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  1. Advanced Thermal Hydraulics Design of Commercial SFRs

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    Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is a 500 MWe pool type sodium cooled fast reactor, which is in an advanced stage of construction in India. As a follow-up to PFBR, six commercial sodium cooled fast reactors (Commercial SFR) of similar capacity are to be constructed, wherein the focus is improved economy and enhanced safety. These reactors are envisaged to have twin-unit concept. Design and construction experiences from PFBR provided the motivation to achieve an optimum design for the Commercial SFR with significant design changes. Some of the changes include, (i) provision of four primary pipes per primary sodium pump, (ii) inner vessel with single torus, (iii) dome shaped roof slab supported on reactor vault, (iv) machined thick plate rotating plugs, (v) reduced main vessel diameter with narrow-gap cooling baffles and (vi) safety vessel integrated with reactor vault. Advanced computational fluid dynamic studies have been performed towards thermal hydraulic design of these components. This paper covers thermal hydraulic design validation of the chosen options, including hot pool thermal hydraulics, influence of control plug shape on pool hydraulics, flow requirement for main vessel cooling, safety analysis of primary pipe rupture event and thermal management top shield and reactor vault. (author)

  2. Thermal hydraulic R and D of Chinese advanced reactors

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    The Chinese government sponsors a program of research, development, and demonstration related to advanced reactors, both small modular reactors and larger systems. These advanced reactors encompass innovative reactor concepts, such as CAP1400 - Chinese large advanced passive pressurized water reactor, Hualong one - Chinese large advanced active and passive pressurized water reactor, ACP100 - Chinese small modular reactor, SCWR- R and D of super critical water-cooled reactor in China, CLEAR - Chinese lead-cooled fast reactor, TMSR - Chinese Thorium molten-salt reactor. The thermal hydraulic R and D of those reactors are summarised. (J.P.N.)

  3. Advanced thermal hydraulic method using 3x3 pin modeling

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    Advanced thermal hydraulic methods are being developed as part of the US DOE sponsored Nuclear Hub program called CASL (Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs). One of the key objectives of the Hub program is to develop a multi-physics tool which evaluates neutronic, thermal hydraulic, structural mechanics and nuclear fuel rod performance in rod bundles to support power uprates, increased burnup/cycle length and life extension for US nuclear plants. Current design analysis tools are separate and applied in series using simplistic models and conservatisms in the analysis. In order to achieve key Nuclear Hub objectives a higher fidelity, multi-physics tool is needed to address the challenge problems that limit current reactor performance. This paper summarizes the preliminary development of a multi-physics tool by performing 3x3 pin modeling and making comparisons to available data. (author)

  4. Equipping simulators with an advanced thermal hydraulics model EDF's experience

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    The development of an accelerated version of the advanced CATHARe-1 thermal hydraulics code designed for EDF training simulators (CATHARE-SIMU) was successfully completed as early as 1991. Its successful integration as the principal model of the SIPA Post-Accident Simulator meant that its use could be extended to full-scale simulators as part of the renovation of the stock of existing simulators. In order to further extend the field of application to accidents occurring in shutdown states requiring action and to catch up with developments in respect of the CATHARE code, EDF initiated the SCAR Project designed to adapt CATHARE-2 to simulator requirements (acceleration, parallelization of the computation and extension of the simulation range). In other respects, the installation of SIPA on workstations means that the authors can envisage the application of this remarkable training facility to the understanding of thermal hydraulics accident phenomena

  5. Thermal-Hydraulic Experiments and Modelling for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Systems

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    The objectives of the project are to study thermal hydraulic characteristics of advanced nuclear reactor system for evaluating key thermal-hydraulic phenomena relevant to new safety concepts. To meet the research goal, several thermal hydraulic experiments were performed and related thermal hydraulic models were developed with the experimental data which were produced through the thermal hydraulic experiments. The Followings are main research topics: - Multi-dimensional Phenomena in a Reactor Vessel Downcomer - Condensation-induced Thermal Mixing in a Pool - Development of Thermal-Hydraulic Models for Two-Phase Flow - Construction of T-H Data Base

  6. Thermal hydraulic evaluation of advanced wire-wrapped assemblies

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    The thermal-hydraulic analyses presented in this report are based on application of the subchannel concept in association with the use of bulk parameters for coolant velocity and coolant temperature within a subchannel. The interactions between subchannels are due to turbulent interchange, pressure-induced diversion crossflow, directed sweeping crossflow induced by the helical wire wrap, and transverse thermal conduction. The FULMIX-II computer program was successfully developed to perform the steady-state temperature predictions for LMFBR fuel assemblies with the reference straight-start design and the advanced wire-wrap designs. Predicted steady-state temperature profiles are presented for a typical CRBRP 217-rod wire-wrapped assembly with the selected wire-wrap designs

  7. Thermal-Hydraulic Experiments and Modelling for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Systems

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    Song, C. H.; Chung, M. K.; Park, C. K. and others

    2005-04-15

    The objectives of the project are to study thermal hydraulic characteristics of reactor primary system for the verification of the reactor safety and to evaluate new safety concepts of new safety design features. To meet the research goal, several thermal hydraulic experiments were performed and related thermal hydraulic models were developed with the experimental data which were produced through the thermal hydraulic experiments. Followings are main research topics; - Multi-dimensional Phenomena in a Reactor Vessel Downcomer - Condensation Load and Thermal Mixing in the IRWST - Development of Thermal-Hydraulic Models for Two-Phase Flow - Development of Measurement Techniques for Two-Phase Flow - Supercritical Reactor T/H Characteristics Analysis From the above experimental and analytical studies, new safety design features of the advanced power reactors were verified and lots of the safety issues were also resolved.

  8. Advances in thermal hydraulic and neutronic simulation for reactor analysis and safety

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    Tentner, A.M.; Blomquist, R.N.; Canfield, T.R.; Ewing, T.F.; Garner, P.L.; Gelbard, E.M.; Gross, K.C.; Minkoff, M.; Valentin, R.A.

    1993-03-01

    This paper describes several large-scale computational models developed at Argonne National Laboratory for the simulation and analysis of thermal-hydraulic and neutronic events in nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants. The impact of advanced parallel computing technologies on these computational models is emphasized.

  9. Strategic Need for Multi-Purpose Thermal Hydraulic Loop for Support of Advanced Reactor Technologies

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    James E. O' Brien; Piyush Sabharwall; Su-Jong Yoon; Gregory K. Housley

    2014-09-01

    This report presents a conceptual design for a new high-temperature multi fluid, multi loop test facility for the INL to support thermal hydraulic, materials, and thermal energy storage research for nuclear and nuclear-hybrid applications. In its initial configuration, the facility will include a high-temperature helium loop, a liquid salt loop, and a hot water/steam loop. The three loops will be thermally coupled through an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) and a secondary heat exchanger (SHX). Research topics to be addressed with this facility include the characterization and performance evaluation of candidate compact heat exchangers such as printed circuit heat exchangers (PCHEs) at prototypical operating conditions, flow and heat transfer issues related to core thermal hydraulics in advanced helium-cooled and salt-cooled reactors, and evaluation of corrosion behavior of new cladding materials and accident-tolerant fuels for LWRs at prototypical conditions. Based on its relevance to advanced reactor systems, the new facility has been named the Advanced Reactor Technology Integral System Test (ARTIST) facility. Research performed in this facility will advance the state of the art and technology readiness level of high temperature intermediate heat exchangers (IHXs) for nuclear applications while establishing the INL as a center of excellence for the development and certification of this technology. The thermal energy storage capability will support research and demonstration activities related to process heat delivery for a variety of hybrid energy systems and grid stabilization strategies. Experimental results obtained from this research will assist in development of reliable predictive models for thermal hydraulic design and safety codes over the range of expected advanced reactor operating conditions. Proposed/existing IHX heat transfer and friction correlations and criteria will be assessed with information on materials compatibility and instrumentation

  10. Strategic need for a multi-purpose thermal hydraulic loop for support of advanced reactor technologies

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    O' Brien, James E. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Sabharwall, Piyush [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Yoon, Su -Jong [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Housley, Gregory K. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-09-01

    This report presents a conceptual design for a new high-temperature multi fluid, multi loop test facility for the INL to support thermal hydraulic, materials, and thermal energy storage research for nuclear and nuclear-hybrid applications. In its initial configuration, the facility will include a high-temperature helium loop, a liquid salt loop, and a hot water/steam loop. The three loops will be thermally coupled through an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) and a secondary heat exchanger (SHX). Research topics to be addressed with this facility include the characterization and performance evaluation of candidate compact heat exchangers such as printed circuit heat exchangers (PCHEs) at prototypical operating conditions, flow and heat transfer issues related to core thermal hydraulics in advanced helium-cooled and salt-cooled reactors, and evaluation of corrosion behavior of new cladding materials and accident-tolerant fuels for LWRs at prototypical conditions. Based on its relevance to advanced reactor systems, the new facility has been named the Advanced Reactor Technology Integral System Test (ARTIST) facility. Research performed in this facility will advance the state of the art and technology readiness level of high temperature intermediate heat exchangers (IHXs) for nuclear applications while establishing the INL as a center of excellence for the development and certification of this technology. The thermal energy storage capability will support research and demonstration activities related to process heat delivery for a variety of hybrid energy systems and grid stabilization strategies. Experimental results obtained from this research will assist in development of reliable predictive models for thermal hydraulic design and safety codes over the range of expected advanced reactor operating conditions. Proposed/existing IHX heat transfer and friction correlations and criteria will be assessed with information on materials compatibility and instrumentation

  11. Development of an advanced thermal hydraulics model for nuclear power plant simulation

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    This paper summarizes the development of an advanced digital computer thermal hydraulics model for nuclear power plant simulation. A review of thermal hydraulics code design options is presented together with a review of existing engineering models. CAE has developed an unequal temperatures-unequal velocities five equation model based on the drift flux formalism. CAE has selected the model on the basis that phase separation and thermal non-equilibrium are required to simulate complex and important phenomena occurring in systems such as reactor cooling systems (RCS) and steam generators (SG). The drift flux approach to phase separation and countercurrent flow was selected because extensive testing and validation data supports full-range drift flux parameters correlations. The five equation model was also chosen because it conserves important quantities, i.e. mass and energy of each phase, and because of numerical advantages provided by the case of coupling phasic mass conservation equations with phasic energy conservation equations. The basis of CAE's model as well as supporting models for convection and conduction heat transfer, break flow, interphase mass and heat transfer are described. Comparison of code calculations with experimental measurements taken during a small break LOCA test with the OTIS facility are presented. The use of such advanced thermal hydraulics model as plant analyzer considerably improves simulation capabilities of severe transient as well as of normal operation of two phase systems in nuclear power plants. (orig./HP)

  12. Steady-state thermal-hydraulic design analysis of the Advanced Neutron Source reactor

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    The Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) is a research reactor that is planned for construction at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This reactor will be a user facility with the major objective of providing the highest continuous neutron beam intensities of any reactor in the world. Additional objectives for the facility include providing materials irradiation facilities and isotope production facilities as good as, or better than, those in the High Flux Isotope Reactor. To achieve these objectives, the reactor design uses highly subcooled heavy water as both coolant and moderator. Two separate core halves of 67.6-L total volume operate at an average power density of 4.5 MW(t)/L, and the coolant flows upward through the core at 25 m/s. Operating pressure is 3.1 MPa at the core inlet with a 1.4-MPa pressure drop through the core region. Finally, in order to make the resources available for experimentation, the fuel is designed to provide a 17-d fuel cycle with an additional 4 d planned in each cycle for the refueling process. This report examines the codes and models used to develop the thermal-hydraulic design for ANS, as well as the correlations and physical data; evaluates thermal-hydraulic uncertainties; reports on thermal-hydraulic design and safety analysis; describes experimentation in support of the ANS reactor design and safety analysis; and provides an overview of the experimental plan

  13. Advanced thermal-hydraulic and neutronic codes: current and future applications. Summary and conclusions

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    An OECD Workshop on Advanced Thermal-Hydraulic and Neutronic Codes Applications was held from 10 to 13 April 2000, in Barcelona, Spain, sponsored by the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). It was organised in collaboration with the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) and hosted by CSN and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in collaboration with the Spanish Electricity Association (UNESA). The objectives of the Workshop were to review the developments since the previous CSNI Workshop held in Annapolis [NEA/CSNI/ R(97)4; NUREG/CP-0159], to analyse the present status of maturity and remnant needs of thermal-hydraulic (TH) and neutronic system codes and methods, and finally to evaluate the role of these tools in the evolving regulatory environment. The Technical Sessions and Discussion Sessions covered the following topics: - Regulatory requirements for Best-Estimate (BE) code assessment; - Application of TH and neutronic codes for current safety issues; - Uncertainty analysis; - Needs for integral plant transient and accident analysis; - Simulators and fast running codes; - Advances in next generation TH and neutronic codes; - Future trends in physical modeling; - Long term plans for development of advanced codes. The focus of the Workshop was on system codes. An incursion was made, however, in the new field of applying Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) codes to nuclear safety analysis. As a general conclusion, the Barcelona Workshop can be considered representative of the progress towards the targets marked at Annapolis almost four years ago. The Annapolis Workshop had identified areas where further development and specific improvements were needed, among them: multi-field models, transport of interfacial area, 2D and 3D thermal-hydraulics, 3-D neutronics consistent with level of details of thermal-hydraulics. Recommendations issued at Annapolis included: developing small pilot/test codes for

  14. Proceedings of the workshop on advanced thermal-hydraulic and neutronic codes: current and future applications

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    An OECD Workshop on Advanced Thermal-Hydraulic and Neutronic Codes Applications was held from 10 to 13 April 2000, in Barcelona, Spain, sponsored by the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). It was organised in collaboration with the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) and hosted by CSN and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in collaboration with the Spanish Electricity Association (UNESA). The objectives of the Workshop were to review the developments since the previous CSNI Workshop held in Annapolis [NEA/CSNI/ R(97)4; NUREG/CP-0159], to analyse the present status of maturity and remnant needs of thermal-hydraulic (TH) and neutronic system codes and methods, and finally to evaluate the role of these tools in the evolving regulatory environment. The Technical Sessions and Discussion Sessions covered the following topics: - Regulatory requirements for Best-Estimate (BE) code assessment; - Application of TH and neutronic codes for current safety issues; - Uncertainty analysis; - Needs for integral plant transient and accident analysis; - Simulators and fast running codes; - Advances in next generation TH and neutronic codes; - Future trends in physical modeling; - Long term plans for development of advanced codes. The focus of the Workshop was on system codes. An incursion was made, however, in the new field of applying Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) codes to nuclear safety analysis. As a general conclusion, the Barcelona Workshop can be considered representative of the progress towards the targets marked at Annapolis almost four years ago. The Annapolis Workshop had identified areas where further development and specific improvements were needed, among them: multi-field models, transport of interfacial area, 2D and 3D thermal-hydraulics, 3-D neutronics consistent with level of details of thermal-hydraulics. Recommendations issued at Annapolis included: developing small pilot/test codes for

  15. Update to advanced neutron source steady-state thermal-hydraulic report

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    Yoder, G.L.; Carbajo, J.J.; Morris, D.G.; Nelson, W.R.

    1996-05-01

    This report is intended to be a supplement to ORNL/TM-12398, Steady-State Thermal-Hydraulic Design Analysis of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor. It updates the core thermal-hydrualic design to the latest three-element configuration and also provides the most recent information on the thermal-hydraulic statistical uncertainty analysis. In addition, it includes calculations of beam tube cooling and control rod lift forces, which were not addressed in the initial report. This report describes work that is a snapshot in time as it stood at the end of the project. The three-element core calculations include a description of changes made to the overall coolant system; however, most of the analysis is focused on fuel loading thermal-hydraulic calculations. This analysis uses updated uncertainty values and indicates that a two-dimensional fuel grading in the three-element core would still be necessary to meet the desired operating and safety criteria. Analysis of cooling in the reflector tank examines various cooling options for the reflector tank components. This work investigated multiple forced convection designs as well as natural convection cooling requirements. Lift forces on the inner control rods caused by the upward coolant flow were also examined. Initial control rod designs were such that a sheared control rod would tend to lift because of flow forces. Design changes were recommended that would eliminate this issue. They included geometry changes to the inner control rod cooling channels, changes to the orificing in the central hole region, and reduction of inner control rod coolant velocity.

  16. Thermal-hydraulic studies of the Advanced Neutron Source cold source

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    The Advanced Neutron Source (ANS), in its conceptual design phase at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was to be a user-oriented neutron research facility producing the most intense steady-state flux of thermal and cold neutrons in the world. Among its many scientific applications, the production of cold neutrons was a significant research mission for the ANS. The cold neutrons come from two independent cold sources positioned near the reactor core. Contained by an aluminum alloy vessel, each cold source is a 410-mm-diam sphere of liquid deuterium that functions both as a neutron moderator and a cryogenic coolant. With nuclear heating of the containment vessel and internal baffling, steady-state operation requires close control of the liquid deuterium flow near the vessel's inner surface. Preliminary thermal-hydraulic analyses supporting the cold source design were performed with heat conduction simulations of the vessel walls and multidimensional computational fluid dynamics simulations of the liquid deuterium flow and heat transfer. This report presents the starting phase of a challenging program and describes the cold source conceptual design, the thermal-hydraulic feasibility studies of the containment vessel, and the future computational and experimental studies that were planned to verify the final design

  17. Thermal-hydraulics numerical analyses of Pebble Bed Advanced High Temperature Reactor hot channel

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    Background: The thermal hydraulics behavior of the Pebble Bed Advanced High Temperature Reactor (PB-AHTR) hot channel was studied. Purpose: We aim to analyze the thermal-hydraulics behavior of the PB-AHTR, such as pressure drop, temperature distribution of coolant and pebble bed as well as thermal removal capacity in the condition of loss of partial coolant. Methods: We used a modified FLUENT code which was coupled with a local non-equilibrium porous media model by introducing a User Defined Scalar (UDS) in the calculation domain of the reactor core and subjoining different resistance terms (Ergun and KTA) to calculate the temperature of coolant, solid phase of pebble bed and pebble center in the core. Results: Computational results showed that the resistance factor has great influence on pressure drop and velocity distribution, but less impact on the temperature of coolant, solid phase of pebble bed and pebble center. We also confirmed the heat removal capacity of the PB-AHTR in the condition of nominal and loss of partial coolant conditions. Conclusion: The numerical analyses results can provide a useful proposal to optimize the design of PB-AHTR. (authors)

  18. Development of a steady thermal-hydraulic analysis code for the China Advanced Research Reactor

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    TIAN Wenxi; QIU Suizheng; GUO Yun; SU Guanghui; JIA Dounan; LIU Tiancai; ZHANG Jianwei

    2007-01-01

    A multi-channel model steady-state thermalhydraulic analysis code was developed for the China Advanced Research Reactor (CARR). By simulating the whole reactor core, the detailed mass flow distribution in the core was obtained. The result shows that structure size plays the most important role in mass flow distribution, and the influence of core power could be neglected under singlephase flow. The temperature field of the fuel element under unsymmetrical cooling condition was also obtained, which is necessary for further study such as stress analysis, etc. Of the fuel element. At the same time, considering the hot channel effect including engineering factor and nuclear factor, calculation of the mean and hot channel was carried out and it is proved that all thermal-hydraulic parameters satisfy the "Safety design regulation of CARR".

  19. Advanced neutron source reactor thermal-hydraulic test loop facility description

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    Felde, D.K.; Farquharson, G.; Hardy, J.H.; King, J.F.; McFee, M.T.; Montgomery, B.H.; Pawel, R.E.; Power, B.H.; Shourbaji, A.A.; Siman-Tov, M.; Wood, R.J.; Yoder, G.L.

    1994-02-01

    The Thermal-Hydraulic Test Loop (THTL) is a facility for experiments constructed to support the development of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor (ANSR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ANSR is both cooled and moderated by heavy water and uses uranium silicide fuel. The core is composed of two coaxial fuel-element annuli, each of different diameter. There are 684 parallel aluminum-clad fuel plates (252 in the inner-lower core and 432 in the outer-upper core) arranged in an involute geometry that effectively creates an array of thin rectangular flow channels. Both the fuel plates and the coolant channels are 1.27 mm thick, with a span of 87 mm (lower core), 70 mm (upper core), and 507-mm heated length. The coolant flows vertically upwards at a mass flux of 27 Mg/m{sup 2}s (inlet velocity of 25 m/s) with an inlet temperature of 45{degrees}C and inlet pressure of 3.2 MPa. The average and peak heat fluxes are approximately 6 and 12 MW/m{sup 2}, respectively. The availability of experimental data for both flow excursion (FE) and true critical heat flux (CHF) at the conditions applicable to the ANSR is very limited. The THTL was designed and built to simulate a full-length coolant subchannel of the core, allowing experimental determination of thermal limits under the expected ANSR thermal-hydraulic conditions. For these experimental studies, the involute-shaped fuel plates of the ANSR core with the narrow 1.27-mm flow gap are represented by a narrow rectangular channel. Tests in the THTL will provide both single- and two-phase thermal-hydraulic information. The specific phenomena that are to be examined are (1) single-phase heat-transfer coefficients and friction factors, (2) the point of incipient boiling, (3) nucleate boiling heat-transfer coefficients, (4) two-phase pressure-drop characteristics in the nucleate boiling regime, (5) flow instability limits, and (6) CHF limits.

  20. Thermally Actuated Hydraulic Pumps

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    Jones, Jack; Ross, Ronald; Chao, Yi

    2008-01-01

    Thermally actuated hydraulic pumps have been proposed for diverse applications in which direct electrical or mechanical actuation is undesirable and the relative slowness of thermal actuation can be tolerated. The proposed pumps would not contain any sliding (wearing) parts in their compressors and, hence, could have long operational lifetimes. The basic principle of a pump according to the proposal is to utilize the thermal expansion and contraction of a wax or other phase-change material in contact with a hydraulic fluid in a rigid chamber. Heating the chamber and its contents from below to above the melting temperature of the phase-change material would cause the material to expand significantly, thus causing a substantial increase in hydraulic pressure and/or a substantial displacement of hydraulic fluid out of the chamber. Similarly, cooling the chamber and its contents from above to below the melting temperature of the phase-change material would cause the material to contract significantly, thus causing a substantial decrease in hydraulic pressure and/or a substantial displacement of hydraulic fluid into the chamber. The displacement of the hydraulic fluid could be used to drive a piston. The figure illustrates a simple example of a hydraulic jack driven by a thermally actuated hydraulic pump. The pump chamber would be a cylinder containing encapsulated wax pellets and containing radial fins to facilitate transfer of heat to and from the wax. The plastic encapsulation would serve as an oil/wax barrier and the remaining interior space could be filled with hydraulic oil. A filter would retain the encapsulated wax particles in the pump chamber while allowing the hydraulic oil to flow into and out of the chamber. In one important class of potential applications, thermally actuated hydraulic pumps, exploiting vertical ocean temperature gradients for heating and cooling as needed, would be used to vary hydraulic pressures to control buoyancy in undersea research

  1. Korean development of advanced thermal-hydraulic codes for water reactors and HTGRS: space and gamma

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    Korea has been developing SPACE(Safety and Performance Analysis CodE) and GAMMA(GAs Multicomponent Mixture Analysis) codes for safety analysis of PWRs and HTGRs, respectively. SPACE is being developed by the Korea nuclear industry, which is a thermal-hydraulic analysis code for safety analysis of a PWR. It will replace outdated vendor supplied codes and will be used for the safety analysis of operating PWR and the design of an advanced PWR. It consists of the up-to-date physical models of two-phase flow dealing with multi-dimensional two-fluid, three-field flow. The GAMMA code consists of the multi-dimensional governing equations consisting of the basic equations for continuity, momentum conservation, energy conservation of the gas mixture, and mass conservation of n species. GAMMA is based on a porous media model so that we can deal with the thermo-fluid and chemical reaction behaviors in a multicomponent mixture system as well as heat transfer within the solid components, free and forced convection between a solid and a fluid, and radiative heat transfer between the solid surfaces. GAMMA has a model for helium turbines for HTGRs based on the throughflow calculation. We performed extensive code assessment for the V&V of SPACE and GAMMA. (author)

  2. AREVA NP's advanced Thermal Hydraulic Methods for Reactor Core and Fuel Assembly Design

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    The main objective of the Thermal Hydraulic (TH) analysis of reactor core and fuel assembly design is the determination of pressure loss and critical heat flux (CHF). Especially the description of the latter effect requires the modeling of a large variety of physical phenomena starting with single phase quantities like turbulence or fluid-wall friction, two phase quantities like void distributions, heat transfer between fuel rod and fluid and ultimately the CHF mechanism itself. Additional complexity is added by the fact that the relevant geometric scales which have to be resolved, cover a wide range from the length of the fuel assembly (∼ 4000 mm), over the typical dimensions of sub-channel cross sections and the vanes on the spacer grids (∼ 10 mm) down to the microscopic scales set by bubble sizes and boundary layers (mm to sub mm). Due to the above described situation the necessary TH quantities are often determined by measurements. The main advantage of this technique is that measurements are widely accepted and trusted if the geometry and flow conditions are sufficiently close to real reactor conditions. The main disadvantage of experiments is that they are expensive both with respect to time and money; especially in high pressure tests they give only limited access to the test object. Consequently there is a strong interest to develop computer codes with the goal of minimizing the need of experiments, and hence, speeding up and reducing costs of fuel assembly and core design. Today most of the design work is based on sub-channel codes, originally developed in the 70's; they provide an effective description of the TH in fuel assemblies by regarding the fuel assembly as a system of communicating channels (the volume enclosed by four fuel rods = one sub-channel). Further development of these codes is one main focus of AREVA NP's Thermal Hydraulic method and code development strategy. To focus the know-how and resources existing in the different regions of

  3. Thermal-hydraulic experiments of an advanced PIUS-type reactor

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    The author constructed a semi-large scale experimental apparatus for simulating thermal-hydraulic behavior of the PIUS-type reactor with keeping the volumetric scaling ratio to the realistic reactor model. Fundamental experiments such as a steady state operation and a pump trip simulation were reported in ICONE-3(1995). In this paper the authors present two main results. One is a feedback control system using the upper density lock, and a start up simulation based on the non-uniform heating for both the primary loop and the poison loop. The other is a control system of small scale sub-loop attached to the poison loop in order to establish PIUS principle on the realistic operation of the PIUS-type reactor

  4. Advances of study on thermal-hydraulic performance in tight-lattice rod bundles for reduced-moderation water reactors

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    R and D project to investigate thermal-hydraulic performance in tight-lattice rod bundles for Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) is started at Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute in collaboration with power company, reactor vendors, universities since 2002. The RMWR can attain the favorable characteristics such as effective utilization of uranium resources, multiple recycling of plutonium, high burn-up and long operation cycle, based on matured LWR technologies. MOX fuel assemblies with tight lattice arrangement are used to increase the conversion ratio by reducing the moderation of neutron. Increasing the in-core void fraction also contributes to the reduction of neutron moderation. The confirmation of thermal-hydraulic feasibility is one of the most important R and D items for the RMWR because of the tight-lattice configuration. In this paper, we will show the R and D plan and describe some advances on experimental and analytical studies. The experimental study is performed mainly using large-scale (37-rod bundle) test facility and the analytical one aims to develop a predictable technology for geometry effects such as gap between rods, grid spacer configuration etc. using advanced 3-D two-phase flow simulation methods. Steady-state and transient critical power experiments are conducted with the test facility (Gap width between rods: 1.0 mm) and the experimental data reveal the feasibility of RMWR. (authors)

  5. Advanced core physics and thermal hydraulics analysis of boiling water reactors using innovative fuel concepts

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    The economical operation of a boiling water reactor (BWR) is mainly achieved by the axially uniform utilization of the nuclear fuel in the assemblies which is challenging because the neutron spectrum in the active reactor core varies with the axial position. More precisely, the neutron spectrum becomes harder the higher the position is resulting in a decrease of the fuel utilization because the microscopic fission cross section is smaller by several orders of magnitude. In this work, the use of two fuel concepts based on a mixed oxide (MOX) fuel and an innovative thorium-plutonium (ThPu) fuel is investigated by a developed simulation model encompassing thermal hydraulics, neutronics, and fuel burnup. The main feature of these fuel concepts is the axially varying enrichment in plutonium which is, in this work, recycled from spent nuclear fuel and shows a high fission fraction of the absorption cross section for fast incident neutron energies. The potential of balancing the overall fuel utilization by an increase of the fission rate in the upper part of the active height with a combination of the harder spectrum and the higher fission fraction of the absorption cross section in the BWR core is studied. The three particular calculational models for thermal hydraulics, neutronics, and fuel burnup provide results at fuel assembly and/or at core level. In the former case, the main focus lies on the thermal hydraulics analysis, fuel burnup, and activity evolution after unloading from the core and, in the latter case, special attention is paid to reactivity safety coefficients (feedback effects) and the optimization of the operational behavior. At both levels (assembly and core), the isotopic buildup and depletion rates as a function of the active height are analyzed. In addition, a comparison between the use of conventional fuel types with homogeneous enrichments and the use of the innovative fuel types is made. In the framework of the simulations, the ThPu and the MOX

  6. Advanced Multiphysics Thermal-Hydraulics Models for the High Flux Isotope Reactor

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    Jain, Prashant K [ORNL; Freels, James D [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    Engineering design studies to determine the feasibility of converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from using highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This work is part of an effort sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Reactor Conversion Program. HFIR is a very high flux pressurized light-water-cooled and moderated flux-trap type research reactor. HFIR s current missions are to support neutron scattering experiments, isotope production, and materials irradiation, including neutron activation analysis. Advanced three-dimensional multiphysics models of HFIR fuel were developed in COMSOL software for safety basis (worst case) operating conditions. Several types of physics including multilayer heat conduction, conjugate heat transfer, turbulent flows (RANS model) and structural mechanics were combined and solved for HFIR s inner and outer fuel elements. Alternate design features of the new LEU fuel were evaluated using these multiphysics models. This work led to a new, preliminary reference LEU design that combines a permanent absorber in the lower unfueled region of all of the fuel plates, a burnable absorber in the inner element side plates, and a relocated and reshaped (but still radially contoured) fuel zone. Preliminary results of estimated thermal safety margins are presented. Fuel design studies and model enhancement continue.

  7. International benchmark study of advanced thermal hydraulic safety analysis codes against measurements on IEA-R1 research reactor

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    Hainoun, A., E-mail: pscientific2@aec.org.sy [Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS), Nuclear Engineering Department, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Doval, A. [Nuclear Engineering Department, Av. Cmdt. Luis Piedrabuena 4950, C.P. 8400 S.C de Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Umbehaun, P. [Centro de Engenharia Nuclear – CEN, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Av. Lineu Prestes 2242-Cidade Universitaria, CEP-05508-000 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Chatzidakis, S. [School of Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Ghazi, N. [Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS), Nuclear Engineering Department, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Park, S. [Research Reactor Design and Engineering Division, Basic Science Project Operation Dept., Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (Korea, Republic of); Mladin, M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Campului Street No. 1, P.O. Box 78, 115400 Mioveni, Arges (Romania); Shokr, A. [Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, Research Reactor Safety Section, International Atomic Energy Agency, A-1400 Vienna (Austria)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • A set of advanced system thermal hydraulic codes are benchmarked against IFA of IEA-R1. • Comparative safety analysis of IEA-R1 reactor during LOFA by 7 working teams. • This work covers both experimental and calculation effort and presents new out findings on TH of RR that have not been reported before. • LOFA results discrepancies from 7% to 20% for coolant and peak clad temperatures are predicted conservatively. - Abstract: In the framework of the IAEA Coordination Research Project on “Innovative methods in research reactor analysis: Benchmark against experimental data on neutronics and thermal hydraulic computational methods and tools for operation and safety analysis of research reactors” the Brazilian research reactor IEA-R1 has been selected as reference facility to perform benchmark calculations for a set of thermal hydraulic codes being widely used by international teams in the field of research reactor (RR) deterministic safety analysis. The goal of the conducted benchmark is to demonstrate the application of innovative reactor analysis tools in the research reactor community, validation of the applied codes and application of the validated codes to perform comprehensive safety analysis of RR. The IEA-R1 is equipped with an Instrumented Fuel Assembly (IFA) which provided measurements for normal operation and loss of flow transient. The measurements comprised coolant and cladding temperatures, reactor power and flow rate. Temperatures are measured at three different radial and axial positions of IFA summing up to 12 measuring points in addition to the coolant inlet and outlet temperatures. The considered benchmark deals with the loss of reactor flow and the subsequent flow reversal from downward forced to upward natural circulation and presents therefore relevant phenomena for the RR safety analysis. The benchmark calculations were performed independently by the participating teams using different thermal hydraulic and safety

  8. Preliminary Thermo-hydraulic Core Design Analysis of Korea Advanced Nuclear Thermal Engine Rocket for Space Application

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    Nam, Seung Hyun; Lee, Jeong Ik; Chang, Soon Heung [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    Nclear rockets improve the propellant efficiency more than twice compared to CRs and thus significantly reduce the propellant requirement. The superior efficiency of nuclear rockets is due to the combination of the huge energy density and a single low molecular weight propellant utilization. Nuclear Thermal Rockets (NTRs) are particularly suitable for manned missions to Mars because it satisfies a relatively high thrust as well as a high propellant efficiency. NTRs use thermal energy released from a nuclear fission reactor to heat a single low molecular weight propellant, i. e., Hydrogen (H{sub 2}) and then exhausted the extremely heated propellant through a thermodynamic nozzle to produce thrust. A propellant efficiency parameter of rocket engines is specific impulse (I{sub sp}) which represents the ratio of the thrust over the rate of propellant consumption. The difference of I{sub sp} makes over three times propellant savings of NTRs for a manned Mars mission compared to CRs. NTRs can also be configured to operate bimodally by converting the surplus nuclear energy to auxiliary electric power required for the operation of a spacecraft. Moreover, the concept and technology of NTRs are very simple, already proven, and safe. Thus, NTRs can be applied to various space missions such as solar system exploration, International Space Station (ISS) transport support, Near Earth Objects (NEOs) interception, etc. Nuclear propulsion is the most promising and viable option to achieve challenging deep space missions. Particularly, the attractions of a NTR include excellent thrust and propellant efficiency, bimodal capability, proven technology, and safe and reliable performance. The ROK has also begun the research for space nuclear systems as a volunteer of the international space race and a major world nuclear energy country. KANUTER is one of the advanced NTR engines currently under development at KAIST. This bimodal engine is operated in two modes of propulsion with 100 MW

  9. Proceedings of the Twenty-First Water Reactor Safety Information Meeting: Volume 1, Plenary session; Advanced reactor research; advanced control system technology; advanced instrumentation and control hardware; human factors research; probabilistic risk assessment topics; thermal hydraulics; thermal hydraulic research for advanced passive LWRs

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    This three-volume report contains 90 papers out of the 102 that were presented at the Twenty-First Water Reactor Safety Information Meeting held at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland, during the week of October 25--27, 1993. The papers are printed in the order of their presentation in each session and describe progress and results of programs in nuclear safety research conducted in this country and abroad. Foreign participation in the meeting included papers presented by researchers from France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. The titles of the papers and the names of the authors have been updated and may differ from those that appeared in the final program of the meeting. Individual papers have been cataloged separately. This document, Volume 1 covers the following topics: Advanced Reactor Research; Advanced Instrumentation and Control Hardware; Advanced Control System Technology; Human Factors Research; Probabilistic Risk Assessment Topics; Thermal Hydraulics; and Thermal Hydraulic Research for Advanced Passive Light Water Reactors

  10. Proceedings of the Twenty-First Water Reactor Safety Information Meeting: Volume 1, Plenary session; Advanced reactor research; advanced control system technology; advanced instrumentation and control hardware; human factors research; probabilistic risk assessment topics; thermal hydraulics; thermal hydraulic research for advanced passive LWRs

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    Monteleone, S. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)] [comp.

    1994-04-01

    This three-volume report contains 90 papers out of the 102 that were presented at the Twenty-First Water Reactor Safety Information Meeting held at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland, during the week of October 25--27, 1993. The papers are printed in the order of their presentation in each session and describe progress and results of programs in nuclear safety research conducted in this country and abroad. Foreign participation in the meeting included papers presented by researchers from France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. The titles of the papers and the names of the authors have been updated and may differ from those that appeared in the final program of the meeting. Individual papers have been cataloged separately. This document, Volume 1 covers the following topics: Advanced Reactor Research; Advanced Instrumentation and Control Hardware; Advanced Control System Technology; Human Factors Research; Probabilistic Risk Assessment Topics; Thermal Hydraulics; and Thermal Hydraulic Research for Advanced Passive Light Water Reactors.

  11. Advanced Performance Hydraulic Wind Energy

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    Jones, Jack A.; Bruce, Allan; Lam, Adrienne S.

    2013-01-01

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, has developed a novel advanced hydraulic wind energy design, which has up to 23% performance improvement over conventional wind turbine and conventional hydraulic wind energy systems with 5 m/sec winds. It also has significant cost advantages with levelized costs equal to coal (after carbon tax rebate). The design is equally applicable to tidal energy systems and has passed preliminary laboratory proof-of-performance tests, as funded by the Department of Energy.

  12. Consideration of a design optimization method for advanced nuclear power plant thermal-hydraulic components

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    In order to meet the global energy demand and also mitigate climate change, we anticipate a significant resurgence of nuclear power in the next 50 years. Globally, Generation III plants (ABWR) have been built; Gen' III+ plants (EPR, AP1000 others) are anticipated in the near term. The U.S. DOE and Japan are respectively pursuing the NGNP and MSFR. There is renewed interest in closing the fuel cycle and gradually introducing the fast reactor into the LWR-dominated global fleet. In order to meet Generation IV criteria, i.e. thermal efficiency, inherent safety, proliferation resistance and economic competitiveness, plant and energy conversion system engineering design have to increasingly meet strict design criteria with reduced margin for reliable safety and uncertainties. Here, we considered a design optimization approach using an anticipated NGNP thermal system component as a Case Study. A systematic, efficient methodology is needed to reduce time consuming trial-and-error and computationally-intensive analyses. We thus developed a design optimization method linking three elements; that is, benchmarked CFD used as a 'design tool', artificial neural networks (ANN) to accommodate non-linear system behavior and enhancement of the 'design space', and finally, response surface methodology (RSM) to optimize the design solution with targeted constraints. The paper presents the methodology including guiding principles, an integration of CFD into design theory and practice, consideration of system non-linearities (such as fluctuating operating conditions) and systematic enhancement of the design space via application of ANN, and a stochastic optimization approach (RSM) with targeted constraints. Results from a Case Study optimizing the printed circuit heat exchanger for the NGNP energy conversion system will be presented. (author)

  13. Proceedings of the ANS/ASME/NRC international topical meeting on nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics: LMFBR and HTGR advanced reactor concepts and analysis methods

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    Separate abstracts are included for each of the papers presented concerning the thermal-hydraulics of LMFBR type reactors; mathematical methods in nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics; heat transfer in gas-cooled reactors; and thermal-hydraulics of pebble-bed reactors. Two papers have been previously abstracted and input to the data base

  14. Thermal-Hydraulics Research in the Valencia Polytechnic University

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    The research on thermal-hydraulics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia is performed by the TIN group (thermal-hydraulic and Nuclear Engineering). The group activities are currently carried out at the Energy Engineering Institute. The main research topics are: transient analysis of reactors, nuclear reactor stability, passive and advanced safety reactors, two-phase flow in nuclear reactors. (Author)

  15. Innovative and Advanced Coupled Neutron Transport and Thermal Hydraulic Method (Tool) for the Design, Analysis and Optimization of VHTR/NGNP Prismatic Reactors

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    Rahnema, Farzad; Garimeela, Srinivas; Ougouag, Abderrafi; Zhang, Dingkang

    2013-11-29

    This project will develop a 3D, advanced coarse mesh transport method (COMET-Hex) for steady- state and transient analyses in advanced very high-temperature reactors (VHTRs). The project will lead to a coupled neutronics and thermal hydraulic (T/H) core simulation tool with fuel depletion capability. The computational tool will be developed in hexagonal geometry, based solely on transport theory without (spatial) homogenization in complicated 3D geometries. In addition to the hexagonal geometry extension, collaborators will concurrently develop three additional capabilities to increase the code’s versatility as an advanced and robust core simulator for VHTRs. First, the project team will develop and implement a depletion method within the core simulator. Second, the team will develop an elementary (proof-of-concept) 1D time-dependent transport method for efficient transient analyses. The third capability will be a thermal hydraulic method coupled to the neutronics transport module for VHTRs. Current advancements in reactor core design are pushing VHTRs toward greater core and fuel heterogeneity to pursue higher burn-ups, efficiently transmute used fuel, maximize energy production, and improve plant economics and safety. As a result, an accurate and efficient neutron transport, with capabilities to treat heterogeneous burnable poison effects, is highly desirable for predicting VHTR neutronics performance. This research project’s primary objective is to advance the state of the art for reactor analysis.

  16. GCFR thermal-hydraulic experiments

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    The thermal-hydraulic experimental studies performed and planned for the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR) core assemblies are described. The experiments consist of basic studies performed to obtain correlations, and bundle experiments which provide input for code validation and design verification. These studies have been performed and are planned at European laboratories, US national laboratories, Universities in the US, and at General Atomic Company

  17. Benchmarking of thermal hydraulic loop models for Lead-Alloy Cooled Advanced Nuclear Energy System (LACANES), phase-I: Isothermal steady state forced convection

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    As highly promising coolant for new generation nuclear reactors, liquid Lead-Bismuth Eutectic has been extensively worldwide investigated. With high expectation about this advanced coolant, a multi-national systematic study on LBE was proposed in 2007, which covers benchmarking of thermal hydraulic prediction models for Lead-Alloy Cooled Advanced Nuclear Energy System (LACANES). This international collaboration has been organized by OECD/NEA, and nine organizations - ENEA, ERSE, GIDROPRESS, IAEA, IPPE, KIT/IKET, KIT/INR, NUTRECK, and RRC KI - contribute their efforts to LACANES benchmarking. To produce experimental data for LACANES benchmarking, thermal-hydraulic tests were conducted by using a 12-m tall LBE integral test facility, named as Heavy Eutectic liquid metal loop for integral test of Operability and Safety of PEACER (HELIOS) which has been constructed in 2005 at the Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea. LACANES benchmark campaigns consist of a forced convection (phase-I) and a natural circulation (phase-II). In the forced convection case, the predictions of pressure losses based on handbook correlations and that obtained by Computational Fluid Dynamics code simulation were compared with the measured data for various components of the HELIOS test facility. Based on comparative analyses of the predictions and the measured data, recommendations for the prediction methods of a pressure loss in LACANES were obtained. In this paper, results for the forced convection case (phase-I) of LACANES benchmarking are described.

  18. Helical coil thermal hydraulic model

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    A model has been developed in Matlab environment for the thermal hydraulic analysis of helical coil and shell steam generators. The model considers the internal flow inside one helix and its associated control volume of water on the external side, both characterized by their inlet thermodynamic conditions and the characteristic geometry data. The model evaluates the behaviour of the thermal-hydraulic parameters of the two fluids, such as temperature, pressure, heat transfer coefficients, flow quality, void fraction and heat flux. The evaluation of the heat transfer coefficients as well as the pressure drops has been performed by means of the most validated literature correlations. The model has been applied to one of the steam generators of the IRIS modular reactor and a comparison has been performed with the RELAP5/Mod.3.3 code applied to an inclined straight pipe that has the same length and the same elevation change between inlet and outlet of the real helix. The predictions of the developed model and RELAP5/Mod.3.3 code are in fairly good agreement before the dryout region, while the dryout front inside the helical pipes is predicted at a lower distance from inlet by the model

  19. Argonne Liquid-Metal Advanced Burner Reactor : components and in-vessel system thermal-hydraulic research and testing experience - pathway forward.

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    Kasza, K.; Grandy, C.; Chang, Y.; Khalil, H.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-06-30

    This white paper provides an overview and status report of the thermal-hydraulic nuclear research and development, both experimental and computational, conducted predominantly at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne from the early 1970s through the early 1990s was the Department of Energy's (DOE's) lead lab for thermal-hydraulic development of Liquid Metal Reactors (LMRs). During the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Argonne conducted thermal-hydraulic studies and experiments on individual reactor components supporting the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II), Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), and the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). From the mid-1980s and into the early 1990s, Argonne conducted studies on phenomena related to forced- and natural-convection thermal buoyancy in complete in-vessel models of the General Electric (GE) Prototype Reactor Inherently Safe Module (PRISM) and Rockwell International (RI) Sodium Advanced Fast Reactor (SAFR). These two reactor initiatives involved Argonne working closely with U.S. industry and DOE. This paper describes the very important impact of thermal hydraulics dominated by thermal buoyancy forces on reactor global operation and on the behavior/performance of individual components during postulated off-normal accident events with low flow. Utilizing Argonne's LMR expertise and design knowledge is vital to the further development of safe, reliable, and high-performance LMRs. Argonne believes there remains an important need for continued research and development on thermal-hydraulic design in support of DOE's and the international community's renewed thrust for developing and demonstrating the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) reactor(s) and the associated Argonne Liquid Metal-Advanced Burner Reactor (LM-ABR). This white paper highlights that further understanding is needed regarding reactor design under coolant low-flow events. These safety-related events are associated with the transition

  20. Argonne Liquid-Metal Advanced Burner Reactor : components and in-vessel system thermal-hydraulic research and testing experience - pathway forward

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    This white paper provides an overview and status report of the thermal-hydraulic nuclear research and development, both experimental and computational, conducted predominantly at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne from the early 1970s through the early 1990s was the Department of Energy's (DOE's) lead lab for thermal-hydraulic development of Liquid Metal Reactors (LMRs). During the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Argonne conducted thermal-hydraulic studies and experiments on individual reactor components supporting the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II), Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), and the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). From the mid-1980s and into the early 1990s, Argonne conducted studies on phenomena related to forced- and natural-convection thermal buoyancy in complete in-vessel models of the General Electric (GE) Prototype Reactor Inherently Safe Module (PRISM) and Rockwell International (RI) Sodium Advanced Fast Reactor (SAFR). These two reactor initiatives involved Argonne working closely with U.S. industry and DOE. This paper describes the very important impact of thermal hydraulics dominated by thermal buoyancy forces on reactor global operation and on the behavior/performance of individual components during postulated off-normal accident events with low flow. Utilizing Argonne's LMR expertise and design knowledge is vital to the further development of safe, reliable, and high-performance LMRs. Argonne believes there remains an important need for continued research and development on thermal-hydraulic design in support of DOE's and the international community's renewed thrust for developing and demonstrating the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) reactor(s) and the associated Argonne Liquid Metal-Advanced Burner Reactor (LM-ABR). This white paper highlights that further understanding is needed regarding reactor design under coolant low-flow events. These safety-related events are associated with the transition from normal high

  1. Thermal Hydraulic Tests for Reactor Core Safety

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    Moon, S. K.; Baek, W. P.; Chun, S. Y. (and others)

    2007-06-15

    The main objectives of the present project are to resolve the current issues of reactor core thermal hydraulics, to develop an advanced measurement and analytical techniques, and to perform reactor core safety verification tests. 6x6 reflood experiments, various heat transfer experiments using Freon, and experiments on the spacer grids effects on the post-dryout are carried out using spacer grids developed in Korea in order to resolve the current issues of the reactor core thermal hydraulics. In order to develop a reflood heat transfer model, the detailed reflood phenomena are visualized and measured using round tube and 2x2 rod bundle. A detailed turbulent mixing phenomenon for subchannels is measured using advanced measurement techniques such as LDV and PIV. MARS and MATRA codes developed in Korea are assessed, verified and improved using the obtained experimental data. Finally, a systematic quality assurance program and experimental data generation system has been constructed in order to increase the reliability of the experimental data.

  2. Application of Advanced Thermal Hydraulic TRACG Model to Preserve Operating Margins in BWRs at Extended Power Up-rate Conditions

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    GE has developed TRACG, a customized BWR version of the TRAC model, for application to BWR analyses. This model was initially applied to special BWR challenges and for benchmarking the official simplified thermal-hydraulic design models. However, in past years extensive additional model development, qualification and application studies have been completed. This development has followed the CSAU methodology, where extensive model evaluation and qualification have been performed to demonstrate the applicability of the model and to quantify the uncertainty in the model parameters as well as in plant parameters and initial conditions. This has then been combined with a statistically based application methodology following the CSAU approach to generate tolerance limits for the critical safety and design parameters. This effort has resulted in application processes that have been reviewed and approved by the US NRC to enable routine application of the TRACG model to the design and licensing analyses and utilize the improved operating margin to optimize the fuel cycle design. These applications have been supported by development of programs that construct specific plant and problem base-decks that utilize BWR plant characteristics and system databases to standardize and streamline the application to several plants. The application of the TRACG model in Transient and LOCA analyses has assisted in allowing similar power peaking at higher power density conditions for BWRs. Also, the application of the TRACG model in Stability analyses has assisted in preserving the setpoints of stability monitoring systems to avoid margin loss for high power density applications. TRACG is being used for analysis of ATWS events. It has been used to support the development of emergency procedure guidelines, and it is currently being used to demonstrate that the suppression pool temperature limits can be met for up-rated conditions. Finally, the application of the TRACG model in Faulted Load

  3. Statistically based uncertainty analysis for ranking of component importance in the thermal-hydraulic safety analysis of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor

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    The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) has been used to help determine the importance of components and phenomena in thermal-hydraulic safety analyses of nuclear reactors. The AHP results are based, in part on expert opinion. Therefore, it is prudent to evaluate the uncertainty of the AHP ranks of importance. Prior applications have addressed uncertainty with experimental data comparisons and bounding sensitivity calculations. These methods work well when a sufficient experimental data base exists to justify the comparisons. However, in the case of limited or no experimental data the size of the uncertainty is normally made conservatively large. Accordingly, the author has taken another approach, that of performing a statistically based uncertainty analysis. The new work is based on prior evaluations of the importance of components and phenomena in the thermal-hydraulic safety analysis of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor (ANSR), a new facility now in the design phase. The uncertainty during large break loss of coolant, and decay heat removal scenarios is estimated by assigning a probability distribution function (pdf) to the potential error in the initial expert estimates of pair-wise importance between the components. Using a Monte Carlo sampling technique, the error pdfs are propagated through the AHP software solutions to determine a pdf of uncertainty in the system wide importance of each component. To enhance the generality of the results, study of one other problem having different number of elements is reported, as are the effects of a larger assumed pdf error in the expert ranks. Validation of the Monte Carlo sample size and repeatability are also documented

  4. Reactor core calculations incorporating subassembly thermal hydraulics

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    Lynas, S.W. [Applied Modelling and Computation Group Imperial Coll. Centre for Environmental Technology Royal School of Mines Prince Consort Road London (United Kingdom); Jones, J.R.

    1997-12-31

    Three dimensional reactor physics calculations performed in parallel with subassembly thermal hydraulic analysis can be used to examine local reactivity effects and increase modelling accuracy. Coupling together codes for coarse mesh neutronics and subassembly thermal hydraulics aids fault studies (fuel clad integrity, safety margin indication etc) and the examination of the interaction between physics and thermal hydraulics during transient events such as LOCA, boron dilution and control rod ejection. Local heating of the coolant decreases reactivity and the fission power peaking factor. Doppler feedback is stronger in the hot region of the fuel, also reducing peak power and reactivity. These thermal hydraulic feedback effects can play an important role in decelerating power excursions and their representation is described in this paper. (author)

  5. Reactor core calculations incorporating subassembly thermal hydraulics

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    Three dimensional reactor physics calculations performed in parallel with subassembly thermal hydraulic analysis can be used to examine local reactivity effects and increase modelling accuracy. Coupling together codes for coarse mesh neutronics and subassembly thermal hydraulics aids fault studies (fuel clad integrity, safety margin indication etc) and the examination of the interaction between physics and thermal hydraulics during transient events such as LOCA, boron dilution and control rod ejection. Local heating of the coolant decreases reactivity and the fission power peaking factor. Doppler feedback is stronger in the hot region of the fuel, also reducing peak power and reactivity. These thermal hydraulic feedback effects can play an important role in decelerating power excursions and their representation is described in this paper. (author)

  6. Thermal-hydraulic differential sensitivity theory. [LMFBR

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    Maudlin, P.J.; Parks, C.V.; Weber, C.F.

    1981-09-01

    Differential sensitivity theory is applied to a nonlinear, three-dimensional space- and time-dependent description of the thermal-hydraulic conservation equations. The resulting sensitivity equations, which are derived using adjoint functions, can be readily utilized for input parameter sensitivity analysis of large or long-running thermal-hydraulic computer codes without any prior engineering judgement. The procedure for applying this sensitivity theory is illustrated using several classical analytical problems.

  7. Thermal Hydraulic Integral Effect Tests for Pressurized Water Reactors

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    The objectives of the project are to construct a thermal-hydraulic integral effect test facility and to perform various integral effect tests for design, operation, and safety regulation of pressurized water reactors. During the first phase of this project (1997.8∼2002.3), the basic technology for thermal-hydraulic integral effect tests was established and the basic design of the test facility was accomplished: a full-height, 1/300-volume-scaled full pressure facility for APR1400, an evolutionary pressurized water reactor that was developed by Korean industry. Main objectives of the present phase (2002.4∼2005.2), was to optimize the facility design and to construct the experimental facility. We have performed following researches: 1) Optimization of the basic design of the thermal-hydraulic integral effect test facility for PWRs - ATLAS (Advanced Thermal-hydraulic Test Loop for Accident Simulation) - Reduced height design for APR1400 (+ specific design features of KSNP safety injection systems) - Thermal-hydraulic scaling based on three-level scaling methodology by Ishii et al. 2) Construction of the ATLAS facility - Detailed design of the test facility - Manufacturing and procurement of components - Installation of the facility 3) Development of supporting technology for integral effect tests - Development and application of advanced instrumentation technology - Preliminary analysis of test scenarios - Development of experimental procedures - Establishment and implementation of QA system/procedure

  8. Thermal Hydraulic Integral Effect Tests for Pressurized Water Reactors

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    Baek, W. P.; Song, C. H.; Kim, Y. S. and others

    2005-02-15

    The objectives of the project are to construct a thermal-hydraulic integral effect test facility and to perform various integral effect tests for design, operation, and safety regulation of pressurized water reactors. During the first phase of this project (1997.8{approx}2002.3), the basic technology for thermal-hydraulic integral effect tests was established and the basic design of the test facility was accomplished: a full-height, 1/300-volume-scaled full pressure facility for APR1400, an evolutionary pressurized water reactor that was developed by Korean industry. Main objectives of the present phase (2002.4{approx}2005.2), was to optimize the facility design and to construct the experimental facility. We have performed following researches: 1) Optimization of the basic design of the thermal-hydraulic integral effect test facility for PWRs - ATLAS (Advanced Thermal-hydraulic Test Loop for Accident Simulation) - Reduced height design for APR1400 (+ specific design features of KSNP safety injection systems) - Thermal-hydraulic scaling based on three-level scaling methodology by Ishii et al. 2) Construction of the ATLAS facility - Detailed design of the test facility - Manufacturing and procurement of components - Installation of the facility 3) Development of supporting technology for integral effect tests - Development and application of advanced instrumentation technology - Preliminary analysis of test scenarios - Development of experimental procedures - Establishment and implementation of QA system/procedure.

  9. TRAC-PF1/MOD1: an advanced best-estimate computer program for pressurized water reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis

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    Liles, D.R.; Mahaffy, J.H.

    1986-07-01

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing the Transient Reactor Analysis Code (TRAC) to provide advanced best-estimate predictions of postulated accidents in light-water reactors. The TRAC-PF1/MOD1 program provides this capability for pressurized water reactors and for many thermal-hydraulic test facilities. The code features either a one- or a three-dimensional treatment of the pressure vessel and its associated internals, a two-fluid nonequilibrium hydrodynamics model with a noncondensable gas field and solute tracking, flow-regime-dependent constitutive equation treatment, optional reflood tracking capability for bottom-flood and falling-film quench fronts, and consistent treatment of entire accident sequences including the generation of consistent initial conditions. The stability-enhancing two-step (SETS) numerical algorithm is used in the one-dimensional hydrodynamics and permits this portion of the fluid dynamics to violate the material Courant condition. This technique permits large time steps and, hence, reduced running time for slow transients.

  10. Thermal Hydraulic Integral Effect Tests for Pressurized Water Reactors

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    The objectives of the project are to construct a thermal-hydraulic integral effect test facility and to perform the tests for design, operation, and safety regulation of pressurized water reactors. In the first phase of this project (1997.8∼2002.3), the basic technology for thermal-hydraulic integral effect tests was established and the basic design of the test facility was accomplished. In the second phase (2002.4∼2005.2), an optimized design of the ATLAS (Advanced Thermal-hydraulic Test Loop for Accident Simulation) was established and the construction of the facility was almost completed. In the third phase (2005.3∼2007.2), the construction and commission tests of the ATLAS are to be completed and some first-phase tests are to be conducted

  11. The development and verification of thermal-hydraulic code on passive residual heat removal system of Chinese advanced PWR

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    2006-01-01

    The technology of passive safety is the current trend among safety systems in nuclear power plant. Passive residual heat removal system (PRHRS), a major part of passive safety systems of Chinese advanced PWR, is a novel design with three-fold natural circulation. On the basis of reasonable physics and mathematics models, MITAP-PRHRS code was developed to analyze steady and transient characteristics of the PRHRS. The calculation and analysis show that the code simulates steady characteristics of the PRHRS very well, and it is able to simulate transient characteristics of all startup modes of the PRHRS. However, the quantitative description is poor during the initial stages of the transition process when water hammer occurs.

  12. Ocean thermal gradient hydraulic power plant.

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    Beck, E J

    1975-07-25

    Solar energy stored in the oceans may be used to generate power by exploiting ploiting thermal gradients. A proposed open-cycle system uses low-pressure steam to elevate vate water, which is then run through a hydraulic turbine to generate power. The device is analogous to an air lift pump. PMID:17813707

  13. Research on the improvement of nuclear safety -Thermal hydraulic tests for reactor safety system-

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    The present research aims at the development of the thermal hydraulic verification test technology for the safety system of the conventional and advanced nuclear power plant and the development of the advanced thermal hydraulic measuring techniques. In this research, test facilities simulating the primary coolant system and safety system are being constructed for the design verification tests of the existing and advanced nuclear power plant. 97 figs, 14 tabs, 65 refs. (Author)

  14. Research on the improvement of nuclear safety -Thermal hydraulic tests for reactor safety system-

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    Jung, Moon Kee; Park, Choon Kyung; Yang, Sun Kyoo; Chun, Se Yung; Song, Chul Hwa; Jun, Hyung Kil; Jung, Heung Joon; Won, Soon Yun; Cho, Yung Roh; Min, Kyung Hoh; Jung, Jang Hwan; Jang, Suk Kyoo; Kim, Bok Deuk; Kim, Wooi Kyung; Huh, Jin; Kim, Sook Kwan; Moon, Sang Kee; Lee, Sang Il [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1995-06-01

    The present research aims at the development of the thermal hydraulic verification test technology for the safety system of the conventional and advanced nuclear power plant and the development of the advanced thermal hydraulic measuring techniques. In this research, test facilities simulating the primary coolant system and safety system are being constructed for the design verification tests of the existing and advanced nuclear power plant. 97 figs, 14 tabs, 65 refs. (Author).

  15. Thermal Hydraulic Stability in a Coaxial Thermosyphon

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    YANG Jianhui; LU Wenqiang; LI Qing; LI Qiang; ZHOU Yuan

    2005-01-01

    The heat transfer and thermal hydraulic stability in a two-phase thermosyphon with coaxial riser and down-comer has been experimentally investigated and theoretically analyzed to facilitate its application in cold neutron source. The flow in a coaxial thermosyphon was studied experimentally for a variety of heating rates, transfer tube lengths, charge capacities, and area ratios. A numerical analysis of the hydraulic balance between the driving pressure head and the resistance loss has also been performed. The results show that the presented coaxial thermosyphon has dynamic performance advantages relative to natural circulation in a boiling water reactor.

  16. Evolution of developments and applications of advanced thermal-hydraulics and neutronic codes. Conclusions from Annapolis Workshop and Ankara Seminar, Objectives of the Present Workshop

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    In the nuclear reactor safety area, during the last 30-40 years, thermal-hydraulics has been one of the key disciplines for simulation and analysis of transient and accident scenarios and also for the definition of preventive and mitigative measures in relation to these scenarios. A workshop was organised by OECD/NEA-CSNI at Annapolis (1996) where codes, physical models, numeric and new computer architecture were examined. In parallel a Specialist meeting on instrumentation in two phase flows was held in Santa Barbara beginning of 1997 in order to investigate new techniques for getting measurements of new physical parameters necessary for assessing the new physical models. Among the different applications of thermal-hydraulic codes, the use of Best Estimate methods in safety evaluation is certainly one of the major challenges for which the safety and economic issues are quite important. For these reasons OECD/NEA-CSNI organised a seminar in Ankara in 1998 entirely devoted to the use of Best Estimate methods in thermal-hydraulics analysis. This seminar allowed to get a better view of where we were in such applications and which were the remaining problems and issues. The present workshop held in Barcelona beginning of year 2000 will be a good opportunity for providing an updated review of the gained progresses and for analysing if the objectives and programs are still progressing in the right direction. In order to do such exercise, we will first recall the questions which were raised in Annapolis and the main conclusions which were drawn from these questions. The conclusions of Ankara Meeting will be reviewed in a second step. Finally we will list the objectives of this workshop in Barcelona which is held in the continuity of Annapolis Workshop and Ankara Seminar. (authors)

  17. Thermal-hydraulics associated with nuclear education and research

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    This article was the rerecording of the author's lecture at the fourth 'Future Energy Forum' (aiming at improving nuclear safety and economics) held in December 2010. The lecture focused on (1) importance of thermal hydraulics associated with nuclear education and research (critical heat flux, two-phase flow and multiphase flow), (2) emerging trend of maintenance engineering (fluid induced vibration, flow accelerated corrosion and stress corrosion cracks), (3) fostering sensible nuclear engineer with common engineering sense, (4) balanced curriculum of basics and advanced research, (5) computerized simulation and fluid mechanics, (6) crucial point of thermo hydraulics education (viscosity, flux, steam and power generation), (7) safety education and human resources development (indispensable technologies such as defence in depth) and (8) topics of thermo hydraulics research (vortices of curbed pipes and visualization of two-phase flow). (T. Tanaka)

  18. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of nuclear reactors

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    Zohuri, Bahman

    2015-01-01

    This text covers the fundamentals of thermodynamics required to understand electrical power generation systems and the application of these principles to nuclear reactor power plant systems. It is not a traditional general thermodynamics text, per se, but a practical thermodynamics volume intended to explain the fundamentals and apply them to the challenges facing actual nuclear power plants systems, where thermal hydraulics comes to play.  Written in a lucid, straight-forward style while retaining scientific rigor, the content is accessible to upper division undergraduate students and aimed at practicing engineers in nuclear power facilities and engineering scientists and technicians in industry, academic research groups, and national laboratories. The book is also a valuable resource for students and faculty in various engineering programs concerned with nuclear reactors. This book also: Provides extensive coverage of thermal hydraulics with thermodynamics in nuclear reactors, beginning with fundamental ...

