SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Timothy Flaspoehler
TIME: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Boggs, 3-47
TITLE: Evaluating Radiation Indicators in the VHTR Power Plant using MAVRIC
COMMITTEE: Dr. Bojan Petrovic, Chair (NRE)
Dr. Chaitanya Deo (NRE)
Dr. Nolan Hertel (NRE)
Dr. Douglas Peplow (ORNL)


The MAVRIC sequence of the Scale6.1 code package was tested for its efficacy in calculating a wide range of shielding parameters with respect to the VHTR power plant. The development of the Scale6.1 code package at ORNL has been primarily directed towards supporting LWR technology. Since plans were mde to build a prototype VHTR, it is important to verify that the MAVRIC sequence can adequately meet the simulation needs of the different reactor technology. This was accomplished by creating a detailed model of the VHTR power plant; identifying important, relevant radiation indicators; and implementing methods using MAVRIC to simulate those indicators in the VHTR model. Accurately modeling indicators using MAVRIC is the main goal. However, it is almost equally as important for simulations to be carried out in a timely manner. MAVRIC uses the discrete ordinates method to solve the fixed-source transport equation for both neutron and gamma rays on a crude geometric representation of the detailed model. This deterministic forward solution is used to solve an adjoint equation with the adjoint source specified by the user. The adjoint solution is then used to create an importance map that can weight particles in a stochastic Monte Carlo simulation. The goal of using this hybrid methodology is to provide complete accuracy with high precision while decreasing overall simulation times by orders of magnitude. The MAVRIC sequence provides a platform to quickly alter inputs so that vastly different shielding studies can be simulated using one model with minimal effort by the user. Each separate shielding study required unique strategies while looking at different regions in the VHTR plant. MAVRIC proved to be effective for each case.