Application of the Ballooning Analysis Code MATARE on a Generic PWR Fuel Assembly
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
D8-1 Multi-Scale Multi-Physics Couplings; Multi-Physics Applications to LWR Fuel and Subchannel Anal

Luca Ammirabile (European Commission, JRC, Institute for Energy)
Simon Walker (Imperial College London)


The MATARE (MAbel-TAlink-RElap) code is a new multi-pin deformation analysis code created through the dynamic coupling between the thermal-hydraulic code RELAP5 and multiple instances of the single-pin thermal-mechanics code MABEL. A multi-pin representation of different zones of a typical PWR fuel assembly under post-LOCA reflooding conditions was analysed including some of the most relevant features that characterise a typical nuclear reactor fuel assembly and evaluate their effect on the behaviour of the fuel rods under conditions leading to clad ballooning. The code was able to simulate the deformation of wide regions of a fuel assembly under reflood conditions and has shown how differences in pin pressure and the presence of rod with burnable poisons and control rod guide thimbles also contribute to a substantial incoherent ballooning in agreement with the experimental data.

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