Development of a CANDU Fuel Channel Model to Assess the Effect of a Pressure Tube Creep on the Safety Related Parameters
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
O1-2 Thermalhydraulics and Structural Integrity in Connection to Aging and Life Extension

Bo Rhee (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
Hyoung Tae Kim (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
Joo Hwan Park (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)


Recently the effect of pressure tube creep on the reactor safety in CANDUs emerges as an important issue of safety analysis due to a need for an extended operation. The accident analysis for the aged plants needs to incorporate major degradations of the plant performance in the safety analysis. In this paper, a CATHENA fuel channel model for studying the effects of the vertical offset of the fuel bundles in a crept pressure tube on the fuel and pressure tube cooling is developed. The current practice of the CANDU safety analysis assumes that the fuel bundles stay in a manner concentric to the pressure tube centerline even in the crept pressure tubes, whereas in reality the bundles sit at the bottom of the pressure tube. With this point in mind, 37-pin models with and without vertical offset of the bundle in the crept fuel channel are developed and tested for Reactor Outlet Header (ROH) 100% break LOCA accident, and results compared. As a result, it was found that the difference between the uncrept fuel channel model and the two crept fuel channel models, a concentric one and another vertically offset one, is quite significant, whereas the difference between the two crept fuel channel models is insignificant. Therefore it is concluded that the use of the concentric crept fuel channel model for the aged CANDU-6 safety analysis is justifiable for the first 200 sec into an accident.

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