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NRC rejects challenges to TMI-2 license transfer, ISP’s license application
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has dismissed a challenge to the previously approved transfer of the license for the shuttered Three Mile Island-2 power reactor from FirstEnergy to a subsidiary of EnergySolutions for decommissioning. The order by the NRC commissioners denying the motion by Three Mile Island Alert to hold the license transfer in abeyance was issued on June 22.
Zhiee Jhia Ooi, Vineet Kumar, Caleb S. Brooks
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 194 | Number 8 | August-September 2020 | Pages 598-619
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2020.1732123
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The static correlations from RELAP5 and TRACE as well as the interfacial area transport equation (IATE) are benchmarked for flashing flow with selected cases from a recently published experimental data set. The RELAP5 correlation is able to predict the interfacial area concentration more accurately than the TRACE correlation. The one-group decoupled IATE, supplied with experimental void fraction, shows overprediction of interfacial area concentration, especially at low-pressure conditions. Additionally, the one-group IATE is solved simultaneously with the void transport equation where at low pressures, the accuracy of the predicted interfacial area concentration improves even with the void fraction being underpredicted. However, as the pressure increases, the improving accuracy of the predicted void fraction leads to an overprediction of the interfacial area concentration. The two-group IATE is also benchmarked, first using the interfacial mass generation model from RELAP5 and TRACE and then with a model derived through a mass-energy balance approach. The accuracy of the two-group IATE is observed to be sensitive to the choice of the heat transfer length scale and Nusselt number correlations.