Coupled DNS/RANS Simulation of Fission Gas Discharge During Loss-of-Flow Accident in Gen-IV Sodium Fast Reactor
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
D8-3 Multi-scale multi-physics couplings; Multiphysics applications to new generation reactors

Igor Bolotnov (RPI)
Farhad Behafarid (RPI)
Dillon Shaver (RPI)
Steven Antal (RPI)
Ken Jansen (RPI)
Michael Podowski (RPI)


The objective of this paper is to give an overview of a multiscale modeling approach to three- dimensional two-phase transient computer simulations of the injection of a jet of gaseous fission products into a partially blocked SFR coolant channel following localized cladding overheat and breach. The phenomena governing accident progression have been resolved at two different spatial and temporal scales by the inter-communicating computational multiphase fluid dynamics codes: PHASTA (at DNS level) and NPHASE-CMFD (at RANS level). The issues discussed in the paper include an overview of the proposed three dimensional (3D) two-phase flow models of the inter-related phenomena which occur as a result of cladding failure and the subsequent injection of a jet of gaseous fission products into partially blocked SFR coolant channels and gas/molten sodium transport along the channels. An analysis is presented on the consistency and accuracy of the models used in the simulations, and the results are shown of the predictions of gas discharge and gas/liquid-metal two-phase flow in a multichannel fuel assembly. Also, a discussion is given of the major novel aspects of the overall work.

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