Numerical Analysis of a Non-Conforming Domain Decomposition for the Multigroup SPN Equations

Léandre Giret 1
1 POEMS - Propagation des Ondes : Étude Mathématique et Simulation
Inria Saclay - Ile de France, UMA - Unité de Mathématiques Appliquées, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR7231
Abstract : In this thesis, we investigate the resolution of the SPN neutron transport equations in pressurized water nuclear reactor. These equations are a generalized eigenvalue problem. In our study, we first considerate the associated source problem and after we concentrate on the eigenvalue problem. A nuclear reactor core is composed of different media: the fuel, the coolant, the neutron moderator... Due to these heterogeneities of the geometry, the solution flux can have a low-regularity. We propose the numerical analysis of its approximation with finite element method for the low regular case. For the eigenvalue problem under its mixed form, we can not rely on the theories already developed. We propose here a new method for studying the convergence of the SPN neutron transport eigenvalue problem approximation with mixed finite element. When the solution has low-regularity, increasing the order of the method does not improve the approximation, the triangulation need to be refined near the singularities of the solution. Nuclear reactor cores are well-suited for Cartesian grids, but the refinement of these sort of triangulations increases rapidly their number of degrees of freedom. To avoid this drawback, we propose domain decomposition method which can handle globally non-conforming triangulations.
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Léandre Giret. Numerical Analysis of a Non-Conforming Domain Decomposition for the Multigroup SPN Equations. Numerical Analysis [math.NA]. Université Paris-Saclay, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018SACLY007⟩. ⟨tel-01936967⟩

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