Finite element solution of a three-dimensional nonlinear reactor dynamics problem with feedback
Bermudes, Eulogio Conception
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This work examines the three-dimensional dynamic response of a nonlinear fast reactor with temperature-dependent feedback and delayed neutrons when subjected to uniform and local disturbances. The finite element method was employed to reduce the partial differential reactor equation to a system of ordinary differential equations which can be numerically integrated. A program for the numerical solution of large sparse systems of stiff differential equations developed by Franke and based on Gear's method solved the reduced neutron dynamics equation. Although a study of convergence by refining element mesh sizes was not carried out, the crude finite element mesh utilized yielded the correct trend of neutron dynamic behavior.