Nuclear Data Uncertainties for Typical LWR Fuel Assemblies and a Simple Reactor Core

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  • Dimitri Rochman
  • Olivier Leray
  • Mathieu Hursin
  • Hakim Ferroukhi
  • Alexander Vasiliev
  • Alexander Aures
  • Friederike Bostelmann
  • Winfried Zwermann
  • Oscar Cabellos
  • Carlos Javier Diez
  • James Dyrda
  • Nuria Garcia-Herranz
  • Emilio Castro
  • Steven van der Marck
  • Henrik Sjöstrand
  • A. Hernandez
  • Michael Fleming
  • Jean-Christophe Sublet
  • Luca Fiorito

Institutes & Expert groups

  • PSI - Paul Scherrer Institute
  • GRS - Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheid gGmbH
  • UU - Uppsala University
  • EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • UPM - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Spain
  • OECD NEA - Nuclear Energy Agenc
  • NRG - Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group
  • UKAEA - UK Atomic Energy Authority

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The impact of the current nuclear data library covariances such as in ENDF/B-VII.1, JEFF-3.2, JENDL-4.0, SCALE and TENDL, for relevant current reactors is presented in this work. The uncertainties due to nuclear data are calculated for existing PWR and BWR fuel assemblies (with burn-up up to 40 GWd/tHM, followed by 10 years of cooling time) and for a simplified PWR full core model (without burn-up) for quantities such as k∞, macroscopic cross sections, pin power or isotope inventory. In this work, the method of propagation of uncertainties is based on random sampling of nuclear data, either from covariance files or directly from basic parameters. Additionally, possible biases on calculated quantities are investigated such as the self-shielding treatment. Different calculation schemes are used, based on CASMO, SCALE, DRAGON, MCNP or FISPACT-II, thus simulating real-life assignments for technical-support organizations. The outcome of such a study is a comparison of uncertainties with two consequences. One: although this study is not expected to lead to similar results between the involved calculation schemes, it provides an insight on what can happen when calculating uncertainties and allows to give some perspectives on the range of validity on these uncertainties. Two: it allows to dress a picture of the state of the knowledge as of today, using existing nuclear data library covariances and current methods.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-76
Number of pages76
JournalNuclear Data Sheets
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2017


  • nuclear data, uncertainty, LWR

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