Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis is an essential component of nuclear engineering calculations. Uncertainties in the cross-section input data directly affect uncertainties in the results. The covariance values between different types of cross-sections are considered in the NJOY covariance library. However, the correlation coefficient between isotopes can depend on the specific problem. The correlation coefficient between 235U and 238U in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) might be different from that in a fast reactor. In this study, a new Monte Carlo-based method is proposed for calculating this effect. The correlation coefficients between different isotopes are calculated using a problem-dependent fraction parameter. The correlation coefficients between the capture cross-sections of 235U, 238U, 239Pu, and 241Pu are calculated. The same method can be extended to other reaction types. The correlation coefficients as a function of the isotopic atomic density uncertainty and the average one-group microscopic cross-section uncertainty are also studied. It is shown that the correlation coefficients vary very little with the uncertainty in the average one-group microscopic cross-section. The correlation coefficient of an isotope pair changes slightly over the course of a cycle because of atomic density and microscopic cross-section changes.

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