Reactor Kinetics and Point Kinetics

  • Bahman Zohuri


The point kinetics model can be obtained directly from the space- and time-dependent transport equations. However, these equations are too complicated to be of any practical application. The diffusion approximation, obtained by keeping only the PI terms of the spherical harmonic expansion in the angular variable of the directional flux, is frequently used in neutronic analysis. This chapter discusses reactor characteristics that change because of changing reactivity. A basic approach using a minimum of mathematics has been followed. Emphasis has been placed on distinguishing between prompt and delayed neutrons and showing relationships among reactor variables, keff, period, neutron density, and power level.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahman Zohuri
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  1. 1.Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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