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A simplified geometrical model for transient corium propagation in core for LWR with heavy reflector

Abstract : In the context of the simulation of the Severe Accidents (SA) in Light Water Reactors (LWR), we are interested on the in-core corium pool propagation transient in order to evaluate the corium relocation in the vessel lower head. The goal is to characterize the corium and debris flows from the core to accurately evaluate the corium pool propagation transient in the lower head and so the associated risk of vessel failure. In the case of LWR with heavy reflector, to evaluate the corium relocation into the lower head, we have to study the risk associated with focusing effect and the possibility to stabilize laterally the corium in core with a flooded down-comer. It is necessary to characterize the core degradation and the stratification of the corium pool that is formed in core. We assume that the core degradation until the corium pool formation and the corium pool propagation could be modeled separately. In this document, we present a simplified geometrical model (0D model) for the in-core corium propagation transient. A degraded core with a formed corium pool is used as an initial state. This state can be obtained from a simulation computed with an integral code. This model does not use a grid for the core as integral codes do. Geometrical shapes and 0D models are associated with the corium pool and the other components of the degraded core (debris, heavy reflector, core plate. . .). During the transient, these shapes evolve taking into account the thermal and stratification behavior of the corium pool and the melting of the core surrounding components. Some results corresponding to the corium pool propagation in core transients obtained with this model on a LWR with a heavy reflector are given and compared to grid approach of the integral codes MAAP4.
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Laurent Saas, Romain Le Tellier, Sophie Bajard. A simplified geometrical model for transient corium propagation in core for LWR with heavy reflector. EPJ N - Nuclear Sciences & Technologies, EDP Sciences, 2017, 3, pp.20. ⟨10.1051/epjn/2016007⟩. ⟨cea-02305032⟩

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