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CFD Modeling and Experiments of Insulation Debris Transport Phenomena in Water Flow

Eckhard Krepper, Gregory Cartland-Glover, Alexander Grahn, Frank-Peter Weiss, Sören Alt, Rainer Hampel, Wolfgang Kästner, André Seeliger

Nuclear Technology / Volume 167 / Number 1 / July 2009 / Pages 46-59

Technical Paper / NURETH-12 / Thermal Hydraulics /

The investigation of insulation debris generation, transport, and sedimentation becomes more important with regard to reactor safety research for pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors when considering the long-term behavior of emergency core coolant systems during all types of loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). The insulation debris released near the break during a LOCA incident consists of a mixture of disparate particle populations that varies with size, shape, consistency, and other properties. Some fractions of the released insulation debris can be transported into the reactor sump, where it may perturb/impinge on the emergency core cooling systems.

Open questions of generic interest are, for example, the particle load on strainers and corresponding pressure drop, the sedimentation of the insulation debris in a water pool, and its possible resuspension and transport in the sump water flow. A joint research project on such questions is being performed in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. The project deals with the experimental investigation and the development of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models for the description of particle transport phenomena in coolant flow. While the experiments are performed at the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz, the theoretical work is concentrated at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

In the current paper the basic concepts for CFD modeling are described and feasibility studies including the conceptual design of the experiments are presented.

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