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Application of bias factor method with use of virtual experimental value to prediction uncertainty reduction in void reactivity worth of breeding light water reactor

Kugo, Teruhiko; Mori, Takamasa; Kojima, Kensuke; Takeda, Toshikazu*

Utilizing the critical experiments for MOX fueled tight lattice LWR cores at FCA XXII-1 cores, we have evaluated prediction uncertainty reduction in coolant void reactivity worth of a breeding LWR core based on the bias factor method. In the present study, to extend the applicability of the bias factor method, we have introduced an exponentiated experimental value as a virtual experimental value and formulated the prediction uncertainty reduction with the bias factor method extended by the concept. From the numerical evaluation, it has been shown that the prediction uncertainty due to cross section errors has been reduced by the use of the concept of the virtual experimental value. It is concluded that the introduction of virtual experimental value can effectively utilize experimental data and extend applicability of the bias factor method.



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