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Simplified Boiling Water Reactor Thermal-Hydraulic Performance: A RELAP5/MOD2 Model Simulation

P. Barbucci, L. Bella

Nuclear Technology

Volume 112 / Number 1 / October 1995 / Pages 1-8


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The results of a simulation activity on a General Electric (GE) simplified boiling water reactor (SB WR) carried out at ENEL (the Italian Electricity Board) are discussed. The SBWR is a medium-size [600 MW(electric)] new generation reactor developed by GE, whose safety is ensured by means of passive systems (water gravity injection, pressure suppression, and passive heat removal). The RELAP5/MOD2 code is a well-known tool developed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratories and made available by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; it has been widely used and qualified all over the world. To investigate the thermal-hydraulic performance of such an innovative reactor during accident scenarios, a SBWR RELAP5/MOD2 model was developed and a selected number of transients were analyzed. The typical phenomena related to the SBWR accident behavior was investigated. A good agreement was found between the RELAP5/MOD2 code and the licensing code (TRAC-G) results. In all cases, the performance of the SBWR safety systems was also evaluated.

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