum dose or 2mm distance to agreement (DTA) at 100 cm SSD. Thus it can be concluded that the modified MCNP code can be used for radiotherapy calculations including multiple source model (MSM) and using the source biasing capability of MPSMBSS can increase the simulation speed up to 3600 for field sizes smaller than 5 × 5 cm2.
Point KENO V.a: A continuous-energy Monte Carlo code for transport applications
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KENO V.a is a multigroup Monte Carlo code that solves the Boltzmann transport equation and is used extensively in the criticality safety community to calculate the effective multiplication factor of systems with fissionable material. In this work, a continuous-energy or pointwise version of KENO V.a has been developed by first designing a new continuous-energy cross-section format and then by developing the appropriate Monte Carlo transport procedures to sample the new cross-section format. In order to generate pointwise cross sections for a test library, a series of cross-section processing modules were developed and used to process 50 ENDF/B-VI Release 7 nuclides for the test library. Once the cross-section processing procedures were in place, a continuous-energy version of KENO V.a was developed and tested by calculating 46 test cases that include critical and calculational benchmark problems. The Point KENO-calculated results for the test problems are in agreement with calculated results obtained with the multigroup version of KENO V.a and MCNP4C. Based on the calculated results with the prototypic cross-section library, a continuous-energy version of the KENO V.a code has been successfully developed and demonstrated for modeling systems with fissionable material. (authors)
Benchmarking Monte Carlo codes for criticality safety using subcritical measurements
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Monte Carlo codes that are used for criticality safety evaluations are typically validated using critical experiments in which the neutron multiplication factor is unity. However, the conditions for most fissile material operations do not coincide to those of the critical experiments. This paper demonstrates that Monte Carlo methods and nuclear data can be validated using subcritical measurements whose conditions may coincide more closely to actual configurations of fissile material. (orig.)
Design of shielding of LILW containers by Monte Carlo codes
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Accurate prediction of dose rates from containers with radioactive waste is becoming more important regarding more rigorous regulative in this area. The usual approach to the problem consists in combining numerical and measuring methods. In this paper a Monte Carlo calculations were used for calculating doses from a standard 200 liter drum which contains the intermediate level radioactive waste. Two different Monte Carlo codes were applied and compared, for the same combination of parameters. (author)
Features of MCNP6 Relevant to Medical Radiation Physics
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Hughes, H. Grady III [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Goorley, John T. [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2012-08-29
MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle) is a general-purpose Monte Carlo code for simulating the transport of neutrons, photons, electrons, positrons, and more recently other fundamental particles and heavy ions. Over many years MCNP has found a wide range of applications in many different fields, including medical radiation physics. In this presentation we will describe and illustrate a number of significant recently-developed features in the current version of the code, MCNP6, having particular utility for medical physics. Among these are major extensions of the ability to simulate large, complex geometries, improvement in memory requirements and speed for large lattices, introduction of mesh-based isotopic reaction tallies, advances in radiography simulation, expanded variance-reduction capabilities, especially for pulse-height tallies, and a large number of enhancements in photon/electron transport.
Load balancing in highly parallel processing of Monte Carlo code for particle transport
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In parallel processing of Monte Carlo(MC) codes for neutron, photon and electron transport problems, particle histories are assigned to processors making use of independency of the calculation for each particle. Although we can easily parallelize main part of a MC code by this method, it is necessary and practically difficult to optimize the code concerning load balancing in order to attain high speedup ratio in highly parallel processing. In fact, the speedup ratio in the case of 128 processors remains in nearly one hundred times when using the test bed for the performance evaluation. Through the parallel processing of the MCNP code, which is widely used in the nuclear field, it is shown that it is difficult to attain high performance by static load balancing in especially neutron transport problems, and a load balancing method, which dynamically changes the number of assigned particles minimizing the sum of the computational and communication costs, overcomes the difficulty, resulting in nearly fifteen percentage of reduction for execution time. (author)
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This study aims to determine the distribution of thermal neutron flux in the IPEN/MB-01 nuclear reactor core assembled with cylindrical core configuration of minor excess of reactivity with 568 fuel rods (28 fuel rods in diameter). The thermal neutron flux at the positions of irradiation derive from the method of reaction rate using gold foils. The experiment consists in inserting gold activations foils with and without cadmium coverage (cadmium boxes with 0.0502 cm thickness) in several positions throughout the active core. After irradiation, activity induced by nuclear reaction rates over gold foils is assessed by gamma ray spectrometry using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector. Experimental results are compared to those derived from calculations performed using a three dimensional CITATION diffusion code and MCNP-5 code and a proper nuclear data library. While calculated neutron flux data shows good agreement with experimental values in regions with little disturbance in the neutron flux, also showing that in the region of the reflectors of neutrons and near the control rods, the diffusion theory is not very precise. The average value of thermal neutron flux obtained experimentally compared to the calculated value by CITATION code and MCNP-5 code respectively show a difference of 1.18% and 0.84% at a nuclear power level of 74.65 ± 3.28 % watts. The average measured value of thermal neutron flux is 4.10 108 ± 5.25% n/cm2s. (author)
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Aredes, Vitor Ottoni; Bitelli, Ulysses d' Utra; Mura, Luiz Ernesto C.; Santos, Diogo Feliciano dos; Lima, Ana Cecilia de Souza, E-mail: ubitelli@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)
2015-07-01
This study aims to determine the distribution of thermal neutron flux in the IPEN/MB-01 nuclear reactor core assembled with cylindrical core configuration of minor excess of reactivity with 568 fuel rods (28 fuel rods in diameter). The thermal neutron flux at the positions of irradiation derive from the method of reaction rate using gold foils. The experiment consists in inserting gold activations foils with and without cadmium coverage (cadmium boxes with 0.0502 cm thickness) in several positions throughout the active core. After irradiation, activity induced by nuclear reaction rates over gold foils is assessed by gamma ray spectrometry using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector. Experimental results are compared to those derived from calculations performed using a three dimensional CITATION diffusion code and MCNP-5 code and a proper nuclear data library. While calculated neutron flux data shows good agreement with experimental values in regions with little disturbance in the neutron flux, also showing that in the region of the reflectors of neutrons and near the control rods, the diffusion theory is not very precise. The average value of thermal neutron flux obtained experimentally compared to the calculated value by CITATION code and MCNP-5 code respectively show a difference of 1.18% and 0.84% at a nuclear power level of 74.65 ± 3.28 % watts. The average measured value of thermal neutron flux is 4.10 10{sup 8} ± 5.25% n/cm{sup 2}s. (author)
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Attila is a newly developed finite element code based on Sn neutron, gamma, and charged particle transport in 3-D geometry in which unstructured tetrahedral meshes are generated to describe complex geometry that is based on CAD input (Solid Works, Pro/Engineer, etc). In the present work we benchmark its calculation accuracy by comparing its prediction to the measured data inside two experimental mock-ups bombarded with 14 MeV neutrons. The results are also compared to those based on MCNP calculations. The experimental mock-ups simulate parts of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in-vessel components, namely: (1) the Tungsten mockup configuration (54.3 cm x 46.8 cm x 45 cm), and (2) the ITER shielding blanket followed by the SCM region (simulated by alternating layers of SS316 and copper). In the latter configuration, a high aspect ratio rectangular streaming channel was introduced (to simulate steaming paths between ITER blanket modules) which ends with a rectangular cavity. The experiments on these two fusion-oriented integral experiments were performed at the Fusion Neutron Generator (FNG) facility, Frascati, Italy. In addition, the nuclear performance of the ITER MCNP 'Benchmark' CAD model has been performed with Attila to compare its results to those obtained with CAD-based MCNP approach developed by several ITER participants. The objective of this paper is to compare results based on two distinctive 3-D calculation tools using the same nuclear data, FENDL2.1, and the same response functions of several reaction rates measured in ITER mock-ups and to enhance confidence from the international neutronics community in the Attila code and how it can precisely quantify the nuclear field in large and complex systems, such as ITER. Attila has the advantage of providing a full flux mapping visualization everywhere in one run where components subjected to excessive radiation level and strong streaming paths can be identified. In addition, the
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Marcus, Ryan C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory
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MCMini is a proof of concept that demonstrates the possibility for Monte Carlo neutron transport using OpenCL with a focus on performance. This implementation, written in C, shows that tracing particles and calculating reactions on a 3D mesh can be done in a highly scalable fashion. These results demonstrate a potential path forward for MCNP or other Monte Carlo codes.
Development of automatic cross section compilation system for MCNP
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A development of a code system to automatically convert cross-sections for MCNP is in progress. The NJOY code is, in general, used to convert the data compiled in the ENDF format (Evaluated Nuclear Data Files by BNL) into the cross-section libraries required by various reactor physics codes. While the cross-section library: FSXLIB-J3R2 was already converted from the JENDL-3.2 version of Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library for a continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP, the library keeps only the cross-sections at room temperature (300 K). According to the users requirements which want to have cross-sections at higher temperature, say 600 K or 900 K, a code system named 'autonj' is under development to provide a set of cross-section library of arbitrary temperature for the MCNP code. This system can accept any of data formats adopted JENDL that may not be treated by NJOY code. The input preparation that is repeatedly required at every nuclide on NJOY execution is greatly reduced by permitting the conversion process of as many nuclides as the user wants in one execution. A few MCNP runs were achieved for verification purpose by using two libraries FSXLIB-J3R2 and the output of autonj'. The almost identical MCNP results within the statistical errors show the 'autonj' output library is correct. In FY 1998, the system will be completed, and in FY 1999, the user's manual will be published. (K. Tsuchihashi)
Current status of the PSG Monte Carlo neutron transport code
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PSG is a new Monte Carlo neutron transport code, developed at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT). The code is mainly intended for fuel assembly-level reactor physics calculations, such as group constant generation for deterministic reactor simulator codes. This paper presents the current status of the project and the essential capabilities of the code. Although the main application of PSG is in lattice calculations, the geometry is not restricted in two dimensions. This paper presents the validation of PSG against the experimental results of the three-dimensional MOX fuelled VENUS-2 reactor dosimetry benchmark. (authors)
A new MCNP{trademark} test set
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Brockhoff, R.C.; Hendricks, J.S.
1994-09-01
The MCNP test set is used to test the MCNP code after installation on various computer platforms. For MCNP4 and MCNP4A this test set included 25 test problems designed to test as many features of the MCNP code as possible. A new and better test set has been devised to increase coverage of the code from 85% to 97% with 28 problems. The new test set is as fast as and shorter than the MCNP4A test set. The authors describe the methodology for devising the new test set, the features that were not covered in the MCNP4A test set, and the changes in the MCNP4A test set that have been made for MCNP4B and its developmental versions. Finally, new bugs uncovered by the new test set and a compilation of all known MCNP4A bugs are presented.
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The MCNP test set is used to test the MCNP code after installation on various computer platforms. For MCNP4 and MCNP4A this test set included 25 test problems designed to test as many features of the MCNP code as possible. A new and better test set has been devised to increase coverage of the code from 85% to 97% with 28 problems. The new test set is as fast as and shorter than the MCNP4A test set. The authors describe the methodology for devising the new test set, the features that were not covered in the MCNP4A test set, and the changes in the MCNP4A test set that have been made for MCNP4B and its developmental versions. Finally, new bugs uncovered by the new test set and a compilation of all known MCNP4A bugs are presented
Geometry creation for MCNP by Sabrina and XSM
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Van Riper, K.A.
1994-02-01
The Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP is based on a surface description of 3-dimensional geometry. Cells are defined in terms of boolean operations on signed quadratic surfaces. MCNP geometry is entered as a card image file containing coefficients of the surface equations and a list of surfaces and operators describing cells. Several programs are available to assist in creation of the geometry specification, among them Sabrina and the new ``Smart Editor`` code XSM. We briefly describe geometry creation in Sabrina and then discuss XSM in detail. XSM is under development; our discussion is based on the state of XSM as of January 1, 1994.
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The ITER IT has adopted the newly developed FEM, 3-D, and CAD-based Discrete Ordinates code, ATTILA for the neutronics studies contingent on its success in predicting key neutronics parameters and nuclear field according to the stringent QA requirements set forth by the Management and Quality Program (MQP). ATTILA has the advantage of providing a full flux and response functions mapping everywhere in one run where components subjected to excessive radiation level and strong streaming paths can be identified. The ITER neutronics community had agreed to use a standard CAD model of ITER (40 degree sector, denoted ''Benchmark CAD Model'') to compare results for several responses selected for calculation benchmarking purposes to test the efficiency and accuracy of the CAD-MCNP approach developed by each party. Since ATTILA seems to lend itself as a powerful design tool with minimal turnaround time, it was decided to benchmark this model with ATTILA as well and compare the results to those obtained with the CAD MCNP calculations. In this paper we report such comparison for five responses, namely: (1) Neutron wall load on the surface of the 18 shield blanket module (SBM), (2) Neutron flux and nuclear heating rate in the divertor cassette, (3) nuclear heating rate in the winding pack of the inner leg of the TF coil, (4) Radial flux profile across dummy port plug and shield plug placed in the equatorial port, and (5) Flux at seven point locations situated behind the equatorial port plug. (orig.)
A Monte Carlo code for ion beam therapy
Anaïs Schaeffer
2012-01-01
Initially developed for applications in detector and accelerator physics, the modern Fluka Monte Carlo code is now used in many different areas of nuclear science. Over the last 25 years, the code has evolved to include new features, such as ion beam simulations. Given the growing use of these beams in cancer treatment, Fluka simulations are being used to design treatment plans in several hadron-therapy centres in Europe. Fluka calculates the dose distribution for a patient treated at CNAO with proton beams. The colour-bar displays the normalized dose values. Fluka is a Monte Carlo code that very accurately simulates electromagnetic and nuclear interactions in matter. In the 1990s, in collaboration with NASA, the code was developed to predict potential radiation hazards received by space crews during possible future trips to Mars. Over the years, it has become the standard tool to investigate beam-machine interactions, radiation damage and radioprotection issues in the CERN accelerator com...
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Critical masses of three curium isotopes, 245Cm, 246Cm and 247Cm, were calculated with a combination of the current version of the Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library, JENDL-3.2, and a continuous energy Monte Carlo neutron transport code, MCNP4A. The subcritical masses corresponding to the neutron multiplication factor keff=0.9 and 0.8 were also computed in the same way. The subcritical masses that correspond to keff=0.9 for 246Cm metal and 246CmO2 with a 30-cm-thick stainless steel reflector were computed as 25.2 kg and 41.8 kg, respectively. The minimum critical mass for 245Cm was obtained as 65.6 g in a sphere of a homogeneous mixture of granulated 245Cm metal and water surrounded by a fully thick water reflector. The corresponding quantity for 247Cm was found to be 2.19 kg. The critical masses of 245Cm, 246Cm and 247Cm metals were computed also for reference by replacing the JENDL-3.2 with the ENDF/B-VI; they were reduced by 23%, 45% and 2%, respectively, from each corresponding value, which revealed a large dependence of the results on the evaluated nuclear data libraries. The present report was prepared for revision of the ANSI/ANS-8.15, the American National Standard for Nuclear Criticality Control of Special Actinide Elements. (author)
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Huy, N.Q. [Faculty of Fundamental Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry, 12 Nguyen Van Bao Street, Ward 4, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)]. E-mail: hlchau@hcm.vnn.vn; Binh, D.Q. [Center for Nuclear Techniques Ho Chi Minh City, 217 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); An, V.X. [Faculty of Fundamental Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry, 12 Nguyen Van Bao Street, Ward 4, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)
2007-04-11
This study aims at finding an explanation for the decrease in the efficiency of an HPGe detector and evaluating a change in the detector inactive germanium layer during its operation. Monte Carlo calculations using the MCNP4C2 code were performed to evaluate the detector efficiency for different values of the inactive germanium layer. Comparison of the experimental and calculated data shows that the inactive germanium layer of the detector changed its thickness from 0.35 to 1.16 mm after an operating time of 9 years. Measurements for determining the reduction of the detector efficiency were carried out two times, one after 3 years and another after 9 years of operation. Experimental result shows that the detector efficiency was reduced about 8% in this period. The increase of inactive germanium layer can be considered as the main reason for explaining the reduction of detector efficiency of about 13% at the {gamma} energies from 200 to 1800 keV during 9 years of detector operation, in which 5% for the 3 first years and 8% for the 6 last years.
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This study aims at finding an explanation for the decrease in the efficiency of an HPGe detector and evaluating a change in the detector inactive germanium layer during its operation. Monte Carlo calculations using the MCNP4C2 code were performed to evaluate the detector efficiency for different values of the inactive germanium layer. Comparison of the experimental and calculated data shows that the inactive germanium layer of the detector changed its thickness from 0.35 to 1.16 mm after an operating time of 9 years. Measurements for determining the reduction of the detector efficiency were carried out two times, one after 3 years and another after 9 years of operation. Experimental result shows that the detector efficiency was reduced about 8% in this period. The increase of inactive germanium layer can be considered as the main reason for explaining the reduction of detector efficiency of about 13% at the γ energies from 200 to 1800 keV during 9 years of detector operation, in which 5% for the 3 first years and 8% for the 6 last years
Development of a New Monte Carlo reactor physics code
Leppänen, Jaakko
2007-01-01
Monte Carlo neutron transport codes are widely used in various reactor physics applications, traditionally related to criticality safety analyses, radiation shielding problems, detector modelling and validation of deterministic transport codes. The main advantage of the method is the capability to model geometry and interaction physics without major approximations. The disadvantage is that the modelling of complicated systems is very computing-intensive, which restricts the applications to so...
AN ASSESSMENT OF MCNP WEIGHT WINDOWS
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J. S. HENDRICKS; C. N. CULBERTSON
2000-01-01
The weight window variance reduction method in the general-purpose Monte Carlo N-Particle radiation transport code MCNPTM has recently been rewritten. In particular, it is now possible to generate weight window importance functions on a superimposed mesh, eliminating the need to subdivide geometries for variance reduction purposes. Our assessment addresses the following questions: (1) Does the new MCNP4C treatment utilize weight windows as well as the former MCNP4B treatment? (2) Does the new MCNP4C weight window generator generate importance functions as well as MCNP4B? (3) How do superimposed mesh weight windows compare to cell-based weight windows? (4) What are the shortcomings of the new MCNP4C weight window generator? Our assessment was carried out with five neutron and photon shielding problems chosen for their demanding variance reduction requirements. The problems were an oil well logging problem, the Oak Ridge fusion shielding benchmark problem, a photon skyshine problem, an air-over-ground problem, and a sample problem for variance reduction.
The Monte Carlo code TRAMO - Capabilities and instructions for application
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The report is intended for readers familiar with the fundamentals of the Monte Carlo method. Those readers might be interested in learning about successful generalisations as well as new ideas for curbing the statistical errors involved. Another intention however is to explain the significant basic features of the multigroup Monte Carlo code TRAMO, including the required input, so that readers will be able to performing the required adjustments to the specific calculation technique and develop their own tools for performing their specific calculations. An indispensable code needed for such TRAMO applications is the TRAWEI Monte Carlo code which calculates he required weightings for applications of the variance reducing Weight Window Method; other codes required are those for generating the neutron cross-section data and the group data. The TRAMO code calculates, with given source distribution of neutrons in multigroup approximation, multigroup flux data, integrated group flux data, and dose values for given partial volumes and surfaces. There are further code versions for calculation of neutron and gamma fluxes, or criticality data, but these are not considered in the report. (orig./CB)
MORSE Monte Carlo radiation transport code system
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For a number of years the MORSE user community has requested additional help in setting up problems using various options. The sample problems distributed with MORSE did not fully demonstrate the capability of the code. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory the code originators had a complete set of sample problems, but funds for documenting and distributing them were never available. Recently the number of requests for listings of input data and results for running some particular option the user was trying to implement has increased to the point where it is not feasible to handle them on an individual basis. Consequently it was decided to package a set of sample problems which illustrates more adequately how to run MORSE. This write-up may be added to Part III of the MORSE report. These sample problems include a combined neutron-gamma case, a neutron only case, a gamma only case, an adjoint case, a fission case, a time-dependent fission case, the collision density case, an XCHEKR run and a PICTUR run
Taylor series development in the Monte Carlo code Tripoli-4
Mazzolo, Alain; Zoia, Andrea; Martin, Brunella
2014-06-01
Perturbation methods for one or several variables based on the Taylor series development up to the second order is presented for the collision estimator in the framework of the Monte Carlo code Tripoli-4. Comparisons with the correlated sampling method implemented in Tripoli-4 demonstrate the need of including the cross derivatives in the development.
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Monte Carlo simulations of nuclear criticality eigenvalue problems are often performed by general purpose radiation transport codes such as MCNP. MCNP performs detailed statistical analysis of the criticality calculation and provides feedback to the user with warning messages, tables, and graphs. The purpose of the analysis is to provide the user with sufficient information to assess spatial convergence of the eigenfunction and thus the validity of the criticality calculation. As a test of this statistical analysis package in MCNP, analytic criticality verification benchmark problems have been used for the first time to assess the performance of the criticality convergence tests in MCNP. The MCNP statistical analysis capability has been recently assessed using the 75 multigroup criticality verification analytic problem test set. MCNP was verified with these problems at the 10-4 to 10-5 statistical error level using 40 000 histories per cycle and 2000 active cycles. In all cases, the final boxed combined keff answer was given with the standard deviation and three confidence intervals that contained the analytic keff. To test the effectiveness of the statistical analysis checks in identifying poor eigenfunction convergence, ten problems from the test set were deliberately run incorrectly using 1000 histories per cycle, 200 active cycles, and 10 inactive cycles. Six problems with large dominance ratios were chosen from the test set because they do not achieve the normal spatial mode in the beginning of the calculation. To further stress the convergence tests, these problems were also started with an initial fission source point 1 cm from the boundary thus increasing the likelihood of a poorly converged initial fission source distribution. The final combined keff confidence intervals for these deliberately ill-posed problems did not include the analytic keff value. In no case did a bad confidence interval go undetected. Warning messages were given signaling that the
Acceleration of a Monte Carlo radiation transport code
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Execution time for the Integrated TIGER Series (ITS) Monte Carlo radiation transport code has been reduced by careful re-coding of computationally intensive subroutines. Three test cases for the TIGER (1-D slab geometry), CYLTRAN (2-D cylindrical geometry), and ACCEPT (3-D arbitrary geometry) codes were identified and used to benchmark and profile program execution. Based upon these results, sixteen top time-consuming subroutines were examined and nine of them modified to accelerate computations with equivalent numerical output to the original. The results obtained via this study indicate that speedup factors of 1.90 for the TIGER code, 1.67 for the CYLTRAN code, and 1.11 for the ACCEPT code are achievable. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics
Design Case Studies of Anti-scattering X-ray Grid by MCNP Code Simulation
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The scattered photon cannot but be projected to the detector pixel where it is initially headed. Therefore, reducing the scattered photon in x-ray imaging system is essential to decrease unwanted radiation exposure to patient and increase the accuracy of diagnosis. In order to reduce scattered photons, an anti-scattering X-ray grid, which consists of shielding material and penetration materials, is equipped in X-ray imaging system. The design case study of anti-scattering X-ray grid was performed for the three designs of square, honeycomb and circle type by MCNP simulation. The optimization of thickness of shielding material was conducted on three cases of the length of a side of hexagon of honeycomb type anti-scattering X-ray grid. It was understood that the performance of grid was not depend on the grid type in this fundamental approach
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Conversion coefficients from fluence to effective dose are calculated by radiation transport codes using mathematical models of the adult human, the so called anthropomorphic phantoms. A comparison using different codes is always important to discover limits and bugs in the computational methods of the codes. Two well-known radiation transport codes, MCNP and FLUKA, have been compared calculating the conversion coefficients from neutron fluence to effective dose using an identical model of an hermaphrodite phantom. Monoenergetic neutrons of energy ranging from 10 keV to 15 MeV plus Maxwellian distributed 0.025 eV neutrons were used with various irradiation geometries. The agreement is generally satisfactory in the energy range 10 keV-10MeV, although differences as large as 20% can be observed for posterior-anterior irradiation. At thermal energy and at 15 MeV discrepancies up to 25% and 15% respectively, are found for all the irradiation geometries investigated. These results are discussed and some considerations about the various contributions of the radiation involved to the effective dose are exposed. (Author)
Study on random number generator in Monte Carlo code
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The Monte Carlo code uses a sequence of pseudo-random numbers with a random number generator (RNG) to simulate particle histories. A pseudo-random number has its own period depending on its generation method and the period is desired to be long enough not to exceed the period during one Monte Carlo calculation to ensure the correctness especially for a standard deviation of results. The linear congruential generator (LCG) is widely used as Monte Carlo RNG and the period of LCG is not so long by considering the increasing rate of simulation histories in a Monte Carlo calculation according to the remarkable enhancement of computer performance. Recently, many kinds of RNG have been developed and some of their features are better than those of LCG. In this study, we investigate the appropriate RNG in a Monte Carlo code as an alternative to LCG especially for the case of enormous histories. It is found that xorshift has desirable features compared with LCG, and xorshift has a larger period, a comparable speed to generate random numbers, a better randomness, and good applicability to parallel calculation. (author)
Lecture Notes on Criticality Safety Validation Using MCNP & Whisper
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Brown, Forrest B. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Rising, Michael Evan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Alwin, Jennifer Louise [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2016-03-11
Training classes for nuclear criticality safety, MCNP documentation. The need for, and problems surrounding, validation of computer codes and data area considered first. Then some background for MCNP & Whisper is given--best practices for Monte Carlo criticality calculations, neutron spectra, S(α,β) thermal neutron scattering data, nuclear data sensitivities, covariance data, and correlation coefficients. Whisper is computational software designed to assist the nuclear criticality safety analyst with validation studies with the Monte Carlo radiation transport package MCNP. Whisper's methodology (benchmark selection – C_{k}'s, weights; extreme value theory – bias, bias uncertainty; MOS for nuclear data uncertainty – GLLS) and usage are discussed.
A semianalytic Monte Carlo code for modelling LIDAR measurements
Palazzi, Elisa; Kostadinov, Ivan; Petritoli, Andrea; Ravegnani, Fabrizio; Bortoli, Daniele; Masieri, Samuele; Premuda, Margherita; Giovanelli, Giorgio
2007-10-01
LIDAR (LIght Detection and Ranging) is an optical active remote sensing technology with many applications in atmospheric physics. Modelling of LIDAR measurements appears useful approach for evaluating the effects of various environmental variables and scenarios as well as of different measurement geometries and instrumental characteristics. In this regard a Monte Carlo simulation model can provide a reliable answer to these important requirements. A semianalytic Monte Carlo code for modelling LIDAR measurements has been developed at ISAC-CNR. The backscattered laser signal detected by the LIDAR system is calculated in the code taking into account the contributions due to the main atmospheric molecular constituents and aerosol particles through processes of single and multiple scattering. The contributions by molecular absorption, ground and clouds reflection are evaluated too. The code can perform simulations of both monostatic and bistatic LIDAR systems. To enhance the efficiency of the Monte Carlo simulation, analytical estimates and expected value calculations are performed. Artificial devices (such as forced collision, local forced collision, splitting and russian roulette) are moreover foreseen by the code, which can enable the user to drastically reduce the variance of the calculation.
