Analysis of Two Phase Natural Circulation Flow in the Reactor Cavity Under External Reactor Vessel Cooling
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
C8-1 Advanced Design Features for Severe Accident Mitigation including Combustion and Fires

Rae Joon Park (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)


As part of a study on a two-phase natural circulation flow between the outer reactor vessel and the insulation material in the reactor cavity under an external reactor vessel cooling of APR (Advanced Power Reactor) 1400, a K-HERMES-HALF (Hydraulic Evaluation of Reactor cooling Mechanism by External Self-induced flow-HALF scale) experiment was performed at KAERI (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) using an air injection method. This experiment was analyzed to verify and evaluate the experimental results using the RELAP5/MOD3 computer code. In addition, the geometry scaling on full height & full sector, and a material scaling between air-water and steam-water two phase natural circulation flow, have been performed for an application of the experimental results to an actual APR1400. The RELAP5/MOD3 results on the water circulation mass flow rate are very similar to the experimental results, in general. The water circulation mass flow rate of the full height & full sector case is approximately 7.6-times higher than that of the K-HERMEL-HALF case. The water circulation mass flow rate of the air injection case is 20-50 % higher than that of the steam injection case at 20 % of the injection rate.

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