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NEA-1577 SKETCH-N

SKETCH-N 1.0, Solve Neutron Diffusion Equations of Steady-State and Kinetics Problems

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1. NAME OR DESIGNATION OF PROGRAM

SKETCH-N 1.0.

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2. COMPUTERS
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Program name Package id Status Status date
SKETCH-N 1.0 NEA-1577/01 Tested 14-MAR-2002

Machines used:

Package ID Orig. computer Test computer
NEA-1577/01 SUN W.S.,PC Windows PC Pentium III,DEC ALPHA W.S.
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3. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM OR FUNCTION

The SKETCH-N code solves neutron diffusion equations in x-y-z geometry for steady-state and neutron kinetics problems. The code can treat an arbitrary number of neutron energy groups and delayed neutron precursors.

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4. METHODS

The polynomial, semi-analytic and analytic nodal methods based on the nonlinear iteration procedure can be used for spatial discretisation of diffusion equations. The time integration of the neutron kinetics problem is performed by a fully implicit scheme with an analytical treatment of the delayed neutron precursors. The steady-state eigenvalue problems are solved by inverse iterations with Wielandt shift, the Chebyshev adaptive acceleration procedure is used for the neutron kinetics problem. The block symmetric Gauss-Seidel preconditioner is applied in the both iterative methods. The flux-weighting homogenisation procedure is used for partially-rodded nodes to minimize a rod cusping effect. Simple one-phase model of the thermal-hydraulics of fuel assembly is included in the code. The code also has an interface module for a coupling with transient analysis codes such as TRAC. The interface module performs a data exchange between the codes, synchronises a time stepping and maps the neutronics data onto thermal-hydraulics spatial mesh and vice versa. The interface module is based on the message-passing library PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine).

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5. RESTRICTIONS ON THE COMPLEXITY OF THE PROBLEM

The code can treat the neutron diffusion problems in Cartesian geometry Few-group macro cross-sections and their dependencies are provided by a c ode user. The code does not have fuel burn-up modeling capabilities. An external thermal-hydraulics code is generally required for the calculation of the "real-life" problems.

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6. TYPICAL RUNNING TIME

The running time of the full-core case C1 of the PWR NEACRP rod ejection benchmark (2 neutron energy groups, 6 groups of the delayed neutron precursors, 884x18 neutronics nodes, 910 time steps) is 68 minutes on Sun UltraSPARC I (143 MHz) with an internal thermal hydraulics model.

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7. UNUSUAL FEATURES OF THE PROGRAM

Dimensions of a problem are specified as parameters in the include files, the code should be recompiled when the problem dimensions are changed. The code has PVM-based interface module developed for a coupling with transient thermal-hydraulics codes. The interface model has been used for a coupling of the SKETCH-N code wit the J-TRAC (TRAC-PF1) and TRAC-BF1 codes.

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8. RELATED OR AUXILIARY PROGRAMS

PVM library is used for the interface module of the code.

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9. STATUS
Package ID Status date Status
NEA-1577/01 14-MAR-2002 Tested at NEADB
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10. REFERENCES
NEA-1577/01, included references:
- Vyacheslav G. Zimin:
SKETCH-N: A Nodal Neutron Diffusion Code for Solving Steady-State and
Kinetics Problem. Vol. I, Model Description (2000)
- Vyacheslav G. Zimin:
SKETCH-N: A Nodal Neutron Diffusion Code for Solving Steady-State and
Kinetics Problem. Vol. II, User's Guide (Sept. 2000)
- Vyacheslav G. ZIMIN and Hisashi NINOKATA:
Nodal Neutron Kinetics Code SKETCH-N  for LWR Analysis, Proc. 1998 Annual
Meting of AESJ, Osaka, 1998, March 26-28, G15
- Vyacheslav G. ZIMIN, Hideaki ASAKA, Yoshinari ANODA and Masaki ENOMOTO:
Coupling of the Transient Analysis Code J-TRAC with 3D Neutron Kinetics Code
SKETCH-N, Proc. 1999 Annual Meting of AESJ, Hiroshima, March 22-24, I8
- Coupling of Neutron Kinetics Code SKETCH-N with Transient Analysis Codes
J-TRAC and TRAC-BF1; Verification of the Coupled Code Systems
- Vyacheslav G. Zimin, Hideaki Asaka, Yoshinari Anoda, Masaki Enomoto:
Verification of J-TRAC Code With 3D Neutron Kinetics Model SKETCH-N for PWR Rod
Ejection Analysis, Proc. of the 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear
Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH 9), San Francisco, California, October 3-8,
1999
- Hideaki Asaka, Vyacheslav G. Zimin, Tadashi Iguchi and Yoshinari Anoda:
Coupling of the Thermal-Hydraulic TRAC Codes with 3D Neutron Kinetics Code
SKETCH-N (2000)
Proc. of the OECD/CSNI Workshop on Advanced Thermal-Hydraulic and Neutronics
Codes, Current and Future Applications, Barcelona, Spain, 10-13 April, 2000,
vol2 pp.1-15
- Vyacheslav G. Zimin, Hisashi Ninokata, Leonid R. Pogosbekyan:
Polynomial and Semi-Analytic Nodal Methods for Nonlinear Iteration Procedure
Proc. of the Int. Conf. on the Physics of Nuclear Science and Technology
(PHYSOR-98), October 5-8, 1998, Long Island, New York, American Nuclear Society
vol. 2, pp. 994-1002.
- Vyacheslav G. Zimin, Hideaki Asaka, Yoshinari Anoda, Elja Kaloinen, Riitta
Kyrki-Rajamaki:
Analysis of NEACRP 3D BWR Core Transient Benchmark
Proc. of the 4th Intl. Conf. on Supercomputing in Nuclear Application (SNA 2000)
September 4-7, 2000, Tokyo, Japan
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11. HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

A workstation under UNIX, Windows NT or Windows.

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12. PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE(S) USED
Package ID Computer language
NEA-1577/01 FORTRAN-77, FORTRAN-90
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13. SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

UNIX, Windows NT.

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14. OTHER PROGRAMMING OR OPERATING INFORMATION OR RESTRICTIONS

The interface module requires PVM installed on a computer. The PVM is a public domain software available from NETLIB http://www.epm.ornl.gov/pvm/pvm_home.html

 

The code has been verified by solving the steady-state and neutron kinetics benchmark problems. The coupled J-TRAC/SKETCH-N code system has been verified against NEACRP PWR rod ejection and rod withdrawal benchmark. NEACRP BWR cold water injection benchmark has been used for verification of the TRAC-BF1/SKETCH-N system.

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15. NAME AND ESTABLISHMENT OF AUTHORS

H. Asaka, V. G. Zimin
JAEA
2-4 Shirakata-Shirane
Tokai-mura,
Naka-gun
Ibaraki-ken 319-1195
Japan

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16. MATERIAL AVAILABLE
NEA-1577/01
Source code
Sample input and output files for LWR Benchmarks
Steady-state 2D four-group Koeberg PWR Benchmarks
3D NEACRP PWR rod ejection benchmark case A1
3D NEACRP BWR cold water injection benchmark
Electronic documentation and papers
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17. CATEGORIES
  • F. Space - Time Kinetics, Coupled Neutronics - Hydrodynamics - Thermodynamics

Keywords: kinetics, neutron diffusion equation, nodal method, nonlinear, three-dimensional, transients.