SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1994

Comparison of the BUGLE-80 and SAILOR Libraries for Coupled Neutron-Gamma Transport Applications


The coupled neutron-gamma cross section libraries BUGLE-80 and SAILOR are compared, with focus on gamma production and transport and its sensitivity to the thermal component of the neutron flux. In addition, the importance of the prompt versus delayed components of the gamma source is addressed. Although BUGLE-80 shows some discrepancies in the core region, the two libraries demonstrate similar capability in the vicinity of the pressure vessel and beyond. The delayed fission product gammas from the core have little impact on the local gamma fluxes beyond the pressure vessel. Although thermal neutron capture is the dominant component of the gamma source, there is little sensitivity of the gamma source to uncertainties in the thermal neutron cross sections, due to compensating effects which tend to keep the thermal neutron capture rate relatively constant.

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White, JR
University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, MA
Spinney, KB
Yankee Atomic Electric Co., Bolton, MA
Morrissey, KJ
Yankee Atomic Electric Co., Bolton, MA
Cacciapouti, RJ
Yankee Atomic Electric Co., Bolton, MA
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 650–659
DOI: 10.1520/STP15160S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5281-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1899-7