RELAP5 Analysis of Two-Phase Decompression and Rarefaction Wave Propagation Under a Temperature Gradient
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
B12-2 Minisymposium on Pressure Surges in Nuclear Power Plants

Nathan Lafferty (USNRC)
Victor Ransom (Purdue University)
Martin Lopez De Bertodano (Purdue University)


Whereas the agreement for the single phase case is excellent, some discrepancies were observed in the two-phase case. However, RELAP5 produced markedly better results after adjusting the bubble size and the choked flow area. These results illustrate the need of a dynamic model for the interfacial area concentration (i.e., the bubble size).

The capability of RELAP5 to model single and two-phase acoustic waves is demonstrated with the use of fine temporal and spatial discretizations. Two cases were considered: a single phase air shock tube problem and pressure waves observed by Takeda and Toda in a two-phase decompression experiment in a pipe.

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