Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 249162, 18 pages
Research Article

A MATLAB-Linked Solver to Find Fuel Depletion in a PWR, a Suggested VVER-1000 Type

Department of Nuclear Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71348-51154, Iran

Received 11 September 2009; Accepted 30 November 2009

Academic Editor: Shijun Liao

Copyright © 2009 F. Faghihi and M. Saidi Nezhad. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Coupled first-order IVPs are frequently used in many parts of engineering and sciences. We present a “solver” including three computer programs which were joint with the MATLAB software to solve and plot solutions of the first-order coupled stiff or nonstiff IVPs. Some applications related to IVPs are given here using our MATLAB-linked solver. Muon catalyzed fusion in a D-T mixture is considered as a first dynamical example of the coupled IVPs. Then, we have focused on the fuel depletion in a suggested PWR including poisons burnups (xenon-135 and samarium-149), plutonium isotopes production, and uranium depletion.