Criticality coefficient calculation for a small PWR using Monte Carlo Transport Code
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Trombetta, Debora M.; Su, Jian, E-mail: dtrombetta@nuclear.ufrj.br, E-mail: sujian@nuclear.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Chirayath, Sunil S., E-mail: sunilsc@tamu.edu [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute, Texas A and M University, TX (United States)
2015-07-01
Computational models of reactors are increasingly used to predict nuclear reactor physics parameters responsible for reactivity changes which could lead to accidents and losses. In this work, preliminary results for criticality coefficient calculation using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNPX were presented for a small PWR. The computational modeling developed consists of the core with fuel elements, radial reflectors, and control rods inside a pressure vessel. Three different geometries were simulated, a single fuel pin, a fuel assembly and the core, with the aim to compare the criticality coefficients among themselves.The criticality coefficients calculated were: Doppler Temperature Coefficient, Coolant Temperature Coefficient, Coolant Void Coefficient, Power Coefficient, and Control Rod Worth. The coefficient values calculated by the MCNP code were compared with literature results, showing good agreement with reference data, which validate the computational model developed and allow it to be used to perform more complex studies. Criticality Coefficient values for the three simulations done had little discrepancy for almost all coefficients investigated, the only exception was the Power Coefficient. Preliminary results presented show that simple modelling as a fuel assembly can describe changes at almost all the criticality coefficients, avoiding the need of a complex core simulation. (author)
Review of the Monte Carlo and deterministic codes in radiation protection and dosimetry
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purpose. One failure, unfortunately common to many codes (including some leading and generally available codes), is the lack of effort expended in providing a descent statistical and sensitivity analysis package, which would help the user to avoid traps such as false convergence. Another failure, which is this time blameable on us the users, is our failure to grasp the importance of choosing well, and using sensibly, cross section data. The impact of such or other incorrect input data on our results is often overlooked. With new developments in computing technology and in variance reduction or acceleration techniques, Monte Carlo calculations can nowadays be performed with very small statistical uncertainties. These are often so low that they become negligible compared to other, sometimes much larger uncertainties such as those due to input data, source definition, geometry response functions, etc. Both code developers and users alike unfortunately often ignore any sensitivity analysis. This report is primarily intended as a non-exhaustive overview of and a pointer to some of the major Monte Carlo and Deterministic codes used in radiation transport in general and radiation protection and dosimetry in particular, with an extended bibliography for those codes. These will include MCNP, EGS, LAHET, FLUKA, MARS, MCBEND, TRIPOLI, SCALES and others. Some deterministic codes such as ANISN, TORT, EVENT, etc. will also be described in some detail, as will be although briefly, BEAM, PEREGRINE and rttMC which are used in medical physics applications. The codes' order of description and the amount space dedicated to each of them has been randomly dictated by the time when the sections were written and by their authorship. In this challenging and ambitious exercise, wherever possible (and it has not been easy), we sought the involvement and help of the authors or main developers and users of the codes, at least through their regular
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Pešić Milan P.
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Full Text Available A numerical simulation of the radiological consequences of the RB reactor reactivity excursion accident, which occurred on October 15, 1958, and an estimation of the total doses received by the operators were run by the MCNP5 computer code. The simulation was carried out under the same assumptions as those used in the 1960 IAEA-organized experimental simulation of the accident: total fission energy of 80 MJ released in the accident and the frozen positions of the operators. The time interval of exposure to high doses received by the operators has been estimated. Data on the RB1/1958 reactor core relevant to the accident are given. A short summary of the accident scenario has been updated. A 3-D model of the reactor room and the RB reactor tank, with all the details of the core, created. For dose determination, 3-D simplified, homogenised, sexless and faceless phantoms, placed inside the reactor room, have been developed. The code was run for a number of neutron histories which have given a dose rate uncertainty of less than 2%. For the determination of radiation spectra escaping the reactor core and radiation interaction in the tissue of the phantoms, the MCNP5 code was run (in the KCODE option and “mode n p e”, with a 55-group neutron spectra, 35-group gamma ray spectra and a 10-group electron spectra. The doses were determined by using the conversion of flux density (obtained by the F4 tally in the phantoms to doses using factors taken from ICRP-74 and from the deposited energy of neutrons and gamma rays (obtained by the F6 tally in the phantoms’ tissue. A rough estimation of the time moment when the odour of ozone was sensed by the operators is estimated for the first time and given in Appendix A.1. Calculated total absorbed and equivalent doses are compared to the previously reported ones and an attempt to understand and explain the reasons for the obtained differences has been made. A Root Cause Analysis of the accident was done and
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Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) (Reference 1) is the code of choice for doing complex neutron/photon/electron transport calculations for the nuclear industry and research institutions. The Visual Editor for Monte Carlo N-Particle (References 2 to 11) is recognized internationally as the best code for visually creating and graphically displaying input files for MCNP. The work performed in this grant enhanced the capabilities of the MCNP Visual Editor to allow it to read in a 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD) file, allowing the user to modify and view the 2D CAD file and then electronically generate a valid MCNP input geometry with a user specified axial extent
TRIPOLI-3: a neutron/photon Monte Carlo transport code
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The present version of TRIPOLI-3 solves the transport equation for coupled neutron and gamma ray problems in three dimensional geometries by using the Monte Carlo method. This code is devoted both to shielding and criticality problems. The most important feature for particle transport equation solving is the fine treatment of the physical phenomena and sophisticated biasing technics useful for deep penetrations. The code is used either for shielding design studies or for reference and benchmark to validate cross sections. Neutronic studies are essentially cell or small core calculations and criticality problems. TRIPOLI-3 has been used as reference method, for example, for resonance self shielding qualification. (orig.)
Burnup calculation methodology in the serpent 2 Monte Carlo code
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This paper presents two topics related to the burnup calculation capabilities in the Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code: advanced time-integration methods and improved memory management, accomplished by the use of different optimization modes. The development of the introduced methods is an important part of re-writing the Serpent source code, carried out for the purpose of extending the burnup calculation capabilities from 2D assembly-level calculations to large 3D reactor-scale problems. The progress is demonstrated by repeating a PWR test case, originally carried out in 2009 for the validation of the newly-implemented burnup calculation routines in Serpent 1. (authors)
SPAMCART: a code for smoothed particle Monte Carlo radiative transfer
Lomax, O
2016-01-01
We present a code for generating synthetic SEDs and intensity maps from Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics simulation snapshots. The code is based on the Lucy (1999) Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer method, i.e. it follows discrete luminosity packets, emitted from external and/or embedded sources, as they propagate through a density field, and then uses their trajectories to compute the radiative equilibrium temperature of the ambient dust. The density is not mapped onto a grid, and therefore the calculation is performed at exactly the same resolution as the hydrodynamics. We present two example calculations using this method. First, we demonstrate that the code strictly adheres to Kirchhoff's law of radiation. Second, we present synthetic intensity maps and spectra of an embedded protostellar multiple system. The algorithm uses data structures that are already constructed for other purposes in modern particle codes. It is therefore relatively simple to implement.
MCNP/TORT coupling vs. MCNP biasing transport methods for PWR applications
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This paper presents the coupling methodology of the Monte Carlo code MCNP5 and the deterministic SN TORT, to meet the AREVA needs for PWR reactors analysis, but also BWR and GEN IV reactors. In general the long-range transport of neutron and gamma particles outside the core using only Monte Carlo calculations requires prohibitive computation time, if no biasing is included, to guide the particle population to spread towards the chosen target. This biasing becomes essential, if computing resources are limited. The disadvantage of this approach lies in the preparation of such biasing, particularly for non-standard configurations. An alternate method is proposed, with the coupling of the two codes specified above. The MCNP5 code is used to calculate the in-core neutron or gamma sources. The neutron/gamma particles are transported to the outside of the core and deposited on a predetermined outer surface. The surface source is subsequently propagated in SN/finite difference method. The convergence of the SN calculations is relatively short (few hours), which leads to a result in only about a half day, including MCNP5. A first physical validation of this coupling is obtained for the N4 French reactor. The thermal epithermal and fast fluxes are evaluated. A very good agreement is obtained for the neutron flux >1 eV; the deviations are below 5% for this part of spectrum. Finally a comparison is presented to demonstrate the interest or not of the coupling MCNP/TORT methodology vs. existing biasing methods in MCNP5. (author)
An Electron/Photon/Relaxation Data Library for MCNP6
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Hughes, III, H. Grady [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2015-08-07
The capabilities of the MCNP6 Monte Carlo code in simulation of electron transport, photon transport, and atomic relaxation have recently been significantly expanded. The enhancements include not only the extension of existing data and methods to lower energies, but also the introduction of new categories of data and methods. Support of these new capabilities has required major additions to and redesign of the associated data tables. In this paper we present the first complete documentation of the contents and format of the new electron-photon-relaxation data library now available with the initial production release of MCNP6.
Calculation of cell volumes and surface areas in MCNP
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MCNP is a general Monte Carlo neutron-photon particle transport code which treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces, and some special fourth-degree surfaces. It is necessary to calculate cell volumes and surface areas so that cell masses, fluxes, and other important information can be determined. The volume/area calculation in MCNP computes cell volumes and surface areas for cells and surfaces rotationally symmetric about any arbitrary axis. 5 figures, 1 table
MOCUP: MCNP-ORIGEN2 coupling utility programs
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MOCUP is a system of interface codes wrapped around MCNP Monte Carlo transport code and ORIGEN2.1 depletion and isotopics code. It performs depletion in complex, non-lattice geometries for research and test reactors. The purpose of MOCUP is to provide capability for depletion using Monte Carlo fluxes in complex geometries (i.e., test reactors), calculate target depletion, isotope production. It needs minimum extra user input, has maximum flexibility, it is easy of use; and completely external to MCNP and ORIGEN. So far applications of MOCUP were: INEL, Advanced Neutron Source Reactor, Advanced Test Reactor, Pu disposition reactor analysis; and MIT, Pu disposition reactor analysis. It was found that MOCUP is an excellent tool for non-lattice reactor analysis and is planned to be ready for General distribution by late 1995, after additional testing
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In order to assess irradiation-induced corrosion effects, coolant radiolysis and the degradation of the physical properties of reactor materials and components, it is necessary to determine the neutron, photon, and electron energy deposition profiles in the fuel channels of the reactor core. At present, several different computer codes must be used to do this. The most recent, advanced and versatile of these is the latest version of MCNP, which may be capable of replacing all the others. Different codes have different assumptions and different restrictions on the way they can model the core physics and geometry. This report presents the results of ANISN and MCNP models of neutron and photon energy deposition. The results validate the use of MCNP for simplified geometrical modelling of energy deposition by neutrons and photons in the complex geometry of the CANDU reactor fuel channel. Discrete ordinates codes such as ANISN were the benchmark codes used in previous work. The results of calculations using various models are presented, and they show very good agreement for fast-neutron energy deposition. In the case of photon energy deposition, however, some modifications to the modelling procedures had to be incorporated. Problems with the use of reflective boundaries were solved by either including the eight surrounding fuel channels in the model, or using a boundary source at the bounding surface of the problem. Once these modifications were incorporated, consistent results between the computer codes were achieved. Historically, simple annular representations of the core were used, because of the difficulty of doing detailed modelling with older codes. It is demonstrated that modelling by MCNP, using more accurate and more detailed geometry, gives significantly different and improved results. (author). 9 refs., 12 tabs., 20 figs
Monte Carlo application tool-kit (MCATK)
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The Monte Carlo Application tool-kit (MCATK) is a C++ component-based software library designed to build specialized applications and to provide new functionality for existing general purpose Monte Carlo radiation transport codes such as MCNP. We will describe MCATK and its capabilities along with presenting some verification and validations results. (authors)
Verification of Monte Carlo transport codes by activation experiments
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With the increasing energies and intensities of heavy-ion accelerator facilities, the problem of an excessive activation of the accelerator components caused by beam losses becomes more and more important. Numerical experiments using Monte Carlo transport codes are performed in order to assess the levels of activation. The heavy-ion versions of the codes were released approximately a decade ago, therefore the verification is needed to be sure that they give reasonable results. Present work is focused on obtaining the experimental data on activation of the targets by heavy-ion beams. Several experiments were performed at GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung. The interaction of nitrogen, argon and uranium beams with aluminum targets, as well as interaction of nitrogen and argon beams with copper targets was studied. After the irradiation of the targets by different ion beams from the SIS18 synchrotron at GSI, the γ-spectroscopy analysis was done: the γ-spectra of the residual activity were measured, the radioactive nuclides were identified, their amount and depth distribution were detected. The obtained experimental results were compared with the results of the Monte Carlo simulations using FLUKA, MARS and SHIELD. The discrepancies and agreements between experiment and simulations are pointed out. The origin of discrepancies is discussed. Obtained results allow for a better verification of the Monte Carlo transport codes, and also provide information for their further development. The necessity of the activation studies for accelerator applications is discussed. The limits of applicability of the heavy-ion beam-loss criteria were studied using the FLUKA code. FLUKA-simulations were done to determine the most preferable from the radiation protection point of view materials for use in accelerator components.
Evaluation of transmission factor in beta radiotherapy by MCNP-4A code
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Beta radiotherapy has been established as an alternative treatment of ocular diseases, including pterygium, keratitis, melanoma, carcinoma and cornea vascularisation. However this radiation can cause pernicious secondary effects such as eye lens cataract development. Therefore, it is of great interest to observe the doses limit in the eye lens, which must not compromise the therapeutic success of the cornea treatment. To achieve this objective, computational Monte Carlo techniques have been used in order to formulate a human eye representative geometrical model and to analyze dosimetry parameters under beta rays emission. A well-known radioactive source was utilized, 90Sr/90Y, and also a 147Pm source. Several evaluations have been made for different source-cornea length, and the cornea doses/eye lens doses ratio results were obtained and compared. Doses variation due to the insertion of stainless steel absorbers was also evaluated for the 90Sr/90Y source. (author)
Nanodosimetric verification in proton therapy: Monte Carlo Codes Comparison
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Full text: Nanodosimetry strives to develop a novel dosimetry concept suitable for advanced modalities of cancer radiotherapy, such as proton therapy. This project aims to evaluate the plausibility of the physical models implemented in the Geant4 Very Low Energy (Geant4-DNA) extensions by comparing nanodosimetric quantities calculated with Geant4-DNA and the PTB Monte Carlo track structure code. Nanodosimetric track structure parameters were calculated for cylindrical targets representing DNA and nucleosome segments and converted into the probability of producing a DSB using the model proposed by Garty et al. [1]. Monoenergetic protons and electrons of energies typical for 6-electron spectra were considered as primary particles. Good agreement was found between the two codes for electrons of energies above 200 eV. Below this energy Geant4-DNA produced slightly higher numbers of ionisations in the sensitive volumes and higher probabilities for DSB formation. For protons, Geant4-DNA also gave higher numbers of ionisations and DSB probabilities, particularly in the low energy range, while a satisfactory agreement was found for energies higher than I MeV. Comparing two codes can be useful as any observed divergence in results between the two codes provides valuable information as to where further consideration of the underlying physical models used in each code may be required. Consistently it was seen that the largest difference between the codes was in the low energy ranges for each particle type. (author)
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In the present work, we have analyzed the CREOLE experiment on the reactivity temperature coefficient (RTC) by using the MCNP code with the recently updated nuclear data evaluations. In this experiment performed in the EOLE critical facility located at CEA/Cadarache, the RTC has been measured in both UO2 and UO2-PuO2 PWR type lattices covering the whole temperature range from 20 deg. C to 300 deg. C. An accurate model of the EOLE reactor was developed by using the three-dimensional continuous energy code MCNP5. This Monte Carlo code guarantees a high level of fidelity in the description of the reactor core components at all temperatures taking into account their consequence on neutron cross sections data and all thermal expansion effects. In this case, the remaining discrepancy between calculation and experiment will be awarded mainly to uncertainties on nuclear data. The cross section libraries were generated by using NJOY-99.259 code with point-wise cross sections based on ENDF-BVII and JEFF3.1 evaluation files. The calculation-experiment discrepancies of the RTC were analyzed and the results have shown that the JEFF3.1 evaluation gives more consistent values than those obtained by ENDF-BVII. By using the JEFF3.1 evaluation, it may be pointed out that for UO2 clean lattices; the discrepancy is generally less than 0.17 pcm/ deg. C whereas for the UO2-PuO2 lattices it is less than 0,23 pcm/deg. C. These results confirm those previously published and show that the error on RTC in the MOX lattices case is greater than that obtained in the case of UOX clean lattices, particularly at room temperature range. (author)
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At thermal neutron energies, the binding of the scattering nucleus in a solid, liquid, or gas affects the cross section and the angular and energy distributions of the scattered neutrons. These effects are described in the thermal sub-library of evaluated files in File 7 of the ENDF- 6 format. New and re-evaluations are described for the three thermal moderator materials: hydrogen bound in light water (H2O), deuterium bound in heavy water (D2O) and hydrogen in ZrH (zirconium hydride). The calculations for a variety of temperatures were made with the LEAPR module of NJOY to obtain new evaluated thermal neutron scattering files that are accurate over a wider range of energy and momentum transfer than existing files. The IKE physics models are described in detail, and the inputs to LEAPR are given. Detailed comparisons with a significant number of measurements of differential and integral neutron cross sections and other relevant data are reported (for the validation of the generated Scattering Law data files S(α,β,Τ)). Experimental data are reproduced reasonably well. In addition, thermal MCNP data sets for use in the continuous Monte Carlo codes MCNP and MCNPX were generated from these evaluations. Calculated neutron spectra agree rather well with measurements. Details are also given of the updates to the NJOY modules LEAPR, THERMR, and ACER necessary in generating and processing the thermal neutron scattering data. (author)
Neutronic and thermal-hydraulic calculations for the AP-1000 NPP with the MCNP6 and SERPENT codes
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Stefani, Giovanni Laranjo; Maiorino, Jose R.; Santos, Thiago A., E-mail: giovanni.laranjo@ufabc.edu.br, E-mail: joserubens.maiorino@ufabc.edu.br, E-mail: thiago.santos@ufabc.edu.br [Universidade Federal do ABC (CECS/UFABC), Santo Andre, SP (Brazil). Centro de Engenharia, Modelagem e Ciencias Sociais; Rossi, Pedro R., E-mail: pedro.russorossi@gmail.com [FERMIUM - Tecnologia Nuclear, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)
2015-07-01
The AP-1000 is an evolutionary PWR reactor designed as an evolution of the AP-600 project. The reactor is already pre-licensed by NRC, and is considered to have achieved high standards of safety, possible short construction time and good economic competitiveness. The core is a 17x17 typical assembly using Zirlo as cladding, 3 different enrichment regions, and is controlled by boron, control banks, and burnable poison. The expected fuel final burnup is 62 MWD/ton U and a cycle of 18 months. In this paper we present results for neutronic and thermal-hydraulic calculations for the AP-1000. We use the MCNP6 and SERPENT codes to calculate the first cycle of operation. The calculated parameters are K{sub eff} at BOL and EOL and its variation with burnup and neutron flux, and reactivity coefficients. The production of transuranic elements such as Pu-239 and Pu-241, and burning fuel are calculated over time. In the work a complete reactor was burned for 450 days with no control elements, boron or burnable poison were considered, these results were compared with data provided by the Westinghouse. The results are compared with those reported in the literature. A simple thermal hydraulic analysis allows verification of thermal limits such as fuel and cladding temperatures, and MDNB. (author)
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Aldawahra Saadou
2015-06-01
Full Text Available Comparative studies for conversion of the fuel from HEU to LEU in the miniature neutron source reactor (MNSR have been performed using the MCNP4C code. The HEU fuel (UAl4-Al, 90% enriched with Al clad and LEU (UO2 12.6% enriched with zircaloy-4 alloy clad cores have been analyzed in this study. The existing HEU core of MNSR was analyzed to validate the neutronic model of reactor, while the LEU core was studied to prove the possibility of fuel conversion of the existing HEU core. The proposed LEU core contained the same number of fuel pins as the HEU core. All other structure materials and dimensions of HEU and LEU cores were the same except the increase in the radius of control rod material from 0.195 to 0.205 cm and keeping the outer diameter of the control rod unchanged in the LEU core. The effective multiplication factor (keff, excess reactivity (ρex, control rod worth (CRW, shutdown margin (SDM, safety reactivity factor (SRF, delayed neutron fraction (βeff and the neutron fluxes in the irradiation tubes for the existing and the potential LEU fuel were investigated. The results showed that the safety parameters and the neutron fluxes in the irradiation tubes of the LEU fuels were in good agreements with the HEU results. Therefore, the LEU fuel was validated to be a suitable choice for fuel conversion of the MNSR in the future.
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Nowadays, radioactive isotopes are used in many different fields, for instance in industry, energy production, archaeology and mainly in medical applications. In addition, bricks and stones, which are used to build these buildings and our homes, have higher natural radiation levels than other building materials such as wood. In this work, the linear and mass attenuation coefficients of different types building materials, needed for the protection of human health against radiation hazards, were investigated with Monte Carlo particle-transport code (MCNP) technique. Simulations were performed in order to obtain these coefficients at photon energies from 80 keV to 1333 keV for clay, perlite and PP. As should be anticipated, the density and photon energy are the main parameters that affect the mass attenuation coefficient
A GPU-based Monte Carlo dose calculation code for photon transport in a voxel phantom
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Bellezzo, M.; Do Nascimento, E.; Yoriyaz, H., E-mail: mbellezzo@gmail.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares / CNEN, Av. Lineu Prestes 2242, Cidade Universitaria, 05508-000 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
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As the most accurate method to estimate absorbed dose in radiotherapy, Monte Carlo method has been widely used in radiotherapy treatment planning. Nevertheless, its efficiency can be improved for clinical routine applications. In this paper, we present the CUBMC code, a GPU-based Mc photon transport algorithm for dose calculation under the Compute Unified Device Architecture platform. The simulation of physical events is based on the algorithm used in Penelope, and the cross section table used is the one generated by the Material routine, als present in Penelope code. Photons are transported in voxel-based geometries with different compositions. To demonstrate the capabilities of the algorithm developed in the present work four 128 x 128 x 128 voxel phantoms have been considered. One of them is composed by a homogeneous water-based media, the second is composed by bone, the third is composed by lung and the fourth is composed by a heterogeneous bone and vacuum geometry. Simulations were done considering a 6 MeV monoenergetic photon point source. There are two distinct approaches that were used for transport simulation. The first of them forces the photon to stop at every voxel frontier, the second one is the Woodcock method, where the photon stop in the frontier will be considered depending on the material changing across the photon travel line. Dose calculations using these methods are compared for validation with Penelope and MCNP5 codes. Speed-up factors are compared using a NVidia GTX 560-Ti GPU card against a 2.27 GHz Intel Xeon CPU processor. (Author)
A GPU-based Monte Carlo dose calculation code for photon transport in a voxel phantom
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As the most accurate method to estimate absorbed dose in radiotherapy, Monte Carlo method has been widely used in radiotherapy treatment planning. Nevertheless, its efficiency can be improved for clinical routine applications. In this paper, we present the CUBMC code, a GPU-based Mc photon transport algorithm for dose calculation under the Compute Unified Device Architecture platform. The simulation of physical events is based on the algorithm used in Penelope, and the cross section table used is the one generated by the Material routine, als present in Penelope code. Photons are transported in voxel-based geometries with different compositions. To demonstrate the capabilities of the algorithm developed in the present work four 128 x 128 x 128 voxel phantoms have been considered. One of them is composed by a homogeneous water-based media, the second is composed by bone, the third is composed by lung and the fourth is composed by a heterogeneous bone and vacuum geometry. Simulations were done considering a 6 MeV monoenergetic photon point source. There are two distinct approaches that were used for transport simulation. The first of them forces the photon to stop at every voxel frontier, the second one is the Woodcock method, where the photon stop in the frontier will be considered depending on the material changing across the photon travel line. Dose calculations using these methods are compared for validation with Penelope and MCNP5 codes. Speed-up factors are compared using a NVidia GTX 560-Ti GPU card against a 2.27 GHz Intel Xeon CPU processor. (Author)
Visualization and analyses of MCNP criticality calculation results
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Careful assessment of the results of a calculation by the code itself can detect mistakes in the problem setup and execution. MCNP has over four hundred error messages that inform the user of FATAL or WARNING errors that have been discovered during processing of just the input file. MCNP4A performs a self assessment of the calculated results to aid the user in determining the quality of the Monte Carlo results. MCNP4A contains new built-in sensitivity analyses of the Monte Carlo calculation that provide the user with simple WARNING messages for both criticality and fixed source calculations. The goal of the new analyses described in this paper is to provide the MCNP criticality practitioner with enough information in the output to assess the validity of the keff calculation and any associated tallies. The results of these checks are presented in the keff results summary, several keff tables and graphs, and tally tables and graphs. Plots of keff at the workstation are also available as the problem is running or in a postprocessing mode to assess problem performance and results. Plots of the fission source by cycle supply valuable visual information, although they are not yet available in the production version of MCNP
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Brown, Forrest B. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Monte Carlo Codes Group
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Analytical benchmarks provide an invaluable tool for verifying computer codes used to simulate neutron transport. Several collections of analytical benchmark problems [1-4] are used routinely in the verification of production Monte Carlo codes such as MCNP® [5,6]. Verification of a computer code is a necessary prerequisite to the more complex validation process. The verification process confirms that a code performs its intended functions correctly. The validation process involves determining the absolute accuracy of code results vs. nature. In typical validations, results are computed for a set of benchmark experiments using a particular methodology (code, cross-section data with uncertainties, and modeling) and compared to the measured results from the set of benchmark experiments. The validation process determines bias, bias uncertainty, and possibly additional margins. Verification is generally performed by the code developers, while validation is generally performed by code users for a particular application space. The VERIFICATION_KEFF suite of criticality problems [1,2] was originally a set of 75 criticality problems found in the literature for which exact analytical solutions are available. Even though the spatial and energy detail is necessarily limited in analytical benchmarks, typically to a few regions or energy groups, the exact solutions obtained can be used to verify that the basic algorithms, mathematics, and methods used in complex production codes perform correctly. The present work has focused on revisiting this benchmark suite. A thorough review of the problems resulted in discarding some of them as not suitable for MCNP benchmarking. For the remaining problems, many of them were reformulated to permit execution in either multigroup mode or in the normal continuous-energy mode for MCNP. Execution of the benchmarks in continuous-energy mode provides a significant advance to MCNP verification methods.
Proton therapy Monte Carlo SRNA-VOX code
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Ilić Radovan D.
2012-01-01
Full Text Available The most powerful feature of the Monte Carlo method is the possibility of simulating all individual particle interactions in three dimensions and performing numerical experiments with a preset error. These facts were the motivation behind the development of a general-purpose Monte Carlo SRNA program for proton transport simulation in technical systems described by standard geometrical forms (plane, sphere, cone, cylinder, cube. Some of the possible applications of the SRNA program are: (a a general code for proton transport modeling, (b design of accelerator-driven systems, (c simulation of proton scattering and degrading shapes and composition, (d research on proton detectors; and (e radiation protection at accelerator installations. This wide range of possible applications of the program demands the development of various versions of SRNA-VOX codes for proton transport modeling in voxelized geometries and has, finally, resulted in the ISTAR package for the calculation of deposited energy distribution in patients on the basis of CT data in radiotherapy. All of the said codes are capable of using 3-D proton sources with an arbitrary energy spectrum in an interval of 100 keV to 250 MeV.
