The loading pattern of fuel bundles in a reactor core determines the characteristics of the reloading cycle. The problem of maximizing fuel utilization during a cycle may be formulated as a nonlinear mixed integer programming (NLMIP) problem, and has until now mostly been treated by heuristic optimization methods like simulated annealing. This paper evalutes the performance of state-of-the-art nonlinear programming routines on this problem, and compare results with available heuristic solutions.
|Place of Publication||Delft|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Sep 1994|
|Name||Reports of the Faculty of Technical Mathematics and Informatics|
|Publisher||Delft University of Technology|
- loading patterns
- nonlinear mixed integer programming
- reactor cores
- fuel bundles
de Klerk, E., Illes, T., de Jong, A. J., Roos, C., Terlaky, T., Valko, J., & Hoogenboom, J. E. (1994). Optimization of Nuclear Reactor Reloading Patterns. (Reports of the Faculty of Technical Mathematics and Informatics).