Y. Minamigawa, E.D. Kitcher, and S.S. Chirayath, “A Method to Estimate Fission Product Concentration Uncertainty in a Multi-Time-Step MCNP6 Code Nuclear Fuel Burnup Calculation”, Nuclear Technology, Available online 21 June 2019.
The Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP6) radiation transport code is widely used to perform material transmutation and depletion calculations using the embedded module CINDER90. CINDER90 is capable of obtaining fission product and transuranic nuclide concentrations with a high level of accuracy in irradiated nuclear fuel. This information is very useful for many nuclear applications including reactor design and analysis, nuclear safeguards, nuclear security, and nuclear forensics, to name a few. However, at present the MCNP6 code does not estimate the overall statistical uncertainty in the nuclide concentrations reported at the end of a depletion calculation. We report our approach using a random sampling method to estimate stochastic uncertainty in fission product nuclide concentration using various parameters reported in MCNP6 output and how these uncertainties are affected by the calculation parameters.