Surface types
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Elementary surfaces
Notes:
- Elementary surfaces refer here to surfaces that can be represented by a single equation.
Planes
Notes:
- Parametric form of the general plane is assumed if four values are provided in the surface card. With six values the plane is assumed to be defined by three points.
- The positive side for a plane defined by three points is determined by the order in which the points are entered (see the right-hand rule).
Surface name | Parameters | Surface equation | Description |
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px | x_{0} | Plane perpendicular to x-axis at x = x_{0} | |
py | y_{0} | Plane perpendicular to y-axis at y = y_{0} | |
pz | z_{0} | Plane perpendicular to z-axis at z = z_{0} | |
plane | A, B, C, D | General plane in parametric form | |
plane | x_{1}, y_{1}, z_{1}, x_{2}, y_{2}, z_{2}, x_{3}, y_{3}, z_{3} | General plane defined by three points |
Second-order quadratic surfaces
Notes:
- cyl is the same surface as cylz
- Infinite cylinder is assumed if three values are provided in the surface card for cylx, cyly, cylz or cyl. With five values the surface is assumed to be a truncated cylinder.
Surface name | Parameters | Surface equation | Description |
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cylx | y_{0}, z_{0}, r | Infinite cylinder parallel to x-axis, centred at (y_{0},z_{0}), radius r | |
cyly | x_{0}, z_{0}, r | Infinite cylinder parallel to y-axis, centred at (x_{0},z_{0}), radius r | |
cylz, cyl | x_{0}, y_{0}, r | Infinite cylinder parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), radius r | |
cylv | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, u_{0}, v_{0}, w_{0}, r | Infinite cylinder, parallel to (u_{0},v_{0},w_{0}), centred at (x_{0},y_{0},z_{0}), radius r | |
sph | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, r | Sphere, centred at (x_{0},y_{0},z_{0}), radius r | |
cone | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, r, h | Half cone parallel to z-axis, base at (x_{0},y_{0},z_{0}), base radius r, height h (distance from base to vertex) | |
quadratic | A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J | General quadratic surface in parametric form |
Non-quadratic surfaces
Notes:
- Serpent can currently handle only circular torii. Radii R_{1} and R_{2} must be set equal (denoted in the surface equations as R).
Surface name | Parameters | Surface equation | Description | Notes |
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inf | - | All space | Can not be used in root universe | |
torx | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, r, R_{1}, R_{2} | Circular torus with major radius R perpendicular to x-axis, centred at (x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}), minor radius r | ||
tory | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, r, R_{1}, R_{2} | Circular torus with major radius R perpendicular to y-axis, centred at (x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}), minor radius r | ||
torz | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, r, R_{1}, R_{2} | Circular torus with major radius R perpendicular to z-axis, centred at (x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}), minor radius r |
Derived surface types
Notes:
- Derived surfaces refer here to surfaces composed of two or more elementary types.
Truncated cylinders
Notes:
- Truncated cylinders use the same names as the infinite cylinders above.
- Infinite cylinder is assumed if three values are provided in the surface card for cylx, cyly, cylz or cyl. With five values the surface is assumed to be a truncated cylinder.
Surface name | Parameters | Composed of | Description |
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cylx | y_{0}, z_{0}, r, x_{0}, x_{1} | Infinite cylinder + two planes | Infinite cylinder parallel to x-axis, centred at (y_{0},z_{0}), radius r, truncated between [x_{0}, x_{1}] |
cyly | x_{0}, z_{0}, r, y_{0}, y_{1} | Infinite cylinder + two planes | Infinite cylinder parallel to y-axis, centred at (x_{0},z_{0}), radius r, truncated between [y_{0}, y_{1}] |
cylz, cyl | x_{0}, y_{0}, r, z_{0}, z_{1} | Infinite cylinder + two planes | Infinite cylinder parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), radius r, truncated between [z_{0}, z_{1}] |
Regular prisms
Notes:
- All prisms are parallel to z-axis, and they can be rotated using surface transformations.
