Optimization of PWR fuel assembly radial enrichment and burnable poison location based on adaptive simulated annealing Academic Article uri icon


  • The focus of this paper is to present a concurrent optimization scheme for the radial pin enrichment and burnable poison location in PWR fuel assemblies. The methodology is based on the Adaptive Simulated Annealing (ASA) technique, coupled with a neutron lattice physics code to update the cost function values. In this work, the variations in the pin U-235 enrichment are variables to be optimized radially, i.e., pin by pin. We consider the optimization of two categories of fuel assemblies, with and without Gadolinium burnable poison pins. When burnable poisons are present, both the radial distribution of enrichment and the poison locations are variables in the optimization process. Results for 15 15 PWR fuel assembly designs are provided. 2009 Elsevier B.V.

published proceedings

  • Nuclear Engineering and Design

author list (cited authors)

  • Rogers, T., Ragusa, J., Schultz, S., & St. Clair, R.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Rogers, Timothy||Ragusa, Jean||Schultz, Stephen||St. Clair, Robert

publication date

  • June 2009