CNUCTRAN: A program for computing final nuclide concentrations using a direct simulation approach

Published: 3 June 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/b484w2vx52.1


It is essential to precisely determine the evolving concentrations of radioactive nuclides within transmutation problems. It is also a crucial aspect of nuclear physics with widespread applications in nuclear waste management and energy production. This paper introduces CNUCTRAN, a novel computer program that employs a probabilistic approach to estimate nuclide concentrations in transmutation problems. CNUCTRAN directly simulates nuclei transformations arising from various nuclear reactions, diverging from the traditional deterministic methods that solve the Bateman equation using matrix exponential approximation. This approach effectively addresses numerical challenges associated with solving the Bateman equations, therefore, circumventing the need for matrix exponential approximations that risk producing nonphysical concentrations. Our sample calculations using CNUCTRAN shows that the concentration predictions of CNUCTRAN have a relative error of less than 0.001% compared to the state-of-the-art method, CRAM, in different test cases. This makes CNUCTRAN a valuable alternative tool for transmutation analysis.



Nuclear Physics, Molecular Physics, Computational Physics, Nuclides