Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


The MC21 Monte Carlo Code, and its use in Comparing Models for Bound Hydrogen Scattering


Dr. Thomas Sutton


Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory


Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 2404


Dr. Bojan Petrovic
(404) 894-8173


The MC21 Monte Carlo Transport Code is currently being developed within the Naval Reactors Program. The goal of the project is to provide a Monte Carlo code with all of the features needed for reactor design calculations. Examples of such features are depletion, equilibrium xenon and samarium, automatic criticality searches, thermal-hydraulic feedback, etc. In addition, the code is being optimized for speed on LINUX clusters consisting of thousands of processors. The first part of the seminar will describe the code in some detail. The second part will deal with research carried out using the code to evaluate various theoretical models of neutron scattering from hydrogen bound in water molecules.


Dr. Thomas M. Sutton received his BS (Nuclear Engineering, 1978) from the University of Virginia and his PhD (Nuclear Engineering, 1983) from the University of Michigan. He has been at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory since 1983, and is currently Senior Advisory Scientist for Nuclear Methods and Computation. His research interests include transport theory, reactor physics, neutron noise analysis, neutron-nucleus interaction data, and molecular dynamics. He has held many positions within the American Nuclear Society - most recently as Chair of the Mathematics and Computation Division.


Refreshments will be served.