  19. Development of numerical procedure for thermal hydraulic design of nuclear reactors with advanced two-fluid model (1). Improvement of numerical stability of advanced two-fluid model

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    Two-fluid model is still useful to simulate two-phase flow in large domain such as rod bundles. However, two-fluid model include a lot of constitutive equations, and the two-fluid model has problems that the results of analyses depend on accuracy of constitutive equations. To solve these problems, we have been developing an advanced two-fluid model. In this model, an interface tracking method is combined with the two-fluid model to predict large interface structure behavior without any constitutive equations, and constitutive equations to evaluate the effects of small bubbles or droplets are only required. In this study, we modified the advanced two-fluid model to improve the stability of the numerical simulation and reduce the computational time. In this paper, we describe the modification performed in this study and the numerical results of two-phase flow in various flow conditions are shown. (author)

  20. Thermal hydraulic feasibility assessment for the Spent Nuclear Fuel Project

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    A series of scoping analyses have been completed investigating the thermal-hydraulic performance and feasibility of the Spent Nuclear Fuel Project (SNFP) Integrated Process Strategy (IPS). The SNFP was established to develop engineered solutions for the expedited removal, stabilization, and storage of spent nuclear fuel from the K Basins at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site in Richland, Washington. The subject efforts focused on independently investigating, quantifying, and establishing the governing heat production and removal mechanisms for each of the IPS operations and configurations, obtaining preliminary results for comparison with and verification of other analyses, and providing technology-based recommendations for consideration and incorporation into the design bases for the SNFP. The goal was to develop a series fo thermal-hydraulic models that could respond to all process and safety-related issues that may arise pertaining to the SNFP. A series of sensitivity analyses were also performed to help identify those parameters that have the greatest impact on energy transfer and hence, temperature control. It is anticipated that the subject thermal-hydraulic models will form the basis for a series of advanced and more detailed models that will more accurately reflect the thermal performance of the IPS and alleviate the necessity for some of the more conservative assumptions and oversimplifications, as well as form the basis for the final process and safety analyses

  1. Proceedings of the fourth international topical meeting on nuclear thermal hydraulics, operations and safety. Vol. 1

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    More than 100 papers were presented. The meeting was divided in 56 sessions and covered the following topics: Plant Operation, Retrofitting and Maintenance Experience; Steam Generator Operation and Maintenance; Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems; Seismic Technologies for Plant Design and Operations; Aging Management and Life Extension; Two-Phase Flow Modeling and Applications; Severe Accidents and Degraded Core Thermal Hydraulics; Plant Simulators, Analyzers, and Workstations; Advanced Nuclear Fuel Challenges; Recent Nuclear Power Station Decommissioning Experiences in the USA; Application of Probabilistic risk assessment/Probabilistic safety assessment (PRA/PSA) in Design and Modification; Numerical Modeling in Thermal Hydraulics; General Thermal Hydraulics; Severe Accident Management; Licensing and Regulatory Requirements; Advanced Light Water Reactor Designs to Support Reduced Emergency Planning; Best Estimate loss-of-coolant (LOCA) Methodologies; Plant Instrumentation and Control; LWR Fuel Designs for Improved Thermal Hydraulic Performance; Performance Assessment of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Thermal Hydraulics in Passive Reactor Systems; Advances in Man-Machine Interface Design and the Related Human Factors Engineering; Advances in Measurements and Instrumentation; Computer Aided Technology for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and Plant Maintenance Plant Uprating; Flow-Accelerated Corrosion in Nuclear Power Plants; Advances in Radiological Measurement and Analysis Risk Management and Assessment; Stability in Thermal Hydraulic Systems; Critical heat flux (CHF) and Post Dryout Heat Transfer; Plant Transient and Accident Modeling

  2. Proceedings of the fourth international topical meeting on nuclear thermal hydraulics, operations and safety. Vol. 2

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    More than 100 papers presented at the meeting were divided in 56 sessions and covered the following topics: Plant Operation, Retrofitting and Maintenance Experience; Steam Generator Operation and Maintenance; Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems; Seismic Technologies for Plant Design and Operations; Aging Management and Life Extension; Two-Phase Flow Modeling and Applications; Severe Accidents and Degraded Core Thermal Hydraulics; Plant Simulators, Analyzers, and Workstations; Advanced Nuclear Fuel Challenges; Recent Nuclear Power Station Decommissioning Experiences in the USA; Application of Probabilistic risk assessment/Probabilistic safety assessment (PRA/PSA) in Design and Modification; Numerical Modeling in Thermal Hydraulics; General Thermal Hydraulics; Severe Accident Management; Licensing and Regulatory Requirements; Advanced Light Water Reactor Designs to Support Reduced Emergency Planning; Best Estimate loss-of-coolant (LOCA) Methodologies; Plant Instrumentation and Control; LWR Fuel Designs for Improved Thermal Hydraulic Performance; Performance Assessment of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Thermal Hydraulics in Passive Reactor Systems; Advances in Man-Machine Interface Design and the Related Human Factors Engineering; Advances in Measurements and Instrumentation; Computer Aided Technology for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and Plant Maintenance Plant Uprating; Flow-Accelerated Corrosion in Nuclear Power Plants; Advances in Radiological Measurement and Analysis Risk Management and Assessment; Stability in Thermal Hydraulic Systems; Critical heat flux (CHF) and Post Dryout Heat Transfer; Plant Transient and Accident Modeling

  3. Review of computational thermal-hydraulic modeling

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    Keefer, R.H.; Keeton, L.W.

    1995-12-31

    Corrosion of heat transfer tubing in nuclear steam generators has been a persistent problem in the power generation industry, assuming many different forms over the years depending on chemistry and operating conditions. Whatever the corrosion mechanism, a fundamental understanding of the process is essential to establish effective management strategies. To gain this fundamental understanding requires an integrated investigative approach that merges technology from many diverse scientific disciplines. An important aspect of an integrated approach is characterization of the corrosive environment at high temperature. This begins with a thorough understanding of local thermal-hydraulic conditions, since they affect deposit formation, chemical concentration, and ultimately corrosion. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can and should play an important role in characterizing the thermal-hydraulic environment and in predicting the consequences of that environment,. The evolution of CFD technology now allows accurate calculation of steam generator thermal-hydraulic conditions and the resulting sludge deposit profiles. Similar calculations are also possible for model boilers, so that tests can be designed to be prototypic of the heat exchanger environment they are supposed to simulate. This paper illustrates the utility of CFD technology by way of examples in each of these two areas. This technology can be further extended to produce more detailed local calculations of the chemical environment in support plate crevices, beneath thick deposits on tubes, and deep in tubesheet sludge piles. Knowledge of this local chemical environment will provide the foundation for development of mechanistic corrosion models, which can be used to optimize inspection and cleaning schedules and focus the search for a viable fix.

  4. Views on the future of thermal hydraulic modeling

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    Ishii, M. [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)

    1997-07-01

    It is essential for the U.S. NRC to sustain the highest level of the thermal-hydraulics and reactor safety research expertise and continuously improve their accident analysis capability. Such expertise should span over four different areas which are strongly related to each other. These are: (1) Reactor Safety Code Development, (2) Two-phase Flow Modeling, (3) Instrumentation and Fundamental Experimental Research, and (4) Separate Effect and Integral Test. The NRC is already considering a new effort in the area of advanced thermal-hydraulics effort. Its success largely depends on the availability of a significantly improved two-phase flow formulation and constitutive relations supported by detailed experimental data. Therefore, it is recommended that the NRC start significant research efforts in the areas of two-phase flow modeling, instrumentation, basic and separate effect experiments which should be pursued systematically and with clearly defined objectives. It is desirable that some international program is developed in this area. This paper is concentrated on those items in the thermal-hydraulic area which eventually determine the quality of future accident analysis codes.

  5. Assessment of applicability of TRAC-BF1 for thermal hydraulic instability

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    To assess the stability of advanced light water reactors or steam generators in FBR, JAEA has been developing a prediction method for thermal-hydraulic instability based on system analysis code TRAC-BF1. In the present paper, thermal-hydraulic instability experiments were analyzed with TRAC-BF1 code and the applicability of the code for thermal-hydraulic instability was estimated. The heat flux of the boundary between stable and unstable region is in agreement with the experimental data within about 10% of error. The onset of instability can be predicted with TRAC-BF1. (author)

  6. Single- and two-phase flow modeling for coupled neutronics / thermal-hydraulics transient analysis of advanced sodium-cooled fast reactors

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    Nuclear power is nowadays in the front rank as regards helping to meet the growing worldwide energy demand while avoiding an excessive increase in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the operating nuclear power plants are mainly thermal-neutron reactors and, as such, can not be maintained on the basis of the currently identified uranium resources beyond one century at the present consumption rate. Sustainability of nuclear power thus involves closure of the fuel cycle through breeding. With a uranium-based fuel, breeding can only be achieved using a fast-neutron reactor. Sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) technology benefits from 400 reactor-years of accumulated experience and is thus a prime candidate for the implementation of so-called Generation-IV nuclear energy systems. In this context, the safety demonstration of SFRs remains a major Research and Development related issue. The current research aims at the development of a computational tool for the in-depth understanding of SFR core behaviour during accidental transients, particularly those including boiling of the coolant. An accurate modelling of the core physics during such transients requires the coupling between 3D neutron kinetics and thermal-hydraulics in the core, to account for the strong interactions between the two-phase coolant flow and power variations caused by the sodium void effect. The present study is specifically focused upon models for the representation of sodium two-phase flow. The extension of the thermal-hydraulics TRACE code, previously limited to the simulation of single-phase sodium flow, has been carried out through the implementation of equations-of-state and closure relations specific to sodium. The different correlations have then been implemented as options. From the validation study carried out, it has been possible to recommend a set of models which provide satisfactory results, while considering annular flow as the dominant regime up to dryout and a smooth breakdown of the

  7. Advanced thermal management materials

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    Jiang, Guosheng; Kuang, Ken

    2012-01-01

    ""Advanced Thermal Management Materials"" provides a comprehensive and hands-on treatise on the importance of thermal packaging in high performance systems. These systems, ranging from active electronically-scanned radar arrays to web servers, require components that can dissipate heat efficiently. This requires materials capable of dissipating heat and maintaining compatibility with the packaging and dye. Its coverage includes all aspects of thermal management materials, both traditional and non-traditional, with an emphasis on metal based materials. An in-depth discussion of properties and m

  8. Thermal hydraulic reactor safety analyses and experiments

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    The report introduces the results of the thermal hydraulic reactor safety research performed in the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory of the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) during the years 1972-1987. Also practical applications i.e. analyses for the safety authorities and power companies are presented. The emphasis is on description of the state-of-the-art know how. The report describes VTT's most important computer codes, both those of foreign origin and those developed at VTT, and their assessment work, VTT's own experimental research, as well as international experimental projects and other forms of cooperation VTT has participated in. Appendix 8 contains a comprehensive list of the most important publications and technical reports produced. They present the content and results of the research in detail.(orig.)

  9. Multiphase flow dynamics 5 nuclear thermal hydraulics

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    Kolev, Nikolay Ivanov

    2015-01-01

    This Volume 5 of the successful book package "Multiphase Flow Dynamics" is devoted to nuclear thermal hydraulics which is a substantial part of nuclear reactor safety. It provides knowledge and mathematical tools for adequate description of the process of transferring the fission heat released in materials due to nuclear reactions into its environment. It step by step introduces into the heat release inside the fuel, temperature fields in the fuels, the "simple" boiling flow in a pipe described using ideas of different complexity like equilibrium, non equilibrium, homogeneity, non homogeneity. Then the "simple" three-fluid boiling flow in a pipe is described by gradually involving the mechanisms like entrainment and deposition, dynamic fragmentation, collisions, coalescence, turbulence. All heat transfer mechanisms are introduced gradually discussing their uncertainty. Different techniques are introduced like boundary layer treatments or integral methods. Comparisons with experimental data at each step demons...

  10. Multiphase Flow Dynamics 5 Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics

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    Kolev, Nikolay Ivanov

    2012-01-01

    The present Volume 5 of the successful book package "Multiphase Flow Dynamics" is devoted to nuclear thermal hydraulics which is a substantial part of nuclear reactor safety. It provides knowledge and mathematical tools for adequate description of the process of transferring the fission heat released in materials due to nuclear reactions into its environment. It step by step introduces into the heat release inside the fuel, temperature fields in the fuels, the "simple" boiling flow in a pipe described using ideas of different complexity like equilibrium, non equilibrium, homogeneity, non homogeneity. Then the "simple" three-fluid boiling flow in a pipe is described by gradually involving the mechanisms like entrainment and deposition, dynamic fragmentation, collisions, coalescence, turbulence. All heat transfer mechanisms are introduced gradually discussing their uncertainty. Different techniques are introduced like boundary layer treatments or integral methods. Comparisons with experimental data at each step...

  11. First results of the ThAI thermal-hydraulic containment tests

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    The new-built ThAI test facility is designed to fulfill those validation requirements in the areas of thermal hydraulics and fission product behaviour, in particular iodine. More precise data from thermal-hydraulic experiments are needed for validation of lumped-parameter codes simulating severe accident sequences, e.g. for the containment code system COCOSYS presently under development at GRS. Furthermore, advanced measurement techniques are applied in ThAI to comply with the requirements of CFD codes for detailed data of, e.g., convection flow fields. Concerning fission products, ThAI aims at investigating mass transport phenomena of volatile iodine at a technical scale. This is necessary because iodine mass transport modelling is so far based on small-scale experiments, which cannot reproduce effects of real thermal-hydraulic conditions in severe accidents such as free natural convection flows or stratification of sump and atmosphere. For ThAI, radioactive iodine 123I is used as a tracer to allow accurate measurements of iodine at low, accident-relevant concentrations. The ThAI test programme consists of a thermal-hydraulic part starting end 2000, and an iodine part to be performed in 2001/2002. Code calculations for the first block of thermal-hydraulic experiments have been made well in advance to use the unique opportunity of predicting the thermal hydraulics of a still unknown facility and thus demonstrate the state of the art of the codes and their application. (author)

  12. Virginia power thermal-hydraulic methods

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    Anderson, R.C.; Harrell, J.R.; Basehore, K.L.

    1987-01-01

    Virginia Power Company operates two nuclear units at Surry and another pair at North Anna, with rated thermal powers of 2441 and 2893 MW, respectively. In support of the operation of these units, the nuclear safety analysis group is required to perform departure from nucleate boiling ratio (DNBR) calculations. In order to perform DNBR in-house analyses, Virginia Power acquired the COBRA IIIc/MIT thermal-hydraulic (T/H) code in the mid-1970s. The COBRA code is used primarily to evaluate reload core designs. Additional applications include peaking factor evaluation and may include transient reanalysis. More recently, in an effort gain DNBR margin by taking credit for excessive conservatism in the methodology for treating key uncertainties, Virginia Power submitted a topical report that described a proposed statistical combination of those uncertainties. In an alternate approach to gain DNBR margin, Virginia Power submitted a topical report that describes the qualification of the proprietary WRB-1 DNBR correlation in COBRA. These reports have been combined in a recent North Anna submittal. The margin gain was used to support reanalysis of key DNBR events with more conservative assumptions, thus reducing the likelihood of future reload violations. Upon NRC approval, this submittal will greatly streamline the reload verification process, while providing core design flexibility and relaxing operational restrictions for North Anna.

  13. Visual and intelligent transients and accidents analyzer based on thermal-hydraulic system code

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    Full text of publication follows: Many thermal-hydraulic system codes were developed in the past twenty years, such as RELAP5, RETRAN, ATHLET, etc. Because of their general and advanced features in thermal-hydraulic computation, they are widely used in the world to analyze transients and accidents. But there are following disadvantages for most of these original thermal-hydraulic system codes. Firstly, because models are built through input decks, so the input files are complex and non-figurative, and the style of input decks is various for different users and models. Secondly, results are shown in off-line data file form. It is not convenient for analysts who may pay more attention to dynamic parameters trend and changing. Thirdly, there are few interfaces with other program in these original thermal-hydraulic system codes. This restricts the codes expanding. The subject of this paper is to develop a powerful analyzer based on these thermal-hydraulic system codes to analyze transients and accidents more simply, accurately and fleetly. Firstly, modeling is visual and intelligent. Users build the thermalhydraulic system model using component objects according to their needs, and it is not necessary for them to face bald input decks. The style of input decks created automatically by the analyzer is unified and can be accepted easily by other people. Secondly, parameters concerned by analyst can be dynamically communicated to show or even change. Thirdly, the analyzer provide interface with other programs for the thermal-hydraulic system code. Thus parallel computation between thermal-hydraulic system code and other programs become possible. In conclusion, through visual and intelligent method, the analyzer based on general and advanced thermal-hydraulic system codes can be used to analysis transients and accidents more effectively. The main purpose of this paper is to present developmental activities, assessment and application results of the visual and intelligent

  14. INL Experimental Program Roadmap for Thermal Hydraulic Code Validation

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    Glenn McCreery; Hugh McIlroy

    2007-09-01

    Advanced computer modeling and simulation tools and protocols will be heavily relied on for a wide variety of system studies, engineering design activities, and other aspects of the Next Generation Nuclear Power (NGNP) Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR), the DOE Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), and light-water reactors. The goal is for all modeling and simulation tools to be demonstrated accurate and reliable through a formal Verification and Validation (V&V) process, especially where such tools are to be used to establish safety margins and support regulatory compliance, or to design a system in a manner that reduces the role of expensive mockups and prototypes. Recent literature identifies specific experimental principles that must be followed in order to insure that experimental data meet the standards required for a “benchmark” database. Even for well conducted experiments, missing experimental details, such as geometrical definition, data reduction procedures, and manufacturing tolerances have led to poor Benchmark calculations. The INL has a long and deep history of research in thermal hydraulics, especially in the 1960s through 1980s when many programs such as LOFT and Semiscle were devoted to light-water reactor safety research, the EBRII fast reactor was in operation, and a strong geothermal energy program was established. The past can serve as a partial guide for reinvigorating thermal hydraulic research at the laboratory. However, new research programs need to fully incorporate modern experimental methods such as measurement techniques using the latest instrumentation, computerized data reduction, and scaling methodology. The path forward for establishing experimental research for code model validation will require benchmark experiments conducted in suitable facilities located at the INL. This document describes thermal hydraulic facility requirements and candidate buildings and presents examples of suitable validation experiments related

  15. Thermal-hydraulic modeling needs for passive reactors

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    Kelly, J.M. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)

    1997-07-01

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received an application for design certification from the Westinghouse Electric Corporation for an Advanced Light Water Reactor design known as the AP600. As part of the design certification process, the USNRC uses its thermal-hydraulic system analysis codes to independently audit the vendor calculations. The focus of this effort has been the small break LOCA transients that rely upon the passive safety features of the design to depressurize the primary system sufficiently so that gravity driven injection can provide a stable source for long term cooling. Of course, large break LOCAs have also been considered, but as the involved phenomena do not appear to be appreciably different from those of current plants, they were not discussed in this paper. Although the SBLOCA scenario does not appear to threaten core coolability - indeed, heatup is not even expected to occur - there have been concerns as to the performance of the passive safety systems. For example, the passive systems drive flows with small heads, consequently requiring more precision in the analysis compared to active systems methods for passive plants as compared to current plants with active systems. For the analysis of SBLOCAs and operating transients, the USNRC uses the RELAP5 thermal-hydraulic system analysis code. To assure the applicability of RELAP5 to the analysis of these transients for the AP600 design, a four year long program of code development and assessment has been undertaken.

  16. Thermal-hydraulics of the Loviisa reactor pressure vessel overcooling transients

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    In the Loviisa reactor pressure vessel safety analyses, the thermal-hydraulics of various overcooling transients has been evaluated to give pertinent initial data for fracture-mechanics calculations. The thermal-hydraulic simulations of the developed overcooling scenarios have been performed using best-estimate thermal-hydraulic computer codes. Experimental programs have been carried out to study phenomena related to natural circulation interruptions in the reactor coolant system. These experiments include buoyancy-induced phenomena such as thermal mixing and stratification of cold high-pressure safety injection water in the cold legs and the downcomer, and oscillations of the single-phase natural circulation. In the probabilistic pressurized thermal shock study, the Loviisa training simulator and the advanced system code RELAP5/MOD2 were utilized to simulate selected sequences. Flow stagnation cases were separately calculated with the REMIX computer program. The methods employed were assessed for these calculations against the plant data and own experiments

  17. Thermal-hydraulic modeling and analysis of hydraulic system by pseudo-bond graph

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    胡均平; 李科军

    2015-01-01

    To increase the efficiency and reliability of the thermodynamics analysis of the hydraulic system, the method based on pseudo-bond graph is introduced. According to the working mechanism of hydraulic components, they can be separated into two categories: capacitive components and resistive components. Then, the thermal-hydraulic pseudo-bond graphs of capacitive C element and resistance R element were developed, based on the conservation of mass and energy. Subsequently, the connection rule for the pseudo-bond graph elements and the method to construct the complete thermal-hydraulic system model were proposed. On the basis of heat transfer analysis of a typical hydraulic circuit containing a piston pump, the lumped parameter mathematical model of the system was given. The good agreement between the simulation results and experimental data demonstrates the validity of the modeling method.

  18. Validating and Verifying a New Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis Tool

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    The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) has developed a new analysis tool by coupling the Fluent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code to the RELAP5-3DC/ATHENA advanced thermal-hydraulic analysis code. This tool enables researchers to perform detailed, three-dimensional analyses using Fluent's CFD capability while the boundary conditions required by the Fluent calculation are provided by the balance-of-system model created using RELAP5-3DC/ATHENA. Both steady-state and transient calculations can be performed, using many working fluids and point to three-dimensional neutronics. A general description of the techniques used to couple the codes is given. The validation and verification (V and V) matrix is outlined. V and V is presently ongoing. (authors)

  19. Development of visualization software for thermal-hydraulic analysis in a tight-lattice bundle using AVS

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    Thermal-hydraulic safety in a tight-lattice bundle has been analyzed to contribute thermal design of an advanced water-cooled reactor core. Since the analytical geometry is complicated, it is difficult to understand the analysis results using general visualization software. In this study, the visualization program for the thermal-hydraulic analysis in the tight-lattice bundle was developed using the software AVS/Express. It can reproduce the three-dimensional view and graphs of the analysis results and it is helpful in understanding the thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the tight-lattice bundle. (author)

  20. Advanced Hydraulic Studies on Enhancing Particle Removal

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    The removal of suspended solids and attached pollutants is one of the main treatment processes in wastewater treatment. This thesis presents studies on the hydraulic conditions of various particle removal facilities for possible ways to increase their treatment capacity and performance by utilizing...... and improving hydraulic conditions. Unlike most traditional theses which usually focus only on one particular subject of study, this thesis contains four relatively independent studies which cover the following topics: a newly proposed particle settling enhancement plate, the redesign of the inlet zone...... of a high-flow rate clarifier, identify the hydraulic problems of an old partially functioned CSO facility and investigate possible ways to entirely eliminate untreated CSO by improving its hydraulic capacity and performance. In order to be easily understood, each part includes its own abstract...

  1. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of a cylindrical blanket module using ATHENA code

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    ATHENA (Advanced Thermal-Hydraulic Energy Network Analyzer) is a new computer code for thermal-hydraulic analyses of many energy systems. Multiple-loop and multiple-fluid capabilities have been emphasized during the code development. A pilot version of ATHENA has incorporated a fusion kinetic package to model the effect of first wall temperature variation on the reactor conditions. The capability has been demonstrated by analyzing the performance under various conditions of a cylindrical fusion blanket module. The results have shown the viability of using ATHENA for fusion reactor design and safety analyses

  2. Study on thermal-hydraulics during a PWR reflood phase

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    Iguchi, Tadashi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-10-01

    In-core thermal-hydraulics during a PWR reflood phase following a large-break LOCA are quite unique in comparison with two-phase flow which has been studied widely in previous researches, because the geometry of the flow path is complicated (bundle geometry) and water is at extremely low superficial velocity and almost under stagnant condition. Hence, some phenomena realized during a PWR reflood phase are not understood enough and appropriate analytical models have not been developed, although they are important in a viewpoint of reactor safety evaluation. Therefore, author investigated some phenomena specified as important issues for quantitative prediction, i.e. (1) void fraction in a bundle during a PWR reflood phase, (2) effect of radial core power profile on reflood behavior, (3) effect of combined emergency core coolant injection on reflood behavior, and (4) the core separation into two thermal-hydraulically different regions and the in-core flow circulation behavior observed during a combined injection PWR reflood phase. Further, author made analytical models for these specified issues, and succeeded to predict reflood behaviors at representative types of PWRs, i.e.cold leg injection PWRs and Combined injection PWRs, in good accuracy. Above results were incorporated into REFLA code which is developed at JAERI, and they improved accuracy in prediction and enlarged applicability of the code. In the present study, models were intended to be utilized in a practical use, and hence these models are simplified ones. However, physical understanding on the specified issues in the present study is basic and principal for reflood behavior, and then it is considered to be used in a future advanced code development and improvement. (author). 110 refs.

  3. Experimental validation of the thermal-hydraulic code SACATRI

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    Merroun, O., E-mail: meroun.ossama@gmail.co [LMR/ERSN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, B.P. 2121, Tetouan (Morocco); Al Mers, A. [Department of Energetics, Ecole Nationale Superieure d' Arts et Metiers, Moulay Ismail University, B.P. 4024, Meknes (Morocco); Veloso, M.A. [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); El Bardouni, T.; El Bakkari, B. [LMR/ERSN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, B.P. 2121, Tetouan (Morocco); Chakir, E. [LRM/EPTN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Kenitra (Morocco)

    2009-12-15

    A sub-channel analysis steady state thermal-hydraulic code (SACATRI) was developed for the Moroccan TRIGA MARK II research reactor. The main objective of the thermal-hydraulic study of the whole reactor core is to evaluate the main safety parameters of the reactor core, and to ensure that they are within the safety limits for any operating conditions. The thermal-hydraulic model used in SACATRI is based on four partial differential equations that describe the conservation of mass, energy and momentum. In order to assess the thermal-hydraulic mathematical model of SACATRI, the present paper focuses on the quantification of the physical model accuracy to judge if the code is capable to represent the thermal-hydraulic behaviour of the reactor core with sufficient accuracy. The methodology adopted is based on the comparison between responses from SACATRI computational model and experimentally measured responses performed on the IPR-R1 TRIGA research reactor. The results showed good agreement between SACATRI predictions and the experimental measurements where the discrepancies observed (simulation-experiment) are less than 6%.

  4. Experimental validation of the thermal-hydraulic code SACATRI

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    A sub-channel analysis steady state thermal-hydraulic code (SACATRI) was developed for the Moroccan TRIGA MARK II research reactor. The main objective of the thermal-hydraulic study of the whole reactor core is to evaluate the main safety parameters of the reactor core, and to ensure that they are within the safety limits for any operating conditions. The thermal-hydraulic model used in SACATRI is based on four partial differential equations that describe the conservation of mass, energy and momentum. In order to assess the thermal-hydraulic mathematical model of SACATRI, the present paper focuses on the quantification of the physical model accuracy to judge if the code is capable to represent the thermal-hydraulic behaviour of the reactor core with sufficient accuracy. The methodology adopted is based on the comparison between responses from SACATRI computational model and experimentally measured responses performed on the IPR-R1 TRIGA research reactor. The results showed good agreement between SACATRI predictions and the experimental measurements where the discrepancies observed (simulation-experiment) are less than 6%.

  5. Application of computational fluid dynamics methods to improve thermal hydraulic code analysis

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    Sentell, Dennis Shannon, Jr.

    A computational fluid dynamics code is used to model the primary natural circulation loop of a proposed small modular reactor for comparison to experimental data and best-estimate thermal-hydraulic code results. Recent advances in computational fluid dynamics code modeling capabilities make them attractive alternatives to the current conservative approach of coupled best-estimate thermal hydraulic codes and uncertainty evaluations. The results from a computational fluid dynamics analysis are benchmarked against the experimental test results of a 1:3 length, 1:254 volume, full pressure and full temperature scale small modular reactor during steady-state power operations and during a depressurization transient. A comparative evaluation of the experimental data, the thermal hydraulic code results and the computational fluid dynamics code results provides an opportunity to validate the best-estimate thermal hydraulic code's treatment of a natural circulation loop and provide insights into expanded use of the computational fluid dynamics code in future designs and operations. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis is conducted to determine those physical phenomena most impactful on operations of the proposed reactor's natural circulation loop. The combination of the comparative evaluation and sensitivity analysis provides the resources for increased confidence in model developments for natural circulation loops and provides for reliability improvements of the thermal hydraulic code.

  6. Proceedings of the OECD/CSNI workshop on transient thermal-hydraulic and neutronic codes requirements

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    Ebert, D.

    1997-07-01

    This is a report on the CSNI Workshop on Transient Thermal-Hydraulic and Neutronic Codes Requirements held at Annapolis, Maryland, USA November 5-8, 1996. This experts` meeting consisted of 140 participants from 21 countries; 65 invited papers were presented. The meeting was divided into five areas: (1) current and prospective plans of thermal hydraulic codes development; (2) current and anticipated uses of thermal-hydraulic codes; (3) advances in modeling of thermal-hydraulic phenomena and associated additional experimental needs; (4) numerical methods in multi-phase flows; and (5) programming language, code architectures and user interfaces. The workshop consensus identified the following important action items to be addressed by the international community in order to maintain and improve the calculational capability: (a) preserve current code expertise and institutional memory, (b) preserve the ability to use the existing investment in plant transient analysis codes, (c) maintain essential experimental capabilities, (d) develop advanced measurement capabilities to support future code validation work, (e) integrate existing analytical capabilities so as to improve performance and reduce operating costs, (f) exploit the proven advances in code architecture, numerics, graphical user interfaces, and modularization in order to improve code performance and scrutibility, and (g) more effectively utilize user experience in modifying and improving the codes.

  7. Proceedings of the OECD/CSNI workshop on transient thermal-hydraulic and neutronic codes requirements

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    This is a report on the CSNI Workshop on Transient Thermal-Hydraulic and Neutronic Codes Requirements held at Annapolis, Maryland, USA November 5-8, 1996. This experts' meeting consisted of 140 participants from 21 countries; 65 invited papers were presented. The meeting was divided into five areas: (1) current and prospective plans of thermal hydraulic codes development; (2) current and anticipated uses of thermal-hydraulic codes; (3) advances in modeling of thermal-hydraulic phenomena and associated additional experimental needs; (4) numerical methods in multi-phase flows; and (5) programming language, code architectures and user interfaces. The workshop consensus identified the following important action items to be addressed by the international community in order to maintain and improve the calculational capability: (a) preserve current code expertise and institutional memory, (b) preserve the ability to use the existing investment in plant transient analysis codes, (c) maintain essential experimental capabilities, (d) develop advanced measurement capabilities to support future code validation work, (e) integrate existing analytical capabilities so as to improve performance and reduce operating costs, (f) exploit the proven advances in code architecture, numerics, graphical user interfaces, and modularization in order to improve code performance and scrutibility, and (g) more effectively utilize user experience in modifying and improving the codes

  8. Horizontal steam generator PGV-1000 thermal-hydraulic analysis

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    A computer program for the steady state thermal-hydraulic analysis of horizontal steam generator PGV-1000 is presented. The program provides the capability to analyze steam generator PGV-1000 primary side flow and temperature distribution, primary side pressure drops, heat transfer between the primary and secondary sides and multidimensional heat flux distribution. A special attention is paid to the thermal-hydraulics of the secondary side. The code predicts 3-D distribution of the void fraction at the secondary side, mass redistribution under the submerged perforated sheet and the steam generator level profile. By means of developed computer program a detailed thermal-hydraulic study of the PGV-1000 has been carried out. A wide range of calculations has been performed and a set of important steam generator characteristics has been obtained. Some of them are presented in the paper. (orig.)

  9. Horizontal steam generator PGV-1000 thermal-hydraulic analysis

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    Ubra, O. [Skoda Company, Prague (Switzerland); Doubek, M. [Czech Technical Univ., Prague (Switzerland)

    1995-12-31

    A computer program for the steady state thermal-hydraulic analysis of horizontal steam generator PGV-1000 is presented. The program provides the capability to analyze steam generator PGV-1000 primary side flow and temperature distribution, primary side pressure drops, heat transfer between the primary and secondary sides and multidimensional heat flux distribution. A special attention is paid to the thermal-hydraulics of the secondary side. The code predicts 3-D distribution of the void fraction at the secondary side, mass redistribution under the submerged perforated sheet and the steam generator level profile. By means of developed computer program a detailed thermal-hydraulic study of the PGV-1000 has been carried out. A wide range of calculations has been performed and a set of important steam generator characteristics has been obtained. Some of them are presented in the paper. (orig.). 5 refs.

  10. Current and anticipated uses of thermal hydraulic codes in Korea

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    Kim, Kyung-Doo; Chang, Won-Pyo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    In Korea, the current uses of thermal hydraulic codes are categorized into 3 areas. The first application is in designing both nuclear fuel and NSSS. The codes have usually been introduced based on the technology transfer programs agreed between KAERI and the foreign vendors. Another area is in the supporting of the plant operations and licensing by the utility. The third category is research purposes. In this area assessments and some applications to the safety issue resolutions are major activities using the best estimate thermal hydraulic codes such as RELAP5/MOD3 and CATHARE2. Recently KEPCO plans to couple thermal hydraulic codes with a neutronics code for the design of the evolutionary type reactor by 2004. KAERI also plans to develop its own best estimate thermal hydraulic code, however, application range is different from KEPCO developing code. Considering these activities, it is anticipated that use of the best estimate hydraulic analysis code developed in Korea may be possible in the area of safety evaluation within 10 years.

  11. Current and anticipated uses of thermal hydraulic codes in Korea

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    In Korea, the current uses of thermal hydraulic codes are categorized into 3 areas. The first application is in designing both nuclear fuel and NSSS. The codes have usually been introduced based on the technology transfer programs agreed between KAERI and the foreign vendors. Another area is in the supporting of the plant operations and licensing by the utility. The third category is research purposes. In this area assessments and some applications to the safety issue resolutions are major activities using the best estimate thermal hydraulic codes such as RELAP5/MOD3 and CATHARE2. Recently KEPCO plans to couple thermal hydraulic codes with a neutronics code for the design of the evolutionary type reactor by 2004. KAERI also plans to develop its own best estimate thermal hydraulic code, however, application range is different from KEPCO developing code. Considering these activities, it is anticipated that use of the best estimate hydraulic analysis code developed in Korea may be possible in the area of safety evaluation within 10 years

  12. Thermal hydraulic issues and challenges for current and new generation FBRs

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    In Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors, especially Sodium Fast Reactors (SFR), thermal hydraulics poses several unique and challenging issues to be resolved for the design and safety analysis. For SFR, large heat transfer coefficient and high boiling point (888℃) are favorable to have a compact reactor working at low design pressures. However, the high heat transfer coefficient of sodium enhances the effects of thermal striping and also leads to large transient temperature variations in the adjoining structures following the thermal transients. This apart, particularly in pool type SFR where both hot and cold pools co-exist with large temperature differences, large volumetric expansion coefficient of sodium enhances the severity by introducing special phenomena such as thermal stratification, free level fluctuations and the associated temperature fluctuations in the structures. The demonstration of safe and reliable operation under all the operating conditions including prolonged station blackout calls for complex thermal hydraulics studies addressing forced/natural/mixed convection phenomena with multi-scale Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes. For the severe accident analysis, thermal hydraulics simulations are essential. For accomplishing these, thermal hydraulics studies of SFR demand state-of-art approaches and computer tools to get better insight and confidence on the reactor design. In the evolutionary design, coupled analysis for reactor physics, thermal hydraulics and structural mechanics analysis is carried out exploiting the computational capability fully (e.g. open source codes). Difficulties encountered in performing large-scale sodium experiments and inability of water to simulate thermal aspects of sodium, motivate the development of advanced numerical simulation techniques. Further, the functionality of some of the passive safety features is demonstrated with extensive numerical simulations; otherwise it is practically impossible to

  13. Whole core pin-by-pin coupled neutronic-thermal-hydraulic steady state and transient calculations using COBAYA3 code

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    Nowadays coupled 3-dimensional neutron kinetics and thermal-hydraulic core calculations are performed by applying a radial average channel approach using a meshing of one quarter of assembly in the best case. This approach does not take into account the subchannels effects due to the averaging of the physical fields and the loose of heterogeneity in the thermal-hydraulic model. Therefore the models do not have enough resolution to predict those subchannels effects which are important for the fuel design safety margins, because it is in the local scale, where we can search the hottest pellet or the maximum heat flux. The Polytechnic University of Madrid advanced multi-scale neutron-kinetics and thermal-hydraulics methodologies being implemented in COBAYA3 include domain decomposition by alternate core dissections for the local 3-dimensional fine-mesh scale problems (pin cells/subchannels) and an analytical nodal diffusion solver for the coarse mesh scale coupled with the thermal-hydraulic using a model of one channel per assembly or per quarter of assembly. In this work, we address the domain decomposition by the alternate core dissections methodology applied to solve coupled 3-dimensional neutronic-thermal-hydraulic problems at the fine-mesh scale. The neutronic-thermal-hydraulic coupling at the cell-subchannel scale allows the treatment of the effects of the detailed thermal-hydraulic feedbacks on cross-sections, thus resulting in better estimates of the local safety margins at the pin level. (Author)

  14. European activities on crosscutting thermal-hydraulic phenomena for innovative nuclear systems

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    Cheng, X., E-mail: xu.cheng@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Germany); Batta, A. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Germany); Bandini, G. [Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) (Italy); Roelofs, F. [Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) (Netherlands); Van Tichelen, K. [Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie – Centre d’étude de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK-CEN) (Belgium); Gerschenfeld, A. [Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) (France); Prasser, M. [Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) (Switzerland); Papukchiev, A. [Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH (GRS) (Germany); Hampel, U. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR) (Germany); Ma, W.M. [Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) (Sweden)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • This paper serves as a guidance of the special issue. • The technical tasks and methodologies applied to achieve the objectives have been described. • Main results achieved so far are summarized. - Abstract: Thermal-hydraulics is recognized as a key scientific subject in the development of innovative reactor systems. In Europe, a consortium is established consisting of 24 institutions of universities, research centers and nuclear industries with the main objectives to identify and to perform research activities on important crosscutting thermal-hydraulic issues encountered in various innovative nuclear systems. For this purpose the large-scale integrated research project THINS (Thermal-Hydraulics of Innovative Nuclear Systems) is launched in the 7th Framework Programme FP7 of European Union. The main topics considered in the THINS project are (a) advanced reactor core thermal-hydraulics, (b) single phase mixed convection, (c) single phase turbulence, (d) multiphase flow, and (e) numerical code coupling and qualification. The main objectives of the project are: • Generation of a data base for the development and validation of new models and codes describing the selected crosscutting thermal-hydraulic phenomena. • Development of new physical models and modeling approaches for more accurate description of the crosscutting thermal-hydraulic phenomena. • Improvement of the numerical engineering tools for the design analysis of the innovative nuclear systems. This paper describes the technical tasks and methodologies applied to achieve the objectives. Main results achieved so far are summarized. This paper serves also as a guidance of this special issue.

  15. Thermal Hydraulic Characteristics of Fuel Defects in Plate Type Nuclear Research Reactors

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    Bodey, Isaac T [ORNL

    2014-05-01

    Turbulent flow coupled with heat transfer is investigated for a High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) fuel plate. The Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes Models are used for fluid dynamics and the transfer of heat from a thermal nuclear fuel plate using the Multi-physics code COMSOL. Simulation outcomes are compared with experimental data from the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor Thermal Hydraulic Test Loop. The computational results for the High Flux Isotope Reactor core system provide a more physically accurate simulation of this system by modeling the turbulent flow field in conjunction with the diffusion of thermal energy within the solid and fluid phases of the model domain. Recommendations are made regarding Nusselt number correlations and material properties for future thermal hydraulic modeling efforts

  16. Portable Life Support Subsystem Thermal Hydraulic Performance Analysis

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    Barnes, Bruce; Pinckney, John; Conger, Bruce

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the current state of the thermal hydraulic modeling efforts being conducted for the Constellation Space Suit Element (CSSE) Portable Life Support Subsystem (PLSS). The goal of these efforts is to provide realistic simulations of the PLSS under various modes of operation. The PLSS thermal hydraulic model simulates the thermal, pressure, flow characteristics, and human thermal comfort related to the PLSS performance. This paper presents modeling approaches and assumptions as well as component model descriptions. Results from the models are presented that show PLSS operations at steady-state and transient conditions. Finally, conclusions and recommendations are offered that summarize results, identify PLSS design weaknesses uncovered during review of the analysis results, and propose areas for improvement to increase model fidelity and accuracy.

  17. Thermal and hydraulic analyses of the System 81 cold traps

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    Kim, K.

    1977-06-15

    Thermal and hydraulic analyses of the System 81 Type I and II cold traps were completed except for thermal transients analysis. Results are evaluated, discussed, and reported. Analytical models were developed to determine the physical dimensions of the cold traps and to predict the performance. The FFTF cold trap crystallizer performances were simulated using the thermal model. This simulation shows that the analytical model developed predicts reasonably conservative temperatures. Pressure drop and sodium residence time calculations indicate that the present design will meet the requirements specified in the E-Specification. Steady state temperature data for the critical regions were generated to assess the magnitude of the thermal stress.

  18. Thermal-hydraulic research plan for Babcock and Wilcox plants

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    This document presents a plan for thermal-hydraulic research for Babcock and Wilcox designed reactor systems. It describes the technical issues, regulatory needs, and the research necessary to address these needs. The plan also discusses the relationship between current and proposed research, and provides a tentative schedule to complete the required work

  19. Nuclear power plant thermal-hydraulic performance research program plan

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    The purpose of this program plan is to present a more detailed description of the thermal-hydraulic research program than that provided in the NRC Five-Year Plan so that the research plan and objectives can be better understood and evaluated by the offices concerned. The plan is prepared by the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) with input from the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) and updated periodically. The plan covers the research sponsored by the Reactor and Plant Systems Branch and defines the major issues (related to thermal-hydraulic behavior in nuclear power plants) the NRC is seeking to resolve and provides plans for their resolution; relates the proposed research to these issues; defines the products needed to resolve these issues; provides a context that shows both the historical perspective and the relationship of individual projects to the overall objectives; and defines major interfaces with other disciplines (e.g., structural, risk, human factors, accident management, severe accident) needed for total resolution of some issues. This plan addresses the types of thermal-hydraulic transients that are normally considered in the regulatory process of licensing the current generation of light water reactors. This process is influenced by the regulatory requirements imposed by NRC and the consequent need for technical information that is supplied by RES through its contractors. Thus, most contractor programmatic work is administered by RES. Regulatory requirements involve the normal review of industry analyses of design basis accidents, as well as the understanding of abnormal occurrences in operating reactors. Since such transients often involve complex thermal-hydraulic interactions, a well-planned thermal-hydraulic research plan is needed

  20. Hydraulic characterization of aquifers by thermal response testing

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    Wagner, Valentin; Blum, Philipp; Bayer, Peter

    2014-05-01

    Temperature as a major physical quantity of the subsurface, and naturally occurring thermal anomalies are recognized as promising passive tracers to characterize the subsurface. Accelerated by the increasing popularity of geothermal energy, also active thermal field experiments have gained interest in hydrogeology. Such experiments involve artificial local ground heating or cooling. Among these, the thermal response test (TRT) is one of the most established field investigation techniques in shallow geothermal applications. It is a common method to investigate important subsurface heat transport parameters to design sustainable ground-source heat pump (GSHP) systems. During the test, the borehole heat exchanger (BHE) is heated up with a defined amount of energy by circulating a heat carrier fluid. By comparing temperature change between BHE inlet and outlet, the ability of the BHE to transfer heat or cold to the ambient ground is assessed. However, standard interpretation does not provide any insight into the governing processes of in-situ heat transfer. We utilize a groundwater advection sensitive TRT evaluation approach based on the analytical moving line source equation. It is shown that the TRT as a classical geothermal field test can also be used as a hydrogeological field test. Our approach benefits from the fact that thermal properties, such as thermal conductivity, of natural aquifers typically are much less variable than hydraulic properties, such as hydraulic conductivity. It is possible to determine a relatively small hydraulic conductivity range with our TRT evaluation approach, given realistic ranges for thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity, thermal dispersivity and thermal borehole resistance. The method is successfully tested on a large-scale geothermal laboratory experiment (9 m × 6 m × 4.5 m) and with a commercially performed TRT in the field scale. The laboratory experiment consists of a layered artificial aquifer, which is penetrated

  1. Study of thermal - hydraulic sensors signal fluctuations in PWR

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    This thesis deals with signal fluctuations of thermal-hydraulic sensors in the main coolant primary of a pressurized water reactor. The aim of this work is to give a first response about the potentiality of use of these noise signals for the functionning monitoring. Two aspects have been studied: - the modelisation of temperature fluctuations of core thermocouples, by a Monte-Carlo method, gives the main characteristics of these signals and their domain of application. - the determination of eigenfrequency in the primary by an acoustic representation could permit the monitoring of local and global thermo-hydraulic conditions

  2. Space nuclear reactor SP-100 thermal-hydraulic simulation

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    Since 1983 it has been under development in the USA the project SP-100 of space nuclear reactors for electric generation in a range of 100 to 1000 KWe. In this project the heat is generated at the core of a fast compact liquid lithium refrigerated reactor. Thermoelectric converters produce direct current electric energy and the primary and secondary loops flow is controlled by electromagnetic thermoelectric pumps (EMTE). In this work it is studied a system with a fast nuclear reactor, with similar characteristics to the SP-100, aiming at generating high electric power in space for a future application on the TERRA (Advanced Fast Reactor Technology) Project of IEAv (Institute for Advanced Studies). It will be presented the working principles, basic structure and operation characteristics of an electromagnetic thermoelectric pump (EMTE) for a liquid metal cooled nuclear reactor refrigeration loops flow control. In order to determine the operating point of the reactor, it is indispensable the simulation of the EMTE pump along with the other components of the system, once all the working parameters are connected. So, it has been developed a computer system, named BEMTE-3 (a FORTRAN micro-computer code), which simulates the primary and secondary refrigeration components of liquid metal cooled fast space reactor. This computer code also simulates the thermoelectric conversion, with the flow being controlled by the EMTE pump with thermoelectric converters, determining the system operation point for a given nominal operating power. The BEMTE-3 is used for the study of the SP-100 primary and secondary loops thermal-hydraulic simulation and for the calculation of the operating point of the system based on data from available projects. (author)

  3. FONESYS: The FOrum and NEtwork of SYStem Thermal-Hydraulic Codes in Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics

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    Highlights: • We briefly presented the project called Forum and Network of System Thermal-Hydraulics Codes in Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (FONESYS). • We presented FONESYS participants and their codes. • We explained FONESYS projects motivation, its main targets and working modalities. • We presented FONESYS position about projects topics and subtopics. - Abstract: The purpose of this article is to present briefly the project called Forum and Network of System Thermal-Hydraulics Codes in Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (FONESYS), its participants, the motivation for the project, its main targets and working modalities. System Thermal-Hydraulics (SYS-TH) codes, also as part of the Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty (BEPU) approaches, are expected to achieve a more-and-more relevant role in nuclear reactor technology, safety and design. Namely, the number of code-users can easily be predicted to increase in the countries where nuclear technology is exploited. Thus, the idea of establishing a forum and a network among the code developers and with possible extension to code users has started to have major importance and value. In this framework the FONESYS initiative has been created. The main targets of FONESYS are: • To promote the use of SYS-TH Codes and the application of the BEPU approaches. • To establish acceptable and recognized procedures and thresholds for Verification and Validation (V and V). • To create a common ground for discussing envisaged improvements in various areas, including user-interface, and the connection with other numerical tools, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Codes

  4. FONESYS: The FOrum and NEtwork of SYStem Thermal-Hydraulic Codes in Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics

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    Ahn, S.H., E-mail: k175ash@kins.re.kr [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) (Korea, Republic of); Aksan, N., E-mail: nusr.aksan@gmail.com [University of Pisa San Piero a Grado Nuclear Research Group (GRNSPG) (Italy); Austregesilo, H., E-mail: henrique.austregesilo@grs.de [Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) (Germany); Bestion, D., E-mail: dominique.bestion@cea.fr [Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) (France); Chung, B.D., E-mail: bdchung@kaeri.re.kr [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) (Korea, Republic of); D’Auria, F., E-mail: f.dauria@ing.unipi.it [University of Pisa San Piero a Grado Nuclear Research Group (GRNSPG) (Italy); Emonot, P., E-mail: philippe.emonot@cea.fr [Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) (France); Gandrille, J.L., E-mail: jeanluc.gandrille@areva.com [AREVA NP (France); Hanninen, M., E-mail: markku.hanninen@vtt.fi [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) (Finland); Horvatović, I., E-mail: i.horvatovic@ing.unipi.it [University of Pisa San Piero a Grado Nuclear Research Group (GRNSPG) (Italy); Kim, K.D., E-mail: kdkim@kaeri.re.kr [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) (Korea, Republic of); Kovtonyuk, A., E-mail: a.kovtonyuk@ing.unipi.it [University of Pisa San Piero a Grado Nuclear Research Group (GRNSPG) (Italy); Petruzzi, A., E-mail: a.petruzzi@ing.unipi.it [University of Pisa San Piero a Grado Nuclear Research Group (GRNSPG) (Italy)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • We briefly presented the project called Forum and Network of System Thermal-Hydraulics Codes in Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (FONESYS). • We presented FONESYS participants and their codes. • We explained FONESYS projects motivation, its main targets and working modalities. • We presented FONESYS position about projects topics and subtopics. - Abstract: The purpose of this article is to present briefly the project called Forum and Network of System Thermal-Hydraulics Codes in Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (FONESYS), its participants, the motivation for the project, its main targets and working modalities. System Thermal-Hydraulics (SYS-TH) codes, also as part of the Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty (BEPU) approaches, are expected to achieve a more-and-more relevant role in nuclear reactor technology, safety and design. Namely, the number of code-users can easily be predicted to increase in the countries where nuclear technology is exploited. Thus, the idea of establishing a forum and a network among the code developers and with possible extension to code users has started to have major importance and value. In this framework the FONESYS initiative has been created. The main targets of FONESYS are: • To promote the use of SYS-TH Codes and the application of the BEPU approaches. • To establish acceptable and recognized procedures and thresholds for Verification and Validation (V and V). • To create a common ground for discussing envisaged improvements in various areas, including user-interface, and the connection with other numerical tools, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Codes.

  5. Thermal-hydraulic Analysis of New Zirconium Alloys Assembly Irradiated in CARR

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    YIN; Hao; ZHAO; Shou-zhi; LIU; Xing-min

    2013-01-01

    This article is mainly about the thermal-hydraulic analysis of the new zirconium alloys assembly on irradiation test of China Advanced Research Reactor(CARR),so as to provide security assessment throughout the design.CFD software was used for three-dimensional simulation.Firstly,the geometric model,mesh,specified boundary condition types and region types were constructed.Then importing the

  6. Final design of a free-piston hydraulic advanced Stirling conversion system

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    Wallace, D. A.; Noble, J. E.; Emigh, S. G.; Ross, B. A.; Lehmann, G. A.

    1991-01-01

    Under the US Department of Energy's (DOEs) Solar Thermal Technology Program, Sandia National Laboratories is evaluating heat engines for solar distributed receiver systems. The final design is described of an engineering prototype advanced Stirling conversion system (ASCS) with a free-piston hydraulic engine output capable of delivering about 25 kW of electric power to a utility grid. The free-piston Stirling engine has the potential for a highly reliable engine with long life because it has only a few moving parts, has noncontacting bearings, and can be hermetically sealed. The ASCS is designed to deliver maximum power per year over a range of solar input with a design life of 30 years (60,000 h). The system includes a liquid Nak pool boiler heat transport system and a free-piston Stirling engine with high-pressure hydraulic output, coupled with a bent axis variable displacement hydraulic motor and a rotary induction generator.

  7. Final design of a free-piston hydraulic advanced Stirling conversion system

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    Wallace, D. A.; Noble, J. E.; Emigh, S. G.; Ross, B. A.; Lehmann, G. A.

    Under the US Department of Energy's (DOEs) Solar Thermal Technology Program, Sandia National Laboratories is evaluating heat engines for solar distributed receiver systems. The final design is described of an engineering prototype advanced Stirling conversion system (ASCS) with a free-piston hydraulic engine output capable of delivering about 25 kW of electric power to a utility grid. The free-piston Stirling engine has the potential for a highly reliable engine with long life because it has only a few moving parts, has noncontacting bearings, and can be hermetically sealed. The ASCS is designed to deliver maximum power per year over a range of solar input with a design life of 30 years (60,000 h). The system includes a liquid Nak pool boiler heat transport system and a free-piston Stirling engine with high-pressure hydraulic output, coupled with a bent axis variable displacement hydraulic motor and a rotary induction generator.

  8. Thermal-hydraulic modeling of reactivity accidents in MTR reactors

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    Khater Hany

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the development of a dynamic model for the thermal-hydraulic analysis of MTR research reactors during a reactivity insertion accident. The model is formulated for coupling reactor kinetics with feedback reactivity and reactor core thermal-hydraulics. To represent the reactor core, two types of channels are considered, average and hot channels. The developed computer program is compiled and executed on a personal computer, using the FORTRAN language. The model is validated by safety-related benchmark calculations for MTR-TYPE reactors of IAEA 10 MW generic reactor for both slow and fast reactivity insertion transients. A good agreement is shown between the present model and the benchmark calculations. Then, the model is used for simulating the uncontrolled withdrawal of a control rod of an ETRR-2 reactor in transient with over power scram trip. The model results for ETRR-2 are analyzed and discussed.

  9. Thermal hydraulic model descrition of TASS/SMR

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    The TASS/SMR code has been developed for the safety analysis of SMART. The governing equations were applied only to the primary coolant system in TASS which had been developed at KAERI. In TASS/SMR, the solution method is improved so that the primary and secondary coolant systems are solved simultaneously. Besides the solution method, thermal-hydraulic models are incorporated, in TASS/SMR, such as non-condensible gas model, helical steam generator heat transfer model, and passive residual heat removal system (PRHRS) heat transfer model for the application to SMART. The governing equtions of TASS/SMR are based on the drift-flux model so that the accidents and transients accompaning with two-phase flow can be analized. This report describes the governing equations and solution methods used in TASS/SMR and also includes the description for the thermal hydraulic models for SMART design

  10. Outage Risk Assessment and Management (ORAM) thermal-hydraulics toolkit

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    A PC-based thermal-hydraulic toolkit for use in support of outage optimization, management and risk assessment has been developed. This mechanistic toolkit incorporates simple models of key thermal-hydraulic processes which occur during an outage, such as recovery from or mitigation of outage upsets; this includes heat-up of water pools following loss of shutdown cooling, inadvertent drain down of the RCS, boiloff of coolant inventory, heatup of the uncovered core, and reflux cooling. This paper provides a list of key toolkit elements, briefly describes the technical basis and presents illustrative results for RCS transient behavior during reflux cooling, peak clad temperatures for an uncovered core and RCS response to loss of shutdown cooling. (author)

  11. Thermal hydraulic model descrition of TASS/SMR

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    Yoon, Han Young; Kim, H. C.; Chung, Y. J.; Lim, H. S.; Yang, S. H

    2001-04-01

    The TASS/SMR code has been developed for the safety analysis of SMART. The governing equations were applied only to the primary coolant system in TASS which had been developed at KAERI. In TASS/SMR, the solution method is improved so that the primary and secondary coolant systems are solved simultaneously. Besides the solution method, thermal-hydraulic models are incorporated, in TASS/SMR, such as non-condensible gas model, helical steam generator heat transfer model, and passive residual heat removal system (PRHRS) heat transfer model for the application to SMART. The governing equtions of TASS/SMR are based on the drift-flux model so that the accidents and transients accompaning with two-phase flow can be analized. This report describes the governing equations and solution methods used in TASS/SMR and also includes the description for the thermal hydraulic models for SMART design.

  12. Thermal-hydraulic interfacing code modules for CANDU reactors

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    Liu, W.S.; Gold, M.; Sills, H. [Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Toronto (Canada)] [and others

    1997-07-01

    The approach for CANDU reactor safety analysis in Ontario Hydro Nuclear (OHN) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is presented. Reflecting the unique characteristics of CANDU reactors, the procedure of coupling the thermal-hydraulics, reactor physics and fuel channel/element codes in the safety analysis is described. The experience generated in the Canadian nuclear industry may be useful to other types of reactors in the areas of reactor safety analysis.

  13. Thermal hydraulic analysis of Alfred bayonet tube steam generator

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    Caramello, Marco; Panella, Bruno; De Salve, Mario; Bertani, Cristina

    2015-01-01

    The paper analyzes the performance of ALFRED steam generator from the thermal-hydraulic point of view highlighting the effect of some design features. The parameters object of the study are the regenerative heat transfer, the dimension of the inner tube and the length of the bayonet. The system code RELAP5-3D/2.4.2 has been chosen for the analysis. Sensitivities analysis allowed the determination of the different design parameters influence, here briefly summarized. The increase of regenerati...

  14. Advanced Thermally Stable Jet Fuels

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    A. Boehman; C. Song; H. H. Schobert; M. M. Coleman; P. G. Hatcher; S. Eser

    1998-01-01

    The Penn State program in advanced thermally stable jet fuels has five components: 1) development of mechanisms of degradation and solids formation; 2) quantitative measurement of growth of sub-micrometer and micrometer-sized particles during thermal stressing; 3) characterization of carbonaceous deposits by various instrumental and microscopic methods; 4) elucidation of the role of additives in retarding the formation of carbonaceous solids; and 5) assessment of the potential of producing high yields of cycloalkanes and hydroaromatics from coal.

  15. Proceedings of the 7th International Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics NURETH-7. Volume 1, Sessions 1-5

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    Block, R.C.; Feiner, F. [comps.] [American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL (United States)

    1995-09-01

    This document, Volume 1, includes papers presented at the 7th International Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (NURETH-7) September 10--15, 1995 at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following subjects are discussed: Progress in analytical and experimental work on the fundamentals of nuclear thermal-hydraulics, the development of advanced mathematical and numerical methods, and the application of advancements in the field in the development of novel reactor concepts. Also combined issues of thermal-hydraulics and reactor/power-plant safety, core neutronics and/or radiation. Selected papers are indexed separately for inclusion in the Energy Science and Technology Database.

  16. Proceedings of the 7th International Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics NURETH-7. Volume 1, Sessions 1-5

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    This document, Volume 1, includes papers presented at the 7th International Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (NURETH-7) September 10--15, 1995 at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following subjects are discussed: Progress in analytical and experimental work on the fundamentals of nuclear thermal-hydraulics, the development of advanced mathematical and numerical methods, and the application of advancements in the field in the development of novel reactor concepts. Also combined issues of thermal-hydraulics and reactor/power-plant safety, core neutronics and/or radiation. Selected papers are indexed separately for inclusion in the Energy Science and Technology Database

  17. Development of demonstration advanced thermal reactor

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    The design of the advanced thermal demonstration reactor with 600 MWe output was started in 1975. In order to make the compact core, 648 fuel assemblies, each comprising 36 fuel rods, were used, and the mean channel output was increased by 20% as compared with the prototype reactor. The heavy water dumping mechanism for the calandria was abolished. Advanced thermal reactors are suitable to burn plutonium, since the control rod worth does not change, the void reactivity coefficient of coolant shifts to the negative side, and the harmful influence of high order plutonium is small. The void reactivity coefficient is nearly zero, the fluctuation of output in relation to pressure disturbance is small, and the local output change of fuel by the operation of control rods is small, therefore, the operation following load change is relatively easy. The coolant recirculation system is of independent loop construction dividing the core into two, and steam and water are separated in respective steam drums. At present, the rationalizing design is in progress by the leadership of the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. The outline of the demonstration reactor, the reactor construction, the nuclear-thermal-hydraulic characteristics and the output control characteristics are reported. (Kako, I.)

  18. Development of realistic thermal-hydraulic system analysis codes ; development of thermal hydraulic test requirements for multidimensional flow modeling

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    Suh, Kune Yull; Yoon, Sang Hyuk; Noh, Sang Woo; Lee, Il Suk [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea)

    2002-03-01

    This study is concerned with developing a multidimensional flow model required for the system analysis code MARS to more mechanistically simulate a variety of thermal hydraulic phenomena in the nuclear stem supply system. The capability of the MARS code as a thermal hydraulic analysis tool for optimized system design can be expanded by improving the current calculational methods and adding new models. In this study the relevant literature was surveyed on the multidimensional flow models that may potentially be applied to the multidimensional analysis code. Research items were critically reviewed and suggested to better predict the multidimensional thermal hydraulic behavior and to identify test requirements. A small-scale preliminary test was performed in the downcomer formed by two vertical plates to analyze multidimensional flow pattern in a simple geometry. The experimental result may be applied to the code for analysis of the fluid impingement to the reactor downcomer wall. Also, data were collected to find out the controlling parameters for the one-dimensional and multidimensional flow behavior. 22 refs., 40 figs., 7 tabs. (Author)

  19. Thermal hydraulic simulations, error estimation and parameter sensitivity studies in Drekar::CFD

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    Smith, Thomas Michael; Shadid, John N; Pawlowski, Roger P; Cyr, Eric C; Wildey, Timothy Michael

    2014-01-01

    This report describes work directed towards completion of the Thermal Hydraulics Methods (THM) CFD Level 3 Milestone THM.CFD.P7.05 for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) Nuclear Hub effort. The focus of this milestone was to demonstrate the thermal hydraulics and adjoint based error estimation and parameter sensitivity capabilities in the CFD code called Drekar::CFD. This milestone builds upon the capabilities demonstrated in three earlier milestones; THM.CFD.P4.02 [12], completed March, 31, 2012, THM.CFD.P5.01 [15] completed June 30, 2012 and THM.CFD.P5.01 [11] completed on October 31, 2012.

  20. Scaling philosophy and system description of AHWR Thermal-Hydraulic Test Facility (ATTF)

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    The Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) being designed in India is a 920 MWth pressure tube type boiling light water cooled and heavy water moderated reactor. AHWR Thermal Hydraulic Test Facility (ATTF), a scaled experimental facility that simulates the thermal-hydraulic behaviour of main heat transport system and ECCS, is designed. The objectives of the facility are to obtain thermal margin (CHF) and the parallel channel stability behaviour Global scaling is based on Power to Volume ratio. This philosophy is based on maintaining the same pressure, temperature with same working fluid. Main advantage of this scaling approach is that it preserves the time scales which are very crucial for the simulation of transient and accident conditions to assess the performance of safety systems. All of the Main Heat Transport (MHT) and Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) components are scaled down on the basis of power to volume scaling. ATTF contains two full power channels in comparison with 452 channels of AHWR then the scaling ratio is 226. Therefore the volumes of the components in natural circulation path (MHT) are scaled down by 226. Different local phenomenon like Critical Heat Flux (CHF), Flashing, Geysering etc which affects the performance of the system are scaled down appropriately. GDCS injection, feed water flow etc are simulated as boundary flow scaling approach. This 3-level approach simulates almost all the thermal hydraulics phenomenon of the prototype in the model, with the appropriate scale of the model to the prototype. (author)

  1. Operating experience of reactors points up need for new thermal-hydraulic inquiries

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    Review of accident and preaccident situation in the context of thermal-hydraulic processes in PWR and BWR is presented. The most frequently occurring preaccident events in the reactor operation pertaining to thermal-hydraulic processes: water hammer, thermal fatigue, transition processes, supercooling, formation of vortex, oscillation of power in BWR are discussed. Activation of theoretical and experimental thermal-hydraulic studies with the aim of improvement of safety and efficiency of NPU is proposed

  2. Steady-state thermal-hydraulic analysis of SCWR assembly

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    Xiaojing LIU; Xu CHENG

    2008-01-01

    Among the six gen-Ⅳ reactor concepts recom-mended by the gen-Ⅳ international forum (GIF), super-critical water-cooled reactor (SCWR), the only reactor with water as coolant, achieves a high thermal efficiency and, subsequently, has economic advantages over the existing reactors due to its high outlet temperature. A thermal-hydraulic analysis of the SCWR assembly is per-formed in this paper using the modified COBRA-Ⅳ code. Two approaches to reduce the hot channel factor are investigated: decreasing the moderator mass flow and increasing the thermal resistance between moderator channel and its adjacent sub-channels. It is shown that heat transfer deterioration cannot be avoided in SCWR fuel assembly. It is, therefore, highly required to calculate the cladding temperature accurately and to preserve the fuel rod cladding integrity under heat transfer deteriora-tion conditions.

  3. Simplified model of VVER–1000 thermal hydraulic process

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    This report introduce developed mathematical model of thermal hydraulic process which occurs in the core of VVER – 1000 type of nuclear reactor and the coolant flow is considered in one dimension. Navier – Stokes differential equations system is taken like basis – namely continuity equation and momentum and energy conservation equations with two algebraic equations of state by which closure relationship is done. Following the approach of simplifying the model in momentum and energy equations some simplifying assumptions is made like Reynolds term in momentum equation is neglected and diffusion term – in energy equation. The differential equations system can be split into two parts: at one hand continuity equation and momentum equation are solved regarding velocity and pressure distribution and at another – solving energy equation. This report is considering the second case – solving the unsteady energy equation at prescribed distributions of velocity and pressure. By using one of the algebraic state equation, i=cvT, the energy equation is written regarding the temperature. Velocity and pressure given in the model are estimated by the thermal hydraulics means. The energy equation is solved by finite volumes method at which considered region is divided by N finite volumes, scalar values T and P are represented at central points at volumes and the velocity – at borders of these volumes by so called staggered grid. The equation is integrated at the boundaries of every finite volume and in time at the interval [t; t+ t]. For results obtained by integration is applied Crank-Nicolson semi-implicit scheme. As a result this gives an algebraic system with three diagonal matrix which can be solved with Crout effective algorithm. Keywords: finite volumes method, RELAP5, thermal hydraulics

  4. Thermal hydraulic design of the mercury target vessel

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has completed the mercury target system as the pulsed spallation neutron source of J-PARC project, which has the highest level power of 1MW in the world. The basic design of the flow channel and structure of the mercury target vessel, which is the core of the neutron source, was carried out by JAEA, and the detail design, parts fabrication and assembling have been carried out by the vendor from 2003. Taking these fabrication designs and assembling conditions into consideration, the final performance evaluation of the mercury target vessel was carried out from the viewpoint of thermal hydraulics. The general thermal hydraulic analyses code, STAR-CD, was used, and the thermal hydraulic analyses were carried out for the mercury flow in the mercury vessel and the heavy water flow in the safety hull, taking the nuclear heating and the heat transportation into consideration. The analytical model was three dimensional. The total cell number of the mercury vessel and mercury was 1.78 x 106 and that of the safety hull was 2.39 x 106. The standard k-ε model and MARS were adopted as the basic combination of the turbulence model and the differential scheme, but other combinations, such as RNG k-ε model and UD were also used as a reference. Comparing these analytical results, it was confirmed that the mercury target vessel fulfills the design requirements such as the fluid inlet velocity, the maximum temperature of fluid, the maximum temperature of the vessel, the pressure drop of fluid, etc. The influence of the welding deformation of the mercury target vessel was also evaluated. Mercury flow and heavy water flow are affected a little, but they do not much extend the required condition, and the structural integrity was confirmed. (author)

  5. Advanced solar thermal receiver technology

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    Kudirka, A. A.; Leibowitz, L. P.

