The UK nuclear innovation programme supported by the government includes preparation for future ABWR construction. The UK has significant expertise in building and operating gas-cooled nuclear reactors and some experience with PWRs, while there is limited knowledge in BWR technologies. Hence, an important aim of this work is to understand the discrepancies between codes to assess uncertainties in BWR lattice and depletion calculations, while identifying specific development demands to progress existing tools into extended applications. The objective of the study is to quantify the discrepancy between SCALE-6.2, CASMO5 and the UK WIMS-10A deterministic lattice code for BWR lattice and burnup modelling. Two models of BWR systems were considered for this new systematic comparison. They are a single BWR pin-cell with UO2
fuel only, and a 3 by 3 array of BWR UO2
fuel rods with gadolinia rod in the centre. Criticality over burnup was estimated for both models using these codes. Spectral indexes, number densities and neutron spectrum were compared for several burnup stages using SCALE-6.2 and WIMS-10A. The study showed that kinf
obtained with CASMO5 was in a good agreement with the SCALE-6.2. A clear discrepancy in behaviour was observed between WIMS-10A and SCALE-6.2 as well as CASMO5.
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