Computed radiography simulation using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX
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Simulating x-ray images has been of great interest in recent years as it makes possible an analysis of how x-ray images are affected owing to relevant operating parameters. In this paper, a procedure for simulating computed radiographic images using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX is proposed. The sensitivity curve of the BaFBr image plate detector as well as the characteristic noise of a 16-bit computed radiography system were considered during the methodology's development. The results obtained confirm that the proposed procedure for simulating computed radiographic images is satisfactory, as it allows obtaining results comparable with experimental data. (author)
Adjoint Monte Carlo techniques and codes for organ dose calculations
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Adjoint Monte Carlo simulations can be effectively used for the estimation of doses in small targets when the sources are extended in large volumes or surfaces. The main features of two computer codes for calculating doses at free points or in organs of an anthropomorphic phantom are described. In the first program (REBEL-3) natural gamma-emitting sources are contained in the walls of a dwelling room; in the second one (POKER-CAMP) the user can specify arbitrary gamma sources with different spatial distributions in the environment: in (or on the surface of) the ground and in the air. 3 figures
Development and validation of Monte-Carlo burnup calculation code MCNTRANS
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A new nuclear fuel burnup calculation code MCNTRANS based on MCNP was introduced in this paper. The neutronics calculation parameter was extracted from the MCNP5 reaction rate tally result, while a graph theory algorithm was implemented to track the burnup chain and the analytic solution of the Bateman equation was given. At the same time, the detailed physical process was considered to improve the accuracy and serviceability of this code, and prediction-correction method was used to allow a large burnup step. The OECD/NEA and JAERI pin cell benchmark problems were used to validate the code MCNTRANS while a reference result was given by other code. It can be concluded that the calculation results of MCNTRANS are generally consistent with the experimental result and that of the other burnup codes, and part of the actinides and fission products calculation result show better accuracy. (authors)
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A code system has been developed to produce neutron cross section libraries for the MVP continuous energy Monte Carlo code from an evaluated nuclear data library in the ENDF format. The code system consists of 9 computer codes, and can process nuclear data in the latest ENDF-6 format. By using the present system, MVP neutron cross section libraries for important nuclides in reactor core analyses, shielding and fusion neutronics calculations have been prepared from JENDL-3.1, JENDL-3.2, JENDL-FUSION file and ENDF/B-VI data bases. This report describes the format of MVP neutron cross section library, the details of each code in the code system and how to use them. (author)
An Advanced Neutronic Analysis Toolkit with Inline Monte Carlo capability for VHTR Analysis
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Monte Carlo capability has been combined with a production LWR lattice physics code to allow analysis of high temperature gas reactor configurations, accounting for the double heterogeneity due to the TRISO fuel. The Monte Carlo code MCNP5 has been used in conjunction with CPM3, which was the testbench lattice physics code for this project. MCNP5 is used to perform two calculations for the geometry of interest, one with homogenized fuel compacts and the other with heterogeneous fuel compacts, where the TRISO fuel kernels are resolved by MCNP5.
Current status of MCNP6 as a simulation tool useful for space and accelerator applications
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Mashnik, Stepan G [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bull, Jeffrey S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hughes, H. Grady [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Prael, Richard E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sierk, Arnold J [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2012-07-20
For the past several years, a major effort has been undertaken at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop the transport code MCNP6, the latest LANL Monte-Carlo transport code representing a merger and improvement of MCNP5 and MCNPX. We emphasize a description of the latest developments of MCNP6 at higher energies to improve its reliability in calculating rare-isotope production, high-energy cumulative particle production, and a gamut of reactions important for space-radiation shielding, cosmic-ray propagation, and accelerator applications. We present several examples of validation and verification of MCNP6 compared to a wide variety of intermediate- and high-energy experimental data on reactions induced by photons, mesons, nucleons, and nuclei at energies from tens of MeV to about 1 TeV/nucleon, and compare to results from other modern simulation tools.
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Vargas E, S.; Esquivel E, J.; Ramirez S, J. R., E-mail: samuel.vargas@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)
2013-10-15
The purpose of the concept of burned consideration (Burn-up credit) is determining the capacity of the calculation codes, as well as of the nuclear data associates to predict the isotopic composition and the corresponding neutrons effective multiplication factor in a generic container of spent fuel during some time of relevant storage. The present work has as objective determining this capacity of the calculation code MCNP in the prediction of the neutrons effective multiplication factor for a fuel assemblies arrangement type PWR inside a container of generic storage. The calculations are divided in two parts, the first, in the decay calculations with specified nuclide concentrations by the reference for a pressure water reactor (PWR) with enriched fuel to 4.5% and a discharge burned of 50 GW d/Mtu. The second, in criticality calculations with isotopic compositions dependent of the time for actinides and important fission products, taking 30 time steps, for two actinide groups and fission products. (Author)
Vectorization of continuous energy Monte Carlo code VIM
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VIM is a continuous energy Monte Carlo code for criticality calculation. The random walk control system which uses combinatorial geometry system has been vectorized on FACOM VP-100. Vectorization has been done by the event bank method which controls simultaneous multiple particle's random walks, since behavior of neutron is independent. In vectorization of VIM code, we have two problems. One is a large overhead introduced by program modifications for vectorization. Another is a lowering of vector processing efficiency, since the vector length decreases with time according to the absorption and leakage of neutron and cut off of neutron for variance reduction. The average vector length during the random walks has been kept long by utilizing cross section library of single energy band and by reducing the number of the event banks. The performance ratio of vectorized version to the original one is 1.39 for the simple geometry and 1.13 for the complex geometry. (author)
MCNP evaluation of top node control rod depletion below the core in KKL
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In previous studies, there has been identified a significant discrepancy in the BWR control rod top node depletion between the two core simulator nodal codes POLCA7 and PRESTO-2, which indicates that there is a large general uncertainty in nodal codes in calculating the top node depletion of fully withdrawn control rods. In this study, the stochastic Monte Carlo code MCNP has been used to calculate the top node control rod depletion for benchmarking the nodal codes. By using the TIP signal obtained from an extended TIP campaign below the core performed in the KKL reactor, the MCNP model has been verified by comparing the axial profile between the TIP data and the gamma flux calculated by MCNP. The MCNP results have also been compared with calculations from POLCA7, which was found to yield slightly higher depletion rates than MCNP. It was also found that the 10B depletion in the top node is very sensitive to the exact axial location of the control rod top when it is fully withdrawn. By using the MCNP results, the neutron flux model below the core in the nodal codes can be improved by implementing an exponential function for the neutron flux. (author)
Parallel computing by Monte Carlo codes MVP/GMVP
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General-purpose Monte Carlo codes MVP/GMVP are well-vectorized and thus enable us to perform high-speed Monte Carlo calculations. In order to achieve more speedups, we parallelized the codes on the different types of parallel computing platforms or by using a standard parallelization library MPI. The platforms used for benchmark calculations are a distributed-memory vector-parallel computer Fujitsu VPP500, a distributed-memory massively parallel computer Intel paragon and a distributed-memory scalar-parallel computer Hitachi SR2201, IBM SP2. As mentioned generally, linear speedup could be obtained for large-scale problems but parallelization efficiency decreased as the batch size per a processing element(PE) was smaller. It was also found that the statistical uncertainty for assembly powers was less than 0.1% by the PWR full-core calculation with more than 10 million histories and it took about 1.5 hours by massively parallel computing. (author)
MCNP load balancing and fault tolerance with PVM
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Version 4A of the Monte Carlo neutron, photon, and electron transport code MCNP developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory supports distributed-memory multiprocessing through the parallel virtual machine (PVM) software package, version 3.1.4. Using PVM for interprocessor communication, MCNP can simultaneously execute a single problem on a cluster of UNIX-based workstations. This capability provided system efficiencies that exceed 80% on dedicated workstation clusters; however, on heterogeneous or multiuser systems, the performance was limited by the slowest processor (i.e., equal work was assigned to each processor). The next public release of MCNP will provide multiprocessing enhancements that include load balancing and fault tolerance, which are shown to dramatically increase multiuser system efficiency and reliability
MCNP load balancing and fault tolerance with PVM
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Version 4A of the Monte Carlo neutron, photon, and electron transport code MCNP, developed by LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory), supports distributed-memory multiprocessing through the software package PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine, version 3.1.4). Using PVM for interprocessor communication, MCNP can simultaneously execute a single problem on a cluster of UNIX-based workstations. This capability provided system efficiencies that exceeded 80% on dedicated workstation clusters, however, on heterogeneous or multiuser systems, the performance was limited by the slowest processor (i.e., equal work was assigned to each processor). The next public release of MCNP will provide multiprocessing enhancements that include load balancing and fault tolerance which are shown to dramatically increase multiuser system efficiency and reliability
MCNP/X TRANSPORT IN THE TABULAR REGIME
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HUGHES, H. GRADY [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2007-01-08
The authors review the transport capabilities of the MCNP and MCNPX Monte Carlo codes in the energy regimes in which tabular transport data are available. Giving special attention to neutron tables, they emphasize the measures taken to improve the treatment of a variety of difficult aspects of the transport problem, including unresolved resonances, thermal issues, and the availability of suitable cross sections sets. They also briefly touch on the current situation in regard to photon, electron, and proton transport tables.
The CENDL21 library - neutron data library for MCNP
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During a visit to the IAEA Nuclear Data Section from 13 June to 12 December 1997, the author used the NJOY Nuclear Data Processing System, Version 94.66, together with the evaluated nuclear data library CENDL-2.1, to generate the working library CENDL21 in ACE format, for input to the continuous energy neutron-photon Monte Carlo Code MCNP. For validation purposes, the CENDL21 library was subjected to a number of integral benchmark tests. (author)
Parallelization of a Monte Carlo particle transport simulation code
Hadjidoukas, P.; Bousis, C.; Emfietzoglou, D.
2010-05-01
We have developed a high performance version of the Monte Carlo particle transport simulation code MC4. The original application code, developed in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) for Microsoft Excel, was first rewritten in the C programming language for improving code portability. Several pseudo-random number generators have been also integrated and studied. The new MC4 version was then parallelized for shared and distributed-memory multiprocessor systems using the Message Passing Interface. Two parallel pseudo-random number generator libraries (SPRNG and DCMT) have been seamlessly integrated. The performance speedup of parallel MC4 has been studied on a variety of parallel computing architectures including an Intel Xeon server with 4 dual-core processors, a Sun cluster consisting of 16 nodes of 2 dual-core AMD Opteron processors and a 200 dual-processor HP cluster. For large problem size, which is limited only by the physical memory of the multiprocessor server, the speedup results are almost linear on all systems. We have validated the parallel implementation against the serial VBA and C implementations using the same random number generator. Our experimental results on the transport and energy loss of electrons in a water medium show that the serial and parallel codes are equivalent in accuracy. The present improvements allow for studying of higher particle energies with the use of more accurate physical models, and improve statistics as more particles tracks can be simulated in low response time.
Effectiveness of A3MCNP for a purely absorbing medium with void region
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One of the most widely used approaches to solve three-dimensional steady-state shielding problems is the Monte Carlo method. It offers several advantages, including accurate representation of problem geometry and physics, and ease of utilization. However, its disadvantages include large computational time and, as a result, a limited amount of information. For deep-penetration shielding calculations, the analog Monte Carlo method is ineffective and/or impractical because of the low probability of particle transmission/survival. For this type of application, nonanalog Monte Carlo methods are used. There are several effective variance reduction techniques, but their use for large or complex problems is not straightforward because of the need for space, energy, and sometimes angular-dependent parameters. In recent years, several researchers have devoted their efforts in developing methods and codes that can facilitate the determination of the variance reduction parameters. Automatic Adjoint Accelerated MCNP (A3MCNP) is a version of the MCNP code that generates and utilizes variance reduction parameters to perform nonanalog Monte Carlo simulation. A3MCNP uses the deterministic adjoint function to determine the parameters for source biasing and the weight-window technique. It automatically prepares the necessary inputs to determine the adjoint functions. This includes an input file for the GIP code (used to prepare mixture cross sections) and an input file for the TORT code (a three-dimensional discrete ordinates transport code). A3MCNP has been used to calculate displacements per atom at a boiling water reactor core shroud and to simulate a shipping cask. Here, the authors demonstrate the effectiveness of A3MCNP for a deep-penetration test problem
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Pulsed neutron experiments in two-zone spherical and cylindrical geometry has been simulated using the MCNP code. The systems are built of hydrogenous materials. The inner zone is filled with aqueous solutions of absorbers (H3BO3 or KCl). It is surrounded by the outer zone built of Plexiglas. The system is irradiated with the pulsed thermal neutron flux and the thermal neutron decay in time is observed. Standard data libraries of the thermal neutron scattering cross-sections of hydrogen in hydrogenous substances have been used to simulate the neutron transport. The time decay constant of the fundamental mode of the thermal neutron flux determined in each simulation has been compared with the corresponding result of the real pulsed neutron experiment
MCNP modelling of scintillation-detector gamma-ray spectra from natural radionuclides
Hendriks, Peter; Maucec, M; de Meijer, RJ
2002-01-01
gamma-ray spectra of natural radionuclides are simulated for a BGO detector in a borehole geometry using the Monte Carlo code MCNP. All gamma-ray emissions of the decay of K-40 and the series of Th-232 and U-238 are used to describe the source. A procedure is proposed which excludes the time-consumi
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Federico, Claudio A.; Vieira, Wilson J.; Rigolon, Leda S.Y. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA-IEAv), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Estudos Avancados; Goncalez, Odair L. [Faculdade SENAC de Ciencias Exatas e Tecnologia, Sso Paulo, SP (Brazil); Geraldo, Luiz P. [Universidade Catolica de Santos (UNISANTOS), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Pesquisas Cientificas; Semmler, Renato [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)
2000-07-01
In this paper are presented the results of a Monte Carlo calculation for the energy deposition rate in aluminum plates, when a collimated beam of gamma-rays produced by thermal neutrons capture in nickel target passes through them. The absorbed dose rate as a function of the aluminum thickness crossed by the gamma beam has been measured by using CaSO{sub e}:Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters. The capture gamma ray beam was extracted from a tangential beam tube of the IPEN's IEA-R1 2MW research reactor. The absorbed dose calculation was performed employing the Monte Carlo N-particle transport code (MCNP) and two methods of calculation: the simulated gamma ray flux multiplied by a dose conversion factor, and the simulated electron flux multiplied by the collision linear energy loss. The calculation results obtained by the electron transport have shown a good agreement with the experimental measurements. For deeper layers (more than 10 mm aluminum thickness), the calculation using the gamma ray flux multiplied by dose conversion factors, as well the calculation employing the electron transport, exhibit the same decreasing trade observed in experimental data, differing by a normalization factor of approximately 1.4. However, for layers nearer the material surface, the calculation using photon flux produces an overestimation of that using the electron transport as well as of the experimental results. (author)
Verification of MCNP5-1.60 and MCNP6-Beta-2 for Criticality Safety Applications
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To verify that both MCNP5-1.60 and MCNP6-Beta-2 are performing correctly for criticality safety applications, several suites of verification/validation benchmark problems were run in early 2012. Results from these benchmark suites were compared with results from previously verified versions of MCNP5. The goals of this verification testing were: (1) Verify that MCNP5-1.60 works correctly for nuclear criticality safety applications, producing the same results as for the previous verification performed in 2010; (2) Determine the sensitivity to computer roundoff using different Fortran-90 compilers for building MCNP5 and MCNP6, to support moving to current versions of the compilers; and (3) Verify that MCNP6-Beta-2 works correctly for nuclear criticality safety applications, producing the same results as for MCNP5-1.60. This provides support for eventual migration of users and applications to MCNP6. The current production version of MCNP5 included in the RSICC release package is MCNP5-1.60. This version was first distributed by RSICC in October 2010. While there were subsequent RSICC distributions of the MCNP package in July 2011 and February 2012, no changes were made to MCNP5-1.60. The RSICC release package in February 2012 included both MCNP5-1.60 and the current beta version of MCNP6, MCNP6-Beta-2. MCNP6 is the merger of MCNP5 and MCNPX capabilities. The current release of MCNP6 available from RSICC as of February 2012 is MCNP6-Beta-2. This version includes all of the features for criticality safety calculations that are available in MCNP5-1.60, and many new features largely unrelated to nuclear criticality safety calculations. This release is a 'beta' release to allow intermediate and advanced users to begin testing the merged code in their field of expertise. It should not be used for production calculations.
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Although they are no longer manufactured, the applicators of 90Sr + 90Y acquired in the decades of 1990 are still in use, by having half-life of 28.5 years. These applicators have calibration certificate given by their manufacturers, where few have been re calibrated. Thus it becomes necessary to accomplish thorough dosimetry of these applicators. This paper presents a dosimetric analysis distribution radial dose profiles for emitted by an 90Sr + 90Y beta therapy applicator, using the MCNP-4C code to simulate the distribution radial dose profiles and radio chromium films to get them experimentally . The results with the simulated values were compared with the results of experimental measurements, where both curves show similar behavior, which may validate the use of MCNP-4C and radio chromium films for this type of dosimetry. (author)
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Although they are no longer manufactured, the applicators of 90Sr +90Y acquired in the decades of 1990 are still in use, by having half-life of 28.5 years. These applicators have calibration certificate given by their manufacturers, where few have been recalibrated. Thus it becomes necessary to accomplish thorough dosimetry of these applicators. This paper presents a dosimetric analysis distribution radial dose profiles for emitted by an 90Sr+90Y beta therapy applicator, using the MCNP-4C code to simulate the distribution radial dose profiles and radiochromium films to get them experimentally . The results with the simulated values were compared with the results of experimental measurements, where both curves show similar behavior, which may validate the use of MCNP-4C and radiochromium films for this type of dosimetry. (author)
Monte Carlo simulation of medical linear accelerator using primo code
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The use of monte Carlo simulation has become very important in the medical field and especially in calculation in radiotherapy. Various Monte Carlo codes were developed simulating interactions of particles and photons with matter. One of these codes is PRIMO that performs simulation of radiation transport from the primary electron source of a linac to estimate the absorbed dose in a water phantom or computerized tomography (CT). PRIMO is based on Penelope Monte Carlo code. Measurements of 6 MV photon beam PDD and profile were done for Elekta precise linear accelerator at Radiation and Isotopes Center Khartoum using computerized Blue water phantom and CC13 Ionization Chamber. accept Software was used to control the phantom to measure and verify dose distribution. Elektalinac from the list of available linacs in PRIMO was tuned to model Elekta precise linear accelerator. Beam parameter of 6.0 MeV initial electron energy, 0.20 MeV FWHM, and 0.20 cm focal spot FWHM were used, and an error of 4% between calculated and measured curves was found. The buildup region Z max was 1.40 cm and homogenous profile in cross line and in line were acquired. A number of studies were done to verily the model usability one of them is the effect of the number of histories on accuracy of the simulation and the resulted profile for the same beam parameters. The effect was noticeable and inaccuracies in the profile were reduced by increasing the number of histories. Another study was the effect of Side-step errors on the calculated dose which was compared with the measured dose for the same setting.It was in range of 2% for 5 cm shift, but it was higher in the calculated dose because of the small difference between the tuned model and measured dose curves. Future developments include simulating asymmetrical fields, calculating the dose distribution in computerized tomographic (CT) volume, studying the effect of beam modifiers on beam profile for both electron and photon beams.(Author)
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A Monte Carlo code Neutron RESPonse function for Gas counters (NRESPG) has been developed for the calculation of neutron response functions and efficiencies for neutron energies up to 20 MeV, which can be applied for 3He, H2, or BF3 gas proportional counters with or without moderator. This code can simulate the neutron behavior in a two-dimensional detector configuration and treat the thermal motion of a moderator atom which becomes important as the neutron energy becomes sufficiently low. Further, a more precise measured data was taken to simulate the position-dependent gas multiplication in the sensitive and insensitive gas region of a proportional counter. The NRESPG code has been applied for the calculation of response functions of 3He cylindrical proportional counters to determine neutron energy and neutron fluence in a monoenergetic calibration field. Thus, a remarkable discrepancy in the lower portion of the full-energy peak produced by the 3He(n,p)T reaction can be removed which results in a good agreement between simulations and experiments. The code has been also used for the simulation of the response of a McTaggart-type long counter consisting of a central cylindrical BF3 counter surrounded by a polyethylene moderator. The results of the NRESPG simulations were compared with those obtained from MCNP calculations
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Takeda, N. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, 1-1-4 Umezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Kudo, K. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, 1-1-4 Umezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Toyokawa, H. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, 1-1-4 Umezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Torii, T. [Japan Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation, Tsuruga Office, Fukui 919-12 (Japan); Hashimoto, M. [Japan Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation, O-arai Engineering Center, Ibaraki 311-13 (Japan); Sugita, T. [Science System Laboratory, Ibaraki 309-17 (Japan); Dietze, G. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, 38023 Braunschweig (Germany); Yang, X. [China Institute of Atomic Energy (China)
1999-02-11
A Monte Carlo code Neutron RESPonse function for Gas counters (NRESPG) has been developed for the calculation of neutron response functions and efficiencies for neutron energies up to 20 MeV, which can be applied for {sup 3}He, H{sub 2}, or BF{sub 3} gas proportional counters with or without moderator. This code can simulate the neutron behavior in a two-dimensional detector configuration and treat the thermal motion of a moderator atom which becomes important as the neutron energy becomes sufficiently low. Further, a more precise measured data was taken to simulate the position-dependent gas multiplication in the sensitive and insensitive gas region of a proportional counter. The NRESPG code has been applied for the calculation of response functions of {sup 3}He cylindrical proportional counters to determine neutron energy and neutron fluence in a monoenergetic calibration field. Thus, a remarkable discrepancy in the lower portion of the full-energy peak produced by the {sup 3}He(n,p)T reaction can be removed which results in a good agreement between simulations and experiments. The code has been also used for the simulation of the response of a McTaggart-type long counter consisting of a central cylindrical BF{sub 3} counter surrounded by a polyethylene moderator. The results of the NRESPG simulations were compared with those obtained from MCNP calculations.
MCNP5 study on kinetics parameters of coupled fast-thermal system HERBE
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Full Text Available New validation of the well-known Monte Carlo code MCNP5 against measured criticality and kinetics data for the coupled fast-thermal HERBE System at the Reactor B critical assembly is shown in this paper. Results of earlier calculations of these criticality and kinetics parameters, done by combination of transport and diffusion codes using two-dimension geometry model are compared to results of new calculations carried out by the MCNP5 code in three-dimension geometry. Satisfactory agreements in comparison of new results with experimental data, in spite complex heterogeneous composition of the HERBE core, are achieved confirming that MCNP5 code could apply successfully to study on HERBE kinetics parameters after uncertainties in impurities in material compositions and positions of fuel elements in fast zone were removed.
Characterization of Co-60 sources to the treatment of the ophthalmic tumors using the MCNP-4C code
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Ophthalmic sources used in the treatment of ophthalmic tumors needed to be periodically controlled in order to have assurance of the administrated dose in the treatment. For this purpose, an human eye was simulated with all structures and composition was simulated by MCNP-4C with an ophthalmic source of Co-60 (model CKA-4 of Amersham). With this simulator, it was possible to determine the dose in the center-eye dephness and also the doses in the structures as retina, coroide, lenses, etc. To check the doses from MCNP-4C, it was realized measurements with radiological films type X-OMAT V of Kodak, with a Co-60 CKA-4 source and an acrylic simulator. The measurement allow the construction of the optical density versus the source distance. This curve will serve as a test data for the calculated dose values of MCNP-4C. (author)
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BOT3P consists of a set of standard Fortran 77 language programs that gives the users of the deterministic transport codes DORT, TORT, TWODANT, THREEDANT, PARTISN and the sensitivity code SUSD3D some useful diagnostic tools to prepare and check the geometry of their input data files for both Cartesian and cylindrical geometries, including graphical display modules. Users can produce the geometrical and material distribution data for all the cited codes for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications and, only in 3-dimensional Cartesian geometry, for the Monte Carlo Transport Code MCNP, starting from the same BOT3P input. Moreover, BOT3P stores the fine mesh arrays and the material zone map in a binary file, the content of which can be easily interfaced to any deterministic and Monte Carlo transport code. This makes it possible to compare directly for the same geometry the effects stemming from the use of different data libraries and solution approaches on transport analysis results. BOT3P Version 5.0 lets users optionally and with the desired precision compute the area/volume error of material zones with respect to the theoretical values, if any, because of the stair-cased representation of the geometry, and automatically update material densities on the whole zone domains to conserve masses. A local (per mesh) density correction approach is also available. BOT3P is designed to run on Linux/UNIX platforms and is publicly available from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA)/Nuclear Energy Agency Data Bank. Through the use of BOT3P, radiation transport problems with complex 3-dimensional geometrical structures can be modelled easily, as a relatively small amount of engineer-time is required and refinement is achieved by changing few parameters. This tool is useful for solving very large challenging problems, as successfully demonstrated not only in some complex neutron shielding and criticality benchmarks but also in a power
KAMCCO, a reactor physics Monte Carlo neutron transport code
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KAMCCO is a 3-dimensional reactor Monte Carlo code for fast neutron physics problems. Two options are available for the solution of 1) the inhomogeneous time-dependent neutron transport equation (census time scheme), and 2) the homogeneous static neutron transport equation (generation cycle scheme). The user defines the desired output, e.g. estimates of reaction rates or neutron flux integrated over specified volumes in phase space and time intervals. Such primary quantities can be arbitrarily combined, also ratios of these quantities can be estimated with their errors. The Monte Carlo techniques are mostly analogue (exceptions: Importance sampling for collision processes, ELP/MELP, Russian roulette and splitting). Estimates are obtained from the collision and track length estimators. Elastic scattering takes into account first order anisotropy in the center of mass system. Inelastic scattering is processed via the evaporation model or via the excitation of discrete levels. For the calculation of cross sections, the energy is treated as a continuous variable. They are computed by a) linear interpolation, b) from optionally Doppler broadened single level Breit-Wigner resonances or c) from probability tables (in the region of statistically distributed resonances). (orig.)
