Nuclear Science and Techniques

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Nuclear Science and Techniques ›› 2019, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (4): 54 doi: 10.1007/s41365-019-0590-6

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Assessment of the power deposition on the MEGAPIE spallation target using the GEANT4 toolkit

Abdesslam Lamrabet1,2 • Abdelmajid Maghnouj1 • Jaouad Tajmouati1 • Mohamed Bencheikh1   

  1. 1 Faculty of Sciences Dhar El Mahraz, Laboratory of Integration of Systems and Advanced Technologies, University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, 30000 Fes, Morocco
    2 El Hajeb, Morocco
  • Received:2018-05-02 Revised:2018-06-13 Accepted:2018-06-23
  • Contact: Abdesslam Lamrabet
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Abdesslam Lamrabet, Abdelmajid Maghnouj, Jaouad Tajmouati, Mohamed Bencheikh. Assessment of the power deposition on the MEGAPIE spallation target using the GEANT4 toolkit.Nuclear Science and Techniques, 2019, 30(4): 54     doi: 10.1007/s41365-019-0590-6

Abstract: This work aims at evaluating the reliability of the GEANT4 (GEometry ANd Tracking 4) Monte Carlo (MC) toolkit in calculating the power deposition on the Megawatt Pilot Experiment (MEGAPIE), the first liquid– metal spallation target worldwide. A new choice of codes to study and optimize this target is provided. The evaluation of the GEANT4 toolkit is carried out in comparison with the MCNPX and FLUKA MC codes. The MEGAPIE is an international project led by the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. It aims to demonstrate the safe operation of an intense neutron source to power the next generation of nuclear reactors, accelerator-driven systems (ADSs). In this study, we used the GEANT4 MC toolkit to calculate the power deposited by fast protons on the MEGAPIE target. The calculation focuses on several structures and regions. The predictions of our calculations were compared and discussed with that of the MCNPX and FLUKA codes, adopted by the MEGAPIE project. The comparison shows that there is a very good agreement between our results and those of the reference codes.

Key words: GEANT4, Simulation, MEGAPIE target, Spallation, Power deposition