Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of nuclear responses in the EU HCLL TBM of ITER

Dieter Leichtle*, Ulrich Fischer, Reuven L. Perel, Arkady Serikov

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Within the EU Fusion Technology Programme dedicated theoretical and experimental efforts are conducted to provide reliable nuclear data and computational tools for design analyses for fusion devices like ITER including qualified uncertainty estimates. In this respect, the present paper reports on sensitivity and uncertainty analyses for the EU HCLL Test Blanket Module (TBM) of ITER. Neutron flux spectra and tritium production rates have been calculated using MCNP with a modified version of the ITER Alite torus sector model with integrated TBMs. Sensitivities of such parameters to nuclear cross sections of isotopes contained in the TBM as well as in the ITER device have been calculated using the Monte Carlo code MCSEN. Uncertainties could be obtained by using existing covariance data of the important nuclear cross section files, mainly from ENDF/B-VI, SCALE6.0, but also from recent JEFF/EFF evaluations. Like in the HCLL mock-up experiment two positions at front and back of the TBM have been selected. In both cases the calculated uncertainties of the responses (tritium production rate, neutron flux) are in the range of 2-4%.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2156-2159
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number9-11
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has been funded by Fusion for Energy under the grant contract No. F4E-2008-GRT-014 (ES-AC). The views and opinions expressed herein reflect only the author's views. Fusion for Energy is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. The analyses made use of an adaptation of the Alite MCNP model which was developed as a collaborative effort between the FDS team of ASIPP China, ENEA Frascati, JAEA Naka, and the ITER Organization.


  • MCNP
  • Neutronics
  • Nuclear data
  • Sensitivities
  • TBM


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