Verification of Monte Carlo transport codes FLUKA, Mars and Shield
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The present study is a continuation of the project 'Verification of Monte Carlo Transport Codes' which is running at GSI as a part of activation studies of FAIR relevant materials. It includes two parts: verification of stopping modules of FLUKA, MARS and SHIELD-A (with ATIMA stopping module) and verification of their isotope production modules. The first part is based on the measurements of energy deposition function of uranium ions in copper and stainless steel. The irradiation was done at 500 MeV/u and 950 MeV/u, the experiment was held at GSI from September 2004 until May 2005. The second part is based on gamma-activation studies of an aluminium target irradiated with an argon beam of 500 MeV/u in August 2009. Experimental depth profiling of the residual activity of the target is compared with the simulations. (authors)
Monte Carlo Code System Development for Liquid Metal Reactor
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Kim, Chang Hyo; Shim, Hyung Jin; Han, Beom Seok; Park, Ho Jin; Park, Dong Gyu [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)
2007-03-15
We have implemented the composition cell class and the use cell to MCCARD for hierarchy input processing. For the inputs of KALlMER-600 core consisted of 336 assemblies, we require the geometric data of 91,056 pin cells. Using hierarchy input processing, it was observed that the system geometries are correctly handled with the geometric data of total 611 cells; 2 cells for fuel rods, 2 cells for guide holes, 271 translation cells for rods, and 336 translation cells for assemblies. We have developed monte carlo decay-chain models based on decay chain model of REBUS code for liquid metal reactor analysis. Using developed decay-chain models, the depletion analysis calculations have performed for the homogeneous and heterogeneous model of KALlMER-600. The k-effective for the depletion analysis agrees well with that of REBUS code. and the developed decay chain models shows more efficient performance for time and memories, as compared with the existing decay chain model The chi-square criterion has been developed to diagnose the temperature convergence for the MC TjH feedback calculations. From the application results to the KALlMER pin and fuel assembly problem, it is observed that the new criterion works well Wc have applied the high efficiency variance reduction technique by splitting Russian roulette to estimate the PPPF of the KALIMER core at BOC. The PPPF of KALlMER core at BOC is 1.235({+-}0.008). The developed technique shows four time faster calculation, as compared with the existin2 calculation Subject Keywords Monte Carlo
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Franco, Marco P.V.; Campolina, Daniel A.M.; Gualberto, Marcelo E.; Fortini, Angela; Pereira, Claubia [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear]. E-mail: marcopaulo@ufmg.br; campolina@nuclear.ufmg.br; fortini@nuclear.ufmg.br; claubia@nuclear.ufmg.br
2005-07-01
Beta radiotherapy has been established as an alternative treatment of ocular diseases, including pterygium, keratitis, melanoma, carcinoma and cornea vascularisation. However this radiation can cause pernicious secondary effects such as eye lens cataract development. Therefore, it is of great interest to observe the doses limit in the eye lens, which must not compromise the therapeutic success of the cornea treatment. To achieve this objective, computational Monte Carlo techniques have been used in order to formulate a human eye representative geometrical model and to analyze dosimetry parameters under beta rays emission. A well-known radioactive source was utilized, {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y, and also a {sup 147}Pm source. Several evaluations have been made for different source-cornea length, and the cornea doses/eye lens doses ratio results were obtained and compared. Doses variation due to the insertion of stainless steel absorbers was also evaluated for the {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y source. (author)
PWR assembly transport calculation: A validation benchmark using DRAGON, PENTRAN, and MCNP
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This paper presents a 2D PWR fuel assembly benchmark performed with 3 transport codes: DRAGON which uses the collision probability method, PENTRAN, an Sn transport code, and MCNP, a Monte Carlo code. First, DRAGON was used to produce a 2-group pin-by-pin cross-section library associated with 45 materials that describe the fuel assembly. Using the same library, it was then possible to perform comparisons between DRAGON and MCNP, and between PENTRAN and MCNP. Here, MCNP was considered as the reference multigroup Monte Carlo tool used to validate the deterministic codes. This type of 2-group benchmark can be utilized to evaluate the performance of different solvers using the very same cross-sections. The transport solutions provided here May be used as references for further comparisons with industrial reactor core codes using a diffusion or a SPn solver, and generally relying on 2-group cross-sections. Results show an excellent overall agreement between the 3 codes, with discrepancies that are less than 0.5% on the pin-by-pin flux, and less than 20 pcm on the keff. Therefore, it May be concluded that these deterministic codes are reliable tools to perform criticality transport calculations for PWR lattices. Moreover, the use of multigroup Monte Carlo appears as an efficient independent technique to perform detailed code to code comparisons relying on the same cross-section library. The present work May be considered as the first step of a 3D PWR core benchmark using DRAGON generated cross-sections and comparing PENTRAN and MCNP multigroup calculations. (authors)
Calculation of the CB1 burnup credit benchmark reaction rates with MCNP4B
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The first calculational VVER-440 burnup credit benchmark CB1 in 1996. VTT Energy participated in the calculation of the CB1 benchmark with three different codes: CASMO-4, KENO-VI and MCNP4B. However, the reaction rates and the fission ν were calculated only with CASMO-4. Now, the neutron absorption and production reaction rates and the fission ν values have been calculated at VTT Energy with the MCNP4B Monte Carlo code using the ENDF60 neutron data library. (author)
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In this paper are presented the results of a Monte Carlo calculation for the energy deposition rate in aluminum plates, when a collimated beam of gamma-rays produced by thermal neutrons capture in nickel target passes through them. The absorbed dose rate as a function of the aluminum thickness crossed by the gamma beam has been measured by using CaSOe:Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters. The capture gamma ray beam was extracted from a tangential beam tube of the IPEN's IEA-R1 2MW research reactor. The absorbed dose calculation was performed employing the Monte Carlo N-particle transport code (MCNP) and two methods of calculation: the simulated gamma ray flux multiplied by a dose conversion factor, and the simulated electron flux multiplied by the collision linear energy loss. The calculation results obtained by the electron transport have shown a good agreement with the experimental measurements. For deeper layers (more than 10 mm aluminum thickness), the calculation using the gamma ray flux multiplied by dose conversion factors, as well the calculation employing the electron transport, exhibit the same decreasing trade observed in experimental data, differing by a normalization factor of approximately 1.4. However, for layers nearer the material surface, the calculation using photon flux produces an overestimation of that using the electron transport as well as of the experimental results. (author)
A Monte Carlo track structure code for low energy protons
Endo, S; Nikjoo, H; Uehara, S; Hoshi, M; Ishikawa, M; Shizuma, K
2002-01-01
A code is described for simulation of protons (100 eV to 10 MeV) track structure in water vapor. The code simulates molecular interaction by interaction for the transport of primary ions and secondary electrons in the form of ionizations and excitations. When a low velocity ion collides with the atoms or molecules of a target, the ion may also capture or lose electrons. The probabilities for these processes are described by the quantity cross-section. Although proton track simulation at energies above Bragg peak (>0.3 MeV) has been achieved to a high degree of precision, simulations at energies near or below the Bragg peak have only been attempted recently because of the lack of relevant cross-section data. As the hydrogen atom has a different ionization cross-section from that of a proton, charge exchange processes need to be considered in order to calculate stopping power for low energy protons. In this paper, we have used state-of-the-art Monte Carlo track simulation techniques, in conjunction with the pub...
Monte Carlo simulation in UWB1 depletion code
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UWB1 depletion code is being developed as a fast computational tool for the study of burnable absorbers in the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic. In order to achieve higher precision, the newly developed code was extended by adding a Monte Carlo solver. Research of fuel depletion aims at development and introduction of advanced types of burnable absorbers in nuclear fuel. Burnable absorbers (BA) allow the compensation of the initial reactivity excess of nuclear fuel and result in an increase of fuel cycles lengths with higher enriched fuels. The paper describes the depletion calculations of VVER nuclear fuel doped with rare earth oxides as burnable absorber based on performed depletion calculations, rare earth oxides are divided into two equally numerous groups, suitable burnable absorbers and poisoning absorbers. According to residual poisoning and BA reactivity worth, rare earth oxides marked as suitable burnable absorbers are Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho and Er, while poisoning absorbers include Sc, La, Lu, Y, Ce, Pr and Tb. The presentation slides have been added to the article
The Monte Carlo code MCSHAPE: Main features and recent developments
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MCSHAPE is a general purpose Monte Carlo code developed at the University of Bologna to simulate the diffusion of X- and gamma-ray photons with the special feature of describing the full evolution of the photon polarization state along the interactions with the target. The prevailing photon–matter interactions in the energy range 1–1000 keV, Compton and Rayleigh scattering and photoelectric effect, are considered. All the parameters that characterize the photon transport can be suitably defined: (i) the source intensity, (ii) its full polarization state as a function of energy, (iii) the number of collisions, and (iv) the energy interval and resolution of the simulation. It is possible to visualize the results for selected groups of interactions. MCSHAPE simulates the propagation in heterogeneous media of polarized photons (from synchrotron sources) or of partially polarized sources (from X-ray tubes). In this paper, the main features of MCSHAPE are illustrated with some examples and a comparison with experimental data. - Highlights: • MCSHAPE is an MC code for the simulation of the diffusion of photons in the matter. • It includes the proper description of the evolution of the photon polarization state. • The polarization state is described by means of the Stokes vector, I, Q, U, V. • MCSHAPE includes the computation of the detector influence in the measured spectrum. • MCSHAPE features are illustrated with examples and comparison with experiments
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In this research, attenuation of neutron flux from 252Cf source and neutron generator in collision with polyethylene shields containing different wt% of Boric acid has been studied experimentally and theoretically using MCNP Code. The results show that with changing the energy of neutron for obtaining optimum attenuation, the wt% of Boric acid should be changed. The experimental results were matched with simulation data. It has been shown that the polyethylene shields containing 15%wt boric acid the proper shield for attenuation 252Cf neutron flux. For 14MeV neutron generator flux the polyethylene with 7%wt Boric acid are reasonable. (author)
MCNP6 Simulation of Light and Medium Nuclei Fragmentation at Intermediate Energies
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Mashnik, Stepan Georgievich [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Kerby, Leslie Marie [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2015-05-22
MCNP6, the latest and most advanced LANL Monte Carlo transport code, representing a merger of MCNP5 and MCNPX, is actually much more than the sum of those two computer codes; MCNP6 is available to the public via RSICC at Oak Ridge, TN, USA. In the present work, MCNP6 was validated and verified (V&V) against different experimental data on intermediate-energy fragmentation reactions, and results by several other codes, using mainly the latest modifications of the Cascade-Exciton Model (CEM) and of the Los Alamos version of the Quark-Gluon String Model (LAQGSM) event generators CEM03.03 and LAQGSM03.03. It was found that MCNP6 using CEM03.03 and LAQGSM03.03 describes well fragmentation reactions induced on light and medium target nuclei by protons and light nuclei of energies around 1 GeV/nucleon and below, and can serve as a reliable simulation tool for different applications, like cosmic-ray-induced single event upsets (SEU’s), radiation protection, and cancer therapy with proton and ion beams, to name just a few. Future improvements of the predicting capabilities of MCNP6 for such reactions are possible, and are discussed in this work.
Mirfayzi, S R
2013-01-01
Neutron diffusion length in reactor grade graphite is measured both experimentally and theoretically. The experimental work includes Monte Carlo (MC) coding using 'MCNP' and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) coding suing 'COMSOL Multiphysics' and Matlab. The MCNP code is adopted to simulate the thermal neutron diffusion length in a reactor moderator of 2m x 2m with slightly enriched uranium ($^{235}U$), accompanied with a model designed for thermal hydraulic analysis using point kinetic equations, based on partial and ordinary differential equation. The theoretical work includes numerical approximation methods including transcendental technique to illustrate the iteration process with the FEA method. Finally collision density of thermal neutron in graphite is measured, also specific heat relation dependability of collision density is also calculated theoretically, the thermal neutron diffusion length in graphite is evaluated at $50.85 \\pm 0.3cm$ using COMSOL Multiphysics and $50.95 \\pm 0.5cm$ using MCNP. Finally ...
Some neutronics calculations for the VVER-1000 reactors using SRAC and MCNP5
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This paper presents the results of neutronics calculations using the deterministic and Monte Carlo methods (the SRAC and MCNP5 codes) for the VVER MOX Core Computational Benchmark Specification and the VVER-1000/V392 reactor core. The codes use different methods and different nuclear data. The power distribution in each fuel assembly and k-eff values were calculated for the case of benchmark problem and the results show a good agreement between the SRAC and MCNP5 calculations. Then, typical neutronics parameter of VVER-1000/V392 such as power distribution, infinity multiplication factor (k-inf) for fuel assemblies, effective multiplication factor (k-eff), peaking factor and Doppler coefficient were presented and compared between using SRAC and MCNP5. The aim of the study is to verify the calculation methods and calculation codes as well as to obtain insight into the neutronics characteristics of the VVER- 1000/V392 reactor core. (author)
Parallel implementation of the Monte Carlo transport code EGS4 on the hypercube
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Monte Carlo transport codes are commonly used in the study of particle interactions. The CALOR89 code system is a combination of several Monte Carlo transport and analysis programs. In order to produce good results, a typical Monte Carlo run will have to produce many particle histories. On a single processor computer, the transport calculation can take a huge amount of time. However, if the transport of particles were divided among several processors in a multiprocessor machine, the time can be drastically reduced
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The contributon Monte Carlo method is based on a new recipe to calculate target responses by means of volume integral of the contributon current in a region between the source and the detector. A comprehensive description of the method, its implementation in the general-purpose MCNP code, and results of the method for realistic nonhomogeneous, energy-dependent problems are presented. 23 figures, 10 tables
Minimizing MTR reactor uranium load with the use of MOX fuel by employing ORIGEN-S and MCNP4C codes
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Highlights: • Recycling of the ETRR-2 by MOX fuel elements. • Calculation of the neutronic parameters of the ETRR-2 after recycling by MOX fuel elements. • MCNP5-beta code is coupled with ORIGEN-S by a set of interface programs. - Abstract: A computational study was performed for MTR reactors using ORIGEN-S and MCNP4C codes to replace some of the fuel elements (FEs) with MOX FEs. The results show that the replacement of the MTR-22 MW power research reactor Fes with MOX FEs leads to the reduction in the enrichment with 235U and the amount of loaded 235U in the core up to more than 20%. The amount of loaded uranium 235U FEs decreased considerably by increasing the number of MOX FEs. Re-evaluated neutronic parameters of the reactor showed that the replacement of the FEs by MOX FEs does not affect negatively the safe operational conditions of the reactor with practically no harmful effect on the safety of the reactor
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2010-12-01
Full Text Available In this work, the Isfahan Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR is first simulated using the WIMSD code, and its fuel burn-up after 7 years of operation ( when the reactor was revived by adding a 1.5 mm thick beryllium shim plate to the top of its core and also after 14 years of operation (total operation time of the reactor is calculated. The reactor is then simulated using the MCNP code, and its reactivity variation due to adding a 1.5 mm thick beryllium shim plate to the top of the reactor core, after 7 years of operation, is calculated. The results show good agreement with the available data collected at the revival time. Exess reactivity of the reactor at present time (after 14 years of operation and after 7 years of the the reactor revival time is also determined both experimentally and by calculation, which show good agreement, and indicate that at the present time there is no need to add any further beryllium shim plate to the top of the reactor core. Furthermore, by adding more beryllium layers with various thicknesses to the top of the reactor core, in the input program of the MCNP program, reactivity value of these layers is calculated. From these results, one can predict the necessary beryllium thickness needed to reach a desired reactivity in the MNSR reactor.
Recent developments in the Los Alamos radiation transport code system
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Forster, R.A.; Parsons, K. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
1997-06-01
A brief progress report on updates to the Los Alamos Radiation Transport Code System (LARTCS) for solving criticality and fixed-source problems is provided. LARTCS integrates the Diffusion Accelerated Neutral Transport (DANT) discrete ordinates codes with the Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) code. The LARCTS code is being developed with a graphical user interface for problem setup and analysis. Progress in the DANT system for criticality applications include a two-dimensional module which can be linked to a mesh-generation code and a faster iteration scheme. Updates to MCNP Version 4A allow statistical checks of calculated Monte Carlo results.
MCNP trademark Software Quality Assurance plan
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MCNP is a computer code that models the interaction of radiation with matter. MCNP is developed and maintained by the Transport Methods Group (XTM) of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This plan describes the Software Quality Assurance (SQA) program applied to the code. The SQA program is consistent with the requirements of IEEE-730.1 and the guiding principles of ISO 900
Validation of a new continuous Monte Carlo burnup code using a Mox fuel assembly
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The reactivity of nuclear fuel decreases with irradiation (or burnup) due to the transformation of heavy nuclides and the formation of fission products. Burnup credit studies aim at accounting for fuel irradiation in criticality studies of the nuclear fuel cycle (transport, storage, etc...). The principal objective of this study is to evaluate the potential capabilities of a newly developed burnup code called 'BUCAL1'. BUCAL1 differs in comparison with other burnup codes as it does not use the calculated neutron flux as input to other computer codes to generate the nuclide inventory for the next time step. Instead, BUCAL1 directly uses the neutron reaction tally information generated by MCNP for each nuclide of interest to determine the new nuclides inventory. This allows the full capabilities of MCNP to be incorporated into the calculation and a more accurate and robust analysis to be performed. Validation of BUCAL1 was processed by code-to-code comparisons using predictions of several codes from the NEA/OCED. Infinite multiplication factors (k∞) and important fission product and actinide concentrations were compared for a MOX core benchmark exercise. Results of calculations are analysed and discussed.
Analysis of JSI TRIGA MARK II reactor physical parameters calculated with TRIPOLI and MCNP
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New computational model of the JSI TRIGA Mark II research reactor was built for TRIPOLI computer code and compared with existing MCNP code model. The same modelling assumptions were used in order to check the differences of the mathematical models of both Monte Carlo codes. Differences between the TRIPOLI and MCNP predictions of keff were up to 100 pcm. Further validation was performed with analyses of the normalized reaction rates and computations of kinetic parameters for various core configurations. - Highlights: • TRIGA Benchmark keff calculated with the TRIPOLI code. • Reaction rate profiles in TRIGA calculated with TRIPOLI code. • TRIPOLI model of the JSI TRIGA was validated. • TRIGA Kinetic parameters were calculated with TRIPOLI code. • All results are in good agreement, largest discrepancies due to nuclear data
MCNP benchmark calculation: GCFR grid-plate shield design, configuration II.A
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This report describes the Monte Carlo MCNP analysis of one of the GCFR Shield Design experimental configurations which has been constructed and analyzed at the Test Shielding Facility in ORNL. It is a part of the benchmarking program for MCNP, which has been agreed upon with HRB, Mannheim. The calculated response results for the selected detectors agree within 10 % with the measured ones, what can be considered as a very good agreement. The code appears to be a reliable tool for the analysis of similar systems. (author)
Single pin BWR benchmark problem for coupled Monte Carlo - Thermal hydraulics analysis
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As part of the European NURISP research project, a single pin BWR benchmark problem was defined. The aim of this initiative is to test the coupling strategies between Monte Carlo and subchannel codes developed by different project participants. In this paper the results obtained by the Delft Univ. of Technology and Karlsruhe Inst. of Technology will be presented. The benchmark problem was simulated with the following coupled codes: TRIPOLI-SUBCHANFLOW, MCNP-FLICA, MCNP-SUBCHANFLOW, and KENO-SUBCHANFLOW. (authors)
Single pin BWR benchmark problem for coupled Monte Carlo - Thermal hydraulics analysis
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Ivanov, A.; Sanchez, V. [Karlsruhe Inst. of Technology, Inst. for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, Herman-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Hoogenboom, J. E. [Delft Univ. of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB Delft (Netherlands)
2012-07-01
As part of the European NURISP research project, a single pin BWR benchmark problem was defined. The aim of this initiative is to test the coupling strategies between Monte Carlo and subchannel codes developed by different project participants. In this paper the results obtained by the Delft Univ. of Technology and Karlsruhe Inst. of Technology will be presented. The benchmark problem was simulated with the following coupled codes: TRIPOLI-SUBCHANFLOW, MCNP-FLICA, MCNP-SUBCHANFLOW, and KENO-SUBCHANFLOW. (authors)
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In reactor core neutronic calculations, we usually choose a control volume and investigate about the input, output, production and absorption inside it. Finally, we derive neutron transport equation. This equation is not easy to solve for simple and symmetrical geometry. The objective of this paper is to introduce a new direct method for neutronic calculations. This method is based on physics of problem and with meshing of the desired geometry, writing the balance equation for each mesh intervals and with notice to the conjunction between these mesh intervals, produce the final discrete equation series without production of neutron transport differential equation and mandatory passing form differential equation bridge. This method, which is named Direct Discrete Method, was applied in static state, for a cylindrical geometry in one group energy. The validity of the results from this new method are tested with MCNP-4B code with a one group energy library. One energy group direct discrete equation produces excellent results, which can be compared with the results of MCNP-4B
MCNP6 Fission Multiplicity with FMULT Card
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Wilcox, Trevor [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Fensin, Michael Lorne [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hendricks, John S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; James, Michael R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; McKinney, Gregg W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2012-06-18
With the merger of MCNPX and MCNP5 into MCNP6, MCNP6 now provides all the capabilities of both codes allowing the user to access all the fission multiplicity data sets. Detailed in this paper is: (1) the new FMULT card capabilities for accessing these different data sets; (2) benchmark calculations, as compared to experiment, detailing the results of selecting these separate data sets for thermal neutron induced fission on U-235.
Benchmarking MCNP and TRIPOLI with PGNAA measurements
Carasco, C.; Perot, B.; Sikora, A.; Mauerhofer, E.; Havenith, A.; Payan, E.; Kettler, J.; Kring, T.; Ma, J. L.
2014-06-01
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA Cadarache), the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ), and the RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) are involved in a cooperation aiming at characterizing toxic and reactive elements in radioactive waste packages by means of Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA). The design of an optimized measurement system and the assessment of its performances for realistic scenarios can be conveniently studied by numerical Monte Carlo simulation, provided the model and nuclear data offer a sufficient precision. Previous studies performed with MCNP have shown that when the nuclear data libraries lack of precision, relevant results can still be obtained by performing calculations in multiple steps (by first determining the radiative capture rate, and transporting the induced gamma toward the detector) and by injecting valid gamma-ray production data in-between [1]. In such cases, it is interesting to compare the results obtained with different codes. In the present paper, we propose to compare the MCNP and TRIPOLI codes with measurements obtained in MEDINA (Multi Element Detection based on Instrumental Neutron Activation), which is the new FZJ PGNAA facility [2]. The aim of the measurement campaign is to assess capture gamma rays of toxic elements that can be found in 200 L waste drums which are expected for geological repository.
Conversion of Input Data between KENO and MCNP File Formats for Computer Criticality Assessments
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KENO is a Monte Carlo criticality code that is maintained by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). KENO is included in the SCALE (Standardized Computer Analysis for Licensing Evaluation) package. KENO is often used because it was specifically designed for criticality calculations. Because KENO has convenient geometry input, including the treatment of lattice arrays of materials, it is frequently used for production calculations. Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) is a Monte Carlo transport code maintained by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). MCNP has a powerful 3D geometry package and an extensive cross section database. It is a general-purpose code and may be used for calculations involving shielding or medical facilities, for example, but can also be used for criticality calculations. MCNP is becoming increasingly more popular for performing production criticality calculations. Both codes have their own specific advantages. After a criticality calculation has been performed with one of the codes, it is often desirable (or may be a safety requirement) to repeat the calculation with the other code to compare the important parameters using a different geometry treatment and cross section database. This manual conversion of input files between the two codes is labor intensive. The industry needs the capability of converting geometry models between MCNP and KENO without a large investment in manpower. The proposed conversion package will aid the user in converting between the codes. It is not intended to be used as a ''black box''. The resulting input file will need to be carefully inspected by criticality safety personnel to verify the intent of the calculation is preserved in the conversion. The purpose of this package is to help the criticality specialist in the conversion process by converting the geometry, materials, and pertinent data cards
On the inner workings of Monte Carlo codes
Dubbeldam, D.; Torres Knoop, A.; Walton, K.S.
2013-01-01
We review state-of-the-art Monte Carlo (MC) techniques for computing fluid coexistence properties (Gibbs simulations) and adsorption simulations in nanoporous materials such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks. Conventional MC is discussed and compared to advanced techniques such as reactive MC, configurational-bias Monte Carlo and continuous fractional MC. The latter technique overcomes the problem of low insertion probabilities in open systems. Other modern methods are (hyper-)parallel...
Proton therapy Monte Carlo SRNA-VOX code
Ilić Radovan D.
2012-01-01
The most powerful feature of the Monte Carlo method is the possibility of simulating all individual particle interactions in three dimensions and performing numerical experiments with a preset error. These facts were the motivation behind the development of a general-purpose Monte Carlo SRNA program for proton transport simulation in technical systems described by standard geometrical forms (plane, sphere, cone, cylinder, cube). Some of the possible applications of the SRNA program are:...
Recent developments of JAEA’s Monte Carlo code MVP for reactor physics applications
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Highlights: • This paper describes the recent development status of the Monte Carlo code MVP. • The basic features and capabilities of MVP are briefly described. • New capabilities useful for reactor analysis are also described. - Abstract: This paper describes the recent development status of a Monte Carlo code MVP developed at Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The basic features and capabilities of MVP are overviewed. In addition, new capabilities useful for reactor analysis are also described
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In the report, research results discussed in 1999 fiscal year at Nuclear Code Evaluation Committee of Nuclear Code Research Committee were summarized. Present status of Monte Carlo simulation on nuclear energy study was described. Especially, besides of criticality, shielding and core analyses, present status of applications to risk and radiation damage analyses, high energy transport and nuclear theory calculations of Monte Carlo Method was described. The 18 papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)
Development of Monte Carlo-based pebble bed reactor fuel management code
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Highlights: • A new Monte Carlo-based fuel management code for OTTO cycle pebble bed reactor was developed. • The double-heterogeneity was modeled using statistical method in MVP-BURN code. • The code can perform analysis of equilibrium and non-equilibrium phase. • Code-to-code comparisons for Once-Through-Then-Out case were investigated. • Ability of the code to accommodate the void cavity was confirmed. - Abstract: A fuel management code for pebble bed reactors (PBRs) based on the Monte Carlo method has been developed in this study. The code, named Monte Carlo burnup analysis code for PBR (MCPBR), enables a simulation of the Once-Through-Then-Out (OTTO) cycle of a PBR from the running-in phase to the equilibrium condition. In MCPBR, a burnup calculation based on a continuous-energy Monte Carlo code, MVP-BURN, is coupled with an additional utility code to be able to simulate the OTTO cycle of PBR. MCPBR has several advantages in modeling PBRs, namely its Monte Carlo neutron transport modeling, its capability of explicitly modeling the double heterogeneity of the PBR core, and its ability to model different axial fuel speeds in the PBR core. Analysis at the equilibrium condition of the simplified PBR was used as the validation test of MCPBR. The calculation results of the code were compared with the results of diffusion-based fuel management PBR codes, namely the VSOP and PEBBED codes. Using JENDL-4.0 nuclide library, MCPBR gave a 4.15% and 3.32% lower keff value compared to VSOP and PEBBED, respectively. While using JENDL-3.3, MCPBR gave a 2.22% and 3.11% higher keff value compared to VSOP and PEBBED, respectively. The ability of MCPBR to analyze neutron transport in the top void of the PBR core and its effects was also confirmed
Benchmarking MCNP and TRIPOLI with PGNAA measurements
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Full text of publication follows. The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA Cadarache), the Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (FZJ), and the RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) are involved in a cooperation aiming at characterizing toxic and reactive elements in radioactive waste packages by means of Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA). The design of an optimized measurement system and the assessment of its performances for realistic scenarios can be conveniently studied by numerical Monte Carlo simulation, provided the model and nuclear data offer a sufficient precision. Previous studies performed with MCNP have shown that when the nuclear data libraries lack of precision, relevant results can still be obtained by performing calculations in multiple steps (by first determining the radiative capture rate, and transporting the induced gamma toward the detector) and by injecting valid gamma-ray production data in-between [1]. In such cases, it is interesting to compare the results obtained with different codes. In the present paper, we propose to compare the MCNP and TRIPOLI codes with measurements obtained in MEDINA (Multi Element Detection based on Instrumental Neutron Activation), which is the new FZJ PGNAA facility [2]. The aim of the measurement campaign is to assess capture gamma rays of toxic elements that can be found in 200 liter waste drums which are expected for geological repository. References: 1) J.-L. Ma, C. Carasco, B. Perot, E. Mauerhofer, J. Kettler, A. Havenith, Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis of toxic elements in radioactive waste packages, Applied Radiation and Isotopes 70 (2012) 1261-1263. 2) E. Mauerhofer, A. Havenith, C. Carasco, E. Payan, J. Kettler, T. Kring, J.L. Ma, B. Perot, Quantitative comparison between PGNAA measurements and MCNP calculations in view of the characterization of radioactive wastes in Germany and France, CAARI 2012, 22. International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in
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With increasing concern over the ability to detect and characterize special nuclear materials, the need for computer codes that can successfully predict the response of detector systems to various measurement scenarios is extremely important. These computer algorithms need to be benchmarked against a variety of experimental configurations to ensure their accuracy and understand their limitations. The Monte Carlo code MCNP-PoliMi is a modified version of the MCNP-4c code. Recently these modifications have been ported into the new MCNPX 2.6.0 code, which gives the new MCNPX-PoliMi a wider variety of options and abilities, taking advantage of the improvements made to MCNPX. To verify the ability of the MCNPX-PoliMi code to simulate the response of a neutron multiplicity detector simulated results were compared to experimental data. The experiment consisted of a 4.5-kg sphere of alpha-phase plutonium that was moderated with various thicknesses of polyethylene. The results showed that our code system can simulate the multiplicity distributions with relatively good agreement with measured data. The enhancements made to MCNP since the release of MCNP-4c have had little to no effect on the ability of the MCNP-PoliMi to resolve the discrepancies observed in the simulated neutron multiplicity distributions when compared experimental data.
