Coupling Between DONJON and CATHENA Using a Bash Script for RIH Break Opening Time Assessment
CNS 24th Nuclear Simulation Symposium - 2012 October 15-16

Presented at:
CNS 24th Nuclear Simulation Symposium
2012 October 15-16
Session Title:
Technical 6: Thermalhydraulics & Safety

Majid Fassi Fehri (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
Richard Chambon (École Polytechnique de Montréal)


More and more safety analyses are performed with coupled safety codes to assess in detail the reactor behaviour under abnormal conditions. The Canadian industry gives a particular attention to script-based or PVM-based coupling of reactor physics (RFSP) and thermalhydraulics (CATHENA or TUF) codes.

This work presents a first step to develop independent simulation capabilities using a script-based coupling of DONJON and CATHENA codes. This work aims to provide CNSC with a tool allowing for have independent  insights related to  CANDU reactors behaviour under  different  anticipated transients or accidents involving reactor physics and thermalhydraulics. A particular interest is being given to the assessment of the impact of RIH break opening time on the power pulse for a generic CANDU-6 reactor.

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