    1980-01-01

    Development of advanced receiver technology for solar thermal receivers designed for electric power generation or for industrial applications, such as fuels and chemical production or industrial process heat, is described. The development of this technology is focused on receivers that operate from 1000 F to 3000 F and above. Development strategy is mapped in terms of application requirements, and the related system and technical requirements. Receiver performance requirements and current development efforts are covered for five classes of receiver applications: high temperature, advanced Brayton, Stirling, and Rankine cycle engines, and fuels and chemicals.

  6. Current Development and Trends in Thermal-Hydraulics

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    A review of CSNI activities during the last two decades in the field of thermal-hydraulics and related topics has been extensively presented in sessions 2. to 9. New activities are in progress or planned partly based on recommendations of the CSNI Operating Plan and the CSNI SESAR SFEAR report, but also on requests coming from the member states. These activities are performed in the frame of the CSNI Working Group on the Analysis and Management of Accidents (GAMA) or in the frame of CSNI Projects. These actions are summarized in this paper.

  7. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of PWR cores in transient condition

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    A calculational methodology for thermal - hydraulic analysis of PWR cores under steady-state and transient condition was selected and made available to users. An evaluation of the COBRA-IIIP/MIT code, used for subchannel analysis, was done through comparison of the code results with experimental data on steady state and transient conditions. As a result, a comparison study allowing spatial and temporal localization of critical heat flux was obtained. A sensitivity study of the simulation model to variations in some empirically determined parameter is also presented. Two transient cases from Angra I FSAR were analysed, showing the evolution of minimum DNBR with time. (Author)

  8. Steady thermal hydraulic analysis for a molten salt reactor

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    ZHANG Dalin; QIU Suizheng; LIU Changliang; SU Guanghui

    2008-01-01

    The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) can meet the demand of transmutation and breeding. In this study, theoretical calculation of steady thermal hydraulic characteristics of a graphite-moderated channel type MSR is conducted. The DRAGON code is adopted to calculate the axial and radial power factor firstly. The flow and heat transfer model in the fuel salt and graphite are developed on basis of the fundamental mass, momentum and energy equations. The results show the detailed flow distribution in the core, and the temperature profiles of the fuel salt, inner and outer wall in the nine typical elements along the axial flow direction are also obtained.

  9. Thermal-hydraulic analysis for reactor vessel upper-head small break LOCA using SPACE code

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    Kim, Minhee; Kim, Seyun [Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Central Research Inst., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    A small break loss of coolant accident (SBLOCA) in upper-head of a reactor vessel at OPR1000 was analyzed using SPACE code, which is an advanced thermal-hydraulic system analysis code developed by the Korea nuclear industry. To assess the capability of SPACE code, upper-head SBLOCA with full plant safeguards was simulated, and compared with results of MARS-KS code. Reasonably good agreement with major thermal-hydraulic parameters was obtained by analyzing the transient behavior. Based on the observed thermal-hydraulic features, simulations with the failure of partial plant safeguards were conducted to analyze the safety and performance of OPR1000. Effects of failure to scram and high-pressure safety injection (HPSI) were investigated, and safety assessment was evaluated according to operator actions. Comparative study without any emergency core cooling systems (ECCS) was also conducted to judge the severity of the break location. From the results, this indicated that SPACE code has capabilities to simulate upper-head SBLOCA, and OPR1000 was evaluated to have sufficient safety margin with the application of proper emergency operating procedures.

  10. Thermal-Hydraulic System Codes in Nulcear Reactor Safety and Qualification Procedures

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    Alessandro Petruzzi

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In the last four decades, large efforts have been undertaken to provide reliable thermal-hydraulic system codes for the analyses of transients and accidents in nuclear power plants. Whereas the first system codes, developed at the beginning of the 1970s, utilized the homogenous equilibrium model with three balance equations to describe the two-phase flow, nowadays the more advanced system codes are based on the so-called “two-fluid model” with separation of the water and vapor phases, resulting in systems with at least six balance equations. The wide experimental campaign, constituted by the integral and separate effect tests, conducted under the umbrella of the OECD/CSNI was at the basis of the development and validation of the thermal-hydraulic system codes by which they have reached the present high degree of maturity. However, notwithstanding the huge amounts of financial and human resources invested, the results predicted by the code are still affected by errors whose origins can be attributed to several reasons as model deficiencies, approximations in the numerical solution, nodalization effects, and imperfect knowledge of boundary and initial conditions. In this context, the existence of qualified procedures for a consistent application of qualified thermal-hydraulic system code is necessary and implies the drawing up of specific criteria through which the code-user, the nodalization, and finally the transient results are qualified.

  11. RTDP方法在大型先进压水堆热工设计中的应用初步研究%Preliminary Research on RTDP Methodology for Advanced LPP Thermal-hydraulic Design

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    杨萍; 贾红轶; 王喆

    2013-01-01

    Departure from nucleate boiling (DNB) design basis is one of the most important basis for reactor core thermal-hydraulic design.In order to evaluate whether the DNB design basis meets the demand of thermal-hydraulic design,the departure from nucleate boiling ratio (DNBR) design limit should be determined first.The RTDP methodology was described detailedly,in which the uncertainties of operating parameters and nuclear design parameters were statistically combined.Then the RTDP methodology and a reactor subchannel code were applied to calculate the DNBR design limit and quality limit for LPP.The conclusions were presented to provide the key acceptable criterion for DNBR design basis.%偏离泡核沸腾(DNB)设计基准是反应堆热工水力设计中的重要基准之一,为评价该设计基准是否满足热工水力设计要求,首先需确定堆芯偏离泡核沸腾比(DNBR)设计限值.本工作详细论述了使用统计学方法确定运行参数及核设计参数等不确定性的RTDP原理,并应用该方法和堆芯子通道分析程序对大型先进压水堆DNBR设计限值及含汽率限值进行计算并给出结论,为DNBR设计基准的验证提供了关键判据.

  12. Minerve: thermal-hydraulic phenomena simulation and virtual reality

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    MINERVE is a 3D interactive application representing the thermal-hydraulic phenomena happening in a nuclear plant. Therefore, the 3D geometric model of the French 900 MW PWR installations has been built. The users can interact in real time with this model to see at each step of the simulation what happens in the pipes. The thermal-hydraulic simulation is made by CATHARE-2, which calculates at every time step data on about one thousand meshes (the whole primary circuit, a part of the second circuit, and the Residual Heat Removal System). The simulation covers incidental and accidental cases on these systems. There are two main innovations in MINERVE: In the domain of nuclear plant's visualization, it is to introduce interactive 3D software mechanisms to visualize results of a physical simulation. In the domain of real-time 3D, it is to visualize fluids in a pipe, while they can have several configurations, like bubbles or single liquid phase. These mechanisms enable better comprehension and better visual representation of the possible phenomena. This paper describes the functionalities of MINERVE, and the difficulties to represent fluids with several characteristics like speed, configuration,..., in 3D. On the end, we talk about the future of MINERVE, and more widely of the possible futures of such an application in scientific visualization. (authors)

  13. Parallelization of detailed thermal-hydraulic analysis program SPIRAL

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    The detailed thermal-hydraulic analysis computer program APIRAL is under development for the evaluation of local flow and temperature fields in wire-wrapped fuel pin bundles deformed by the influence of high burn-up, which are hard to reveal by experiment due to measurement difficulty. The coupling utilization of this program and a subchannel analysis program can offer a practical method to evaluate thermal-hydraulic behavior in a whole fuel assembly with high accuracy. This report describes the parallelization of SPIRAL for improving applicability to larger numerical simulations. The domain decomposition method using overlapped elements was adopted to the parallelization because SPIRAL is based on finite element method and it can minimize the number of communications between processor elements. As a parallelization programming library, Massage Passing Interface (MPI) was applied. Several numerical simulations were carried out to verify the parallelized version of SPIRAL and to evaluate parallelization efficiency. From These simulation results, the validity of this version was confirmed. Although no good parallelization efficiency was obtained in the case of small scale simulations due to overhead processes, approximately twelve times processing speed was achieved by using 16 processor elements in larger scale simulations. (author)

  14. 3D neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled analysis of MYRRHA

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    Vazquez, M.; Martin-Fuertes, F. [CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-07-01

    The current tendency in multiphysics calculations applied to reactor physics is the use of already validated computer codes, coupled by means of an iterative approach. In this paper such an approach is explained concerning neutronics and thermal-hydraulics coupled analysis with MCNPX and COBRA-IV codes using a driver program and file exchange between codes. MCNPX provides the neutronic analysis of heterogeneous nuclear systems, both in critical and subcritical states, while COBRA-IV is a subchannel code that can be used for rod bundles or core thermal-hydraulics analysis. In our model, the MCNP temperature dependence of nuclear data is handled via pseudo-material approach, mixing pre-generated cross section data set to obtain the material with the desired cross section temperature. On the other hand, COBRA-IV has been updated to allow for the simulation of liquid metal cooled reactors. The coupled computational tool can be applied to any geometry and coolant, as it is the case of single fuel assembly, at pin-by-pin level, or full core simulation with the average pin of each fuel-assembly. The coupling tool has been applied to the critical core layout of the SCK-CEN MYRRHA concept, an experimental LBE cooled fast reactor presently in engineering design stage. (authors)

  15. Teaching Thermal Hydraulics & Numerical Methods: An Introductory Control Volume Primer

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    D. S. Lucas

    2004-10-01

    A graduate level course for Thermal Hydraulics (T/H) was taught through Idaho State University in the spring of 2004. A numerical approach was taken for the content of this course since the students were employed at the Idaho National Laboratory and had been users of T/H codes. The majority of the students had expressed an interest in learning about the Courant Limit, mass error, semi-implicit and implicit numerical integration schemes in the context of a computer code. Since no introductory text was found the author developed notes taught from his own research and courses taught for Westinghouse on the subject. The course started with a primer on control volume methods and the construction of a Homogeneous Equilibrium Model (HEM) (T/H) code. The primer was valuable for giving the students the basics behind such codes and their evolution to more complex codes for Thermal Hydraulics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The course covered additional material including the Finite Element Method and non-equilibrium (T/H). The control volume primer and the construction of a three-equation (mass, momentum and energy) HEM code are the subject of this paper . The Fortran version of the code covered in this paper is elementary compared to its descendants. The steam tables used are less accurate than the available commercial version written in C Coupled to a Graphical User Interface (GUI). The Fortran version and input files can be downloaded at www.microfusionlab.com.

  16. Proceedings of the 8. Brazilian Meeting on Reactor Physics and Thermal Hydraulics

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    Some papers about pressurized light water reactors, fast reactors, accident analysis, transients, research reactors, nuclear data collection, thermal hydraulics, reactor monitoring, neutronics are presented. (E.G.)

  17. Advanced thermally stable jet fuels

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    Schobert, H.H.

    1999-01-31

    The Pennsylvania State University program in advanced thermally stable coal-based jet fuels has five broad objectives: (1) Development of mechanisms of degradation and solids formation; (2) Quantitative measurement of growth of sub-micrometer and micrometer-sized particles suspended in fuels during thermal stressing; (3) Characterization of carbonaceous deposits by various instrumental and microscopic methods; (4) Elucidation of the role of additives in retarding the formation of carbonaceous solids; (5) Assessment of the potential of production of high yields of cycloalkanes by direct liquefaction of coal. Future high-Mach aircraft will place severe thermal demands on jet fuels, requiring the development of novel, hybrid fuel mixtures capable of withstanding temperatures in the range of 400--500 C. In the new aircraft, jet fuel will serve as both an energy source and a heat sink for cooling the airframe, engine, and system components. The ultimate development of such advanced fuels requires a thorough understanding of the thermal decomposition behavior of jet fuels under supercritical conditions. Considering that jet fuels consist of hundreds of compounds, this task must begin with a study of the thermal degradation behavior of select model compounds under supercritical conditions. The research performed by The Pennsylvania State University was focused on five major tasks that reflect the objectives stated above: Task 1: Investigation of the Quantitative Degradation of Fuels; Task 2: Investigation of Incipient Deposition; Task 3: Characterization of Solid Gums, Sediments, and Carbonaceous Deposits; Task 4: Coal-Based Fuel Stabilization Studies; and Task 5: Exploratory Studies on the Direct Conversion of Coal to High Quality Jet Fuels. The major findings of each of these tasks are presented in this executive summary. A description of the sub-tasks performed under each of these tasks and the findings of those studies are provided in the remainder of this volume

  18. Hydraulics.

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    Decker, Robert L.; Kirby, Klane

    This curriculum guide contains a course in hydraulics to train entry-level workers for automotive mechanics and other fields that utilize hydraulics. The module contains 14 instructional units that cover the following topics: (1) introduction to hydraulics; (2) fundamentals of hydraulics; (3) reservoirs; (4) lines, fittings, and couplers; (5)…

  19. Engineered Barrier Systems Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical Column Test Report

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    W.E. Lowry

    2001-12-13

    The Engineered Barrier System (EBS) Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical (THC) Column Tests provide data needed for model validation. The EBS Degradation, Flow, and Transport Process Modeling Report (PMR) will be based on supporting models for in-drift THC coupled processes, and the in-drift physical and chemical environment. These models describe the complex chemical interaction of EBS materials, including granular materials, with the thermal and hydrologic conditions that will be present in the repository emplacement drifts. Of particular interest are the coupled processes that result in mineral and salt dissolution/precipitation in the EBS environment. Test data are needed for thermal, hydrologic, and geochemical model validation and to support selection of introduced materials (CRWMS M&O 1999c). These column tests evaluated granular crushed tuff as potential invert ballast or backfill material, under accelerated thermal and hydrologic environments. The objectives of the THC column testing are to: (1) Characterize THC coupled processes that could affect performance of EBS components, particularly the magnitude of permeability reduction (increases or decreases), the nature of minerals produced, and chemical fractionation (i.e., concentrative separation of salts and minerals due to boiling-point elevation). (2) Generate data for validating THC predictive models that will support the EBS Degradation, Flow, and Transport PMR, Rev. 01.

  20. Engineered Barrier System Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical Column Test Report

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    The Engineered Barrier System (EBS) Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical (THC) Column Tests provide data needed for model validation. The EBS Degradation, Flow, and Transport Process Modeling Report (PMR) will be based on supporting models for in-drift THC coupled processes, and the in-drift physical and chemical environment. These models describe the complex chemical interaction of EBS materials, including granular materials, with the thermal and hydrologic conditions that will be present in the repository emplacement drifts. Of particular interest are the coupled processes that result in mineral and salt dissolution/precipitation in the EBS environment. Test data are needed for thermal, hydrologic, and geochemical model validation and to support selection of introduced materials (CRWMS M and O 1999c). These column tests evaluated granular crushed tuff as potential invert ballast or backfill material, under accelerated thermal and hydrologic environments. The objectives of the THC column testing are to: (1) Characterize THC coupled processes that could affect performance of EBS components, particularly the magnitude of permeability reduction (increases or decreases), the nature of minerals produced, and chemical fractionation (i.e., concentrative separation of salts and minerals due to boiling-point elevation). (2) Generate data for validating THC predictive models that will support the EBS Degradation, Flow, and Transport PMR, Rev. 01

  1. Advanced Thermal Control Flight Experiment.

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    Kirkpatrick, J. P.; Brennan, P. J.

    1973-01-01

    The advanced Thermal Control Flight Experiment on the Applications Technology Satellite (ATS-F) will evaluate, for the first time in a space environment, the performance of a feedback-controlled variable conductance heat pipe and a heat pipe thermal diode. In addition, the temperature control aspects of a phase-change material (PCM) will be demonstrated. The methanol/stainless steel feedback-controlled heat pipe uses helium control gas that is stored in a wicked reservoir. This reservoir is electrically heated through a solid state controller that senses the temperature of the heat source directly. The ammonia/stainless steel diode heat pipe uses excess liquid to block heat transfer in the reverse direction. The PCM is octadecane. Design tradeoffs, fabrication problems, and performance during qualification and flight acceptance tests are discussed.

  2. Neutronics and thermal-hydraulics analyses of the pellet bed reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Morley, N.J.; El-Genk, S. [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1995-01-01

    Neutronics and thermal-hydraulics design and analyses of the pellet bed reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion are performed based on consideration of reactor criticality, passive decay heat removal, maximum fuel temperature, and subcriticality during a water flooding accident. Besides calculating the dimensions of the reactor core to satisfy the excess reactivity requirement at the beginning-of-mission of 1.25 $ (K{sub eff} of 1.01), the TWODANT discrete ordinates code is used to estimate the radial and axial fission power density profiles in the core. These power profiles are used in the nuclear propulsion thermal-hydraulic analysis model (NUTHAM-S) to determine the two-dimensional steady-state temperature, pressure, and flow fields in the core and optimize the orificing in the hot frit to avoid hot spots in the core at full-power operation.

  3. Comparative Analysis of CTF and Trace Thermal-Hydraulic Codes Using OECD/NRC PSBT Benchmark Void Distribution Database

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    M. Avramova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The international OECD/NRC PSBT benchmark has been established to provide a test bed for assessing the capabilities of thermal-hydraulic codes and to encourage advancement in the analysis of fluid flow in rod bundles. The benchmark was based on one of the most valuable databases identified for the thermal-hydraulics modeling developed by NUPEC, Japan. The database includes void fraction and departure from nucleate boiling measurements in a representative PWR fuel assembly. On behalf of the benchmark team, PSU in collaboration with US NRC has performed supporting calculations using the PSU in-house advanced thermal-hydraulic subchannel code CTF and the US NRC system code TRACE. CTF is a version of COBRA-TF whose models have been continuously improved and validated by the RDFMG group at PSU. TRACE is a reactor systems code developed by US NRC to analyze transient and steady-state thermal-hydraulic behavior in LWRs and it has been designed to perform best-estimate analyses of LOCA, operational transients, and other accident scenarios in PWRs and BWRs. The paper presents CTF and TRACE models for the PSBT void distribution exercises. Code-to-code and code-to-data comparisons are provided along with a discussion of the void generation and void distribution models available in the two codes.

  4. Resolution of thermal-hydraulic safety and licensing issues for the system 80+{sup {trademark}} design

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    Carpentino, S.E.; Ritterbusch, S.E.; Schneider, R.E. [ABB-Combustion Engineering, Windsor, CT (United States)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    The System 80+{sup {trademark}} Standard Design is an evolutionary Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) with a generating capacity of 3931 MWt (1350 MWe). The Final Design Approval (FDA) for this design was issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in July 1994. The design certification by the NRC is anticipated by the end of 1995 or early 1996. NRC review of the System 80+ design has involved several new safety issues never before addressed in a regulatory atmosphere. In addition, conformance with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) ALWR Utility Requirements Document (URD) required that the System 80+ plant address nuclear industry concerns with regard to design, construction, operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants. A large number of these issues/concerns deals with previously unresolved generic thermal-hydraulic safety issues and severe accident prevention and mitigation. This paper discusses the thermal-hydraulic analyses and evaluations performed for the System 80+ design to resolve safety and licensing issues relevant to both the Nuclear Stream Supply System (NSSS) and containment designs. For the NSSS design, the Safety Depressurization System mitigation capability and resolution of the boron dilution concern are described. Examples of containment design issues dealing with containment shell strength, robustness of the reactor cavity walls and hydrogen mixing under severe accident conditions are also provided. Finally, the overall approach used in the application of NRC`s new (NUREG-1465) radiological source term for System 80+ evaluation is described. The robustness of the System 80+ containment design to withstand severe accident consequences was demonstrated through detailed thermal-hydraulic analyses and evaluations. This advanced design to shown to meet NRC severe accident policy goals and ALWR URD requirements without any special design features and unnecessary costs.

  5. Hydraulic modeling of thermal discharges into shallow, tidal affected streams

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    A two-unit nuclear fired power plant is being constructed in western Washington state. Blowdown water from cooling towers will be discharged into the Chehalis River nearby. The location of a diffuser is some 21 miles upriver from Grays Harbor on the Pacific Ocean. Because the Chehalis River is classified as an excellent stream from the standpoint of water quality, State regulatory agencies required demonstration that thermal discharges would maintain water quality standards within fairly strict limits. A hydraulic model investigation used a 1:12 scale, undistorted model of a 1300-foot river reach in the vicinity of the diffuser. The model scale was selected to insure fully turbulent flows both in the stream and from the diffuser (Reynolds similitude). Model operation followed the densimetric Froude similitude. Thermistors were employed to measure temperatures in the model; measurements were taken by computer command and such measurements at some 250 positions were effected in about 2.5 seconds

  6. Core thermal hydraulic analysis for TNR power uprating

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    This paper presents preliminary results of a study undertaken to investigate the possibility of raising the power of the Tajura Nuclear Research Reactor (TNRR) from 10 to 20 MWt keeping the same core configuration and with minimum changes in the primary cooling circuit. The study was carried out for a fresh core, with compact load (16 assemblies) under normal operation conditions. A computer program, TAJT, was used to simulate the core and perform the necessary thermal hydraulic analysis. The results obtained show that the reactor power could be raised to 15 MWt safely and with no changes in the primary cooling circuit. To raise the power to 20 MWt will require changes in the core configuration and primary circuit

  7. Simplified model of VVER–1000 thermal hydraulic process

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    This report introduce developed mathematical model of thermal hydraulic process which occurs in the core of VVER – 1000 type of nuclear reactor and the coolant flow is considered in one dimension. Navier – Stokes differential equations system is taken like basis – namely continuity equation and momentum and energy conservation equations with two algebraic equations of state by which closure relationship is done. Following the approach of simplifying the model in momentum and energy equations some simplifying assumptions is made like Reynolds term in momentum equation is neglected and diffusion term – in energy equation. The differential equations system can be split into two parts: at one hand continuity equation and momentum equation are solved regarding velocity and pressure distribution and at another – solving energy equation. This report is considering the second case – solving the unsteady energy equation at prescribed distributions of velocity and pressure. By using one of the algebraic state equation, i=cvT, the energy equation is written regarding the temperature. Velocity and pressure given in the model are estimated by the thermal hydraulics means. The energy equation is solved by finite volumes method at which considered region is divided by N finite volumes, scalar values T and P are represented at central points at volumes and the velocity – at borders of these volumes by so called staggered grid. The equation is integrated at the boundaries of every finite volume and in time at the interval [t; t+ t]. For results obtained by integration is applied Crank-Nicolson semi-implicit scheme. As a result this gives an algebraic system with three diagonal matrix which can be solved with Crout effective algorithm.

  8. CRISSUE-S, Neutronics/Thermal-hydraulics Coupling in LWR Technology

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    Description: The CRISSUE-S project was created with the aim of re-evaluating fundamental technical issues in the technology of LWRs. Specifically, the project seeks to address the interactions between neutron kinetics and thermal-hydraulics that affect neutron moderation and influence the accident performance of the NPPs. This is undertaken in the light of the advanced computational tools that are readily available to the scientific community today. Specifically, the CRISSUE-S activity deals with the control of fission power and the use of high burn up fuel; these topics are part of the EC Work Programme as well as that of other international organisations such as the OECD/NEA and the IAEA. The problems of evaluating reactivity induced accident (RIA) consequences and eventually deciding the possibility of NPP prolongation must be addressed and resolved. RIA constitutes one of the most important of the ?less-resolved? safety issues, and treating this problem may have huge positive financial, social and environmental impacts. Public acceptance of nuclear technology implies that problems such as these be satisfactorily resolved. Cross-disciplinary (regulators, industry, utilities and research bodies) interaction and co operation within CRISSUE-S provides results which can directly and immediately be beneficial to EU industry. Co-operation at an international level: the participation of the EU, former Eastern European countries, the USA, and observers from Japan testify to the broad interest these problems engender. Competencies in broad areas such as thermal-hydraulics, neutronics and fuel, overall system design and reactor surveillance are needed to address the problems that are posed here. Excellent expertise is available in specific areas, while limited knowledge exists in the interface zones of those areas, e.g. in the coupling between thermal-hydraulics and neutronics. In general terms, the activities carried out and described here aim at exploiting available

  9. Verification of combined thermal-hydraulic and heat conduction analysis code FLOWNET/TRUMP

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    This report presents the verification results of the combined thermal-hydraulic and heat conduction analysis code, FLOWNET/TRUMP which has been utilized for the core thermal hydraulic design, especially for the analysis of flow distribution among fuel block coolant channels, the determination of thermal boundary conditions for fuel block stress analysis and the estimation of fuel temperature in the case of fuel block coolant channel blockage accident in the design of the High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor(HTTR), which the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute has been planning to construct in order to establish basic technologies for future advanced very high temperature gas-cooled reactors and to be served as an irradiation test reactor for promotion of innovative high temperature new frontier technologies. The verification of the code was done through the comparison between the analytical results and experimental results of the Helium Engineering Demonstration Loop Multi-channel Test Section(HENDEL T1-M) with simulated fuel rods and fuel blocks. (author)

  10. Hydraulic performance of compacted clay liners under simulated daily thermal cycles.

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    Aldaeef, A A; Rayhani, M T

    2015-10-01

    Compacted clay liners (CCLs) are commonly used as hydraulic barriers in several landfill applications to isolate contaminants from the surrounding environment and minimize the escape of leachate from the landfill. Prior to waste placement in landfills, CCLs are often exposed to temperature fluctuations which can affect the hydraulic performance of the liner. Experimental research was carried out to evaluate the effects of daily thermal cycles on the hydraulic performance of CCLs under simulated landfill conditions. Hydraulic conductivity tests were conducted on different soil specimens after being exposed to various thermal and dehydration cycles. An increase in the CCL hydraulic conductivity of up to one order of magnitude was recorded after 30 thermal cycles for soils with low plasticity index (PI = 9.5%). However, medium (PI = 25%) and high (PI = 37.2%) plasticity soils did not show significant hydraulic deviation due to their self-healing potential. Overlaying the CCL with a cover layer minimized the effects of daily thermal cycles, and maintained stable hydraulic performance in the CCLs even after exposure to 60 thermal cycles. Wet-dry cycles had a significant impact on the hydraulic aspect of low plasticity CCLs. However, medium and high plasticity CCLs maintained constant hydraulic performance throughout the test intervals. The study underscores the importance of protecting the CCL from exposure to atmosphere through covering it by a layer of geomembrane or an interim soil layer.

  11. Hydraulic performance of compacted clay liners under simulated daily thermal cycles.

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    Aldaeef, A A; Rayhani, M T

    2015-10-01

    Compacted clay liners (CCLs) are commonly used as hydraulic barriers in several landfill applications to isolate contaminants from the surrounding environment and minimize the escape of leachate from the landfill. Prior to waste placement in landfills, CCLs are often exposed to temperature fluctuations which can affect the hydraulic performance of the liner. Experimental research was carried out to evaluate the effects of daily thermal cycles on the hydraulic performance of CCLs under simulated landfill conditions. Hydraulic conductivity tests were conducted on different soil specimens after being exposed to various thermal and dehydration cycles. An increase in the CCL hydraulic conductivity of up to one order of magnitude was recorded after 30 thermal cycles for soils with low plasticity index (PI = 9.5%). However, medium (PI = 25%) and high (PI = 37.2%) plasticity soils did not show significant hydraulic deviation due to their self-healing potential. Overlaying the CCL with a cover layer minimized the effects of daily thermal cycles, and maintained stable hydraulic performance in the CCLs even after exposure to 60 thermal cycles. Wet-dry cycles had a significant impact on the hydraulic aspect of low plasticity CCLs. However, medium and high plasticity CCLs maintained constant hydraulic performance throughout the test intervals. The study underscores the importance of protecting the CCL from exposure to atmosphere through covering it by a layer of geomembrane or an interim soil layer. PMID:26241932

  12. Compatibility analysis of DUPIC fuel(4) - thermal hydraulic analysis

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    Thermal-hydraulic compatibility of the DUPIC fuel bundle in the CANDU reactor has been studied. The critical channel power, the critical power ratio, the channel exit quality and the channel flow are calculated for the DUPIC and the standard fuels by using the NUCIRC code. The physical models and associated parametric values for the NUCIRC analysis of the fuels are also presented. Based upon the slave channel analysis, the critical channel power and the critical power ratios have been found to be very similar for the two fuel types. The same dryout model is used in this study for the standard and the DUPIC fuel bundles. To assess the dryout characteristics of the DUPIC fuel bundle, the ASSERT-PV code has been used for the subchannel analysis. Based upon the results of the subchannel analysis, it is found that the dryout location and the power for the two fuel types are indeed very similar. This study shows that thermal performance of the DUPIC fuel is not significantly different from that of the standard fuel

  13. Monte Carlo and thermal-hydraulic coupling via PVMEXEC

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    Successful high-fidelity coupling between a Monte Carlo neutron transport solver and a subchannel thermal-hydraulics solver has been achieved using PVMEXEC, a coupling frame-work developed for analysis of transient phenomenon in nuclear reactors. The PVMEXEC framework provides a generic program interface for exchanging data between solver kernels for different physical processes, such as radiation transport, heat conduction, and fluid flow. In this study, PVMEXEC was used to couple the in-house Monte Carlo radiation transport code, MC21, with a locally modified version of COBRA-TF. In this coupling scheme, MC21 is responsible for calculating three-dimensional power distributions and COBRA-TF for calculating local fluid temperatures and densities, as well as fuel temperatures. The coupled system was used to analyze 3D single-pin and assembly models based on the Calvert Cliffs commercial PWR. Convergence properties of the coupled simulations are examined and results are compared to simulations conducted using the existing integrated thermal feedback kernel in MC21. (author)

  14. Theoretical and experimental studies of heavy liquid metal thermal hydraulics. Proceedings of a technical meeting

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    Through the Nuclear Energy Department's Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors (TWG-FR), the IAEA provides a forum for exchange of information on national programmes, collaborative assessments, knowledge preservation, and cooperative research in areas agreed by the Member States with fast reactor and partitioning and transmutation development programmes (e.g. accelerator driven systems (ADS)). Trends in advanced fast reactor and ADS designs and technology development are periodically summarized in status reports, symposia, and seminar proceedings prepared by the IAEA to provide all interested IAEA Member States with balanced and objective information. The use of heavy liquid metals (HLM) is rapidly diffusing in different research and industrial fields. The detailed knowledge of the basic thermal hydraulics phenomena associated with their use is a necessary step for the development of the numerical codes to be used in the engineering design of HLM components. This is particularly true in the case of lead or lead-bismuth eutectic alloy cooled fast reactors, high power particle beam targets and in the case of the cooling of accelerator driven sub-critical cores where the use of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) design codes is mandatory. Periodic information exchange within the frame of the TWG-FR has lead to the conclusion that the experience in HLM thermal fluid dynamics with regard to both the theoretical/numerical and experimental fields was limited and somehow dispersed. This is the case, e.g. when considering turbulent exchange phenomena, free-surface problems, and two-phase flows. Consequently, Member States representatives participating in the 35th Annual Meeting of the TWG-FR (Karlsruhe, Germany, 22-26 April 2002) recommended holding a technical meeting (TM) on Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Heavy Liquid Metal Thermal Hydraulics. Following this recommendation, the IAEA has convened the Technical Meeting on Theoretical and Experimental Studies of

  15. Thermal Hydraulics of the Very High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor

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    Chang Oh; Eung Kim; Richard Schultz; Mike Patterson; Davie Petti

    2009-10-01

    The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting research on the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design concept for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. The reactor design will be a graphite moderated, thermal neutron spectrum reactor that will produce electricity and hydrogen in a highly efficient manner. The NGNP reactor core will be either a prismatic graphite block type core or a pebble bed core. The NGNP will use very high-burnup, low-enriched uranium, TRISO-coated fuel, and have a projected plant design service life of 60 years. The VHTR concept is considered to be the nearest-term reactor design that has the capability to efficiently produce hydrogen. The plant size, reactor thermal power, and core configuration will ensure passive decay heat removal without fuel damage or radioactive material releases during reactor core-accidents. The objectives of the NGNP Project are to: Demonstrate a full-scale prototype VHTR that is commercially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Demonstrate safe and economical nuclear-assisted production of hydrogen and electricity. The DOE laboratories, led by the INL, perform research and development (R&D) that will be critical to the success of the NGNP, primarily in the areas of: • High temperature gas reactor fuels behavior • High temperature materials qualification • Design methods development and validation • Hydrogen production technologies • Energy conversion. This paper presents current R&D work that addresses fundamental thermal hydraulics issues that are relevant to a variety of possible NGNP designs.

  16. Thermal Hydraulics of the Very High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor

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    The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting research on the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design concept for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. The reactor design will be a graphite moderated, thermal neutron spectrum reactor that will produce electricity and hydrogen in a highly efficient manner. The NGNP reactor core will be either a prismatic graphite block type core or a pebble bed core. The NGNP will use very high-burnup, low-enriched uranium, TRISO-coated fuel, and have a projected plant design service life of 60 years. The VHTR concept is considered to be the nearest-term reactor design that has the capability to efficiently produce hydrogen. The plant size, reactor thermal power, and core configuration will ensure passive decay heat removal without fuel damage or radioactive material releases during reactor core-accidents. The objectives of the NGNP Project are to: Demonstrate a full-scale prototype VHTR that is commercially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Demonstrate safe and economical nuclear-assisted production of hydrogen and electricity. The DOE laboratories, led by the INL, perform research and development (R and D) that will be critical to the success of the NGNP, primarily in the areas of: (1) High temperature gas reactor fuels behavior; (2) High temperature materials qualification; (3) Design methods development and validation; (4) Hydrogen production technologies; and (5) Energy conversion. This paper presents current R and D work that addresses fundamental thermal hydraulics issues that are relevant to a variety of possible NGNP designs

  17. Thermal hydraulics of the very high temperature gas cooled reactor

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    The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy, is conducting research on the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design concept for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. The reactor design will be a graphite moderated, thermal neutron spectrum reactor that will produce electricity and hydrogen in a highly efficient manner. The NGNP reactor core will be either a prismatic graphite block type core or a pebble bed core. The NGNP will use very high-burnup, low-enriched uranium, TRISO-coated fuel, and have a projected plant design service life of 60 years. The VHTR concept is considered to be the nearest-term reactor design that has the capability to efficiently produce hydrogen. The plant size, reactor thermal power, and core configuration will ensure passive decay heat removal without fuel damage or radioactive material releases during reactor core-accidents. The objectives of the NGNP Project are to: Demonstrate a full-scale prototype VHTR that is commercially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Demonstrate safe and economical nuclear-assisted production of hydrogen and electricity. The DOE laboratories, led by the INL, perform research and development (R and D) that will be critical to the success of the NGNP, primarily in the areas of: · High temperature gas reactor fuels behavior · High temperature materials qualification · Design methods development and validation · Hydrogen production technologies · Energy conversion. This paper presents current R and D work that addresses fundamental thermal hydraulics issues that are relevant to a variety of possible NGNP designs. (author)

  18. Thermal Hydraulic Analysis Using GIS on Application of HTR to Thermal Recovery of Heavy Oil Reservoirs

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    Yangping Zhou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available At present, large water demand and carbon dioxide (CO2 emissions have emerged as challenges of steam injection for oil thermal recovery. This paper proposed a strategy of superheated steam injection by the high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTR for thermal recovery of heavy oil, which has less demand of water and emission of CO2. The paper outlines the problems of conventional steam injection and addresses the advantages of superheated steam injection by HTR from the aspects of technology, economy, and environment. A Geographic Information System (GIS embedded with a thermal hydraulic analysis function is designed and developed to analyze the strategy, which can make the analysis work more practical and credible. Thermal hydraulic analysis using this GIS is carried out by applying this strategy to a reference heavy oil field. Two kinds of injection are considered and compared: wet steam injection by conventional boilers and superheated steam injection by HTR. The heat loss, pressure drop, and possible phase transformation are calculated and analyzed when the steam flows through the pipeline and well tube and is finally injected into the oil reservoir. The result shows that the superheated steam injection from HTR is applicable and promising for thermal recovery of heavy oil reservoirs.

  19. 75 FR 80544 - NUREG-1953, Confirmatory Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis To Support Specific Success Criteria in the...

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  20. Development of a frequency-domain coupled neutronic thermal-hydraulic stability analysis code STAC. Verification of thermal-hydraulic part of the code

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    A frequency-domain coupled neutronic thermal-hydraulic stability analysis code STAC is under development in TEPCO Systems Corporation (TEPSYS). The code is composed of the steady-state thermal-hydraulic calculation part and the transfer function calculation part. In the transfer function calculation part, neutronics, fuel heat conduction and thermal-hydraulics models are implemented. In this paper, the thermal hydraulic part of the code is focused on. A basic framework of the code is learned from NUFREQ-NP code. The basic equations are almost the same, but many modifications are conducted. The major modifications in the thermal-hydraulic part are 1) introduction of the finite difference scheme in spatial discretization to simplify the code structure and facilitate the modification of the code and 2) consideration of perturbation in almost all empirical correlations. The STAC code is validated using steady-state pressure drop and void fraction data which were measured in NUPEC full bundle test. A good agreement between predicted and measured values is shown thus the steady-state calculation part of the code is well validated. Then, the STAC code is validated using stability threshold power measurement test data. The stability threshold power is calculated by STAC and the predicted and measured values are compared. Those values agree well. Predicted and measured resonance frequencies are also compared and good agreement is observed. (author)

  1. Evaluation of hot spot factors for thermal and hydraulic design of HTTR

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    High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) is a graphite-moderated and helium gas-cooled reactor with 30 MW in thermal power and 950degC in reactor outlet coolant temperature. One of the major items in thermal and hydraulic design of the HTTR is to evaluate the maximum fuel temperature with a sufficient margin from a viewpoint of integrity of coated fuel particles. Hot spot factors are considered in the thermal and hydraulic design to evaluate the fuel temperature not only under the normal operation condition but also under any transient condition conservatively. This report summarizes the items of hot spot factors selected in the thermal and hydraulic design and their estimated values, and also presents evaluation results of the thermal and hydraulic characteristics of the HTTR briefly. (author)

  2. Thermal-hydraulic transient analysis of a packed particle bed reactor fuel element

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    Casey, William Emerson

    1990-01-01

    Title as it appears in the M.I.T. Graduate List, Jun. 4, 1990: Transient thermal-hydraulic analysis of a packed particle bed reactor fuel element A model which describes the thermal-hydraulic behavior of a packed particle bed reactor fuel element is developed and compared to a reference standard. The model represents a step toward a thermal-hydraulic module for a real-time, autonomous reactor powder controller. The general configuration of the fuel element is a bed of small (diameter about...

  3. Three-dimensional thermal-hydraulic response in LBLOCA based on MARS-KS calculation

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    Three-dimensional (3D) thermal-hydraulic analysis of an accident in Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has been extended to use since Best-Estimate (BE) calculation was allowed for safety analysis. The present study is to discuss why and how big differences can be obtained from the 1D and 3D thermal-hydraulic calculations for large break Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LBLOCA). Calculations are performed using MARS-KS code with one-dimensional (1D) modeling and with 3D modeling for reactor vessel of Advanced Power Reactor (APR1400). For the 3D modeling, the MULTI-D component of the MARS-KS code is applied. Especially, a hot channel having a size of one fuel assembly is also simulated. From the comparison of the calculation results, four differences are found: lower blowdown Peak Cladding Temperature (PCT) in 3D calculation, instantaneous stop of cladding heat-up, extent of blowdown quenching, and milder and longer reflood process in 3D calculation. The flow distribution in the core in 3D calculation could be one of the reasons for those differences. From the sensitivity study, the initial temperature at the reactor vessel upper head is found to have strong effect on the blowdown quenching, thus the reflood PCT and needs a careful consideration. (author)

  4. Thermal Hydraulic design parameters study for severe accidents using neural networks

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    Roh, Chang Hyun; Chang, Soon Heung [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Chang, Keun Sun [Sunmoon University, Asan (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    To provide the information on severe accident progression is very important for advanced or new type of nuclear power plant (NPP) design. A parametric study, therefore, was performed to investigate the effect of thermal hydraulic design parameters on severe accident progression of pressurized water reactors (PWRs). Nine parameters, which are considered important in NPP design or severe accident progression, were selected among the various thermal hydraulic design parameters. The backpropagation neural network (BPN) was used to determine parameters, which might more strongly affect the severe accident progression, among nine parameters. For training, different input patterns were generated by the latin hypercube sampling (LHS) technique and then different target patterns that contain core uncovery time and vessel failure time were obtained for Young Gwang Nuclear (YGN) Units 3 and 4 using modular accident analysis program (MAAP) 3.0B code. Three different severe accident scenarios, such as two loss of coolant accidents (LOCAs) and station blackout (SBO), were considered in this analysis. Results indicated that design parameters related to refueling water storage tank (RWST), accumulator and steam generator (S/G) have more dominant effects on the progression of severe accidents investigated, compared to the other six parameters. 9 refs., 5 tabs. (Author)

  5. Development of fuel performance and thermal hydraulic technology

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    Jung, Youn Ho; Song, K. N.; Kim, H. K. and others

    2000-03-01

    Space grid in LWR fuel assembly is a key structural component to support fuel rods and to enhance heat transfer from fuel rod to the coolant. Therefore, the original spacer grid has been developed. In addition, new phenomena in fuel behavior occurs at the high burnup, so that models to analyze those new phenomena were developed. Results of this project can be summarized as follows. - Seven different spacer grid candidates have been invented and submitted for domestic and US patents. Spacer grid test specimen(3x3 array and 5x5 array) were fabricated for each candidate and the mechanical tests were performed. - Basic technologies in the mechanical and thermal hydraulic behavior in the spacer grid development are studied and relevant test facilities were established - Fuel performance analysis models and programs were developed for the high burnup pellet and cladding, and fuel performance data base were compiled - Procedures of fuel characterization and in-/out of-pile tests were prepared - Conceptual design of fuel rod for integral PWR was carried out. (author)

  6. Thermal-hydraulic experiments for the PCHE type steam generator

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    Shin, C. W.; No, H. C. [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE) manufactured by HEATRIC is a compact type of the mini-channel heat exchanger. The PCHE is manufactured by diffusion bonding of the chemically-etched plates, and has high heat transfer rate due to a large surface. Therefore, the size of heat exchanger can be reduced by 1/5 - 1/6 and PCHE can be operated under high pressure, high temperature and multi-phase flow. Under such merits, it is used as heat exchanger with various purposes of gas cycle and water cycle. Recently, it is newly suggested as an application of a steam generator. IRIS of MIT and FASES of KAIST conceptually adopted PCHE as a steam generator. When using boiling condition of micro-channel, flow instability is one of the critical issues. Instability may cause unstable mass flow rate, sudden temperature change and system control failure. However instability tests of micro channels using water are very limited because the previous studies were focused on a single tube or other fluid instead of water. In KAIST, we construct the test facility to study the thermal hydraulics and fluid dynamics of the heat exchanger, especially occurrence of instability. By inducing the pressure drop of inlet water, amplitude of oscillation declined by 90%. Finally, the throttling effect was experimentally confirmed that PCHE could be utilized as a steam generator.

  7. Sensitivity theory applied to a transient thermal-hydraulics problem

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    Weber, C.F.; Oblow, E.M.

    1979-10-01

    A new method for sensitivity analysis of transient nonlinear problems is developed and applied to a reactor thermal-hydraulics problem. The method resembles the differential sensitivity methods currently used in the linear problems of reactor physics, but it is applicable to nonlinear systems as well. The equations governing heat transfer and fluid flow in a fuel pin and surrounding coolant are given and used to derive a second set of equations (commonly known as the adjoint equations) used in the sensitivity analysis. Both systems contain one second-order parabolic and one first-order hyperbolic partial differential equation. Difference equations are derived to approximate both systems and the convergence properties of these discrete systems are evaluated, yielding a useful analysis of the numerical solution. The solution functions are used to derive sensitivity coefficients for any desired integral response. These sensitivity coefficients are used in a first-order perturbation theory to predict changes in a response resulting from changes in parameter values. The results of a test problem are shown, verifying that this procedure is indeed useful for a wide variety of sensitivity calculations.

  8. Thermal hydraulics of accelerator driven system windowless targets

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    Bruno ePanella

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The study of the fluid dynamics of the windowless spallation target of an Accelerator Driven System (ADS is presented. Several target mockup configurations have been investigated: the first one was a symmetrical target, that was made by two concentric cylinders, the other configurations are not symmetrical. In the experiments water has been used as hydraulic equivalent to lead-bismuth eutectic fluid. The experiments have been carried out at room temperature and flow rate up to 24 kg/s. The fluid velocity components have been measured by an ultrasound technique. The velocity field of the liquid within the target region either for the approximately axial-symmetrical configuration or for the not symmetrical ones as a function of the flow rate and the initial liquid level is presented. A comparison of experimental data with the prediction of the finite volume FLUENT code is also presented. Moreover the results of a 2D-3D numerical analysis that investigates the effect on the steady state thermal and flow fields due to the insertion of guide vanes in the windowless target unit of the EFIT project ADS nuclear reactor are presented, by analysing both the cold flow case (absence of power generation and the hot flow case (nominal power generation inside the target unit.

  9. Development of fuel performance and thermal hydraulic technology

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    Space grid in LWR fuel assembly is a key structural component to support fuel rods and to enhance heat transfer from fuel rod to the coolant. Therefore, the original spacer grid has been developed. In addition, new phenomena in fuel behavior occurs at the high burnup, so that models to analyze those new phenomena were developed. Results of this project can be summarized as follows. - Seven different spacer grid candidates have been invented and submitted for domestic and US patents. Spacer grid test specimen(3x3 array and 5x5 array) were fabricated for each candidate and the mechanical tests were performed. - Basic technologies in the mechanical and thermal hydraulic behavior in the spacer grid development are studied and relevant test facilities were established - Fuel performance analysis models and programs were developed for the high burnup pellet and cladding, and fuel performance data base were compiled - Procedures of fuel characterization and in-/out of-pile tests were prepared - Conceptual design of fuel rod for integral PWR was carried out. (author)

  10. Thermal Margin Budget of a Simplified Core Thermal-Hydraulic Code for OPR1000

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    A thermal-hydraulic analysis of a pressurized water reactor (PWR) core is usually conducted by a subchannel analysis method to prove a safe and reliable operation of a reactor. The reactor core is divided into a number of subchannels within which the thermal-hydraulic conditions are considered to be radially uniform. The coolant moves through the subchannels formed between neighboring fuel rods and between the peripheral fuel rods and the reactor core shroud. A subchannel code such as THINC-IV and TORC solves the mass, momentum and energy equations for the subchannels by the finite-difference method. They calculate the minimum departure from nucleate boiling ratio (DNBR) in a PWR core which is a measure for the core thermal margin. A simplified thermal-hydraulic code, CETOP-D, was developed to quickly calculate the minimum DNBR (MDNBR) based on a four-channel core model. A three-dimensional transport coefficient model is used to radially group a flow subchannel into a 4-channel core representation. The CETOP-D model also includes an adjusted hot assembly inlet flow factor to account for the deviations in the MDNBR due to a code simplification. The hot assembly flow factor is adjusted to eliminate a possible non-conservatism in the MDNBR prediction by the CETOP-D code. The CETOP-D code and its simplified versions are used to calculate the MDNBR for on-line core monitoring and protection systems as well as a safety analysis for a Korea optimized PWR, OPR1000. The purpose of this study is to estimate the conservatism in CETOP-D MDNBR and the potential DNBR margin enhancement for the CETOP-D applications. The MDNBR values by the TORC and CETOP-D codes were compared for a wide range of operating conditions for the OPR1000

  11. Development of an Advanced Hydraulic Fracture Mapping System

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    Norm Warpinski; Steve Wolhart; Larry Griffin; Eric Davis

    2007-01-31

    The project to develop an advanced hydraulic fracture mapping system consisted of both hardware and analysis components in an effort to build, field, and analyze combined data from tiltmeter and microseismic arrays. The hardware sections of the project included: (1) the building of new tiltmeter housings with feedthroughs for use in conjunction with a microseismic array, (2) the development of a means to use separate telemetry systems for the tilt and microseismic arrays, and (3) the selection and fabrication of an accelerometer sensor system to improve signal-to-noise ratios. The analysis sections of the project included a joint inversion for analysis and interpretation of combined tiltmeter and microseismic data and improved methods for extracting slippage planes and other reservoir information from the microseisms. In addition, testing was performed at various steps in the process to assess the data quality and problems/issues that arose during various parts of the project. A prototype array was successfully tested and a full array is now being fabricated for industrial use.

  12. 78 FR 8202 - Meeting of the Joint ACRS Subcommittees on Thermal Hydraulic Phenomena and Materials, Metallurgy...

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    2013-02-05

    ... ACRS meetings were published in the Federal Register on October 18, 2012, (77 FR 64146- 64147... Hydraulic Phenomena and Materials, Metallurgy and Reactor Fuels; Notice of Meeting The Joint ACRS Subcommittees on Thermal Hydraulic Phenomena and Materials, Metallurgy and Reactor Fuels will hold a meeting...

  13. FY 1995 progress report on the ANS thermal-hydraulic test loop operation and results

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    Siman-Tov, M.; Felde, D.K.; Farquharson, G.; McDuffee, J.L.; McFee, M.T.; Ruggles, A.E.; Wendel, M.W.; Yoder, G.L.

    1997-07-01

    The Thermal-Hydraulic Test Loop (THTL) is an experimental facility constructed to support the development of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor (ANSR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The THTL facility was designed and built to provide known thermal-hydraulic (T/H) conditions for a simulated full-length coolant subchannel of the ANS reactor core, thus facilitating experimental determination of FE and CHF thermal limits under expected ANSR T/H conditions. Special consideration was given to allow operation of the system in a stiff mode (constant flow) and in a soft mode (constant pressure drop) for proper implementation of true FE and DNB experiments. The facility is also designed to examine other T/H phenomena, including onset of incipient boiling (IB), single-phase heat transfer coefficients and friction factors, and two-phase heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics. Tests will also be conducted that are representative of decay heat levels at both high pressure and low pressure as well as other quasi-equilibrium conditions encountered during transient scenarios. A total of 22 FE tests and 2 CHF tests were performed during FY 1994 and FY 1995 with water flowing vertically upward. Comparison of these data as well as extensive data from other investigators led to a proposed modification to the Saha and Zuber correlation for onset of significant void (OSV), applied to FE prediction. The modification takes into account a demonstrated dependence of the OSV or FE thermal limits on subcooling levels, especially in the low subcooling regime.

  14. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of the pellet bed reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Morley, N.J. (Institute for Space Nuclear Power Studies, Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1341 (United States)); El-Genk, M.S. (Institute for Space Nuclear Power Studies, Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1341 (United States))

    1994-09-01

    A two-dimensional steady-state thermal-hydraulics analysis of the pellet bed reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion is performed using the NUTHAM- S thermal-hydraulic code. The effects of axial heat and momentum transfers on the temperature and flow fields in the core are investigated. In addition, the porosity profile in the hot frit is optimized to avoid the development of a hot spot in the reactor core. Finally, a sensitivity analysis is performed using the optimized hot frit porosity profile to determine the effects of varying the propellant and core parameters on the peak fuel temperature and pressure drop across the core. These parameters include the inlet temperature and mass flow rate of the hydrogen propellant, average porosity of the core bed, the porosity of the hot frit, and local hot frit blockage. The peak temperature of the fuel is shown not to exceed its melting point as a result of changing any of these parameters from the base case, with the exception of hot frit blockage greater than 60% over a 0.12m axial segment of the hot frit. ((orig.))

  15. Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis of OECD Benchmark Problem for PBMR 400 Using MARS-GCR

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    Lee, Seung Wook; Jeong, Jae Jun; Lee, Won Jae [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-07-01

    The OECD benchmark problem for the PBMR 400 aims to test the existing methods for HTGRs but also develop the more accurate and efficient tools to analyse the neutronics and thermal-hydraulic behaviour for the design and safety evaluations of the PBMR. In addition, it includes defining appropriate benchmarks to verify and validate the new methods in computer codes. The benchmark procedure is divided into two parts; 1) phase I, which includes the stand-alone steady state calculations (neutronics and thermal-hydraulics) and coupled steady state calculation, 2) phase II, which includes various transient calculations. Till now, standalone calculations for neutronics and thermal-hydraulics were performed with given cross-section and power density data, respectively. This paper includes the standalone thermal-hydraulic calculation results of MARSGCR with a given power density. Although a preliminary steady state calculation coupled with MASTER was also performed, the calculation results will be released later.

  16. Isotope Production Facility Conceptual Thermal-Hydraulic Design Review and Scoping Calculations

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    Pasamehmetoglu, K.O.; Shelton, J.D.

    1998-08-01

    The thermal-hydraulic design of the target for the Isotope Production Facility (IPF) is reviewed. In support of the technical review, scoping calculations are performed. The results of the review and scoping calculations are presented in this report.

  17. Development of thermal hydraulic models for the reliable regulatory auditing code

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    Chung, B. D.; Song, C. H.; Lee, Y. J.; Kwon, T. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-04-15

    The objective of this project is to develop thermal hydraulic models for use in improving the reliability of the regulatory auditing codes. The current year fall under the first step of the 3 year project, and the main researches were focused on identifying the candidate thermal hydraulic models for improvement and to develop prototypical model development. During the current year, the verification calculations submitted for the APR 1400 design certification have been reviewed, the experimental data from the MIDAS DVI experiment facility in KAERI have been analyzed and evaluated, candidate thermal hydraulic models for improvement have been identified, prototypical models for the improved thermal hydraulic models have been developed, items for experiment in connection with the model development have been identified, and preliminary design of the experiment has been carried out.

  18. Progress of the DUPIC fuel compatibility analysis (II) - thermal-hydraulics

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    Park, Joo Hwan; Choi, Hang Bok

    2005-03-01

    Thermal-hydraulic compatibility of the DUPIC fuel bundle with a 713 MWe Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU-6) reactor was studied by using both the single channel and sub-channel analysis methods. The single channel analysis provides the fuel channel flow rate, pressure drop, critical channel power, and the channel exit quality, which are assessed against the thermal-hydraulic design requirements of the CANDU-6 reactor. The single channel analysis by the NUCIRC code showed that the thermal-hydraulic performance of the DUPIC fuel is not different from that of the standard CANDU fuel. Regarding the local flow characteristics, the sub-channel analysis also showed that the uncertainty of the critical channel power calculation for the DUPIC fuel channel is very small. As a result, both the single and sub-channel analyses showed that the key thermal-hydraulic parameters of the DUPIC fuel channel do not deteriorate compared to the standard CANDU fuel channel.

  19. Analysis of thermal-hydraulics of a marine reactor in an oscillating acceleration field

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    Kim, Jae Hak; Park, Goon Cherl [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-07-01

    In this study the RETRAN-03 code was modified to analyze the thermal-hydraulic transients under three-dimensional ship motions for the application to the future marine reactors. First Japanese nuclear ship MUTSU reactor have been analyzed under various ship motions to verify this code. As results, typical thermal-hydraulic characteristics of marine reactors such as flow rate oscillations and S/G water level oscillations are successfully simulated at various conditions.

  20. Current and anticipated uses of thermal-hydraulic codes in NFI

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    Tsuda, K. [Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Takayasu, M. [Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd., Sennann-gun (Japan)

    1997-07-01

    This paper presents the thermal-hydraulic codes currently used in NFI for the LWR fuel development and licensing application including transient and design basis accident analyses of LWR plants. The current status of the codes are described in the context of code capability, modeling feature, and experience of code application related to the fuel development and licensing. Finally, the anticipated use of the future thermal-hydraulic code in NFI is briefly given.

  1. Thermal Hydraulic Analysis of 3 MW TRIGA Research Reactor of Bangladesh Considering Different Cycles of Burnup

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    M. H. Altaf; Badrun, N. H.

    2014-01-01

    Burnup dependent steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of TRIGA Mark-II research reactor has been carried out utilizing coupled point kinetics, neutronics and thermal hydraulics code EUREKA-2/RR. From the previous calculations of neutronics parameters including percentage burnup of individual fuel elements performed so far for 700 MWD burnt core of TRIGA reactor showed that the fuel rod predicted as hottest at the beginning of cycle (fresh core) was found to remain as the hottest until 200 ...

  2. Thermal-hydraulic Optimization of Water-cooled Center Conductor Post for Spherical Tokamaks Reactor

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    柯严; 吴宜灿; 黄群英; 郑善良

    2002-01-01

    This paper proposes a conceptual structure of segmental water-cooled Center Con ductor Post (CCP) to be flexible in installment and replacement. Thermal-hydraulic optimization and sensitivity analysis of key parameters are performed based on a reference fusion transmutation system with 100 MW fusion power. Numerical simulation by using a commercial code PHOEN]CS has been carried out to be close to the thermal-hydraulic analytical results of the CCP mid-part.

  3. Description of a stable scheme for steady-state coupled Monte Carlo-thermal-hydraulic calculations

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    Dufek, Jan; Eduard Hoogenboom, J.

    2014-01-01

    We provide a detailed description of a numerically stable and efficient coupling scheme for steady-state Monte Carlo neutronic calculations with thermal-hydraulic feedback. While we have previously derived and published the stochastic approximation based method for coupling the Monte Carlo criticality and thermal-hydraulic calculations, its possible implementation has not been described in a step-by-step manner. As the simple description of the coupling scheme was repeatedly requested from us...

  4. Scientific Design of Large Scale Sodium Thermal-Hydraulic Test Facility in KAERI

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    A full passive decay heat removal system is implemented as an advanced design feature for the SFR which is currently being developed in Korea. Its operation depends purely on the natural circulation in a primary heat transport system and a passive decay heat removal system, and no active component or operator action is required. For the demonstration of the design concept, a large scale sodium thermal-hydraulic test facility is being designed with the plan of installation in 2013. In the experiments, the cooling capability during the long- and short-term periods after reactor shutdown will be demonstrated and also the produced experimental data will be utilized for the assessment and verification of the safety and performance analysis codes. In this paper, the preliminary design features of the test facility are presented along with the design requirements and methodology. (author)

  5. Nuclear thermal-hydraulics education: the Yankee Atomic/University of Lowell experience

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    This paper summarizes the long and meaningful relationship between the University of Lowell (UL) and Yankee Atomic Electric Company (YAEC) in the area of nuclear thermal hydraulics. The UL has actively interacted with YAEC for many years. Many UL graduates from the nuclear program as well as health physics and other disciplines are employed by YAEC. Furthermore, many students have worked for YAEC on a part-time basis through summer employment or the coop program. Several graduate students have completed their thesis work under the joint direction of UL and YAEC personnel, and some faculty members have had consulting and research contracts with the company. At the same time, YAEC employees have taken advantage of the graduate program offered by UL and have earned advanced degrees. Some YAEC personnel have taught courses at UL and have served on the industrial advisory committees

  6. Coupled neutronics/thermal-hydraulics and safety characteristics of liquid-fueled molten salt reactors

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    Qiu, Suizheng; Zhang, Dalin; Liu, Minghao; Liu, Limin; Xu, Rongshuan; Gong, Cheng; Su, Guanghui [Xi' an Jiaotong Univ. (China). State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering

    2016-05-15

    Molten salt reactor (MSR) as one candidate of the Generation IV advanced nuclear power systems is attracted more attention in China due to its top ranked fuel cycle and thorium utilization. The MSRs are characterized by using liquid-fuel, which offers complicated coupling problem of neutronics and thermal hydraulics. In this paper, the fundamental model and numerical method are established to calculate and analyze the safety characteristics for liquid-fuel MSRs. The theories and methodologies are applied to the MOSART concept. The liquid-fuel flow effects on neutronics, reactivity coefficients and three operation parameters' influences at steady state are obtained, which provide the basic information for safety analysis. The unprotected loss of flow transient is calculated, the results of which shows the inherent safety characteristics of MOSART due to its strong negative reactivity feedbacks.

  7. The status of studies on fast reactor core thermal hydraulics at PNC

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    An outlook was addressed on investigative activities of the fast reactor core thermal-hydraulics at Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation. Firstly, a computational modeling to predict flow field under natural circulation decay heat removal condition using multi-dimensional codes and its validation were presented. The validation was carried out through calculations of sodium experiments on an inter-subassembly heat transfer, a transient from forced to natural circulation and an inter-wrapper flow. Secondly, experimental and computational studies were expressed on local blockage with porous media in a fuel subassembly. Lastly, information was presented on an advanced computational code based on a subchannel analysis code. The code is under the development and extended to perform whole core simulation. (author)

  8. Coupled neutronics/thermal-hydraulics and safety characteristics of liquid-fueled molten salt reactors

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    Molten salt reactor (MSR) as one candidate of the Generation IV advanced nuclear power systems is attracted more attention in China due to its top ranked fuel cycle and thorium utilization. The MSRs are characterized by using liquid-fuel, which offers complicated coupling problem of neutronics and thermal hydraulics. In this paper, the fundamental model and numerical method are established to calculate and analyze the safety characteristics for liquid-fuel MSRs. The theories and methodologies are applied to the MOSART concept. The liquid-fuel flow effects on neutronics, reactivity coefficients and three operation parameters' influences at steady state are obtained, which provide the basic information for safety analysis. The unprotected loss of flow transient is calculated, the results of which shows the inherent safety characteristics of MOSART due to its strong negative reactivity feedbacks.

  9. Development of a preliminary PIRT (Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table) of thermal-hydraulic phenomena for SMART

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    Chung, Bub Dong; Lee, Won Jae; Kim, Hee Cheol; Song, Jin Ho; Sim, Suk Ku [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    The work reported in this paper identifies the thermal-hydraulic phenomena that are expected to occur during a number of key transients in SMART (System-integrated Modular Advanced ReacTor) which is under development at KAERI. The result of this effort is based on the current design concept of SMART integral reactor. Although the design is still evolving, the preliminary Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT) has been developed based on the experts` knowledge and experience. The preliminary PIRT has been developed by consensus of KAERI expert panelists and AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process). Preliminary PIRT developed in this paper is intended to be used to identify and integrate development areas of further experimental tests needed, thermal hydraulic models and correlations and code improvements for the safety analysis of the SMART. 8 refs., 4 tabs (Author)

  10. Thermal hydraulic-severe accident code interfaces for SCDAP/RELAP5/MOD3.2

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    Coryell, E.W.; Siefken, L.J.; Harvego, E.A. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)] [and others

    1997-07-01

    The SCDAP/RELAP5 computer code is designed to describe the overall reactor coolant system thermal-hydraulic response, core damage progression, and fission product release during severe accidents. The code is being developed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory under the primary sponsorship of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The code is the result of merging the RELAP5, SCDAP, and COUPLE codes. The RELAP5 portion of the code calculates the overall reactor coolant system, thermal-hydraulics, and associated reactor system responses. The SCDAP portion of the code describes the response of the core and associated vessel structures. The COUPLE portion of the code describes response of lower plenum structures and debris and the failure of the lower head. The code uses a modular approach with the overall structure, input/output processing, and data structures following the pattern established for RELAP5. The code uses a building block approach to allow the code user to easily represent a wide variety of systems and conditions through a powerful input processor. The user can represent a wide variety of experiments or reactor designs by selecting fuel rods and other assembly structures from a range of representative core component models, and arrange them in a variety of patterns within the thermalhydraulic network. The COUPLE portion of the code uses two-dimensional representations of the lower plenum structures and debris beds. The flow of information between the different portions of the code occurs at each system level time step advancement. The RELAP5 portion of the code describes the fluid transport around the system. These fluid conditions are used as thermal and mass transport boundary conditions for the SCDAP and COUPLE structures and debris beds.

  11. FY 1993 progress report on the ANS thermal-hydraulic test loop operation and results

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    Siman-Tov, M.; Felde, D.K.; Farquharson, G. [and others

    1994-07-01

    The Thermal-Hydraulic Test Loop (THTL) is an experimental facility constructed to support the development of the Advanced Neutron Source Reactor (ANSR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Highly subcooled heavy-water coolant flows vertically upward at a very high mass flux of almost 27 MG/m{sup 2}-s. In a parallel fuel plate configuration as in the ANSR, the flow is subject to a potential excursive static-flow instability that can very rapidly lead to flow starvation and departure from nucleate boiling (DNB) in the ``hot channel``. The current correlations and experimental data bases for flow excursion (FE) and critical heat flux (CHF) seldom evaluate the specific combination of ANSR operating parameters. The THTL facility was designed and built to provide known thermal-hydraulic (T/H) conditions for a simulated full-length coolant subchannel of the ANS reactor core, thus facilitating experimental determination of FE and CHF thermal limits under expected ANSR T/H conditions. A series of FE tests with water flowing vertically upward was completed over a nominal heat flux range of 6 to 17 MW/m{sup 2}, a mass flux range of 8 to 28 Mg/m{sup 2}-s, an exit pressure range of 1.4 to 2.1 MPa, and an inlet temperature range of 40 to 50 C. FE experiments were also conducted using as ``soft`` a system as possible to secure a true FE phenomena (actual secondary burnout). True DNB experiments under similar conditions were also conducted. To the author`s knowledge, no other FE data have been reported in the literature to date that dover such a combination of conditions of high mass flux, high heat flux, and moderately high pressure.