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The aim of this work is to evaluate the behavior of the variation the elements: Mg, Ca, Fe in the soils composition on a nuclear probe to measure the density of porous materials nondestructive in testing based on coherent Compton Effect, the effect Rayleigh. To study the effect of composition in soil was used nuclear code MCNP4X where was simulated two sources, a source 14mCi americium-241 and other source 4mCi cesium-137, lead shielding and volume scintillator. To avoid problems with geometries were simulated spheres with 1.00 meters of diameter filled with soil to be evaluated. Data analysis allowed establishing correction parameters for nuclear probe. (author)
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In the process of operation and exploitation of the gamma ray spectrometry using the HPGe GC1518 at Center for Nuclear Techniques in HoChiMinh City, its qualification tends to be bad. The experimental results indicate that the absolute efficiency decrease following the live time. This efficiency decreasing can be caused by the change of some physical parameters in relation to the detector. To more efficiently exploit it is very important to know the nature of this change. In this paper, the MCNP4C2 code is used to investigate the impact of geometrical parameters to the detector efficiency based on the detector specifications of the manufacture and on change by user. It was found that the thickness of the inactive germanium layer cause to this change. (author)
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Highlights: • A 3-D neutronic model for the 10 MW MTR has been conducted using the MCNP4C code. • Studying the effect of different reflectors on the neutronics parameters of the reactor. • Beryllium reflector was found to be the most efficient reflector among the studied reflectors. • The graphite reflector gave the highest maximum thermal neutron flux in the water trap. - Abstract: A 3-D neutronic model for the 10 MW MTR research reactor has been conducted for the HEU (93%), MEU (45%) and LEU (20%) fuels using the MCNP4C code. This model has been used to study the effect of different types of reflector materials on the reactor multiplication factor and neutron flux distribution in the reactor. It was found that the beryllium reflector was the most efficient reflector among the studied reflector groups (beryllium, heavy water, graphite and light water) since it gave the highest reactor multiplication factor, 1.21441. It followed by heavy water, graphite and light water with the following reactor multiplication factors: 1.19458, 1.19287 and 1.16867 respectively. The graphite reflector gave the highest maximum thermal neutron flux in the water trap, 2.576E14 n cm−2 s−1. It followed by heavy water, light water, and beryllium with the following results: 2.533E14, 2.526E14 and 2.525E14 n cm−2 s−1 respectively. Considerable gains in reactivity were not appreciably influenced by changing the fuel enrichment
Development of a Monte-Carlo Radiative Transfer Code for the Juno/JIRAM Limb Measurements
Sindoni, G.; Adriani, A.; Mayorov, B.; Aoki, S.; Grassi, D.; Moriconi, M.; Oliva, F.
2013-09-01
The Juno/JIRAM instrument will acquire limb spectra of the Jupiter atmosphere in the infrared spectral range. The analysis of these spectra requires a radiative transfer code that takes into account the multiple scattering by particles in a spherical-shell atmosphere. Therefore, we are developing a code based on the Monte-Carlo approach to simulate the JIRAM observations. The validation of the code was performed by comparison with DISORT-based codes.
Monte Carlo capabilities of the SCALE code system
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Highlights: • Foundational Monte Carlo capabilities of SCALE are described. • Improvements in continuous-energy treatments are detailed. • New methods for problem-dependent temperature corrections are described. • New methods for sensitivity analysis and depletion are described. • Nuclear data, users interfaces, and quality assurance activities are summarized. - Abstract: SCALE is a widely used suite of tools for nuclear systems modeling and simulation that provides comprehensive, verified and validated, user-friendly capabilities for criticality safety, reactor physics, radiation shielding, and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. For more than 30 years, regulators, licensees, and research institutions around the world have used SCALE for nuclear safety analysis and design. SCALE provides a “plug-and-play” framework that includes three deterministic and three Monte Carlo radiation transport solvers that can be selected based on the desired solution, including hybrid deterministic/Monte Carlo simulations. SCALE includes the latest nuclear data libraries for continuous-energy and multigroup radiation transport as well as activation, depletion, and decay calculations. SCALE’s graphical user interfaces assist with accurate system modeling, visualization, and convenient access to desired results. SCALE 6.2 will provide several new capabilities and significant improvements in many existing features, especially with expanded continuous-energy Monte Carlo capabilities for criticality safety, shielding, depletion, and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. An overview of the Monte Carlo capabilities of SCALE is provided here, with emphasis on new features for SCALE 6.2
Application of Monte Carlo code EGS4 to calculate gamma exposure buildup factors
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Exposure buildup factors up to 40 mean free paths ranging from 0.015 MeV to 15 MeV photon energy were calculated by using the Monte Carlo simulation code EGS4 for ordinary concrete. The calculation involves PHOTX cross section library, a point isotropic source, infinite uniform medium model and a particle splitting method and considers the Bremsstrahlung, fluorescent effect, correlative (Rayleigh) scatter. The results were compared with the relevant data. Results show that the data of the buildup factors calculated by the Monte Carlo code EGS4 was reliable. The Monte Carlo method can be used widely to calculate gamma-ray exposure buildup factors. (authors)
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2012-07-01
Aim of this work was to perform a rough preliminary evaluation of the burn-up of the fuel of TRIGA Mark II research reactor of the Applied Nuclear Energy Laboratory (LENA) of the Univ. of Pavia. In order to achieve this goal a computation of the neutron flux density in each fuel element was performed by means of Monte Carlo code MCNP (Version 4C). The results of the simulations were used to calculate the effective cross sections (fission and capture) inside fuel and, at the end, to evaluate the burn-up and the uranium consumption in each fuel element. The evaluation, showed a fair agreement with the computation for fuel burn-up based on the total energy released during reactor operation. (authors)
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Aim of this work was to perform a rough preliminary evaluation of the burn-up of the fuel of TRIGA Mark II research reactor of the Applied Nuclear Energy Laboratory (LENA) of the Univ. of Pavia. In order to achieve this goal a computation of the neutron flux density in each fuel element was performed by means of Monte Carlo code MCNP (Version 4C). The results of the simulations were used to calculate the effective cross sections (fission and capture) inside fuel and, at the end, to evaluate the burn-up and the uranium consumption in each fuel element. The evaluation, showed a fair agreement with the computation for fuel burn-up based on the total energy released during reactor operation. (authors)
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Allowing Monte Carlo (MC) codes to perform fuel cycle calculations requires coupling to a point depletion solver. In order to perform depletion calculations, one-group (1-g) cross sections must be provided in advance. This paper focuses on generating accurate 1-g cross section values that are necessary for evaluation of nuclide densities as a function of burnup. The proposed method is an alternative to the conventional direct reaction rate tally approach, which requires extensive computational efforts. The method presented here is based on the multi-group (MG) approach, in which pre-generated MG sets are collapsed with MC calculated flux. In our previous studies, we showed that generating accurate 1-g cross sections requires their tabulation against the background cross-section (σ0) to account for the self-shielding effect. However, in previous studies, the model that was used to calculate σ0 was simplified by fixing Bell and Dancoff factors. This work demonstrates that 1-g values calculated under the previous simplified model may not agree with the tallied values. Therefore, the original background cross section model was extended by implicitly accounting for the Dancoff and bell factors. The method developed here reconstructs the correct value of σ0 by utilizing statistical data generated within the MC transport calculation by default. The proposed method was implemented into BGCore code system. The 1-g cross section values generated by BGCore were compared with those tallied directly from the MCNP code. Very good agreement (<0.05%) in the 1-g cross values was observed. The method dose not carry any additional computational burden and it is universally applicable to the analysis of thermal as well as fast reactor systems. (author)
Use experiences of MCNP in nuclear energy study. 2. Review of variance reduction techniques
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Sakurai, Kiyoshi; Yamamoto, Toshihiro [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment] [eds.
1998-03-01
`MCNP Use Experience` Working Group was established in 1996 under the Special Committee on Nuclear Code Evaluation. This year`s main activity of the working group has been focused on the review of variance reduction techniques of Monte Carlo calculations. This working group dealt with the variance reduction techniques of (1) neutron and gamma ray transport calculation of fusion reactor system, (2) concept design of nuclear transmutation system using accelerator, (3) JMTR core calculation, (4) calculation of prompt neutron decay constant, (5) neutron and gamma ray transport calculation for exposure evaluation, (6) neutron and gamma ray transport calculation of shielding system, etc. Furthermore, this working group started an activity to compile `Guideline of Monte Carlo Calculation` which will be a standard in the future. The appendices of this report include this `Guideline`, the use experience of MCNP 4B and examples of Monte Carlo calculations of high energy charged particles. The 11 papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)
On the inner workings of Monte Carlo codes
D. Dubbeldam; A. Torres Knoop; K.S. Walton
2013-01-01
We review state-of-the-art Monte Carlo (MC) techniques for computing fluid coexistence properties (Gibbs simulations) and adsorption simulations in nanoporous materials such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks. Conventional MC is discussed and compared to advanced techniques such as reactive MC
Data libraries as a collaborative tool across Monte Carlo codes
Augelli, Mauro; Han, Mincheol; Hauf, Steffen; Kim, Chan-Hyeung; Kuster, Markus; Pia, Maria Grazia; Quintieri, Lina; Saracco, Paolo; Seo, Hee; Sudhakar, Manju; Eidenspointner, Georg; Zoglauer, Andreas
2010-01-01
The role of data libraries in Monte Carlo simulation is discussed. A number of data libraries currently in preparation are reviewed; their data are critically examined with respect to the state-of-the-art in the respective fields. Extensive tests with respect to experimental data have been performed for the validation of their content.
Monte Carlo Capabilities of the SCALE Code System
Rearden, B. T.; Petrie, L. M.; Peplow, D. E.; Bekar, K. B.; Wiarda, D.; Celik, C.; Perfetti, C. M.; Ibrahim, A. M.; Hart, S. W. D.; Dunn, M. E.
2014-06-01
SCALE is a widely used suite of tools for nuclear systems modeling and simulation that provides comprehensive, verified and validated, user-friendly capabilities for criticality safety, reactor physics, radiation shielding, and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. For more than 30 years, regulators, licensees, and research institutions around the world have used SCALE for nuclear safety analysis and design. SCALE provides a "plug-and-play" framework that includes three deterministic and three Monte Carlo radiation transport solvers that can be selected based on the desired solution, including hybrid deterministic/Monte Carlo simulations. SCALE includes the latest nuclear data libraries for continuous-energy and multigroup radiation transport as well as activation, depletion, and decay calculations. SCALE's graphical user interfaces assist with accurate system modeling, visualization, and convenient access to desired results. SCALE 6.2, to be released in 2014, will provide several new capabilities and significant improvements in many existing features, especially with expanded continuous-energy Monte Carlo capabilities for criticality safety, shielding, depletion, and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. An overview of the Monte Carlo capabilities of SCALE is provided here, with emphasis on new features for SCALE 6.2.
MCNP Dose Calculations in a CT Phantom for Therapeutic External Photon Beam
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Lamyae El Gonnouni; Tarek El Bardouni; Mariam Zoubair; Mohamed Idaornar; Abderrahmane Senhoo
2011-01-01
In this paper, we have addressed the problem of the radiation transport with the Monte Carlo N-particle(MCNP) code. This is a general-purpose Monte Carlo tool designed to transport neutron, photon and electron in three dimensional geometries. To examine the performance of MCNP5 code in the field of external radiotherapy, we performed the modeling of an Electron Density phantom (EDP) irradiated by photons from 60Co source. The model was used to calculate the Percent Depth Dose (PDD) at different depths in an EDP. One field size for PDD has been examined. A 60Co photons source placed at 80 cm source to surface distance (SSD). The results of calculations were compared to TPS data obtained at National Institute of Oncology of Rabat.
MCNP dose calculations in a CT phantom for therapeutic external photon beam
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In this paper, we have addressed the problem of the radiation transport with the Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP) code. This is a general-purpose Monte Carlo tool designed to transport neutron, photon and electron in three dimensional geometries. To examine the performance of MCNP5 code in the field of external radiotherapy, we performed the modeling of an Electron Density phantom (EDP) irradiated by photons from 60Co source. The model was used to calculate the Percent Depth Dose (PDD) at different depths in an EDP. One field size for PDD has been examined. A 60Co photons source placed at 80 cm source to surface distance (SSD). The results of calculations were compared to TPS data obtained at National Institute of Oncology of Rabat. (authors)
MCNP design of high performance NTD facilities
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The commercial requirements of NTD services with very high uniformity in very large irradiation volume lead to the design of high performance NTD Facilities. The NTD facility design requires a powerful tool to transport neutrons with a full description of geometrical and operational conditions that MCNP code fulfils. The increase of the calculation capacity of new computers makes it possible to use the Monte Carlo technique during the detailed design stage. A calculation methodology that permits the design of a NTD facility with high axial uniformity in a relatively short calculation time is presented. This paper covers different aspects of the neutronic design of a Neutron Transmutation Doping (NTD) facility: the calculation methodology, the single crystal cross section generation and the design of a flux-flattener device. (author)
Aurora T: a Monte Carlo code for transportation of neutral atoms in a toroidal plasma
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This paper contains a short description of Aurora code. This code have been developed at Princeton with Monte Carlo method for calculating neutral gas in cylindrical plasma. In this work subroutines such one can take in account toroidal geometry are developed
New methods for neutron response calculations with MCNP
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MCNP4B was released for international distribution in February, 1997. The author summarized the new MCNP4B features since the release of MCNP4A over three years earlier and compare some results. Then he describes new methods being developed for future code releases. The focus is methods and applications of ex-core neutron response calculations
MCNP6 Simulation of Reactions of Interest to FRIB, Medical, and Space Applications
Mashnik, Stepan G
2014-01-01
The latest, production, version of the Los Alamos Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP6 has been used to simulate a variety of particle-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus reactions of academic and applied interest to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), medical isotope production, space-radiation shielding, cosmic-ray propagation, and accelerator applications, including several reactions induced by radioactive isotopes, analyzing production of both stable and radioactive residual nuclei. Here, we discuss examples of validation and verification of MCNP6 compared to recent neutron spectra measured at the Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba, Japan; to spectra of light fragments from several reactions measured recently at GANIL, France; INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania, Italy; COSY of the Julich Research Center, Germany; and to cross sections of products from several reactions measured lately at GSI, Darmstadt, Germany; ITEP, Moscow, Russia; LANSCE, LANL, Los Alamos, USA. As a rule, MCNP6 provi...
Correction to the MCNP trademark perturbation feature for cross-section dependent tallies
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The differential operator perturbation technique is a new feature of the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code MCNP version 4B that will allow users to calculate the effects of cross-section data perturbations on tallies. The implementation of the differential operator perturbation technique in MCNP assumes that the tally is independent of any perturbed cross-section data, an assumption that may not be valid for some tallies. The authors provide derivations of both the first- and second-order corrected perturbations. In addition, the appropriate perturbation corrections are demonstrated so users may accurately calculate perturbation effects for any cross-section dependent tally. Finally, corrected perturbations from six example problems are compared to actual MCNP results
MCNP and MATXS cross section libraries based on JENDL-3.3
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The continuous energy cross section library for the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP-4C, FSXLIB-J33, has been generated from the latest version of JENDL-3.3. The multigroup cross section library with the MATXS format, MATXS-J33, has been generated also from JENDL-3.3. Both libraries contain all nuclides in JENDL-3.3 and are processed at 300 K by the nuclear data processing system NJOY99. (author)
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The essential issue in analyzing the activity of 238U in an HPGe detector based gamma spectrometer via 63.3 keV line is relating to the strong self-absorption of this weak gamma ray in sample material. The present work suggests a method of the self-absorption corrections for 63.3 keV gamma rays by a combination of experimental measurements and Monte Carlo MCNP5 calculations. The effects of sample chemical composition, density and geometry were calculated in terms of self-attenuation factors. The method, developed for a cylindrical sample geometry, accounted for variable sample heights and densities. The analysis of 238U activity was applied for three main soil types in Vietnam, which are grey, alluvial and red soils. The results obtained with the above outlined method were in good agreement with those derived by other methods. - Highlights: ► Determination of the 238U activity via 63.3 keV gamma rays. ► Self-attenuation factors of 63.3 keV gamma rays for cylindrical sample container. ► The density, chemical composition and geometry effects are taken into account. ► Determination of the 238U activity in three soil types: grey, alluvial and red soils.
Status of Monte Carlo at Los Alamos
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At Los Alamos the early work of Fermi, von Neumann, and Ulam has been developed and supplemented by many followers, notably Cashwell and Everett, and the main product today is the continuous-energy, general-purpose, generalized-geometry, time-dependent, coupled neutron-photon transport code called MCNP. The Los Alamos Monte Carlo research and development effort is concentrated in Group X-6. MCNP treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of arbitrary materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and some fourth-degree surfaces (elliptical tori). Monte Carlo has evolved into perhaps the main method for radiation transport calculations at Los Alamos. MCNP is used in every technical division at the Laboratory by over 130 users about 600 times a month accounting for nearly 200 hours of CDC-7600 time
Using deterministic codes to accelerate continuous energy Monte-Carlo standards calculations
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Deterministic codes are usually used for critical parameters or one dimension geometry calculations. Advantages of the use of deterministic codes are speed of the calculation and the absence of standard deviation on the keff results. Nevertheless, the deterministic results are affected by several intrinsic uncertainties as energetic condensation or self-shielding. So the way to proceed at CEA expert criticality group (CEA/SERMA/CP2C) is to always check the main results (minimum critical or maximal permissible values and un-moderated values) with a punctual Monte Carlo calculation. These last years, in particular cases (pure actinide fissile media, exotic reflectors), large discrepancies have been observed between the keff calculated by the CRISTAL V1 route reference (continuous energy Monte Carlo code TRIPOLI-4) and the keff target (by the standard route APOLLO2-Sn). The problematic for these cases was how to transpose the keff discrepancies observed between standard and reference routes to the dimensions (mass, thickness...) or how to reduce the keff discrepancies using optimized options of the deterministic code. One solution to transpose discrepancies is to iterate on dimensions using a punctual Monte Carlo code to achieve the desired keff eigenvalue. But, the amount of time for obtaining a good standard deviation and also the desired keff eigenvalue inside the Monte Carlo calculation uncertainty can quickly increase. The principle of the method presented in this paper is that the discrepancy between deterministic code and Monte-Carlo code, calculated at the same dimension, is low variable with the dimension. Therefore, correcting the keff eigenvalue on which the deterministic code converge with the discrepancy observed, leads to a dimension nearer to the true dimension (i.e. the dimension where Monte-Carlo code keff calculation is close to the keff eigenvalue). If the keff eigenvalue is outside the Monte Carlo uncertainty, the discrepancy is recalculated and
MCNP4A: Features and philosophy
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This paper describes MCNP, states its philosophy, introduces a number of new features becoming available with version MCNP4A, and answers a number of questions asked by participants in the workshop. MCNP is a general-purpose three-dimensional neutron, photon and electron transport code. Its philosophy is ''Quality, Value and New Features.'' Quality is exemplified by new software quality assurance practices and a program of benchmarking against experiments. Value includes a strong emphasis on documentation and code portability. New features are the third priority. MCNP4A is now available at Los Alamos. New features in MCNP4A include enhanced statistical analysis, distributed processor multitasking, new photon libraries, ENDF/B-VI capabilities, X-Windows graphics, dynamic memory allocation, expanded criticality output, periodic boundaries, plotting of particle tracks via SABRINA, and many other improvements. 23 refs
Visualization of geometry and tally data using MCNP and Justine
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The Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) transport code is a general-purpose code that can be used for neutron, photon, electron, or coupled neutron/photon/electron transport, including the capability to calculate eigenvalues for neutron-multiplying systems. The code treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and fourth-degree elliptical tori. Justine is the graphical user interface and problem setup tool for the Los Alamos Radiation Modeling Interactive Environment (LARAMIE). Its purpose is to serve as a convenient and very general interface for setting up physics calculations and linking together the disparate radiation transport codes under a single front-end. Currently, the LARAMIE system includes MCNP and the deterministic transport code suit DANTSYS (ONEDANT, TWODANT, and THREEDANT, for one-, two-, and three-dimensional geometries, respectively). Justine is currently available through the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center to members of the criticality safety community for evaluation and use. The authors will demonstrate the capabilities of both codes for visualization of geometries and results from a variety of criticality problems
An improved algorithm to convert CAD model to MCNP geometry model based on STEP file
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Highlights: • Fully exploits common features of cells, making the processing efficient. • Accurately provide the cell position. • Flexible to add new parameters in the structure. • Application of novel structure in INP file processing, conveniently evaluate cell location. - Abstract: MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code) is a general-purpose Monte Carlo N-Particle code that can be used for neutron, photon, electron, or coupled neutron/photon/electron transport. Its input file, the INP file, has the characteristics of complicated form and is error-prone when describing geometric models. Due to this, a conversion algorithm that can solve the problem by converting general geometric model to MCNP model during MCNP aided modeling is highly needed. In this paper, we revised and incorporated a number of improvements over our previous work (Yang et al., 2013), which was proposed and targeted after STEP file and INP file were analyzed. Results of experiments show that the revised algorithm is more applicable and efficient than previous work, with the optimized extraction of geometry and topology information of the STEP file, as well as the production efficiency of output INP file. This proposed research is promising, and serves as valuable reference for the majority of researchers involved with MCNP-related researches
On the TTB approximation for photon transport in MCNP
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Three dimensional and continuous energy monte carlo code system, MCNP 4 deals with electron transport in addition to neutron and gamma-ray transport. Benchmark experiments involved bremsstrahlung of secondary electron are analyzed by the code MCNP 4, in the following three cases: (1) without approximation for electron pair production, (2) with the TTB approximation (thick-target-bremsstrahlung) for electron pair production, and (3) with secondary electron transport. Bishop et al. measured photon spectrum of gamma-ray (6.1Mev) which is emitted from N-16 in reactor coolant, and penetrating through iron and lead. Johnson et al. measured scattering photon spectrum and doses of capture gamma-ray (∼8Mev) which is emitted from titan and nickel, and penetrating through iron, concrete and lead. Calculation results of MCNP 4 with the secondary electron transport give good agreement with the measured values obtained by these two benchmark experiments, although the TTB approximation calculations overestimate in penetration problem, and underestimate in backscattering problem. (M. Suetake)
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Shutdown dose rate (SDDR) inside and around the diagnostics ports of ITER is performed at PPPL/UCLA using the 3-D, FEM, Discrete Ordinates code, ATTILA, along with its updated FORNAX transmutation/decay gamma library. Other ITER partners assess SDDR using codes based on the Monte Carlo (MC) approach (e.g. MCNP code) for transport calculation and the radioactivity inventory code FISPACT or other equivalent decay data libraries for dose rate assessment. To reveal the range of discrepancies in the results obtained by various analysts, an extensive experimental and calculation benchmarking effort has been undertaken to validate the capability of ATTILA for dose rate assessment. On the experimental validation front, the comparison was performed using the measured data from two SDDR experiments performed at the FNG facility, Italy. Comparison was made to the experimental data and to MC results obtained by other analysts. On the calculation validation front, the ATTILA's predictions were compared to other results at key locations inside a calculation benchmark whose configuration duplicates an upper diagnostics port plug (UPP) in ITER. Both serial and parallel version of ATTILA-7.1.0 are used in the PPPL/UCLA analysis performed with FENDL-2.1/FORNAX databases. In the FNG 1st experimental, it was shown that ATTILA's dose rates are largely over estimated (by ∼30–60%) with the ANSI/ANS-6.1.1 flux-to-dose factors whereas the ICRP-74 factors give better agreement (10–20%) with the experimental data and with the MC results at all cooling times. In the 2nd experiment, there is an under estimation in SDDR calculated by both MCNP and ATTILA based on ANSI/ANS-6.1.1 for cooling times up to ∼4 days after irradiation. Thereafter, an over estimation is observed (∼5–10% with MCNP and ∼10–15% with ATTILA). As for the calculation benchmark, the agreement is much better based on ICRP-74 1996 data. The divergence among all dose rate results at ∼11 days cooling time is no
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An inconvenient experience was encountered, in which we have different answers depending on applied weight window values, in the nuclear analysis of the benchmark problem for CAD/MCNP interface programs, being developed under the ITER R and D task. Biasing can enhance calculation speed, but should not give different answers. Mechanism of this large underestimation is clarified. It is caused by the combination of the following two facts; When one of particles in a history has got lost, MCNP cancels all tallies calculated during the history and all banked particles are thrown away (never tracked). When we have distributed micro geometry errors in input data, important histories, which give significant contribution to tallies, will have many splitting and have 'lost particle' with higher probability in the case of hard biasing. These two facts lead to selective canceling of important histories. An attempt to eliminate this inconvenience has been made, by modifying the subroutine 'hstory' of MCNP. The modification has been done very successfully and eliminated the large underestimation, giving the same answer independently from applied weight window values. (author)
A vectorized Monte Carlo code for modeling photon transport in SPECT
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A vectorized Monte Carlo computer code has been developed for modeling photon transport in single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The code models photon transport in a uniform attenuating region and photon detection by a gamma camera. It is adapted from a history-based Monte Carlo code in which photon history data are stored in scalar variables and photon histories are computed sequentially. The vectorized code is written in FORTRAN77 and uses an event-based algorithm in which photon history data are stored in arrays and photon history computations are performed within DO loops. The indices of the DO loops range over the number of photon histories, and these loops may take advantage of the vector processing unit of our Stellar GS1000 computer for pipelined computations. Without the use of the vector processor the event-based code is faster than the history-based code because of numerical optimization performed during conversion to the event-based algorithm. When only the detection of unscattered photons is modeled, the event-based code executes 5.1 times faster with the use of the vector processor than without; when the detection of scattered and unscattered photons is modeled the speed increase is a factor of 2.9. Vectorization is a valuable way to increase the performance of Monte Carlo code for modeling photon transport in SPECT
Accelerating execution of the integrated TIGER series Monte Carlo radiation transport codes
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Execution of the integrated TIGER series (ITS) of coupled electron/photon Monte Carlo radiation transport codes has been accelerated by modifying the FORTRAN source code for more efficient computation. Each member code of ITS was benchmarked and profiled with a specific test case that directed the acceleration effort toward the most computationally intensive subroutines. Techniques for accelerating these subroutines included replacing linear search algorithms with binary versions, replacing the pseudo-random number generator, reducing program memory allocation, and proofing the input files for geometrical redundancies. All techniques produced identical or statistically similar results to the original code. Final benchmark timing of the accelerated code resulted in speed-up factors of 2.00 for TIGER (the one-dimensional slab geometry code), 1.74 for CYLTRAN (the two-dimensional cylindrical geometry code), and 1.90 for ACCEPT (the arbitrary three-dimensional geometry code)
Monte Carlo Calculations Applied to NRU Reactor and Radiation Physics Analyses
G.B. Wilkin; Nguyen, T. S.
2012-01-01
The statistical MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle) code has been satisfactorily used for reactor and radiation physics calculations to support NRU operation and analysis. MCNP enables 3D modeling of the reactor and its components in great detail, the transport calculation of photons (in addition to neutrons), and the capability to model all locations in space, which are beyond the capabilities of the deterministic neutronics methods used for NRU. While the simple single-cell model is efficient for...
MONTE-4 for Monte Carlo simulations with high performance
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The Monte Carlo machine MONTE-4, has been developed based on the architecture of existing supercomputer with a design philosophy to realize high performance in vector-parallel processing of Monte Carlo codes for particle transport problems. The effective performance of this Monte Carlo machine is presented through practical applications of multi-group criticality safety code KENO-IV and continuous-energy neutron/photon transport code MCNP. Ten times speedup has been obtained on MONTE-4 compared with the execution time in the scalar processing. (K.A.)
