A coupled thermo-mechanical and neutron diffusion numerical model for irradiated concrete

A coupled thermo-mechanical and neutron diffusion numerical model for irradiated concrete

Finite Element Method, Neutron Diffusion, Irradiated Concrete, Coupled Problem

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Abstract: Neutron irradiation plays an important role in nuclear-induced degradation for concrete shielding materials, specifically in determining the radiation induced volume expansion (RIVE) phenomenon driving its failure. When analyzing at the structural level the effects of nuclear radiation on concrete, a non-uniformed distribution of neutron radiation must be considered. This can be done via particle transport calculations preventive to the thermo-mechanic study, or by solving numerically the coupled set of governing equations of the problem. In this work the second approach is pursued in the theoretical framework of the Finite Element Method (FEM). The proposed formulation not only considers an accurate neutron transport model based on the two-group theory, but also it includes the effects induced by thermal neutrons to the temperature field. The formulation lends itself to include RIVE and the other relevant radiation induced effects on the mechanical field. The governing equations are presented and discussed, and some results obtained by using the general 3D numerical formulation proposed herein are compared to results from literature obtained via analytical methods addressing simplified 1D problems.

Finite Element Method, Neutron Diffusion, Irradiated Concrete, Coupled Problem

Published online 3/17/2022, 6 pages
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Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: Finite Element Method, Neutron Diffusion, Irradiated Concrete, Coupled Problem, A coupled thermo-mechanical and neutron diffusion numerical model for irradiated concrete, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 26, pp 23-28, 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644902431-4

The article was published as article 4 of the book Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

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