  12. Development of Mitsubishi high thermal performance grid. CFD applicability for thermal hydraulic design

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    Mitsubishi has developed a new zircalloy grid spacer for PWR fuel with higher thermal performance. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) evaluation method has been applied for designing of the new lower pressure loss and higher Departure from Nucleate Boiling (DNB) benefit grid spacer. Reduction of pressure loss of grid structures has been examined by CFD. Also, CFD has been developed as a design tool to predict the coolant mixing ability of vane structures, which is to compare the relative peak spot temperatures around fuel rods at the same heat flux condition. Prototype grids were manufactured and several tests, which were pressure loss measurements, cross-flow measurements and freon DNB tests, were conducted to verify CFD predictions. It is concluded that the applicability of the CFD evaluation method for the thermal hydraulic design of the grid is confirmed. (author)

  13. Validation and Calibration of Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics Multiscale Multiphysics Models - Subcooled Flow Boiling Study

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    Anh Bui; Nam Dinh; Brian Williams

    2013-09-01

    In addition to validation data plan, development of advanced techniques for calibration and validation of complex multiscale, multiphysics nuclear reactor simulation codes are a main objective of the CASL VUQ plan. Advanced modeling of LWR systems normally involves a range of physico-chemical models describing multiple interacting phenomena, such as thermal hydraulics, reactor physics, coolant chemistry, etc., which occur over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. To a large extent, the accuracy of (and uncertainty in) overall model predictions is determined by the correctness of various sub-models, which are not conservation-laws based, but empirically derived from measurement data. Such sub-models normally require extensive calibration before the models can be applied to analysis of real reactor problems. This work demonstrates a case study of calibration of a common model of subcooled flow boiling, which is an important multiscale, multiphysics phenomenon in LWR thermal hydraulics. The calibration process is based on a new strategy of model-data integration, in which, all sub-models are simultaneously analyzed and calibrated using multiple sets of data of different types. Specifically, both data on large-scale distributions of void fraction and fluid temperature and data on small-scale physics of wall evaporation were simultaneously used in this work’s calibration. In a departure from traditional (or common-sense) practice of tuning/calibrating complex models, a modern calibration technique based on statistical modeling and Bayesian inference was employed, which allowed simultaneous calibration of multiple sub-models (and related parameters) using different datasets. Quality of data (relevancy, scalability, and uncertainty) could be taken into consideration in the calibration process. This work presents a step forward in the development and realization of the “CIPS Validation Data Plan” at the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs to enable

  14. Thermal-Hydraulic Design of a Fluoride High-Temperature Demonstration Reactor

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    Carbajo, Juan J [ORNL; Qualls, A L [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The Fluoride High-Temperature Reactor (FHR) named the Demonstration Reactor (DR) is a novel reactor concept using molten salt coolant and TRIstructural ISOtropic (TRISO) fuel that is being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The objective of the FHR DR is to advance the technology readiness level of FHRs. The FHR DR will demonstrate technologies needed to close remaining gaps to commercial viability. The FHR DR has a thermal power of 100 MWt, very similar to the SmAHTR, another FHR ORNL concept (Refs. 1 and 2) with a power of 125 MWt. The FHR DR is also a small version of the Advanced High Temperature Reactor (AHTR), with a power of 3400 MWt, cooled by a molten salt and also being developed at ORNL (Ref. 3). The FHR DR combines three existing technologies: (1) high-temperature, low-pressure molten salt coolant, (2) high-temperature coated-particle TRISO fuel, (3) and passive decay heat cooling systems by using Direct Reactor Auxiliary Cooling Systems (DRACS). This paper presents FHR DR thermal-hydraulic design calculations.

  15. Thermal hydraulics modeling of the US Geological Survey TRIGA reactor

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    Alkaabi, Ahmed K.

    The Geological Survey TRIGA reactor (GSTR) is a 1 MW Mark I TRIGA reactor located in Lakewood, Colorado. Single channel GSTR thermal hydraulics models built using RELAP5/MOD3.3, RELAP5-3D, TRACE, and COMSOL Multiphysics predict the fuel, outer clad, and coolant temperatures as a function of position in the core. The results from the RELAP5/MOD3.3, RELAP5-3D, and COMSOL models are similar. The TRACE model predicts significantly higher temperatures, potentially resulting from inappropriate convection correlations. To more accurately study the complex fluid flow patterns within the core, this research develops detailed RELAP5/MOD3.3 and COMSOL multichannel models of the GSTR core. The multichannel models predict lower fuel, outer clad, and coolant temperatures compared to the single channel models by up to 16.7°C, 4.8°C, and 9.6°C, respectively, as a result of the higher mass flow rates predicted by these models. The single channel models and the RELAP5/MOD3.3 multichannel model predict that the coolant temperatures in all fuel rings rise axially with core height, as the coolant in these models flows predominantly in the axial direction. The coolant temperatures predicted by the COMSOL multichannel model rise with core height in the B-, C-, and D-rings and peak and then decrease in the E-, F-, and G-rings, as the coolant tends to flow from the bottom sides of the core to the center of the core in this model. Experiments at the GSTR measured coolant temperatures in the GSTR core to validate the developed models. The axial temperature profiles measured in the GSTR show that the flow patterns predicted by the COMSOL multichannel model are consistent with the actual conditions in the core. Adjusting the RELAP5/MOD3.3 single and multichannel models by modifying the axial and cross-flow areas allow them to better predict the GSTR coolant temperatures; however, the adjusted models still fail to predict accurate axial temperature profiles in the E-, F-, and G-rings.

  16. Advanced Spacecraft Thermal Modeling Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — For spacecraft developers who spend millions to billions of dollars per unit and require 3 to 7 years to deploy, the LoadPath reduced-order (RO) modeling thermal...

  17. JPL Advanced Thermal Control Technology Roadmap - 2012

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    Birur, Gaj; Rodriguez, Jose I.

    2012-01-01

    NASA's new emphasis on human exploration program for missions beyond LEO requires development of innovative and revolutionary technologies. Thermal control requirements of future NASA science instruments and missions are very challenging and require advanced thermal control technologies. Limited resources requires organizations to cooperate and collaborate; government, industry, universities all need to work together for the successful development of these technologies.

  18. Hydraulic Shuttle Irradiation System (HSIS) Recently Installed in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR)

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    A. Joseph Palmer; Gerry L. McCormick; Shannon J. Corrigan

    2010-06-01

    2010 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP’10) ANS Annual Meeting Imbedded Topical San Diego, CA June 13 – 17, 2010 Hydraulic Shuttle Irradiation System (HSIS) Recently Installed in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) Author: A. Joseph Palmer, Mechanical Engineer, Irradiation Test Programs, 208-526-8700, Joe.Palmer@INL.gov Affiliation: Idaho National Laboratory P.O. Box 1625, MS-3840 Idaho Falls, ID 83415 INL/CON-10-17680 ABSTRACT Most test reactors are equipped with shuttle facilities (sometimes called rabbit tubes) whereby small capsules can be inserted into the reactor and retrieved during power operations. With the installation of Hydraulic Shuttle Irradiation System (HSIS) this capability has been restored to the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The general design and operating principles of this system were patterned after the hydraulic rabbit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), which has operated successfully for many years. Using primary coolant as the motive medium the HSIS system is designed to simultaneously transport fourteen shuttle capsules, each 16 mm OD x 57 mm long, to and from the B-7 position of the reactor. The B-7 position is one of the higher flux positions in the reactor with typical thermal and fast (>1 Mev) fluxes of 2.8E+14 n/cm2/sec and 1.9E+14 n/cm2/sec respectively. The available space inside each shuttle is approximately 14 mm diameter x 50 mm long. The shuttle containers are made from titanium which was selected for its low neutron activation properties and durability. Shuttles can be irradiated for time periods ranging from a few minutes to several months. The Send and Receive Station (SRS) for the HSIS is located 2.5 m deep in the ATR canal which allows irradiated shuttles to be easily moved from the SRS to a wet loaded cask, or transport pig. The HSIS system first irradiated (empty) shuttles in September 2009 and has since completed

  19. Comparative risks of hydraulic, thermal and nuclear work in a large electrical utility

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    Data is presented on the fatalities and accidents that have occurred in the construction and operation of hydraulic, thermal and nuclear generating facilities brought into service and operated by Ontario Hydro, a large Canadian utility, in the period 1970 to 1979. Results are also given of a prospective cohort epidemiological study of thermal and nuclear station workers which was begun in 1974. (author)

  20. Current and anticipated uses of the thermal hydraulics codes at the NRC

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    Caruso, R.

    1997-07-01

    The focus of Thermal-Hydraulic computer code usage in nuclear regulatory organizations has undergone a considerable shift since the codes were originally conceived. Less work is being done in the area of {open_quotes}Design Basis Accidents,{close_quotes}, and much more emphasis is being placed on analysis of operational events, probabalistic risk/safety assessment, and maintenance practices. All of these areas need support from Thermal-Hydraulic computer codes to model the behavior of plant fluid systems, and they all need the ability to perform large numbers of analyses quickly. It is therefore important for the T/H codes of the future to be able to support these needs, by providing robust, easy-to-use, tools that produce easy-to understand results for a wider community of nuclear professionals. These tools need to take advantage of the great advances that have occurred recently in computer software, by providing users with graphical user interfaces for both input and output. In addition, reduced costs of computer memory and other hardware have removed the need for excessively complex data structures and numerical schemes, which make the codes more difficult and expensive to modify, maintain, and debug, and which increase problem run-times. Future versions of the T/H codes should also be structured in a modular fashion, to allow for the easy incorporation of new correlations, models, or features, and to simplify maintenance and testing. Finally, it is important that future T/H code developers work closely with the code user community, to ensure that the code meet the needs of those users.

  1. Development of system analysis code for thermal-hydraulic simulation of integral reactor, Rex-10

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    2010-10-15

    Rex-10 is an environment-friendly and economical small-scale nuclear reactor to provide the energy for district heating as well as the electric power in micro-grid. This integral reactor comprises several innovative concepts supported by advanced primary circuit components, low coolant parameters and natural circulation cooling. To evaluate the system performance and thermal-hydraulic behavior of the reactor, a system analysis code is being developed so that the new designs and technologies adopted in Rex-10 can be reflected. The research efforts are absorbed in programming the simple and fast-running thermal-hydraulic analysis software. The details of hydrodynamic governing equations component models and numerical solution scheme used in this code are presented in this paper. On the basis of one-dimensional momentum integral model, the models of point reactor neutron kinetics for thorium-fueled core, physical processes in the steam-gas pressurizer, and heat transfers in helically coiled steam generator are implemented to the system code. Implicit numerical scheme is employed to momentum and energy equations to assure the numerical stability. The accuracy of simulation is validated by applying the solution method to the Rex-10 test facility. Calculated natural circulation flow rate and coolant temperature at steady-state are compared to the experimental data. The validation is also carried out for the transients in which the sudden reduction in the core power or the feedwater flow takes place. The code's capability to predict the steady-state flow by natural convection and the qualitative behaviour of the primary system in the transients is confirmed. (Author)

  2. Steady-state thermal-hydraulic of pebble bed blanket on hybrid reactor

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    This paper gives thermal-hydraulic studies of pebble bed blanket on Hybrid Reactor. The concept of whole pebble bed blanket and the cooling methods are presented. The thermal-hydraulic characteristics of pebble bed are summarized. The theoretical model and code for solving heat transfer and flowing are presented. By using this code the calculation and analysis of thermal hydraulic of pebble bed Blanket of Hybrid Reactor are also given. In order to improve the flexibility, safety and economy, the authors select pebble beds not only to breed Tritium, but also to breed fission material and to multiply neutron. 5 MPa Helium is used as coolant and 0.05 MPa-0.1 MPa Helium is used as Purge gas. The heat transfer mechanisms of pebble bed are very complicated which include conduction, convection and radiation. In order to study the thermal-hydraulic of the bed, the authors just simply consider it as homogeneous and continuous binary phase medium as that used in the porous medium at the condition that the size of the bed is much greater than that of the balls. The coolant or the purge gas flowing through the bed is just considered existing a cooling source in the bed. It also significantly influences the effective conductivity's of the bed. Porous fraction, the main factor of the bed depends on the geometry position and parameters. From this model, one can obtain the thermal-hydraulic governing equations of the bed

  3. European liquid metal thermal-hydraulics R and D: present and future

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    A large role is attributed in the future within the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP) and especially the underlying European Sustainable Nuclear Industry Initiative (ESNII) to the application of fast reactors for sustainable nuclear energy production. Specifically, fast reactors are considered attractive because of their possibility to use natural resources efficiently and to reduce the volume and lifetime of nuclear waste. Currently four demonstration projects have a promising outlook in Europe, i.e. the ASTRID project in France, the MYRRHA project in Belgium, the ALFRED project developed in Europe and to be built in Romania, and the ELECTRA project in Sweden. Sodium and lead(-alloys) are envisaged as coolants for these reactors. Obviously, in the development of these reactors, thermal-hydraulics is recognized as a key challenge with emphasis on safety issues. This paper will discuss the present development status of liquid metal cooled reactor thermal-hydraulics as an outcome of the European 7. framework programme THINS (Thermal-Hydraulics for Innovative Nuclear Systems) project. The main project results with respect to liquid metal cooled reactors will be summarized, i.e. turbulence heat transfer model development, fuel assembly analysis, pool thermal-hydraulics, system behaviour, multi-phase physics, and multiscale thermal-hydraulics simulation. In conclusion, the main challenges for future developments will be indicated. Emphasis will be put on the important experimental and numerical challenges. (authors)

  4. Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis Tasks for ANAV NPPs in Support of Plant Operation and Control

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Thermal-hydraulic analysis tasks aimed at supporting plant operation and control of nuclear power plants are an important issue for the Asociación Nuclear Ascó-Vandellòs (ANAV. ANAV is the consortium that runs the Ascó power plants (2 units and the Vandellòs-II power plant. The reactors are Westinghouse-design, 3-loop PWRs with an approximate electrical power of 1000 MW. The Technical University of Catalonia (UPC thermal-hydraulic analysis team has jointly worked together with ANAV engineers at different levels in the analysis and improvement of these reactors. This article is an illustration of the usefulness of computational analysis for operational support. The contents presented were operational between 1985 and 2001 and subsequently changed slightly following various organizational adjustments. The paper has two different parts. In the first part, it describes the specific aspects of thermal-hydraulic analysis tasks related to operation and control and, in the second part, it briefly presents the results of three examples of analyses that were performed. All the presented examples are related to actual situations in which the scenarios were studied by analysts using thermal-hydraulic codes and prepared nodalizations. The paper also includes a qualitative evaluation of the benefits obtained by ANAV through thermal-hydraulic analyses aimed at supporting operation and plant control.

  5. Finite mixture models for sensitivity analysis of thermal hydraulic codes for passive safety systems analysis

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    Di Maio, Francesco, E-mail: francesco.dimaio@polimi.it [Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); Nicola, Giancarlo [Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); Zio, Enrico [Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); Chair on System Science and Energetic Challenge Fondation EDF, Ecole Centrale Paris and Supelec, Paris (France); Yu, Yu [School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, North China Electric Power University, 102206 Beijing (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Uncertainties of TH codes affect the system failure probability quantification. • We present Finite Mixture Models (FMMs) for sensitivity analysis of TH codes. • FMMs approximate the pdf of the output of a TH code with a limited number of simulations. • The approach is tested on a Passive Containment Cooling System of an AP1000 reactor. • The novel approach overcomes the results of a standard variance decomposition method. - Abstract: For safety analysis of Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), Best Estimate (BE) Thermal Hydraulic (TH) codes are used to predict system response in normal and accidental conditions. The assessment of the uncertainties of TH codes is a critical issue for system failure probability quantification. In this paper, we consider passive safety systems of advanced NPPs and present a novel approach of Sensitivity Analysis (SA). The approach is based on Finite Mixture Models (FMMs) to approximate the probability density function (i.e., the uncertainty) of the output of the passive safety system TH code with a limited number of simulations. We propose a novel Sensitivity Analysis (SA) method for keeping the computational cost low: an Expectation Maximization (EM) algorithm is used to calculate the saliency of the TH code input variables for identifying those that most affect the system functional failure. The novel approach is compared with a standard variance decomposition method on a case study considering a Passive Containment Cooling System (PCCS) of an Advanced Pressurized reactor AP1000.

  6. Development of Computer Program for Whole Core Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis of Fast Reactors

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    A whole core thermal-hydraulic analysis program ACT was developed for the purpose of evaluating detailed in-core thermal-hydraulic phenomena of sodium cooled fast reactors under various reactor operation conditions. ACT consists of four kinds of calculation modules, i.e., fuel-assembly, inter-wrapper gap (core barrel), upper plenum and heat transport system modules. The latter two modules give proper boundary conditions for the reactor core thermal-hydraulic analysis. These four modules are coupled with each other by using MPI and calculate simultaneously on a cluster workstation. ACT was applied to analyzing a sodium experiment performed at JNC, which simulated the natural circulation decay heat removal under PRACS and DRACS operation condition. In the experiment, not only inter-wrapper flows but also reverses flows in the fuel assemblies were observed. ACT succeeded in simulating such complicated phenomena. (authors)

  7. FX2-TH: a two-dimensional nuclear reactor kinetics code with thermal-hydraulic feedback

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    Shober, R.A.; Daly, T.A.; Ferguson, D.R.

    1978-10-01

    FX2-TH is a two-dimensional, time-dependent nuclear reactor kinetics program with thermal and hydraulic feedback. The neutronics model used is multigroup neutron diffusion theory. The following geometry options are available: x, r, x-y, r-z, theta-r, and triangular. FX2-TH contains two basic thermal and hydraulic models: a simple adiabatic fuel temperature calculation, and a more detailed model consisting of an explicit representation of a fuel pin, gap, clad, and coolant. FX2-TH allows feedback effects from both fuel temperature (Doppler) and coolant temperature (density) changes. FX2-TH will calculate a consistent set of steady state conditions by iterating between the neutronics and thermal-hydraulics until convergence is reached. The time-dependent calculation is performed by the use of the improved quasistatic method. A disk editing capability is available. FX2-TH is operational on IBM system 360 or 370 computers and on the CDC 7600.

  8. Thermal hydraulic analysis for the Oregon State TRIGA reactor using RELAP5-3D

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    Thermal hydraulic analyses have being conducted at Oregon State University (OSU) in support of the conversion of the OSU TRIGA reactor (OSTR) core from high-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel as part of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program. The goals of the thermal hydraulic analyses were to calculate natural circulation flow rates, coolant temperatures and fuel temperatures as a function of core power for both the HEU and LEU cores; calculate peak values of fuel temperature, cladding temperature, surface heat flux as well as departure from nuclear boiling ratio (DNBR) for steady state and pulse operation; and perform accident analyses for the accident scenarios identified in the OSTR safety analysis report. RELAP5-3D Version 2.4.2 was implemented to develop a model for the thermal hydraulic study. The OSTR core conversion is planned to take place in late 2008. (author)

  9. Benchmark of SIMULATE5 thermal hydraulics against the Frigg and NUPEC full bundle test experiments

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    SIMULATE5 is Studsvik Scandpower's next generation nodal code. The core portion of the thermal hydraulic models of PWR and BWRs are treated as essentially identical, with each assembly having an active channel and a number of parallel water channels. In addition, the BWR assembly may be divided into four radial sub-assemblies. For natural circulation reactors, the BWR thermal hydraulic model is capable of modeling an entire vessel loop: core, chimney, upper plenum, standpipes, steam separators, downcomer, recirculation pumps, and lower plenum. This paper presents results of the validation of the BWR thermal hydraulic model against: (1) pressure drop data measured in the Frigg and NUPEC test facilities; (2) void fraction distribution measured in the Frigg and NUPEC loops; (3) quarter-assembly void fraction measured in the NUPEC experiments and (4) natural and forced circulation flow measurements in the Frigg loop. (author)

  10. IMPULSE - advanced nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Ivanenok, J.F. III; Wett, J.F. [Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    1993-12-31

    The IMPULSE nuclear thermal rocket concept provides an evolutionary step toward high thrust-to-weight and specific impulse over a wide operating range. Most of the components and features of the concept are based on demonstrated or proven technology from the NER VA/Rover program. The performance increase is due to the use of a new solid nuclear fuel shape. The new fuel shape provides a large flow area while maintaining flow control and eliminating hot spots due to fuel-to-fuel contact. The control and eliminating hot spots due to fuel-to-fuel contact. The IMPULSE reactor utilizes a multi-pass, series flow configuration to provide excess turbine power while improving the thermal efficiency of the overall system. This configuration also provides a large area for moderator. The IMPULSE concept can provide a specific impulse of up to 1000 seconds and trust to weight ratios approaching 40. The improved performance will reduce the Initial Mass In Low Earth Orbit (IMLEO) and provide a consequent reduction in launch costs and logistics problems.

  11. Thermoelectric Devices Advance Thermal Management

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    2007-01-01

    Thermoelectric (TE) devices heat, cool, and generate electricity when a temperature differential is provided between the two module faces. In cooperation with NASA, Chico, California-based United States Thermoelectric Consortium Inc. (USTC) built a gas emissions analyzer (GEA) for combustion research. The GEA precipitated hydrocarbon particles, preventing contamination that would hinder precise rocket fuel analysis. The USTC research and design team uses patent-pending dimple, pin-fin, microchannel and microjet structures to develop and design heat dissipation devices on the mini-scale level, which not only guarantee high performance of products, but also scale device size from 1 centimeter to 10 centimeters. USTC continues to integrate the benefits of TE devices in its current line of thermal management solutions and has found the accessibility of NASA technical research to be a valuable, sustainable resource that has continued to positively influence its product design and manufacturing

  12. SUPERENERGY-2: a multiassembly, steady-state computer code for LMFBR core thermal-hydraulic analysis

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    Core thermal-hydraulic design and performance analyses for Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBRs) require repeated detailed multiassembly calculations to determine radial temperature profiles and subchannel outlet temperatures for various core configurations and subassembly structural analyses. At steady-state, detailed core-wide temperature profiles are required for core restraint calculations and subassembly structural analysis. In addition, sodium outlet temperatures are routinely needed for each reactor operating cycle. The SUPERENERGY-2 thermal-hydraulic code was designed specifically to meet these designer needs. It is applicable only to steady-state, forced-convection flow in LMFBR core geometries

  13. Thermal - hydraulic analysis of pressurizer water reactors using the model of open lateral boundary

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    A computational method is developed for thermal-hydraulic analysis, where the channel may be analysed by more than one independent steps of calculation. This is made possible by the incorporation of the model of open lateral boundary in the code COBRA-IIIP, which permits the determination of the subchannel of an open lattice PWR core in a multi-step calculation. The thermal-hydraulic code COBRA-IIIP, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is used as the basic model for this study. (Author)

  14. Current and anticipated uses of thermal hydraulic codes at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute

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    Akimoto, Hajime; Kukita; Ohnuki, Akira [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1997-07-01

    The Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) is conducting several research programs related to thermal-hydraulic and neutronic behavior of light water reactors (LWRs). These include LWR safety research projects, which are conducted in accordance with the Nuclear Safety Commission`s research plan, and reactor engineering projects for the development of innovative reactor designs or core/fuel designs. Thermal-hydraulic and neutronic codes are used for various purposes including experimental analysis, nuclear power plant (NPP) safety analysis, and design assessment.

  15. Development of water packing mitigation scheme for MARS 3- dimensional thermal-hydraulic module

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    Water packing mitigation scheme was developed to enhance the numerical stability and calculational efficiency of MARS 3-dimensional thermal-hydraulic module. The water packing phenomena is unphysical pressure spike which occurs in a two-phase system thermal-hydraulic code using Eulerian finite difference method. Great velocities developed from large pressure spike slow down the calculation efficiency due to the stability limit. Also, large pressure spike and subsequent low pressure can make errors in thermodynamic state table search. The developed water packing mitigation scheme was implemented in MARS3D module. It is shown from the results of some benchmark problema that numerical stability and calculational efficiency were improved

  16. Light-water-reactor coupled neutronic and thermal-hydraulic codes

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    An overview is presented of computer codes that model light water reactor cores with coupled neutronics and thermal-hydraulics. This includes codes for transient analysis and codes for steady state analysis which include fuel depletion and fission product buildup. Applications in nuclear design, reactor operations and safety analysis are given and the major codes in use in the USA are identified. The neutronic and thermal-hydraulic methodologies and other code features are outlined for three steady state codes (PDQ7, NODE-P/B and SIMULATE) and four dynamic codes (BNL-TWIGL, MEKIN, RAMONA-3B, RETRAN-02). Speculation as to future trends with such codes is also presented

  17. Thermal-hydraulics and safety concepts of supercritical water cooled reactors

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    The paper summarizes the status of safety system development for supercritical water cooled reactors and of thermal-hydraulic codes needed to analyze them. While active safety systems are well understood today and expected to perform as required, the development of passive safety systems will still need further optimization. Depressurization transients have successfully been simulated with some codes by a pseudo-two-phase flow simulation of supercritical water. Open issues of thermal-hydraulic codes include modeling of deteriorated heat transfer in one-dimensional system codes and predictions of heat transfer during depressurization transients from supercritical to sub-critical conditions. (author)

  18. Thermal hydraulic analysis of the multipurpose research reactor RMB using a RELAP5 model

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    The Multipurpose Brazilian Reactor (RMB) will be an open pool multipurpose research reactor using low enriched uranium fuel (LEU). This paper presents the RMB nodalization and the first thermal hydraulic results of steady state calculations using the RELAP5-MOD3.3 code. Several current investigations have shown that RELAP5 code can be also applied for thermal hydraulic analysis of nuclear research systems with good predictions in spite of such code was initially projected to studies of commercial nuclear power plants. (author)

  19. Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing Technology for Unconventional Tight Gas Reservoirs

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    Stephen Holditch; A. Daniel Hill; D. Zhu

    2007-06-19

    The objectives of this project are to develop and test new techniques for creating extensive, conductive hydraulic fractures in unconventional tight gas reservoirs by statistically assessing the productivity achieved in hundreds of field treatments with a variety of current fracturing practices ranging from 'water fracs' to conventional gel fracture treatments; by laboratory measurements of the conductivity created with high rate proppant fracturing using an entirely new conductivity test - the 'dynamic fracture conductivity test'; and by developing design models to implement the optimal fracture treatments determined from the field assessment and the laboratory measurements. One of the tasks of this project is to create an 'advisor' or expert system for completion, production and stimulation of tight gas reservoirs. A central part of this study is an extensive survey of the productivity of hundreds of tight gas wells that have been hydraulically fractured. We have been doing an extensive literature search of the SPE eLibrary, DOE, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Bureau of Economic Geology and IHS Energy, for publicly available technical reports about procedures of drilling, completion and production of the tight gas wells. We have downloaded numerous papers and read and summarized the information to build a database that will contain field treatment data, organized by geographic location, and hydraulic fracture treatment design data, organized by the treatment type. We have conducted experimental study on 'dynamic fracture conductivity' created when proppant slurries are pumped into hydraulic fractures in tight gas sands. Unlike conventional fracture conductivity tests in which proppant is loaded into the fracture artificially; we pump proppant/frac fluid slurries into a fracture cell, dynamically placing the proppant just as it occurs in the field. From such tests, we expect to gain new insights into some of the critical

  20. Hydraulic Shuttle Irradiation System (HSIS) Recently Installed in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR)

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    Most test reactors are equipped with shuttle facilities (sometimes called rabbit tubes) whereby small capsules can be inserted into the reactor and retrieved during power operations. With the installation of Hydraulic Shuttle Irradiation System (HSIS) this capability has been restored to the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The general design and operating principles of this system were patterned after the hydraulic rabbit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), which has operated successfully for many years. Using primary coolant as the motive medium the HSIS system is designed to simultaneously transport fourteen shuttle capsules, each 16 mm OD x 57 mm long, to and from the B-7 position of the reactor. The B-7 position is one of the higher flux positions in the reactor with typical thermal and fast (>1 Mev) fluxes of 2.8E+14 n/cm2/sec and 1.9E+14 n/cm2/sec respectively. The available space inside each shuttle is approximately 14 mm diameter x 50 mm long. The shuttle containers are made from titanium which was selected for its low neutron activation properties and durability. Shuttles can be irradiated for time periods ranging from a few minutes to several months. The Send and Receive Station (SRS) for the HSIS is located 2.5 m deep in the ATR canal which allows irradiated shuttles to be easily moved from the SRS to a wet loaded cask, or transport pig. The HSIS system first irradiated (empty) shuttles in September 2009 and has since completed a Readiness Assessment in November 2009. The HSIS is a key component of the ATR National Scientific User Facility (NSUF) operated by Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC and is available to a wide variety of university researchers for nuclear fuels and materials experiments as well as medical isotope research and production.

  1. Three dimensional neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled simulation of MSR in steady state condition

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    Zhou, Jianjun; Wang, Chenglong [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); An, Hongzhen [Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People' s Republic of China, Beijing 100082 (China); Zhang, Daling, E-mail: dlzhang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); Qiu, Suizheng; Su, Guanghui; Tian, Wenxi; Wu, Yingwei [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • Developed a three dimensional coupled code for MSR. • Investigated the neutron distribution and thermal-hydraulic characters of the core under steady state condition. • Analyzed the influence of inlet temperature and inlet velocity to thermal-hydraulics characteristics of the reactor. - Abstract: MSR (molten salt reactor) uses liquid molten salt as the coolant and fuel solvent, making it the only liquid reactor among the six generation IV reactor types. As a liquid reactor the physical properties of the reactor are significantly influenced by the fuel salt flow therefore conventional analysis methods applied in solid fuel reactors are not applicable for this type of reactors. The present work developed a three dimensional neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled code and applied it to investigate the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of the core in steady state condition based on neutron diffusion theory and numerical heat transfer. The code consists of two group neutron diffusion equations for fast and thermal neutron fluxes and six group balance equations for delayed neutron precursors. The temperature distribution, neutron fluxes and delayed neutron precursors distribution of the core in steady state conditions was studied, and the result analyzed when inlet temperature and velocity were changed. From simulation it was found that the inlet temperature has little influence to neutron distribution however inlet velocity affects the delayed neutron distribution in steady state condition. The results provide some valuable information in design and research of this kind of reactor.

  2. Evaluation of thermal-hydraulic parameter uncertainties in a TRIGA research reactor

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    Mesquita, Amir Z.; Costa, Antonio C.L.; Ladeira, Luiz C.D.; Rezende, Hugo C., E-mail: amir@cdtn.br, E-mail: aclc@cdtn.br, E-mail: lcdl@cdtn.br, E-mail: hcr@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Palma, Daniel A.P., E-mail: dapalma@cnen.gov.br [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    Experimental studies had been performed in the TRIGA Research Nuclear Reactor of CDTN/CNEN to find out the its thermal hydraulic parameters. Fuel to coolant heat transfer patterns must be evaluated as function of the reactor power in order to assess the thermal hydraulic performance of the core. The heat generated by nuclear fission in the reactor core is transferred from fuel elements to the cooling system through the fuel-cladding (gap) and the cladding to coolant interfaces. As the reactor core power increases the heat transfer regime from the fuel cladding to the coolant changes from single-phase natural convection to subcooled nucleate boiling. This paper presents the uncertainty analysis in the results of the thermal hydraulics experiments performed. The methodology used to evaluate the propagation of uncertainty in the results was done based on the pioneering article of Kline and McClintock, with the propagation of uncertainties based on the specification of uncertainties in various primary measurements. The uncertainty analysis on thermal hydraulics parameters of the CDTN TRIGA fuel element is determined, basically, by the uncertainty of the reactor's thermal power. (author)

  3. A domain decomposition methodology through alternate dissections for coupled neutronic and thermal-hydraulic analyses in Cobaya3

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    Nowadays, coupled 3D neutron-kinetics and thermal-hydraulic core calculations are performed by applying a radial average channel approach using a meshing of one quarter of assembly in the best case. This approach does not take into account the sub-channels effects due to the averaging of the physical fields and the loose of heterogeneity in the thermal-hydraulic modelization. Therefore the models do not have enough resolution to predict those sub-channels effects which are important for the fuel design safety margins, because it is in the local scale, where we can search the hottest pellet or the maximum heat flux. The UPM advanced multi-scale neutron-kinetics and thermal-hydraulics methodologies being implemented in COBAYA3 include domain decomposition by alternate core dissections for the local 3D fine-mesh scale problems (pin cells/sub-channels) and an analytical nodal diffusion solver for the coarse mesh scale coupled with the thermal-hydraulic using a modelization of one channel per assembly or per quarter of assembly. In this work, we address the domain decomposition by the alternate core dissections methodology applied to solve coupled 3D neutronic/thermal-hydraulic (N-TH) problems at the fine-mesh scale. The N-TH coupling at the cell-sub-channel scale allows the treatment of the effects of the detailed TH feedbacks on cross-sections, thus resulting in better estimates of the local safety margins at the pin level. If we try to perform a sub-channel-by-sub-channel coupled N-TH calculation for a full PWR core in order to get all the detailed effects, the need of memory and CPU calculation time will be huge and even in the case we achieve to converge an steady state scenario at nominal conditions, which is a non-trivial case, the main problem come to us when we introduce some perturbations in the system (i.e. insertion of control rods) that makes the problem asymmetric and by far more heterogeneous. It would be very difficult to follow the propagation of the

  4. A domain decomposition methodology through alternate dissections for coupled neutronic and thermal-hydraulic analyses in Cobaya3

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    Jimenez, Javier; Aragones, Jose Maria; Cuervo, Diana [Nuclear Engineering Department, E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, c/ Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-07-01

    Nowadays, coupled 3D neutron-kinetics and thermal-hydraulic core calculations are performed by applying a radial average channel approach using a meshing of one quarter of assembly in the best case. This approach does not take into account the sub-channels effects due to the averaging of the physical fields and the loose of heterogeneity in the thermal-hydraulic modelization. Therefore the models do not have enough resolution to predict those sub-channels effects which are important for the fuel design safety margins, because it is in the local scale, where we can search the hottest pellet or the maximum heat flux. The UPM advanced multi-scale neutron-kinetics and thermal-hydraulics methodologies being implemented in COBAYA3 include domain decomposition by alternate core dissections for the local 3D fine-mesh scale problems (pin cells/sub-channels) and an analytical nodal diffusion solver for the coarse mesh scale coupled with the thermal-hydraulic using a modelization of one channel per assembly or per quarter of assembly. In this work, we address the domain decomposition by the alternate core dissections methodology applied to solve coupled 3D neutronic/thermal-hydraulic (N-TH) problems at the fine-mesh scale. The N-TH coupling at the cell-sub-channel scale allows the treatment of the effects of the detailed TH feedbacks on cross-sections, thus resulting in better estimates of the local safety margins at the pin level. If we try to perform a sub-channel-by-sub-channel coupled N-TH calculation for a full PWR core in order to get all the detailed effects, the need of memory and CPU calculation time will be huge and even in the case we achieve to converge an steady state scenario at nominal conditions, which is a non-trivial case, the main problem come to us when we introduce some perturbations in the system (i.e. insertion of control rods) that makes the problem asymmetric and by far more heterogeneous. It would be very difficult to follow the propagation of the

  5. Development of numerical procedure for thermal hydraulic design of nuclear reactors with advanced two-fluid model (2). Applicability of turbulent dispersion force model for middle diameter vertical pipe

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    Advanced two-fluid model has been developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). In the model, an interface tracking method is combined with the two-fluid model. Liquid clusters and bubbles larger than a computational cell are calculated using the interface tracking method, and those smaller than a cell are simulated by the two-fluid model. The turbulent dispersion force term is one of the most important constitutive equations for advanced two-fluid model. In the past, we have developed the new model for turbulent dispersion force and verified the developed model using the 3-dimentional two-fluid model code ACE-3D developing by JAEA, and the comparisons between the results of the analyses and air-water two-phase flow experiments in 200 mm diameter pipe. In this study, to verify applicability of middle diameter vertical pipe using the developed model, we compared between the analyses of results and air-water two-phase flow experiments in 38 mm diameter pipe. (author)

  6. JPL Advanced Thermal Control Technology Roadmap - 2008

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    Birur, Gaj

    2008-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the status of thermal control technology at JPL and NASA.It shows the active spacecraft that are in vairous positions in the solar syatem, and beyond the solar system and the future missions that are under development. It then describes the challenges that the past missions posed with the thermal control systems. The various solutions that were implemented duirng the decades prior to 1990 are outlined. A review of hte thermal challenges of the future misions is also included. The exploration plan for Mars is then reviewed. The thermal challenges of the Mars Rovers are then outlined. Also the challenges of systems that would be able to be used in to explore Venus, and Titan are described. The future space telescope missions will also need thermal control technological advances. Included is a review of the thermal requirements for manned missions to the Moon. Both Active and passive technologies that have been used and will be used are reviewed. Those that are described are Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loops (MPFL), Loop Heat Pipes, an M3 Passive Cooler, Heat Siwtch for Space and Mars surface applications, phase change material (PCM) technology, a Gas Gap Actuateor using ZrNiH(x), the Planck Sorption Cooler (PCS), vapor compression -- Hybrid two phase loops, advanced pumps for two phase cooling loops, and heat pumps that are lightweight and energy efficient.

  7. Analysis of the flow dynamics in the multiloop thermal-hydraulic system

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    The method for identification of the closed loops in the thermal-hydraulics system is described. The mathematical models, previously developed for the single loop system, have been extended to treat multiloop pipelines. The configuration of the network is practically deliberate. The model has been tested by the simulation of the asymmetric transient in the two loop PWR. (author)

  8. Three dimensional neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled simulation of MSR in transient state condition

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    Zhou, Jianjun [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xianning Road, 28, Xi’an 710049, Shaanxi (China); College of Mechanical and Power Engineering, China Three Gorges University, No 8, Daxue road, Yichang, Hubei 443002 (China); Zhang, Daling, E-mail: dlzhang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xianning Road, 28, Xi’an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Qiu, Suizheng; Su, Guanghui; Tian, Wenxi; Wu, Yingwei [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xianning Road, 28, Xi’an 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Developed a three dimensional neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled transient analysis code for MSR. • Investigated the neutron distribution and thermal-hydraulic characters of the core under transient condition. • Analyzed three different transient conditions of inlet temperature drop, reactivity jump and pump coastdown. - Abstract: MSR (molten salt reactor) use liquid molten salt as coolant and fuel solvent, which was the only one liquid reactor of six Generation IV reactor types. As a liquid reactor the physical property of reactor was significantly influenced by fuel salt flow and the conventional analysis methods applied in solid fuel reactors are not applicable for this type of reactors. The present work developed a three dimensional neutronic/thermal-hydraulic coupled code investigated the neutronics and thermo-hydraulics characteristics of the core in transient condition based on neutron diffusion theory and numerical heat transfer. The code consists of two group neutron diffusion equations for fast and thermal neutron fluxes and six group balance equations for delayed neutron precursors. The code was separately validated by neutron benchmark and flow and heat transfer benchmark. Three different transient conditions was analyzed with inlet temperature drop, reactivity jump and pump coastdown. The results provide some valuable information in design and research this kind of reactor.

  9. Analytical Thermal Field Theory Applicable to Oil Hydraulic Fluid Film Lubrication

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    Johansen, Per; Roemer, Daniel Beck; Pedersen, Henrik C.;

    2014-01-01

    An analytical thermal field theory is derived by a perturbation series expansion solution to the energy conservation equation. The theory is valid for small values of the Brinkman number and the modified Peclet number. This condition is sufficiently satisfied for hydraulic oils, whereby...

  10. Thermal-hydraulic assessment of concrete storage cubicle with horizontal 3013 canisters

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    HEARD, F.J.

    1999-04-08

    The FIDAP computer code was used to perform a series of analyses to assess the thermal-hydraulic performance characteristics of the concrete plutonium storage cubicles, as modified for the horizontal placement of 3013 canisters. Four separate models were developed ranging from a full height model of the storage cubicle to a very detailed standalone model of a horizontal 3013 canister.

  11. Survey of thermal-hydraulic models of commercial nuclear power plants

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    A survey of the thermal-hydraulic models of nuclear power plants has been performed to identify the NRC's current analytical capabilities for critical event response. The survey also supports ongoing research for accident management. The results of the survey are presented here. The PC database which records detailed data on each model is described

  12. Thermal-hydraulic assessment of concrete storage cubicle with horizontal 3013 canisters

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    The FIDAP computer code was used to perform a series of analyses to assess the thermal-hydraulic performance characteristics of the concrete plutonium storage cubicles, as modified for the horizontal placement of 3013 canisters. Four separate models were developed ranging from a full height model of the storage cubicle to a very detailed standalone model of a horizontal 3013 canister

  13. HTGR reactor physics, thermal-hydraulics and depletion uncertainty analysis: a proposed IAEA coordinated research project

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    The continued development of High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors (HTGRs) requires verification of HTGR design and safety features with reliable high fidelity physics models and robust, efficient, and accurate codes. The predictive capability of coupled neutronics/thermal hydraulics and depletion simulations for reactor design and safety analysis can be assessed with sensitivity analysis and uncertainty analysis methods. In order to benefit from recent advances in modeling and simulation and the availability of new covariance data (nuclear data uncertainties) extensive sensitivity and uncertainty studies are needed for quantification of the impact of different sources of uncertainties on the design and safety parameters of HTGRs. Uncertainty and sensitivity studies are an essential component of any significant effort in data and simulation improvement. In February 2009, the Technical Working Group on Gas-Cooled Reactors recommended that the proposed IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on the HTGR Uncertainty Analysis in Modeling be implemented. In the paper the current status and plan are presented. The CRP will also benefit from interactions with the currently ongoing OECD/NEA Light Water Reactor (LWR) UAM benchmark activity by taking into consideration the peculiarities of HTGR designs and simulation requirements. (author)

  14. Elements of validation for LWRs thermal hydraulic studies with FLICA-OVAP

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    FLICA-OVAP is an advanced two-phase flow thermal-hydraulics code based on a full 3D subchannel approach. It is designed to analyze flows in Light Water Reactors (LWRs) cores such as PWRs, BWRs and experimental reactors. Therefore its applicability covers all ranges of operating conditions for water-cooled reactors. This paper presents an overview of FLICA-OVAP modeling capabilities for applications in nuclear reactors design and safety analysis. A validation matrix is proposed and its results are presented. The matrix covers a wide range of selected phenomena, which are relevant for thermalhydraulics studies. Therefore the different FLICA-OVAP physical correlations addressed in the current study include single phase and two-phase friction factors, single phase and boiling heat transfer, turbulence and critical heat flux. Results of the FLICA-OVAP validation studies highlight the capabilities of the code to well-predict two-phase flows in Light Water Reactors for both normal operation and under accidental circumstances. Future developments as well as validation activities are also summarized. (author)

  15. Thermal-hydraulic characteristics and performance of 3D wavy channel based printed circuit heat exchanger

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    CFD study is done here to propose an efficient PCHE (Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger) model; used as a recuperator in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). 3D steady state conjugate heat-transfer numerical simulations are done; considering the variation of thermo-physical properties as a function of temperature. Helium is used as a working fluid and alloy 617 as solid substrate. The study is done for various angle of bend (θ = 0°(straight), 5°, 10° and 15°) and Reynolds number (Re = 350, 700, 1400 and 2100). Various types of flow patterns, within one wavy-section, are presented to analyze thermal-hydraulic characteristics. Thermal hydraulic performance parameters are presented for the various wavy-sections as well as within a section; and for the complete PCHE model. Heat transfer enhancement as compared to pressure penalty is higher for the wavy channel; and increases with increasing Re and θ. Wavy as compared to plane channel based PCHE is demonstrated here to give better thermal-hydraulic performance. A detailed characteristics as well as performance-parameters for thermal hydraulics in a 3D wavy channel based PCHE model − not found in the literature − is presented here. - Highlights: • Studied effect of Reynolds number and angle of bend. • Analyzed thermal-hydraulic characteristics, by various types of flow pat-terns. • Demonstrated an increase in local heat flux due to change in the flow-direction. • Demonstrated better performance of wavy as compared to plane channel based PCHE. • Proposed correlation for friction factor and Nusselt number

  16. Thermal Hydraulic Analysis of an Experimental Reactor Cavity Cooling System with Water: Performance and Stability

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    Lisowski, Darius D.

    This experimental study investigated the thermal hydraulic behavior and boiling mechanisms present in a scaled reactor cavity cooling system (RCCS). The experimental facility reflects a ¼ scale model of one conceptual design for decay heat removal in advanced GenIV nuclear reactors. Radiant heaters supply up to 25 kW/m2 onto a three parallel riser tube and cooling panel test section assembly, representative of a 5° sector model of the full scale concept. Derived similarity relations have preserved the thermal hydraulic flow patterns and integral system response, ensuring relevant data and similarity among scales. Attention will first be given to the characterization of design features, form and heat losses, nominal behavior, repeatability, and data uncertainty. Then, tests performed in single-phase have evaluated the steady-state behavior. Following, the transition to saturation and subsequent boiling allowed investigations onto four parametric effects at two-phase flow and will be the primary focus area of remaining analysis. Baseline conditions at two-phase flow were defined by 15.19 kW of heated power and 80% coolant inventory, and resulted in semi-periodic system oscillations by the mechanism of hydrostatic head fluctuations. Void generation was the result of adiabatic expansion of the fluid due to a reduction in hydrostatic head pressure, a phenomena similar to flashing. At higher powers of 17.84 and 20.49 kW, this effect was augmented, creating large flow excursions that followed a smooth and sinusoidal shaped path. Stabilization can occur if the steam outflow condition incorporates a nominal restriction, as it will serve to buffer the short time scale excursions of the gas space pressure and dampen oscillations. The influences of an inlet restriction, imposed by an orifice plate, introduced subcooling boiling within the heated core and resulted in chaotic interactions among the parallel risers. The penultimate parametric examined effects of boil-off and

  17. Nuclear Thermal Propulsion for Advanced Space Exploration

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    Houts, M. G.; Borowski, S. K.; George, J. A.; Kim, T.; Emrich, W. J.; Hickman, R. R.; Broadway, J. W.; Gerrish, H. P.; Adams, R. B.

    2012-01-01

    The fundamental capability of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is game changing for space exploration. A first generation Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) based on NTP could provide high thrust at a specific impulse above 900 s, roughly double that of state of the art chemical engines. Characteristics of fission and NTP indicate that useful first generation systems will provide a foundation for future systems with extremely high performance. The role of the NCPS in the development of advanced nuclear propulsion systems could be analogous to the role of the DC-3 in the development of advanced aviation. Progress made under the NCPS project could help enable both advanced NTP and advanced Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP).

  18. Neutronic and thermal-hydraulic coupling for 3D reactor core modeling combining MCB and fluent

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional simulations of neutronics and thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactors are a tool used to design nuclear reactors. The coupling of MCB and FLUENT is presented, MCB allows to simulate neutronics, whereas FLUENT is computational fluid dynamics (CFD code. The main purpose of the coupling is to exchange data such as temperature and power profile between both codes. Temperature required as an input parameter for neutronics is significant since cross sections of nuclear reactions depend on temperature. Temperature may be calculated in thermal hydraulics, but this analysis needs as an input the power profile, which is a result from neutronic simulations. Exchange of data between both analyses is required to solve this problem. The coupling is a better solution compared to the assumption of estimated values of the temperatures or the power profiles; therefore the coupled analysis was created. This analysis includes single transient neutronic simulation and several steady-state thermal simulations. The power profile is generated in defined points in time during the neutronic simulation for the thermal analysis to calculate temperature. The coupled simulation gives information about thermal behavior of the reactor, nuclear reactions in the core, and the fuel evolution in time. Results show that there is strong influence of neutronics on thermal hydraulics. This impact is stronger than the impact of thermal hydraulics on neutronics. Influence of the coupling on temperature and neutron multiplication factor is presented. The analysis has been performed for the ELECTRA reactor, which is lead-cooled fast reactor concept, where the coolant fl ow is generated only by natural convection

  19. Investigation of coolant thermal mixing within 28-element CANDU fuel bundles using the ASSERT-PV thermal hydraulics code

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    This paper presents the results of a study of the thermal mixing of single-phase coolant in 28-element CANDU fuel bundles under steady-state conditions. The study, which is based on simulations performed using the ASSERT-PV thermal hydraulic code, consists of two main parts. In the first part the various physical mechanisms that contribute to coolant mixing are identified and their impact is isolated via ASSERT-PV simulations. The second part is concerned with development of a preliminary model suitable for use in the fuel and fuel channel code FACTAR to predict the thermal mixing that occurs between flow annuli. (author)

  20. Thermal APU/hydraulics analysis program. User's guide and programmer's manual

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    Deluna, T. A.

    1976-01-01

    The User's Guide information plus program description necessary to run and have a general understanding of the Thermal APU/Hydraulics Analysis Program (TAHAP) is described. This information consists of general descriptions of the APU/hydraulic system and the TAHAP model, input and output data descriptions, and specific subroutine requirements. Deck setups and input data formats are included and other necessary and/or helpful information for using TAHAP is given. The math model descriptions for the driver program and each of its supporting subroutines are outlined.

  1. THR-TH: a high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor core thermal hydraulics code

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    The ORNL version of PEBBLE, the (RZ) pebble bed thermal hydraulics code, has been extended for application to a prismatic gas cooled reactor core. The supplemental treatment is of one-dimensional coolant flow in up to a three-dimensional core description. Power density data from a neutronics and exposure calculation are used as the basic information for the thermal hydraulics calculation of heat removal. Two-dimensional neutronics results may be expanded for a three-dimensional hydraulics calculation. The geometric description for the hydraulics problem is the same as used by the neutronics code. A two-dimensional thermal cell model is used to predict temperatures in the fuel channel. The capability is available in the local BOLD VENTURE computation system for reactor core analysis with capability to account for the effect of temperature feedback by nuclear cross section correlation. Some enhancements have also been added to the original code to add pebble bed modeling flexibility and to generate useful auxiliary results. For example, an estimate is made of the distribution of fuel temperatures based on average and extreme conditions regularly calculated at a number of locations

  2. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of a 600 MW supercritical CFB boiler with low mass flux

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    Supercritical Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) boiler becomes an important development trend for coal-fired power plant and thermal-hydraulic analysis is a key factor for the design and operation of water wall. According to the boiler structure and furnace-sided heat flux, the water wall system of a 600 MW supercritical CFB boiler is treated in this paper as a flow network consisting of series-parallel loops, pressure grids and connecting tubes. A mathematical model for predicting the thermal-hydraulic characteristics in boiler heating surface is based on the mass, momentum and energy conservation equations of these components, which introduces numerous empirical correlations available for heat transfer and hydraulic resistance calculation. Mass flux distribution and pressure drop data in the water wall at 30%, 75% and 100% of the boiler maximum continuous rating (BMCR) are obtained by iteratively solving the model. Simultaneity, outlet vapor temperatures and metal temperatures in water wall tubes are estimated. The results show good heat transfer performance and low flow resistance, which implies that the water wall design of supercritical CFB boiler is applicable. - Highlights: → We proposed a model for thermal-hydraulic analysis of boiler heating surface. → The model is applied in a 600 MW supercritical CFB boiler. → We explore the pressure drop, mass flux and temperature distribution in water wall. → The operating safety of boiler is estimated. → The results show good heat transfer performance and low flow resistance.

  3. THR-TH: a high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor core thermal hydraulics code

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    Vondy, D.R.

    1984-07-01

    The ORNL version of PEBBLE, the (RZ) pebble bed thermal hydraulics code, has been extended for application to a prismatic gas cooled reactor core. The supplemental treatment is of one-dimensional coolant flow in up to a three-dimensional core description. Power density data from a neutronics and exposure calculation are used as the basic information for the thermal hydraulics calculation of heat removal. Two-dimensional neutronics results may be expanded for a three-dimensional hydraulics calculation. The geometric description for the hydraulics problem is the same as used by the neutronics code. A two-dimensional thermal cell model is used to predict temperatures in the fuel channel. The capability is available in the local BOLD VENTURE computation system for reactor core analysis with capability to account for the effect of temperature feedback by nuclear cross section correlation. Some enhancements have also been added to the original code to add pebble bed modeling flexibility and to generate useful auxiliary results. For example, an estimate is made of the distribution of fuel temperatures based on average and extreme conditions regularly calculated at a number of locations.

  4. Thermal hydraulic behavior and efficiency analysis of an all-vanadium redox flow battery

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    Xiong, Binyu; Zhao, Jiyun; Tseng, K. J.; Skyllas-Kazacos, Maria; Lim, Tuti Mariana; Zhang, Yu

    2013-11-01

    Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs) are very competitive for large-capacity energy storage in power grids and in smart buildings due to low maintenance costs, high design flexibility, and long cycle life. Thermal hydraulic modeling of VRB energy storage systems is an important issue and temperature has remarkable impacts on the battery efficiency, the lifetime of material and the stability of the electrolytes. In this paper, a lumped model including auxiliary pump effect is developed to investigate the VRB temperature responses under different operating and surrounding environmental conditions. The impact of electrolyte flow rate and temperature on the battery electrical characteristics and efficiencies are also investigated. A one kilowatt VRB system is selected to conduct numerical simulations. The thermal hydraulic model is benchmarked with experimental data and good agreement is found. Simulation results show that pump power is sensitive to hydraulic design and flow rates. The temperature in the stack and tanks rises up about 10 °C under normal operating conditions for the stack design and electrolyte volume selected. An optimal flow rate of around 90 cm3 s-1 is obtained for the proposed battery configuration to maximize battery efficiency. The models developed in this paper can also be used for the development of a battery control strategy to achieve satisfactory thermal hydraulic performance and maximize energy efficiency.

  5. Design of a Resistively Heated Thermal Hydraulic Simulator for Nuclear Rocket Reactor Cores

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    Litchford, Ron J.; Foote, John P.; Ramachandran, Narayanan; Wang, Ten-See; Anghaie, Samim

    2007-01-01

    A preliminary design study is presented for a non-nuclear test facility which uses ohmic heating to replicate the thermal hydraulic characteristics of solid core nuclear reactor fuel element passages. The basis for this testing capability is a recently commissioned nuclear thermal rocket environments simulator, which uses a high-power, multi-gas, wall-stabilized constricted arc-heater to produce high-temperature pressurized hydrogen flows representative of reactor core environments, excepting radiation effects. Initially, the baseline test fixture for this non-nuclear environments simulator was configured for long duration hot hydrogen exposure of small cylindrical material specimens as a low cost means of evaluating material compatibility. It became evident, however, that additional functionality enhancements were needed to permit a critical examination of thermal hydraulic effects in fuel element passages. Thus, a design configuration was conceived whereby a short tubular material specimen, representing a fuel element passage segment, is surrounded by a backside resistive tungsten heater element and mounted within a self-contained module that inserts directly into the baseline test fixture assembly. With this configuration, it becomes possible to create an inward directed radial thermal gradient within the tubular material specimen such that the wall-to-gas heat flux characteristics of a typical fuel element passage are effectively simulated. The results of a preliminary engineering study for this innovative concept are fully summarized, including high-fidelity multi-physics thermal hydraulic simulations and detailed design features.

  6. Thermal-hydraulic calculations for KUHFR with reduced enrichment uranium fuel

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    This report provides the preliminary results of the thermal-hydraulic calculations to study the safety aspects in fueling the KUHFR with reduced enrichment uranium. The calculations were based on what was outlined in the Safety Analysis Report for the KUHFR and the guidebook for research reactor core conversion, IAEA-TECDOC-233, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency. No significant differences in the thermal-hydraulic operating conditions have been found between HEU and MEU fuels. However, in LEU cases, the combination of three factors - larger power peaking with LEU fuel, smaller thermal conductivity of U3O8-Al fuel with high uranium densities, and thicker fuel meat - resulted in higher maximum fuel and surface temperatures with the LEU oxide fuel. (author)

  7. ASFRE: a computer code for single-phase subchannel thermal hydraulic analysis of LMFBR single subassembly

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    The objectives of this work is to develop a computer code ASFRE which analyzes 3D-thermo-hydraulic behaviors of coolant and fuel pins in an LMFBR subassembly under accident conditions such as the local blockage, loss of flow and transient over power accident conditions. Analytical models, calculation procedures and sample calculations for typical experiments are described. The ASFRE code consists of two parts, namely coolant calculation part and fuel pin calculation. The coolant thermal-hydraulic analysis employs basically subchannel analysis approach and the program solves transient mass, momentum and energy conservation equations. The fuel pin thermal analysis program solves transient heat conduction equations by finite difference method in cylindrical coordinate system. Fuel temperature distribution and thermal expansion are calculated taking into account of intra/inter-pin-flux-depression and fuel restructuring. And wire wrap spacer effects for coolant behavior and heat loss through the wrapper tube are also simulated. (author)

  8. Estimating soil moisture and soil thermal and hydraulic properties by assimilating soil temperatures using a particle batch smoother

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    Dong, Jianzhi; Steele-Dunne, Susan C.; Ochsner, Tyson E.; Giesen, Nick van de

    2016-05-01

    This study investigates the potential of estimating the soil moisture profile and the soil thermal and hydraulic properties by assimilating soil temperature at shallow depths using a particle batch smoother (PBS) using synthetic tests. Soil hydraulic properties influence the redistribution of soil moisture within the soil profile. Soil moisture, in turn, influences the soil thermal properties and surface energy balance through evaporation, and hence the soil heat transfer. Synthetic experiments were used to test the hypothesis that assimilating soil temperature observations could lead to improved estimates of soil hydraulic properties. We also compared different data assimilation strategies to investigate the added value of jointly estimating soil thermal and hydraulic properties in soil moisture profile estimation. Results show that both soil thermal and hydraulic properties can be estimated using shallow soil temperatures. Jointly updating soil hydraulic properties and soil states yields robust and accurate soil moisture estimates. Further improvement is observed when soil thermal properties were also estimated together with the soil hydraulic properties and soil states. Finally, we show that the inclusion of a tuning factor to prevent rapid fluctuations of parameter estimation, yields improved soil moisture, temperature, and thermal and hydraulic properties.

  9. FLUENT-based neutronics and thermal-hydraulics coupling calculation for a liquid-fuel molten salt reactor

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    Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) is the only one using liquid fuel in the six candidate reactors of the Generation IV advanced nuclear power systems with expected remarkable advantages in safety, economics, sustainability, and proliferation resistance. The strong coupling between neutronics and thermal-hydraulics due to fuel movement in the liquid-fuel MSRs induces many new challenges in reactor analyses from the perspective of both theoretical models and solution methods. In this study, the multi-group diffusion theory was adopted to deduce the neutronics model for the liquid-fuel MSRs, in which the salt flow effects on the delayed neutron precursor distributions in space were considered particularly. Since the liquid-fuel salt is a Newton fluid, the single-phase thermal hydraulics model for liquid-fuel MSRs was generally established based on the fundamental laws of the mass, momentum and energy conservation equations as used in the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) method. Since the control equations of the neutronic model can be written in the same form of those solved in the CFD softwares, a neutronics and thermal-hydraulics coupling scheme was proposed and a program was developed based on the FLUENT software by using its user-defined functions and subroutines (UDF and UDS). This program was applied to perform the steady state calculation of the molten salt fast reactor (MSFR), and the main results such as the space distributions of the neutron fluxes, delayed neutron precursors, temperatures, velocities were obtained. The results show that the liquid fuel flow influences the delayed neutron precursors significantly, while slightly affects the neutron fluxes. The flow in the MSFR core generates a vortex near the fertile tank leading the maximal temperature to about 1200 K at the centre of the vortex, which will be optimized in the future core design. (author)

  10. Advanced hydraulic fracturing methods to create in situ reactive barriers

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    Murdoch, L. [FRx Inc., Cincinnati, OH (United States)]|[Clemson Univ., SC (United States); Siegrist, B. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Vesper, S. [Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (United States)] [and others

    1997-12-31

    Many contaminated areas consist of a source area and a plume. In the source area, the contaminant moves vertically downward from a release point through the vadose zone to an underlying saturated region. Where contaminants are organic liquids, NAPL may accumulate on the water table, or it may continue to migrate downward through the saturated region. Early developments of permeable barrier technology have focused on intercepting horizontally moving plumes with vertical structures, such as trenches, filled with reactive material capable of immobilizing or degrading dissolved contaminants. This focus resulted in part from a need to economically treat the potentially large volumes of contaminated water in a plume, and in part from the availability of construction technology to create the vertical structures that could house reactive compounds. Contaminant source areas, however, have thus far remained largely excluded from the application of permeable barrier technology. One reason for this is the lack of conventional construction methods for creating suitable horizontal structures that would place reactive materials in the path of downward-moving contaminants. Methods of hydraulic fracturing have been widely used to create flat-lying to gently dipping layers of granular material in unconsolidated sediments. Most applications thus far have involved filling fractures with coarse-grained sand to create permeable layers that will increase the discharge of wells recovering contaminated water or vapor. However, it is possible to fill fractures with other compounds that alter the chemical composition of the subsurface. One early application involved development and field testing micro-encapsulated sodium percarbonate, a solid compound that releases oxygen and can create aerobic conditions suitable for biodegradation in the subsurface for several months.

  11. Effects of substrate properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof

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    Sandoval, V. P.; Suarez, F. I.; Victorero, F.; Bonilla, C.; Gironas, J. A.; Vera, S.; Bustamante, W.; Rojas, V.; Pasten, P.

    2014-12-01

    Green roofs are a sustainable urban development solution that incorporates a growing media (also known as substrate) and vegetation into infrastructures to reach additional benefits such as the reduction of: rooftop runoff peak flows, roof surface temperatures, energy utilized for cooling/heating buildings, and the heat island effect. The substrate is a key component of the green roof that allows achieving these benefits. It is an artificial soil that has an improved behavior compared to natural soils, facilitating vegetation growth, water storage and typically with smaller densities to reduce the loads over the structures. Therefore, it is important to study the effects of substrate properties on green roof performance. The objective of this study is to investigate the physical properties of four substrates designed to improve the behavior of a green roof, and to study their impact on the efficiency of a green roof. The substrates that were investigated are: organic soil; crushed bricks; a mixture of mineral soil with perlite; and a mixture of crushed bricks and organic soil. The thermal properties (thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity and thermal diffusivity) were measured using a dual needle probe (Decagon Devices, Inc.) at different saturation levels, and the hydraulic properties were measured with a constant head permeameter (hydraulic conductivity) and a pressure plate extractor (water retention curve). This characterization, combined with numerical models, allows understanding the effect of these properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof. Results show that substrates composed by crushed bricks improve the thermal insulation of infrastructures and at the same time, retain more water in their pores. Simulation results also show that the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof strongly depends on the moisture content prior to a rainstorm.

  12. Advancement of experimentation for measuring hydraulic conductivity of bentonite using high-pressure consolidation test apparatus

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    In the geological disposal facility of high-level radioactive wastes, it is important to grasp the hydraulic conductivity characteristic of bentonite. The purpose of this study is the advancement of the examination method for the measurement of a more reliable hydraulic conductivity using high-pressure consolidation test apparatus (maximum consolidation pressure 10MPa). Consequently, it succeeded in improving the reliability of data by raising the resolution of displacement used for an examination, increasing to 80 the number of measurement data for 2 minutes after making each consolidation pressure act on the occasion of measurement and adopting the data of a high consolidation pressure (more than 5.88MPa) stage. (author)

  13. AP600 design certification thermal hydraulics testing and analysis

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    Westinghouse Electric Corporation, in conjunction with the Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, have been developing an advanced light water reactor design; the AP600. The AP600 is a 1940 Mwt, 600Mwe unit which is similar to a Westinghouse two-loop Pressurized Water Reactor. The accumulated knowledge on reactor design to reduce the capital costs, construction time, and the operational and maintenance cost of the unit once it begins to generate electrical power. The AP600 design goal is to maintain an overall cost advantage over fossil generated electrical power

  14. AP600 design certification thermal hydraulics testing and analysis

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    Hochreiter, L.E.; Piplica, E.J.

    1995-09-01

    Westinghouse Electric Corporation, in conjunction with the Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, have been developing an advanced light water reactor design; the AP600. The AP600 is a 1940 Mwt, 600Mwe unit which is similar to a Westinghouse two-loop Pressurized Water Reactor. The accumulated knowledge on reactor design to reduce the capital costs, construction time, and the operational and maintenance cost of the unit once it begins to generate electrical power. The AP600 design goal is to maintain an overall cost advantage over fossil generated electrical power.