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The reactivity effect of the asymmetry of axial burnup profile in burnup credit criticality safety is studied for a realistic PWR spent fuel transport cask proposed in the current OECD/NEA Phase II-C benchmark problem. The axial burnup profiles are simulated in 21 material zones based on in-core flux measurements varying from strong asymmetry to more or less no asymmetry. Criticality calculations in a 3-D model have been performed using the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP-4B2 and the nuclear data library JENDL-3.2. Calculation conditions are determined with consideration of the axial fission source convergence. Calculations are carried out not only for cases proposed in the benchmark but also for additional cases assuming symmetric burnup profile. The actinide-only approach supposed for first domestic introduction of burnup credit into criticality evaluation is also considered in addition to the actinide plus fission product approach adopted in the benchmark. The calculated results show that keff and the end effect increase almost linearly with increasing burnup axial offset that is defined as one of typical parameters showing the intensity of axial burnup asymmetry. The end effect is more sensitive to the asymmetry of burnup profile for the higher burnup. For an axially distributed burnup, the axial fission source distribution becomes strongly asymmetric as its peak shifts toward the top end of the fuel's active zone where the local burnup is less than that of the bottom end. The peak of fission source distribution becomes higher with the increase of either the asymmetry of burnup profile or the assembly-averaged burnup. The conservatism of the assumption of uniform axial burnup based on the actinide-only approach is estimated quantitatively in comparison with the keff result calculated with experiment-based strongest asymmetric axial burnup profile with the actinide plus fission product approach. (author)
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Highlights: • The operating parameters for both the HEU core and proposed LEU core were similar. • The length of the Cd in the capsules must be increased for its use in the LEU core. • Cd rabbits can emergently be used to shut down MNSRs. - Abstract: Miniature Neutron Source Reactors (MNSRs) are noted to be among highly safe research reactors. However, because of its use of one control rod for reactivity control and shutdown purposes, alternative methods of shutting it down are important. The Ghana MNSR uses four cadmium rabbits of approximate dimensions 6.5 cm × 5.0 cm × 0.1 cm and mass of 9.48 g each to emergently shut down the reactor. The Monte Carlo N-Particle code; version 5, (MCNP5) was used to design the high enriched uranium (HEU) and low enriched uranium (LEU) cores of the MNSR with four cadmium rabbits inserted in four inner irradiation sites of each core. The operating parameters and shutdown parameters for both cores with the central control rod (CCR) either fully withdrawn or fully inserted had similar results with the HEU core having slightly better results in terms of safety. However, the results show that the four inserted cadmium rabbits make the HEU core subcritical whiles in the LEU core, it still remains critical (keff = 1.00005 ± 0.00007). The length of the cadmium material in each cadmium rabbit must therefore be increased by at least 0.5 cm in order to attain subcriticality (keff = 0.99989 ± 0.00006) and shutdown margin of 0.11 mk when inserted in the LEU core
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Tokyo Metropolitan University of Health Sciences has done The Information Education using EGS4 Monte Carlo code since the 1998 fiscal year. Two items under practical training item were done. 1. The interaction between photon of 0.1 ∼ 10 MeV (Mega Electron Volt: MeV) and Aluminum (Al), Iron (Fe) and Lead (Pb). 2. The simulation of gamma ray energy measurement of the radiation detector. As the result, the student was possible the understanding of the radiation physics for the easiness at Practical training of EGS4 Monte Carlo code. (author)
The Monte Carlo code MCBEND - where it is and where it's going
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The Monte Carlo method forms a corner stone to the calculational procedures established in the UK for shielding design and assessment. The emphasis of the work in the shielding area is centred on the Monte Carlo code MCBEND. The work programme in support of the code is broadly directed towards utilisation of new hardware, the development of improved modelling algorithms, the development of new acceleration methods for specific applications and enhancements to user image. This paper summarises the current status of MCBEND and reviews developments carried out over the past two years and planned for the future. (author)
Parallelization of MCATNP MONTE CARLO particle transport code by using MPI
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A Monte Carlo code for simulating Atmospheric Transport of Neutrons and Photons (MCATNP) is used to simulate the ionization effects caused by high altitude nuclear detonation (HAND) and it was parallelized in MPI by adopting the leap random number producer and modifying the original serial code. The parallel results and serial results are identical. The speedup increases almost linearly with the number of processors used. The parallel efficiency is up to to 97% while 16 processors are used, and 94% while 32 are used. The experimental results show that parallelization can obviously reduce the calculation time of Monte Carlo simulation of HAND ionization effects. (authors)
Generalized Albedo option on the Morse Monte Carlo code
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The advisability of using the albedo procedure for solving deep penetration shielding problems which have ducts and other penetrations is investigated. It is generally accepted that the use of albedo data can dramatically improve the computational efficiency of certain Monte Carlo calculations - however the accuracy of these results may be unacceptable because of lost information during the albedo event and serious errors in the available differential albedo data. This study has been done to evaluate and appropriately modify the MORSE/BREESE package, to develop new methods for generating the required albedo data, and to extend the adjoint capability to the albedo modified calculations. The major modifications include the tracking of special particles inside albedo media, an option to displace the point-of-emergence during an albedo event, and an option to read, process, and use spatially-dependent albedo data for both forward and adjoint calculations. (author)
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TRIPOLI-2 solves the transport equation for neutrons or gamma rays in tridimensional geometrical configurations. TRIPOLI uses the Monte Carlo method. This method allows to treat exactly the geometrical configurations, the energy losses and the scattering laws. TRIPOLI 2 allows to treat the following problems: gamma transport problems, neutrons transport problems with fixed source (the problems can be time dependent or not), critical problems without fixed source and research of multiplication factor due to fissions, subcritical problems with fixed source and with multiplication by fission. These problems can be separate in two types. First type: shielding problems essentially with deep penetration and streaming through voids. Biasing technics are used to reduce the computing time. Second type: core problems for cell calculations or for small core calculations. In this case, it is necessary to have a fine representation of the cross sections. The thermalization is also treated exactly
Importance function by collision probabilities for Monte Carlo code Tripoli
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We present a completely automatic biasing technique where the parameters of the biased simulation are deduced from the solution of the adjoint transport equation calculated by collision probabilities. In this study we shall estimate the importance function through collision probabilities method and we shall evaluate its possibilities thanks to a Monte Carlo calculation. We have run simulations with this new biasing method for one-group transport problems with isotropic shocks (one dimension geometry and X-Y geometry) and for multigroup problems with anisotropic shocks (one dimension geometry). For the anisotropic problems we solve the adjoint equation with anisotropic collision probabilities. The results show that for the one-group and homogeneous geometry transport problems the method is quite optimal without Splitting and Russian Roulette technique but for the multigroup and heterogeneous X-Y geometry ones the figures of merit are higher if we add Splitting and Russian Roulette technique
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The Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy - IMRT is an advanced treatment technique used worldwide in oncology medicine branch. On this master proposal was developed a software package for simulating the IMRT protocol, namely SOFT-RT which attachment the research group 'Nucleo de Radiacoes Ionizantes' - NRI at UFMG. The computational system SOFT-RT allows producing the absorbed dose simulation of the radiotherapic treatment through a three-dimensional voxel model of the patient. The SISCODES code, from NRI, research group, helps in producing the voxel model of the interest region from a set of CT or MRI digitalized images. The SOFT-RT allows also the rotation and translation of the model about the coordinate system axis for better visualization of the model and the beam. The SOFT-RT collects and exports the necessary parameters to MCNP code which will carry out the nuclear radiation transport towards the tumor and adjacent healthy tissues for each orientation and position of the beam planning. Through three-dimensional visualization of voxel model of a patient, it is possible to focus on a tumoral region preserving the whole tissues around them. It takes in account where exactly the radiation beam passes through, which tissues are affected and how much dose is applied in both tissues. The Out-module from SOFT-RT imports the results and express the dose response superimposing dose and voxel model in gray scale in a three-dimensional graphic representation. The present master thesis presents the new computational system of radiotherapic treatment - SOFT-RT code which has been developed using the robust and multi-platform C++ programming language with the OpenGL graphics packages. The Linux operational system was adopted with the goal of running it in an open source platform and free access. Preliminary simulation results for a cerebral tumor case will be reported as well as some dosimetric evaluations. (author)
Shielding Calculations for Industrial 5/7.5MeV Electron Accelerators Using the MCNP Monte Carlo Code
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High energy X-rays from accelerators are used to irradiate food ingredients to prevent growth and development of unwanted biological organisms in food, in order to extend the shelf life of products. High energy photons can cause food activation due to (D3,n) reactions. Until 2004, to eliminate the possibility of food activation, the electron energy was limited to 5 MeV X-rays for food irradiation. In 2004, the FDA approved the usage of up to 7.5 MeV, but only with tantalum and gold targets (1). Higher X-ray energy results an increased flux of X-rays in the forward direction, increased penetration, and higher photon dose rate due to better electron-to-photon conversion. These improvements could decrease the irradiation time and allow irradiation of larger packages, thereby providing higher production rates with lower treatment cost. Medical accelerators usually work with 6-18 MV electron energy with tungsten target to convert the electron beam to X-rays. In order to protect the patients, the accelerator head is protected with a heavy lead shielding; therefore, the bremsstrahlung is emitted only in the forward direction. There are many publications and standards that guide how to design optimal shielding for medical accelerator rooms. The shielding data for medical accelerators is not applicable for industrial accelerators, since the data is for different conversion targets, different X-Ray energies, and only for the forward direction. Collimators are not always in use in industrial accelerators, and therefore bremsstrahlung photons can be emitted in all directions. The bremsstrahlung spectrum and dose rate change as a function of the emission angle. The dose rate decreases from maximum in the forward direction (0°) to minimum at 180° by 1-2 orders of magnitude. In order to design and calculate optimal shielding for food accelerator rooms, there is a need to have the bremsstrahlung spectrum data, dose rates and concrete attenuation data in all emission directions, which are different for each conversion target and energy. There are publications and standards available such as: NCRP 144, IAEA Report 188, ANSI N43.3, to guide how to design shielding for industrial accelerator rooms. The shielding data in these guides is suitable for most industrial accelerators that have collimators, but does not contain angular dependence shielding data for 5 MeV and 7.5 MeV X-rays, such as used in food irradiation facilities
Longitudinal development of extensive air showers: hybrid code SENECA and full Monte Carlo
Ortiz, J A; De Souza, V; Ortiz, Jeferson A.; Tanco, Gustavo Medina
2004-01-01
New experiments, exploring the ultra-high energy tail of the cosmic ray spectrum with unprecedented detail, are exerting a severe pressure on extensive air hower modeling. Detailed fast codes are in need in order to extract and understand the richness of information now available. Some hybrid simulation codes have been proposed recently to this effect (e.g., the combination of the traditional Monte Carlo scheme and system of cascade equations or pre-simulated air showers). In this context, we explore the potential of SENECA, an efficient hybrid tridimensional simulation code, as a valid practical alternative to full Monte Carlo simulations of extensive air showers generated by ultra-high energy cosmic rays. We extensively compare hybrid method with the traditional, but time consuming, full Monte Carlo code CORSIKA which is the de facto standard in the field. The hybrid scheme of the SENECA code is based on the simulation of each particle with the traditional Monte Carlo method at two steps of the shower devel...
Depletion of a BWR lattice using the racer continuous energy Monte Carlo code
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In the past several years there has been a renewed interest in the accuracy of a new generation of lattice physics codes. Most of the time these codes are benchmarked against Monte Carlo codes only at beginning of cycle. In this paper a highly heterogeneous BWR lattice depletion benchmark problem is presented. Results of a 40% void depletion using the RACER continuous energy Monte Carlo code are also presented. Complete problem specifications are given so that comparisons with lattice physics codes or other Monte Carlo codes is possible. The RACER calculations were performed with the ENDF/B-V cross section set. Each flux calculation utilized 2.7 million histories resulting in 95% confidence intervals of ∼1 milli-k on the eigenvalue and ∼1% uncertainties on pin-wise power fractions. Timing statistics for the calculation using the vectorized RACER code averaged ∼ 24,000 neutrons/minute on a single processor of a CRAY-C90 computer
MKENO-DAR: a direct angular representation Monte Carlo code for criticality safety analysis
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Improving the Monte Carlo code MULTI-KENO, the MKENO-DAR (Direct Angular Representation) code has been developed for criticality safety analysis in detail. A function was added to MULTI-KENO for representing anisotropic scattering strictly. With this function, the scattering angle of neutron is determined not by the average scattering angle μ-bar of the Pl Legendre polynomial but by the random work operation using probability distribution function produced with the higher order Legendre polynomials. This code is avilable for the FACOM-M380 computer. This report is a computer code manual for MKENO-DAR. (author)
ALEPH 1.1.2: A Monte Carlo burn-up code
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In the last 40 years, Monte Carlo particle transport has been applied to a multitude of problems such as shielding and medical applications, to various types of nuclear reactors, . . . The success of the Monte Carlo method is mainly based on its broad application area, on its ability to handle nuclear data not only in its most basic but also most complex form (namely continuous energy cross sections, complex interaction laws, detailed energy-angle correlations, multi-particle physics, . . . ), on its capability of modeling geometries from simple 1D to complex 3D, . . . There is also a current trend in Monte Carlo applications toward high detail 3D calculations (for instance voxel-based medical applications), something for which deterministic codes are neither suited nor performant as to computational time and precision. Apart from all these fields where Monte Carlo particle transport has been applied successfully, there is at least one area where Monte Carlo has had limited success, namely burn-up and activation calculations where the time parameter is added to the problem. The concept of Monte Carlo burn-up consists of coupling a Monte Carlo code to a burn-up module to improve the accuracy of depletion and activation calculations. For every time step the Monte Carlo code will provide reaction rates to the burn-up module which will return new material compositions to the Monte Carlo code. So if static Monte Carlo particle transport is slow, then Monte Carlo particle transport with burn-up will be even slower as calculations have to be performed for every time step in the problem. The computational issues to perform accurate Monte Carlo calculations are however continuously reduced due to improvements made in the basic Monte Carlo algorithms, due to the development of variance reduction techniques and due to developments in computer architecture (more powerful processors, the so-called brute force approach through parallel processors and networked systems
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The uncertainty band associated with the transmission curve for 100 kV x-ray in lead was determined using Monte Carlo methods and the sensitivity analysis approach. All of uncertainty sources: Statistical, systematical and the uncertainties arising from the diversity of x-ray tubes were taken into account. The transmission of 100 kV x-ray in Syrian building bricks was then computed together the uncertainty associated with it. Finally, the lead equivalent thickness for 10, 15 and 20 cm thick bricks were estimated. The results are in very good agreement with experimental results. This study recommends, as a thumb rule, to use the lead-equivalent values of 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 mm for the 1, 15 and 20 cm thick building bricks, respectively. (author)
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Calculation of neutron flux distributions of RSG-GAS typical working core using MCNP 4b Code has been done. Prior to the calculations, modelling of fuel element of meat as well as surfaces of cladding cell and geometry should be made. The model was then included water as a containment also developed. To achieve neutron flux behavior, it was simulated 200,000 to 2,000,000 neutrons. The calculation results indicated that the neutron flux in TWC core is in the order of 1014. Meanwhile, the best flux order for the BNCT facility should be in the order of 1010. With the use of any method, such as constructing of shielding and collimator, the order of neutron flux will decrease. In the previous research in 2001, the results showed the neutron flux in the order of 1010 by installing the collimator with 45 cm thick, made of Pb and 380 cm from the core centre. The results of this research completed with the research done in 2001, 2000 and 1999 certainly support the possibility to construct the BNCT facility in RSG-GAS reactor core
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Avilan Puertas, Eddie, E-mail: epuertas@nuclear.ufrj.br [Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Braz, Delson, E-mail: delson@lin.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Brandao, Luis E.; Salgado, Cesar M., E-mail: brandao@ien.gov.br, E-mail: otero@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
2015-07-01
The use radioactive tracers for flow rate measurement is applied to a great variety of situations, however the accuracy of the technique is highly dependent of the adequate choice of the experimental measurement conditions. To measure flow rate of fluids in ducts partially filled, is necessary to measure the fluid flow velocity and the fluid height. The flow velocity can be measured with the cross correlation function and the fluid level, with a fluid level meter system. One of the error factors when measuring flow rate, is on the correct setting of the source-detector of the fluid level meter system. The goal of the present work is to establish by mean of MCNP-X code simulations the experimental parameters to measure the fluid level. The experimental tests will be realized in a flow rate system of 10 mm of diameter of acrylic tube for water and oil as fluids. The radioactive tracer to be used is the {sup 82}Br and for the detection will be employed two 1″ NaI(Tl) scintillator detectors, shielded with collimators of 0.5 cm and 1 cm of circular aperture diameter. (author)
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The use radioactive tracers for flow rate measurement is applied to a great variety of situations, however the accuracy of the technique is highly dependent of the adequate choice of the experimental measurement conditions. To measure flow rate of fluids in ducts partially filled, is necessary to measure the fluid flow velocity and the fluid height. The flow velocity can be measured with the cross correlation function and the fluid level, with a fluid level meter system. One of the error factors when measuring flow rate, is on the correct setting of the source-detector of the fluid level meter system. The goal of the present work is to establish by mean of MCNP-X code simulations the experimental parameters to measure the fluid level. The experimental tests will be realized in a flow rate system of 10 mm of diameter of acrylic tube for water and oil as fluids. The radioactive tracer to be used is the 82Br and for the detection will be employed two 1″ NaI(Tl) scintillator detectors, shielded with collimators of 0.5 cm and 1 cm of circular aperture diameter. (author)
A Monte Carlo approach to food density corrections in gamma spectroscopy
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Evaluation of food products by gamma spectroscopy requires a correction for food density for many counting geometries and isotopes. An inexpensive method to develop these corrections has been developed by creating a detailed model of the HPGe crystal and counting geometry for the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. The Monte Carlo code was then used to generate a series of efficiency curves for a wide range of sample densities. The method was validated by comparing the MCNP generated efficiency curves against those obtained from measurements of NIST traceable standards, and spiked food samples across a range of food densities. (author)
Development of 3d reactor burnup code based on Monte Carlo method and exponential Euler method
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Burnup analysis plays a key role in fuel breeding, transmutation and post-processing in nuclear reactor. Burnup codes based on one-dimensional and two-dimensional transport method have difficulties in meeting the accuracy requirements. A three-dimensional burnup analysis code based on Monte Carlo method and Exponential Euler method has been developed. The coupling code combines advantage of Monte Carlo method in complex geometry neutron transport calculation and FISPACT in fast and precise inventory calculation, meanwhile resonance Self-shielding effect in inventory calculation can also be considered. The IAEA benchmark text problem has been adopted for code validation. Good agreements were shown in the comparison with other participants' results. (authors)
Modelling photon transport in non-uniform media for SPECT with a vectorized Monte Carlo code.
Smith, M F
1993-10-01
A vectorized Monte Carlo code has been developed for modelling photon transport in non-uniform media for single-photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT). The code is designed to compute photon detection kernels, which are used to build system matrices for simulating SPECT projection data acquisition and for use in matrix-based image reconstruction. Non-uniform attenuating and scattering regions are constructed from simple three-dimensional geometric shapes, in which the density and mass attenuation coefficients are individually specified. On a Stellar GS1000 computer, Monte Carlo simulations are performed between 1.6 and 2.0 times faster when the vector processor is utilized than when computations are performed in scalar mode. Projection data acquired with a clinical SPECT gamma camera for a line source in a non-uniform thorax phantom are well modelled by Monte Carlo simulations. The vectorized Monte Carlo code was used to stimulate a 99Tcm SPECT myocardial perfusion study, and compensations for non-uniform attenuation and the detection of scattered photons improve activity estimation. The speed increase due to vectorization makes Monte Carlo simulation more attractive as a tool for modelling photon transport in non-uniform media for SPECT. PMID:8248288
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Perfetti, Christopher M [ORNL; Martin, William R [University of Michigan; Rearden, Bradley T [ORNL; Williams, Mark L [ORNL
2012-01-01
Three methods for calculating continuous-energy eigenvalue sensitivity coefficients were developed and implemented into the SHIFT Monte Carlo code within the Scale code package. The methods were used for several simple test problems and were evaluated in terms of speed, accuracy, efficiency, and memory requirements. A promising new method for calculating eigenvalue sensitivity coefficients, known as the CLUTCH method, was developed and produced accurate sensitivity coefficients with figures of merit that were several orders of magnitude larger than those from existing methods.
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Coelho, T.S.; Yoriyaz, H. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Fernandes, M.A.R. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina. Servico de Radioterapia; Louzada, M.J.Q. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Aracatuba, SP (Brazil). Curso de Medicina Veterinaria
2010-07-01
Although they are no longer manufactured, the applicators of {sup 90}Sr +{sup 90}Y acquired in the decades of 1990 are still in use, by having half-life of 28.5 years. These applicators have calibration certificate given by their manufacturers, where few have been recalibrated. Thus it becomes necessary to accomplish thorough dosimetry of these applicators. This paper presents a dosimetric analysis distribution radial dose profiles for emitted by an {sup 90}Sr+{sup 90}Y beta therapy applicator, using the MCNP-4C code to simulate the distribution radial dose profiles and radiochromium films to get them experimentally . The results with the simulated values were compared with the results of experimental measurements, where both curves show similar behavior, which may validate the use of MCNP-4C and radiochromium films for this type of dosimetry. (author)
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Coelho, Talita S.; Yoriyaz, Helio [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Fernandes, Marco A.R., E-mail: tasallesc@gmail.co [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Servico de Radioterapia; Louzada, Mario J.Q. [UNESP, Aracatuba, SP (Brazil). Curso de Medicina Veterinaria
2011-07-01
Although they are no longer manufactured, the applicators of {sup 90}Sr + {sup 90}Y acquired in the decades of 1990 are still in use, by having half-life of 28.5 years. These applicators have calibration certificate given by their manufacturers, where few have been re calibrated. Thus it becomes necessary to accomplish thorough dosimetry of these applicators. This paper presents a dosimetric analysis distribution radial dose profiles for emitted by an {sup 90}Sr + {sup 90}Y beta therapy applicator, using the MCNP-4C code to simulate the distribution radial dose profiles and radio chromium films to get them experimentally . The results with the simulated values were compared with the results of experimental measurements, where both curves show similar behavior, which may validate the use of MCNP-4C and radio chromium films for this type of dosimetry. (author)
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Computer simulations of defects created by neutrons in the annular beryllium reflector and aluminium clad material of GHARR - 1 using the MCNP5 and TRIM codes were carried out. A model of the beryllium reflector and aluminium clad as well as FMn tallies were built on the MCNP5 platform to generate neutron reaction data for three energy levels of epithermal, thermal and fast neutrons. The helium and tritium gas production in the (Be) reflector at a neutron flux of 1.0 x 1012 n/cm2 were determined to be 4.043*10-2 and 8.079*10-4 [atoms/source neutron.cm3] respectively. The nuclear heating number and the average heating number were calculated to be 22.59 (MeV/g) and 6.52*10-2 MeV/collision respectively. Similarly, the helium and hydrogen gases produced in the Al clad were determined to be 8.44*10-6 and 4.64*10-5 [atoms/source neutron.cm3] respectively. Also, the total neutron heating value and the total average neutron heating number evaluated for all the 10 lattices of the clad were 1.48(MeV/g) and 1.06*10-3 MeV/collision respectively. The average number of displacements per ion from TRIM simulation output for the entire recoil cascade history was recorded as 110 for annular beryllium reflector and 184 for aluminium clad material. The average normalized neutron flux distribution calculated over (Be) reflector and (Al) clad were 4.90*1011(n/cm2.s) and 3.18*1011(n/cm2.s) respectively. The final defect distribution of beryllium vacancies at a target depth of 2.04*103 μm was determined to be 5.21*10-10 μm-ion and for the (Al) clad at a target depth of 2.06*104 μm was determined to be 8.45*10-11 μm-ion. The values of nuclear parameters obtained were in agreement with other similar data in literature but were also below levels which could lead to hazards such as swelling of the flux level of 1*1012n/cm2s. Finally, further work regarding the damage levels within the control rod may be considered. [au
New Tools to Prepare ACE Cross-section Files for MCNP Analytic Test Problems
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Brown, Forrest B. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Monte Carlo Codes Group
2016-06-17
Monte Carlo calculations using one-group cross sections, multigroup cross sections, or simple continuous energy cross sections are often used to: (1) verify production codes against known analytical solutions, (2) verify new methods and algorithms that do not involve detailed collision physics, (3) compare Monte Carlo calculation methods with deterministic methods, and (4) teach fundamentals to students. In this work we describe 2 new tools for preparing the ACE cross-section files to be used by MCNP^{®} for these analytic test problems, simple_ace.pl and simple_ace_mg.pl.
QCDMPI - pure QCD Monte Carlo simulation code with MPI
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QCDMPI is a pure QCD simulation code with MPI calls. QCDMPI is very portable because; - you can simulate any-dimensional QCD, - on any-dimensional partitioning, - on any number of processors, - with rather small working area. Also by this program, you can get two performances, - calculation (link update time) - communication (MB/sec). In this paper, outline of QCDMPI is reported. Comparison of the performances on several parallel machines; AP1000, AP1000+, AP3000, Cenju-3, Paragon, SR2201 and Workstation Cluster, is also reported. (orig.)
Installation of MCNP on 64-bit parallel computers
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The Monte Carlo radiation transport code MCNP has been successfully ported to two 64-bit workstations, the SGI and DEC Alpha. We found the biggest problem for installation on these machines to be Fortran and C mismatches in argument passing. Correction of these mismatches enabled, for the first time, dynamic memory allocation on 64-bit workstations. Although the 64-bit hardware is faster because 8-bytes are processed at a time rather than 4-bytes, we found no speed advantage in true 64-bit coding versus implicit double precision when porting an existing code to the 64-bit workstation architecture. We did find that PVM multiasking is very successful and represents a significant performance enhancement for scientific workstations
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The general purpose code BALTORO was written for coupling the three-dimensional Monte-Carlo /MC/ with the one-dimensional Discrete Ordinates /DO/ radiation transport calculations. The quantity of a radiation-induced /neutrons or gamma-rays/ nuclear effect or the score from a radiation-yielding nuclear effect can be analysed in this way. (author)
Subroutines to Simulate Fission Neutrons for Monte Carlo Transport Codes
Lestone, J P
2014-01-01
Fortran subroutines have been written to simulate the production of fission neutrons from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and 240Pu, and from the thermal neutron induced fission of 239Pu and 235U. The names of these four subroutines are getnv252, getnv240, getnv239, and getnv235, respectively. These subroutines reproduce measured first, second, and third moments of the neutron multiplicity distributions, measured neutron-fission correlation data for the spontaneous fission of 252Cf, and measured neutron-neutron correlation data for both the spontaneous fission of 252Cf and the thermal neutron induced fission of 235U. The codes presented here can be used to study the possible uses of neutron-neutron correlations in the area of transparency measurements and the uses of neutron-neutron correlations in coincidence neutron imaging.
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Klasky, Marc Louis [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Myers, Steven Charles [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); James, Michael R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mayo, Douglas R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2016-04-19
To facilitate the timely execution of System Threat Reviews (STRs) for DNDO, and also to develop a methodology for performing STRs, LANL performed comparisons of several radiation transport codes (MCNP, GADRAS, and Gamma-Designer) that have been previously utilized to compute radiation signatures. While each of these codes has strengths, it is of paramount interest to determine the limitations of each of the respective codes and also to identify the most time efficient means by which to produce computational results, given the large number of parametric cases that are anticipated in performing STR's. These comparisons serve to identify regions of applicability for each code and provide estimates of uncertainty that may be anticipated. Furthermore, while performing these comparisons, examination of the sensitivity of the results to modeling assumptions was also examined. These investigations serve to enable the creation of the LANL methodology for performing STRs. Given the wide variety of radiation test sources, scenarios, and detectors, LANL calculated comparisons of the following parameters: decay data, multiplicity, device (n,γ) leakages, and radiation transport through representative scenes and shielding. This investigation was performed to understand potential limitations utilizing specific codes for different aspects of the STR challenges.
Homma, Yuto; Moriwaki, Hiroyuki; Ohki, Shigeo; Ikeda, Kazumi
2014-06-01
This paper deals with verification of three dimensional triangular prismatic discrete ordinates transport calculation code ENSEMBLE-TRIZ by comparison with multi-group Monte Carlo calculation code GMVP in a large fast breeder reactor. The reactor is a 750 MWe electric power sodium cooled reactor. Nuclear characteristics are calculated at beginning of cycle of an initial core and at beginning and end of cycle of equilibrium core. According to the calculations, the differences between the two methodologies are smaller than 0.0002 Δk in the multi-plication factor, relatively about 1% in the control rod reactivity, and 1% in the sodium void reactivity.
