Multiphysics reactor-core simulations using the improved quasi-static method Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier Ltd The improved quasi-static method (IQS) is a rigorous space/time multiscale approach whereby the neutron flux is represented by a time-dependent amplitude and a time-, space-, and energy-dependent shape. The objective of the IQS factorization is to evaluate amplitude and shape on different time scales in order to reduce the computational burden associated with solving the multi-dimensional flux equations, while maintaining solution accuracy. The IQS decomposition leads to a nonlinear system of equations that requires iteration of shape and amplitude. IQS iteration techniques involve fixed-point (Picard) iteration with various convergence criteria and shape rescaling. Nonlinear convergence of each of these techniques is investigated. Verification of IQS with analysis of time step convergence is also investigated in order to examine the method's effectiveness with high-order schemes. The time derivative of the shape function is discretized through fourth order using implicit-Euler, Crank-Nicolson, and backward difference formulae (BDF).

author list (cited authors)

  • Prince, Z. M., & Ragusa, J. C.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • March 2019