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By the time you read this, I will have celebrated my 41st anniversary as a member of the American Nuclear Society. In thinking about this time, I find myself realizing that I have never been part of anything else (besides my immediate family) for as long. I joined ANS when I started graduate school and have been an active member ever since. In that time, I have worked for several employers, been active in other professional and social organizations, lived in four different states, and worked on projects that have taken me all over the world—but my ties to ANS and the people I have met here have been the most influential I have ever known. In thinking about this, I can only come to one conclusion: there is something special about ANS. Is it the technology? The people? For me, it is both.
P. Balestra, C. Parisi, A. Alfonsi, C. Rabiti
Nuclear Technology | Volume 193 | Number 1 | January 2016 | Pages 175-182
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ENEA “Casaccia” Research Center is collaborating with Idaho National Laboratory performing activities devoted to the validation of the Parallel and Highly Innovative Simulation for INL Code System (PHISICS) neutron simulation code. In such framework, the AER-DYN-002 and AER-DYN-003 control rod (CR) ejection benchmarks were used to validate the coupled codes RELAP5-3D/PHISICS.
The AER-DYN-002 benchmark provides a test case of a CR ejection accident in a VVER-440 at hot-zero-power and end-of-cycle conditions assuming an adiabatic fuel and taking into account only the fuel temperature feedback. The AER-DYN-003 benchmark is based on the same problem; however, the moderator density feedback and the coolant heat removal are also considered. A RELAP5-3D core channel-by-channel, thermal-hydraulic nodalization was developed and coupled, first with the RELAP5-3D internal neutronic routine NESTLE and then with the PHISICS code. Analysis of the AER-DYN-002 results shows that the steady-state solutions are in good agreement with the other participants’ average solution, while some differences are shown in the transient simulations. In the AER-DYN-003 benchmark, however, both steady-state and transient results are in good agreement with the average solution.