Nuclear data-induced uncertainty quantification of prompt neutron decay constant based on perturbation theory for ADS experiments at KUCA
In experimental benchmarks of the accelerator-driven system (ADS) conducted at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA), the prompt neutron decay constant was measured using two types of pulsed neutron sources, i.e. a D-T neutron source and a spallation neutron source driven by a 100-MeV proton beam. The measurement results of are useful information to validate the numerical results predicted by the prompt -eigenvalue calculation. In this study, the numerical analysis of using a multi-energy group SN neutron transport code was carried out for the uranium-lead zoned experimental cores. To reduce the discretization error owing to the deterministic code, the KUCA geometry was modelled in detail as a three-dimensional heterogeneous plate-by-plate geometry, and an improved variant of EON quadrature was utilized. In addition, the sensitivity coefficients of with respect to nuclear data were efficiently evaluated by first-order perturbation theory, followed by nuclear data-induced uncertainty quantification based on the 56 neutron-energy group SCALE covariance library. Consequently, the numerical results of were validated successfully by the experimental results of the pulsed neutron source method, compared with the range of the nuclear data-induced uncertainties.