Mcb: a Continuous Energy Monte Carlo Burnup Simulation Code

  • Cetnar J
  • Wallenius J
  • Gudowski W
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Abstract

A code for integrated simulation of neutronics and burnup based upon continuous energy Monte Carlo techniques and transmutation trajectory analysis has been developed. Being especially well suited for studies of nuclear waste transmutation systems, the code is an extension of the well validated MCNP transport program of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Among the advantages of the code (named MCB) is a fully integrated data treatment combined with a time-stepping routine that automatically corrects for burnup dependent changes in reaction rates, neutron multiplication, material composition and self-shielding. Fission product yields are treated as continuous functions of incident neutron energy, using a non-equilibrium thermodynamical model of the fission process. In the present paper a brief description of the code and applied methods are given.

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  • J Cetnar

  • J Wallenius

  • W Gudowski

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