PHYSOR 2018 – Reactor Physics Paving The Way Towards More Efficient Systems



1. Reactor Analysis Methods.

Lattice physics, core analysis, resonance calculation, homogenization, pin power reconstruction, burnup calculation, in-core fuel management and optimization, large scale/high-performance computing, full-core transport analysis, multigroup cross-section generation.

2. Deterministic Transport Theory

Numerical methods, acceleration methods, hybrid methods, high-performance computing for deterministic transport, analytical/numerical transport benchmarks, unstructured grids, stochastic media, charged particle transport.

3. Monte Carlo Methods

Convergence acceleration, burnup analysis, propagation of uncertainty, perturbation calculations, general MC methods, reactor analysis/design applications, variance reduction, code development, modeling LWRs, Hybrid MC methods.

4. Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Criticatilly Safety

Numerical methods and tool developments for S/U analysis, Uncertainty quantification, benchmark analysis, nuclear data adjustment/assimilation.

Advances and developments in use of MOX, Pu management, Th cycles, transuranics and FP management, reactor physics of advanced fuel, hybrid systems, resource management, safeguards.

Burnup credit, nuclear criticality safety benchmarks, verification and validation in criticality safety, spent fuel disposition, spent fuel issues, criticality accident analysis, code development, criticality safety standards, operational practice.

5. Reactor Physics Experiments and Nuclear Data

Integral experiments and analysis, subcriticality measurement and analysis, reactor physics benchmarks and databases.

Nuclear data measurements, cross section evaluations and libraries, covariance data, testing and validation, status and current nuclear data needs.

6. Reactor Concepts and Designs

Design and analyses of LWRs, HWRs, FRs, GCRs, MSRs and others; small modular reactors, advanced designs, status of the advanced reactor programs.

7. Reactor Operation and Safety

Core monitoring, increasing heat resistance, accident tolerant fuel concepts and designs, process heat, hydrogen generation issues, co-generation.

8. Transient and Safety Analysis

Transient analysis methods, multi-physics reactor simulations, reactor physics of spent fuel storage, developments in probabilistic safety assessments, severe accident analysis, safety culture issues.

9. Education, Research Reactors and Spallation Sources Physics

Course development, teaching approaches, role of laboratories and experimental facilities, industry and research perspectives, collaborative efforts of industry and research in education, simulator development for education, staffing needs. Research reactor applications, conversion to LEU, recent design features, reactor physics tests and experiments, medium and high flux research reactors, international collaborations.

10. Radiation Applications and Nuclear Safeguards

Radiation protection, advances and methods in radiation physics, radiation measurement and dosimetry, nuclear techniques for non-proliferation nuclear forensics, radiation detection methods, inverse physics methods for Pu detection, hybrid methods for real-time monitoring.


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