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Phenomenological investigation of sodium boiling in a SFR core during a postulated ULOF transient with CATHARE 2 system code: a stabilized boiling case

Abstract : In the framework of the research and development on GEN IV sodium fast reactors (SFRs), the phenomenology of sodium boiling during a postulated unprotected loss of flow (ULOF) transient has been investigated with the CATHARE 2 system code. This study focuses on a stabilized boiling case: in such a regime, no flow redistribution occurs from the subassemblies which have reached the saturation temperature to those that are still single-phase. In this paper, for a subassembly design featuring no restrictive structures above the fuel bundle, a quasi-static approach is first developed to get an upper bound of the reactor core power at boiling onset that would be compatible with the well-known Ledinegg criteria for diphasicflowstaticequilibrium.Then,dynamicsresultsachievedthroughsimulationwiththeCATHARE 2 code for a postulated ULOF are presented: boiling is shown to remain stable during the transient for such a core power at boiling onset. Another important outcome of the simulation is the calculation of a dynamic instability, in the form of a two-phase hydrodynamic chugging phenomenon. The predicted phenomenology of this stabilized boiling case should be studied further in order to consider its dependency on the underlying closure laws and to eliminate the possibility of a numerical instability.
Keywords : ULOF CATHARE ERANOS
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Nicolas Alpy, Philippe Marsault, Marine Anderhuber, Antoine Gerschenfeld, Pierre Sciora, et al.. Phenomenological investigation of sodium boiling in a SFR core during a postulated ULOF transient with CATHARE 2 system code: a stabilized boiling case. Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai, 2016, 53 (5), pp.692-697. ⟨10.1080/00223131.2015.1111778⟩. ⟨cea-02933360⟩

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