GENERALIZED AND STANDARD MULTIGROUP NEUTRON DIFFUSION EQUATION EIGENVALUE PROBLEM WITH THE FINITE VOLUME METHOD

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CONGRESO GENERALIZED AND STANDARD MULTIGROUP NEUTRON DIFFUSION EQUATION EIGENVALUE PROBLEM WITH THE FINITE VOLUME METHOD

Abstract

Most of the neutron diffusion codes use numerical methods giving accurate results in structured meshes. However, the application of these methods in unstructured meshes to deal with complex geometries is not straightforward and it may cause problems of stability and convergence of the solution. By contrast, the Finite Volume Method (FVM) is easily applied to unstructured meshes and is typically used in the transport equations due to the conservation of the transported quantity within the volume. In this paper, the FVM algorithm implemented in the ARB Partial Differential Equations Solver has been used to discretize the multigroup neutron diffusion equation to obtain the matrices of the generalized eigenvalue problem, which has been solved by means of the SLEPc library. Nevertheless, these matrices could be large for fine meshes and the eigenvalue problem resolution could require a high calculation time. Therefore, a transformation of the generalized eigenvalue problem into a standard one is performed in order to reduce the calculation time.