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Implementation and Comparison of Contact Models within PIRAT for Nuclear Reactivity Control Systems

Abstract : The Reactivity Control System is a vital safety system for a nuclear reactor. One of the most challenging aspects in the design of these systems is the operation during critical situations, in particular during earthquakes to safely shutdown the reactor. To study these situations, the toolbox PIRAT is used to model two types of excitation: stepped-sine and realistic. The main focus of this work is the comparison of the implementation of the contact models used to describe the interaction between the subsystems. For the dynamic tool in PIRAT (DEBSE), this is done with a two-stage linear spring or a Lankarani & Nikravesh based models. For the sine excitation, the results show four distinct response types with the maximum displacement varying between the models. Low frequency excitation showed little variance while higher frequency excitation showed large variations. The realistic excitation however, did not show these variations and showed nearly identical results for the contact models tested. This gives confidence in the simulations since the user selected contact model did not greatly affect the simulation results for a realistic excitation.
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Matthew Bonney, Maxime Zabiégo. Implementation and Comparison of Contact Models within PIRAT for Nuclear Reactivity Control Systems. Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2020, 142 (5), pp.051104. ⟨10.1115/1.4046955⟩. ⟨cea-02558352⟩

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