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Level Swell Analysis of the Marviken Test T-11

Michael A. Grolmes, Ariel Sharon, C. S. Kim, R. E. Pauls

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 93 / Number 3 / July 1986 / Pages 229-239


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A two-phase level swell will occur in pressurizers, steam generators, and others types of nuclear plant equipment holding large volumes of saturated water in response to a pressure reduction such as would be encountered in a line break event or a relief valve actuation. A simplified, but physically based one-dimensional model especially well suited to plant or system analysis is presented. Marviken test T-11 presents a unique source of data for confirmation of the analysis both in terms of the scale of the test itself and the number and variation of instrument locations.

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