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Argonne assists advanced reactor development with award-winning safety software
The development of modern nuclear reactor technologies relies heavily on complex software codes and computer simulations to support the design, construction, and testing of physical hardware systems. These tools allow for rigorous testing of theory and thorough verification of design under various use or transient power scenarios.
Shigeki Shiba, Tomohiro Sakai
Nuclear Technology | Volume 208 | Number 2 | February 2022 | Pages 371-383
Technical Note | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2021.1913032
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The Purdue Advanced Reactor Core Simulator (PARCS) three-dimensional neutron kinetics code and the TRACE nuclear systems analysis code were interfaced. This provides a best-estimate coupled code system for performing transient plant calculations with reactivity feedback from a detailed core model, significantly contributing to nuclear power plant safety analyses. This study performed steady-state and transient simulations of Peach Bottom 2 Turbine Trip Test 2 (PB2 TT2) using the CASMO5/TRACE/PARCS coupled code. Consequently, CASMO5/TRACE/PARCS simulates the rapid positive reactivity addition caused by the sudden closure of the turbine stop valve. Specifically, the discrepancy in the maximum total power during the transient condition was within 3% compared with the PB2 TT2 experimental data. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the thermal-hydraulic channel (CHAN) component modeling in the coupled CASMO5/TRACE/PARCS code revealed that the number of CHAN components influenced the assembly radial power peaking factor in the PB2 TT2 transient calculation.