  15. Rapid Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis and Design Optimization of ITER Upper ELM Coils

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    ITER edge localized mode (ELM) coils are important components of the in-vessel coils (IVCs) and they are designed for mitigating or suppressing ELMs. The coils located on the vacuum vessel (VV) and behind the blanket are subjected to high temperature due to the nuclear heat from the plasma, the Ohmic heat induced by the working current and the thermal radiation from the environment. The water serves as coolant to remove the heat deposited into the coils. Based on the results of nuclear analysis, the thermal-hydraulic analysis is performed for the preliminary design of upper ELM coils using a rapid evaluation method based on 1D treatment. The thermal-hydraulic design and operating parameters including the water flow velocity are optimized. It is found that the rapid evaluation method based on 1D treatment is feasible and reliable. According to the rapid analysis method, the thermal hydraulic parameters of two water flow schemes are computed and proved similar to each other, providing an effective basis for the coil design. Finally, considering jointly the pressure drop requirement and the cooling capacity, the flow velocity is optimized to 5 m/s. (fusion engineering)

  16. Thermal hydraulic characteristics study of prototype NET and CEA cable-in-conduit conductors (CICCs)

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    Maekawa, Ryuji

    1995-10-31

    The thermal hydraulic characteristics of low temperature helium in a Cable-in-Conduit Conductor (CICC) significantly affects the overall design and performance of the associated large scale superconducting magnet system. It is essential to understand the transient and steady state behavior of the helium in the conductor. Throughout the development of CICCs, the reduction of flow impedance has been one of the key factors to improving the overall pressure drop. The newly developed CICC for the ITER project has a hybrid cooling scheme: a central channel that is surrounded by bundles, for which the thermal hydraulic characteristics are not well understood. This thesis describes an experimental and analytical investigation of thermal hydraulic characteristics of low temperature helium in conventional and hybrid CICCS. Pressure drop measurements for both NET and CEA conductors have been conducted, using low temperature helium and liquid nitrogen to obtain a range of Reynolds numbers. The results are correlated with classical friction factor and Reynolds number analysis. The flow impedance reduction of the CEA conductor is described by measures of a developed flow model. Thermally induced flow in the CEA conductor has been studied with an inductive heating method. The induced velocity in the central channel is measured by a Pitot tube with steady state Reynolds number up to {approximately}7000. The transient pressure wave propagation has been recorded with pressure transducers placed equally along the conductor. The supercritical helium temperature in the central channel has been measured with the thermometer probe. However, the reduction of the central channel area significantly affects the overall thermal hydraulic characteristics of the conductor. The results suggest the importance of the central channel. A transient heat transfer experiment studied the.transverse heat transfer mechanism in the CEA conductor. The temperatures in the central channel and bundle region

  17. The 25 kWe solar thermal Stirling hydraulic engine system: Conceptual design

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    White, Maurice; Emigh, Grant; Noble, Jack; Riggle, Peter; Sorenson, Torvald

    1988-01-01

    The conceptual design and analysis of a solar thermal free-piston Stirling hydraulic engine system designed to deliver 25 kWe when coupled to a 11 meter test bed concentrator is documented. A manufacturing cost assessment for 10,000 units per year was made. The design meets all program objectives including a 60,000 hr design life, dynamic balancing, fully automated control, more than 33.3 percent overall system efficiency, properly conditioned power, maximum utilization of annualized insolation, and projected production costs. The system incorporates a simple, rugged, reliable pool boiler reflux heat pipe to transfer heat from the solar receiver to the Stirling engine. The free-piston engine produces high pressure hydraulic flow which powers a commercial hydraulic motor that, in turn, drives a commercial rotary induction generator. The Stirling hydraulic engine uses hermetic bellows seals to separate helium working gas from hydraulic fluid which provides hydrodynamic lubrication to all moving parts. Maximum utilization of highly refined, field proven commercial components for electric power generation minimizes development cost and risk.

  18. Thermal-hydraulics of a steam discharge system

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    Shim, Yoon Sub; Yoo, Keun Jong; Kim, Yun Sik; Lee, Ki Yung; Wooi Myung Hwan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-12-01

    Physical characteristics of the steam discharge system of PWR, which consists of valves, piping, steam sparger, and steam accommodating tank, have been analyzed and the analysis system has been set up for development of the analysis and design methodology for the system. The work was the results of the final year research in the planned research period of three years. Analysis has been made for the characteristics of rapid transient and steady flow in the piping, bubble behavior and wall pressure oscillation in a large and open tank, steam condensation, thermal mixing performance in a pool, and small and hermetically sealed tank performance. Based on the analysis results, experimental requirements for the development provided. Finally, for the further work in developing KNGR, the implementing approach related to this work has been purposed. 42 figs, 2 tabs, 29 refs. (Author).

  19. Thermal hydraulic and neutron kinetic simulation of the Angra 2 reactor using a RELAP5/PARCS coupled model

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    Reis, Patricia A.L.; Costa, Antonella L.; Hamers, Adolfo R.; Pereira, Claubia; Rodrigues, Thiago D.A.; Mantecon, Javier G.; Veloso, Maria A.F., E-mail: patricialire@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: antonella@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: adolforomerohamers@hotmail.com, E-mail: claubia@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: thiagodanielbh@gmail.com, E-mail: mantecon1987@gmail.com, E-mail: dora@nuclear.ufmg.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear; Instituto Nacional de Ciencias e Tecnologia de Reatores Nucleares Inovadores (INCT/CNPq), Belo Horizonte (Brazil); Miro, Rafael; Verdu, Gumersindo, E-mail: rmiro@iqn.upv.es, E-mail: gverdu@iqn.upv.es [Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain). Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Nuclear

    2015-07-01

    The computational advances observed in the last two decades have been provided direct impact on the researches related to nuclear simulations, which use several types of computer codes, including coupled between them, allowing representing with very accuracy the behavior of nuclear plants. Studies of complex scenarios in nuclear reactors have been improved by the use of thermal-hydraulic (TH) and neutron kinetics (NK) coupled codes. This technique consists in incorporating three-dimensional (3D) neutron modeling of the reactor core into codes, mainly to simulate transients that involve asymmetric core spatial power distributions and strong feedback effects between neutronics and reactor thermal-hydraulics. Therefore, this work presents preliminary results of TH RELAP5 and the NK PARCS calculations applied to model of the Angra 2 reactor. The WIMSD-5B code has been used to generate the macroscopic cross sections used in the NK code. The results obtained are satisfactory and represent important part of the development of this methodology. The next step is to couple the codes. (author)

  20. Stability boundary calculation of thermal-hydraulic channels with RAMONA5, ATHLET and a reduced order model. A comparative study

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    In the framework of the design study comprehensive system code analyses are performed with ATHLET and RAMONA. RAMONA is used in the current analysis because it has a broad validation basis for stability and transient analysis. On the other hand ATHLET has some advantages compared to RAMONA (free geometry and nodalization definition), which will be important to model and analyse the above mentioned test facility. One objective is to predict and confirm the operating conditions and transient behaviour for different facility designs. Thereby one aspect is the prediction of the thermal-hydraulic conditions at which self sustained density wave oscillations (ssDWOs) may occur under constant pressure drop boundary conditions. This paper is devoted to the latter investigation, only. In particular, we will discuss the question under which conditions the results of the measurement and simulation of the ssDWO onset are comparable to each other using the system codes ATHLET and RAMONA and, beside, an advanced reduced thermal-hydraulic model (TH-ROM). It will be shown why a precise measurement of the steady state axial profiles (void fraction, velocity of the liquid and gas phases and the axial pressure drop distribution) is of paramount importance in the scope of the present comparative study. (orig.)

  1. Thermal-Hydraulic Integral Effect Test Result on the Steam Generator Tube Rupture Accident in the APR1400

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    A postulated SGTR (Steam Generator Tube Rupture) event of the APR1400 was experimentally investigated with the thermal-hydraulic integral effect test facility, ATLAS (Advanced Thermal-hydraulic Test Loop for Accident Simulation). It is generally known that the leak flow rate from the primary to the secondary side is the most important factor affecting the overall thermalhydraulic behaviors such as the depressurization rate of the RCS system, the water level increase and pressurization rate of the secondary system, and the consequent MSSV opening time, etc. As one of the most limiting SGTR accidents, a leak flow equivalent to a double-ended rupture of single and five U-tubes was simulated in this study. The main objectives of these tests were not only to provide physical insight into the system response of the APR1400 reactor during a transient situation of the SGTR but also to present integral effect test data for the validation of the SPACE (Safety and Performance Analysis Computer Code), which is now under development by the Korean nuclear industry

  2. Overview on CSNI Separate Effects Test Facility Matrices for Validation of Best Estimate Thermal-Hydraulic Computer Codes

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    An internationally agreed separate effects test (Set) Validation Matrix for thermal-hydraulic system codes has been established by a sub-group of the Task Group on Thermal Hydraulic System Behaviour as requested by the OECD/Nea Committee on Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) Principal Working Group No. 2 on Coolant System Behaviour. The construction of such a Matrix is an attempt to collect together in a systematic way the best sets of openly available test data for code validation, assessment and improvement and also for quantitative code assessment with respect to quantification of uncertainties to the modelling of individual phenomena by the codes. The methodology that has been developed during the process of establishing CSNI-Set validation matrix was an important outcome of the work on Set matrix. In the paper, the methodology developed will be discussed in detail, together with the examples from the Set matrix. In addition, all the choices, which have been made from the 187 identified facilities covering the 67 phenomena, will be investigated together with some discussions on the data-base. Facilities and phenomena have been cross-referenced in a separate effects test cross reference matrix, while the selected separate effects tests themselves are listed against the thermal-hydraulic phenomena for which they can provide validation data. As a preliminary to the classification of facilities and test data, it was necessary to identify a sufficiently complete list of relevant phenomena for LOCA and non-LOCA transient applications of PWRs and BWRs. The majority of these phenomena are also relevant to Advanced Water Cooled Reactors. To this end, 67 phenomena were identified for inclusion in the Set matrix and, in all; about 2094 tests are included in the Set matrix. The Set matrix, as it stands, is representative of the major part of the experimental work, which has been carried out in the LWR-safety thermal hydraulics field, covering a large number of

  3. Study on thermal-hydraulics of natural circulation operation for decay heat removal of LMFBR

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    Koga, Tomonari [Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Abiko, Chiba (Japan). Abiko Research Lab

    2000-05-01

    Thermal-hydraulic characteristics of the decay heat removal system (DHRS) has been evaluated by both a water test and its computational analysis. The direct reactor auxiliary cooling system (DRACS) was studied as a representative DHRS in the LMFBR design. A natural circulation flow of the DRACS is originated from the buoyancy force balanced with the pressure loss within the active core. Hence it appears that the performance of the DRACS could be fully estimated by the thermal-hydraulic study of one fuel sub-assembly under the condition of low flow rate. The inter-wrapper flow occurring in the gap between core sub-assemblies under the natural circulation operation might have a large capacity to cool the core. An inverse flow occurring at the outer region of the core was due to the cooling effect of the inter-wrapper flow. (author)

  4. Thermal-hydraulic characteristics of natural circulation operation for decay heat removal of LMFBR

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    Koga, Tomonari [Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Abiko, Chiba (Japan); Watanabe, Osamu [Advanced Reactor Technology Co., Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-10-01

    Thermal-hydraulic characteristics of the decay heat removal system (DHRS) has been evaluated by both a water test and its computational analysis. The direct reactor auxiliary cooling system (DRACS) was studied as a representative DHRS in the LMFBR design. A natural circulation flow of the DRACS is originated from the buoyancy force balanced with the pressure loss within the active core. Hence it appears that the performance of the DRACS could be fully estimated by the thermal-hydraulic study of one fuel sub-assembly under the condition of low flow rate. The inter-wrapper flow occurring in the gap between core sub-assemblies under the natural circulation operation might have a large capacity to cool the core. An inverse flow occurring at the outer region of the core was due to the cooling effect of the inter-wrapper flow. (author)

  5. Current and anticipated uses of thermal-hydraulic codes in Germany

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    Teschendorff, V.; Sommer, F.; Depisch, F.

    1997-07-01

    In Germany, one third of the electrical power is generated by nuclear plants. ATHLET and S-RELAP5 are successfully applied for safety analyses of the existing PWR and BWR reactors and possible future reactors, e.g. EPR. Continuous development and assessment of thermal-hydraulic codes are necessary in order to meet present and future needs of licensing organizations, utilities, and vendors. Desired improvements include thermal-hydraulic models, multi-dimensional simulation, computational speed, interfaces to coupled codes, and code architecture. Real-time capability will be essential for application in full-scope simulators. Comprehensive code validation and quantification of uncertainties are prerequisites for future best-estimate analyses.

  6. THERMAL HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS OF A LIQUID-METAL-COOLED NEUTRON SPALLATION TARGET

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    W. GREGORY; R. MARTIN; T. VALACHOVIC

    2000-07-01

    We have carried out numerical simulations of the thermal hydraulic behavior of a neutron spallation target where liquid metal lead-bismuth serves as both coolant and as a neutron spallation source. The target is one of three designs provided by the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) in Russia. This type of target is proposed for Accelerator-driven Transmutation of Waste (ATW) to eliminate plutonium from hazardous fission products. The thermal hydraulic behavior was simulated by use of a commercial CFD computer code called CFX. Maximum temperatures in the diaphragm window and in the liquid lead were determined. In addition the total pressure drop through the target was predicted. The results of the CFX analysis were close to those results predicted by IPPE in their preliminary analysis.

  7. Development of thermal hydraulic models for the reliable regulatory auditing code

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    Chung, B. D.; Song, C. H.; Lee, Y. J.; Kwon, T. S.; Lee, S. W. [Korea Automic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-02-15

    The objective of this project is to develop thermal hydraulic models for use in improving the reliability of the regulatory auditing codes. The current year fall under the second step of the 3 year project, and the main researches were focused on the development of downcorner boiling model. During the current year, the bubble stream model of downcorner has been developed and installed in he auditing code. The model sensitivity analysis has been performed for APR1400 LBLOCA scenario using the modified code. The preliminary calculation has been performed for the experimental test facility using FLUENT and MARS code. The facility for air bubble experiment has been installed. The thermal hydraulic phenomena for VHTR and super critical reactor have been identified for the future application and model development.

  8. Sodium natural convection testing in the Thermal-Hydraulic Out-of-Reactor Safety (THORS) facility

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    A comparison is made between experimental data and analytical results for a single-phase natural convection test in an experimental sodium loop. The test was conducted in the Thermal-Hydraulic Out-of-Reactor Safety (THORS) facility, an engineering-scale high temperature sodium loop at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), used for thermal-hydraulic testing of simulated Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) subassemblies at normal and off-normal operating conditions. Electrical heating in the 19-pin assembly during the test was typical of decay heat levels. The test chosen for analysis in this paper was one of seven natural convection runs conducted in the facility. In this test the bypass line was open to simulate a parallel heated assembly and the test was begun with a pump coastdown from a small initial forced flow

  9. Influence of Spacer Grid Outer Strap on Fuel Assembly Thermal Hydraulic Performance

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The outer strap as a typical structure of a spacer grid enhances the mechanical strength, decreases hang-up susceptibility, and also influences thermal hydraulic performance, for example, pressure loss, mixing performance, and flow distribution. In the present study, a typical grid spacer with different outer strap designs is adopted to investigate the influence of outer strap design on fuel assembly thermal hydraulic performance by using a commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD code, ANSYS CFX, and a subchannel analysis code, FLICA. To simulate the outer straps’ influence between fuel assemblies downstream, four quarter-bundles from neighboring fuel assemblies are constructed to form the computational domain. The results show that the outer strap design has a major impact on cross-flow between fuel assemblies and temperature distribution within the fuel assembly.

  10. Thermal hydraulics characterization of the core and the reactor vessel type BWR

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    The thermal hydraulics design of a reactor type BWR 5 as the employees in the nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde involves the coupling of at least six control volumes: Pumps jet region, Stratification region, Core region, Vapor dryer region, Humidity separator region and Reactor region. Except by the regions of the core and reactor, these control volumes only are used for design considerations and their importance as operative data source is limited. It is for that is fundamental to complement the thermal hydraulics relations to obtain major data that allow to determine the efficiency of internal components, such as pumps jet, humidity separator and vapor dryer. Like example of the previous thing, calculations are realized on the humidity of the principal vapor during starting, comparing it with the values at the moment incorporated in the data banks of the computers of process of both units. (Author)

  11. A generalized interface module for the coupling of spatial kinetics and thermal-hydraulics codes

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    A generalized interface module has been developed for the coupling of any thermal-hydraulics code to any spatial kinetics code. The coupling scheme was designed and implemented with emphasis placed on maximizing flexibility while minimizing modifications to the respective codes. In this design, the thermal-hydraulics, general interface, and spatial kinetics codes function independently and utilize the Parallel Virtual Machine software to manage cross-process communication. Using this interface, the USNRC version of the 3D neutron kinetics code, PARCX, has been coupled to the USNRC system analysis codes RELAP5 and TRAC-M. RELAP5/PARCS assessment results are presented for two NEACRP rod ejection benchmark problems and an NEA/OECD main steam line break benchmark problem. The assessment of TRAC-M/PARCS has only recently been initiated, nonetheless, the capabilities of the coupled code are presented for a typical PWR system/core model

  12. Development of best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Chung, B. D.; Lee, W. J.; Lim, H. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-04-15

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is first step of the whole project, thus focus to the establishment of improvement area. The study was performed by reconsideration of the previous code assessment works and investigation of AECL design analysis tools. In order to identify the thermal hydraulic phenomena for events, the whole system of CANDU plant was divided into main functional systems and subcomponents. Each phenomena was addressed to the each subcomponent. FinaIly improvement areas of model development for auditing tool were established based on the identified phenomena.

  13. A parametric thermal-hydraulic analysis of I.T.U. TRIGA Mark-II reactor

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    In this study, a transient, one-dimensional thermal-hydraulic subchannel analysis for I.T.U. TRIGA Mark-II reactor was employed. The cooling of this reactor is based on natural convection; however, mixed convection is considered in modeling in order to enhance the capability of the computer code. After the continuity, conservation of energy, momentum balance equations for coolant in axial direction and heat conduction equation for fuel rod in radial direction had been written, they were discretized by using the control volume approach to obtain a set of algebraic equations. By the aid of discretized continuity and momentum balance equations, a pressure correction equation was derived. Then, a FORTRAN program called TRIGATH (TRIGA Thermal-Hydraulics) has been developed to solve this set of algebraic equations by using SIMPLE algorithm. As a result, the temperature distributions of the coolant and fuel rods as well as the velocity and pressure distributions of the coolant have been estimated. (authors)

  14. Development of best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Chung, B. D.; Lee, W. J.; Lim, H. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)

    1998-04-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is first step of the whole project, thus focus to the establishment of improvement area. The study was performed by reconsideration of the previous code assessment works and investigation of AECL design analysis tools. In order to identify the thermal hydraulic phenomena for events, the whole system of CANDU plant was divided into main functional systems and subcomponents. Each phenomena was addressed to the each subcomponent. Finally improvement areas of model development for auditing tool were established based on the identified phenomena. 8 refs., 21 figs., 19 tabs. (Author)

  15. Large-scale Monte Carlo calculations with thermal-hydraulic feedback

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    Monte Carlo based codes provide the most accurate solution of the particle transport problem. Individual particle trajectories are followed, and the interaction physics is simulated using detailed modeling of the physical reaction. The calculations are usually done using uniform temperature and density distributions. This is a significant approximation and leads to significantly distorted solution when applied to hot full power conditions. In this paper a method for introducing the thermal-hydraulic feedback by dynamic material distributions is introduced. The global variance reduction technique has been used to optimize the power tallying. The fission source convergence was accelerated by applying the Wielandt's acceleration method. Since the aim of this work is to solve coupled neutronic/thermal-hydraulic problems a convergence acceleration strategy based on stochastic approximation was proposed. The coupled system was applied to a quarter PWR core at pin and sub-channel level resolution. (author)

  16. Condensation heat transfer coefficient with noncondensible gases for heat transfer in thermal hydraulic codes

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    Banerjee, S.; Hassan, Y.A. [Texas A& M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Condensation in the presence of noncondensible gases plays an important role in the nuclear industry. The RELAP5/MOD3 thermal hydraulic code was used to study the ability of the code to predict this phenomenon. Two separate effects experiments were simulated using this code. These were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology`s (MIT) Pressurizer Experiment, the MIT Single Tube Experiment. A new iterative approach to calculate the interface temperature and the degraded heat transfer coefficient was developed and implemented in the RELAP5/MOD3 thermal hydraulic code. This model employs the heat transfer simultaneously. This model was found to perform much better than the reduction factor approach. The calculations using the new model were found to be in much better agreement with the experimental values.

  17. An approach to validation of coupled CFD and system thermal-hydraulics codes

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    This paper discusses the development of approach and experimental facility for the validation of coupled Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and System Thermal Hydraulics (STH) codes. The validation of a coupled code requires experiments which feature two way feedback between the component (CFD sub-domain) and the system (STH sub-domain). We present results of CFD analysis that are used in the development of a flexible design for the TALL-3D experimental facility. The facility consists of a lead-bismuth thermal-hydraulic loop operating in forced and natural circulation regimes with a heated pool-type 3D test section. The goal of the design is to achieve a feedback between mixing and stratification phenomena in the 3D tests section and forced / natural circulation flow conditions in the loop. Finally, we discuss the development of an experimental validation matrix for validation of coupled STH and CFD codes that considers the key physical phenomena of interest. (author)

  18. Thermal hydraulics of sodium-cooled fast reactors - key issues and highlights

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    In this paper key issues and highlighted topics in thermal hydraulics are discussed in connection to the current Japan's sodium-cooled fast reactor development efforts. In particular, design study and related researches of the Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) are focused. Several innovative technologies, e.g., compact reactor vessel, two-loop system, fully natural circulation decay heat removal, and recriticality free core, have been investigated in order to reduce construction cost and to achieve higher level of reactor safety. Preliminary evaluations of innovative technologies to be applied to JSFR are on-going. Here, progress of design study is introduced. Then, research and development activities on the thermal hydraulics related to the innovative technologies are briefly reviewed. (author)

  19. Thermal hydraulic study of a corium molten pool

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    The thermohydraulic behaviour of a mass of molten core is investigated, in the frame of PWR severe accidents studies. The corium may be located in the vessel lower head or in an external core-catcher. It is assumed to be present in the container instantaneously. Its motion is described by one velocity field. It may be homogeneous or made of two stratified fluids. The residual power is assumed to be constant and uniform in the UO2 phase. The radiative losses and the external water-cooling are taken into account. The thermal resistance of a peripheral crust is considered. The influence of the crust on the pool geometry may be studied. The wall behaviour is analysed by a conduction calculation. The interest of a sacrificial layer is underlined, so as the necessity of a multicomponent multiphase model to study the behaviour of a core catcher. It is also concluded that some experiments are needed for code validation about volume heated natural convection and multiphase flows. (author). 14 figs., 3 refs

  20. Thermal hydraulics of rod bundles: The effect of eccentricity

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    Chauhan, Amit K., E-mail: amit_fmlab@yahoo.co.in [Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Prasad, B.V.S.S.S., E-mail: prasad@iitm.ac.in [Thermal Turbomachines Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Patnaik, B.S.V., E-mail: bsvp@iitm.ac.in [Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Present CFD investigation explores, whole bundle eccentricity for the first time. • Fluid flow and thermal characteristics in various subchannels are analyzed. • Mass flux distribution is particularly analyzed to study eccentricity effect. • Higher eccentricity resulted in a shoot up in rod surface temperature distribution. • Both tangential and radial flow in rod bundles has resulted due to eccentricity. -- Abstract: The effect of eccentricity on the fluid flow and heat transfer through a 19-rod bundle is numerically carried out. When the whole bundle shifts downwards with respect to the outer (pressure) tube, flow redistribution happens. This in turn is responsible for changes in mass flux, pressure and differential flow development in various subchannels. The heat flux imposed on the surface of the fuel rods and the mass flux through the subchannels determines the coolant outlet temperatures. The simulations are performed for a coolant flow Reynolds number of 4 × 10{sup 5}. For an eccentricity value of 0.7, the mass flux in the bottom most subchannel (l) was found to decrease by 10%, while the surface temperature of the fuel rod in the vicinity of this subchannel increased by 250% at the outlet section. Parameters of engineering interest including skin friction coefficient, Nusselt number, etc., have been systematically explored to study the effect of eccentricity on the rod bundle.

  1. Test program element II blanket and shield thermal-hydraulic and thermomechanical testing, experimental facility survey

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    Ware, A.G.; Longhurst, G.R.

    1981-12-01

    This report presents results of a survey conducted by EG and G Idaho to determine facilities available to conduct thermal-hydraulic and thermomechanical testing for the Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy First Wall/Blanket/Shield Engineering Test Program. In response to EG and G queries, twelve organizations (in addition to EG and G and General Atomic) expressed interest in providing experimental facilities. A variety of methods of supplying heat is available.

  2. Influence of Thermal-hydraulic Model to Fuel Management Core Calculation

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    The integration of neutronic, fuel rod and thermal-hydraulic calculations for both, steady-state core design type of the calculation and for transient and safety analyses, is used to improve the response of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) both from the point of view of safe and economic plant operation. That process assumes improvement of current calculational tools and application of results acquired from operational experience. The objective of this paper is to explore influence of improved thermal-hydraulics core model to overall in-core fuel management parameters (reactivity, power distribution, burn-up distribution) and to take it into account in systematic way. New core thermal-hydraulics model based on codes COBRA III C and COBRA-EN was included within the PARCS depletion loop to calculate the behavior of representative fuel rods for each assembly. Modified code is called COBRA-VIP and exists as both standalone version and part of PARCS code. Some programming changes were necessary to make possible dual use of COBRA-VIP. Core fuel management calculation was performed for NPP Krsko cycle 23 to show influence of performed change to selected core parameters. The benefit of the described approach is that in addition to normal depletion calculation, the behavior of any fuel rod in each fuel assembly can be studied from thermal-hydraulics point of view. The average fuel rod per assembly can be used to improve TH feedback calculations and the limiting fuel rod per assembly can be used to perform DNBR or fuel centre line temperature calculation.(author)

  3. PLUGM: a coupled thermal-hydraulic computer model for freezing melt flow in a channel

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    PLUGM is a coupled thermal-hydraulic computer model for freezing liquid flow and plugging in a cold channel. PLUGM is being developed at Sandia National Laboratories for applications in Sandia's ex-vessel Core Retention Concept Assessment Program and in Sandia's LMFBR Transition Phase Program. The purpose of this paper is to introduce PLUGM and demonstrate how it can be used in the analysis of two of the core retention concepts under investigation at Sandia: refractory brick crucibles and particle beds

  4. Computer code for the thermal-hydraulic analysis of ITU TRIGA Mark-II reactor

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    Istanbul Technical University (ITU) TRIGA Mark-II reactor core consists of ninety vertical cylindrical elements located in five rings. Sixty-nine of them are fuel elements. The reactor is operated and cooled with natural convection by pool water, which is also cooled and purified in external coolant circuits by forced convection. This characteristic leads to consider both the natural and forced convection heat transfer in a 'porous-medium analysis'. The safety analysis of the reactor requires a thermal-hydraulic model of the reactor to determine the thermal-hydraulic parameters in each mode of operation. In this study, a computer code cooled TRIGA-PM (TRIGA - Porous Medium) for the thermal-hydraulic analysis of ITU is considered. TRIGA Mark-II reactor code has been developed to obtain velocity, pressure and temperature distributions in the reactor pool as a function of core design parameters and pool configuration. The code is a transient, thermal-hydraulic code and requires geometric and physical modelling parameters. In the model, although the reactor is considered as only porous medium, the other part of the reactor pool is considered partly as continuum and partly as porous medium. COMMIX-1C code is used for the benchmark purpose of TRIGA-PM code. For the normal operating conditions of the reactor, estimations of TRIGA-PM are in good agreement with those of COMMIX-1C. After some more improvements, this code will be employed for the estimation of LOCA scenario, which can not be analyses by COMMIX-1C and the other multi-purpose codes, considering a break at one of the beam tubes of the reactor

  5. Test program element II blanket and shield thermal-hydraulic and thermomechanical testing, experimental facility survey

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    This report presents results of a survey conducted by EG and G Idaho to determine facilities available to conduct thermal-hydraulic and thermomechanical testing for the Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy First Wall/Blanket/Shield Engineering Test Program. In response to EG and G queries, twelve organizations (in addition to EG and G and General Atomic) expressed interest in providing experimental facilities. A variety of methods of supplying heat is available

  6. Assessment of multi-scale thermal-hydraulic simulation for a PWR steam generator with CUPID/MARS coupling

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    For the thermal hydraulics analysis of nuclear reactor components of LWRs (Light Water Reactors) such as reactor vessel, steam generator, containment, a multi-dimensional two-phase flow code, named CUPID, has been being developed. The CUPID code pursues a capability of multi-physics and multi-scale thermal hydraulics analysis. In the present study, multi-scale simulation was performed by coupling with system-scale code, MARS. The coupled code was assessed to visualize the flow behavior of the steam generator of the Advanced Power Reactor (APR1400). The primary side of the steam generator and remaining Reactor Coolant System (RCS) is modeled by MARS and secondary side is by CUPID. For the secondary side simulation by the CUPID part, a porous media approach was adopted to two-fluid model and conductor model to simplify the complicated geometry of the steam generator. In order to obtain a porosity of a given computing cell, a special algorithm was employed to directly calculate volume ratio by mapping the 3D CAD file onto the grid system. Besides, the proper constitutive relationships for U-tubes are considered further. To treat the complex thermo-hydraulic phenomena on the shell side of a steam generator, a set of constitutive models available in the literature for a two-phase flow map, interfacial heat and mass transfer, interfacial drag, wall friction, wall heating, and heat partitioning in flows over tube bundles were applied to close the numerical model. This paper presents the description of the coupling method, porous media approach to simplify the steam generator, and the simulation results using the coupled codes. (author)

  7. Thermal-hydraulic and neutronic considerations for designing a lithium-cooled tokamak blanket

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    A methodology for the design of lithium cooled blankets is developed. The thermal-hydraulics, neutronics and interactions between them are extensively investigated. In thermal hydraulics, two models illustrate the methodology used to obtain the acceptable ranges for a set of design parameters. The methodology can be used to identify the limiting constraints for a particular design. A complete neutronic scheme is set up for the calculations of the volumetric heating rate as a function of the distance from the first wall, the breeding ratio as a function of the amount of structural material in the blanket, and the radiation damage in terms of atom displacements and gas production rate. Different values of the volume percent of Type-316 stainless steel are assigned in four breeding zones to represent a nonuniformly distributed structural material which satisfies various thermal-hydraulic requirements. The role that the radiation damage plays in the overall design methodology is described. The product of the first wall lifetime and neutron loading is limited by the radiation damage which degrades the mechanical properties of the material

  8. Thermal Hydraulic Analysis of 3 MW TRIGA Research Reactor of Bangladesh Considering Different Cycles of Burnup

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Burnup dependent steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of TRIGA Mark-II research reactor has been carried out utilizing coupled point kinetics, neutronics and thermal hydraulics code EUREKA-2/RR. From the previous calculations of neutronics parameters including percentage burnup of individual fuel elements performed so far for 700 MWD burnt core of TRIGA reactor showed that the fuel rod predicted as hottest at the beginning of cycle (fresh core was found to remain as the hottest until 200 MWD of burn, but, with the progress of core burn, the hottest rod was found to be shifted and another rod in the core became the hottest. The present study intends to evaluate the thermal hydraulic parameters of these hottest fuel rods at different cycles of burnup, from beginning to 700 MWD core burnt considering reactor operates under steady state condition. Peak fuel centerline temperature, maximum cladding and coolant temperatures of the hottest channels were calculated. It revealed that maximum temperature reported for fuel clad and fuel centerline found to lie below their melting points which indicate that there is no chance of burnout on the fuel cladding surface and no blister in the fuel meat throughout the considered cycles of core burnt.

  9. CFX analysis of the CANDU moderator thermal-hydraulics in the Stern Lab. Test Facility

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    A numerical calculation with the commercial CFD code CFX is conducted for a test facility simulating the CANDU moderator thermal-hydraulics. Two kinds of moderator thermal-hydraulic tests at Stern Laboratories Inc. were performed in the full geometric configuration of the CANDU moderator circulating vessel, which is called a Calandria, housing a matrix of horizontal rod bundles simulating the Calandria tubes. The first of these tests is the pressure drop measurement of a cross flow in the horizontal rod bundles. The other is the local temperature measurement on the cross section of the horizontal cylinder vessel simulating the Calandria. In the present study the full geometric details of the Calandria are incorporated in the grid generation of the computational domain to which the boundary conditions for each experiment are applied. The numerical solutions are reviewed and compared with the available test data. It is shown that the present CFD prediction without the empirical correlation based on the pressure drop test is in good agreement with the test results. The prediction becomes more accurate, as the flow conditions become more turbulent with a higher Reynolds number. However, the temperature fluctuation is observed during iteration steps for a steady-state simulation of the thermal-hydraulic test. This result shows that the flow and temperature distribution inside the moderator tank may not be stable in the actual test

  10. Numerical simulations of subcritical reactor kinetics in thermal hydraulic transient phases

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    Yoo, J.; Park, W. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    A subcritical reactor driven by a linear proton accelerator has been considered as a nuclear waste incinerator at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). Since the multiplication factor of a subcritical reactor is less than unity, to compensate exponentially decreasing fission neutrons, external neutrons form spallation reactions are essentially required for operating the reactor in its steady state. Furthermore, the profile of accelerator beam currents is very important in controlling a subcritical reactor, because the reactor power varies in accordance to the profile of external neutrons. We have developed a code system to find numerical solutions of reactor kinetics equations, which are the simplest dynamic model for controlling reactors. In a due course of our previous numerical study of point kinetics equations for critical reactors, however, we learned that the same code system can be used in studying dynamic behavior of the subcritical reactor. Our major motivation of this paper is to investigate responses of subcritical reactors for small changes in thermal hydraulic parameters. Building a thermal hydraulic model for the subcritical reactor dynamics, we performed numerical simulations for dynamic responses of the reactor based on point kinetics equations with a source term. Linearizing a set of coupled differential equations for reactor responses, we focus our research interest on dynamic responses of the reactor to variations of the thermal hydraulic parameters in transient phases. 5 refs., 8 figs. (Author)

  11. Thermal hydraulic analysis of 3 MW TRIGA research reactor of bangladesh considering different cycles of burnup

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    Burnup dependent steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of TRIGA Mark-II research reactor has been carried out utilizing coupled point kinetics, neutronics and thermal hydraulics code EUREKA-2/RR. From the previous calculations of neutronics parameters including percentage burnup of individual fuel elements performed so far for 700 MWD burnt core of TRIGA reactor showed that the fuel rod predicted as hottest at the beginning of cycle (fresh core) was found to remain as the hottest until 200 MWD of burn, but, with the progress of core burn, the hottest rod was found to be shifted and another rod in the core became the hottest. The present study intends to evaluate the thermal hydraulic parameters of these hottest fuel rods at different cycles of burnup, from beginning to 700 MWD core burnt considering reactor operates under steady state condition. Peak fuel centerline temperature, maximum cladding and coolant temperatures of the hottest channels were calculated. It revealed that maximum temperature reported for fuel clad and fuel centerline found to lie below their melting points which indicate that there is no chance of burnout on the fuel cladding surface and no blister in the fuel meat throughout the considered cycles of core burnt. (author)

  12. Analytical benchmarks for verification of thermal-hydraulic codes based on sub-channel approach

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    Over the last year (2007), preliminary tests have been performed on the Moroccan TRIGA MARK II research reactor to show that, under all operating conditions, the coolant parameters fall within the ranges allowing the safe working conditions of the reactor core. In parallel, a sub-channel thermal-hydraulic code, named SACATRI (Sub-channel Analysis Code for Application to TRIGA reactors), was developed to satisfy the needs of numerical simulation tools, able to predict the coolant flow parameters. The thermal-hydraulic model of SACATRI code is based on four partial differential equations that describe the conservation of mass, energy, axial and transversal momentum. However, to achieve the full task of any numerical code, verification is a highly recommended activity for assessing the accuracy of computational simulations. This paper presents a new procedure which can be used during code and solution verification activities of thermal-hydraulic tools based on sub-channel approach. The technique of verification proposed is based mainly on the combination of the method of manufactured solution and the order of accuracy test. The verification of SACATRI code allowed the elaboration of exact analytical benchmarks that can be used to assess the mathematical correctness of the numerical solution to the elaborated model

  13. Analytical benchmarks for verification of thermal-hydraulic codes based on sub-channel approach

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    Merroun, O. [LMR/ERSN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, B.P. 2121, Tetouan 93002 (Morocco)], E-mail: meroun.ossama@gmail.com; Almers, A. [Department of Energetics, Ecole Nationale Superieure d' Arts et Metiers, Moulay Ismail University, B.P. 4024, Meknes (Morocco); El Bardouni, T.; El Bakkari, B. [LMR/ERSN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, B.P. 2121, Tetouan 93002 (Morocco); Chakir, E. [LRM/EPTN, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Kenitra (Morocco)

    2009-04-15

    Over the last year (2007), preliminary tests have been performed on the Moroccan TRIGA MARK II research reactor to show that, under all operating conditions, the coolant parameters fall within the ranges allowing the safe working conditions of the reactor core. In parallel, a sub-channel thermal-hydraulic code, named SACATRI (Sub-channel Analysis Code for Application to TRIGA reactors), was developed to satisfy the needs of numerical simulation tools, able to predict the coolant flow parameters. The thermal-hydraulic model of SACATRI code is based on four partial differential equations that describe the conservation of mass, energy, axial and transversal momentum. However, to achieve the full task of any numerical code, verification is a highly recommended activity for assessing the accuracy of computational simulations. This paper presents a new procedure which can be used during code and solution verification activities of thermal-hydraulic tools based on sub-channel approach. The technique of verification proposed is based mainly on the combination of the method of manufactured solution and the order of accuracy test. The verification of SACATRI code allowed the elaboration of exact analytical benchmarks that can be used to assess the mathematical correctness of the numerical solution to the elaborated model.

  14. Modeling of thermal hydraulics behaviour in reactor core of reactor TRIGA PUSPATI (RTP)

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    Reactor TRIGA PUSPATI (RTP) in Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia) is the one and only research reactor in Malaysia and had been used exclusively for research and development (R and D), training for reactor operators and education purposes. The RTP is a 1 MWt pool type reactor with natural convection cooling system and pulsing capability up to 1200 MWt. It went critical on 28 June 1982 and the core configuration has been changed twelve times to date. The core is a mixed type using 20% enriched U-ZrH fuel element containing 8.5, 12 and 20wt% uranium. This paper will discuss the modeling of thermal-hydraulics behaviour in reactor core of RTP using computer code namely PARET. The results of the calculation that were carried out at RTP are modelled and temperature profiles of the thermal hydraulics data at different locations and power levels are developed. s a comparison to the thermal hydraulics calculation using PARET, an experiment were carried out at several different locations and power levels in the reactor core for temperature profile in the core to compare the result obtained from PARET. Finally, an overall analysis of the result of PARET calculation and experimental measurement were exhibited in this paper. (author)

  15. PATHS: a steady state two-phase thermal hydraulic solver for PARCS depletion

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    The PATHS code was developed to solve the steady state two-phase thermal-hydraulic equations for a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) and to provide thermal-hydraulic feedback for BWR depletion calculations with the neutronics code PARCS. The PARCS code is coupled to RELAP5 and TRACE which are normally used to solve for the thermal hydraulic state for BWR applications. However, systems codes were developed primarily for transient analysis and it can be computationally expensive to perform null transients to achieve the steady-state for the many channel problems required for practical BWR depletion analysis. For steady state analysis of the reactor, it is much more efficient to use a lower order two phase solution methodology. The low order methodology improves the runtime without major compromises in the fluid density and temperature distributions that are important for depletion analysis. In the PATHS code, the drift flux model is used with the EPRI void model. PATHS results were compared to TRACE for fixed power computations at various powers and flow rates. Coupled PATHS/PARCS calculations were then validated using depletion data from cycles 1 and 2 of the Peach Bottom II BWR. (author)

  16. Advanced materials for thermal protection system

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    Heng, Sangvavann; Sherman, Andrew J.

    1996-03-01

    Reticulated open-cell ceramic foams (both vitreous carbon and silicon carbide) and ceramic composites (SiC-based, both monolithic and fiber-reinforced) were evaluated as candidate materials for use in a heat shield sandwich panel design as an advanced thermal protection system (TPS) for unmanned single-use hypersonic reentry vehicles. These materials were fabricated by chemical vapor deposition/infiltration (CVD/CVI) and evaluated extensively for their mechanical, thermal, and erosion/ablation performance. In the TPS, the ceramic foams were used as a structural core providing thermal insulation and mechanical load distribution, while the ceramic composites were used as facesheets providing resistance to aerodynamic, shear, and erosive forces. Tensile, compressive, and shear strength, elastic and shear modulus, fracture toughness, Poisson's ratio, and thermal conductivity were measured for the ceramic foams, while arcjet testing was conducted on the ceramic composites at heat flux levels up to 5.90 MW/m2 (520 Btu/ft2ṡsec). Two prototype test articles were fabricated and subjected to arcjet testing at heat flux levels of 1.70-3.40 MW/m2 (150-300 Btu/ft2ṡsec) under simulated reentry trajectories.

  17. Influence of hydraulics and control of thermal storage in solar assisted heat pump combisystems

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    2014-01-01

    This paper studies the influence of hydraulics and control of thermal storage in systems combined with solar thermal and heat pump for the production of warm water and space heating in dwellings. A reference air source heat pump system with flat plate collectors connected to a combistore was defined and modeled together with the IEA SHC Task 44 / HPP Annex 38 (T44A38) “Solar and Heat Pump Systems” boundary conditions of Strasbourg climate and SFH45 building. Three and four pipe connections as...

  18. Development of numerical simulation system for thermal-hydraulic analysis in fuel assembly of sodium-cooled fast reactor

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    Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Uwaba, Tomoyuki [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (4002 Narita, O-arai, Ibaraki 311-1393, Japan) (Japan); Hashimoto, Akihiko; Imai, Yasutomo [NDD Corporation (1-1-6 Jounan, Mito, Ibaraki 310-0803, Japan) (Japan); Ito, Masahiro [NESI Inc. (4002 Narita, O-arai, Ibaraki 311-1393, Japan) (Japan)

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    A numerical simulation system, which consists of a deformation analysis program and three kinds of thermal-hydraulics analysis programs, is being developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to offer methodologies to clarify thermal-hydraulic phenomena in fuel assemblies of sodium-cooled fast reactors under various operating conditions. This paper gives the outline of the system and its applications to fuel assembly analyses as a validation study.

  19. Development of numerical simulation system for thermal-hydraulic analysis in fuel assembly of sodium-cooled fast reactor

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    Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Uwaba, Tomoyuki; Hashimoto, Akihiko; Imai, Yasutomo; Ito, Masahiro

    2015-12-01

    A numerical simulation system, which consists of a deformation analysis program and three kinds of thermal-hydraulics analysis programs, is being developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to offer methodologies to clarify thermal-hydraulic phenomena in fuel assemblies of sodium-cooled fast reactors under various operating conditions. This paper gives the outline of the system and its applications to fuel assembly analyses as a validation study.

  20. Thermal-hydraulic safety analyses supporting the steam generator replacement and uprating at Krško nuclear power plant

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    Mavko, Borut; Prošek, Andrej

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    The Krško nuclear power plant has undertaken a major modernization project. The objectives of the project are: long-term stabilization of the plant's operation, uprating of the net electrical power output, higher availability and enhanced safety of the plant. The modernization also requires a thorough safety re-avaluation and therefore new thermal hydraulic, mechanical and structural analysis. The thermal-hydraulic part of the safety analysis necessary for the steam generator replacement and ...

  1. Development of numerical simulation system for thermal-hydraulic analysis in fuel assembly of sodium-cooled fast reactor

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    A numerical simulation system, which consists of a deformation analysis program and three kinds of thermal-hydraulics analysis programs, is being developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to offer methodologies to clarify thermal-hydraulic phenomena in fuel assemblies of sodium-cooled fast reactors under various operating conditions. This paper gives the outline of the system and its applications to fuel assembly analyses as a validation study

  2. Thermal-hydraulic performance and structural thermal stress analysis for ITER shield blanket module nearby NB rejoin

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    Hydraulic and thermal analysis of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) standard neutral beam (NB) blanket module was carried out in order to check whether the latest design meets ITER requirements. Minor-loss coefficients were estimated with a CFD code, and friction factors of straight channels were obtained using existing formulas. The effects of different radial hole's diameter, length of the back of the radial hole, size of clearance, type of flow driver, branch velocity and flow direction on minor-loss coefficients for radial holes were investigated. Since total mass flow rate and dimensions of the cooling channels were given, when pressure drop due to intersection of the radial hole with back drilled collector was ignored, we can obtain pressure drop, flow rate, velocity and heat transfer coefficient in each radial hole. An improved calculation without neglecting the pressure drop caused by the intersection was also done to compare with the simplified one. Finally, maximum temperature, thermal stress and deformation were evaluated according to FEM thermal analysis. The results of the latest hydraulic and thermal analysis indicate that the current design meets ITER requirements well, except that flow distribution is not so uniform when different types of flow drivers are used, and temperature in the front head surface is a little high. Improved design is necessary in the further. (authors)

  3. Thermal-hydraulic simulation and analysis of Research Reactor Cooling Systems

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    The objective of the present study is to formulate a model to simulate the thermal hydraulic behavior of integrated cooling system in a typical material testing reactor (MTR) under loss of ultimate heat sink, the model involves three interactively coupled sub-models for reactor core, heat exchanger and cooling tower. The developed model predicts the temperature profiles in addition it predicts inlet and outlet temperatures of the hot and cold stream as well as the heat exchangers and cooling tower. The model is validated against PARET code for steady-state operation and also verified by the reactor operational records, and then the model is used to simulate the thermal-hydraulic behavior of the reactor under a loss of ultimate heat sink. The simulation is performed for two operational regimes named regime I of (11 MW) thermal power and three operated cooling tower cells and regime II of (22 MW) thermal power and six operated cooling tower cells. In regime I, the simulation is performed for 1, 2 and 3 cooling tower failed cells while in regime II, it is performed for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 cooling tower failed cells. The safety action is conducted by the reactor protection system (RPS) named power reduction safety action, it is triggered to decrease the reactor power by amount of 20% of the present power when the water inlet temperature to the core reaches 43 degree C and a scram (emergency shutdown) is triggered in case of the inlet temperature reaches 44 degree C. The model results are analyzed and discussed. The temperature profiles of fuel, clad and coolant are predicted during transient where its maximum values are far from thermal hydraulic limits.

  4. Use of a hydraulic brake as a source of thermal energy for the railway rolling stock

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    V.A.Gabrinets

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In this paper the braking issues of passenger trains which have a great speed and frequent stops are examines. Problem statement: These processes are ехpensive and have big energy losses. The proposed solution to the problem: The kinetic energy of braking prosses propose to turn into thermal energy of heating fluid. For this purpose special hydraulic brake is proposed. The brake is connected with the wheel carriage pairs. The process is based on the energy dissipation in liqid when the disks with spikes rotate in it. Because the real liquid has friction and viscosity, it will be heat up, when the mechanical parts of the hydraulic brake are moved in it. The design, operating principle and characteristics of the hydraulic brake are proposed. Transmission of kinetic energy of carriage motion to brake system executed by mechanical clutches. It connected with the wheel pair and transmitting the energy the wheels rotation to hydraulic brake discs. The cylindrical rods are installed on the discs. Rods location fits the profile of the curved centrifugal pump vanes. As result, the fluid heatind prosess by rotatinge discs with rods take place also at the same time with the liquid pumping through the inner volume of brake system.Conclusions: Affordable passenger carriage braking dynamic is achieved by varying the size and number of rods. The heated liquid may be subsequently used for household needs and for heating the passenger carriage.

  5. Comparative analysis of CTF and trace thermal-hydraulic codes using OECD/NRC PSBT benchmark void distribution database

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    The international OECD/NRC PWR Subchannel and Bundle Tests (PSBT) benchmark has been established to provide a test bed for assessing the capabilities of various thermal-hydraulic subchannel, system, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes and to encourage advancement in the analysis of fluid flow in rod bundles. The aim is to improve the reliability of the nuclear reactor safety margin evaluations. The benchmark is based on one of the most valuable databases identified for the thermal-hydraulics modeling, which was developed by the Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPEC) in Japan. The database includes subchannel void fraction and departure from nucleate boiling (DNB) measurements in a representative Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) fuel assembly. Part of this database is made available for the international PSBT benchmark activity. The PSBT benchmark team is organized based on the collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety organization (JNES) including the participation and support of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD. On behalf of the PSBT benchmark team, PSU in collaboration with US NRC is performing supporting calculations of the benchmark exercises using its in-house advanced thermalhydraulic subchannel code CTF and the US NRC system code TRACE. CTF is a version of the well-known and widely used code COBRA-TF whose models have been continuously improved and validated over the last years at the Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Management Group (RDFMG) at PSU. TRACE is a reactor systems code developed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to analyze transient and steady-state thermal-hydraulic behavior in Light Water Reactors (LWRs) and it has been designed to perform best-estimate analyses of loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs), operational transients, and other accident scenarios in PWRs and boiling light-water reactors (BWRs). The paper presents

  6. Evaluation of Erosion Resistance of Advanced Turbine Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Zhu, Dongming; Kuczmarski, Maria A.; Miller, Robert A.; Cuy, Michael D.

    2007-01-01

    The erosion resistant turbine thermal barrier coating system is critical to aircraft engine performance and durability. By demonstrating advanced turbine material testing capabilities, we will be able to facilitate the critical turbine coating and subcomponent development and help establish advanced erosion-resistant turbine airfoil thermal barrier coatings design tools. The objective of this work is to determine erosion resistance of advanced thermal barrier coating systems under simulated engine erosion and/or thermal gradient environments, validating advanced turbine airfoil thermal barrier coating systems based on nano-tetragonal phase toughening design approaches.

  7. Advanced model structures applied to system identification of a servo- hydraulic test rig

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper deals with a method for the parametric system identification of a nonlinear system to obtain its parametric representation using a linear transfer function. Such representation is applicable in off-line profile correction methods minimizing the error between a reference input signal and a signal performed by the test rig. In turn, a test signal can be perfectly tracked by a servo-hydraulic test rig. This is the requirement in massive production where short test sequences are repeated to validate the products.Design/methodology/approach: A numerical and experimental case studies are presented in the paper. The numerical study presents a system identification process of a nonlinear system consisting of a linear transfer function and a nonlinear output component, being a static function. The experimental study presents a system identification process of a nonlinear system which is a servo-hydraulic test rig. The simulation data has been used to illustrate the feasibility study of the proposed approach, while the experimental data have been used to validate advanced model structures under operational conditions.Findings: The advanced model structures confirmed their better performance by means of the model fit in the time domain.Research limitations/implications: The method applies to analysis of such mechanical and hydraulic systems for which measurements are corrupted by residual harmonic disturbances resulting from system nonlinearities.Practical implications: The advanced model structures are intended to be used as inverse models in off-line signal profile correction.Originality/value: The results state the foundation for the off-line parametric error cancellation method which aims in improving tracking of load signals on servo-hydraulic test rigs.

  8. IAEA Coordinated Research Project on HTGR Reactor Physics, Thermal-hydraulics and Depletion Uncertainty Analysis

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    Strydom, Gerhard [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Bostelmann, F. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-09-01

    The continued development of High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors (HTGRs) requires verification of HTGR design and safety features with reliable high fidelity physics models and robust, efficient, and accurate codes. The predictive capability of coupled neutronics/thermal-hydraulics and depletion simulations for reactor design and safety analysis can be assessed with sensitivity analysis (SA) and uncertainty analysis (UA) methods. Uncertainty originates from errors in physical data, manufacturing uncertainties, modelling and computational algorithms. (The interested reader is referred to the large body of published SA and UA literature for a more complete overview of the various types of uncertainties, methodologies and results obtained). SA is helpful for ranking the various sources of uncertainty and error in the results of core analyses. SA and UA are required to address cost, safety, and licensing needs and should be applied to all aspects of reactor multi-physics simulation. SA and UA can guide experimental, modelling, and algorithm research and development. Current SA and UA rely either on derivative-based methods such as stochastic sampling methods or on generalized perturbation theory to obtain sensitivity coefficients. Neither approach addresses all needs. In order to benefit from recent advances in modelling and simulation and the availability of new covariance data (nuclear data uncertainties) extensive sensitivity and uncertainty studies are needed for quantification of the impact of different sources of uncertainties on the design and safety parameters of HTGRs. Only a parallel effort in advanced simulation and in nuclear data improvement will be able to provide designers with more robust and well validated calculation tools to meet design target accuracies. In February 2009, the Technical Working Group on Gas-Cooled Reactors (TWG-GCR) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommended that the proposed Coordinated Research Program (CRP) on

  9. IAEA Coordinated Research Project on HTGR Reactor Physics, Thermal-hydraulics and Depletion Uncertainty Analysis

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    The continued development of High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors (HTGRs) requires verification of HTGR design and safety features with reliable high fidelity physics models and robust, efficient, and accurate codes. The predictive capability of coupled neutronics/thermal-hydraulics and depletion simulations for reactor design and safety analysis can be assessed with sensitivity analysis (SA) and uncertainty analysis (UA) methods. Uncertainty originates from errors in physical data, manufacturing uncertainties, modelling and computational algorithms. (The interested reader is referred to the large body of published SA and UA literature for a more complete overview of the various types of uncertainties, methodologies and results obtained). SA is helpful for ranking the various sources of uncertainty and error in the results of core analyses. SA and UA are required to address cost, safety, and licensing needs and should be applied to all aspects of reactor multi-physics simulation. SA and UA can guide experimental, modelling, and algorithm research and development. Current SA and UA rely either on derivative-based methods such as stochastic sampling methods or on generalized perturbation theory to obtain sensitivity coefficients. Neither approach addresses all needs. In order to benefit from recent advances in modelling and simulation and the availability of new covariance data (nuclear data uncertainties) extensive sensitivity and uncertainty studies are needed for quantification of the impact of different sources of uncertainties on the design and safety parameters of HTGRs. Only a parallel effort in advanced simulation and in nuclear data improvement will be able to provide designers with more robust and well validated calculation tools to meet design target accuracies. In February 2009, the Technical Working Group on Gas-Cooled Reactors (TWG-GCR) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommended that the proposed Coordinated Research Program (CRP) on

  10. Effect of the discretization and neutronic thermal hydraulic coupling on LWR transients

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    Coupled multiphysics problems solve different physical phenomena with time scales of varying orders of magnitude. These phenomena are coupled in a nonlinear way making it difficult to find an accurate and efficient solution. Many of the present generation of codes for LWR are based on 3-D neutronic nodal methods coupled with first order thermal hydraulic methods. Moreover, the spatial and temporal meshes used to solve each field are different reflecting the scales of each phenomenon. This paper discusses the effect of the spatial and temporal discretization as well as the effect of different coupling schemes, with different level of implicitness, between the neutronic and core thermal hydraulics in SIMULATE-3K (S3K). S3K is a best estimate code used by many utilities, regulatory authorities and research institutes for the analysis of LWR transients that require the coupling of neutronic, fuel pin, and core hydraulic models. Examples of S3K applications are BWR stability analysis, fast anticipated operational occurrences, with or without scram, and reactivity initiated transients. Three different applications will be discussed in this paper to illustrate the effect of the discretization and coupling methods in multiphysics problems, namely: the NEA PWR rod ejection, the Ringhals-1 BWR stability, and the Peach Bottom turbine trip benchmarks. (author)

  11. Sensitivity analysis of hydraulic and thermal parameters inducing anomalous heat flow in the Lower Yarmouk Gorge

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    Goretzki, Nora; Inbar, Nimrod; Kühn, Michael; Möller, Peter; Rosenthal, Eliyahu; Schneider, Michael; Siebert, Christian; Magri, Fabien

    2016-04-01

    The Lower Yarmouk Gorge, at the border between Israel and Jordan, is characterized by an anomalous temperature gradient of 46 °C/km. Numerical simulations of thermally-driven flow show that ascending thermal waters are the result of mixed convection, i.e. the interaction between the regional flow from the surrounding heights and buoyant flow within permeable faults [1]. Those models were calibrated against available temperature logs by running several forward problems (FP), with a classic "trial and error" method. In the present study, inverse problems (IP) are applied to find alternative parameter distributions that also lead to the observed thermal anomalies. The investigated physical parameters are hydraulic conductivity and thermal conductivity. To solve the IP, the PEST® code [2] is applied via the graphical interface FEPEST® in FEFLOW® [3]. The results show that both hydraulic and thermal conductivity are consistent with the values determined with the trial and error calibrations, which precede this study. However, the IP indicates that the hydraulic conductivity of the Senonian Paleocene aquitard can be 8.54*10-3 m/d, which is three times lower than the originally estimated value in [1]. Moreover, the IP suggests that the hydraulic conductivity in the faults can increase locally up to 0.17 m/d. These highly permeable areas can be interpreted as local damage zones at the faults/units intersections. They can act as lateral pathways in the deep aquifers that allow deep outflow of thermal water. This presentation provides an example about the application of FP and IP to infer a wide range of parameter values that reproduce observed environmental issues. [1] Magri F, Inbar N, Siebert C, Rosenthal E, Guttman J, Möller P (2015) Transient simulations of large-scale hydrogeological processes causing temperature and salinity anomalies in the Tiberias Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 520, 342-355 [2] Doherty J (2010) PEST: Model-Independent Parameter Estimation. user

  12. Study of thermal and hydraulic performances of circular and square ribbed rough microchannels using LBM

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    Taher, M. A.; Kim, H. D.; Lee, Y. W.

    2015-11-01

    The effects of roughness geometries and relative roughness height at the slip flow regime to investigate the thermal and hydraulic performances of microchannel have been considered in the present article using a thermal Lattice Boltzmann Method (TLBM). A two dimensional 9-bit (D2Q9) single relaxation time (SRT) model is used to simulate this problem. In micro-flows, the local density variation is still relatively small, but the total density changes, therefore, in order to account this density variation and its effect on the kinematic viscosity v, a new relaxation time proposed by Niu et al.[13] is used. The roughness geometry is modeled as a series of square and circular riblets with a relative roughness height from 0% to 10% of the channel height. The friction coefficients in terms of Poiseuille number (Pn) and the dimensionless heat transfer rate in terms of Nusselt number (Nu) have been discussed in order to analyze the roughness effects. The thermal-hydraulic performance ( η) is calculated considering the simultaneous effects of thermal and fluid friction (pressure drop) at the slip flow regime at Knudsen number, Kn, ranging from 0.01 to 0.10 with other controlling parameters for both kind of geometries. The results have been compared with previous published works and it is found to be in very good agreement.

  13. Thermal hydraulics in the hot pool of Fast Breeder Test Reactor

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    Sodium cooled Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) of 40 MWt/13 MWe capacity is in operation at Kalpakkam, near Chennai. Presently it is operating with a core of 10.5 MWt. Knowledge of temperatures and flow pattern in the hot pool of FBTR is essential to assess the thermal stresses in the hot pool. While theoretical analysis of the hot pool has been conducted by a three-dimensional code to access the temperature profile, it involves tuning due to complex geometry, thermal stresses and vibration. With this in view, an experimental model was fabricated in 1/4 scale using acrylic material and tests were conducted in water. Initially hydraulic studies were conducted with ambient water maintaining Froude number similarity. After that thermal studies were conducted using hot and cold water maintaining Richardson similitude. In both cases Euler similarity was also maintained. Studies were conducted simulating both low and full power operating conditions. This paper discusses the model simulation, similarity criteria, the various thermal hydraulic studies that were carried out, the results obtained and the comparison with the prototype measurements.

  14. Contribution to the study of thermal-hydraulic problems in nuclear reactors

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    In nuclear reactors, whatever the type considered, Pressurized Water Water Reactors (PWRs), Fast Breeder reactors (FBRs)..., thermal-hydraulics, the science of fluid mechanics and thermal behaviour, plays an essential role, both in nominal operating and accidental conditions. Fluid can either be the primary fluid (liquid or gas) or a very specific fluid called corium, which, in case of severe accident, could result from core and environning structure melting. The work reported here represents a 20-year contribution to thermal-hydraulic issues which could occur in FBRs and PWRs. Working on these two types of reactors, both in nominal and severe accident situations, has allowed me to compare the problems and to realize the importance of communication between research teams. The evolution in the complexity of studied problems, unavoidable in order to reduce costs and significantly improve safety, has led me from numerical modelling of single-phase flow turbulence to high temperature real melt experiments. The difficulties encountered in understanding the observed phenomena and in increasing experimental databases for computer code qualification have often entailed my participation in specific measurement device developments or adaptations, in particular non-intrusive devices generally based on optical techniques. Being concerned about the end-use of this research work, I actively participated in 'in-situ' thermalhydraulic experiments in the FBRs: Phenix and Super-Phenix, of which I appreciated their undeniable scientific contribution. In my opinion, the thermal-hydraulic questions related to severe accidents are the most complex as they are at the cross-roads of several scientific specialities. Consequently, they require a multi-disciplinary approach and a continuous see-saw motion between experimentalists and modelling teams. After a brief description of the various problems encountered, the main ones are reported. Finally, the importance for research teams to

  15. Experimental study on thermal performance of heat sinks: the effect of hydraulic diameter and geometric shape

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    Marzougui, M.; Hammami, M.; Maad, R. Ben

    2016-10-01

    The main purpose of this study is focused on experimental investigation of cooling performance of various minichannel designs. The hydraulic dimension of one of the heat sink is 3 mm while that of the other is 2 mm. Deionised water was used as the coolant for studies conducted in both the heat sinks. Tests were done for a wide range of flow rates (0.7 l-9 l h-1) and heat inputs (5-40 kW/m2). Irrespective of the hydraulic diameter and the geometric configuration, profits and boundaries of each channel shape are analyzed and discussed in the clarity of experimental data. The total thermal resistance and the average heat transfer coefficient are compared for the various channels inspected.

  16. A comparison of the CHF between tubes and annuli under PWR thermal-hydraulic conditions

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    Herer, C. [RRAMATOME EP/TC, Paris (France); Souyri, A. [EdF DER/RNE/TTA, Chatou (France); Garnier, J. [CEA DRN/DTP/STR/LETC, Grenoble (France)

    1995-09-01

    Critical Heat Flux (CHF) tests were carried out in three tubes with inside diameters of 8, 13, and 19.2 mm and in two annuli with an inner tube of 9.5 mm and an outer tube of 13 or 19.2 mm. All axial heat flux distributions in the test sections were uniform. The coolant fluid was Refrigerant 12 (Freon-12) under PWR thermal-hydraulic conditions (equivalent water conditions - Pressure: 7 to 20 MPa, Mass Velocity: 1000 to 6000 kg/m2/s, Local Quality: -75% to +45%). The effect of tube diameter is correlated for qualities under 15%. The change from the tube to the annulus configuration is correctly taken into account by the equivalent hydraulic diameter. Useful information is also provided concerning the effect of a cold wall in an annulus.

  17. Development and test of interphase friction model for reactor thermal-hydraulic safety analysis

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    Background: In order to change the status that nuclear power software technology lags behind the foreign countries, the thermal-hydraulic safety analysis program COSINE is being developed. Purpose: To complete the solution of the hydraulics equation, a fully considered model of detailed vapor and liquid interphase friction was proposed. Methods: With reference to some mature interphase friction models, we developed the FORTRAN program for the model and designed appropriate numerical routines to test the model. And the RELAP5/Mod3.2 was applied to results comparison of the rationality and accuracy of the model. Results and Conclusion: The results show that the model is valid and the program can run normally. (authors)

  18. Thermal-hydraulic modeling and analysis of spool valve with sloping U-shape notch by bond graph

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    娄磊; 吴万荣; 王兆强; 梁向京

    2015-01-01

    To increase the efficiency and reliability of the thermodynamics analysis of the spool valve, the precise function expression of the flow area for the sloping U-shape notch orifice versus the spool stroke and thermal-hydraulic bond graph based on the conservation of mass and energy were introduced. Subsequently, the connection rule for the bond graph elements and the method to construct the complete thermal-hydraulic system model were proposed. On the basis of heat transfer analysis of a typical hydraulic circuit containing the spool valve, the lumped parameter for mathematical model of the system was given. At last, the reliability of the mathematical model of the flow area and the thermal-hydraulic system for the sloping U-shape notch orifice on the spool were demonstrated by the test. The good agreement between the simulation results and experimental data demonstrates the validity of the modeling method.