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Computational Monte Carlo (MC) codes have been used for simulation of nuclear installations mainly for internal monitoring of workers, the well known as Whole Body Counters (WBC). The main goal of this project was the modeling and simulation of the counting efficiency (CE) of a WBC system using three different MC codes: MCNPX, EGSnrc and VMC in-vivo. The simulations were performed for three different groups of analysts. The results shown differences between the three codes, as well as in the results obtained by the same code and modeled by different analysts. Moreover, all the results were also compared to the experimental results obtained in laboratory for meaning of validation and final comparison. In conclusion, it was possible to detect the influence on the results when the system is modeled by different analysts using the same MC code and in which MC code the results were best suited, when comparing to the experimental data result. (author)
Burnup calculation capability in the PSG2 / Serpent Monte Carlo reactor physics code
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The PSG continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics code has been developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2004. The code is mainly intended for group constant generation for coupled reactor simulator calculations and other tasks traditionally handled using deterministic lattices physics codes. The name was recently changed from acronym PSG to 'Serpent', and the capabilities have been extended by implementing built-in burnup calculation routines that enable the code to be used for fuel cycle studies and the modelling of irradiated fuels. This paper presents the methodology used for burnup calculation. Serpent has two fundamentally different options for solving the Bateman depletion equations: 1) the Transmutation Trajectory Analysis method (TTA), based on the analytical solution of linearized depletion chains and 2) the Chebyshev Rational Approximation Method (CRAM), an advanced matrix exponential solution developed at VTT. The first validation results are compared to deterministic CASMO-4E calculations. It is also shown that the overall running time in Monte Carlo burnup calculation can be significantly reduced using specialized calculation techniques, and that the continuous-energy Monte Carlo method is becoming a viable alternative to deterministic assembly burnup codes. (authors)
Applications of FLUKA Monte Carlo code for nuclear and accelerator physics
Battistoni, Giuseppe; Brugger, Markus; Campanella, Mauro; Carboni, Massimo; Empl, Anton; Fasso, Alberto; Gadioli, Ettore; Cerutti, Francesco; Ferrari, Alfredo; Ferrari, Anna; Lantz, Matthias; Mairani, Andrea; Margiotta, M; Morone, Christina; Muraro, Silvia; Parodi, Katerina; Patera, Vincenzo; Pelliccioni, Maurizio; Pinsky, Lawrence; Ranft, Johannes; Roesler, Stefan; Rollet, Sofia; Sala, Paola R; Santana, Mario; Sarchiapone, Lucia; Sioli, Maximiliano; Smirnov, George; Sommerer, Florian; Theis, Christian; Trovati, Stefania; Villari, R; Vincke, Heinz; Vincke, Helmut; Vlachoudis, Vasilis; Vollaire, Joachim; Zapp, Neil
2011-01-01
FLUKA is a general purpose Monte Carlo code capable of handling all radiation components from thermal energies (for neutrons) or 1keV (for all other particles) to cosmic ray energies and can be applied in many different fields. Presently the code is maintained on Linux. The validity of the physical models implemented in FLUKA has been benchmarked against a variety of experimental data over a wide energy range, from accelerator data to cosmic ray showers in the Earth atmosphere. FLUKA is widely used for studies related both to basic research and to applications in particle accelerators, radiation protection and dosimetry, including the specific issue of radiation damage in space missions, radiobiology (including radiotherapy) and cosmic ray calculations. After a short description of the main features that make FLUKA valuable for these topics, the present paper summarizes some of the recent applications of the FLUKA Monte Carlo code in the nuclear as well high energy physics. In particular it addresses such top...
Simulating fast transients with fuel behavior feedback using the Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code
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Simulating transients with reactivity feedback effects using Monte Carlo neutron transport codes can be used for validating deterministic transient codes or estimating for example the total deposited energy in a fuel rod following a known reactivity insertion in the system. Recent increases in computational power as well as developments in calculation methodology makes it possible to obtain a coupled solution for several aspects of the multi-physics problem in a single calculation. This paper describes the different methods implemented in Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code that enable it to model fast transients with fuel behavior feedback. The capability is demonstrated in a prompt critical pin-cell case, where the transient is shut down by the negative reactivity from rising fuel temperature. (author)
Dose conversion coefficients for ICRP110 voxel phantom in the Geant4 Monte Carlo code
Martins, M. C.; Cordeiro, T. P. V.; Silva, A. X.; Souza-Santos, D.; Queiroz-Filho, P. P.; Hunt, J. G.
2014-02-01
The reference adult male voxel phantom recommended by International Commission on Radiological Protection no. 110 was implemented in the Geant4 Monte Carlo code. Geant4 was used to calculate Dose Conversion Coefficients (DCCs) expressed as dose deposited in organs per air kerma for photons, electrons and neutrons in the Annals of the ICRP. In this work the AP and PA irradiation geometries of the ICRP male phantom were simulated for the purpose of benchmarking the Geant4 code. Monoenergetic photons were simulated between 15 keV and 10 MeV and the results were compared with ICRP 110, the VMC Monte Carlo code and the literature data available, presenting a good agreement.
ERSN-OpenMC, a Java-based GUI for OpenMC Monte Carlo code
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Jaafar EL Bakkali
2016-07-01
Full Text Available OpenMC is a new Monte Carlo transport particle simulation code focused on solving two types of neutronic problems mainly the k-eigenvalue criticality fission source problems and external fixed fission source problems. OpenMC does not have any Graphical User Interface and the creation of one is provided by our java-based application named ERSN-OpenMC. The main feature of this application is to provide to the users an easy-to-use and flexible graphical interface to build better and faster simulations, with less effort and great reliability. Additionally, this graphical tool was developed with several features, as the ability to automate the building process of OpenMC code and related libraries as well as the users are given the freedom to customize their installation of this Monte Carlo code. A full description of the ERSN-OpenMC application is presented in this paper.
A new Monte Carlo code for absorption simulation of laser-skin tissue interaction
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Afshan Shirkavand; Saeed Sarkar; Marjaneh Hejazi; Leila Ataie-Fashtami; Mohammad Reza Alinaghizadeh
2007-01-01
In laser clinical applications, the process of photon absorption and thermal energy diffusion in the target tissue and its surrounding tissue during laser irradiation are crucial. Such information allows the selection of proper operating parameters such as laser power, and exposure time for optimal therapeutic. The Monte Carlo method is a useful tool for studying laser-tissue interaction and simulation of energy absorption in tissue during laser irradiation. We use the principles of this technique and write a new code with MATLAB 6.5, and then validate it against Monte Carlo multi layer (MCML) code. The new code is proved to be with good accuracy. It can be used to calculate the total power bsorbed in the region of interest. This can be combined for heat modelling with other computerized programs.
MCNP4A: features and philosophy
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MCNP, the general-purpose three-dimensional neutron, photon and electron transport code is described. A new version, MCNP4A is now available at Los Alamos. New features in MCNP4A include enhanced statistical analysis, distributed processor multi-processing, new photon libraries, ENDF/B-VI capabilities, X-Windows graphics, dynamic memory allocation, expanded critically output, periodic boundaries, plotting of particle tracks via SABRINA, and many other improvements. These new features of this version are also presented. (K.A.)
Monte Carlo electron/photon transport
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A review of nonplasma coupled electron/photon transport using Monte Carlo method is presented. Remarks are mainly restricted to linerarized formalisms at electron energies from 1 keV to 1000 MeV. Applications involving pulse-height estimation, transport in external magnetic fields, and optical Cerenkov production are discussed to underscore the importance of this branch of computational physics. Advances in electron multigroup cross-section generation is reported, and its impact on future code development assessed. Progress toward the transformation of MCNP into a generalized neutral/charged-particle Monte Carlo code is described. 48 refs
Validation of the Monteburns code for criticality calculation of TRIGA reactors
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Dalle, Hugo Moura [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Jeraj, Robert [Jozef Stafan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2002-07-01
Use of Monte Carlo methods in burnup calculations of nuclear fuel has become practical due to increased speed of computers. Monteburns is an automated computational tool that links the Monte Carlo code MCNP with the burnup and decay code ORIGEN2.1. This code system was used to simulate a criticality benchmark experiment with burned fuel on a TRIGA Mark II research reactor. Two core configurations were simulated and k{sub eff} values calculated. The comparison between the calculated and experimental values shows good agreement, which indicates that the MCNP/Monteburns/ORIGEN2.1 system gives reliable results for neutronic simulations of TRIGA reactors. (author)
PyMercury: Interactive Python for the Mercury Monte Carlo Particle Transport Code
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Iandola, F N; O' Brien, M J; Procassini, R J
2010-11-29
Monte Carlo particle transport applications are often written in low-level languages (C/C++) for optimal performance on clusters and supercomputers. However, this development approach often sacrifices straightforward usability and testing in the interest of fast application performance. To improve usability, some high-performance computing applications employ mixed-language programming with high-level and low-level languages. In this study, we consider the benefits of incorporating an interactive Python interface into a Monte Carlo application. With PyMercury, a new Python extension to the Mercury general-purpose Monte Carlo particle transport code, we improve application usability without diminishing performance. In two case studies, we illustrate how PyMercury improves usability and simplifies testing and validation in a Monte Carlo application. In short, PyMercury demonstrates the value of interactive Python for Monte Carlo particle transport applications. In the future, we expect interactive Python to play an increasingly significant role in Monte Carlo usage and testing.
PyMercury: Interactive Python for the Mercury Monte Carlo Particle Transport Code
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Monte Carlo particle transport applications are often written in low-level languages (C/C++) for optimal performance on clusters and supercomputers. However, this development approach often sacrifices straightforward usability and testing in the interest of fast application performance. To improve usability, some high-performance computing applications employ mixed-language programming with high-level and low-level languages. In this study, we consider the benefits of incorporating an interactive Python interface into a Monte Carlo application. With PyMercury, a new Python extension to the Mercury general-purpose Monte Carlo particle transport code, we improve application usability without diminishing performance. In two case studies, we illustrate how PyMercury improves usability and simplifies testing and validation in a Monte Carlo application. In short, PyMercury demonstrates the value of interactive Python for Monte Carlo particle transport applications. In the future, we expect interactive Python to play an increasingly significant role in Monte Carlo usage and testing.
The use of an inbuilt importance generator for acceleration of the Monte Carlo code MCBEND
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Monte Carlo is currently the most accurate method for the analysis of neutron and gamma-ray transport. However its application, especially to deep penetration studies, is costly in terms of the man-days to set up the calculation and in terms of computer usage. The MAGIC module, developed at the Winfrith Technology Centre, addresses both these problems. It employs an automated procedure based upon the established technique of splitting/roulette with an importance function derived from the solution of the adjoint diffusion equation. Examples are given of the application of the module with Monte Carlo code MCBEND
Power and neutron flux calculation for the PUSPATI TRIGA Reactor using MCNP
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The Malaysian 1 MW TRIGA MARK II research reactor at Malaysian Nuclear Agency is designed to effectively implement the various fields of basic nuclear research, manpower training, and production of radioisotopes for their use in agriculture, industry, and medicine. This study deals with the calculation of neutron flux and power distribution in PUSPATI TRIGA REACTOR (RTP) 14th core configuration. The 3-D continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP was used to develop a versatile and accurate full model of the TRIGA core and fuels. The model represents in detailed all components of the core with literally no physical approximation. Continuous energy cross-section data from the more recent nuclear data as well as S (α, β) thermal neutron scattering functions distributed with the MCNP code were used. Results of calculations are analyzed and discussed. (author)
Development of a space radiation Monte Carlo computer simulation based on the FLUKA and ROOT codes
Pinsky, L; Ferrari, A; Sala, P; Carminati, F; Brun, R
2001-01-01
This NASA funded project is proceeding to develop a Monte Carlo-based computer simulation of the radiation environment in space. With actual funding only initially in place at the end of May 2000, the study is still in the early stage of development. The general tasks have been identified and personnel have been selected. The code to be assembled will be based upon two major existing software packages. The radiation transport simulation will be accomplished by updating the FLUKA Monte Carlo program, and the user interface will employ the ROOT software being developed at CERN. The end-product will be a Monte Carlo-based code which will complement the existing analytic codes such as BRYNTRN/HZETRN presently used by NASA to evaluate the effects of radiation shielding in space. The planned code will possess the ability to evaluate the radiation environment for spacecraft and habitats in Earth orbit, in interplanetary space, on the lunar surface, or on a planetary surface such as Mars. Furthermore, it will be usef...
MCNP analysis of the nine-cell LWR gadolinium benchmark
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The Monte Carlo results for a 9-cell fragment of the light water reactor square lattice with a central gadolinium-loaded pin are presented. The calculations are performed with the code MCNP-3A and the ENDF-B/5 library and compared with the results obtained from the BOXER code system and the JEF-1 library. The objective of this exercise is to study the feasibility of BOXER for the analysis of a Gd-loaded LWR lattice in the broader framework of GAP International Benchmark Analysis. A comparison of results indicates that, apart from unavoidable discrepancies originating from different data evaluations, the BOXER code overestimates the multiplication factor by 1.4 % and underestimates the power release in a Gd cell by 4.66 %. It is hoped that further similar studies with use of the JEF-1 library for both BOXER and MCNP will help to isolate and explain these discrepancies in a cleaner way. (author) 4 refs., 9 figs., 10 tabs
Srna - Monte Carlo codes for proton transport simulation in combined and voxelized geometries
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Ilić Radovan D.
2002-01-01
Full Text Available This paper describes new Monte Carlo codes for proton transport simulations in complex geometrical forms and in materials of different composition. The SRNA codes were developed for three dimensional (3D dose distribution calculation in proton therapy and dosimetry. The model of these codes is based on the theory of proton multiple scattering and a simple model of compound nucleus decay. The developed package consists of two codes: SRNA-2KG and SRNA-VOX. The first code simulates proton transport in combined geometry that can be described by planes and second order surfaces. The second one uses the voxelized geometry of material zones and is specifically adopted for the application of patient computer tomography data. Transition probabilities for both codes are given by the SRNADAT program. In this paper, we will present the models and algorithms of our programs, as well as the results of the numerical experiments we have carried out applying them, along with the results of proton transport simulation obtained through the PETRA and GEANT programs. The simulation of the proton beam characterization by means of the Multi-Layer Faraday Cup and spatial distribution of positron emitters obtained by our program indicate the imminent application of Monte Carlo techniques in clinical practice.
Srna-Monte Carlo codes for proton transport simulation in combined and voxelized geometries
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This paper describes new Monte Carlo codes for proton transport simulations in complex geometrical forms and in materials of different composition. The SRNA codes were developed for three dimensional (3D) dose distribution calculation in proton therapy and dosimetry. The model of these codes is based on the theory of proton multiple scattering and a simple model of compound nucleus decay. The developed package consists of two codes: SRNA-2KG and SRNA-VOX. The first code simulates proton transport in combined geometry that can be described by planes and second order surfaces. The second one uses the voxelized geometry of material zones and is specifically adopted for the application of patient computer tomography data. Transition probabilities for both codes are given by the SRNADAT program. In this paper, we will present the models and algorithms of our programs, as well as the results of the numerical experiments we have carried out applying them, along with the results of proton transport simulation obtained through the PETRA and GEANT programs. The simulation of the proton beam characterization by means of the Multi-Layer Faraday Cup and spatial distribution of positron emitters obtained by our program indicate the imminent application of Monte Carlo techniques in clinical practice. (author)
Calculation of effective delayed neutron fraction with modified library of Monte Carlo code
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Highlights: ► We propose a new Monte Carlo method to calculate the effective delayed neutron fraction by changing the library. ► We study the stability of our method. When the particles and cycles are sufficiently great, the stability is very good. ► The final result is determined to make the deviation least. ► We verify our method on several benchmarks, and the results are very good. - Abstract: A new Monte Carlo method is proposed to calculate the effective delayed neutron fraction βeff. Based on perturbation theory, βeff is calculated with modified library of Monte Carlo code. To verify the proposed method, calculations are performed on several benchmarks. The error of the method is analyzed and the way to reduce error is proposed. The results are in good agreement with the reference data
DgSMC-B code: A robust and autonomous direct simulation Monte Carlo code for arbitrary geometries
Kargaran, H.; Minuchehr, A.; Zolfaghari, A.
2016-07-01
In this paper, we describe the structure of a new Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) code that takes advantage of combinatorial geometry (CG) to simulate any rarefied gas flows Medias. The developed code, called DgSMC-B, has been written in FORTRAN90 language with capability of parallel processing using OpenMP framework. The DgSMC-B is capable of handling 3-dimensional (3D) geometries, which is created with first-and second-order surfaces. It performs independent particle tracking for the complex geometry without the intervention of mesh. In addition, it resolves the computational domain boundary and volume computing in border grids using hexahedral mesh. The developed code is robust and self-governing code, which does not use any separate code such as mesh generators. The results of six test cases have been presented to indicate its ability to deal with wide range of benchmark problems with sophisticated geometries such as airfoil NACA 0012. The DgSMC-B code demonstrates its performance and accuracy in a variety of problems. The results are found to be in good agreement with references and experimental data.
MCNP4B{sup {trademark}} verification and validation
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Hendricks, J.S.; Court, J.D.
1996-08-01
Several new features and bug fixes have been incorporated into the new release of MCNP. As required by the MCNP Software Quality Assurance Plan, these changes to the code and the test set are documented here for user reference. This document summarizes the new MCNP4B features and corrections, separated into major and minor groupings. Also included are a code cleanup section and a section delineating problems identified in LA-12839 which have not been corrected. Finally, we document the MCNP4B test set modifications and explain how test set coverage has been improved.
MCNP modelling of a combined neutron/gamma counter
Bourva, L C A; Ottmar, H; Weaver, D R
1999-01-01
A series of Monte Carlo neutron calculations for a combined gamma/passive neutron coincidence counter has been performed. This type of device, part of a suite of non-destructive assay instruments utilised for the enforcement of the Euratom nuclear safeguards within the European Union, is to be used for high accuracy measurements of the plutonium content of small samples of nuclear materials. The multi-purpose Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP) code version 4B has been used to model in detail the neutron coincidence detector and to investigate the leakage self-multiplication of PuO sub 2 and mixed U-Pu oxide (MOX) reference samples used to calibrate the instrument. The MCNP calculations have been used together with a neutron coincidence counting interpretative model to determine characteristic parameters of the detector. A comparative study to both experimental and previous numerical results has been performed. Sensitivity curves of the variation of the detector's efficiency, epsilon, to, alpha, the ratio of (alpha...
The Physical Models and Statistical Procedures Used in the RACER Monte Carlo Code
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This report describes the MCV (Monte Carlo - Vectorized)Monte Carlo neutron transport code [Brown, 1982, 1983; Brown and Mendelson, 1984a]. MCV is a module in the RACER system of codes that is used for Monte Carlo reactor physics analysis. The MCV module contains all of the neutron transport and statistical analysis functions of the system, while other modules perform various input-related functions such as geometry description, material assignment, output edit specification, etc. MCV is very closely related to the 05R neutron Monte Carlo code [Irving et al., 1965] developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 05R evolved into the 05RR module of the STEMB system, which was the forerunner of the RACER system. Much of the overall logic and physics treatment of 05RR has been retained and, indeed, the original verification of MCV was achieved through comparison with STEMB results. MCV has been designed to be very computationally efficient [Brown, 1981, Brown and Martin, 1984b; Brown, 1986]. It was originally programmed to make use of vector-computing architectures such as those of the CDC Cyber- 205 and Cray X-MP. MCV was the first full-scale production Monte Carlo code to effectively utilize vector-processing capabilities. Subsequently, MCV was modified to utilize both distributed-memory [Sutton and Brown, 1994] and shared memory parallelism. The code has been compiled and run on platforms ranging from 32-bit UNIX workstations to clusters of 64-bit vector-parallel supercomputers. The computational efficiency of the code allows the analyst to perform calculations using many more neutron histories than is practical with most other Monte Carlo codes, thereby yielding results with smaller statistical uncertainties. MCV also utilizes variance reduction techniques such as survival biasing, splitting, and rouletting to permit additional reduction in uncertainties. While a general-purpose neutron Monte Carlo code, MCV is optimized for reactor physics calculations. It has the
Criticality qualification of a new Monte Carlo code for reactor core analysis
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In order to accurately simulate Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS), the utilization of at least two computational tools is necessary (the thermal-hydraulic problem is not considered in the frame of this work), namely: (a) A High Energy Physics (HEP) code system dealing with the 'Accelerator part' of the installation, i.e. the computation of the spectrum, intensity and spatial distribution of the neutrons source created by (p, n) reactions of a proton beam on a target and (b) a neutronics code system, handling the 'Reactor part' of the installation, i.e. criticality calculations, neutron transport, fuel burn-up and fission products evolution. In the present work, a single computational tool, aiming to analyze an ADS in its integrity and also able to perform core analysis for a conventional fission reactor, is proposed. The code is based on the well qualified HEP code GEANT (version 3), transformed to perform criticality calculations. The performance of the code is tested against two qualified neutronics code systems, the diffusion/transport SCALE-CITATION code system and the Monte Carlo TRIPOLI code, in the case of a research reactor core analysis. A satisfactory agreement was exhibited by the three codes.
On the use of SERPENT Monte Carlo code to generate few group diffusion constants
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Piovezan, Pamela, E-mail: pamela.piovezan@ctmsp.mar.mil.b [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Carluccio, Thiago; Domingos, Douglas Borges; Rossi, Pedro Russo; Mura, Luiz Felipe, E-mail: fermium@cietec.org.b, E-mail: thiagoc@ipen.b [Fermium Tecnologia Nuclear, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)
2011-07-01
The accuracy of diffusion reactor codes strongly depends on the quality of the groups constants processing. For many years, the generation of such constants was based on 1-D infinity cell transport calculations. Some developments using collision probability or the method of characteristics allow, nowadays, 2-D assembly group constants calculations. However, these 1-D and 2-D codes how some limitations as , for example, on complex geometries and in the neighborhood of heavy absorbers. On the other hand, since Monte Carlos (MC) codes provide accurate neutro flux distributions, the possibility of using these solutions to provide group constants to full-core reactor diffusion simulators has been recently investigated, especially for the cases in which the geometry and reactor types are beyond the capability of the conventional deterministic lattice codes. The two greatest difficulties on the use of MC codes to group constant generation are the computational costs and the methodological incompatibility between analog MC particle transport simulation and deterministic transport methods based in several approximations. The SERPENT code is a 3-D continuous energy MC transport code with built-in burnup capability that was specially optimized to generate these group constants. In this work, we present the preliminary results of using the SERPENT MC code to generate 3-D two-group diffusion constants for a PWR like assembly. These constants were used in the CITATION diffusion code to investigate the effects of the MC group constants determination on the neutron multiplication factor diffusion estimate. (author)
Criticality qualification of a new Monte Carlo code for reactor core analysis
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Catsaros, N. [Institute of Nuclear Technology - Radiation Protection, NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , P.O. Box 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); Gaveau, B. [MAPS, Universite Paris VI, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); Jaekel, M. [Laboratoire de Physique Theorique, Ecole Normale Superieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris (France); Maillard, J. [MAPS, Universite Paris VI, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); CNRS-IDRIS, Bt 506, BP167, 91403 Orsay (France); CNRS-IN2P3, 3 rue Michel Ange, 75794 Paris (France); Maurel, G. [Faculte de Medecine, Universite Paris VI, 27 rue de Chaligny, 75012 Paris (France); MAPS, Universite Paris VI, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); Savva, P., E-mail: savvapan@ipta.demokritos.g [Institute of Nuclear Technology - Radiation Protection, NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , P.O. Box 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); Silva, J. [MAPS, Universite Paris VI, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); Varvayanni, M.; Zisis, Th. [Institute of Nuclear Technology - Radiation Protection, NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , P.O. Box 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi (Greece)
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In order to accurately simulate Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS), the utilization of at least two computational tools is necessary (the thermal-hydraulic problem is not considered in the frame of this work), namely: (a) A High Energy Physics (HEP) code system dealing with the 'Accelerator part' of the installation, i.e. the computation of the spectrum, intensity and spatial distribution of the neutrons source created by (p, n) reactions of a proton beam on a target and (b) a neutronics code system, handling the 'Reactor part' of the installation, i.e. criticality calculations, neutron transport, fuel burn-up and fission products evolution. In the present work, a single computational tool, aiming to analyze an ADS in its integrity and also able to perform core analysis for a conventional fission reactor, is proposed. The code is based on the well qualified HEP code GEANT (version 3), transformed to perform criticality calculations. The performance of the code is tested against two qualified neutronics code systems, the diffusion/transport SCALE-CITATION code system and the Monte Carlo TRIPOLI code, in the case of a research reactor core analysis. A satisfactory agreement was exhibited by the three codes.
Evaluation of CASMO-3 and HELIOS for Fuel Assembly Analysis from Monte Carlo Code
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Shim, Hyung Jin; Song, Jae Seung; Lee, Chung Chan
2007-05-15
This report presents a study comparing deterministic lattice physics calculations with Monte Carlo calculations for LWR fuel pin and assembly problems. The study has focused on comparing results from the lattice physics code CASMO-3 and HELIOS against those from the continuous-energy Monte Carlo code McCARD. The comparisons include k{sub inf}, isotopic number densities, and pin power distributions. The CASMO-3 and HELIOS calculations for the k{sub inf}'s of the LWR fuel pin problems show good agreement with McCARD within 956pcm and 658pcm, respectively. For the assembly problems with Gadolinia burnable poison rods, the largest difference between the k{sub inf}'s is 1463pcm with CASMO-3 and 1141pcm with HELIOS. RMS errors for the pin power distributions of CASMO-3 and HELIOS are within 1.3% and 1.5%, respectively.
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2006-01-01
2005-2006 ACADEMIC TRAINING PROGRAMME LECTURE SERIES 27, 28, 29 June 11:00-12:00 - TH Conference Room, bldg. 4 The use of Monte Carlo radiation transport codes in radiation physics and dosimetry F. Salvat Gavalda,Univ. de Barcelona, A. FERRARI, CERN-AB, M. SILARI, CERN-SC Lecture 1. Transport and interaction of electromagnetic radiation F. Salvat Gavalda,Univ. de Barcelona Interaction models and simulation schemes implemented in modern Monte Carlo codes for the simulation of coupled electron-photon transport will be briefly reviewed. Different schemes for simulating electron transport will be discussed. Condensed algorithms, which rely on multiple-scattering theories, are comparatively fast, but less accurate than mixed algorithms, in which hard interactions (with energy loss or angular deflection larger than certain cut-off values) are simulated individually. The reliability, and limitations, of electron-interaction models and multiple-scattering theories will be analyzed. Benchmark comparisons of simu...
Shielding evaluation for e-Linac - Inter-comparison of Monte Carlo codes and analytical calculations
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Estimation of optimum shielding thickness is an important aspect in radiation protection as well as in assessment of cost effectiveness of any upcoming accelerator facility. Analytical calculations for shielding estimates are fast and being frequently used even though they are very approximate. Estimates by Monte Carlo codes, on the other hand is accurate, provided used in a judicious manner, but they are very time consuming and require high end computational hardware. The purpose of this work is to compare the results from various available Monte Carlo codes, such as FLUKA and EGSmc. The estimated output was also compared with the analytical techniques. For the work, an e-Linac facility of 50 MeV electron beam was used and calculations were carried out with 1 mA beam current. (author)
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COG is a major multiparticle simulation code in the LLNL Monte Carlo radiation transport toolkit. It was designed to solve deep-penetration radiation shielding problems in arbitrarily complex 3D geometries, involving coupled transport of photons, neutrons, and electrons. COG was written to provide as much accuracy as the underlying cross-sections will allow, and has a number of variance-reduction features to speed computations. Recently COG has been applied to the simulation of high- resolution radiographs of complex objects and the evaluation of contraband detection schemes. In this paper we will give a brief description of the capabilities of the COG transport code and show several examples of neutron and gamma-ray imaging simulations. Keywords: Monte Carlo, radiation transport, simulated radiography, nonintrusive inspection, neutron imaging
Vectorization and multitasking with a Monte-Carlo code for neutron transport problems
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This paper summarizes two improvements of a Monte Carlo code by resorting to vectorization and multitasking techniques. After a short presentation of the physical problem to solve and a description of the main difficulties to produce an efficient coding, this paper introduces the vectorization principles employed and briefly describes how the vectorized algorithm works. Next, measured performances on CRAY 1S, CYBER 205 and CRAY X-MP are compared. The second part of this paper is devoted to multitasking technique. Starting from the standard multitasking tools available with FORTRAN on CRAY X-MP/4, a multitasked algorithm and its measured speed-ups are presented. In conclusion we prove that vector and parallel computers are a great opportunity for such Monte Carlo algorithms
Penelope - A code system for Monte Carlo simulation of electron and photon transport
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The computer code system PENELOPE (version 2001) performs Monte Carlo simulation of coupled electron-photon transport in arbitrary materials for a wide energy range, from a few hundred eV to about 1 GeV. Photon transport is simulated by means of the standard, detailed simulation scheme. Electron and positron histories are generated on the basis of a mixed procedure, which combines detailed simulation of hard events with condensed simulation of soft interactions. A geometry package called PENGEOM permits the generation of random electron-photon showers in material systems consisting of homogeneous bodies limited by quadric surfaces, i.e. planes, spheres, cylinders, etc. This report is intended not only to serve as a manual of the PENELOPE code system, but also to provide the user with the necessary information to understand the details of the Monte-Carlo algorithm. (authors)
PEREGRINE: An all-particle Monte Carlo code for radiation therapy
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The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a lethal dose to the tumor while minimizing the dose to normal tissues. To carry out this task, it is critical to calculate correctly the distribution of dose delivered. Monte Carlo transport methods have the potential to provide more accurate prediction of dose distributions than currently-used methods. PEREGRINE is a new Monte Carlo transport code developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the specific purpose of modeling the effects of radiation therapy. PEREGRINE transports neutrons, photons, electrons, positrons, and heavy charged-particles, including protons, deuterons, tritons, helium-3, and alpha particles. This paper describes the PEREGRINE transport code and some preliminary results for clinically relevant materials and radiation sources
Platt, M. E.; Lewis, E. E.; Boehm, F.
