Funded Projects¶

ITER First Wall & Shield Analysis: We collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories to perform the engineering design of the first wall and shield modules for the ITER project under construction in France. This project relies heavily on our DAGMC technology for CAD-based Monte Carlo radiation transport analysis.

Advanced Mesh Tallies for Monte Carlo Transport: Under this 2009 NEUP R&D project, we are investigating the use of alternative mesh tallies to extend the capabilities of Monte Carlo modeling of nuclear systems. A combination of unstructured mesh and alternative estimators should allow for more variation in mesh resolution and possible adaptivity in the mesh definition without loss of solution accuracy. Another potential benefit is the simplicity of coupling with other physics.

Predictive Capability for the Design of Near Term Fusion Devices: In collaboration with the Fusion Technology Institute and their ongoing neutronics support of near term fusion devices, we are extending the predictive analysis capability. Based on our DAGMC technology, we are exploring complete workflows for shutdown dose analysis and hybrid accelerations of the Monte Carlo simulations.

Multi-physics Solution Transfer on Large Distributed Mesh: With funding from the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs (CASL), we are developing an open source software component for managing the transfer of solutions among different multi-physics mesh for massively parallel simulations.

Improving the User Experience for Fuel Cycle Simulators: This 2011 NEUP R&D project is focused on improving the user experience of the Next Generation Fuel Cycle Simulator. In collaboration with communication scientists, with expertise in communicating controversial science, and computer scientists with expertise in visualization and data investigation.

Modeling of Nuclear Material Diversion and Proliferation Issues: As part of the Consortium for Verification Technology, Cyclus is being used to study issues in nuclear security and non-proliferation. Research areas include the incorporation of social-behavioral models to agent interactions, nuclear material tracking and forensics, and detector sensitivity estimation.