  19. High temperature gas-cooled pebble bed reactor steady state thermal-hydraulics analyses based on CFD method

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    Background: Based on general purpose CFD code Fluent, the PBMR-400 full load nominal condition thermal-hydraulics performance was studied by applying local thermal non-equilibrium porous media model. Purpose: In thermal hydraulics study of the gas cooled pebble bed reactor, the core of the reactor can be treated as macroscopic porous media with strong inner heat source, and the original Fluent code can not handle it properly. Methods: By introducing a UDS in the calculation domain of the reactor core and subjoining a new resistance term, we develop a non-equilibrium porous media model which can give an accurate description of the core of the pebble bed. The mesh of CFD code is finer than that of the traditional pebble bed reactor thermal hydraulics analysis code such as THERMIX and TINTE, thus more information about coolant velocity fields, temperature field and solid phase temperature field can be acquired. Results: The nominal condition calculation results of the CFD code are compared to those of the well-established thermal-hydraulic code THERMIX and TINTE, and show a good consistency. Conclusion: The extended local thermal non-equilibrium model can be used to analyse thermal-hydraulics of high temperature pebble bed type reactor. (authors)

  20. Evaluation on numerical simulation accuracy of the commercial CFD program for FBR thermal-hydraulic conditions and applications. Single phase multi-dimensional thermal-hydraulic evaluation problems

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    Commercial computational fluid dynamic program is taken up to be employed for nuclear thermal-hydraulic applications due to the advantages in high-speed solution and easy-to-use operation. The principal objective of this report is evaluating the numerical simulation accuracy of the Fluent, on single-phase multi-dimensional thermal hydraulic problems. The evaluation problems are: 1) Laminar flow over a backward-facing step, 2) Turbulent flow over a backward-facing step, 3) Temperature of a inner rectangular rotating flow, 4) Thermal-driven natural convection flow in a square cavity, and 5) Turbulent flow in a cubic cavity, those were selected in supposing nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulic conditions by the technical committee of the Japan atomic energy society. The features on numerical method and accuracy of the Fluent being identified are: 1) Spatial differential schemes for convection term: 1st upwind, power-law, 2nd upwind, and Quick, upgrade the numerical accuracy in this order. Each scheme has the same accuracy as of the existing referenced numerical results. Quick scheme employs numerical stability oriented filtering so that no over- or under-shoots are observed. Yet, 2nd central differential scheme -used in large eddy simulation (LES)- leads numerical instability (i.e. temporal oscillation in pressure, and spatial wavering in velocity) typically when we deal with in low-resolution domains. 2) Turbulent models: (Standard, RNG, Realizable) k-ε, (Standard, SST) k-ω, and, (Standard, Quadratic) RST, necessitate to involve non-equilibrium wall function to take numerical accuracy and stability. The Fluent evaluations on re-attaching points and velocity distributions show nearly the same as -and on several counts more accurate than- those of the existing reference results. The LES turbulent model can be used only for 3-D simulations. 3) The evaluations of thermal-driven natural convection flow, which is one of the heat transfer and fluidics coupling problem, show

  1. Fundamental study on thermo-hydraulic phenomena concerning passive safety of advanced marine reactor

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    The objective of this study is to investigate the thermo-hydraulic behavior of a fluid region confined in a rectangular parallelepiped cavity equipped with a heater and a cooler. The motivation of this study is to clarify a thermal buffer effect for an innovative marine nuclear reactor to realize passive safety. In the present study, experiments were carried out with conditions of laminar convection. Temperature and flow behavior was visualized by the liquid-crystal suspension method, by which the temperature distribution in liquid can be observed as a colored map. Thermal plumes from the heater and the cooler, global natural circulation in the cavity and thermal stratification were observed as elements of the complicated phenomena. Using a code which solves the Navier-Stokes and energy equations, numerical simulations under steady and unsteady condition were carried out to predict the experimental results for two-dimensional, laminar situations, and a good agreement was obtained. (author)

  2. PEBBLE: a two-dimensional steady-state pebble bed reactor thermal hydraulics code

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    This report documents the local implementation of the PEBBLE code to treat the two-dimensional steady-state pebble bed reactor thermal hydraulics problem. This code is implemented as a module of a computation system used for reactor core history calculations. Given power density data, the geometric description in (RZ), and basic heat removal conditions and thermal properties, the coolant properties, flow conditions, and temperature distributions in the pebble fuel elements are predicted. The calculation is oriented to the continuous fueling, steady state condition with consideration of the effect of the high energy neutron flux exposure and temperature history on the thermal conductivity. The coolant flow conditions are calculated for the same geometry as used in the neutronics calculation, power density and fluence data being used directly, and temperature results are made available for subsequent use

  3. PEBBLE: a two-dimensional steady-state pebble bed reactor thermal hydraulics code

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    Vondy, D.R.

    1981-09-01

    This report documents the local implementation of the PEBBLE code to treat the two-dimensional steady-state pebble bed reactor thermal hydraulics problem. This code is implemented as a module of a computation system used for reactor core history calculations. Given power density data, the geometric description in (RZ), and basic heat removal conditions and thermal properties, the coolant properties, flow conditions, and temperature distributions in the pebble fuel elements are predicted. The calculation is oriented to the continuous fueling, steady state condition with consideration of the effect of the high energy neutron flux exposure and temperature history on the thermal conductivity. The coolant flow conditions are calculated for the same geometry as used in the neutronics calculation, power density and fluence data being used directly, and temperature results are made available for subsequent use.

  4. The Effect Of Thermal Insulation Of An Apartment Building On The Thermo-Hydraulic Stability Of Its Heating System

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    Kurčová, Mária

    2015-12-01

    The contribution aims to investigate the effect of the decreased thermal losses of an apartment building due to the thermal insulation of opaque external building constructions and the replacement of transparent constructions. It emphasizes the effect of the thermal characteristics of external constructions on the functionality of the existing heating system in the building and the related requirements for the renovation of the heating system in order to ensure the hydraulic stability of the system and the thermal comfort of the inhabitants.

  5. Thermal fatigue durability for advanced propulsion materials

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    Halford, Gary R.

    1989-01-01

    A review is presented of thermal and thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) crack initiation life prediction and cyclic constitutive modeling efforts sponsored recently by the NASA Lewis Research Center in support of advanced aeronautical propulsion research. A brief description is provided of the more significant material durability models that were created to describe TMF fatigue resistance of both isotropic and anisotropic superalloys, with and without oxidation resistant coatings. The two most significant crack initiation models are the cyclic damage accumulation model and the total strain version of strainrange partitioning. Unified viscoplastic cyclic constitutive models are also described. A troika of industry, university, and government research organizations contributed to the generation of these analytic models. Based upon current capabilities and established requirements, an attempt is made to project which TMF research activities most likely will impact future generation propulsion systems.

  6. Thermal-hydraulic analysis on Ex-Vessel fuel Storage Tank of MONJU at severe accident

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    In this paper, results of a thermal-hydraulic analysis on the Ex-Vessel fuel Storage Tank (EVST) of the fast breeder reactor MONJU at severe accident is described. Safety evaluations on this facility have ever been performed by using a one-dimensional flow network code. However, validation on a model of this code has been needed, because EVST has plenums and asymmetry equipment. Therefore we performed a CFD analysis under a condition of station blackout (SBO) in order to clarify the circulation flow rate and multidimensionality of the EVST. As a result, the following points were confirmed: 1) Circulation flow rate is maintained half of a flow rate at the rated operation condition at the minimum. 2) Thermal stratification arises in the lower plenum at SBO. 3) Circumferential distribution of flow rate at the lower plenum is made uniform at the inlet of the rotating rack. 4) Thermal-hydraulic behavior in the rotating rack is almost one-dimensional. (author)

  7. Thermal-hydraulic performance of novel louvered fin using flat tube cross-flow heat exchanger

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    Junqi DONG; Jiangping CHEN; Zhijiu CHEN

    2008-01-01

    Experimental studies were conducted to investigate the air-side heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of a novel louvered fins and flat tube heat exchangers. A series of tests were conducted for 9 heat exchangers with different fin space and fin length, at a constant tube-side water flow rate of 2.8 m/h. The air side thermal performance data were analyzed using the effectiveness-NTU method. Results were presented as plot of Colburn j factor and friction factor f against the Reynolds number in the range of 500-6500. The characteristics of the heat transfer and pressure drop of different fin space and fin length were analyzed and compared. In addition, the curves of the heat transfer coefficients vs. pumping power per unit heat transfer area were plotted. Finally, the area optimization factor was used to evaluate the thermal hydraulic performance of the louvered fins with differential geometries. The results showed that the j and ffactors increase with the decrease of the fin space and fin length, and the fin space has more obvious effect on the thermal hydraulic characteristics of the novel louvered fins.

  8. Assessment of thermal-hydraulic regulatory auditing codes for the UPTF downcomer injection test

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    Bang, Young Seok; Shin, A. D.; Jung, J. W.; Seul, K. W.; Lee, J. I

    2001-02-15

    In the Korean Next Generation Reactors (KNGR) which has been developed under the purpose of the enhancement of safety and the improvement of economy in design and operation, it is the most important to evaluate the plant thermal-hydraulic behavior with Direct Vessel Injection (DVI) of Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) during the Loss-of-Coolant-Accident (LOCA) and to confirm the adequate core cooling capability based on those evaluations. In this study, the capabilities of the codes, TRAC and RELAP5, were evaluated, which will be used in the independent auditing calculation of the LBLOCA of KNGR. Especially Test 21A which was the full-scale test and simulated the complex steam-water interaction during the refill phase of LBLOCA was calculated. The major thermal-hydraulic phenomena were identified by the peer review on the facility design and test data and the input was prepared by modeling effort. The obtained result are as follows: The current TRAC and RELAP5 codes could predict, in qualitative way, the major thermal-hydraulic phenomena such as ECCS bypass and lower plenum delivery which was measured in the UPTF Test 21A. However, there are still some of the areas to be improved for the code accuracy. Predicting a longer condensation in the downcomer than the experiment was believed as the TRAC code inaccuracy while the overprediction of the interfacial drag in the downcomer steam upflow as the RELAP5 one. Both codes were found to have conservative prediction of the ECC bypass and lower plenum refill during LBLOCA under DVI condition, in spite of such an inaccuracy of those codes.

  9. Coupled neutronics and thermal hydraulics of high density cores for FRM II

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    According to the 'Verwaltungsvereinbarung zwischen Bund und Land vom 30.5.2003' and its updating on 13.11.2010, the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, Frm II, has to convert its fuel element to an uranium enrichment which is significantly lower than the current 93%, in case this is economically reasonable and doesn't impact the reactor performance immoderate. In the framework of this conversion, new calculations regarding neutronics and thermal hydraulics for the anticipated core configurations have to be made. The computational power available nowadays allows for detailed 3D calculations, on the neutronic as well as on the thermal hydraulic side. In this context, a new program system, 'X2', was developed. It couples the Monte Carlo code McnpX, the computational fluid dynamics code Cfx and the burn-up code sequence MonteBurns. The codes were modified and extended to meet the requirements of the coupled calculation concept. To verify the new program system, highly detailed calculations for the current fuel element were made and compared to simulations and measurements that were performed in the past. The results strengthen the works performed so far and show that the original, conservative approach overestimates all critical thermal hydraulic values. Using the CFD software, effects like the impact of the combs that fix the fuel plates and the pressure drop at the edges of the fuel plates were studied in great detail for the first time. Afterwards, a number of possible new fuel elements with lower enrichment, based on disperse and monolithic UMo (uranium with 8 wt.-% Mo) were analysed. A number of straight-forward conversion scenarios was discussed, showing that a further compaction of the fuel element, an extended cycle length or an increased reactor power is needed to compensate the flux loss, which is caused by the lower enrichment. This flux loss is in excess of 7%. The discussed new fuel elements include a 50% enriched disperse UMo core with

  10. The RELAP-UK MK 4 transient thermal-hydraulic code summary and input data description

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    RELAP-UK MK IV is the latest UK code in the RELAP series of transient thermal-hydraulic codes for water reactor safety and fault analysis. It is the first version with full capability for PWR blowdown. The major improvements over earlier versions are a drift flux model, the Bryce flow-dependent slip correlation, a revised bubble rise model and a generalised 'heat slab' option. Other developments include a simple rewetting model, Fanning friction factor and change of area pressure drop models, time-dependent boundary nodes and an option to input pump speed history. RELAP-UK MK IV is available on the Harwell IBM 370-168 computer. (author)

  11. A General Model for Thermal, Hydraulic and Electric Analysis of Superconducting Cables

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    Bottura, L; Rosso, C

    2000-01-01

    In this paper we describe a generic, multi-component and multi-channel model for the analysis of superconducting cables. The aim of the model is to treat in a general and consistent manner simultaneous thermal, electric and hydraulic transients in cables. The model is devised for most general situations, but reduces in limiting cases to most common approximations without loss of efficiency. We discuss here the governing equations, and we write them in a matrix form that is well adapted to numerical treatment. We finally demonstrate the model capability by comparison with published experimental data on current distribution in a two-strand cable.

  12. Subchannel thermal-hydraulic modeling of an APT tungsten target rod bundle

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    Hamm, L.L.; Shadday, M.A. Jr.

    1997-09-01

    The planned target for the Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) neutron source consists of an array of tungsten rod bundles through which D{sub 2}O coolant flows axially. Here, a scoping analysis of flow through an APT target rod bundle was conducted to demonstrate that lateral cross-flows are important, and therefore subchannel modeling is necessary to accurately predict thermal-hydraulic behavior under boiling conditions. A local reactor assembly code, FLOWTRAN, was modified to model axial flow along the rod bundle as flow through three concentric heated annular passages.

  13. Coupled neutronics and thermal hydraulics of high density cores for FRM II

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    Breitkreutz, Harald

    2011-03-04

    According to the 'Verwaltungsvereinbarung zwischen Bund und Land vom 30.5.2003' and its updating on 13.11.2010, the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, Frm II, has to convert its fuel element to an uranium enrichment which is significantly lower than the current 93%, in case this is economically reasonable and doesn't impact the reactor performance immoderate. In the framework of this conversion, new calculations regarding neutronics and thermal hydraulics for the anticipated core configurations have to be made. The computational power available nowadays allows for detailed 3D calculations, on the neutronic as well as on the thermal hydraulic side. In this context, a new program system, 'X{sup 2}', was developed. It couples the Monte Carlo code McnpX, the computational fluid dynamics code Cfx and the burn-up code sequence MonteBurns. The codes were modified and extended to meet the requirements of the coupled calculation concept. To verify the new program system, highly detailed calculations for the current fuel element were made and compared to simulations and measurements that were performed in the past. The results strengthen the works performed so far and show that the original, conservative approach overestimates all critical thermal hydraulic values. Using the CFD software, effects like the impact of the combs that fix the fuel plates and the pressure drop at the edges of the fuel plates were studied in great detail for the first time. Afterwards, a number of possible new fuel elements with lower enrichment, based on disperse and monolithic UMo (uranium with 8 wt.-% Mo) were analysed. A number of straight-forward conversion scenarios was discussed, showing that a further compaction of the fuel element, an extended cycle length or an increased reactor power is needed to compensate the flux loss, which is caused by the lower enrichment. This flux loss is in excess of 7%. The discussed new fuel elements include a 50

  14. Thermal hydraulic analysis of the IPR-R1 TRIGA reactor

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    The subchannel approach, normally employed for the analysis of power reactor cores that work under forced convection, have been used for the thermal hydraulic evaluation of a TRIGA Mark I reactor, named IPR-R1, at 250 kW power level. This was accomplished by using the PANTERA-1P subchannel code, which has been conveniently adapted to the characteristics of natural convection of TRIGA reactors. The analysis of results indicates that the steady state operation of IPR-R1 at 250 kW do not imply risks to installations, workers and public. (author)

  15. Visualization tools for uncertainty and sensitivity analyses on thermal-hydraulic transients

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    In nuclear engineering studies, uncertainty and sensitivity analyses of simulation computer codes can be challenged by the complexity of the input and/or the output variables. If these variables represent a transient or a spatial phenomenon, the difficulty is to provide tool adapted to their functional nature. In this paper, we describe useful visualization tools in the context of uncertainty analysis of model transient outputs. We present 2 kinds of methods, those based on dimension reduction and those using the band depth concept. Our application involves thermal-hydraulic computations for safety studies of nuclear pressurized water reactors

  16. Validation studies of thermal-hydraulic code for safety analysis of nuclear power plants

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    The thesis gives an overview of the validation process for thermal-hydraulic system codes and it presents in more detail the assessment and validation of the French code CATHARE for VVER calculations. Three assessment cases are presented: loop seal clearing, core reflooding and flow in a horizontal steam generator. The experience gained during these assessment and validation calculations has been used to analyze the behavior of the horizontal steam generator and the natural circulation in the geometry of the Loviisa nuclear power plant. Large part of the work has been performed in cooperation with the CATHARE-team in Grenoble, France. (41 refs., 11 figs., 8 tabs.)

  17. Parameter sensitivity study of boiling and two-phase flow models in computational thermal hydraulics

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    This work presents a sensitivity study of boiling and two phase flow models for thermal hydraulics simulations in nuclear reactors. The study quantifies sources of uncertainty and error in these simulations by computing global sensitivities of figures of merit, or outputs, to model parameters, inputs, and mesh resolution. Results are obtained for the DEBORA benchmark problem of boiling in a channel driven by a heated wall section. Scalar outputs of interest are average wall temperature, integrated cross-sectional void fraction, and pressure drop in the channel. Sensitivities are computed with respect to both individual heat fluxes and to the parameters in the models for these heat fluxes. (author)

  18. Thermal Hydraulics Design and Analysis Methodology for a Solid-Core Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engine Thrust Chamber

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    Wang, Ten-See; Canabal, Francisco; Chen, Yen-Sen; Cheng, Gary; Ito, Yasushi

    2013-01-01

    Nuclear thermal propulsion is a leading candidate for in-space propulsion for human Mars missions. This chapter describes a thermal hydraulics design and analysis methodology developed at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, in support of the nuclear thermal propulsion development effort. The objective of this campaign is to bridge the design methods in the Rover/NERVA era, with a modern computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer methodology, to predict thermal, fluid, and hydrogen environments of a hypothetical solid-core, nuclear thermal engine the Small Engine, designed in the 1960s. The computational methodology is based on an unstructured-grid, pressure-based, all speeds, chemically reacting, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer platform, while formulations of flow and heat transfer through porous and solid media were implemented to describe those of hydrogen flow channels inside the solid24 core. Design analyses of a single flow element and the entire solid-core thrust chamber of the Small Engine were performed and the results are presented herein

  19. Thermal-hydraulics/thermal-mechanics temporal coupling for unprotected loss of flow accidents simulations on a SFR

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the frame of ASTRID designing, unprotected loss of flow (ULOF accidents are considered. As the reactor is not scrammed, power evolution is driven by neutronic feedbacks, among which Doppler effect, linked to fuel temperature, is prominent. Fuel temperature is calculated using thermal properties of fuel pins (we will focus on heat transfer coefficient between fuel pellet and cladding, Hgap, and on fuel thermal conductivity, λfuel which vary with irradiation conditions (neutronic flux, mass flow and history for instance and during transient (mainly because of dilatation of materials with temperature. In this paper, we propose an analysis of the impact of spatial variation and temporal evolution of thermal properties of fuel pins on a CFV-like core [M.S. Chenaud et al., Status of the ASTRID core at the end of the pre-conceptual design phase 1, in Proceedings of ICAPP 2013, Jeju Island, Korea (2013] behavior during an ULOF accident. These effects are usually neglected under some a priori conservative assumptions. The vocation of our work is not to provide a best-estimate calculation of ULOF transient, but to discuss some of its physical aspects. To achieve this goal, we used TETAR, a thermal-hydraulics system code developed by our team to calculate ULOF transients, GERMINAL V1.5, a CEA code dedicated to SFR pin thermal-mechanics calculations and APOLLO3®, a neutronic code in development at CEA.

  20. KUGEL: a thermal, hydraulic, fuel performance, and gaseous fission product release code for pebble bed reactor core analysis

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    The KUGEL computer code is designed to perform thermal/hydraulic analysis and coated-fuel particle performance calculations for axisymmetric pebble bed reactor (PBR) cores. This computer code was developed as part of a Department of Energy (DOE)-funded study designed to verify the published core performance data on PBRs. The KUGEL code is designed to interface directly with the 2DB code, a two-dimensional neutron diffusion code, to obtain distributions of thermal power, fission rate, fuel burnup, and fast neutron fluence, which are needed for thermal/hydraulic and fuel performance calculations. The code is variably dimensioned so that problem size can be easily varied. An interpolation routine allows variable mesh size to be used between the 2DB output and the two-dimensional thermal/hydraulic calculations

  1. Thermal-hydraulic evaluation of passive containment cooling system of improved APR+ during LOCAs

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    Jeon, Byong Guk; NO, Hee Cheon, E-mail: hcno@kaist.ac.kr

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Larger air holdup tanks are confirmed to be needed for PCCS through MARS simulation. • Condensation model in MARS gives lower heat transfer than Dehbi's correlation. • Heat transfer resistance of steam–air mixture is dominant for PCCS tubes. • Heat sink structures remove dominant amount of decay heat initially. • Flow instability is eased at higher tube inlet form loss, return level, and angle. - Abstract: Various reactor concepts and technologies have been devised and evaluated to ensure the integrity of the core and the containment under a prolonged station blackout. After the successful validation of the passive auxiliary feedwater system (PAFS) of Advanced Power Reactor Plus (APR+), Korea is considering an improved APR+ with a passive containment cooling system (PCCS). In a previous paper, we suggested a PCCS design based on APR+ and performed a scoping analysis. We performed a MARS simulation for the thermal hydraulic evaluation of the system behavior, including natural circulation through the Passive Condensation Cooling Tank (PCCT) water pool and inside PCCS tubes as well as steam–air mixture condensation inside the containment. Through a simulation using the MARS system code, we investigated the effect of air holdup tanks (AHTs) on reduction of the air fraction in the containment, the effects of several steam–air mixture condensation models, the role of heat structures, and the flow instability inside the PCCS tubes. We found that the presence of AHT reduced the number of required PCCS tubes by more than half and the heat resistance of the steam–air mixture side is dominant in terms of governing the overall performance of PCCS. The embedded MARS condensation model and Uchida's correlation gave lower heat transfer coefficients than Dehbi's correlation, and heat structures removed more decay heat than PCCS tubes. Finally, intense flow instability inside the PCCS tubes was observed and was mitigated by placing

  2. Coupled thermal-hydraulic and neutronic simulations of Phenix control rod withdrawal tests with SIMMER-IV

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    The “end-of-life” tests performed in the Phenix reactor before its final shutdown in 2009, in particular the Control Rod (CR) withdrawal experiments provide an excellent opportunity for the validation and verification of the reactor physics computer codes and modeling approaches. SIMMER-IV, a modern three-dimensional reactor safety code, has been recently employed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for simulating Phenix experiments in the framework of a benchmark exercise organized under the IAEA project. In this paper, we report and discuss main results obtained with SIMMER-IV at KIT. Particular attention is devoted to the coupling features of thermal-hydraulics and neutronics and their mutual influences. The reactor reactivity, power and neutron flux distributions calculated with SIMMER-IV are in good agreement both with experimental results and with calculations with advanced neutronics codes, such as ERANOS, while the CR reactivity worth is overestimated due to neglecting heterogeneity effects. Because of its multi-physics capabilities SIMMER also calculates the temperature distributions which are in a good agreement with the experimental test results. In this work we describe the improvements in SIMMER neutronics model by employing a correction that is based on the results of cell calculations performed with ERANOS. The study confirms that the 3D SIMMER-IV code can accurately predict major fast reactor neutronics and thermal hydraulic parameters, provided that a special treatment is employed for CR modeling. The results of calculations are analyzed in frames of SIMMER-IV validation and verification assessment. (author)

  3. Status and subjects of thermal-hydraulic analysis for next-generation LWRs with passive safety systems

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    The present status and subjects on thermal-hydraulic analysis for next-generation light water reactors (LWRs) with passive safety systems were summarized based on survey results and discussion by subcommittee on improvement of reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis codes under nuclear code committee in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. This survey was performed to promote the research of improvement of reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis codes in future. In the first part of this report, the status and subjects on system analysis and those on evaluation of passive safety system performance are summarized for various types of reactor proposed before. In the second part, the status and subjects on multidimensional two-phase flow analysis are reviewed, since the multidimensional analysis was recognized as one of most important subjects through the investigation in the first part. Besides, databases for bubbly flow and annular dispersed flow were explored, those are needed to assess and verify each multidimensional analytical method. The contents in this report are the forefront of thermal-hydraulic analysis for LWRs and those include current findings for the development of multidimensional two-phase flow analytical method. Thus, we expect that the contents can offer various useful information against the improvement of reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis codes in future. (author)

  4. Sodium Experiments on Natural Circulation Decay Heat Removal and 3D Simulation of Plenum Thermal Hydraulics

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    Natural circulation decay heat removal is one of the significant issues for fast reactor safety, especially in long term station blackout events. Several sodium experiments were carried out using a 7-subassembly core model for core thermal hydraulics under natural circulation conditions and for onset transients of natural circulation in a decay heat removal system (DHRS) including natural draft. Significant heat removal via inter-wrapper flow was confirmed in the experiments. Solidification of sodium in an air cooler is one of key issues in loss of heat sink events. Natural circulation characteristics under long-term decay heat removal were also obtained. Multi-dimensional phenomena, e.g., thermal stratification and bypass flow in plenums and/or heat exchangers, may influence the natural circulation. Thus, 3D simulation method was developed for entire region in the primary loop. Comparison of temperature distributions in a DHRS heat exchanger between experiment and analysis was done. (author)

  5. Thermal-hydraulic-structural behavior of the EBR-II IHX for overpower transients

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    A detailed study has been made of the effects of the Operational Reliability Testing (ORT) program on major plant components of the Experimental Breeder Reactor No. II (EBR-II). This paper describes the integrated thermal-hydraulic-structural analyses conducted for the intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) with the aid of the NATDEMO, THTB, and ANSYS codes. An extensive analysis revealed the stress limiting area to be the junction between the upper head and upper tube sheet. The analyses indicate, however, that the EBR-II IHX, the major plant component most affected by the ORT program, will be able to withstand the thermal stress and accumulated fatigue damage during the lifetime of the plant including the ORT program

  6. Thermal-hydraulic investigations of a horizontal rod bundle target at high-powers during operation

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    In order to understand the complex hydraulic, thermal and structural behavior of the rod-bundle target of the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source-SINQ at PSI during operation at high powers, a well-controlled experiment has been conducted by increasing the proton beam current in stops, permitting steady state heat transfer conditions to be reached at different power levels. During the experiment, the total mass flow rate, the pressure loss in the target, temperatures at various locations, pressures at the inlet and outlet of the target and structural acceleration of the target head were acquired at various powers (i.e. steady-state conditions). Experimental data are used as benchmark boundary conditions for coupled thermal-structural analysis with the aim to evaluate and identify reliable operating conditions. (author)

  7. Unsolved issues relating thermal-hydraulics in the suppression chamber during Fukushima Daiichi accident progressions

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    On March 11th 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing Tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. The Fukushima Daiichi units 1 to 3 lost all DC and AC power, which led to the release of radioactivity to the environment. Since then, TEPCO has made many efforts to investigate the accident progressions and status of reactor and containment vessel. However, there still exist several tens of unsolved issues to be investigated for the fully understanding of the accident. In this paper, we introduce the unsolved issues relating thermal-hydraulics in the suppression chamber during the Fukushima Daiichi accident progressions. Especially, in unit 2 and unit 3 accident, there are possibilities that thermal stratification inside the suppression chamber had played an important role. It is important that these phenomena are addressed following both theoretical and experimental approach as support to severe accident simulations. (author)

  8. Scaling method for storage vaults based on thermal-hydraulic characteristics

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    Highlights: • This study investigated thermal-hydraulic characteristics of storage vault. • The relationship between heat flux and geometrical length is suggested to analyze scaling analysis. • The thermal characteristics of the original and scaled storage vaults were in good agreement. • The simulated results are a good agreement with experimental data. - Abstract: In this study, natural convection cooling phenomena in storage vaults for spent nuclear fuel were examined. The results revealed a relationship between the geometric length and heat flux of spent fuel cylinders. Such a correlation would be useful in dimensionally scaled storage vaults for experimental investigations of thermal and fluid flow properties. The relationship was applied to five scaled storage vaults, and the resulting thermal and fluid flow characteristics were investigated and compared with those of a full-scale storage vault. The thermal characteristics of the original and scaled storage vaults were in good agreement. The dimensionless temperature, dimensionless resident time, Euler number, and Richardson number were used to compare the behavior of structures with different dimensions, and the obtained data were in agreement within 5.1%. A 1/4-scale storage vault was constructed using the scaling methodology, and the temperature distribution was experimentally measured. The temperature distributions of the measured and simulated structures were found to be in good agreement, demonstrating that the proposed approach is effective for designing scaled-down storage vaults for experimental analyses

  9. Proving test on thermal-hydraulic performance of BWR fuel assemblies

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    Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPEC) has conducted a proving test for thermal-hydraulic performance of BWR fuel (high-burnup 8 x 8, 9 x 9) assemblies entrusted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (NUPEC-TH-B Project). The high-burnup 8 x 8 fuel (average fuel assembly discharge burnup: about 39.5 GWd/t), has been utilized from 1991. And the 9 x 9 fuel (average fuel assembly discharge burnup: about 45 GWd/t), has started to be used since 1999. There are two types (A-type and B-type) of fuel design in 9 x 9 fuel assembly. Using an electrically heated test assembly which simulated a BWR fuel bundle on full scale, flow induced vibration, pressure drop, critical power under steady state condition and post-boiling transition (post-BT) tests were carried out in an out-of pile test facility that can simulate the high pressure and high temperature conditions of BWRs. This paper completed the results of 9 x 9 fuel combined with the previously reported results of high-burnup 8 x 8 fuel. As a result of NUPEC-TH-B Project, the validity of the current BWR thermal-hydraulic design method was confirmed and the reliability of BWR thermo-hydraulic fuel performance was demonstrated. Based on the test data, a new correlation of the estimation of fuel rod vibration amplitude, new post-BT heat transfer and rewet correlations for the estimation of fuel rod surface temperature were developed. (author)

  10. Development of a coupled 1D-3D thermal-hydraulic code for nuclear power plant simulation and its application to a pressurized thermal shock scenario in PWR

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    Thermal-hydraulic (TH) system codes are developed for the evaluation and improvement of the design and safety of nuclear facilities. Since the numerical modeling of the thermal-hydraulic processes is 1D in nature, these programs have only limited capabilities to predict in detail 3D flows and coolant mixing processes. In contrast, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software tools are used for 3D flow calculations with high spatial resolution. In order to realistically and efficiently simulate the thermal-hydraulic phenomena in a nuclear power plant (NPP), GRS has developed a methodology for the coupling of the TH system code ATHLET with the 3D CFD software ANSYS CFX. Within the European project NURISP validation activities for the 1D-3D code ATHLET - ANSYS CFX based on a Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) related experiment are performed. (author)

  11. Thermal hydraulic investigations of primary coolant pipe rupture in an LMFBR

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    Natesan, K. [Reactor Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)]. E-mail: natesan@igcar.ernet.in; Kasinathan, N. [Reactor Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Velusamy, K. [Reactor Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Selvaraj, P. [Reactor Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Chellapandi, P. [Reactor Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Chetal, S.C. [Reactor Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)

    2006-06-15

    High quality for primary coolant pipes in fast reactors is ensured through utmost care taken in the design and manufacture. Demonstration of high structural reliability of them by extensive experimental and theoretical studies renders the double-ended guillotine rupture (DEGR) of a primary pipe a highly improbable event. However, as a defense in depth approach instantaneous DEGR of one of the pipes has been considered in design. Thermal hydraulic analyses of this event in a typical liquid metal cooled fast breeder have been carried out to study its consequences and to establish the availability of safety margins. Various uncertainties relevant to the event have been analysed to evaluate the sensitivity of each parameter. For this purpose, one-dimensional plant dynamics studies using thermal and hydraulic models of core subassemblies and primary sodium circuit have been performed. Validity of the assumptions made in the one-dimensional model like, uniform flow through all subassemblies in core under pipe ruptured condition and non possibility of sodium boiling by flashing have also been investigated through detailed three-dimensional and pressure transient studies. Analyses indicate the availability of good margins against the design safety limits in all the parametric cases analysed.

  12. Thermal-hydraulic performance analysis for the conceptual design of Korean HCCR TBMset

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    The purpose of this document is to provide the thermal-hydraulic (TH) analyses results of the Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector (HCCR) Test Blanket Module (TBM) including TBM-shield, which is called TBM-set. The analyses were performed for Electro- Magnetic Module (EM-TBM) and INTegral Module (INT-TBM) including TBM-shield, respectively, with the same model and meshes according to the ITER operation conditions of H/He and D-T phases, respectively. Thermal-hydraulic performance of the EM- and INTTBM- sets were analysed using the fixed CATIA model for CDR. Fine mesh with 15.9 million elements for solid and 44.7 million elements for fluid was used for ANSYS-CFX 14.5 simulation and coarse mesh with 7.6 million elements for solid is prepared for the thermomechanical analysis. The boundary conditions such as heat flux, nuclear heating, and coolant conditions were determined considering the ITER operation condition and designed cooling scheme. The analysis results and conclusions are as follows; (1) It is confirmed that both EM- and INT-TBM performance results meet the design requirements, which were determined by the material characteristics. (2) The temperature results with fine mesh of both EMand INT-TBM-sets were successfully transferred to those of coarse mesh for the thermo-mechanical analysis

  13. Effects by sea wave on thermal hydraulics of marine reactor system

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    Ishida, Toshihisa; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi; Ochiai, Masaaki [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Yao, Toshiaki; Inoue, Kimio

    1995-08-01

    This paper describes the experiments of the first Japanese nuclear ship `Mutsu`, to investigate the effects of sea wave on the thermal hydraulics of marine reactor system while cruising through various sea conditions. The experimental data were analyzed in time-domain by RETRAN-02/GRAV code. This code was modified so as to simulate the ship motion effect on reactor thermal hydraulics. The data were also analyzed in frequency domain by Blackman-Turkey method for the calculation of the spectrum and response function. The experiments involving ship maneuvering were performed by cruising on different wave heights, as well as wave directions in the northern Pacific ocean. From the experiments, vertical acceleration due to ship motion was found to induce direct variation of water levels in the SGs and the pressurizer. The water level variations were largest in the head wave, but smallest in the following wave. On the other hand, the following wave caused greater variation of the reactor power when the feed back control for the shaft revolution speed was used. Mechanism of response of water levels and reactor power with respect to the external forces are discussed. The response function (gain or phase shift) of reactor power to steam flow variation by the wave during cruising at rough sea condition was found to be roughly that without the work of control rod. (author).

  14. Fundamental approaches for analysis thermal hydraulic parameter for Puspati Research Reactor

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    Hashim, Zaredah, E-mail: zaredah@nm.gov.my; Lanyau, Tonny Anak, E-mail: tonny@nm.gov.my; Farid, Mohamad Fairus Abdul; Kassim, Mohammad Suhaimi [Reactor Technology Centre, Technical Support Division, Malaysia Nuclear Agency, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Bangi, 43000, Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Azhar, Noraishah Syahirah [Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 80350, Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia)

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    The 1-MW PUSPATI Research Reactor (RTP) is the one and only nuclear pool type research reactor developed by General Atomic (GA) in Malaysia. It was installed at Malaysian Nuclear Agency and has reached the first criticality on 8 June 1982. Based on the initial core which comprised of 80 standard TRIGA fuel elements, the very fundamental thermal hydraulic model was investigated during steady state operation using the PARET-code. The main objective of this paper is to determine the variation of temperature profiles and Departure of Nucleate Boiling Ratio (DNBR) of RTP at full power operation. The second objective is to confirm that the values obtained from PARET-code are in agreement with Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for RTP. The code was employed for the hot and average channels in the core in order to calculate of fuel’s center and surface, cladding, coolant temperatures as well as DNBR’s values. In this study, it was found that the results obtained from the PARET-code showed that the thermal hydraulic parameters related to safety for initial core which was cooled by natural convection was in agreement with the designed values and safety limit in SAR.

  15. thermal-hydraulic performance of high - pressure test loop facility in ETRR-2

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    The second research and test reactor of Egypt, ETRR-2 , has experimental facilities that are installed in the reactor to meet the requirements of nuclear utilization. A high - pressure test loop facility, HPTL, implemented in ETRR-2 is essentially designed to simulate the thermal-hydraulic and chemical environment of the CANDU power reactor. The HPTL is used to investigate the physical phenomena and fuel post-testing of in nuclear power plant. The main goal of this thesis is to introduce quantitative analyses of steady state and accidental condition of HPTL. the objective of this study is verifying design features at steady state conditions and scope of operational interference in case of accident. RELAP 5/MOD 2 code is used to simulate the HPTL. RELAP 5 is highly generic code that can be used for simulation of a wide variety of thermal-hydraulic transient in both nuclear and non-nuclear systems involving steam-water and non-condensable fluid mixture

  16. Thermal-hydraulic tests with out-of-pile test facility for BOCA development

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    The fuel transient test facility was prepared for power ramping tests of light-water-reactor (LWR) fuels in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) under a contract project with the Nuclear Industrial Safety Agent (NISA) of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). It is necessary to develop high accuracy analysis procedure for power ramping tests after restart of the JMTR. The out-of-pile test facility to simulate thermal-hydraulic conditions of the fuel transient test facility was therefore developed. Applicability of the analysis code ACE-3D was examined for thermal-hydraulic analysis of power ramping tests for 10x10 BWR fuels by the fuel transient test facility. As the results, the calculated temperature was 304°C in comparison with measured value of 304.9-317.4°C in the condition of 600 W/cm. There is a bright prospect of high accuracy power ramping tests by the fuel transient test facility in JMTR. (author)

  17. CFD analysis of thermal-hydraulic behavior of supercritical water in square sub-channels

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    Investigations on the thermal-hydraulic behavior in the SCWR fuel assembly have obtained a significant attention in the international SCWR community. However, there is still a big deficiency in knowledge and prediction of the heat transfer in supercritical fluids. In this paper, CFD analysis is carried out to study the thermal-hydraulic of supercritical water flows in sub-channels of a typical SCWR fuel assembly using commercial CFD code CFX 5.6. Effects of various parameters, such as flow parameters, boundary conditions and pitch-to-diameter ratios on the mixing phenomenon between sub-channels and heat transfer, are investigated. The mixing phenomenon due to cross flow between wall sub-channels is much stronger than that between regular sub-channels. The turbulent mixing in tight lattice (P/d=1.1) is lower than that in wide lattice (P/d>1.1), whereas, the effect of pitch-to-diameter ratio on the turbulent mixing is slight at P/d>1.2. It also shows unusual behavior in the vicinity of the pseudo-critical point and further investigation is needed. (authors)

  18. Development of an integrated thermal-hydraulics capability incorporating RELAP5 and PANTHER neutronics code

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    Page, R.; Jones, J.R.

    1997-07-01

    Ensuring that safety analysis needs are met in the future is likely to lead to the development of new codes and the further development of existing codes. It is therefore advantageous to define standards for data interfaces and to develop software interfacing techniques which can readily accommodate changes when they are made. Defining interface standards is beneficial but is necessarily restricted in application if future requirements are not known in detail. Code interfacing methods are of particular relevance with the move towards automatic grid frequency response operation where the integration of plant dynamic, core follow and fault study calculation tools is considered advantageous. This paper describes the background and features of a new code TALINK (Transient Analysis code LINKage program) used to provide a flexible interface to link the RELAP5 thermal hydraulics code with the PANTHER neutron kinetics and the SIBDYM whole plant dynamic modelling codes used by Nuclear Electric. The complete package enables the codes to be executed in parallel and provides an integrated whole plant thermal-hydraulics and neutron kinetics model. In addition the paper discusses the capabilities and pedigree of the component codes used to form the integrated transient analysis package and the details of the calculation of a postulated Sizewell `B` Loss of offsite power fault transient.

  19. Development of a best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Hwang, M. K.; Lee, W. J. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)

    2001-03-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool , i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is a fourth step of the whole project, applying the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU+ version for the real CANDU plant LOCA Analysis and D2O leakage incident. There are three main models under investigation, i.e. Moody critical flow model, flow regime model of horizontal CANDU bundle, and fuel element heatup model when the stratification occurs, especially when CANDU LOCA is tested. Also, for Wolsung unit 1 D2O leakage incident analysis, the plant behavior is predicted with the newly developed version for the first 1000 seconds after onset of the incident, with the main interest aiming for system pressure, level control system, and thermal hydraulic transient behavior of the secondary system. The model applied for this particular application includes heat transfer model of nuclear fuel assembly, decay heat model, and MOV (Motor Operated Valve) model. Finally, the code maintenance work, mainly correcting the known errors, is presented. 12 refs., 26 figs., 3 tabs. (Author)

  20. Influence of an SN solver in a fine-mesh neutronics/thermal-hydraulics framework

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    In this paper a study on the influence of a neutron discrete ordinates (SN) solver within a fine-mesh neutronic/thermal-hydraulic methodology is presented. The methodology consists of coupling a neutronic solver with a single-phase fluid solver, and it is aimed at computing the two fields on a three-dimensional (3D) sub-pin level. The cross-sections needed for the neutron transport equations are pre-generated using a Monte Carlo approach. The coupling is resolved in an iterative manner with full convergence of both fields. A conservative transfer of the full 3D information is achieved, allowing for a proper coupling between the neutronic and the thermal-hydraulic meshes on the finest calculated scales. The discrete ordinates solver is benchmarked against a Monte Carlo reference solution for a two-dimensional (2D) system. The results confirm the need of a high number of ordinates, giving a satisfactory accuracy in keff and scalar flux profile applying S16 for 16 energy groups. The coupled framework is used to compare the SN implementation and a solver based on the neutron diffusion approximation for a full 3D system of a quarter of a symmetric, 7x7 array in an infinite lattice setup. In this case, the impact of the discrete ordinates solver shows to be significant for the coupled system, as demonstrated in the calculations of the temperature distributions. (author)

  1. Improvement of the LOCA PSA model using a beat-estimate thermal-hydraulic analysis

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    Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) has been widely used to estimate the overall safety of nuclear power plants (NPP) and it provides base information for risk informed application (RIA) and risk informed regulation (RIR). For the effective and correct use of PSA in RIA/RIR related decision making, the risk estimated by a PSA model should be as realistic as possible. In this work, a best-estimate thermal-hydraulic analysis of loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs) for the Hanul Nuclear Units 3 and 4 is first carried out in a systematic way. That is, the behaviors of peak cladding temperature (PCT) were analyzed with various combinations of break sizes, the operating conditions of safety systems, and the operator's action time for aggressive secondary cooling. Thereafter, the results of the thermal-hydraulic analysis have been reflected in the improvement of the PSA model by changing both accident sequences and success criteria of the event trees for the LOCA scenarios.

  2. Neutronic and Thermal-hydraulic Modelling of High Performance Light Water Reactor

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    Seppaelae, Malla [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O.Box 1000, FI02044 VTT (Finland)

    2008-07-01

    High Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR), which is studied in EU project 'HPLWR2', uses water at supercritical pressures as coolant and moderator to achieve higher core outlet temperature and thus higher efficiency compared to present reactors. At VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, functionality of the thermal-hydraulics in the coupled reactor dynamics code TRAB3D/ SMABRE was extended to supercritical pressures for the analyses of HPLWR. Input models for neutronics and thermal-hydraulics were made for TRAB3D/ SMABRE according to the latest HPLWR design. A preliminary analysis was performed in which the capability of SMABRE in the transition from supercritical pressures to subcritical pressures was demonstrated. Parameterized two-group cross sections for TRAB3D neutronics were received from Hungarian Academy of Sciences KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute together with a subroutine for handling them. PSG, a new Monte Carlo transport code developed at VTT, was also used to generate two-group constants for HPLWR and comparisons were made with the KFKI cross sections and MCNP calculations. (author)

  3. Effect of thermal-hydraulic feedback on the BWR rod drop accident

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    An important design-basis accident for boiling water reactors (BWR's) is the rod drop accident (RDA). This accident is defined to be a rapid reactor transient caused by an accidental drop (out of the core) of the highest-worth control rod at various conditions ranging from cold start-up to about 10% of rated power. For most BWR designs the highest worth rod is normally situated at the center of the core. Despite the fact that the chance of a RDA in extremely unlikely, the consequence of the RDA is of concern because of the potential for damage to fuel rods. Neglecting moderator feedback during the RDA is a poor assumption because energy is deposited in the fuel over a 3 to 4 second time period and hence there is time for heat to be conducted to the coolant. This may tend to ameliorate the accident considerably. Evaluation of the thermal-hydraulic feedback effect on the RDS in a BWR has been scarce in the literature. The object of this paper is to demonstrate the beneficial effect of thermal-hydraulic feedback in the RDA

  4. Development of the NSSS thermal-hydraulic program for YGN unit 1 simulator

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    Kim, Kyung Doo; Jeong, Jae Jun; Lee, Won Jae; Chung, Bub Dong; Ha, Kwi Seok; Kang, Kyung Ho

    2000-09-01

    The NSSS thermal-hydraulic programs installed in the domestic full-scope power plant simulators were provided in early 1980s by foreign vendors. Because of limited computational capability at that time, they usually adopt very simplified physical models for a real-time simulation of NSSS thermal-hydraulic phenomena, which entails inaccurate results and the possibility of so-called 'negative training', especially for complicated two-phase flows in the reactor coolant system. To resolve the problem, we developed a realistic NSSS T/H program (named 'ARTS' code) for use in YongGwang Nuclear Unit 1 full-scope simulator. The best-estimate code RETRAN03, developed by EPRI and approved by USNRC, was selected as a reference code of ARTS. For the development of ARTS, the followings have been performed: -Improvement of the robustness of RETRAN - Improvement of the real-time simulation capability of RETRAN - Optimum input data generation for the NSSS simulation - New model development that cannot be efficiently modeled by RETRAN - Assessment of the ARTS code. The systematic assessment of ARTS has been conducted in both personal computers (Windows 98, Visual fortran) and the simulator development environment (Windows NT, GSE simulator development tool). The results were resonable in terms of accuracy, real-time simulation and robustness.

  5. Development of the Real-time Core and Thermal-Hydraulic Models for Kori-1 Simulator

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    Hong, Jin Hyuk; Lee, Myeong Soo; Hwang, Do Hyun; Byon, Soo Jin [KEPRI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    The operation of the Kori-Unit 1 (1723.5MWt) is expanded to additional 10 years with upgrades of the Main Control Room (MCR). Therefore, the revision of the procedures, performance tests and works related with the exchange of the Main Control Board (MCB) are currently carried out. And as a part of it, the fullscope simulator for the Kori-1 is being developed for the purpose of the pre-operation and emergence response capability for the operators. The purpose of this paper is to report on the performance of the developed neutronics and thermal-hydraulic (TH) models of Kori Unit 1 simulator. The neutronics model is based on the NESTLE code and TH model based on the RELAP5/MOD3 thermal-hydraulics analysis code which was funded as FY-93 LDRD Project 7201 and is running on the commercial simulator environment tool (the 3KeyMaster{sup TM} of the WSC). As some examples for the verification of the developed neutronics and TH models, some figures are provided. The outputs of the developed neutronics and TH models are in accord with the Nuclear Design Report (NDR) and Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) of the reference plant

  6. Fundamental approaches for analysis thermal hydraulic parameter for Puspati Research Reactor

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    Hashim, Zaredah; Lanyau, Tonny Anak; Farid, Mohamad Fairus Abdul; Kassim, Mohammad Suhaimi; Azhar, Noraishah Syahirah

    2016-01-01

    The 1-MW PUSPATI Research Reactor (RTP) is the one and only nuclear pool type research reactor developed by General Atomic (GA) in Malaysia. It was installed at Malaysian Nuclear Agency and has reached the first criticality on 8 June 1982. Based on the initial core which comprised of 80 standard TRIGA fuel elements, the very fundamental thermal hydraulic model was investigated during steady state operation using the PARET-code. The main objective of this paper is to determine the variation of temperature profiles and Departure of Nucleate Boiling Ratio (DNBR) of RTP at full power operation. The second objective is to confirm that the values obtained from PARET-code are in agreement with Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for RTP. The code was employed for the hot and average channels in the core in order to calculate of fuel's center and surface, cladding, coolant temperatures as well as DNBR's values. In this study, it was found that the results obtained from the PARET-code showed that the thermal hydraulic parameters related to safety for initial core which was cooled by natural convection was in agreement with the designed values and safety limit in SAR.

  7. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of the MIT research reactor low enrichment uranium (LEU) Core

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    The MIT research reactor (MITR) is converting from the existing high enrichment uranium (HEU) core to a low enrichment uranium (LEU) core using a high-density monolithic UMo fuel. The design of an optimum LEU core for the MIT reactor is evolving. The in-house multi-channel thermal-hydraulics code, MULCH, was developed specifically for the MITR. This code has been benchmarked against PLTEMP for steady-state analysis, and RELAP5 and temperature measurements for the loss of primary flow transient. In this paper, thermal hydraulic analyses using MULCH and RELAP5 in support of the MITR conversion tasks are described. Various fuel configurations are evaluated in order to support the LEU core design optimization study. The results show that a preferable LEU core design employs a fuel meat thickness of 20 mils with 18 plates per element with a hot channel factor less than 1.76. Simulation results also show that the LEU-fueled MITR can potentially operate at a higher power level, about 30 % higher than the current core. (authors)

  8. Investigation of film boiling thermal hydraulics under FCI conditions. Results of a numerical study

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    Dinh, T.N.; Dinh, A.T.; Nourgaliev, R.R.; Sehgal, B.R. [Div. of Nuclear Power Safety Royal Inst. of Tech. (RIT), Brinellvaegen 60, 10044 Stockholm (Sweden)

    1998-01-01

    Film boiling on the surface of a high-temperature melt jet or of a melt particle is one of key phenomena governing the physics of fuel-coolant interactions (FCIs) which may occur during the course of a severe accident in a light water reactor (LWR). A number of experimental and analytical studies have been performed, in the past, to address film boiling heat transfer and the accompanying hydrodynamic aspects. Most of the experiments have, however, been performed for temperature and heat flux conditions, which are significantly lower than the prototypic conditions. For ex-vessel FCIs, high liquid subcooling can significantly affect the FCI thermal hydraulics. Presently, there are large uncertainties in predicting natural-convection film boiling of subcooled liquids on high-temperature surfaces. In this paper, research conducted at the Division of Nuclear Power Safety, Royal Institute of Technology (RIT/NPS), Stockholm, concerning film-boiling thermal hydraulics under FCI condition is presented. Notably, the focus is placed on the effects of (1) water subcooling, (2) high-temperature steam properties, (3) the radiation heat transfer and (4) mixing zone boiling dynamics, on the vapor film characteristics. Numerical investigations are performed using a novel CFD modeling concept named as the local-homogeneous-slip model (LHSM). Results of the analytical and numerical studies are discussed with respect to boiling dynamics under FCI conditions. (author)

  9. Development of thermal-hydraulic models for the safety evaluation of CANDU reactors

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    Lee, Jae Young; Jung, Yun Sik; Hwang, Gi Suk; Kim, Nam Seok [Handong Univ., Pohang (Korea, Republic of); No, Hee Cheon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-02-15

    The objective of the present research is to evaluate the safety analysis for CANDU and to improve the Horizontal Stratification Entrainment Model (HSEM) of RELAP5/MOD3.3. This report includes two items the one is the experimental study of entrainment at horizontal pipe with {+-} 36 .deg. C , {+-} 72 .deg. C branch pies, the other is the model improvement of the moderator heat sink in the Calandria. The off-take experiments on onset of entrainment and branch quality were investigated by using water and air as working fluid, and the experimental data were compared by the previous correlations. The previous correlations could not expect experimental results, thus the weak points of the previous correlations were investigated. The improvement of the previous model continues as the next year research. The thermal hydraulic scaling analysis of SPEL, STERN and ideal linear scaling analysis have been studied. As a result, a new scaling method were needed to design a new experimental facility (HGU). A new scaling method with 1/8 length scale was applied. From these results, the thermal hydraulic model for CFD code simulation was designed and test apparatus has been made. The moderator temperature distribution experiments and CFD code simulation will be continued in next year.

  10. Thermal-hydraulic evaluation of passive containment cooling system of improved APR+ during LOCAs

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    Jeon, Byong Guk; No, Hee Cheon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    In performance of Passive Containment Cooling System (PCCS), sound operation of PCCS heat exchanger (HX) tubes is vital. To clarify their heat transfer function, various experiments are in progress, involving our group. Furthermore, in case of externally condensed HXs, careful evaluation of flow instability inside HX tubes are of prime importance. In PANDA integral tests targeting HXs of KERENA, a huge oscillation of flow inside tubes is observed. Flow instability is attributed to various reasons and classified into two types: static instability (ex. Ledinegg instability) and dynamic instability (ex. density wave oscillation). The former one is related to multiple stable flow rates at a given pressure drop under equilibrium condition while the latter one involves propagation time and feedback phenomena in transient condition. PCCS tubes correspond to the second type, dynamic instability. The detailed explanations are well documented. Our group suggested a PCCS design featuring an air holdup tank (AHT) for removing air near heat exchangers. Based on the design, the thermal hydraulic characteristics of PCCS are explored in this paper. Thermal hydraulic assessment of proposed PCCS is performed using a system code, MARS. Based on APR+, the required number of PCCS HX tubes are calculated with respect to AHT volume. We confirmed that larger AHT is preferred. Flow instability inside PCCS HX tubes are observed. Through sensitivity study, larger inlet orifice plate, return nozzle height, and tube angle are found to be most effective in stabilizing the flow.

  11. Porosity Effect in the Core Thermal Hydraulics for Ultra High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an experimental method of porosity evaluation and a predictive thermal-hydraulic analysis with packed spheres in a nuclear reactor core. The porosity experiments were carried out in both a fully shaken state with the closest possible packing and in a state of non-vibration. The predictive analysis considering the fixed porosity value was applied as a design condition for an Ultra High Temperature Reactor Experiment (UHTREX. The thermal-hydraulic computer code was developed and identified as PEBTEMP. The highest outlet coolant temperature of 1316 oC was achieved in the case of an UHTREX at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, which was a small scale UHTR. In the present study, the fuel was changed to a pebble type, a porous media. In order to compare the present pebble bed reactor and UHTREX, a calculation based on HTGR-GT300 was carried out in similar conditions with UHTREX; in other words, with an inlet coolant temperature of 871oC, system pressure of 3.45 MPa and power density of 1.3 w/cm3. As a result, the fuel temperature in the present pebble bed reactor showed an extremely lower value compared to that of UHTREX.

  12. Determination of the thermal-hydraulic parameters of ITU TRIGA Mark-II reactor

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    In this study, a transient, one-dimensional thermal-hydraulic subchannel analysis for I.T.U. TRIGA Mark-II reactor was employed. Mixed convection is considered in modelling to enhance the capability of the computer code. After the continuity, conservation of energy, momentum balance equations for coolant in axial direction and the heat-conduction equation for the fuel rod in radial direction had been written, they were discretized by using the control volume approach to obtain a set of algebraic equations. By the aid of the discretized continuity and momentum balance equations, a pressure and a pressure-correction equations were derived. Then, two different FORTRAN programs called TRIGATH (TRIGA Thermal-Hydraulics) and TRIGATH-R (TRIGATH Revised) have been developed to solve this set of algebraic equations by using SIMPLE and SIMPLER algorithms respectively. As a result, the temperature distributions of the coolant and the fuel rods as well as the velocity and pressure distributions of the coolant have been estimated for both transient and steady state regimes from both algorithms. Their results, which are in good agreement, are compared to the results of the computer code

  13. BWR core thermal-hydraulic stability in anticipated transients without SCRAM

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    The potential exists for core thermal hydraulic density wave oscillations to occur in the boiling water reactor (BWR) during anticipated transients without scram (ATWS) events. Conditions which may lead to oscillations in ATWS result either from recirculation pump trip (RPT) from appropriate ATWS signals, or from the failure to scram during core oscillations. A program to evaluate these scenarios will assess the adequacy of the system design and emergency operating procedures relative to the reactor system performance. Evaluation of ATWS events with oscillations is extremely complex, and defining the bases for the analyses is critical to the success of the program. Accurate analysis requires detailed modeling of the sequence of events, the plant configuration, and initial conditions. In conclusion: The likelihood and magnitude of any core thermal-hydraulic oscillations for a given ATWS event sequence depend not only on the choice of initial reactor conditions and fuel characteristics, but also on system dynamics and operator actions. Because of the complexity of the phenomena, accurate analysis requires detailed modeling of all relevant systems and interactions. In addition, selection of parameters must be consistent both with the intended application of the results and across the full spectrum of input conditions. Analysis of ATWS/stability events requires a reasonably limiting but representative set of plant conditions and accurate simulation of operator actions. (authors)

  14. Development of best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Hwnag, M

    2001-04-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool , i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is a fourth step of the whole project, applying the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU+ version for the real CANDU plant LOCA Analysis and D2O leakage incident. There are three main models under investigation, i.e. Moody critical flow model, flow regime model of horizontal CANDU bundle, and fuel element heatup model when the stratification occurs, especially when CANDU LOCA is tested. Also, for Wolsung unit 1 D2O leakage incident analysis, the plant behavior is predicited with the newly developed version for the first 1000 seconds after onset of the incident, with the main interest aiming for system pressure, level control system, and thermal hydraulic transient behavior of the secondary system. The model applided for this particular application includes heat transfer model of nuclear fuel assembly, decay heat model, and MOV (Motor Operated Valve) model. Finally, the code maintenance work, mainly correcting the known errors, is presented.

  15. Design Features of a Large-scale Sodium Thermal-hydraulic Test Facility: STELLA

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    A large-scale sodium thermal-hydraulic test program called STELLA (Sodium Test Loop for Safety Simulation and Assessment) and its first test facility aiming at a performance demonstration of the major components and their design codes verification & validation (V&V) were introduced with the preliminary computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis results for assessing the thermal-hydraulic performance of the major test heat exchangers, e.g. DHX (sodium-to-sodium decay heat exchanger) and AHX (sodium-to-air heat exchanger). An integral effect test facility design simulating a pool-type sodium-cooled fast reactor(SFR) was also carried out on the basis of reasonable scaling approach. For the reduced height scale of 1/5, a similarity in heat transfer between solid and fluid were intensively discussed together with its distortion, and viable design parameters for the test facility were obtained. A one- and three-dimensional verification calculation were also made and showed good agreements for the key design parameters. This scaling approach in this study is expected to be used in an exact reproduction of transient behaviors in a prototype SFR system. (author)

  16. Thermal-hydraulics stability of natural circulation BWR under startup. Flashing effects

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    To help achieve the necessary natural circulation flow, a fairly long chimney is installed in a boiling natural circulation reactor like the ESBWR. In such systems, thermal-hydraulic stability during low pressure start-up should be examined while considering the flashing induced by the pressure drop in the channel and the chimney due to gravity head. In this work, a BWR stability analysis code in the frequency domain, named FISTAB (Flashing-Induced STability Analysis for BWR), was developed to address the issue of flashing-induced instability. A thermal-hydraulics non-homogeneous equilibrium model (NHEM) based on a drift flux formulation along with a lumped fuel dynamics model is incorporated in the work. The vapor generation rate is derived from the mixture energy conservation equation while considering the effect of flashing. The functionality of the FISTAB code was confirmed by comparison to experimental results from SIRIUS-N facility at CRIEPI, Japan. Both stationary and perturbation results agree well with the experimental results. (author)

  17. Thermal/hydraulic tests of tube supports in a multi-tube steam generator model

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    Tube supports used in the tube bundles of PWR steam generators have consisted of mechanical devices located at intervals along the tube bundle. The presence of tube supports creates regions of restricted flow with altered flow patterns and increased pressure drop. An additional and very important effect is also the possibility of local complete vaporization or dryout occurring in the tube/support flow passage and crevices. The thermal/hydraulic conditions at which dryout occurs are of particular interest because of the possibility of the deposition of dissolved solids with the occurrence of dryout. As long term build-up of solid deposition could have a deleterious effect, knowledge of the conditions at which dryout occurs would possibly provide a means to avoid this build-up. A test program, sponsored by the Steam Generator Project Office of the Electric Power Research Institute, was conducted to determine the thermal/hydraulic conditions at which dryout occurred for selected tube supports. The liquid deficient heat transfer associated with dryout will cause a local tubewall temperature rise, i.e., a tubewall temperature excursion. The onset of this tubewall temperature excursion was measured and assumed to indicate the initiation of dryout. Pressure drops across the supports were also measured and photographic documentation of the flow both above and below the supports was made. Test conditions covered the range of typical PWR steam generator operating conditions

  18. Fundamental approaches for analysis thermal hydraulic parameter for Puspati Research Reactor

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    The 1-MW PUSPATI Research Reactor (RTP) is the one and only nuclear pool type research reactor developed by General Atomic (GA) in Malaysia. It was installed at Malaysian Nuclear Agency and has reached the first criticality on 8 June 1982. Based on the initial core which comprised of 80 standard TRIGA fuel elements, the very fundamental thermal hydraulic model was investigated during steady state operation using the PARET-code. The main objective of this paper is to determine the variation of temperature profiles and Departure of Nucleate Boiling Ratio (DNBR) of RTP at full power operation. The second objective is to confirm that the values obtained from PARET-code are in agreement with Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for RTP. The code was employed for the hot and average channels in the core in order to calculate of fuel’s center and surface, cladding, coolant temperatures as well as DNBR’s values. In this study, it was found that the results obtained from the PARET-code showed that the thermal hydraulic parameters related to safety for initial core which was cooled by natural convection was in agreement with the designed values and safety limit in SAR

  19. Physics and thermal-hydraulic research on U-Th self-sustaining cycle

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    The realization of thorium uranium self-sustaining cycle and meet its physics and thermal-hydraulic requirements, it is an important question in the thorium uranium fuel recycling. (Th-U)O2 CANFLEX43 fuel bundle includes two types of fuel elements, the ThO2 elements in the inner two rings and the slightly enriched uranium (SEU) elements in the outer two rings as driving fuel rods. The three driving schemes are introduced in this paper based on different enrichment of drive fuel rods. The neutronic physics calculation by Dragon Program and the thermal-hydraulic analysis are executed. The results are as follows: at 1.4% enrichment of 233U, the fuel consumption is 16 MWd/kg, the 233U production is 5.9872 g, the highest surface temperature of the fuel rod cladding is 371℃, temperature in the fuel rod center is 1830℃, and the maximum flow in the single channel is 25.4 kg/s. These parameters meet the requirements of thorium uranium self-sustaining cycle. (authors)

  20. Development of RETRAN-03/MOV code for thermal-hydraulic analysis of nuclear reactor under moving conditions

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    Kim, Hak Jae; Park, Goon Cherl [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-12-01

    Nuclear ship reactors have several; features different from land-based PWR`s. Especially, effects of ship motions on reactor thermal-hydraulics and good load following capability for abrupt load changes are essential characteristics of nuclear ship reactors. This study modified the RETRAN-03 to analyze the thermal-hydraulic transients under three-dimensional ship motions, named RETRAN-03/MOV in order to apply to future marine reactors. First Japanese nuclear ship MUTSU reactor have been analyzed under various ship motions to verify this code. Calculations have been performed under rolling,heaving and stationary inclination conditions during normal operation. Also, the natural circulation has been analyzed, which can provide the decay heat removed to ensure the passive safety of marine reactors. As results, typical thermal-hydraulic characteristics of marine reactors such as flow rate oscillations and S/G water level oscillations have been successfully simulated at various conditions. 7 refs., 11 figs. (author).

