Master of Science
School of Mathematics
Pollard, J. P., Calculation methods for multigroup cross sections used in burnup studies, Master of Science thesis, School of Mathematics, University of Wollongong, 1966. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/2720
Calculation of burnup of material composing a nuclear reactor is important in a feasibility study of lifetime of fuel in possible reactor systems. This work discusses (i) a basis for calculating a flux spectrum in order to obtain multigroup cross sections and (ii) a method for solving the burnup equations. Under (i) particular attention is paid to the calculation of multigroup resonance cross sections and (ii) a simple and effective analytic technique is derived. In addition, this work presents, in a consistent manner, developments in the field of reactor physics which effect the calculation of multigroup data. The physical model adopted to simplify the otherwise unmanageable equations is appropriate to a large recirculating fuel reactor operating under equilibrium conditions.