Refined Monte Carlo analysis of the H.B. Robinson-2 reactor pressure vessel dosimetry benchmark
Refined analysis, based on use of the Monte Carlo code MCNPX-2.4.0, is presented for the "H.B. Robinson-2 pressure vessel dosimetry benchmark", which is a part of the Radiation Shielding and Dosimetry Experiments Database (SINBAD). First, the performance of the Monte Carlo methodology is reassessed relative to the reported deterministic results obtained with DORT. Thereby, the analysis is accompanied by a quantitative evaluation of the optimal energy cut-off value for each of the in- and ex-vessel dosimeters that were employed. Second. a more realistic definition of the neutron source is implemented than proposed in the benchmark. Thus, the current procedure for power-to-neutron-source-strength conversion, as also for explicitly considering the burnup-dependent fuel assembly-wise average fission neutron spectrum, is found to affect the calculated values significantly.