  1. Creation of an Enhanced Geothermal System through Hydraulic and Thermal Stimulation

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    Rose, Peter Eugene [Energy and Geoscience Institute at the Univerity of Utah

    2013-04-15

    This report describes a 10-year DOE-funded project to design, characterize and create an Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) through a combination of hydraulic, thermal and chemical stimulation techniques. Volume 1 describes a four-year Phase 1 campaign, which focused on the east compartment of the Coso geothermal field. It includes a description of the geomechanical, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical studies that were conducted to characterize the reservoir in anticipation of the hydraulic stimulation experiment. Phase 1 ended prematurely when the drill bit intersected a very permeable fault zone during the redrilling of target stimulation well 34-9RD2. A hydraulic stimulation was inadvertently achieved, however, since the flow of drill mud from the well into the formation created an earthquake swarm near the wellbore that was recorded, located, analyzed and interpreted by project seismologists. Upon completion of Phase 1, the project shifted focus to a new target well, which was located within the southwest compartment of the Coso geothermal field. Volume 2 describes the Phase 2 studies on the geomechanical, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical aspects of the reservoir in and around target-stimulation well 46A-19RD, which is the deepest and hottest well ever drilled at Coso. Its total measured depth exceeding 12,000 ft. It spite of its great depth, this well is largely impermeable below a depth of about 9,000 ft, thus providing an excellent target for stimulation. In order to prepare 46A-19RD for stimulation, however, it was necessary to pull the slotted liner. This proved to be unachievable under the budget allocated by the Coso Operating Company partners, and this aspect of the project was abandoned, ending the program at Coso. The program then shifted to the EGS project at Desert Peak, which had a goal similar to the one at Coso of creating an EGS on the periphery of an existing geothermal reservoir. Volume 3 describes the activities that the Coso team

  2. Creation of an Enhanced Geothermal System through Hydraulic and Thermal Stimulation

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    Rose, Peter Eugene [Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah

    2013-04-15

    This report describes a 10-year DOE-funded project to design, characterize and create an Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) through a combination of hydraulic, thermal and chemical stimulation techniques. Volume 1 describes a four-year Phase 1 campaign, which focused on the east compartment of the Coso geothermal field. It includes a description of the geomechanical, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical studies that were conducted to characterize the reservoir in anticipation of the hydraulic stimulation experiment. Phase 1 ended prematurely when the drill bit intersected a very permeable fault zone during the redrilling of target stimulation well 34-9RD2. A hydraulic stimulation was inadvertently achieved, however, since the flow of drill mud from the well into the formation created an earthquake swarm near the wellbore that was recorded, located, analyzed and interpreted by project seismologists. Upon completion of Phase 1, the project shifted focus to a new target well, which was located within the southwest compartment of the Coso geothermal field. Volume 2 describes the Phase 2 studies on the geomechanical, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical aspects of the reservoir in and around target-stimulation well 46A-19RD, which is the deepest and hottest well ever drilled at Coso. Its total measured depth exceeding 12,000 ft. It spite of its great depth, this well is largely impermeable below a depth of about 9,000 ft, thus providing an excellent target for stimulation. In order to prepare 46A-19RD for stimulation, however, it was necessary to pull the slotted liner. This proved to be unachievable under the budget allocated by the Coso Operating Company partners, and this aspect of the project was abandoned, ending the program at Coso. The program then shifted to the EGS project at Desert Peak, which had a goal similar to the one at Coso of creating an EGS on the periphery of an existing geothermal reservoir. Volume 3 describes the activities that the Coso team

  3. Creation of an Enhanced Geothermal System through Hydraulic and Thermal Stimulation

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    Rose, Peter Eugene [Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah

    2013-04-15

    This report describes a 10-year DOE-funded project to design, characterize and create an Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) through a combination of hydraulic, thermal and chemical stimulation techniques. Volume 1 describes a four-year Phase 1 campaign, which focused on the east compartment of the Coso geothermal field. It includes a description of the geomechanical, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical studies that were conducted to characterize the reservoir in anticipation of the hydraulic stimulation experiment. Phase 1 ended prematurely when the drill bit intersected a very permeable fault zone during the redrilling of target stimulation well 34-9RD2. A hydraulic stimulation was inadvertently achieved, however, since the flow of drill mud from the well into the formation created an earthquake swarm near the wellbore that was recorded, located, analyzed and interpreted by project seismologists. Upon completion of Phase 1, the project shifted focus to a new target well, which was located within the southwest compartment of the Coso geothermal field. Volume 2 describes the Phase 2 studies on the geomechanical, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical aspects of the reservoir in and around target-stimulation well 46A-19RD, which is the deepest and hottest well ever drilled at Coso. Its total measured depth exceeding 12,000 ft. It spite of its great depth, this well is largely impermeable below a depth of about 9,000 ft, thus providing an excellent target for stimulation. In order to prepare 46A-19RD for stimulation, however, it was necessary to pull the slotted liner. This proved to be unachievable under the budget allocated by the Coso Operating Company partners, and this aspect of the project was abandoned, ending the program at Coso. The program then shifted to the EGS project at Desert Peak, which had a goal similar to the one at Coso of creating an EGS on the periphery of an existing geothermal reservoir. Volume 3 describes the activities that the Coso team

  4. Solving thermal-hydraulic tasks in the context of structure-mechanical analysis; Loesung thermohydraulischer Aufgaben im Rahmen strukturmechanischer Analysen

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    Hermsmeyer, S.

    1999-06-01

    The thermomechanical analysis of fluid-cooled structures depends critically on local coolant temperatures. This is particularly true for transient analyses of fusion reactor blankets that are exposed to large radial and temporal power gradients in power cycling reactors and see large thermal-mechanical loads. This report is concerned with the issue of thermal-hydraulic modelling and analysis that is an integral part of structure-mechanical analyses yet has to be treated separately because of differing needs regarding the finite element code and structure discretisation. This report presents a simplified thermal no-momentum fluid model that poses acceptable icomputational cost even for extended and branched cooling systems. The implementation of this model in the finite element codes FIDAP and ABAQUS is described. A comparison of the codes finds advantages for thermal-hydraulic modelling in FIDAP, stressing however, that unified computer-aided-design-based grid generation would be desirable. Two examples serve the purpose of demonstrating the methodology of the thermal-hydraulic analysis. Key parts of this methodology are the use of symmetry conditions when modelling a representative blanket section, the partitioning into submodels, the simplification of geometrical model features and the feeding thermal-hydraulic results into the structure-mechanic analysis. Part of the appendix is a description and manual for a computer code that has been written to simplify the design of three-dimensional FIDAP models. The code automates the successive rotation and/or translation of surfaces defined in FIDAP.

  5. Modelling Hydraulic and Thermal Responses in a Benchmark for Deep Geothermal Heat Production

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    Holzbecher, E.; Oberdorfer, P.

    2012-04-01

    Geothermal heat production from deep reservoirs (5000-7000 m) is currently examined within the collaborative research program "Geothermal Energy and High-Performance Drilling" (gebo), funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (Germany) and Baker Hughes. The projects concern exploration and characterization of geothermal reservoirs as well as production. They are gathered in the four major topic fields: geosystem, drilling, materials, technical system. We present modelling of a benchmark set-up concerning the geothermal production itself. The benchmark model "Horstberg" was originally created by J. Löhken and is based on geological data, concerning the Horstberg site in Lower Saxony. The model region consists of a cube with a side length of 5 km, in which 13 geological layers are included. A fault zone splits the region into two parts with shifted layering. A well is implemented, reaching from the top to an optional depth crossing all layers including the fault zone. The original geological model was rebuilt and improved in COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.2a. The heterogeneous and detailed configuration makes the model interesting for benchmarking hydrogeological and geothermal applications. It is possible to inject and pump at any level in the well and to study the hydraulic and thermal responses of the system. The hydraulic and thermal parameters can be varied, and groundwater flow can be introduced. Moreover, it is also possible to examine structural mechanical responses to changes in the stress field (which is not further examined here). The main purpose of the presented study is to examine the dynamical flow characteristics of a hydraulic high conductive zone (Detfurth) in connection to a high conductive fault. One example is the fluid injection in the Detfurth zone and production in the fault. The high conductive domains can provide a hydraulic connection between the well screens and the initiated flow circuit could be used for geothermal

  6. An analytical study on excitation of nuclear-coupled thermal-hydraulic instability due to seismically induced resonance in BWR

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    Hirano, Masashi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ibaraki-ken (Japan)

    1997-07-01

    This paper describes the results of a scoping study on seismically induced resonance of nuclear-coupled thermal-hydraulic instability in BWRs, which was conducted by using TRAC-BF1 within a framework of a point kinetics model. As a result of the analysis, it is shown that a reactivity insertion could occur accompanied by in-surge of coolant into the core resulted from the excitation of the nuclear-coupled instability by the external acceleration. In order to analyze this phenomenon more in detail, it is necessary to couple a thermal-hydraulic code with a three-dimensional nuclear kinetics code.

  7. Numerical simulations of upper plenum thermal-hydraulics of Monju reactor vessel using high resolution mesh models

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    In order to evaluate the upper plenum thermal-hydraulics of the Monju reactor vessel, we have performed detail calculations under the 40% rated power operational condition using high resolution mesh models by a commercial FVM code, FrontFlow/Red. In this study, we applied a high resolution meshes around the flow holes (FHs) on the inner barrel. We mainly made clear that the thermal-hydraulics did not change largely since the flow rates through the FHs were small enough to the total coolant flow rate but were affected largely in case without FHs on the honeycomb structure. (author)

  8. Tap Water Hydraulic Control Systems - Design and Industrial Applications. Chapter 7 in Advances in Hydraulic Control Systems

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    Conrad, Finn

    Deals with development and design of modern tap water hydraulic components and systems, in particalar the Danfoss Nessie-family of components and systems working with pure tap water without any kind of additives. Typical industrial applications are presented and the perspectives of new industrial...

  9. Evolution of the design methodologies for the next generation of RPV Extensive role of the thermal-hydraulics numerical tools

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    The thermal-hydraulic design of the first PWR's was mainly based on an experimental approach, with a large series of test on the main equipment (control rod guide tubes, RPV plenums..), to check its performances. Development of CFD-codes and computers now allows for complex simulations of hydraulic phenomena. Provided adequate qualification, these numerical tools are efficient means to determine hydraulics in given design, and to perform sensitivities for optimization of new designs. Experiments always play their role, first for qualification, and for validation at the last stage of the design. The design of the European Pressurized water Reactor (EPR), is based on both hydraulic calculations and experiments, handled in a complementary approach. This paper describes the effort launched by Framatome-ANP on hydraulic calculations for the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) of the EPR reactor. It concerns 3D-calculations of RPV-inlet including cold legs, RPV-downcomer and lower plenum, RPV-upper plenum up to and including hot legs. It covers normal operating conditions, but also accidental conditions as PTS (Pressurized Thermal Shock) in small break loss of coolant accident (SB-LOCA). Those hydraulic studies have provided numerous useful information for the mechanical design of RPV-internals. (authors)

  10. Evolution of the design methodologies for the next generation of RPV : the extensive role of the thermal hydraulics numerical tools

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    The thermal-hydraulic design of the first PWR's was mainly based on an experimental approach, with a large series of test on the main equipment (control rod guide tubes, RPV plenums...), to check its performances. Development of CFD-codes and computers now allows for complex simulations of hydraulic phenomena. Provided adequate qualification, these numerical tools are efficient means to determine hydraulics in given design, and to perform sensitivities for optimization of new design. Experiments always play their role, on qualification at first, on validation of resulting design at end. The design of the European Pressurized water Reactor (EPR), jointly developed by FRAMATOME-ANP and EDFGU (German Utilities), is based on both hydraulic calculations and experiments, handled in a complementary approach. This paper describes the collective effort launched by FRAMATOME-ANP and EDF, on hydraulic calculations for the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) of the EPR reactor. It concerns 3D-calculations of RPV-inlet including cold legs, RPV-downcomer and lower plenum, RPV-upper plenum up to and including hot legs. It covers normal operating conditions, but also accidental conditions as PTS (Pressurized Thermal Shock) in small break loss of coolant accident (SB-LOCA). Those hydraulic studies have provided numerous useful information for the mechanical design of RPV-internals

  11. TRANSV2: a thermal-hydraulic analysis code for research reactors

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    TRANSV2 is a thermal-hydraulic analysis code to be used in MTR-type research. It was developed to study the reactor in steady-state condition and to analyze loss of flow accidents (LOFA) produced by operational accidents such as blackout, pump failure and pump stick. Depending on the case to be analyzed, the user has the option to give the time dependent flow rate, the scram reactivity curve and the axial power distribution as input data. The hydraulic transient could be analyzed using an analytical solution, the pump characteristic curves or polynomials to approximate the characteristic curve of a typical single suction pump. The program has also a complete heat transfer correlations package to be applied to both downward flow and upward flow. Some particular cases of accidents could be also studied using this program, such as the case in which one pump failed without scram. This report presents a description of the program, including the input data description and the program listing. The last part of the report gives some results obtained for the up-graded JRR-3 reactor in the case of blackout as a benchmark problem. (author)

  12. Implications of Using Thermal Desorption to Remediate Contaminated Agricultural Soil: Physical Characteristics and Hydraulic Processes.

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    O'Brien, Peter L; DeSutter, Thomas M; Casey, Francis X M; Derby, Nathan E; Wick, Abbey F

    2016-07-01

    Given the recent increase in crude oil production in regions with predominantly agricultural economies, the determination of methods that remediate oil contamination and allow for the land to return to crop production is increasingly relevant. Ex situ thermal desorption (TD) is a technique used to remediate crude oil pollution that allows for reuse of treated soil, but the properties of that treated soil are unknown. The objectives of this research were to characterize TD-treated soil and to describe implications in using TD to remediate agricultural soil. Native, noncontaminated topsoil and subsoil adjacent to an active remediation site were separately subjected to TD treatment at 350°C. Soil physical characteristics and hydraulic processes associated with agricultural productivity were assessed in the TD-treated samples and compared with untreated samples. Soil organic carbon decreased more than 25% in both the TD-treated topsoil and the subsoil, and total aggregation decreased by 20% in the topsoil but was unaffected in the subsoil. The alteration in these physical characteristics explains a 400% increase in saturated hydraulic conductivity in treated samples as well as a decrease in water retention at both field capacity and permanent wilting point. The changes in soil properties identified in this study suggest that TD-treated soils may still be suitable for sustaining vegetation, although likely at a slightly diminished capacity when directly compared with untreated soils. PMID:27380094

  13. CFD analysis of thermal-hydraulic behavior in SCWR typical flow channels

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    Investigations on thermal-hydraulic behavior in SCWR fuel assembly have obtained a significant attention in the international SCWR community. However, there is still a lack of understanding and ability to predict the heat transfer behavior of supercritical water. In this paper, CFD analysis is carried out to study the flow and heat transfer behavior of supercritical water in sub-channels of both square and triangular rod bundles. Effect of various parameters, e.g. thermal boundary conditions and pitch-to-diameter ratio on the thermal-hydraulic behavior is investigated. Two boundary conditions, i.e., constant heat flux at the outer surface of cladding and constant heat density in the fuel pin are applied. The results show that the structure of the secondary flow mainly depends on the rod bundle configuration as well as the pitch-to-diameter ratio, whereas, the amplitude of the secondary flow is affected by the thermal boundary conditions, as well. The secondary flow is much stronger in a square lattice than that in a triangular lattice. The turbulence behavior is similar in both square and triangular lattices. The dependence of the amplitude of the turbulent velocity fluctuation across the gap on Reynolds number becomes prominent in both lattices as the pitch-to-diameter ratio increases. The effect of thermal boundary conditions on turbulent velocity fluctuation is negligibly small. For both lattices with small pitch-to-diameter ratios (P/D < 1.3), the mixing coefficient is about 0.022. Both secondary flow and turbulent mixing show unusual behavior in the vicinity of the pseudo-critical point. Further investigation is needed. A strong circumferential non-uniformity of wall temperature and heat transfer is observed in tight lattices at constant heat flux boundary conditions, especially in square lattices. In the case with constant heat density of fuel pin, the circumferential conductive heat transfer significantly reduces the non-uniformity of circumferential

  14. Advanced thermal management materials for concentrator photovoltaic arrays

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    Zweben, Carl

    2010-08-01

    Thermal management is a critical issue for photovoltaics (PVs), especially concentrator photovoltaic systems. Thermal management problems are similar for all semiconductors, including those used in microelectronics and other optoelectronic applications, such as lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), detectors and displays. We divide the thermal management problem into two parts: heat dissipation and thermal stresses. Heat dissipation affects efficiency and lifetime. Thermal stresses affect manufacturing yield and lifetime. Traditional thermal management materials all have serious deficiencies. Copper and aluminum have high coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs), which can cause severe thermal stresses during manufacturing and in service. Compliant attach materials, used to minimize thermal stresses, all have major drawbacks. Traditional low-CTE thermal management materials have relatively low thermal conductivities and are hard to machine. In response to these deficiencies, new thermal management materials have been, and are continuing to be developed, which have low CTEs and thermal conductivities up to four times that of copper. Some are reportedly are cheaper than copper. In this paper, we survey the six categories of advanced thermal materials, including properties, state of maturity and cost. We also review a CPV application in which an advanced metal matrix composite with a tailored CTE eliminated solder joint failure and provided other benefits.

  15. Engineering and thermal-hydraulic design of water cooled PFC for SST-1 tokamak

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    is necessary for the efficient heat transfer from the tube to the back plate. The contact at the brazed joint of the tube to the backplate/heat sink is critical for the above application. The manufactured modules need to be evaluated for the quality of brazed joint. Using an infra-red-camera, spatial and temporal evaluation of the temperature profile has been studied under various flow parameters. Design considerations included 2-D steady state and transient tile temperature distribution and resulting thermal loads in PFC during cooling, coolant parameters necessary to maintain optimum thermal-hydraulic design, erosion rate of the tiles, and tile fitting mechanism. A 2-D Finite Difference code has been developed to study of flow behavior and thermal response of PFC during cooling. The temperature distribution results for different PFC obtained by code were assessed by comparison with 2-D Finite Element (FE) method (using ANSYS). FE models have been developed to conduct the heat transfer and stress analyses of the PFC to understand its thermal and mechanical behaviors. The result of the calculation led to a good understanding of the flow behavior and the temperature distribution in the tube wall and the different parts of the PFC. Thermal response on divertors has been performed both in steady state and transient case. Stress analyses also have been performed by ANSYS to investigate the thermal stress on different PFC during cooling. In this paper an optimized thermal-hydraulic design of PFC cooling and their thermal response will be discussed in detail. (authors)

  16. Multidimensional Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis for Decay Heat Exchanger of PGSFR

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    The decay heat exchanger (DHX) of PGSFR is a shell-and-tube type counter-current flow sodium heat exchanger, and each unit is designed for the rated thermal power of 1.0 MWt, which is corresponding to the nominal design capacity of a single passive decay heat removal system (PDHRS) and active decay heat removal system (ADHRS) loops. The DHX unit is fully immersed in the cold sodium pool region and removes the system heat load sufficiently and reliably during the temperature transient. In this work, a multidimensional thermal-hydraulic analysis for the DHX was carried out numerically and the numerical results were compared with the calculated results of the 1-D DHX design code to verify the reliability of the design code. In addition, an influence of the cold pool sodium which flows into the shell-side of the DHX through the shell outlet was evaluated. The SHXSA code was conservative in calculating the pressure drop of the shell-side which is our major concern in designing the natural circulation of the decay heat removal system. It was revealed that the buffer region is needed to reduce the thermal stress in the lower tubesheet by the inflow of the cold pool sodium

  17. Relationship of core exit-temperature noise to thermal-hydraulic conditions in PWRs

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    Core exit thermocouple temperature noise and neutron detector noise measurements were performed at the Loss of Fluid Test Facility (LOFT) reactor and a Westinghouse, 1148 MW(e) PWR to relate temperature noise to core thermal-hydraulic conditions. The noise analysis results show that the RMS of the temperature noise increases linearly with increasing core δT at LOFT and the commercial PWR. Out-of-core test loop temperature noise has shown similar behavior. The phase angle between core exit temperature noise and in-core or ex-core neutron noise is directly related to the core coolant flow velocity. However, if the thermocouple response time is slow, compared to the coolant transit time between the sensors, velocities inferred from the phase angle are lower than measured coolant flow velocities

  18. Thermal-hydraulic characteristics in a tokamak vacuum vessel of fusion reactor after transient events occurred

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    Takase, Kazuyuki; Kunugi, Tomoaki [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Seki, Yasushi

    1997-12-31

    The thermal-hydraulic characteristics in a vacuum vessel (VV) of fusion reactor under the ingress-of-coolant-event (ICE) or loss-of-vacuum-event (LOVA) condition were carried out to investigate experimentally the thermofluid safety in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under transient events. In the ICE experiments, the pressure rise and wall temperatures in the VV were measured and the performance of a suppression tank was confirmed. In the LOVA experiments, the exchange time inside the VV from the vacuum to be the atmospheric pressure was measured for various breach size and the exchange flow rates through the breaches of the VV under the atmospheric pressure conditions were clarified. (author)

  19. Fast reactor core thermal-hydraulic analyses during transition from forced to natural circulation

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    The modeling for inter-subchannel mixing effects was presented to simulate the fast reactor transition from rated to natural circulation decay heat removal conditions which was usually accompanied by all flow regimes: forced, mixed and natural convection. The model was constructed based on correlations for mixing and pressure drop coefficients developed at MIT. This correlation was originally proposed for steady states subchannel analyses. In the present study, application of the mixing correlation was extended to unsteady multi-dimensional analyses by introducing a threshold function. The function enabled to switch the correlations adequately with change of the flow regimes, depending on Richardson number which is an index of buoyancy effect on the flow field. The modeling was validated through calculation of sodium experiments featuring 37, 61 and 169-pin bundle subassemblies. Comparisons of the experimental and numerical results revealed that the modeling was capable of predicting the core thermal-hydraulic field under wide spectrum of flow rate and heating conditions. (author)

  20. Coupling of Thermal-Hydraulic-Mechanical Processes for Geothermal Reservoir Modelling

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    Ali Karrechl Oussama Beltaief; Ruyan Vincec; Thomas Poulet; Klaus Regenauer-Lieb

    2015-01-01

    This paper uses a fully coupled framework of thermal-hydraulic-mechanical processes to investigate how the injection and extraction of fluid within a geothermal reservoir impacts on the dis-tributions of temperature, pore pressure, and deformation within the rock formations. Based on this formulation, a numerical model is developed in light of the thermodynamics of porous materials. The proposed procedure relies on the derivation of dissipative flow rules by postulating proper storage and dissipation functions. This approach opens new horizons for several resource engineering applications. Since it allows for full coupling, this formulation can play a key role in predicting risks when used for reservoir simulation. The results indicate that the injection-extraction process and temperature change have a definite impact on altering the in-situ properties of the reservoir.

  1. Thermal hydraulic codes for LWR safety analysis - present status and future perspective

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    Staedtke, H. [Commission of the European Union, Ispra (Italy)

    1997-07-01

    The aim of the present paper is to give a review on the current status and future perspective of present best-estimate Thermal Hydraulic codes. Reference is made to internationally well-established codes which have reached a certain state of maturity. The first part of the paper deals with the common basic code features with respect to the physical modelling and their numerical methods used to describe complex two-phase flow and heat transfer processes. The general predictive capabilities are summarized identifying some remaining code deficiencies and their underlying limitations. The second part discusses various areas including physical modelling, numerical techniques and informatic structure where the codes could be substantially improved.

  2. Conceptual design and thermal-hydraulic characteristics of natural circulation Boiling Water Reactors

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    A natural circulation boiling water reactor (BWR) with a rated capacity of 600 MW (electric) has been conceptually designed for small- and medium-sized light water reactors. The components and systems in the reactor are simplified by eliminating pumped recirculation systems and pumped emergency core cooling systems. Consequently, the volume of the reactor building is -- 50% of that for current BWRs with the same rated capacity; the construction period is also shorter. Its thermal-hydraulic characteristics, critical power ratio (CPR) and flow stability at steady state, decrease in the minimum CPR (ΔMCPR) at transients, and the two-phase mixture level in the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) during accidents are investigated. The two-phase mixture level in the RPV during an accident does not decrease to lower than the top of the core; the core uncovery and heatup of fuel cladding would not occur during any loss-of-coolant accident

  3. Prototypic Thermal-Hydraulic Experiment in NRU to Simulate Loss-of-Coolant Accidents

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    Mohr, C. L.; Hesson, G. M.; Russcher, G. E.; Marsh, R. K.; King, L. L.; Wildung, N. J.; Rausch, W. N.; Bennett, W. D.

    1981-04-01

    Quick-look test results are reported for the initial test series of the Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) Simulation in the National Research Universal {NRU) test program, conducted by Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This test was devoted to evaluating the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of a full-length light water reactor (LWR) fuel bundle during the heatup, reflood, and quench phases of a LOCA. Experimental results from 28 tests cover reflood rates of 0.74 in./sec to 11 in./sec and delay times to initiate reflood of 3 sec to 66 sec. The results indicate that current analysis methods can predict peak temperatures within 10% and measured quench times for the bundle were significantly less than predicted. For reflood rates of 1 in./sec where long quench times were predicted (>2000 sec}, measured quench times of 200 sec were found.

  4. Development of a best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Chung, B.D.; Lee, W.J.; Lim, H.S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)

    2000-03-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool , i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is a third step of the whole project, and expand the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU version for implementation of LOCA Analysis. There are three main area of model development, i.e. Moody critical flow model, flow regime model of horizontal CANDU bundle, and fuel element heatup model when the stratification occurs. Newly developed version, namely RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU+ is applicable to CANDU plant analysis with keeping the function of light water reactor analysis. The limited validations of model installation were performed. Assessment of CHF model using AECL separated effect test and calculation for Wolsong 2 plant were performed also for the applicability test of the developed version. 15 refs., 37 figs., 8 tabs. (Author)

  5. BWR core thermal-hydraulic stability in anticipated transients without SCRAM

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    The potential exists for core thermal hydraulic density wave oscillations to occur in the boiling water reactor (BWR) during anticipated transients without scram (ATWS) events. Conditions which may lead to oscillations in ATWS result either from recirculation pump trip (RPT) from appropriate ATWS signals, or from the failure to scram during core oscillations. A program to evaluate these scenarios will assess the adequacy of the system design and emergency operating procedures relative to the reactor system performance. Evaluation of ATWS events with oscillations is extremely complex, and defining the bases for the analyses is critical to the success of the program. Accurate analysis requires detailed modeling of the sequence of events, the plant configuration, and initial conditions

  6. Dynamic modelling of pressure control system of a 500 MWe PHWR power plant thermal hydraulics aspects

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    A computer code for the dynamic analysis of the proposed 500 MWe Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor is being developed. One of the modules of this code deals with the primary heat transport system pressure control. A thermal hydraulic model of the pressure control system has been developed. This model includes the following : reactor coolant loop, primary circulating pump, Core heat transfer, Feed/bleed with Bleed Condenser and pressure controller. Analysis has been carried out for transients like change in reactor power, leakage from the primary heat transport system and malfunctioning of control system. The mathematical model is presented in the paper along with the results obtained for some of the transients analysed. (author). 6 refs., 6 figs

  7. Development of best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Chung, B. D.; Lee, W. J.; Lim, H. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-03-15

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model if existing PWR auditing tool, i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is a third step of the whole project, and expand the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU version for implementation of LOCA analysis. There are three main area of model development, i.e. moody critical flow model, flow regime model of horizontal CANDU bundle, and fuel element heatup model when the stratification occurs. Newly developed version, namely RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU+ is applicable to CANDU plant analysis with keeping the function of light water reactor analysis. The limited validations of model installation were performed. Assessment of CHF model using AECL separated effect test and calculation for Wolsong 2 plant were performed also for the applicability test of the developed version.

  8. Development of a best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    Chung, B.D.; Lee, W.J.; Lim, H.S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)

    1999-04-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, i.e. RELAP5/MOD3. This scope of project is a second step of the whole project, and focus to the implementation of CANDU models based on the previous study. FORTRAN 90 language have been used for the development of RELAP5.MOD3/CANDU PC version. For the convenience of the previous Workstation users, the FOTRAN 77 version has been coded also and implanted into the original RELAP5 source file. The verification of model implementation has been performed through the simple verification calculations using the CANDU version. 6 refs., 15 figs., 7 tabs. (Author)

  9. MNSR transient analyses and thermal-hydraulic safety margins for HEU and LEU cores using PARET

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    Thermal-hydraulic performance characteristics of Miniature Neutron Source Reactors under long-term steady-state and transient conditions are investigated. Safety margins and limiting conditions attained during these events are determined. Modeling extensions are presented that enable the PARET/ANL code to realistically track primary loop heatup, heat exchange to the pool, and heat loss from the pool to air over the pool. Comparisons are made of temperature predictions for HEU and LEU fueled cores under transient conditions. Results are obtained using three different natural convection heat transfer correlations: the original (PARET/ANL version 5), Churchill-Chu, and an experiment- based correlation from the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE). The MNSR, either fueled by HEU or by LEU, satisfies the design limits for long-term transient operation. (author)

  10. Thermal-hydraulic processes involved in loss of residual heat removal during reduced inventory operation

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    Fletcher, C.D.; McHugh, P.R.; Naff, S.A.; Johnsen, G.W.

    1991-02-01

    This paper identifies the topics needed to understand pressurized water reactor response to an extended loss of residual heat removal event during refueling and maintenance outages. By identifying the possible plant conditions and cooling methods that would be used for each cooling mode, the controlling thermal-hydraulic processes and phenomena were identified. Controlling processes and phenomena include: gravity drain, core water boil-off, and reflux cooling processes. Important subcategories of the reflux cooling processes include: the initiation of reflux cooling from various plant conditions, the effects of air on reflux cooling, core level depression effects, issues regarding the steam generator secondaries, and the special case of boiler-condenser cooling with once-through steam generators. 25 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Numerical discretization analysis of a HTR steam generator model for the thermal-hydraulics code trace

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    Full Text Available For future high temperature reactor projects, e. g., for electricity production or nuclear process heat applications, the steam generator is a crucial component. A typical design is a helical coil steam generator consisting of several tubes connected in parallel forming cylinders of different diameters. This type of steam generator was a significant component used at the thorium high temperature reactor. In the work presented the temperature profile is being analyzed by the nodal thermal hydraulics code TRACE for the thorium high temperature reactor steam generator. The influence of the nodalization is being investigated within the scope of this study and compared to experimental results from the past. The results of the standard TRACE code are compared to results using a modified Nusselt number for the primary side. The implemented heat transfer correlation was developed within the past German HTR program. This study shows that both TRACE versions are stable and provides a discussion of the nodalization requirements.

  12. Uncertainty analysis on thermal hydraulics parameter of the IPR-R1 TRIGA research nuclear reactor

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    Experimental studies have been performed in the IPR-R1 TRIGA Mark 1 Research Nuclear Reactor of CDTN/CNEN at Belo Horizonte (Brazil) to find out the temperature distribution as a function of reactor power, under steady-state conditions. During these experiments the reactor was set in many different power levels. These experiments are part of the research program, that have the main objective of commissioning the IPR-R1 reactor for routine operation at 250 k W. This paper presents the uncertainty analysis of the thermal-hydraulic experiments performed. The methodology used to evaluate the uncertainty propagation on the results was done based on the pioneering article of Kline and McClintock (1953), with the propagation of uncertainties based on the specification of uncertainties in various primary measurements. (author)

  13. Thermal hydraulic parameter studies of heat exchanger for the TRIGA MARK II research reactor

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    Thermal Hydraulic studies have being conducted at PUSPATI TRIGA Mark II (RTP) Nuclear Research Reactor. The purpose of this study is to determine the heat transfer characteristic and heat exchanger performance at difference reactor power. Fundamental concept and a plate type application of heat exchanger in RTP are presented in this study. A plate type heat exchanger is a device for RTP reactor cooling system built for efficient heat transfer from one fluid to another. The study involves the observation of inlet and outlet temperature profile, flow rate and pressure at the reactor pool and heat exchanger. The observed parameters are compared to basic engineering calculation and the output of the study has been beneficial to evaluate the performance of newly-installed plate type heat exchanger. (author)

  14. Development of thermal hydraulic models for the reliable regulatory auditing code

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    Chung, B. D.; Song, C. H.; Lee, Y. J.; Kwon, T. S. [Korea Advanced Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-02-15

    The objective of this project is to develop thermal hydraulic models for use improving the reliability of the regulatory auditing codes. The current year fall under finalstep of the 3 year project, and the main researches were focused on the development and verification of downcorner bailing model and film offtake model. During the current year, the two models of downcorner has been developed and installed in the auditing code. The verification of code has been performed using MIDAS experimental data. The model sensitivity analysis has been also performed for APR1400 LBLOCA scenario using the modified code. The application calculation shows that the code deficiencies during post reflood phase of APR1400 LBLOCA have been removed by the model improvements and the new version of code could be used as more reliable tool for auditing of APR1400 plant.

  15. Thermal-hydraulic performance of the finned surface of a compact heat exchanger

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    In this work the thermal-hydraulic behavior of the finned surface of a compact heat exchanger is obtained in tube-fin configuration corrugated (wavy). Through numerical simulation are determined average values ​​of intensification of heat transfer and pressure loss in the inter-channel finned. The objective is to characterize the surface to use as a reference, to make comparisons with other heat exchange surfaces enhanced using traditional techniques combined with more current, such as vortex generators. The study is conducted in laminar flow, with Reynolds numbers below 1000. In the working model compact exchanger tubes and corrugated fins (wavy) heat is described, and the results of the coefficient of overall heat transfer and the pressure drop are explained from the local characteristics of the velocity field and temperature inside the heat exchanger. (Full text)

  16. Development of a best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal hydraulic safety analysis

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    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, i.e. RELAPS/MOD3. This scope of project is a second step of the whole project, and focus to the implementation of CANDU models based on the previous study. FORTRAN 90 language have been used for the development of RELAPS/MOD3/CANDU PC version. For the convenience of the previous Workstation users, the FOTRAN 77 version has been coded also and implanted into the original RELAPS source file. The verification of model implementation has been performed through the simple verification calculations using the CANDU version

  17. 2D Thermal Hydraulic Analysis and Benchmark in Support of HFIR LEU Conversion using COMSOL

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    Freels, James D [ORNL; Bodey, Isaac T [ORNL; Lowe, Kirk T [ORNL; Arimilli, Rao V [ORNL

    2010-09-01

    The research documented herein was funded by a research contract between the Research Reactors Division (RRD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department (MABE). The research was governed by a statement of work (SOW) which clearly defines nine specific tasks. This report is outlined to follow and document the results of each of these nine specific tasks. The primary goal of this phase of the research is to demonstrate, through verification and validation methods, that COMSOL is a viable simulation tool for thermal-hydraulic modeling of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) core. A secondary goal of this two-dimensional phase of the research is to establish methodology and data base libraries that are also needed in the full three-dimensional COMSOL simulation to follow. COMSOL version 3.5a was used for all of the models presented throughout this report.

  18. STAR 3D nodal kinetics and thermal-hydraulic model for the Pennsylvania State TRIGA reactor

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    A detailed three-dimensional (3D) time-dependent STAR nodal kinetics model coupled to a one-dimensional (1 D) thermal-hydraulics WIGL model has been developed to describe conservatively the peak power and pulse behavior of the Penn State University (PSU) Breazeale TRIGA reactor. This paper describes how the STAR model and its cross section data input was developed and benchmarked against actual TRIGA pulse experiments. Different core configurations (i.e., different core loading patterns, and with/without the TRIGA core next to the D20 tank) were used for several TRIGA pulse tests with different reactivity insertion worths (1.5$, 2.0$ , 2.5$). This paper shows that the STAR nodal kinetics code adequately simulates TRIGA pulses when group constants are generated from physics codes (i.e., WIMS-D4) that can accurately model the TRIGA uranium-zirconium-hydride fuel. (author)

  19. Thermal hydraulic analyses for optimization of hydroaccumulator parameters in VVER-440

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    The passive ECCS system of VVER-440/213 according to the original Russian design consisted of 4 hydroaccumulators (HA) with nitrogen at pressure 6.0 MPa. In 90ties, the HA pressure in some VVER-440 was reduced to 3.5 MPa. This design modification was firstly done at NPP Dukovany (1998) in the Czech Republic and was based on TH analyses performed at UJV Rez. This pilot example was later followed by other VVER-440 NPP's, like Finish Loviisa, Hungarian Paks and Slovak Bohunice. Lastly the UJV Rez has prepared another step in optimization of HA parameters - increase of HA level and extension of allowed margins for HA pressure and level. The paper documents major steps in VVER-440 optimization and relevant thermal-hydraulic analyses including the latest work. (author)

  20. Interface requirements to couple thermal-hydraulic codes to severe accident codes: ATHLET-CD

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    Trambauer, K. [GRS, Garching (Germany)

    1997-07-01

    The system code ATHLET-CD is being developed by GRS in cooperation with IKE and IPSN. Its field of application comprises the whole spectrum of leaks and large breaks, as well as operational and abnormal transients for LWRs and VVERs. At present the analyses cover the in-vessel thermal-hydraulics, the early phases of core degradation, as well as fission products and aerosol release from the core and their transport in the Reactor Coolant System. The aim of the code development is to extend the simulation of core degradation up to failure of the reactor pressure vessel and to cover all physically reasonable accident sequences for western and eastern LWRs including RMBKs. The ATHLET-CD structure is highly modular in order to include a manifold spectrum of models and to offer an optimum basis for further development. The code consists of four general modules to describe the reactor coolant system thermal-hydraulics, the core degradation, the fission product core release, and fission product and aerosol transport. Each general module consists of some basic modules which correspond to the process to be simulated or to its specific purpose. Besides the code structure based on the physical modelling, the code follows four strictly separated steps during the course of a calculation: (1) input of structure, geometrical data, initial and boundary condition, (2) initialization of derived quantities, (3) steady state calculation or input of restart data, and (4) transient calculation. In this paper, the transient solution method is briefly presented and the coupling methods are discussed. Three aspects have to be considered for the coupling of different modules in one code system. First is the conservation of masses and energy in the different subsystems as there are fluid, structures, and fission products and aerosols. Second is the convergence of the numerical solution and stability of the calculation. The third aspect is related to the code performance, and running time.

  1. Neutron Tomography Using Mobile Neutron Generators for Assessment of Void Distributions in Thermal Hydraulic Test Loops

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    Andersson, P.; Bjelkenstedt, T.; Sundén, E. Andersson; Sjöstrand, H.; Jacobsson-Svärd, S.

    Detailed knowledge of the lateral distribution of steam (void) and water in a nuclear fuel assembly is of great value for nuclear reactor operators and fuel manufacturers, with consequences for both reactor safety and economy of operation. Therefore, nuclear relevant two-phase flows are being studied at dedicated thermal-hydraulic test loop, using two-phase flow systems ranging from simplified geometries such as heated circular pipes to full scale mock-ups of nuclear fuel assemblies. Neutron tomography (NT) has been suggested for assessment of the lateral distribution of steam and water in such test loops, motivated by a good ability of neutrons to penetrate the metallic structures of metal pipes and nuclear fuel rod mock-ups, as compared to e.g. conventional X-rays, while the liquid water simultaneously gives comparatively good contrast. However, these stationary test loops require the measurement setup to be mobile, which is often not the case for NT setups. Here, it is acknowledged that fast neutrons of 14 MeV from mobile neutron generators constitute a viable option for a mobile NT system. We present details of the development of neutron tomography for this purpose at the division of Applied Nuclear Physics at Uppsala University. Our concept contains a portable neutron generator, exploiting the fusion reaction of deuterium and tritium, and a detector with plastic scintillator elements designed to achieveadequate spatial and energy resolution, all mounted in a light-weight frame without collimators or bulky moderation to allow for a mobile instrument that can be moved about the stationary thermal hydraulic test sections. The detector system stores event-to-event pulse-height information to allow for discrimination based on the energy deposition in the scintillator elements.

  2. Steady state thermal-hydraulic analyses of the MITICA cooling circuits

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    Zaupa, M., E-mail: matteo.zaupa@igi.cnr.it [Università degli Studi di Padova, Via 8 Febbraio 2, Padova 35122 (Italy); Consorzio RFX, Corso Stati Uniti 4, Padova 35127 (Italy); Sartori, E.; Dalla Palma, M.; Fellin, F.; Marcuzzi, D.; Pavei, M.; Rizzolo, A. [Consorzio RFX, Corso Stati Uniti 4, Padova 35127 (Italy)

    2016-02-15

    Megavolt ITER Injector Concept Advancement is the full scale prototype of the heating and current drive neutral beam injectors for ITER, to be built at Consorzio RFX (Padova). The engineering design of its components is challenging: the total heat loads they will be subjected to (expected between 2 and 19 MW), the high heat fluxes (up to 20 MW/m{sup 2}), and the beam pulse duration up to 1 h, set demanding requirements for reliable active cooling circuits. In support of the design, the thermo-hydraulic behavior of each cooling circuit under steady state condition has been investigated by using one-dimensional models. The final results, obtained considering a number of optimizations for the cooling circuits, show that all the requirements in terms of flow rate, temperature, and pressure drop are properly fulfilled.

  3. Steady state thermal-hydraulic analyses of the MITICA cooling circuits

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    Megavolt ITER Injector Concept Advancement is the full scale prototype of the heating and current drive neutral beam injectors for ITER, to be built at Consorzio RFX (Padova). The engineering design of its components is challenging: the total heat loads they will be subjected to (expected between 2 and 19 MW), the high heat fluxes (up to 20 MW/m2), and the beam pulse duration up to 1 h, set demanding requirements for reliable active cooling circuits. In support of the design, the thermo-hydraulic behavior of each cooling circuit under steady state condition has been investigated by using one-dimensional models. The final results, obtained considering a number of optimizations for the cooling circuits, show that all the requirements in terms of flow rate, temperature, and pressure drop are properly fulfilled

  4. The Effect Of Thermal Insulation Of An Apartment Building On The Thermo-Hydraulic Stability Of Its Heating System

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The contribution aims to investigate the effect of the decreased thermal losses of an apartment building due to the thermal insulation of opaque external building constructions and the replacement of transparent constructions. It emphasizes the effect of the thermal characteristics of external constructions on the functionality of the existing heating system in the building and the related requirements for the renovation of the heating system in order to ensure the hydraulic stability of the system and the thermal comfort of the inhabitants.

  5. Three-dimensional coupled kinetics/thermal- hydraulic benchmark TRIGA experiments

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    This research project provides separate effects tests in order to benchmark neutron kinetics models coupled with thermal-hydraulic (T/H) models used in best-estimate codes such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) RELAP and TRAC code series and industrial codes such as RETRAN. Before this research project was initiated, no adequate experimental data existed for reactivity initiated transients that could be used to assess coupled three-dimensional (3D) kinetics and 3D T/H codes which have been, or are being developed around the world. Using various Test Reactor Isotope General Atomic (TRIGA) reactor core configurations at the Penn State Breazeale Reactor (PSBR), it is possible to determine the level of neutronics modeling required to describe kinetics and T/H feedback interactions. This research demonstrates that the small compact PSBR TRIGA core does not necessarily behave as a point kinetics reactor, but that this TRIGA can provide actual test results for 3D kinetics code benchmark efforts. This research focused on developing in-reactor tests that exhibited 3D neutronics effects coupled with 3D T/H feedback. A variety of pulses were used to evaluate the level of kinetics modeling needed for prompt temperature feedback in the fuel. Ramps and square waves were used to evaluate the detail of modeling needed for the delayed T/H feedback of the coolant. A stepped ramp was performed to evaluate and verify the derived thermal constants for the specific PSBR TRIGA core loading pattern. As part of the analytical benchmark research, the STAR 3D kinetics code (, STAR: Space and time analysis of reactors, Version 5, Level 3, Users Guide, Yankee Atomic Electric Company, YEAC 1758, Bolton, MA) was used to model the transient experiments. The STAR models were coupled with the one-dimensional (1D) WIGL and LRA and 3D COBRA (, COBRA IIIC: A digital computer program for steady-state and transient thermal-hydraulic analysis of rod bundle nuclear fuel elements, Battelle

  6. Validation of the thermal-hydraulic system code ATHLET based on selected pressure drop and void fraction BFBT tests

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    Di Marcello, Valentino, E-mail: valentino.marcello@kit.edu; Escalante, Javier Jimenez; Espinoza, Victor Sanchez

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Simulation of BFBT-BWR steady-state and transient tests with ATHLET. • Validation of thermal-hydraulic models based on pressure drops and void fraction measurements. • TRACE system code is used for the comparative study. • Predictions result in a good agreement with the experiments. • Discrepancies are smaller or comparable with respect to the measurements uncertainty. - Abstract: Validation and qualification of thermal-hydraulic system codes based on separate effect tests are essential for the reliability of numerical tools when applied to nuclear power plant analyses. To this purpose, the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology (INR) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is involved in various validation and qualification activities of different CFD, sub-channel and system codes. In this paper, the capabilities of the thermal-hydraulic code ATHLET are assessed based on the experimental results provided within the NUPEC BFBT benchmark related to key Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) phenomena. Void fraction and pressure drops measurements in the BFBT bundle performed under steady-state and transient conditions which are representative for e.g. turbine trip and recirculation pump trip events, are compared with the numerical results of ATHLET. The comparison of code predictions with the BFBT data has shown good agreement given the experimental uncertainty and the results are consistent with the trends obtained with similar thermal-hydraulic codes.

  7. Current and anticipated use of thermal-hydraulic codes for BWR transient and accident analyses in Japan

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    Arai, Kenji; Ebata, Shigeo [Toshiba Corp., Yokohama (Japan)

    1997-07-01

    This paper summarizes the current and anticipated use of the thermal-hydraulic and neutronic codes for the BWR transient and accident analyses in Japan. The codes may be categorized into the licensing codes and the best estimate codes for the BWR transient and accident analyses. Most of the licensing codes have been originally developed by General Electric. Some codes have been updated based on the technical knowledge obtained in the thermal hydraulic study in Japan, and according to the BWR design changes. The best estimates codes have been used to support the licensing calculations and to obtain the phenomenological understanding of the thermal hydraulic phenomena during a BWR transient or accident. The best estimate codes can be also applied to a design study for a next generation BWR to which the current licensing model may not be directly applied. In order to rationalize the margin included in the current BWR design and develop a next generation reactor with appropriate design margin, it will be required to improve the accuracy of the thermal-hydraulic and neutronic model. In addition, regarding the current best estimate codes, the improvement in the user interface and the numerics will be needed.

  8. 75 FR 69140 - NUREG-1953, Confirmatory Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis To Support Specific Success Criteria in the...

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    2010-11-10

    ... COMMISSION NUREG-1953, Confirmatory Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis To Support Specific Success Criteria in the Standardized Plant Analysis Risk Models--Surry and Peach Bottom; Draft Report for Comment AGENCY: Nuclear... Regulatory Commission has issued for public comment a document entitled: NUREG-1953, ``Confirmatory...

  9. Modification and validation of RELAP5/MOD3.2 for thermal-hydraulic accident analyses of HANARO

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    Many aspects of RELAP5/MOD3.2 are modified by new features to properly simulate the HANARO characteristics such as the finned fuel elements and cooling by the plate type heat exchanger. Especially, RELAP5/MOD3.2 is modified a new heat transfer correlation package appropriate for the accident analysis of HANARO and developed plate type heat exchanger model. The validation of this newly developed code, RELAP5/HANARO, is carried out to assess its calculational capability to predict thermal-hydraulic behavior through the accident analysis in HANARO. The simulations performed are the single pin heat transfer and plate type heat exchanger experiments, which are then compared with experimental results and manufacturer's data, respectively. The simulation of natural convection experiment with the scaled bundle is also performed to evaluate the natural circulation cooling capability. The assessment results for the single pin heat transfer experiment and plate type heat exchanger model with RELAP5/HANARO showed conservatively good agreement with the experimental results. The natural circulation results calculated by RELAP5/HANARO are similar to the experimental data, even though minor discrepancies of the flow are identified. However, these differences are insignificant and conservatively acceptable thermal hydraulics. RELAP5/HANARO comprises the unique characteristics of HANARO and it is capable of simulating well the thermal-hydraulic behavior. In conclusion, it can be stated that this modified code provides a suitable analytical tool for the thermal-hydraulic accident analyses of HANARO

  10. Validation of the thermal-hydraulic system code ATHLET based on selected pressure drop and void fraction BFBT tests

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    Highlights: • Simulation of BFBT-BWR steady-state and transient tests with ATHLET. • Validation of thermal-hydraulic models based on pressure drops and void fraction measurements. • TRACE system code is used for the comparative study. • Predictions result in a good agreement with the experiments. • Discrepancies are smaller or comparable with respect to the measurements uncertainty. - Abstract: Validation and qualification of thermal-hydraulic system codes based on separate effect tests are essential for the reliability of numerical tools when applied to nuclear power plant analyses. To this purpose, the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology (INR) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is involved in various validation and qualification activities of different CFD, sub-channel and system codes. In this paper, the capabilities of the thermal-hydraulic code ATHLET are assessed based on the experimental results provided within the NUPEC BFBT benchmark related to key Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) phenomena. Void fraction and pressure drops measurements in the BFBT bundle performed under steady-state and transient conditions which are representative for e.g. turbine trip and recirculation pump trip events, are compared with the numerical results of ATHLET. The comparison of code predictions with the BFBT data has shown good agreement given the experimental uncertainty and the results are consistent with the trends obtained with similar thermal-hydraulic codes

  11. Derivation of a stable coupling scheme for Monte Carlo burnup calculations with the thermal-hydraulic feedback

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    Dufek, Jan; Anglart, Henryk

    2013-01-01

    Numerically stable Monte Carlo burnup calculations of nuclear fuel cycles are now possible with the previously derived Stochastic Implicit Euler method based coupling scheme. In this paper, we show that this scheme can be easily extended to include the thermal-hydraulic feedback during the Monte Carlo burnup simulations, while preserving its unconditional stability property. At each time step, the implicit solution (for the end-of-step neutron flux, fuel nuclide densities and thermal-hydrauli...

  12. The Numerical Nuclear Reactor for High-Fidelity Integrated Simulation of Neutronic, Thermal-Hydraulic, and Thermo-Mechanical Phenomena

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    Kim, K. S.; Ju, H. G.; Jeon, T. H. and others

    2005-03-15

    A comprehensive high fidelity reactor core modeling capability has been developed for detailed analysis of current and advanced reactor designs as part of a US-ROK collaborative I-NERI project. High fidelity was accomplished by integrating highly refined solution modules for the coupled neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and thermo-mechanical phenomena. Each solution module employs methods and models that are formulated faithfully to the first-principles governing the physics, real geometry, and constituents. Specifically, the critical analysis elements that are incorporated in the coupled code capability are whole-core neutron transport solution, ultra-fine-mesh computational fluid dynamics/heat transfer solution, and finite-element-based thermo-mechanics solution, all obtained with explicit (fuel pin cell level) heterogeneous representations of the components of the core. The vast computational problem resulting from such highly refined modeling is solved on massively parallel computers, and serves as the 'numerical nuclear reactor'. Relaxation of modeling parameters were also pursued to make problems run on clusters of workstations and PCs for smaller scale applications as well.

  13. The Numerical Nuclear Reactor for High-Fidelity Integrated Simulation of Neutronic, Thermal-Hydraulic, and Thermo-Mechanical Phenomena

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    A comprehensive high fidelity reactor core modeling capability has been developed for detailed analysis of current and advanced reactor designs as part of a US-ROK collaborative I-NERI project. High fidelity was accomplished by integrating highly refined solution modules for the coupled neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and thermo-mechanical phenomena. Each solution module employs methods and models that are formulated faithfully to the first-principles governing the physics, real geometry, and constituents. Specifically, the critical analysis elements that are incorporated in the coupled code capability are whole-core neutron transport solution, ultra-fine-mesh computational fluid dynamics/heat transfer solution, and finite-element-based thermo-mechanics solution, all obtained with explicit (fuel pin cell level) heterogeneous representations of the components of the core. The vast computational problem resulting from such highly refined modeling is solved on massively parallel computers, and serves as the 'numerical nuclear reactor'. Relaxation of modeling parameters were also pursued to make problems run on clusters of workstations and PCs for smaller scale applications as well

  14. Advanced Treatment Planning in Cancer Thermal Therapies

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    Theodoros SAMARAS; Esra NEUFELD; Niels KUSTER

    2016-01-01

    CEM43 thermal dose is a very common concept in thermal oncology. Thermal dose is the maximum amount of energy that can be transmitted during hyperthermia therapy conducted on temperature-sensitive tissue. Thermal dose is also the maximum value of local energy accumulation in human bodies, which can lead to tissue injury and pain. Thermal dose can also decrease the ifnishing temperature and reduce the energy to the tolerable range. There are two functions of the individualized hyperthermia treatment plan: it determines the setting and location that can realize the best tumor hyperthermia therapy; at the same time, it can decrease the effect of hyperthermia therapy on healthy tissues. There are four steps in the treatment plan of hyperthermia therapy for tumors: the ifrst step is to establish a three dimensional human body model and its corresponding an atomical structure that can be used in numerical algorithmvia medical imaging resources; the second step is to determine the volume of the electromagnetic energy accumulation. Based on the peculiarity of frequency and materials, even full-wave electromagnetic wave or quasi-static technique can be used to determine the tissue distribution. Evaluation of the therapy can be conducted based on thermal dose and the corresponding tissue damage model; the third step is to use Arrhenius model to provide direct evaluation of tissues in the thermal ablation zone, solidiifcation zone, as well as the necrotic area; the last step is the optimization of the treatment plan.

  15. Thermal-hydraulic simulation of mercury target concepts for a pulsed spallation neutron source

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    Siman-Tov, M.; Wendel, M.; Haines, J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-06-01

    The Oak Ridge Spallation Neutron Source (ORSNS) is a high-power, accelerator-based pulsed spallation neutron source being designed by a multi-laboratory team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory to achieve very high fluxes of neutrons for scientific experiments. The ORSNS is projected to have a 1 MW proton beam upgradable to 5 MW. About 60% of the beam power (1-5 MW, 17-83 kJ/pulse in 0.5 microsec at 60 cps) is deposited in the liquid metal (mercury) target having the dimensions of 65x30x10 cm (about 19.5 liter). Peak steady state power density is about 150 and 785 MW/m{sup 3} for 1 MW and 5 MW beam respectively, whereas peak pulsed power density is as high as 5.2 and 26.1 GW/m{sup 3}, respectively. The peak pulse temperature rise rate is 14 million C/s (for 5 MW beam) whereas the total pulse temperature rise is only 7 C. In addition to thermal shock and materials compatibility, key feasibility issues for the target are related to its thermal-hydraulic performance. This includes proper flow distribution, flow reversals, possible {open_quotes}hot spots{close_quotes} and the challenge of mitigating the effects of thermal shock through possible injection of helium bubbles throughout the mercury volume or other concepts. The general computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code CFDS-FLOW3D was used to simulate the thermal and flow distribution in three preliminary concepts of the mercury target. Very initial CFD simulation of He bubbles injection demonstrates some potential for simulating behavior of He bubbles in flowing mercury. Much study and development will be required to be able to `predict`, even in a crude way, such a complex phenomena. Future direction in both design and R&D is outlined.

  16. E-SCAPE: A scale facility for liquid-metal, pool-type reactor thermal hydraulic investigations

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    Van Tichelen, Katrien, E-mail: kvtichel@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Mirelli, Fabio, E-mail: fmirelli@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Greco, Matteo, E-mail: mgreco@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Viviani, Giorgia, E-mail: giorgiaviviani@gmail.com [University of Pisa, Lungarno Pacinotti 43, 56126 Pisa (Italy)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • The E-SCAPE facility is a thermal hydraulic scale model of the MYRRHA fast reactor. • The focus is on mixing and stratification in liquid-metal pool-type reactors. • Forced convection, natural convection and the transition are investigated. • Extensive instrumentation allows validation of computational models. • System thermal hydraulic and CFD models have been used for facility design. - Abstract: MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications) is a flexible fast-spectrum research reactor under design at SCK·CEN. MYRRHA is a pool-type reactor with lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) as primary coolant. The proper understanding of the thermal hydraulic phenomena occurring in the reactor pool is an important issue in the design and licensing of the MYRRHA system and liquid-metal cooled reactors by extension. Model experiments are necessary for understanding the physics, for validating experimental tools and to qualify the design for the licensing. The E-SCAPE (European SCAled Pool Experiment) facility at SCK·CEN is a thermal hydraulic 1/6-scale model of the MYRRHA reactor, with an electrical core simulator, cooled by LBE. It provides experimental feedback to the designers on the forced and natural circulation flow patterns. Moreover, it enables to validate the computational methods for their use with LBE. The paper will elaborate on the design of the E-SCAPE facility and its main parameters. Also the experimental matrix and the pre-test analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and system thermal hydraulics codes will be described.

  17. Advanced Thermal Simulator Testing: Thermal Analysis and Test Results

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    Bragg-Sitton, Shannon M.; Dickens, Ricky; Dixon, David; Reid, Robert; Adams, Mike; Davis, Joe

    2008-01-01

    Work at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center seeks to develop high fidelity, electrically heated thermal simulators that represent fuel elements in a nuclear reactor design to support non-nuclear testing applicable to the development of a space nuclear power or propulsion system. Comparison between the fuel pins and thermal simulators is made at the outer fuel clad surface, which corresponds to the outer sheath surface in the thermal simulator. The thermal simulators that are currently being tested correspond to a SNAP derivative reactor design that could be applied for Lunar surface power. These simulators are designed to meet the geometric and power requirements of a proposed surface power reactor design, accommodate testing of various axial power profiles, and incorporate imbedded instrumentation. This paper reports the results of thermal simulator analysis and testing in a bare element configuration, which does not incorporate active heat removal, and testing in a water-cooled calorimeter designed to mimic the heat removal that would be experienced in a reactor core.

  18. Integral Circulation Experiment: Thermal-hydraulic simulator of a heavy liquid metal reactor

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    Tarantino, M.; Agostini, P.; Benamati, G.; Coccoluto, G.; Gaggini, P.; Labanti, V.; Venturi, G.; Class, A.; Liftin, K.; Forgione, N.; Moreau, V.

    2011-08-01

    In the frame of the IP-EUROTRANS (6th Framework Program EU), domain DEMETRA, ENEA was involved in the Work Package 4.5 " Large Scale Integral Test", devoted to characterize a relevant portion of a sub-critical ADS reactor block (core, internals, heat exchanger, cladding for fuel elements) in steady state, transient and accidental conditions. More in details ENEA assumed the commitment to perform an integral experiment aiming to reproduce the primary flow path of the " European Transmutation Demonstrator (ETD)" pool-type nuclear reactor, cooled by Lead Bismuth Eutectics (LBE). This experimental activity, called " Integral Circulation Experiment (ICE)", has been implemented merging the efforts of several research institutes, among which, besides ENEA, FZK, CRS4 and University of Pisa, allowing to design an appropriate test section to be installed in the CIRCE facility. The goal of the experiments is therefore to demonstrate the technological feasibility of a heavy liquid metal (HLM) nuclear system pool-type in a relevant scale (1 MW), investigating the related thermal-hydraulic behaviour (heat source and heat exchanger coupling, primary system and downcomer coupling, gas trapping into the main stream, thermal stratification in the pool, forced and mixed convection in rod bundle) under both steady state and transient conditions. Moreover the preliminary as well as the planned experiments aims to address performance and reliability tests of some prototypical components, such as heat source, heat exchanger, chemistry control system. The paper reports a detailed description of the experiment, the design performed for the test section and its main components as well as the preliminary experimental results carried out in the first experimental campaign run on the CIRCE pool, which consists of a full power steady state test. The preliminary experimental results carried out have demonstrate the proper design of the test section trough the experiment goals as well as the HLM

  19. Thermal Hydraulic Performance in a Solar Air Heater Channel with Multi V-Type Perforated Baffles

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    Anil Kumar

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This article presents heat transfer and fluid flow characteristics in a solar air heater (SAH channel with multi V-type perforated baffles. The flow passage has an aspect ratio of 10. The relative baffle height, relative pitch, relative baffle hole position, flow attack angle, and baffle open area ratio are 0.6, 8.0, 0.42, 60°, and 12%, respectively. The Reynolds numbers considered in the study was in the range of 3000–10,000. The re-normalization group (RNG k-ε turbulence model has been used for numerical analysis, and the optimum relative baffle width has been investigated considering relative baffle widths of 1.0–7.0.The numerical results are in good agreement with the experimental data for the range considered in the study. Multi V-type perforated baffles are shown to have better thermal performance as compared to other baffle shapes in a rectangular passage. The overall thermal hydraulic performance shows the maximum value at the relative baffle width of 5.0.

  20. The relevance of thermal hydraulics pipeline simulation as a regulatory support tool

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    Silva, Patricia Mannarino; Santos, Almir Beserra dos [Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Gas Natural e Biocombustiveis (ANP), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    The capacity definition of a pipeline, along with its allocation, is very relevant to assure market transparency, nondiscriminatory access, security of supply, and also to give consistent signs for expansion needs. Nevertheless, the capacity definition is a controversial issue, and may widely vary depending on the technical and commercial assumptions made. To calculate a pipeline's nominal capacity, there are a variety of simulation tools, which include steady state, transient and on-line computer programs. It is desirable that the simulation tool is robust enough to predict the pipeline's capacity under different conditions. There are many variables that impact the flow through a pipeline, like gas characteristics, pipe and environmental variables. Designing a thermal model is a time-consuming task that requests understanding the level of detail need, in order to achieve success in its application. This article discusses the capacity definition, its role and calculation guidelines, describes ANP's experience with capacity calculation and further challenges according to the new regulation, and debates the role of thermal hydraulic simulation as a regulatory tool. (author)

  1. Study of thermal hydraulic behavior of supercritical water flowing through fuel rod bundles

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    Investigations on thermal-hydraulic behavior in Supercritical Water Reactor (SCWR) fuel assembly have obtained a significant attention in the international SCWR community because of its potential to obtain high thermal efficiency and compact design. Present work deals with CFD analysis to study the flow and heat transfer behavior of supercritical water in 4 metre long 7-pin fuel bundle using commercial CFD package ANSYS CFX for single phase steady state conditions. Considering the symmetric conditions, 1/12th part of the fuel rod bundle is taken as a domain of analysis. RNG K-epsilon model with scalable wall functions is used for modeling the turbulence behavior. Constant heat flux boundary condition is applied at the fuel rod surface. IAPWS equations of state are used to compute thermo-physical properties of supercritical water. Sharp variations in its thermo-physical properties (specific heat, density) are observed near the pseudo-critical temperature causing sharp change in heat transfer coefficient. The pseudo-critical point initially appears in the gaps among heated fuel rods, and then spreads radially outward reaching the adiabatic wall as the flow goes downstream. The enthalpy gain in the centre of the channel is much higher than that in the wall region. Non-uniformity in the circumferential distribution of surface temperature and heat transfer coefficient is observed which is in agreement with published literature. Heat transfer coefficient is high on the rod surface near the tight region and decreases as the distance between rod surfaces increases. (author)

  2. An anisotropic numerical model for thermal hydraulic analyses: application to liquid metal flow in fuel assemblies

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    Vitillo, F.; Vitale Di Maio, D.; Galati, C.; Caruso, G.

    2015-11-01

    A CFD analysis has been carried out to study the thermal-hydraulic behavior of liquid metal coolant in a fuel assembly of triangular lattice. In order to obtain fast and accurate results, the isotropic two-equation RANS approach is often used in nuclear engineering applications. A different approach is provided by Non-Linear Eddy Viscosity Models (NLEVM), which try to take into account anisotropic effects by a nonlinear formulation of the Reynolds stress tensor. This approach is very promising, as it results in a very good numerical behavior and in a potentially better fluid flow description than classical isotropic models. An Anisotropic Shear Stress Transport (ASST) model, implemented into a commercial software, has been applied in previous studies, showing very trustful results for a large variety of flows and applications. In the paper, the ASST model has been used to perform an analysis of the fluid flow inside the fuel assembly of the ALFRED lead cooled fast reactor. Then, a comparison between the results of wall-resolved conjugated heat transfer computations and the results of a decoupled analysis using a suitable thermal wall-function previously implemented into the solver has been performed and presented.

