This study shows the sensitivity analyses of initial compositions and cross sections for activation products of in-core structure materials. The results clarified the source elements and nuclear reactions dominating the generation pathways of the activa­tion products even for the nuclides generated through complicated pathways. The sensitivity coefficients of initial compositions are beneficial for the evaluation of the error propagated from the uncertainty of the initial composition of target materials. The sensitivity coefficients of cross sections are effective in selecting
the objectives of nuclear reactions for the improvement of nuclear data. These results will contribute to improvement of the accuracy of numerical evaluations for the concentration of activation products.

The methodology of sensitivity analyses stated in this study is efficient for acquiring information about important impurity elements and nuclear reactions to evaluate the activation product concentrations. This methodology can be applied to the activations of ex-core structure materials if the appropriate one-group cross sections are prepared with a corresponding neutron spectrum.

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