Surface name | Parameters | Composed of | Description |
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sqc | x_{0}, y_{0}, d | four planes | Infinite square prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), half-width d |
rect | x_{0}, x_{1}, y_{0}, y_{1} | four planes | Infinite rectangular prism parallel to z-axis, between [x_{0}, x_{1}] and [y_{0}, y_{1}] |
hexxc | x_{0}, y_{0}, d | six planes | Infinite hexagonal prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), flat surface perpendicular to x-axis, half-width d |
hexyc | x_{0}, y_{0}, d | six planes | Infinite hexagonal prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), flat surface perpendicular to y-axis, half-width d |
hexxprism | x_{0}, y_{0}, d, z_{0}, z_{1} | eight planes | Truncated hexagonal prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), flat surface perpendicular to x-axis, half-width d, truncated between [z_{0}, z_{1}] |
hexyprism | x_{0}, y_{0}, d, z_{0}, z_{1} | eight planes | Truncated hexagonal prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), flat surface perpendicular to y-axis, half-width d, truncated between [z_{0}, z_{1}] |
octa | x_{0}, y_{0}, d_{1}, d_{2} | eight planes | Infinite octagonal prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), half-widths d_{1} and d_{2} |
dode | x_{0}, y_{0}, d_{1}, d_{2} | twelve planes | Infinite dodecagonal prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), half-widths d_{1} and d_{2} |
3D polyhedra
Notes:
- The description of parallelepiped may be wrong.
Surface name | Parameters | Composed of | Description |
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cube | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, d | six planes | Cube, centred at (x_{0},y_{0},z_{0}), half-width d |
cuboid | x_{0}, x_{1}, y_{0}, y_{1}, z_{0}, z_{1} | six planes | Cuboid, between [x_{0}, x_{1}], [y_{0}, y_{1}] and [z_{0}, z_{1}] |
ppd | x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}, L_{x}, L_{y}, L_{z}, _{x}, _{y}, _{z} | six planes | Parallelepiped, with corner at (x_{0}, y_{0}, z_{0}) and edges of length L_{x}, L_{y} and L_{z} at angles _{x}, _{y} and _{z} (in degrees) with respect to the coordinate axes |
Other derived surface types
Surface name | Parameters | Description |
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pad | x_{0}, y_{0}, r_{1}, r_{2}, _{1}, _{2} | Sector from _{1} to _{2} (in degrees) of a cylinder parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), between radii r_{1} and r_{2} |
cross | x_{0}, y_{0}, l, d | Cruciform prism parallel to z-axis, centered at (x_{0},y_{0}), half-width l, half-thickness d |
gcross | x_{0}, y_{0}, d_{1}, d_{2}, ... | Prism parallel to z-axis, centred at (x_{0},y_{0}), formed by planes at distances d_{n} from the center ("generalized cruciform prism", see figure below) |
hexxap | x_{0}, y_{0}, wd, dw, a | Surface for simplified modeling of hexagonal fuel assembly angle pieces. Consists of two infinite hexagonal prisms parallel to z-axis, centered at (x0, y0), flat surfaces perpendicular to x-axis, with the outer hexagon having outer half-width of wd, and the surface perpendicular thickness is dw (the inner hexagon half width is wd - dw), and each half-section of each angle piece with width of a, measured from the tip of the angle piece angle to the flat surface of the angle piece. |
hexyap | x_{0}, y_{0}, wd, dw, a | Surface for simplified modeling of hexagonal fuel assembly angle pieces. Consists of two infinite hexagonal prisms parallel to z-axis, centered at (x0, y0), flat surfaces perpendicular to y-axis, with the outer hexagon having outer half-width of wd, and the surface perpendicular thickness is dw (the inner hexagon half width is wd - dw), and each half-section of each angle piece with width of a, measured from the tip of the angle piece angle to the flat surface of the angle piece. |
Rounded corners
Infinite prisms:
- sqc
- hexxc
- hexyc
- cross
Allow defining rounded corners. The radius is then provided as the last surface parameter (s in figure below):
MCNP-equivalent surfaces
Notes:
- Additional surfaces included to simplify input conversion between Serpent and MCNP.
- For description, see Chapter 3 of the MCNP5 User's Guide.^{[1]}
Surface name | Equivalent surface in MCNP |
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box | BOX |
ckx | K/X |
cky | K/Y |
ckz | K/Z |
mplane | P (form defined by three points) |
rcc | RCC |
x | X |
y | Y |
z | Z |
User-defined surfaces
Notes:
- Remember to make a backup of your subroutine before installing new updates.
- If you have a working surface routine that might be useful for other users as well, contact the Serpent team and we'll include it in the next update as a built-in type.
Surface name | Parameters | Description |
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usr | p_{1}, p_{2}, ... | User-defined surface, implemented in source file "usersurf.c". The subroutine receives the number and list of surface parameters as input. Instructions are included as comments in the source file. |
References
- ^ X-5 Monte Carlo Team. "MCNP — A General Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code, Version 5, Volume II: User’s Guide." LA-CP-03-0245, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2003.