A case study to test mozaik for different optimization problems

Kursat B. Bekar, Yousry Y. Azmy, Kenan Unlu, Jack Brenizer

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Abstract

We present four different shape optimization problems based on the existing beam port facility of the Penn State Breazeale Reactor and their results obtained by the modular optimization code package, MOZAIK. Each model problem has a different beam tube configuration with the same optimization goal: to determine an optimal D2O moderator tank shape for the given beam tube arrangement that maximizes the thermal neutron beam intensity at the beam tube exit end. In this study, the power of the automated search process was demonstrated and its capabilities were tested. In addition, the performance of the beam port was analyzed using alternative beam tube arrangements. All alternative arrangements indicate that higher thermal neutron beam intensity can be obtained at the beam tube exit end using a smaller volume of D2O in the system than is used in the existing beam port configuration. Moreover, the results show that MOZAIK is ready for deployment to address shape optimization problems involving radiation transport in nuclear engineering applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Nuclear Society - International Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009
Pages3137-3145
Number of pages9
Volume5
StatePublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009 - Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Duration: May 3 2009May 7 2009

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Mathematics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySaratoga Springs, NY
Period5/3/095/7/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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