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Optimal Design of a Reflected-Core Nuclear Reactor

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F. Y. Lam, M. A. Townsend

Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

J. Eng. Ind 97(3), 995-999 (Aug 01, 1975) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438716 History: Received July 10, 1974; Online July 15, 2010

Abstract

Optimal results are presented for the design of a reflected-core spherical reactor. Complete model development is given. The result is a highly nonlinear system with 2 equality and 13 inequality constraints. Substantial savings in core and reflector materials are indicated; from this, investigation for similar savings in more complex models of present-day reactors (cylindrical core, multigroup theory) is suggested. Because of the model complexity and nonlinearity, a special direct-search algorithm based on the Flexible Tolerance Search was developed, reference [1].

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