SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Andrew Holcomb
TIME: Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Boggs, 3-47
TITLE: Development of a User Interface for COMET and Cross Section Generation with HELIOS
COMMITTEE: Dr. Farzad Rahnema, Chair (NRE)
Dr. Dingkang Zhang (NRE)
Dr. Bojan Petrovic (NRE)


The coarse mesh radiation transport (COMET) code uses response functions to solve the neutron transport equation. Most nuclear codes used today have a very steep learning curve; COMET is no exception. To ease the user's onus of learning how to create correctly formatted COMET input-files, a graphical user interface (GUI) was created. The GUI allows the user to select values for all the relevant variables while simultaneously minimizing the errors a typical new user would make. To this end, the GUI creates all of the input files required to run COMET. The GUI also provides a visualization tool that the user may use to check the problem geometry before running COMET. The GUI is also responsible for post-processing the COMET output for visualization with TecPlot.

In addition to the GUI, multi-group cross section libraries were generated as part of the MHTGR-350 (Modular High Temperature Gas Reactor) benchmark problem under development at Georgia Tech. This project aims to couple COMET with a thermal hydraulics code to best model the true physics of the reactor design. In order for this goal to be actualized, six-group cross sections were generated over the operational temperature range of the MHTGR using the current coupling and collision probability code HELIOS.