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University of Florida-led consortium to research nuclear forensics
A 16-university team of 31 scientists and engineers, under the title Consortium for Nuclear Forensics and led by the University of Florida, has been selected by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop the next generation of new technologies and insights in nuclear forensics.
Byoung-Uhn Bae, Jae-Bong Lee, Yu-Sun Park, Jong-Rok Kim, Seok Cho, Kyoung-Ho Kang
Nuclear Technology | Volume 207 | Number 5 | May 2021 | Pages 680-691
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1796078
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To investigate thermal-hydraulic phenomena during an intermediate-break loss-of-coolant accident (IBLOCA) and evaluate the effect of a direct vessel injection (DVI) line break, an integral effect test using the Advanced Thermal-hydraulic Test Loop for Accident Simulation (ATLAS) test facility was conducted as the B3.2 test item of the international cooperation project Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)–ATLAS Project Phase 2 (ATLAS-2) (OECD-ATLAS2). The initial and boundary conditions for the test were determined referring to the Advanced Power Reactor 1400 MW(electric) (APR1400) as a prototype with three-level scaling methodology. A single-failure criterion was applied to the operation of the safety injection pump (SIP), and four safety injection tanks (SITs) were available to cool down the reactor coolant system. In the test result, as the break nozzle was located at the DVI line, the clearance of the upper downcomer could make an effective flow path of the steam toward the break and quench the reactor core. Maximum cladding temperature was measured before clearance of the upper downcomer. Coolant inventory in the reactor pressure vessel was maintained due to the safety injection without any further core heatup. So, it was proved that the current design of the safety systems in APR1400 had a sufficient long-term cooling capability with a single SIP during a DVI line break IBLOCA. The ATLAS test data were utilized to evaluate the prediction capability of the thermal-hydraulic system code Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety KINS Standard (MARS-KS) for a DVI line break IBLOCA scenario. The calculation result with the uncertainty propagation analysis using the PArallel computing Platform IntegRated for Uncertainty and Sensitivity analysis (PAPIRUS) toolkit proved that major phenomena such as uncovery of the core or intermittent injection of the SIT flow could be reasonably predicted by the MARS-KS code.