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Thermal-Hydraulic Methods in Fast Reactor Safety

David P. Weber and Laural L. Briggs

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 92 / Number 2 / February 1986 / Pages 308-329


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Methods for the solution of thermal-hydraulic problems in liquid-metal fast breeder reactors arising primarily from transient accident analysis are reviewed. Principal emphasis is given to the important phenomenological issues of sodium boiling and fuel motion. Descriptions of representative phenomenological and mathematical models, computational algorithms, advantages and limitations of the approaches, and current research needs and directions are provided.

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