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A New Coupled System for BWR Nuclear Fuel Management Problems

Documents: Full paper available in Conference Proceedings.
Date: Monday October 19
Time:14:15 - 14:40
Session:1A3: Reactor Physics I
Authors: Alejandro Castillo (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Mexico)
Juan Jose Ortiz-Servin (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Mexico)
Jose Luis Montes-Tadeo (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Mexico)
Raul Perusquia (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Mexico)
Roberto Leonel Marinez Rizos (Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, México)

In this work, a system to solve four stages of the fuel management problem is showed.The system uses different heuristic techniques to solve each stage of that area, and this problem is solved in a coupled way. Considered problems correspond to the following designs: fuel lattice, fuel assembly, fuel reload and control rod patterns. Even though, each stageof the problem can have its own objective function, the complete problem was solved using a multi-objective function. The solution strategy is to solve each stage of design in an iterative process, taking into account previous results for the next stage, until to achieve a complete solution. The solution strategy to solve the coupled problem is the following: the first solved stage is the fuel lattice design, the second one is fuel assembly design, finally an internal loop between both fuel reload design and control rod pattern design is carried out.For this internal loop, a seed reload using Haling principle is generated. The obtained results showed the advantage to solve the whole problem in a coupled way.

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