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Title: Adaptive discontinuous Galerkin methods for the neutron transport equation
Author: Bennison, Tom
ISNI:       0000 0004 5361 2270
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2014
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In this thesis we study the neutron transport (Boltzmann transport equation) which is used to model the movement of neutrons inside a nuclear reactor. More specifically we consider the mono-energetic, time independent neutron transport equation. The neutron transport equation has predominantly been solved numerically by employing low order discretisation methods, particularly in the case of the angular domain. We proceed by surveying the advantages and disadvantages of common numerical methods developed for the numerical solution of the neutron transport equation before explaining our choice of using a discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretisation for both the spatial and angular domain. The bulk of the thesis describes an arbitrary order in both angle and space solver for the neutron transport equation. We discuss some implementation issues, including the use of an ordered solver to facilitate the solution of the linear systems resulting from the discretisation. The resulting solver is benchmarked using both source and critical eigenvalue computations. In the pseudo three--dimensional case we employ our solver for the computation of the critical eigenvalue for three industrial benchmark problems. We then employ the Dual Weighted Residual (DWR) approach to adaptivity to derive and implement error indicators for both two--dimensional and pseudo three--dimensional neutron transport source problems. Finally, we present some preliminary results on the use of a DWR indicator for the eigenvalue problem.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA299 Analysis ; QC770 Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity