AN OPTIMISATION-BASED DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FRAMEWORK FOR MULTI-OBJECTIVE IN- CORE FUEL MANAGEMENT OF NUCLEAR REACTOR CORES

Evert Barend Schlünz, Pavel M Bokov, Jan Harm van Vuuren

Abstract


The notion of in-core fuel management (ICFM) involves decision making in respect of the specific arrangement of fuel assemblies in a nuclear reactor core. This arrangement, referred to as a reload configuration, influences the efficiency and effectiveness of fuel usage in a reactor. A decision support system (DSS) may assist nuclear reactor operators in improving the quality of their reload configuration designs. In this paper, a generic optimisation-based DSS framework is proposed for multi-objective ICFM, with the intention of serving as a high-level formalisation of a computerised tool that can assist reactor operators in their complex ICFM decisions. 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/27-3-1650

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