MRT methodologies for real-time simulation of nonproliferation and safeguards problems

Alireza Haghighat, Katherine Royston, William Walters

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This paper discusses advanced radiation transport methodologies developed by the Virginia Tech Transport Theory Group (VT3G) for real-time simulations. These methodologies can be referred to as Multi-stage Response-function particle Transport (MRT) methods in which the problem of interest is partitioned into several stages that each can be represented by a response function or set of coefficients. These stages are combined into a linear system of equations which are solved iteratively using the pre-calculated databases of response functions and/or coefficients. These databases are obtained by performing a set of "forward" and/or "adjoint" transport calculations for different conditions, e.g., material and geometry, by the appropriate Monte Carlo and deterministic code systems. This paper demonstrates the MRT method through two real-life problems including inspection of a spent nuclear fuel pool for safeguard applications and simulation of an active interrogation system for a cargo container for nonproliferation and security applications. It is demonstrated that the method provides the capability of performing real-time simulations while preserving the accuracy of highly time-consuming transport calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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