1991-01-01
A Monte Carlo Fortran computer program was developed that uses two variance reduction techniques for computing system reliability applicable to solving very large highly reliable fault-tolerant systems. The program is consistent with the hybrid automated reliability predictor (HARP) code which employs behavioral decomposition and complex fault-error handling models. This new capability is called MC-HARP which efficiently solves reliability models with non-constant failures rates (Weibull). Common mode failure modeling is also a specialty.
The Serpent Monte Carlo Code: Status, Development and Applications in 2013
Leppänen, Jaakko; Pusa, Maria; Viitanen, Tuomas; Valtavirta, Ville; Kaltiaisenaho, Toni
2014-06-01
The Serpent Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code has been developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2004, and is currently used in 100 universities and research organizations around the world. This paper presents the brief history of the project, together with the currently available methods and capabilities and plans for future work. Typical user applications are introduced in the form of a summary review on Serpent-related publications over the past few years.
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A model of a gamma sterilizer was built using the ITS/ACCEPT Monte Carlo code and verified through dosimetry. Individual dosimetry measurements in homogeneous material were pooled to represent larger bodies that could be simulated in a reasonable time. With the assumptions and simplifications described, dose predictions were within 2-5% of dosimetry. The model was used to simulate product movement through the sterilizer and to predict information useful for process optimization and facility design
Validation of GEANT4 Monte Carlo Simulation Code for 6 MV Varian Linac Photon Beam
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The head of a clinical linear accelerator based on the manufacturer detailed information is simulated by using GEANT4. Percentage Depth Dose (PDD) and flatness symmetry (lateral dose profiles) in water phantom were evaluated. Comparisons between experimental and simulated data were carried out for two field sizes; 5 × 5, and 10 ×10 cm2. The obtained results indicated that GEANT4 code is a promising and validated Monte Carlo program for using in radiotherapy applications
TRIMARAN: a three dimensional multigroup P1 Monte Carlo code for criticallity studies
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TRIMARAN is developed for safety analysis of nuclar components containing fissionnable materials: shipping casks, storage and cooling pools, manufacture and reprocessing plants. It solves the transport equation by Monte Carlo method in general three dimensional geometry with multigroup P1 approximation. A special representation of cross sections and numbers has been developed in order to reduce considerably the computing cost and allow this three dimensional code to compete with standard numerical program used in parametric studies
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Perfetti, C.; Martin, W. [Univ. of Michigan, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, 2355 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2104 (United States); Rearden, B.; Williams, M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Reactor and Nuclear Systems Div., Bldg. 5700, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6170 (United States)
2012-07-01
Three methods for calculating continuous-energy eigenvalue sensitivity coefficients were developed and implemented into the Shift Monte Carlo code within the SCALE code package. The methods were used for two small-scale test problems and were evaluated in terms of speed, accuracy, efficiency, and memory requirements. A promising new method for calculating eigenvalue sensitivity coefficients, known as the CLUTCH method, was developed and produced accurate sensitivity coefficients with figures of merit that were several orders of magnitude larger than those from existing methods. (authors)
Exact modeling of the torus geometry with Monte Carlo transport code
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It is valuable to model torus geometry exactry for the neutronics design of fusion reactor in order to assess neutronics characteristics such as tritium breeding ratio, heat generation rate, etc, near the plasma. Monte Carlo code MORSE-GG which plays important role in the radiation streaming calculation of fusion reactors had been able to deal with the geometry composed of second order surfaces. The MORSE-GG program is modified to be able to deal with torus geometry which has fourth order surface by solving biquadratic equations, hoping that MORSE-GG code becomes more effective for the neutronics calculation of the Tokamak fusion reactor. (author)
Efficient data management techniques implemented in the Karlsruhe Monte Carlo code KAMCCO
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The Karlsruhe Monte Carlo Code KAMCCO is a forward neutron transport code with an eigenfunction and a fixed source option, including time-dependence. A continuous energy model is combined with a detailed representation of neutron cross sections, based on linear interpolation, Breit-Wigner resonances and probability tables. All input is processed into densely packed, dynamically addressed parameter fields and networks of pointers (addresses). Estimation routines are decoupled from random walk and analyze a storage region with sample records. This technique leads to fast execution with moderate storage requirements and without any I/O-operations except in the input and output stages. 7 references. (U.S.)
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A code to simulate almost any electron--photon transport problem conceivable is described. The report begins with a lengthy historical introduction and a description of the shower generation process. Then the detailed physics of the shower processes and the methods used to simulate them are presented. Ideas of sampling theory, transport techniques, particle interactions in general, and programing details are discussed. Next, EGS calculations and various experiments and other Monte Carlo results are compared. The remainder of the report consists of user manuals for EGS, PEGS, and TESTSR codes; options, input specifications, and typical output are included. 38 figures, 12 tables
ASCOT: redesigned Monte Carlo code for simulations of minority species in tokamak plasmas
Hirvijoki, Eero; Koskela, Tuomas; Kurki-Suonio, Taina; Miettunen, Juho; Sipilä, Seppo; Snicker, Antti; Äkäslompolo, Simppa
2013-01-01
A comprehensive description of methods for Monte Carlo studies of fast ions and impurity species in tokamak plasmas is presented. The described methods include Hamiltonian orbit-following in particle and guiding center phase space, test particle or guiding center solution of the kinetic equation applying stochastic differential equations in the presence of Coulomb collisions, Neoclassical tearing modes and Alfv\\'en eigenmodes as electromagnetic perturbations relevant for fast ions, together with plasma flow and atomic reactions relevant for impurity studies. Applying the methods, a complete reimplementation of a well-established minority species code is carried out as a response both to the increase in computing power during the last twenty years and to the weakly structured growth of the previous code which has made implementation of additional models impractical. Also, a thorough benchmark between the previous code and the reimplementation is accomplished, showing good agreement between the codes.
Uncertainties associated with the use of the KENO Monte Carlo criticality codes
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The KENO multi-group Monte Carlo criticality codes have earned the reputation of being efficient, user friendly tools especially suited for the analysis of situations commonly encountered in the storage and transportation of fissile materials. Throughout their twenty years of service, a continuing effort has been made to maintain and improve these codes to meet the needs of the nuclear criticality safety community. Foremost among these needs is the knowledge of how to utilize the results safely and effectively. Therefore it is important that code users be aware of uncertainties that may affect their results. These uncertainties originate from approximations in the problem data, methods used to process cross sections, and assumptions, limitations and approximations within the criticality computer code itself. 6 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab
Specific Monte Carlo code development for nuclear well-logging tool responses
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McPNL is a specific Monte Carlo computer code that has been developed to simulate a pulsed neutron oil well logging tool and uses implicit capture, Russian roulette and statistical estimation techniques as primary variance reduction methods. The code has been validated by benchmarking against six sets of laboratory test pit data on water, limestone and quartz formations with widely varying sets of borehole and formation conditions. McDNL is a specific Monte Carlo computer code that has been developed to simulate a dual-spaced neutron porosity tool. The low counting yield in the far detector of the tool requires the use of biasing schemes to obtain adequate efficiency. Exponential transform and directional biasing techniques have been applied with remarkable success for this problem, along with source biasing, implicit capture, Russian roulette and statistical estimation techniques. The code has been benchmarked against five sets of laboratory test pit data and found to be valid. Correlated sampling can be optionally used in the code to accurately predict the relative change in the detector response due to small perturbations in the formation porosity. (author)
An analytical solution to a simplified EDXRF model for Monte Carlo code verification
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The objective of this study is to obtain an analytical solution to the scalar photon transport equation that can be used to obtain benchmark results for the verification of energy dispersive X-Ray fluorescence (EDXRF) Monte Carlo simulation codes. The multi-collided flux method (multiple scattering method) is implemented to obtain analytical expressions for the space-, energy-, and angle-dependent scalar photon flux for a one dimensional EDXRF model problem. In order to obtain benchmark results, higher-order multiple scattering terms are included in the multi-collided flux method. The details of the analytical solution and of the proposed EDXRF model problem are presented. Analytical expressions obtained are then used to calculate the energy-dependent current. The analytically-calculated energy-dependent current is compared with Monte Carlo code results. The findings of this study show that analytical solutions to the scalar photon transport equation with the proposed model problem can be used as a verification tool in EDXRF Monte Carlo code development.
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This paper presents an unstructured mesh based multi-physics interface implemented in the Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code, for the purpose of coupling the neutronics solution to component-scale thermal hydraulics calculations, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The work continues the development of a multi-physics coupling scheme, which relies on the separation of state-point information from the geometry input, and the capability to handle temperature and density distributions by a rejection sampling algorithm. The new interface type is demonstrated by a simplified molten-salt reactor test case, using a thermal hydraulics solution provided by the CFD solver in OpenFOAM. (author)
ITS - The integrated TIGER series of coupled electron/photon Monte Carlo transport codes
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The TIGER series of time-independent coupled electron/photon Monte Carlo transport codes is a group of multimaterial, multidimensional codes designed to provide a state-of-the-art description of the production and transport of the electron/photon cascade. The codes follow both electrons and photons from 1.0 GeV down to 1.0 keV, and the user has the option of combining the collisional transport with transport in macroscopic electric and magnetic fields of arbitrary spatial dependence. Source particles can be either electrons or photons. The most important output data are (a) charge and energy deposition profiles, (b) integral and differential escape coefficients for both electrons and photons, (c) differential electron and photon flux, and (d) pulse-height distributions for selected regions of the problem geometry. The base codes of the series differ from one another primarily in their dimensionality and geometric modeling. They include (a) a one-dimensional multilayer code, (b) a code that describes the transport in two-dimensional axisymmetric cylindrical material geometries with a fully three-dimensional description of particle trajectories, and (c) a general three-dimensional transport code which employs a combinatorial geometry scheme. These base codes were designed primarily for describing radiation transport for those situations in which the detailed atomic structure of the transport medium is not important. For some applications, it is desirable to have a more detailed model of the low energy transport. The system includes three additional codes that contain a more elaborate ionization/relaxation model than the base codes. Finally, the system includes two codes that combine the collisional transport of the multidimensional base codes with transport in macroscopic electric and magnetic fields of arbitrary spatial dependence
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Highlights: ► The core of a typical MTR type research reactor was modelled, in three dimensions, using the Monte Carlo code, MCNP5. ► The neutron energy spectrum at the central irradiation site was determined. ► Results are compared with earlier calculations performed by the deterministic code CITATION. - Abstract: In previous work, determination of the neutron energy spectrum in a typical pool type Material Test research Reactor (MTR) was discussed. Solution of the neutron spectrum adjustment problem, which adjusts a theoretically calculated spectrum to a set of experimentally measured reaction rates, was also analyzed. The calculated spectrum was obtained through modelling the reactor core and the surroundings in three dimensions using the deterministic code CITATION. In this work, the same core configuration was modelled in three dimensions using the Monte Carlo code, MCNP5. The calculated spectrum by MCNP is compared to that calculated by CITATION. Both calculated spectra by CITATION and MCNP were also compared as input information in the experimental determination of the neutron spectrum through the use of experimentally measured reaction rates and the adjustment code MSITER. The good agreement between the calculated and adjusted spectra indicates that the MCNP approach can be used as pre-information in the experimental determination of the neutron spectrum as well as for the prediction of neutron spectrum at other locations
Coupled neutronics and thermal hydraulics analysis for PWR with MCNP5 and ATHLET
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Bernnat, Wolfgang; Buck, Michael [Stuttgart Univ. (DE). Inst. fuer Kernenergetik und Energiesysteme (IKE); Pasichnyk, Ihor; Zwermann, Winfried [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH (GRS), Garching (Germany)
2011-07-01
The analysis of pin wise power distribution in LWR lattices under realistic thermal hydraulics conditions can be performed with coupled neutronics and thermal hydraulics codes. Due to today's availability of powerful parallel computer resources for the neutronics part Monte Carlo codes can be applied with the advantage that no homogenization and energy group approximations has to be used. Realistic operational conditions require that for all pins the material and temperature distributions must be taken into account. Using Monte Carlo codes like MCNP5 a very large number of input zones with different material composition or temperature must be specified. The corresponding thermal hydraulics data - moderator temperatures, densities and fuel temperatures - must be calculated by means of an appropriate thermal hydraulics code. This paper describes the coupling of MCNP5 with the system code ATHLET for the analysis of the detailed power distribution in a PWR. The PWR reactor model was simplified according to the stationary part of the Purdue benchmark. This means that the burnup of all assemblies is radially and axially constant and the temperature in an assembly varies only axially. The nuclide compositions of the different assemblies (UOX and MOX) for specified burnups were taken from the benchmark specification. (orig.)
MCNP5 CRITICALITY VALIDATION AND BIAS FOR INTERMEDIATE ENRICHED URANIUM SYSTEMS
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FINFROCK SH
2009-12-10
The purpose of this analysis is to validate the Monte Carlo N-Particle 5 (MCNP5) code Version 1.40 (LA-UR-03-1987, 2005) and its cross-section database for k-code calculations of intermediate enriched uranium systems on INTEL{reg_sign} processor based PC's running any version of the WINDOWS operating system. Configurations with intermediate enriched uranium were modeled with the moderator range of 39 {le} H/Fissile {le} 1438. See Table 2-1 for brief descriptions of selected cases and Table 3-1 for the range of applicability for this validation. A total of 167 input cases were evaluated including bare and reflected systems in a single body or arrays. The 167 cases were taken directly from the previous (Version 4C [Lan 2005]) validation database. Section 2.0 list data used to calculate k-effective (k{sub eff}) for the 167 experimental criticality benchmark cases using the MCNP5 code v1.40 and its cross section database. Appendix B lists the MCNP cross-section database entries validated for use in evaluating the intermediate enriched uranium systems for criticality safety. The dimensions and atom densities for the intermediate enriched uranium experiments were taken from NEA/NSC/DOC(95)03, September 2005, which will be referred to as the benchmark handbook throughout the report. For these input values, the experimental benchmark k{sub eff} is approximately 1.0. The MCNP validation computer runs ran to an accuracy of approximately {+-} 0.001. For the cases where the reported benchmark k{sub eff} was not equal to 1.0000 the MCNP calculational results were normalized. The difference between the MCNP validation computer runs and the experimentally measured k{sub eff} is the MCNP5 v1.40 bias. The USLSTATS code (ORNL 1998) was utilized to perform the statistical analysis and generate an acceptable maximum k{sub eff} limit for calculations of the intermediate enriched uranium type systems.
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Several updated Monte Carlo (MC) codes are available to perform calculations of voxel S values for radionuclide targeted therapy. The aim of this work is to analyze the differences in the calculations obtained by different MC codes and their impact on absorbed dose evaluations performed by voxel dosimetry. Voxel S values for monoenergetic sources (electrons and photons) and different radionuclides (90Y, 131I, and 188Re) were calculated. Simulations were performed in soft tissue. Three general-purpose MC codes were employed for simulating radiation transport: MCNP4C, EGSnrc, and GEANT4. The data published by the MIRD Committee in Pamphlet No. 17, obtained with the EGS4 MC code, were also included in the comparisons. The impact of the differences (in terms of voxel S values) among the MC codes was also studied by convolution calculations of the absorbed dose in a volume of interest. For uniform activity distribution of a given radionuclide, dose calculations were performed on spherical and elliptical volumes, varying the mass from 1 to 500 g. For simulations with monochromatic sources, differences for self-irradiation voxel S values were mostly confined within 10% for both photons and electrons, but with electron energy less than 500 keV, the voxel S values referred to the first neighbor voxels showed large differences (up to 130%, with respect to EGSnrc) among the updated MC codes. For radionuclide simulations, noticeable differences arose in voxel S values, especially in the bremsstrahlung tails, or when a high contribution from electrons with energy of less than 500 keV is involved. In particular, for 90Y the updated codes showed a remarkable divergence in the bremsstrahlung region (up to about 90% in terms of voxel S values) with respect to the EGS4 code. Further, variations were observed up to about 30%, for small source-target voxel distances, when low-energy electrons cover an important part of the emission spectrum of the radionuclide (in our case, for 131I
Investigations on Monte Carlo based coupled core calculations
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The present trend in advanced and next generation nuclear reactor core designs is towards increased material heterogeneity and geometry complexity. The continuous energy Monte Carlo method has the capability of modeling such core environments with high accuracy. This paper presents results from feasibility studies being performed at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) on both accelerating Monte Carlo criticality calculations by using hybrid nodal diffusion Monte Carlo schemes and thermal-hydraulic feedback modeling in Monte Carlo core calculations. The computation process is greatly accelerated by calculating the three-dimensional (3D) distributions of fission source and thermal-hydraulics parameters with the coupled NEM/COBRA-TF code and then using coupled MCNP5/COBRA-TF code to fine tune the results to obtain an increased accuracy. The PSU NEM code employs cross-sections generated by MCNP5 for pin-cell based nodal compositions. The implementation of different code modifications facilitating coupled calculations are presented first. Then the coupled hybrid Monte Carlo based code system is applied to a 3D 2*2 pin array extracted from a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) assembly with reflective radial boundary conditions. The obtained results are discussed and it is showed that performing Monte-Carlo based coupled core steady state calculations are feasible. (authors)
Li, Junli; Li, Chunyan; Qiu, Rui; Yan, Congchong; Xie, Wenzhang; Wu, Zhen; Zeng, Zhi; Tung, Chuanjong
2015-09-01
The method of Monte Carlo simulation is a powerful tool to investigate the details of radiation biological damage at the molecular level. In this paper, a Monte Carlo code called NASIC (Nanodosimetry Monte Carlo Simulation Code) was developed. It includes physical module, pre-chemical module, chemical module, geometric module and DNA damage module. The physical module can simulate physical tracks of low-energy electrons in the liquid water event-by-event. More than one set of inelastic cross sections were calculated by applying the dielectric function method of Emfietzoglou's optical-data treatments, with different optical data sets and dispersion models. In the pre-chemical module, the ionised and excited water molecules undergo dissociation processes. In the chemical module, the produced radiolytic chemical species diffuse and react. In the geometric module, an atomic model of 46 chromatin fibres in a spherical nucleus of human lymphocyte was established. In the DNA damage module, the direct damages induced by the energy depositions of the electrons and the indirect damages induced by the radiolytic chemical species were calculated. The parameters should be adjusted to make the simulation results be agreed with the experimental results. In this paper, the influence study of the inelastic cross sections and vibrational excitation reaction on the parameters and the DNA strand break yields were studied. Further work of NASIC is underway. PMID:25883312
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The method of Monte Carlo simulation is a powerful tool to investigate the details of radiation biological damage at the molecular level. In this paper, a Monte Carlo code called NASIC (Nanodosimetry Monte Carlo Simulation Code) was developed. It includes physical module, pre-chemical module, chemical module, geometric module and DNA damage module. The physical module can simulate physical tracks of low-energy electrons in the liquid water event-by-event. More than one set of inelastic cross sections were calculated by applying the dielectric function method of Emfietzoglou's optical-data treatments, with different optical data sets and dispersion models. In the pre-chemical module, the ionised and excited water molecules undergo dissociation processes. In the chemical module, the produced radiolytic chemical species diffuse and react. In the geometric module, an atomic model of 46 chromatin fibres in a spherical nucleus of human lymphocyte was established. In the DNA damage module, the direct damages induced by the energy depositions of the electrons and the indirect damages induced by the radiolytic chemical species were calculated. The parameters should be adjusted to make the simulation results be agreed with the experimental results. In this paper, the influence study of the inelastic cross sections and vibrational excitation reaction on the parameters and the DNA strand break yields were studied. Further work of NASIC is underway (authors)
Overview of TRIPOLI-4 version 7, Continuous-energy Monte Carlo Transport Code
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The TRIPOLI-4 code is used essentially for four major classes of applications: shielding studies, criticality studies, core physics studies, and instrumentation studies. In this updated overview of the Monte Carlo transport code TRIPOLI-4, we list and describe its current main features, including recent developments or extended capacities like effective beta estimation, photo-nuclear reactions or extended mesh tallies. The code computes coupled neutron-photon propagation as well as the electron-photon cascade shower. While providing the user with common biasing techniques, it also implements an automatic weighting scheme. TRIPOLI-4 has support for execution in parallel mode. Special features and applications are also presented concerning: 'particles storage', resuming a stopped TRIPOLI-4 run, collision bands, Green's functions, source convergence in criticality mode, and mesh tally
Parallel Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (ParaGrandMC) Simulation Code
Yamakov, Vesselin I.
2016-01-01
This report provides an overview of the Parallel Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (ParaGrandMC) simulation code. This is a highly scalable parallel FORTRAN code for simulating the thermodynamic evolution of metal alloy systems at the atomic level, and predicting the thermodynamic state, phase diagram, chemical composition and mechanical properties. The code is designed to simulate multi-component alloy systems, predict solid-state phase transformations such as austenite-martensite transformations, precipitate formation, recrystallization, capillary effects at interfaces, surface absorption, etc., which can aid the design of novel metallic alloys. While the software is mainly tailored for modeling metal alloys, it can also be used for other types of solid-state systems, and to some degree for liquid or gaseous systems, including multiphase systems forming solid-liquid-gas interfaces.
Rabie, M.; Franck, C. M.
2016-06-01
We present a freely available MATLAB code for the simulation of electron transport in arbitrary gas mixtures in the presence of uniform electric fields. For steady-state electron transport, the program provides the transport coefficients, reaction rates and the electron energy distribution function. The program uses established Monte Carlo techniques and is compatible with the electron scattering cross section files from the open-access Plasma Data Exchange Project LXCat. The code is written in object-oriented design, allowing the tracing and visualization of the spatiotemporal evolution of electron swarms and the temporal development of the mean energy and the electron number due to attachment and/or ionization processes. We benchmark our code with well-known model gases as well as the real gases argon, N2, O2, CF4, SF6 and mixtures of N2 and O2.
High-energy particle Monte Carlo at Los Alamos
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A major computational effort at Los Alamos has been the development of a code system based on the HETC code for the transport of nucleons, pions, and muons. The Los Alamos National Laboratory version of HETC utilizes MCNP geometry and interfaces with MCNP for the transport of neutrons below 20 MeV and photons at any energy. A major recent effort has been the development of the PHT code for treating the gamma cascade in excited nuclei (the residual nuclei from an HETC calculation) by the Monte Carlo method to generate a photon source for MCNP. The HETC/MCNP code system has been extensively used for design studies of accelerator targets and shielding, including the design of LAMPF-II. It is extensively used for the design and analysis of accelerator experiments. Los Alamos National Laboratory has been an active member of the International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources; as such we engage in shared code development and computational efforts. In the past few years, additional effort has been devoted to the development of a Chen-model intranuclear cascade code (INCA1) featuring a cluster model for the nucleus and deuteron pickup reactions. Concurrently, the INCA2 code for the breakup of light, excited nuclei using the Fermi breakup model has been developed. Together, they have been used for the calculation of neutron and proton cross sections in the energy ranges appropriate to medical accelerators, and for the computation of tissue kerma factors
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Criticality studies in nuclear fuel cycle are based on Monte Carlo method. These codes use multigroup cross sections which can verify by experimental configurations or by use of reference codes such Tripoli 2. In this Tripoli 2 code nuclear data are errors attached and asked for experimental studies with critical experiences. This is one of the aim of this thesis. To calculate the keff of interacted fissile units we have used the multigroup Monte Carlo code Moret with convergence problems. A new estimator of reactions rates permit to better approximate the neutrons exchange between units and a new importance function has been tested. 2 annexes
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Objective: To discuss the feasibility of Monte Carlo N-particle transport code (MCNP) simulated calculation. Methods: The calculation in water phantom was contrasted with the practical measurements and the reported values using the percent depth dose (PDD) curve and normal peak scatter factor. Results: There Was no significant difference between calculated and measured results in the 10 cm×10 cm field (t=-0.41, P>0.05), however, there were significant differences in the 5 cm×5 cm field (t=7.2, P<0.05) and in the 12 cm×12 cm field (t=-4.6, P<0.05). There was no significant difference between the calculated results and the reported values (t=-1.91, P>0.05). In the same radiation field, the PDD decreased as the depth increased, but increased as the size of the radiation field increased at the same depth. PDD and normal peak scatter factor were both important parameters for calculation of prescribed dose. Conclusions: It is possible to establish a set of accurate and comprehensive percent depth doses and normal peak scatter factor parameters so as to provide the basis of clinical use, quality assurance and quality control for radiotherapy. (authors)
Analysing the statistics of group constants generated by Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code
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An important topic in Monte Carlo neutron transport calculations is to verify that the statistics of the calculated estimates are correct. Undersampling, non-converged fission source distribution and inter-cycle correlations may result in inaccurate results. In this paper, we study the effect of the number of neutron histories on the distributions of homogenized group constants and assembly discontinuity factors generated using Serpent 2 Monte Carlo code. We apply two normality tests and a so-called “drift-in-mean” test to the batch-wise distributions of selected parameters generated for two assembly types taken from the MIT BEAVRS benchmark. The results imply that in the tested cases the batch-wise estimates of the studied group constants can be regarded as normally distributed. We also show that undersampling is an issue with the calculated assembly discontinuity factors when the number of neutron histories is small. (author)
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The current basis for conversion coefficients for calibrating individual photon dosimeters in terms of dose equivalents is found in the series of papers by Grosswent. In his calculation the collision kerma inside the phantom is determined by calculation of the energy fluence at the point of interest and the use of the mass energy absorption coefficient. This approximates the local absorbed dose. Other Monte Carlo methods can be sued to provide calculations of the conversion coefficients. Rogers has calculated fluence-to-dose equivalent conversion factors with the Electron-Gamma Shower Version 3, EGS3, Monte Carlo program and produced results similar to Grosswent's calculations. This paper will report on calculations using the Integrated TIGER Series Version 3, ITS3, code to calculate the conversion coefficients in ICRU Tissue and in PMMA. A complete description of the input parameters to the program is given and comparison to previous results is included
An object-oriented implementation of a parallel Monte Carlo code for radiation transport
Santos, Pedro Duarte; Lani, Andrea
2016-05-01
This paper describes the main features of a state-of-the-art Monte Carlo solver for radiation transport which has been implemented within COOLFluiD, a world-class open source object-oriented platform for scientific simulations. The Monte Carlo code makes use of efficient ray tracing algorithms (for 2D, axisymmetric and 3D arbitrary unstructured meshes) which are described in detail. The solver accuracy is first verified in testcases for which analytical solutions are available, then validated for a space re-entry flight experiment (i.e. FIRE II) for which comparisons against both experiments and reference numerical solutions are provided. Through the flexible design of the physical models, ray tracing and parallelization strategy (fully reusing the mesh decomposition inherited by the fluid simulator), the implementation was made efficient and reusable.