  3. Integral and Separate Effects Tests for Thermal Hydraulics Code Validation for Liquid-Salt Cooled Nuclear Reactors

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    Peterson, Per

    2012-10-30

    The objective of the 3-year project was to collect integral effects test (IET) data to validate the RELAP5-3D code and other thermal hydraulics codes for use in predicting the transient thermal hydraulics response of liquid salt cooled reactor systems, including integral transient response for forced and natural circulation operation. The reference system for the project is a modular, 900-MWth Pebble Bed Advanced High Temperature Reactor (PB-AHTR), a specific type of Fluoride salt-cooled High temperature Reactor (FHR). Two experimental facilities were developed for thermal-hydraulic integral effects tests (IETs) and separate effects tests (SETs). The facilities use simulant fluids for the liquid fluoride salts, with very little distortion to the heat transfer and fluid dynamics behavior. The CIET Test Bay facility was designed, built, and operated. IET data for steady state and transient natural circulation was collected. SET data for convective heat transfer in pebble beds and straight channel geometries was collected. The facility continues to be operational and will be used for future experiments, and for component development. The CIET 2 facility is larger in scope, and its construction and operation has a longer timeline than the duration of this grant. The design for the CIET 2 facility has drawn heavily on the experience and data collected on the CIET Test Bay, and it was completed in parallel with operation of the CIET Test Bay. CIET 2 will demonstrate start-up and shut-down transients and control logic, in addition to LOFC and LOHS transients, and buoyant shut down rod operation during transients. Design of the CIET 2 Facility is complete, and engineering drawings have been submitted to an external vendor for outsourced quality controlled construction. CIET 2 construction and operation continue under another NEUP grant. IET data from both CIET facilities is to be used for validation of system codes used for FHR modeling, such as RELAP5-3D. A set of

  4. Thermal-hydraulic experiment and analysis for interim dry storage of spent nuclear fuel

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    The experimental and numerical studies of interim storages for nuclear spent fuels have been performed to investigate thermal-hydraulic characteristics of the dry storage systems and to propose new methodologies for the analysis and the design. Three separate researches have been performed in the present study: (a) Development of a scaling methodology and thermal-hydraulic experiment of a single spent fuel assembly simulating a dry storage cask: (b) Full-scope simulation of a dry storage cask by the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code: (c) Thermal-hydraulic design of a tunnel-type interim storage facility. In the first study, a scaling methodology has been developed to design a scaled-down canister. The scaling was performed in two steps. For the first step, the height of a spent fuel assembly was reduced from full height to half height. In order to consider the effect of height reduction on the natural convection, the scaling law of Ishii and Kataoka (1984) was employed. For the second step, the quantity of spent fuel assemblies was reduced from multiple assemblies to a single assembly. The scaling methodology was validated through the comparison with the experiment of the TN24P cask. The Peak Cladding Temperature (PCT), temperature gradients, and the axial and radial temperature distribution in the nondimensional forms were in good agreement with the experimental data. Based on the developed methodology, we have performed a single assembly experiment which was designed to simulate the full scale of the TN24P cask. The experimental data was compared with the CFD calculations. It turns out that their PCTs were less than the maximum allowable temperature for the fuel cladding and that the differences of their PCTs were agreed within 3 .deg. C, which was less than measurement uncertainty. In the second study, the full-scope simulations of the TN24P cask were performed by FLUENT. In order to investigate the sensitivity of the numerical and physical

  5. Validation methodology for the evaluation of thermal-hydraulic sub-channel codes devoted to LOCA simulations

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    Seiler, N.; Ruyer, P.; Biton, B., E-mail: nathalie.seiler@irsn.fr, E-mail: pierre.ruyer@irsn.fr [IRSN/DPAM/SEMCA/LEMAR, CE Cadarache, Saint Paul lez Durance (France)

    2011-07-01

    This study focuses on thermal-hydraulic simulations, at sub-channel scale, of a damaged PWR reactor core during a Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA). The aim of this study is to accurately simulate the thermal-hydraulics to provide the thermal-mechanical code DRACCAR with an accurate wall heat transfer law. This latter code is developed by the French Safety Institute “Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire” (IRSN) to evaluate the thermics and deformations of fuel assemblies within the core. The present paper first describes the methodology considered to evaluate the capabilities of existing codes CATHARE-3 and CESAR to simulate dispersed droplet flows at a sub-channel scale and then provides some first evaluations of them. (author)

  6. Validation methodology for the evaluation of thermal-hydraulic sub-channel codes devoted to LOCA simulations

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    This study focuses on thermal-hydraulic simulations, at sub-channel scale, of a damaged PWR reactor core during a Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA). The aim of this study is to accurately simulate the thermal-hydraulics to provide the thermal-mechanical code DRACCAR with an accurate wall heat transfer law. This latter code is developed by the French Safety Institute “Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire” (IRSN) to evaluate the thermics and deformations of fuel assemblies within the core. The present paper first describes the methodology considered to evaluate the capabilities of existing codes CATHARE-3 and CESAR to simulate dispersed droplet flows at a sub-channel scale and then provides some first evaluations of them. (author)

  7. CATHARE-3: A new system code for thermal-hydraulics in the context of the NEPTUNE project

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    Emonot, P., E-mail: philippe.emonot@cea.fr [CEA DEN/DER/SSTH, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Souyri, A., E-mail: annick.souyri@edf.fr [EDF R and D/MFEE, 6 Quai Watier, 78401 Chatou Cedex (France); Gandrille, J.L., E-mail: jeanluc.gandrille@areva.com [AREVA-NP, Tour Areva, 92084 Paris La Defense Cedex (France); Barre, F., E-mail: francois.barre@irsn.fr [IRSN DPAM, BP 3, 13115 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance Cedex (France)

    2011-11-15

    After a thorough analysis of the industrial needs and of the limitations of current simulation tools, EDF and CEA (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique) launched the NEPTUNE Project in 2001 (see) with the support of AREVA-NP and IRSN. The NEPTUNE activities include software development, research in physical modeling and numerical methods, development of advanced instrumentation techniques and new experimental programs. Four different simulation scales were addressed including DNS (Direct Numerical Simulation), CFD in open medium (Computational Fluid Dynamics), component (subchannel-type analysis) and system (reactor modeling) scales. In 2006 CEA, EDF, AREVA-NP and IRSN defined the strategy for the system scale of NEPTUNE and the CATHARE-3 development was launched. The main objectives are: Bullet advanced physical modeling of two-phases flows, mainly by using multi-field and turbulence models, Bullet improved 3D modeling by the use of fine and non conforming structured meshes, Bullet generalized coupling capabilities with other thermal-hydraulic scales and with other disciplines (core physics, structural mechanics, Horizontal-Ellipsis), Bullet extension of the applicability to new Gen IV reactors (Sodium Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors, Gas Cooled Reactors, Supercritical Light Water Reactors), Bullet a true object-oriented code architecture. At the same time CATHARE-3 is in continuity with the CATHARE-2 code which is the current industrial version of CATHARE and internationally used for nuclear power plant safety analysis, in simulators and in coupled simulation tools. The road map of these two codes will allow a smooth transition from CATHARE-2 to CATHARE-3 for all users. This paper gives an overview of the choices made for the development of CATHARE-3 including new physical models, validation strategy and experimental programs, numerical improvements, enhanced coupling capability and software architecture evolution. The current status of the project as well as the

  8. Advanced Fuel Cell System Thermal Management for NASA Exploration Missions

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    Burke, Kenneth A.

    2009-01-01

    The NASA Glenn Research Center is developing advanced passive thermal management technology to reduce the mass and improve the reliability of space fuel cell systems for the NASA exploration program. An analysis of a state-of-the-art fuel cell cooling systems was done to benchmark the portion of a fuel cell system s mass that is dedicated to thermal management. Additional analysis was done to determine the key performance targets of the advanced passive thermal management technology that would substantially reduce fuel cell system mass.

  9. Comprehensive thermal hydraulics research of the very high temperature gas cooled reactor

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    The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy, is conducting research on the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design concept for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. The reactor design will be a graphite moderated, thermal neutron spectrum reactor that will produce electricity and hydrogen in a highly efficient manner. The NGNP reactor core will be either a prismatic graphite block type core or a pebble bed core. The NGNP will use very high-burnup, low-enriched uranium, TRISO-coated fuel, and have a projected plant design service life of 60 years. The VHTR concept is considered to be the nearest-term reactor design that has the capability to efficiently produce hydrogen. The plant size, reactor thermal power, and core configuration will ensure passive decay heat removal without fuel damage or radioactive material releases during reactor core-accidents. The objectives of the NGNP Project are to: Demonstrate a full-scale prototype VHTR that is commercially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Demonstrate safe and economical nuclear-assisted production of hydrogen and electricity. The DOE laboratories, led by the INL, perform research and development (R and D) that will be critical to the success of the NGNP, primarily in the areas of: high temperature gas reactor fuels behaviour, high temperature materials qualification, design methods development and validation, hydrogen production technologies energy conversion. This paper presents current R and D work that addresses fundamental thermal hydraulics issues that are relevant to a variety of possible NGNP designs.

  10. Thermal-hydraulic modeling of the Pennsylvania State University Breazeale Nuclear Reactor (PSBR)

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    Chang, Jong E.

    2005-11-01

    Earlier experiments determined that the Pennsylvania State University Breazeale Nuclear Reactor (PSBR) core is cooled, not by an axial flow, but rather by a strong cross flow due to the thermal expansion of the coolant. To further complicate the flow field, a nitrogen-16 (N-16) pump was installed above the PSBR core to mix the exiting core buoyant thermal plume in order to delay the rapid release of radioactive N-16 to the PSBR pool surface. Thus, the interaction between the N-16 jet flow and the buoyancy driven flow complicates the analysis of the flow distribution in the PSBR pool. The main objectives of this study is to model the thermal-hydraulic behavior of the PSBR core and pool. During this study four major things were performed including the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model for the PSBR pool, the stand-alone fuel rod model for a PSBR fuel rod, the velocity measurements in and around the PSBR core, and the temperature measurements in the PSBR pool. Once the flow field was predicted by the CFD model, the measurement devices were manufactured and calibrated based on the CFD results. The major contribution of this study is to understand and to explain the flow behavior in the PSBR subchannels and pool using the FLOW3D model. The stand-alone dynamic fuel rod model was developed to determine the temperature distribution inside a PSBR fuel rod. The stand-alone fuel rod model was coupled to the FLOW3D model and used to predict the temperature behavior during steady-state and pulsing. The heat transfer models in the stand-alone fuel rod code are used in order to overcome the disadvantage of the CFD code, which does not calculate the mechanical stress, the gap conductance, and the two phase heat transfer. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  11. CFD analysis of thermal-hydraulic behavior of supercritical water in sub-channels

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    Investigations on the thermal-hydraulic behavior in the supercritical water-cooled reactor (SCWR) fuel assembly have obtained a significant attention in the international SCWR community. However, there is still a lack of understanding and ability to predict the heat transfer behavior of supercritical fluids. In this paper, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis is carried out to study the thermal-hydraulic behavior of supercritical water flows in sub-channels of a typical SCWR fuel assembly using commercial CFD code CFX-5.6. Three types of sub-channels, e.g. regular sub-channel, wall sub-channel and corner sub-channel, are analyzed. Effects of various parameters, such as boundary conditions and pitch-to-diameter ratios, on the mixing phenomenon in sub-channels and heat transfer are investigated. The turbulent mixing in tight lattice (P/D = 1.1) is lower than that in wide lattice (P/D > 1.1), whereas, the effect of pitch-to-diameter ratio on the turbulent mixing is slight at P/D > 1.1. The amplitude of turbulent mixing in wall sub-channel is slightly higher than that in regular sub-channel and is close to that in corner sub-channel. The mixing coefficient in the sub-channel at P/D ≥ 1.2 is in the range from 0.022 to 0.028. The results also show unusual behavior of turbulent mixing in the vicinity of the pseudo-critical point, and further investigation is needed. The mass mixing due to cross flow in wall sub-channel is much stronger than that in regular sub-channel at a same pitch-to-diameter ratio. The mass mixing in wall and regular sub-channels, especially at small pitch-to-diameter ratio, brings an unfavorable feedback to the heat transfer and strengthens the non-uniformity of the circumferential distribution of heat transfer. The strong mass mixing in corner sub-channel should be paid attention.

  12. Validation of coupled neutronic / thermal-hydraulic codes for VVER reactors. Final report

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    Mittag, S.; Grundmann, U.; Kliem, S.; Kozmenkov, Y.; Rindelhardt, U.; Rohde, U.; Weiss, F.-P.; Langenbuch, S.; Krzykacz-Hausmann, B.; Schmidt, K.-D.; Vanttola, T.; Haemaelaeinen, A.; Kaloinen, E.; Kereszturi, A.; Hegyi, G.; Panka, I.; Hadek, J.; Strmensky, C.; Darilek, P.; Petkov, P.; Stefanova, S.; Kuchin, A.; Khalimonchuk, V.; Hlbocky, P.; Sico, D.; Danilin, S.; Ionov, V.; Nikonov, S.; Powney, D.

    2004-08-01

    In recent years, the simulation methods for the safety analysis of nuclear power plants have been continuously improved to perform realistic calculations. Therefore in VALCO work package 2 (WP 2), the usual application of coupled neutron-kinetic / thermal-hydraulic codes to VVER has been supplemented by systematic uncertainty and sensitivity analyses. A comprehensive uncertainty analysis has been carried out. The GRS uncertainty and sensitivity method based on the statistical code package SUSA was applied to the two transients studied earlier in SRR-1/95: A load drop of one turbo-generator in Loviisa-1 (VVER-440), and a switch-off of one feed water pump in Balakovo-4 (VVER-1000). The main steps of these analyses and the results obtained by applying different coupled code systems (SMABRE - HEXTRAN, ATHLET - DYN3D, ATHLET - KIKO3D, ATHLET - BIPR-8) are described in this report. The application of this method is only based on variations of input parameter values. No internal code adjustments are needed. An essential result of the analysis using the GRS SUSA methodology is the identification of the input parameters, such as the secondary-circuit pressure, the control-assembly position (as a function of time), and the control-assembly efficiency, that most sensitively affect safety-relevant output parameters, like reactor power, coolant heat-up, and primary pressure. Uncertainty bands for these output parameters have been derived. The variation of potentially uncertain input parameter values as a consequence of uncertain knowledge can activate system actions causing quite different transient evolutions. This gives indications about possible plant conditions that might be reached from the initiating event assuming only small disturbances. In this way, the uncertainty and sensitivity analysis reveals the spectrum of possible transient evolutions. Deviations of SRR-1/95 coupled code calculations from measurements also led to the objective to separate neutron kinetics from

  13. Hydraulic characterization of aquifers by thermal response testing: Validation by large-scale tank and field experiments

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    Wagner, Valentin; Bayer, Peter; Bisch, Gerhard; Kübert, Markus; Blum, Philipp

    2014-01-01

    Thermal response tests (TRTs) are a common field method in shallow geothermics to estimate thermal properties of the ground. During the test, a constantly heated fluid is circulated in closed tubes within a vertical borehole heat exchanger (BHE). The observed temperature development of the fluid is characteristic for the thermal properties of the ground and the BHE. We show that, when the BHE is installed in an aquifer with significant horizontal groundwater flow, this test can also be used for hydrogeological characterization of the penetrated subsurface. An evaluation method based on the moving line source equation and considering the natural occurring variability of the thermal transport parameters is presented. It is validated by application to a well-controlled, large-scale tank experiment with 9 m length, 6 m width, and 4.5 m depth, and by data interpretation from a field-scale test. The tank experiment imitates an advection-influenced TRT in a well-known layered aquifer. The field experiment was recorded with a 100 m deep BHE, installed in a gravel aquifer in southwest Germany. The evaluations of both experiments result in similar hydraulic conductivity ranges as determined by standard hydraulic investigation methods such as pumping tests and sieve analyses. Thus, advection-influenced TRTs could also potentially be used to determine integral hydraulic conductivity of the subsurface.

  14. An investigation of thermal-hydraulics behavior of MONJU reactor upper plenum under 40%-rated steady state

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    Japanese prototype sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor, MONJU, has some areas in which thermal hydraulic behavior is complicated. One of the areas is the reactor upper plenum. Thermal-hydraulics analyses of the reactor upper plenum had been performed in IAEA/Monju-CRP from 2008 to 2012. In this study we re-evaluated the thermal-hydraulics by changing inlet boundary condition (subassembly outlets), turbulent models, mesh partitioning and numerical scheme. The method of re-evaluation was following: first, we analyzed flow rate of each subassembly using total flow rate measured under the plant operation. Then we calculated the temperature at the outlet by the inlet temperature of the reactor vessel and thermal power of each subassembly. We used STAR-CCM+, a commercial CFD code. The mesh number was approximately 27 million. The mesh partitioning was precise enough to model the geometry except the honey comb structure, which was modeled as a porous media. The surfaces of the structures except the inner barrel were modeled as adiabatic walls. The turbulent model was realizable k-ε model. We compared the calculated temperature distribution on the thermocouple plug with the measured data. These temperature distributions agreed well with each other. We also compared the calculated temperature on fingers, which are placed over each of the subassembly outlets, with the measured data. The temperature of the analysis result had good agreement with the measured data. From these results we concluded that mesh partitioning and a numerical scheme did not affect largely to the thermal-hydraulics, and also concluded that the most important factor affected to the temperature distribution on the TC plug was the inlet condition. (author)

  15. Importance and necessity of a joint thermal-physics and thermal-hydraulics data library foundation based on experiments with WWER type reactors

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    At a meeting of CMEA countries experts on WWER type reactor thermal physics in 1980 it was decided to foundate in GDR a joint thermal-physics and thermal-hydraulics data library based upon experiments with CMEA countries NPPs. The stored documents will contain large amount of data on the performed experiments including all the parameters necessary for further calculations, curves of parameter variations with noted measurement accuracy and oth (a detailed parameter list is given). The library structure will be designed in accordance with the following experiment types: natural circulation experiments; power load cut-off experiments; reactor shut-down experiments and oth

  16. Atucha II NPP full scope simulator modelling with the thermal hydraulic code TRACRT

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    In February 2010 NA-SA (Nucleoelectrica Argentina S.A.) awarded Tecnatom the Atucha II full scope simulator project. NA-SA is a public company owner of the Argentinean nuclear power plants. Atucha II is due to enter in operation shortly. Atucha II NPP is a PHWR type plant cooled by the water of the Parana River and has the same design as the Atucha I unit, doubling its power capacity. Atucha II will produce 745 MWe utilizing heavy water as coolant and moderator, and natural uranium as fuel. A plant singular feature is the permanent core refueling. TRACRT is the first real time thermal hydraulic six-equations code used in the training simulation industry for NSSS modeling. It is the result from adapting to real time the best estimate code TRACG. TRACRT is based on first principle conservation equations for mass, energy and momentum for liquid and steam phases, with two phase flows under non homogeneous and non equilibrium conditions. At present, it has been successfully implemented in twelve full scope replica simulators in different training centers throughout the world. To ease the modeling task, TRACRT includes a graphical pre-processing tool designed to optimize this process and alleviate the burden of entering alpha numerical data in an input file. (author)

  17. Thermal hydraulic investigations and optimization on the EVC system of a PWR by CFD simulation

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    Xi, Mengmeng [Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 710049 Xi’an (China); Zhang, Dalin, E-mail: dlzhang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 710049 Xi’an (China); Tang, Mao [China Nuclear Power Design Engineering Co., Ltd., 518124 Shenzhen (China); Wang, Chenglong; Zheng, Meiyin; Qiu, Suizheng [Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 710049 Xi’an (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • This study constructs a full CFD model for the EVC system of a PWR. • The complex fluid and solid coupling is treated in the computation. • Primary characteristics of the velocity, pressure and temperature distributions in the EVC system are investigated. • The optimization of the EVC system with different inlet boundaries are performed. - Abstract: In order to optimize the design of Reactor Pit Ventilation (EVC) system in a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), it is necessary to study the characteristics of the velocity, pressure and temperature fields in the EVC system. A full computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for the EVC system is constructed by a commercial CFD code, where the complex fluid and solid coupling is treated. The Shear Stress Transport (SST) model is adopted to perform the turbulence calculation. This paper numerically investigates the characteristics of the velocity, pressure and temperature distributions in the EVC system. In particular, the effects of inlet air parameters on the thermal hydraulic characteristics and the reactor pit structure are also discussed for the EVC system optimization. Simulations are carried out with different mesh sizes and boundary conditions for sensitivity analysis. The computational results are important references to optimize the design and verify the rationality of the EVC system.

  18. Thermal hydraulic issues of containment filtered venting system for a long operating time

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    Na, Young Su; Ha, Kwang Soon; Park, Rae Joon; Park, Jong Hwa [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Song Won [Nuclear Safety Evaluation, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    This study investigated the thermal hydraulic issues in the Containment Filtered Venting System (CFVS) for a long operating time using the MELCOR computer code. The modeling of the CFVS, including the models for pool scrubbing and the filter, was added to the input file for the OPR-1000, and a Station Blackout (SBO) was chosen as an accident scenario. Although depressurization in the containment building as a primary objective of the CFVS was successful, the decontamination feature by scrubbing and filtering in the CFVS for a long operating time could fail by the continuous evaporation of the scrubbing solution. After the operation of the CFVS, the atmosphere temperature in the CFVS became slightly above the water saturation temperature owing to the release of an amount of steam with high temperature from the containment building to the scrubbing solution. Reduced pipe diameters at the inlet and outlet of the CFVS vessel mitigated the evaporation of scrubbing water by controlling the amount of high-temperature steam and the water saturation temperature.

  19. COBRA-SFS: A thermal-hydraulic analysis code for spent fuel storage and transportation casks

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    COBRA-SFS is a general thermal-hydraulic analysis computer code for prediction of material temperatures and fluid conditions in a wide variety of systems. The code has been validated for analysis of spent fuel storage systems, as part of the Commercial Spent Fuel Management Program of the US Department of Energy. The code solves finite volume equations representing the conservation equations for mass, moment, and energy for an incompressible single-phase heat transfer fluid. The fluid solution is coupled to a finite volume solution of the conduction equation in the solid structure of the system. This document presents a complete description of Cycle 2 of COBRA-SFS, and consists of three main parts. Part 1 describes the conservation equations, constitutive models, and solution methods used in the code. Part 2 presents the User Manual, with guidance on code applications, and complete input instructions. This part also includes a detailed description of the auxiliary code RADGEN, used to generate grey body view factors required as input for radiative heat transfer modeling in the code. Part 3 describes the code structure, platform dependent coding, and program hierarchy. Installation instructions are also given for the various platform versions of the code that are available

  20. Development of An Automatic Verification Program for Thermal-hydraulic System Codes

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    Lee, J. Y.; Ahn, K. T.; Ko, S. H.; Kim, Y. S.; Kim, D. W. [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Suh, J. S.; Cho, Y. S.; Jeong, J. J. [System Engineering and Technology Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    As a project activity of the capstone design competitive exhibition, supported by the Education Center for Green Industry-friendly Fusion Technology (GIFT), we have developed a computer program which can automatically perform non-regression test, which is needed repeatedly during a developmental process of a thermal-hydraulic system code, such as the SPACE code. A non-regression test (NRT) is an approach to software testing. The purpose of the non-regression testing is to verify whether, after updating a given software application (in this case, the code), previous software functions have not been compromised. The goal is to prevent software regression, whereby adding new features results in software bugs. As the NRT is performed repeatedly, a lot of time and human resources will be needed during the development period of a code. It may cause development period delay. To reduce the cost and the human resources and to prevent wasting time, non-regression tests need to be automatized. As a tool to develop an automatic verification program, we have used Visual Basic for Application (VBA). VBA is an implementation of Microsoft's event-driven programming language Visual Basic 6 and its associated integrated development environment, which are built into most Microsoft Office applications (In this case, Excel)

  1. Development of the thermal-hydraulic performance analysis code for a combined heat exchanger in LMR

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    Kim, Eui Kwang; Kim, Seong O; Sim, Yoon Sub

    2003-12-01

    In the sodium-cooled LMR there is possibility of violent chemical reaction with water, so it is necessary incorporate intermediate heat transport system and sodium-water reaction related system for LMR. Since these equipment are major factors to the increase of construction costs, it is necessary to devise a new design concept which is free from SWR. For this purpose a combined heat exchanger which remove the SWR possibility by double installation of the heat transfer tube bundle was introduced recently. Designing the heat exchanger of a new concept is one of key technology in developing a new reactor. For the thermal-hydraulic design and evaluation of performance characteristics, analysis methods were developed using analytic method and numerical method. For the analytic method fluid properties are treated as uniform and water/steam is assumed as single fluid. In the numerical method homogeneous model was used for the modeling of two phase flow of water/steam side. Both methods assumed the flow is one-dimensional. By applying these analysis methods the heat exchanger was actually designed for each type. The effects of the tube bundle configuration on heat transfer and pressure loss were analyzed using the developed program.

  2. Summary of papers on current and anticipated uses of thermal-hydraulic codes

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    Caruso, R.

    1997-07-01

    The author reviews a range of recent papers which discuss possible uses and future development needs for thermal/hydraulic codes in the nuclear industry. From this review, eight common recommendations are extracted. They are: improve the user interface so that more people can use the code, so that models are easier and less expensive to prepare and maintain, and so that the results are scrutable; design the code so that it can easily be coupled to other codes, such as core physics, containment, fission product behaviour during severe accidents; improve the numerical methods to make the code more robust and especially faster running, particularly for low pressure transients; ensure that future code development includes assessment of code uncertainties as integral part of code verification and validation; provide extensive user guidelines or structure the code so that the `user effect` is minimized; include the capability to model multiple fluids (gas and liquid phase); design the code in a modular fashion so that new models can be added easily; provide the ability to include detailed or simplified component models; build on work previously done with other codes (RETRAN, RELAP, TRAC, CATHARE) and other code validation efforts (CSAU, CSNI SET and IET matrices).

  3. Current and anticipated uses of thermal-hydraulic codes in Spain

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    Pelayo, F.; Reventos, F. [Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, Barcelona (Spain)

    1997-07-01

    Spanish activities in the field of Applied Thermal-Hydraulics are steadily increasing as the codes are becoming practicable enough to efficiently sustain engineering decision in the Nuclear Power industry. Before reaching this point, a lot of effort has been devoted to achieve this goal. This paper briefly describes this process, points at the current applications and draws conclusions on the limitations. Finally it establishes the applications where the use of T-H codes would be worth in the future, this in turn implies further development of the codes to widen the scope of application and improve the general performance. Due to the different uses of the codes, the applications mainly come from the authority, industry, universities and research institutions. The main conclusion derived from this paper establishes that further code development is justified if the following requisites are considered: (1) Safety relevance of scenarios not presently covered is established. (2) A substantial gain in margins or the capability to use realistic assumptions is obtained. (3) A general consensus on the licensability and methodology for application is reached. The role of Regulatory Body is stressed, as the most relevant outcome of the project may be related to the evolution of the licensing frame.

  4. Development of Effective Algorithm for Coupled Thermal-Hydraulics - Neutron-Kinetics Analysis of Reactivity Transient

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    Peltonen, Joanna

    2009-09-15

    Analyses of nuclear reactor safety have increasingly required coupling of full three dimensional neutron kinetics (NK) core models with system transient thermal-hydraulics (TH) codes. To produce results 'within a reasonable' computing time, the coupled codes use different spatial description of the reactor core. The TH code uses few, typically 5 to 20 TH channels, which represent the core. The NK code uses explicit node for each fuel assembly. Therefore, a spatial mapping of coarse grid TH and fine grid NK domain is necessary. However, improper mappings may result in loss of valuable information, thus causing inaccurate prediction of safety parameters. The purpose of this thesis is to study the sensitivity of spatial coupling (channel refinement and spatial mapping) and develop recommendations for NK-TH mapping in simulation of safety transients - Control Rod Drop, Turbine Trip, Feedwater Transient combined with stability performance (minimum pump speed of recirculation pumps). The research methodology consists of spatial coupling convergence study, as increasing number of TH channels and different mapping approach the reference case. The reference case consists of one TH channel per one fuel assembly. The comparison of results has been done under steady-state and transient conditions

  5. ANTHEM2000TM: Integration of the ANTHEM Thermal Hydraulic Model in the ROSETM Environment

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    ROSENTM is an object oriented, visual programming environment used for many applications, including the development of power plant simulators. ROSE provides an integrated suite of tools for the creation, calibration, test, integration, configuration management and documentation of process, electrical and I and C models. CAE recently undertook an ambitious project to integrate its two phase thermal hydraulic model ANTHEMTM into the ROSE environment. ANTHEM is a non equilibrium, non-homogenous model based on the drift flux formalism. CAE has used the model in numerous two phase applications for nuclear and fossil power plant simulators. The integration of ANTHEM into ROSE brings the full power of visual based programming to two phase modeling applications. Features include graphical model building, calibration tools, a superior test environment and process visualisation. In addition the integration of ANTHEM into ROSE makes it possible to easily apply the fidelity of ANTHEM to BOP applications. This paper describes the implementation of the ANTHEM model within the ROSE environment and gives examples of its use. (author)

  6. Development of best estimate auditing code for CANDU thermal-hydraulic safety analysis

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    Chung, Bub Dong; Lee, Won Jae; Hwang, Moon Kyu; Lim, Hong Sik [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)

    2002-04-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop a thermal hydraulic auditing code for the CANDU reactor, modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, i.e. RELAP5/MOD3.The study was performed by reconsideration of the previous code assessment works and phenomena identification for essential accident scenario. Improvement areas of model development for auditing tool were identified based on the code comparison and PIRT results. Nine models have been improved significantly for the analysis of LOCA and Mon LOCA event. Conceptual problem or separate effect assessment have been performed to verify the model improvement. The linking calculation with CONTAIN 2.0 has been also enabled to establish the unified auditing code system. Analysis for the CANDU plant real transient and hypothetical LOCA bas been performed using the improved version. It has been concluded that the developed version can be utilized for the auditing analysis of LOCA and non-LOCA event for the CANDU reactor. 25 refs., 84 figs., 36 tabs. (Author)

  7. Simplified thermal-hydraulic analysis of single phase natural circulation circuit with two heat exchangers

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    Pinheiro, Larissa Cunha; Su, Jian, E-mail: larissa@lasme.coppe.ufrj.br, E-mail: sujian@lasme.coppe.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenhraria Nuclear; Cotta, Renato Machado, E-mail: cotta@mecanica.coppe.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (POLI/COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica

    2015-07-01

    Single phase natural circulation circuits composed of two convective heat exchangers and connecting tubes are important for the passive heat removal from spent fuel pools (SFP). To keep the structural integrity of the stored spent fuel assemblies, continuously cooling has to be provided in order to avoid increase at the pool temperature and subsequent uncovering of the fuel and enhanced reaction between water and metal releasing hydrogen. Decay heat can achieve considerably high amounts of energy e.g. in the AP1000, considering the emergency fuel assemblies, the maximum heat decay will reach 13 MW in the 15th day (Westinghouse Electric Company, 2010). A highly efficient alternative to do so is by means of natural circulation, which is cost-effective compared to active cooling systems and is inherently safer since presents less associated devices and no external work is required. Many researchers have investigated safety and stability aspects of natural circulation loops (NCL). However, there is a lack of literature concerning the improvement of NCL through a standard unified methodology, especially for natural circulation circuits with two heat exchangers. In the present study, a simplified thermal-hydraulic analysis of single phase natural circulation circuit with two heat exchanges is presented. Relevant dimensionless key groups were proposed to for the design and safety analysis of a scaled NCL for the cooling of spent fuel storage pool with convective cooling and heating. (author)

  8. Thermal-hydraulic studies on self actuated shutdown system for Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor

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    The self-actuated shutdown system (SASS), which is selected for Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR), is a passive reactor shutdown system utilizing a Curie point electromagnet (CPEM). With CPEM, an excessive fuel outlet temperature rise is sensed and the control rods are released into the core, and the reactor can be shutdown. Therefore it is important for feasibility of SASS to be established by assuring a quick response of CPEM to the coolant temperature rise. In this paper, a device named 'flow collector', which collects flows discharged from six fuel subassemblies surrounding CPEM backup control rods, has been proposed to ensure a shorter response time. Three-dimensional thermal-hydraulic analysis has been performed to evaluate the response time of CPEM with the flow collector, and it is confirmed that the coolant discharged from the fuel subassemblies flows into CPEM with high velocity and the response time of CPEM can be significantly shortened. Based on this analysis, the safety analysis has been carried out, confirming that the maximum temperatures of core and coolant are lower than those imposed by the safety criteria, and feasibility of SASS is assured. (author)

  9. Stabilized FE simulation of prototype thermal-hydraulics problems with integrated adjoint-based capabilities

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    Shadid, J. N.; Smith, T. M.; Cyr, E. C.; Wildey, T. M.; Pawlowski, R. P.

    2016-09-01

    A critical aspect of applying modern computational solution methods to complex multiphysics systems of relevance to nuclear reactor modeling, is the assessment of the predictive capability of specific proposed mathematical models. In this respect the understanding of numerical error, the sensitivity of the solution to parameters associated with input data, boundary condition uncertainty, and mathematical models is critical. Additionally, the ability to evaluate and or approximate the model efficiently, to allow development of a reasonable level of statistical diagnostics of the mathematical model and the physical system, is of central importance. In this study we report on initial efforts to apply integrated adjoint-based computational analysis and automatic differentiation tools to begin to address these issues. The study is carried out in the context of a Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes approximation to turbulent fluid flow and heat transfer using a particular spatial discretization based on implicit fully-coupled stabilized FE methods. Initial results are presented that show the promise of these computational techniques in the context of nuclear reactor relevant prototype thermal-hydraulics problems.

  10. Theoretical investigation of the thermal hydraulic behaviour of a slab-type liquid metal target

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    Dury, T.V.; Smith, B.L. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (Switzerland)

    1996-06-01

    The thermal hydraulics codes CFDS-FLOW3D and ASTEC have been used to simulate a slabtype design of ESS spallation target. This design is single-skinned, and of tapering form (in the beam direction), with rounded sides in a cross-section through a plane normal to the beam. The coolant fluid used is mercury, under forced circulation, with an inlet temperature of 180{degrees}C. The goal of these computer studies was to understand the behaviour of the coolant flow, and hence to arrive at a design which optimises the heat extraction for a given beam power - in the sense of: (1) minimising the peak local fluid temperature within the target, (2) maintaining an acceptable temperature level and distribution over and through the target outer wall, (3) keeping the overall fluid pressure loss through the complete target to a minimum, (4) staying within the physical limits of overall size required, particularly in the region of primary spallation. Two- and three-dimensional models have been used, with different arrangements and design of internal baffles, and different coolant flow distributions at the target inlet. Nominal total inlet mass flow was 245 kg/s, and a heat deposition profile used which was based on the proton beam energy distribution. This gave a nominal total heat load of 3.23 MW - of which 8.2kW were deposited in the window steel.

  11. Development and validation of the ASTEC-Na thermal-hydraulic models

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    Herranz, L. E.; Perez, S.; Bandini, G.; Jacq, F.; Parisi, C.; Berna, C.

    2014-07-01

    Last years the interest in sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFR) has been fostered worldwide by the search for higher nuclear energy sustainability. This has been reflected in the various international initiatives like GEN-IV International Forum, INPRO or ESNII platforms. At the same time, innovative nuclear reactor designs, particularly SFR, are aiming at even higher safety standards than current LWRs. A proof of it is the consideration of severe accidents since the earliest stages of reactor design. commonalities of LWR and SFR severe accident scenarios suggest that some of the knowledge achieved in the LWR arena might be applicable to some extent to SFRs. This is the spirit underneath of the EU-JASMIN project, which generic goal is developing the ASTEC-Na code from the LWR ASTEC platform. This will entail to t extend and adapt some existing models as well as to implement new ones in all the areas covered, from neutronics and pin thermo-mechanics and pin thermo-mechanics to the in-containment source term behavior by these, going through the indispensable Na thermal-hydraulics. (Author)

  12. Thermal hydraulic analysis of LANL/IPPE/EDO-GP 1 MW LBE target

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    The authors have carried out numerical simulations of the thermal hydraulic behavior of the LANL/IPPE/EDO-GP neutron spallation to be tested in LANSCE beam in year 2,000. The LANL/IPPE/EDO-GP target design, along with energy deposition provided by the Los Alamos meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) accelerator beam, has been analyzed with two commercial computational fluid dynamic (CFD) computer codes at Los Alamos. The LAMPF proton beam deposits energy in the target window diaphragm as well as the liquid metal coolant target. The computer codes were used to determine the maximum temperature in the spallation target diaphragm. The computational results from the two CFD codes are in general agreement and are consistent with the preliminary IPPE analysis. Limited studies were also performed to investigate ways to enhance cooling of the target by directing more flow through the center of the target. The goal of this latter part of the study is to provide guidance for the future design of a spallation target for the ATW project

  13. Experimental and analytical study on thermal hydraulics in reduced-moderation water reactors

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    Akimoto, Hajime; Araya, Fumimasa; Ohnuki, Akira; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kureta, Masatoshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    2000-06-01

    Study and development of reduced-moderation spectrum water reactor proceeds as a option of the future type reactor in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). The reduced-moderation spectrum in which a neutron has higher energy than the conventional water reactors is achieved by decreasing moderator-to-fuel ratio in the lattice core of the reactor. Conversion ratio in the reduced-moderation water reactor can be more than 1.0. High burnup and long term cycle operation of the reactor are expected. A type of heavy water cooled PWR and three types of BWR are discussed as follows; For the PWR, (1) critical heat flux experiments in hexagonal tight lattice core, (2) evaluation of cooling limit at a nominal power operation, and (3) analysis of rewetting cooling behavior at loss of coolant accident following with large scale pipe rupture. For the BWR, analyses of cooling limit at a nominal power operation of, (1) no blanket BWR, (2) long term cycle operation BWR, and (3) high conversion ratio BWR. The experiments and the analyses proved that the basic thermal hydraulic characteristics of these reduced-moderation water reactors satisfy the essential points of the safety requirements. (Suetake, M.)

  14. Thermal-hydraulic studies on the safety of VVER-440 type nuclear power plants

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    The thesis includes several thermal-hydraulic analyses related to the Loviisa VVER-440 nuclear power plant units. The work consists of experimental studies, analysis of the experiments, analysis of some plant transients and development of a calculational model for calculation of boric concentrations in the reactor. In the first part of thesis, in the case of simulation of boric acid solution behaviour during long-term cooling period of LOCAs, experiments were performed in scaled-down test facilities. The experimental data together with the results of RELAP5/MOD3 simulations were used to develop a model for calculations of boric acid concentrations in the reactor during LOCAs. In the second part, in the case of simulation of horizontal generators, experiments were performed with PACTEL integral test loop to simulate loss of feedwater transients. The PACTEL experiments as well as earlier REWETT-III natural circulation tests, were analyzed with RELAP5/MOD3 Version 5m5 code. The third part of the work consists of simulations of Loviisa VVER reactor pump trip transients with RELAP5/MOD1-Eur, RELAP5/MOD3 and CATHARE codes. (56 refs., 9 figs.)

  15. Steady state thermal hydraulic analysis of LMR core using COBRA-K code

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    Kim, Eui Kwang; Kim, Young Gyun; Kim Young In; Kim Young Cheol

    1997-02-01

    A thermal hydraulics analysis code COBRA-K is being developed by the KAERI LMR core design technology development team. COBRA-K is a part of the integrated computation system for LMR core design and analysis, the K-CORE system. COBRA-K is supposed to predict the flow and temperature distributions in LMR core. COBRA-K is an extension of the previously published COBRA-IV-I code with several functional improvements. Specially COBRA-K has been improved to analyze single and multi-assembly, and whole-core in the transient condition. This report describes the overall features of COBRA-K and gives general input descriptions. The 19 pin assembly experimental data of ORNL were used to verify the accuracy of this code for the steady state analysis. The comparative results show good agreements between the calculated and the measured data. And COBRA-K can be used to predict flow and temperature distributions for the LMR core design. (author). 7 refs., 6 tabs., 13 figs.

  16. Incorporating Artificial Neural Networks in the dynamic thermal-hydraulic model of a controlled cryogenic circuit

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    Carli, S.; Bonifetto, R.; Savoldi, L.; Zanino, R.

    2015-09-01

    A model based on Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) is developed for the heated line portion of a cryogenic circuit, where supercritical helium (SHe) flows and that also includes a cold circulator, valves, pipes/cryolines and heat exchangers between the main loop and a saturated liquid helium (LHe) bath. The heated line mimics the heat load coming from the superconducting magnets to their cryogenic cooling circuits during the operation of a tokamak fusion reactor. An ANN is trained, using the output from simulations of the circuit performed with the 4C thermal-hydraulic (TH) code, to reproduce the dynamic behavior of the heated line, including for the first time also scenarios where different types of controls act on the circuit. The ANN is then implemented in the 4C circuit model as a new component, which substitutes the original 4C heated line model. For different operational scenarios and control strategies, a good agreement is shown between the simplified ANN model results and the original 4C results, as well as with experimental data from the HELIOS facility confirming the suitability of this new approach which, extended to an entire magnet systems, can lead to real-time control of the cooling loops and fast assessment of control strategies for heat load smoothing to the cryoplant.

  17. Final report of the 'Nordic thermal-hydraulic and safety network (NOTNET)' - Project

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    A Nordic network for thermal-hydraulics and nuclear safety research was started. The idea of the network is to combine the resources of different research teams in order to carry out more ambitious and extensive research programs than would be possible for the individual teams. From the very beginning, the end users of the research results have been integrated to the network. Aim of the network is to benefit the partners involved in nuclear energy in the Nordic Countries (power companies, reactor vendors, safety regulators, research units). First task within the project was to describe the resources (personnel, know-how, simulation tools, test facilities) of the various teams. Next step was to discuss with the end users about their research needs. Based on these steps, few most important research topics with defined goals were selected, and coarse road maps were prepared for reaching the targets. These road maps will be used as a starting point for planning the actual research projects in the future. The organisation and work plan for the network were established. National coordinators were appointed, as well as contact persons in each participating organisation, whether research unit or end user. This organisation scheme is valid for the short-term operation of NOTNET when only Nordic organisations take part in the work. Later on, it is possible to enlarge the network e.g. within EC framework programme. The network can now start preparing project proposals and searching funding for the first common research projects. (au)

  18. Status and Perspective of the Pre/Post Processing for Thermal-Hydraulic Code

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    Lee, Sang Yong; Park, Chan Eok; Kim, Eun Ki [Korea Power Engineering Company, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-05-15

    The governing equations for the thermal-hydraulic solver can be obtained through several steps of modeling and approximations from the basic material transport principles. The volume averaging process gives rise to the concept of the volume porosity. Considering the structural complexity of the reactor internal design, one can imagine how much efforts should be put to get the proper porosity data. Personal experience tells that over one man-year of efforts are not enough to develop a reasonable input preparation report for a reactor because of the notorious error-prone tedious calculations. To overcome this problem, any one can imagine that the utilization of a CAD system will be very much helpful. But, some efforts have to be exercised to evaluate the capability of the present day CAD system for this type of application. Even if the evaluation is affirmative, some efforts have to be devoted to develop the necessary procedure for the porosity calculation. In this paper, the CAD system, Pro/Engineer is utilized for this purpose. Detailed review tells that, sole Cad system is not enough but a mesh generator is also necessary. A post-data processor may be combined to further enhance the capability.

  19. CFD analysis of the ITER first wall 06 panel. Part II: Thermal-hydraulics

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    Zanino, R.; Bonifetto, R. [Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino (Italy); Cau, F.; Portone, A. [Fusion for Energy, 08019 Barcelona (Spain); Savoldi Richard, L., E-mail: laura.savoldi@polito.it [Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2014-04-15

    The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of the FW06 panel of the ITER shielding blanket is presented in two companion papers. In this Part II we concentrate on the thermal-hydraulics of the water coolant, driven by the nuclear volumetric and plasma surface heat loads discussed in Part I. Both the detailed steady state analysis of a single cooling channel and the coarse transient analysis of the whole panel are considered. The compatibility of the hot spots with the maximum recommended temperatures for the different materials is confirmed. The heat transfer coefficient between coolant and walls is obtained post-processing the results of the simulation and compared with the results of available correlations, which may be used for simpler analyses: in the fully developed flow regions of the cooling pipes, it turns out to be well approximated by the Sieder–Tate correlation. The operation margin with respect to the critical heat flux is also computed and turns out to be sufficiently large compared with the design limit.

  20. A thermal hydraulic analysis model for catalytic hydrogen recombiners in the containment vessel of a BWR

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    Fujii, Tadashi; Fujimoto, Kiyoshi [Power and Industrial Systems Rand D Division, Hitachi LTD., HItachi Ibaraki (Japan); Yamanari, Shouzou; Yoshinari, Yasuo

    1999-07-01

    Passive catalytic recombiners have been developed as a safety system to lower flammable gases concentrations in a nuclear power plant accident. Passive catalytic recombiners are of very simple construction and free of active components, which hold the promise of better plant economy, maintainability and reliability. In evaluation of the performance of the recombiners, the clarification of the diffusion and mixing behaviors of flammable gases in the primary containment vessel (PCV) is desirable. The diffusion/mixing behaviors of flammable gases are affected by natural circulation flow induced by the exothermic reaction of the recombiner, forced flow due to the PCV spray and interference by the obstacles in the PCV (such as pipings and components). As an analytical tool to deal with thermal hydraulic behaviors for passive catalytic recombiners, the authors have studied applicability of a three-dimensional analysis code. From the viewpoint of analytical capabilities, the authors selected the STAR-CD code. This paper describes the applicability of the code, including verification analysis and preliminary evaluation for a BWR plant. (author)

  1. Numerical simulation of thermal-hydraulic processes in the riser chamber of installation for clinker production

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Clinker burning process has a decisive influence on energy consumption and the cost of cement production. A new problem is to use the process of decarbonization of alternative fuels from waste. These issues are particularly important in the introduction of a two-stage combustion of fuel in a rotary kiln without the typical reactor-decarbonizator. This work presents results of numerical studies on thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the riser chamber, which will be designed to burn fuel in the system where combustion air is supplied separately from the clinker cooler. The mathematical model is based on a combination of two methods of motion description: Euler description for the gas phase and Lagrange description for particles. Heat transfer between particles of raw material and gas was added to the numerical calculations. The main aim of the research was finding the correct fractional distribution of particles. For assumed particle distribution on the first stage of work, authors noted that all particles were carried away by the upper outlet to the preheater tower, what is not corresponding to the results of experimental studies. The obtained results of calculations can be the basis for further optimization of the design and operating conditions in the riser chamber with the implementation of the system.

  2. Numerical simulation of thermal-hydraulic processes in the riser chamber of installation for clinker production

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    Borsuk, Grzegorz; Dobrowolski, Bolesław; Nowosielski, Grzegorz; Wydrych, Jacek; Duda, Jerzy

    2016-03-01

    Clinker burning process has a decisive influence on energy consumption and the cost of cement production. A new problem is to use the process of decarbonization of alternative fuels from waste. These issues are particularly important in the introduction of a two-stage combustion of fuel in a rotary kiln without the typical reactor-decarbonizator. This work presents results of numerical studies on thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the riser chamber, which will be designed to burn fuel in the system where combustion air is supplied separately from the clinker cooler. The mathematical model is based on a combination of two methods of motion description: Euler description for the gas phase and Lagrange description for particles. Heat transfer between particles of raw material and gas was added to the numerical calculations. The main aim of the research was finding the correct fractional distribution of particles. For assumed particle distribution on the first stage of work, authors noted that all particles were carried away by the upper outlet to the preheater tower, what is not corresponding to the results of experimental studies. The obtained results of calculations can be the basis for further optimization of the design and operating conditions in the riser chamber with the implementation of the system.

  3. Thermal hydraulic analysis of reactivity accidents in MTR research reactors using RELAP5

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    El-Sahlamy, N.; Khedr, A. [Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (NRRA), Cairo (Egypt); D' Auria, F.D. [Pisa Univ. (Italy). Facolta di Ingegneria

    2015-12-15

    The present paper comes in the line with the international approach which use the best estimate codes, instead of conservative codes, to get more realistic prediction of system behavior under off-normal reactor conditions. The aim of the current work is to apply this approach using the thermal-hydraulic system code RELAP5/Mod3.3 in a reassessment of safety of the IAEA benchmark 10 MW Research Reactor. The assessment is performed for both slow and fast reactivity insertion transients at initial power of 1.0 W. The reactor power is calculated using the RELA5 point kinetic model. The reactivity feedback terms are considered in two steps. In the first step the feedback from changes in water density and fuel temperature (Doppler effects) are considered. In the second step the feedback from the water temperature changes is added. The results from the first step are compared with that published in IAEA-TECDOC-643 benchmarks. The comparison shows that RELAP5 over predicts the peak power and consequently the fuel, clad and coolant temperatures in case of fast reactivity insertion. The results from the second step show unjustified values for reactor power. Therefore, the model of reactivity feedback from water temperature changes in the RELAP5 code may have to be reviewed.

  4. Parallelization Performance of the Two-Phase Thermal-Hydraulics code, CUPID

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    Lee, Jaeryong; Yoon, Hanyoung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Choi, H. G. [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    The CUPID code has proved to be able to reproduce multi-dimensional thermal hydraulic analysis by validated with various conceptual problems and experimental data. Recently, issues for a long transient calculation are raised which require a speedup of the calculation time. In order to make a best use of the multi-core hardware system, the CUPID code has being parallelized. By performing the verification for the fundamental problem set, the parallelization of the CUPID has been successfully confirmed. In addition, the parallelized CUPID code shows a good sca lability. This code will be applied to calculate practical long transient phenomena. The CUPID code was parallelized with domain decomposition method. The MPI library was adopted to communicate the information at the interface cells. The CSR matrix formulation was applied to shorten the computational time. The parallelized CUPID code was verified against fundamental two-phase problem. Finally, in order to examine the sca lability, a relatively large number of grid systems were applied so that the parallelized CUPID code showed super-sca lability.

  5. Thermal Hydraulics Analysis for the 3MW TRIGA MARK-II Research Reactor Under Transient Condition

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    Some important thermal hydraulic parameters of the 3 MW TRIGA MARK-II research reactor operating under transient condition were investigated using two computer codes PULTRI and TEMPUL. Major transient parameters, such as, peak power and prompt energy released after pulse, maximum fuel and coolant temperature, surface heat flux, time and radial distribution of temperature within fuel element after pulse, fuel, fuel-cladding gap width variation, etc. were computer and compared with the experimental and operational values as reported in the safety Analysis Report (SAR). It was observed that pulsing of the reactor inserting an excess reactivity of $2.00 shoots the reactor power level to 854.353 MW compared to an experimental value of 852 MW; the maximum fuel temperature corresponding to this peak power was found to be 846.76o C which is much less than the limiting maximum value of fuel temperature of 11500 C as reported in SAR. During a pulse if the film boiling occurs for a peak adiabatic fuel temperature of 1000o C, the calculated outer cladding wall temperature was observed to be 702.390 C compared to a value of 760o C reported in SAR under the same condition. The investigated other results were also found to be in good agreement with the values reported in the SAR. 16 refs., 22 figs. (author)

  6. VIPRE-02- a two-fluid thermal-hydraulics code for reactor core and vessel analysis

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    This paper reports on the VIPRE-02 code which is a thermal-hydraulic analysis code designed to model steady-state conditions and operational transients in light water reactor cores and vessels. It uses a two-fluid representation of two-phase flow that solves conservation equations for mass, momentum, and energy for each phase. The code uses a subchannel formulation of the conservation equations but also contains an optional three-dimensional (r-θ coordinates) representation of the lower plenum for vessel modeling. The six-equation formulation is solved implicitly, by a modified Gauss-Seidel iteration procedure, and has no time step size limitation for stability. Models for phase interaction based on flow regime mapping are provided that use empirical models and correlations for heat and mass transfer at the interface and vapor generation. In addition, the code contains as an option a dynamic flow regime model, which uses an interfacial area transport equation to determine the phase interaction terms

  7. THACT-RR, Analysis of Thermal Hydraulics Transients in Research Reactor Core

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    1 - Description of program or function: A Computer Program for Analyzing Thermal-Hydraulics transients in Research Reactors. THACT-RR is a channel code. It analyses the transient response of a research reactor core after power excursions or coolant flow and/or coolant temperature changes. The THACT-RR code provides a homogeneous one-dimensional compressible fluid flow capability with an optional voiding model that estimates the void produced by sub-cooled boiling. It allows flow reversal and sub-cooled nucleate boiling. It also includes a selection of flow instability, departure from nucleate boiling, single and two-phase heat transfer correlations, and a physical properties library adapted to pressures, temperatures, and flow rates encountered in research reactors. 2 - Method of solution: The conservation laws are solved by the method of Characteristics coupled with an implicit finite difference technique to insure stability and convergence of the numerical scheme. The conduction equation is solved by an implicit finite difference method. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The code is not adapted to very fast transient problems

  8. Improvement of auditing technology of safety analysis through thermal-hydraulic separate effect tests

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    No, Hee Cheon; Park, Hyun Sik; Kim, Hyoung Tae; Moon, Young Min; Choi, Sung Won; Heo, Sun [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-04-15

    It was revealed the thermal-hydraulic codes, such as RELAPS/MOD3 cannot properly estimate the situation of Loss-of-RHR during midloop operation. This result requires the auditing and improvement of codes using the results of separate effect tests. This study performs the separate effect tests for each system during midloop operation and obtain the experimental database, and represents these data to the auditing of the results for the integral test facility. For the 1st year of this study, the weak points of RELAPS/MOD3 for midloop operation were assessed and the 4 items of separate tests were determined, and the experiment of the 1st item, the reflux condensation in a vertical tube, was performed. As a results, the flooding limits by this experiments were lower than that of Wallis' flooding correlation and the heat removal capability through the wall-to-coolant decreases. As the inIet air mass fraction increase the active condensing region was enlarged dramatically for the case with the pure steam.

  9. Investigation of Correlations for the Thermal-hydraulic Analysis of Liquid Metal Reactors

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    Chang, Won Pyo; Jeong, Hae Yong; Lee, Yong Bum

    2007-08-15

    The present investigation is aimed at reducing favorable constitutive correlations from those developed for the thermal-hydraulic analysis of Liquid Metal Reactors (LMR), for reliable safety analyses of KALIMER. It is achieved by analyzing them in a point of their accuracies. The study is particularly important because its outcomes can provide an essential knowledge on their relative errors including their conservatisms to be analyzed in the future KALIMER licensing stage. The predictions of the correlations have been compared with available experimental data on both friction factors for the wired-wrapped rod bundles in the core and the heat transfer coefficients in the system. As a result, the heat transfer coefficient inside pipe currently featured in SSC-K has been found acceptable. It, however, has shown a discrepancy of about 60 % and thus an alternative one has been proposed for improvement. Meanwhile, the friction factor model in the current SSC-K has not shown a prominent discrepancy in prediction trend but it has not backed an enough theoretical basis so that another model has been proposed. A systematic assessment for effects of those factors to the conservatism must be fully understood for the future licensing stage, and systematic calculations must be followed by designing an assessment matrix. Besides, it is essential to conduct experiments under similar conditions for constitutive parts of geometries which represent the KALIMER design.

  10. Scaling for integral simulation of thermal-hydraulic phenomena in SBWR during LOCA

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    A scaling study has been conducted for simulation of thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (SBWR) during a loss of coolant accident. The scaling method consists of a three-level scaling approach. The integral system scaling (global scaling or top down approach) consists of two levels, the integral response function scaling which forms the first level, and the control volume and boundary flow scaling which forms the second level. The bottom up approach is carried out by local phenomena scaling which forms the third level scaling. Based on this scaling study the design of the model facility called Purdue University Multi-Dimensional Integral Test Assembly (PUMA) has been carried out. The PUMA facility has 1/4 height and 1/100 area ratio scaling, corresponding to the volume scaling of 1/400. The PUMA power scaling based on the integral scaling is 1/200. The present scaling method predicts that PUMA time scale will be one-half that of the SBWR. The system pressure for PUMA is full scale, therefore, a prototypic pressure is maintained. PUMA is designed to operate at and below 1.03 MPa (150 psi), which allows it to simulate the prototypic SBWR accident conditions below 1.03 MPa (150 psi). The facility includes models for all components of importance

  11. Thermal hydraulic investigations and optimization on the EVC system of a PWR by CFD simulation

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    Highlights: • This study constructs a full CFD model for the EVC system of a PWR. • The complex fluid and solid coupling is treated in the computation. • Primary characteristics of the velocity, pressure and temperature distributions in the EVC system are investigated. • The optimization of the EVC system with different inlet boundaries are performed. - Abstract: In order to optimize the design of Reactor Pit Ventilation (EVC) system in a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), it is necessary to study the characteristics of the velocity, pressure and temperature fields in the EVC system. A full computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for the EVC system is constructed by a commercial CFD code, where the complex fluid and solid coupling is treated. The Shear Stress Transport (SST) model is adopted to perform the turbulence calculation. This paper numerically investigates the characteristics of the velocity, pressure and temperature distributions in the EVC system. In particular, the effects of inlet air parameters on the thermal hydraulic characteristics and the reactor pit structure are also discussed for the EVC system optimization. Simulations are carried out with different mesh sizes and boundary conditions for sensitivity analysis. The computational results are important references to optimize the design and verify the rationality of the EVC system

  12. Study of thermal hydraulic behaviors during steam generator multiple tube rupture events in PWR

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    Since the occurrence probability of multiple steam generator tube rupture (MSGTR) in PWR is low, analytical or experimental investigation for termination of such accidents is not performed explicitly. Therefore, thermal-hydraulic analysis of the plant behavior under the MSGTR (10 and 50 tubes) in all loops or in a single loop with station black out (SBO) were made in this study with use of the code RETRAN3D, and investigations for accident management (AM) of such accidents were made in order to contribute to continuous risk reduction efforts in the future. This study indicated that the water supply function to the SG is quite important for coping with accidents involving MSGTR accompanied by SBO to prevent core damage. Further, if the auxiliary feed water system loses its function, the time to reach the core exposure is predicted to be reduced by 1 hour or more in a MSGTR case as compared to a single-tube SGTR case. Therefore, in order to prevent the core damage during MSGTR, it is desirable to have alternative water injection equipment operable to quickly replace auxiliary feed water system if it fails and to increase the reliability of the auxiliary feed water system. (author)

  13. A thermal hydraulic calculation method of an intermediate heat exchanger of a loop type FBR

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    This paper describes a thermal-hydraulic calculation of an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code CFX. The motivation of this paper is to clarify a heat transfer degradation phenomenon in the IHX through three-dimensional calculation. The whole IHX of the “Monju” reactor is modeled with three parts, i.e., the primary side, the secondary side and the heat transfer region. Through a partial calculation using these models, the flows on the primary side and the secondary side are shown to be axisymmetric. Therefore, a sector model is adopted for the calculation model in the heat transfer region. The calculated temperatures in the IHX are compared with the measured results using the IHX in the “Monju” reactor. Good agreement is obtained for the predicted outlet temperatures and temperatures on the shell surface. As a result of the CFD calculation, it is evaluated that a heat transfer in the lower plenum on the secondary side is dominant under the low flow rate conditions. This fact contributes to lower the heat transfer coefficient in the IHX when the standard heat exchanger theory is applied to calculate the overall heat transfer coefficient between the primary and the secondary sides. (author)

  14. The influence of ribbon holes on fuel assembly thermal hydraulic performance

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    Two kinds of PWR space grids, structure mixing grid (MG) and mid span mixing grid (MSMG) exist in fuel assembly. There are spring, dimple, ribbon and mixing vanes in Structure mixing grid. The ribbon with hole or without hole will influence the fuel assembly thermal-hydraulic performance. Two 5×5 rod bundle with two space girds, one is structure mixing grid, another is mid span mixing grid are analyzed using CFD method. The two calculations are different in structure mixing grid, one with holes on ribbon, the other one without holes on ribbon. The fuel rods are heated. The whole meshes are about 20 million. The result shows that the ribbon with holes increases pressure loss in space grid area. The holes’ influence on temperature field and flow field are mainly observed at structure space grid downstream, near the mid span mixing grid. Though the ribbon with holes shows limit influence on temperature field, it makes the low pressure area appears around peripheral fuel rods, and the swirl near the ribbon somewhere disappear, thus bubbles are more possible to cluster near the peripheral fuel rods. For further research, two phase CFD could be used to analyze the bubble behaviors. (author)

  15. Neutronic / thermal-hydraulic coupling with the code system Trace / Parcs

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    The developed models for Parcs and Trace codes corresponding for the cycle 15 of the Unit 1 of the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant are described. The first focused to the neutronic simulation and the second to thermal hydraulics. The model developed for Parcs consists of a core of 444 fuel assemblies wrapped in a radial reflective layer and two layers, a superior and another inferior, of axial reflector. The core consists of 27 total axial planes. The model for Trace includes the vessel and its internal components as well as various safety systems. The coupling between the two codes is through two maps that allow its intercommunication. Both codes are used in coupled form performing a dynamic simulation that allows obtaining acceptably a stable state from which is carried out the closure of all the main steam isolation valves (MSIVs) followed by the performance of safety relief valves (SRVs) and ECCS. The results for the power and reactivities introduced by the moderator density, the fuel temperature and total temperature are shown. Data are also provided like: the behavior of the pressure in the steam dome, the water level in the downcomer, the flow through the MSIVs and SRVs. The results are explained for the power, the pressure in the steam dome and the water level in the downcomer which show agreement with the actions of the MSIVs, SRVs and ECCS. (Author)

  16. Thermal hydraulic analysis of reactivity accidents in MTR research reactors using RELAP5

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    The present paper comes in the line with the international approach which use the best estimate codes, instead of conservative codes, to get more realistic prediction of system behavior under off-normal reactor conditions. The aim of the current work is to apply this approach using the thermal-hydraulic system code RELAP5/Mod3.3 in a reassessment of safety of the IAEA benchmark 10 MW Research Reactor. The assessment is performed for both slow and fast reactivity insertion transients at initial power of 1.0 W. The reactor power is calculated using the RELA5 point kinetic model. The reactivity feedback terms are considered in two steps. In the first step the feedback from changes in water density and fuel temperature (Doppler effects) are considered. In the second step the feedback from the water temperature changes is added. The results from the first step are compared with that published in IAEA-TECDOC-643 benchmarks. The comparison shows that RELAP5 over predicts the peak power and consequently the fuel, clad and coolant temperatures in case of fast reactivity insertion. The results from the second step show unjustified values for reactor power. Therefore, the model of reactivity feedback from water temperature changes in the RELAP5 code may have to be reviewed.

  17. Thermal-hydraulic analysis of a heavy-water reactor moderator tank using the CUPID Code

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    Choi, Su Ryong; Jeong, Jae Jun [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyoung Tae; Yoon, Han Young [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    In this study, a preliminary analysis is performed for the CANDU moderator tank. The calculation results using the basic case input showed a unrealistic, thermal stratification in the upper region, which was caused by the lack of the momentum of the cooling water from the inlet nozzle. To increase the flow momentum from the inlet nozzle, the cross-section area of each inlet nozzle was reduced by half and, then, the calculation showed very realistic results. It is clear that the modeling of the inlet nozzle affects the calculation result significantly. Further studies are needed for a realistic and efficient simulation of the flow in the Calandria tank. When the core cooling system fails to remove the decay heat from the fuel channels during a loss of coolant accident (LOCA), the pressure tube (PT) could strain to contact its surrounding Calandria tube (CT), which leads to sustained CTs dry out, finally resulting in damages to nuclear fuel. This situation can occur when the degree of the subcooling of the moderator inside the Calandria vessel is insufficient. In this regard, to estimate the local subcooling of the moderator inside the Calandria vessel is very important. However, the local temperature is measured at the inlet and outlet of the vessel only. Therefore, we need to accurately predict the local temperature inside the Calandria vessel.In this study, the thermal-hydraulic analysis of the real-scale heavy-water reactor moderator is carried out using the CUPID code. The applicability of the CUPID code to the analysis of the flow in the Calandria vessel has been assessed in the previous studies.

  18. Experimental research in neutron physic and thermal-hydraulic at the CDTN Triga reactor

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    Mesquita, Amir Z.; Souza, Rose Mary G.P.; Ferreira, Andrea V.; Pinto, Antonio J.; Costa, Antonio C.L.; Rezende, Hugo C., E-mail: amir@cdtn.b, E-mail: souzarm@cdtn.b, E-mail: avf@cdtn.b, E-mail: ajp@cdtn.b, E-mail: aclc@cdtn.b, E-mail: hcr@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The IPR-R1 TRIGA (Training, Research, Isotopes production, General Atomics) at Nuclear Technology Development Center (CDTN) is a pool type reactor cooled by natural circulation of light water and an open surface. TRIGA reactors, developed by General Atomics (GA), are the most widely used research reactor in the world and characterized by inherent safety. The IPR-R1 is the only Brazilian nuclear research reactor available and able to perform experiments in which interaction between neutronic and thermal-hydraulic areas occurs. The IPR-R1 has started up on November 11th, 1960. At that time the maximum thermal power was 30 kW. The present forced cooling system was built in the 70th and the power was upgraded to 100 kW. Recently the core configuration and instrumentation was upgraded again to 250 kW at steady state, and is awaiting the license of CNEN to operate definitely at this new power. This paper describes the experimental research project carried out in the IPR-R1 reactor that has as objective evaluate the behaviour of the reactor operational parameters, and mainly to investigate the influence of temperature on the neutronic variables. The research was supported by Research Support Foundation of the State of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) and Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The research project meets the recommendations of the IAEA, for safety, modernization and development of strategic plan for research reactors utilization. This work is in line with the strategic objectives of Brazil, which aims to design and construct the Brazilian Multipurpose research Reactor (RMB). (author)

  19. Experimental research in neutron physic and thermal-hydraulic at the CDTN Triga reactor

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    The IPR-R1 TRIGA (Training, Research, Isotopes production, General Atomics) at Nuclear Technology Development Center (CDTN) is a pool type reactor cooled by natural circulation of light water and an open surface. TRIGA reactors, developed by General Atomics (GA), are the most widely used research reactor in the world and characterized by inherent safety. The IPR-R1 is the only Brazilian nuclear research reactor available and able to perform experiments in which interaction between neutronic and thermal-hydraulic areas occurs. The IPR-R1 has started up on November 11th, 1960. At that time the maximum thermal power was 30 kW. The present forced cooling system was built in the 70th and the power was upgraded to 100 kW. Recently the core configuration and instrumentation was upgraded again to 250 kW at steady state, and is awaiting the license of CNEN to operate definitely at this new power. This paper describes the experimental research project carried out in the IPR-R1 reactor that has as objective evaluate the behaviour of the reactor operational parameters, and mainly to investigate the influence of temperature on the neutronic variables. The research was supported by Research Support Foundation of the State of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) and Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The research project meets the recommendations of the IAEA, for safety, modernization and development of strategic plan for research reactors utilization. This work is in line with the strategic objectives of Brazil, which aims to design and construct the Brazilian Multipurpose research Reactor (RMB). (author)

  20. Numerical analysis of thermal-hydraulic behavior of supercritical water in vertical upward/downward flow channels

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    GU Hanyang; YU Yiqi; CHENG Xu; LIU Xiaojing

    2008-01-01

    Investigations on the thermal-hydraulic behavior in the SCWR fuel assembly have obtained a significant attention in the international SCWR community. However, there is still a lack of understanding of the heat transfer behavior of supercritical fluids. In this paper, the numerical analysis is carried out to study the thermal-hydraulic behaviour in vertical sub-channels cooled by supercritical water. Remarkable differences in characteristics of secondary flow are found, especially in square lattice, between the upward flow and downward flow. The turbulence mixing across sub-channel gap for downward flow is much stronger than that for upward flow in wide lattice when the bulk temperature is lower than pseudo-critical point temperature. For downward flow, heat transfer deterioration phenomenon is suppressed with respect to the case of upward flow at the same conditions.