Fully meshless solution of the one-dimensional multigroup neutron transport equation with the radial basis function collocation method

Tanbay T., Ozgener B.

COMPUTERS & MATHEMATICS WITH APPLICATIONS, vol.79, no.5, pp.1266-1286, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.camwa.2019.08.037
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, MathSciNet, Metadex, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1266-1286
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper a fully meshless method is proposed for the numerical solution of the one-dimensional multigroup neutron transport equation with anisotropic scattering. Both first-order and even-parity forms of the transport equation are studied. The radial basis function collocation method is chosen for the spatial treatment, and Legendre polynomials are used to approximate the angular variable. The selection of the Legendre polynomials instead of discrete ordinates approach resulted with a fully meshless algorithm in both independent variables. Multiquadric is utilized as the radial function. Seven problems are considered to evaluate the performance of the method. The results show that the method converges exponentially, and it is possible to obtain high levels of accuracies for the multiplication factor and neutron flux with a good stability in both spatial and angular domains. For the one-group isotropic benchmark problem, discrete ordinates solutions employing discontinuous linear finite elements for the spatial variable are also provided, and a comparison of the methods revealed that the fully meshless method produced more accurate results than the discrete ordinates-finite element scheme when the shape parameter is properly chosen. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.