In this work, two approaches, based on the certified Reduced Basis method, have been developed for simulating the movement of nuclear reactor control rods, in time-dependent non-coercive settings featuring a 3D geometrical framework. In particular, in a first approach, a piece-wise affine transformation based on subdomains division has been implemented for modelling the movement of one control rod. In the second approach, a “staircase” strategy has been adopted for simulating the movement of all the three rods featured by the nuclear reactor chosen as case study. The neutron kinetics has been modelled according to the so-called multi-group neutron diffusion, which, in the present case, is a set of ten coupled parametrized parabolic equations (two energy groups for the neutron flux, and eight for the precursors). Both the reduced order models, developed according to the two approaches, provided a very good accuracy compared with high-fidelity results, assumed as “truth” solutions. At the same time, the computational speed-up in the Online phase, with respect to the fine “truth” finite element discretization, achievable by both the proposed approaches is at least of three orders of magnitude, allowing a real-time simulation of the rod movement and control.

%B Communications in Computational Physics %I SISSA %8 2016 %G en %U http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/34963 %N in press %1 35188 %2 Mathematics %$ Submitted by Gianluigi Rozza (grozza@sissa.it) on 2015-11-05T15:06:51Z No. of bitstreams: 1 manuscript.pdf: 2056729 bytes, checksum: 2a2fad22dc931e8c4094642e21c479cd (MD5) %0 Journal Article %J Annals of Nuclear Energy %D 2014 %T Comparison of a Modal Method and a Proper Orthogonal Decomposition approach for multi-group time-dependent reactor spatial kinetics %A Alberto Sartori %A Davide Baroli %A Antonio Cammi %A Davide Chiesa %A Lelio Luzzi %A Roberto R. Ponciroli %A Ezio Previtali %A Marco E. Ricotti %A Gianluigi Rozza %A Monica Sisti %XIn this paper, two modelling approaches based on a Modal Method (MM) and on the Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) technique, for developing a control-oriented model of nuclear reactor spatial kinetics, are presented and compared. Both these methods allow developing neutronics description by means of a set of ordinary differential equations. The comparison of the outcomes provided by the two approaches focuses on the capability of evaluating the reactivity and the neutron flux shape in different reactor configurations, with reference to a TRIGA Mark II reactor. The results given by the POD-based approach are higher-fidelity with respect to the reference solution than those computed according to the MM-based approach, in particular when the perturbation concerns a reduced region of the core. If the perturbation is homogeneous throughout the core, the two approaches allow obtaining comparable accuracy results on the quantities of interest. As far as the computational burden is concerned, the POD approach ensures a better efficiency rather than direct Modal Method, thanks to the ability of performing a longer computation in the preprocessing that leads to a faster evaluation during the on-line phase.

%B Annals of Nuclear Energy %I Elsevier %V 71 %P 229 %8 09/2014 %G en %U http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35039 %1 35270 %2 Physics %4 1 %$ Approved for entry into archive by Maria Pia Calandra (calapia@sissa.it) on 2015-11-18T12:07:02Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 0 %& 217 %R 10.1016/j.anucene.2014.03.043 %0 Conference Proceedings %B 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering ICONE22 %D 2014 %T A reduced order model for multi-group time-dependent parametrized reactor spatial kinetics %A Alberto Sartori %A Davide Baroli %A Antonio Cammi %A Lelio Luzzi %A Gianluigi Rozza %XIn this work, a Reduced Order Model (ROM) for multigroup time-dependent parametrized reactor spatial kinetics is presented. The Reduced Basis method (built upon a high-fidelity "truth" finite element approximation) has been applied to model the neutronics behavior of a parametrized system composed by a control rod surrounded by fissile material. The neutron kinetics has been described by means of a parametrized multi-group diffusion equation where the height of the control rod (i.e., how much the rod is inserted) plays the role of the varying parameter. In order to model a continuous movement of the rod, a piecewise affine transformation based on subdomain division has been implemented. The proposed ROM is capable to efficiently reproduce the neutron flux distribution allowing to take into account the spatial effects induced by the movement of the control rod with a computational speed-up of 30000 times, with respect to the "truth" model.

%B 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering ICONE22 %7 American Society Mechanical Engineering %I American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) %C Prague, Czech Republic %P V005T17A048-V005T17A048 %8 07/2014 %@ 978-079184595-0 %G en %U http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35123 %1 35360 %2 Mathematics %4 1 %$ Approved for entry into archive by Maria Pia Calandra (calapia@sissa.it) on 2015-12-03T10:06:02Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 0 %R 10.1115/ICONE22-30707