Nuclear Technology / Volume 196 / Number 2 / November 2016 / Pages 270-291
Technical Paper / dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT16-34
An approach is described that would use test data to evaluate the risk associated with the concerns raised in Generic Safety Issue 191 (GSI-191). The relationship to the elements of quantitative risk-informed regulation for addressing the concerns raised in GSI-191 in pressurized water reactor (PWR) plant licensing is described. Use of experimental data from a deterministic sump performance test to establish scenario success for tested debris loads is summarized and compared to the licensing requirements in the regulations. Generation and transport of debris to the emergency core cooling system sump from a loss-of-coolant accident is described, and data are shown for a particular PWR. Application of the analysis results to a license amendment for an operating PWR is summarized.