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RELAP5/MOD3.2 Post Test Analysis and Accuracy Quantification of SPES Test SP-SB-04 (NUREG/IA-0155)

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Date Published: February 1999

Prepared by:
F. D'Auria
M. Frogheri*
W. Giannotti

University of Pisa
Via Diotisalvi 2–56100
Pisa, Italy
*University of Genova
DITEC
Via all'Opera Pia 15a
16143 Genova, Italy

Prepared as part of:
The Agreement on Research Participation and Technical Exchange
under the International Code Application and Maintenance Program (CAMP)

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Abstract

The present document deals with the Relap5/Mod3.2 analysis of the small break LOCA experiment SP-SB-04 performed in SPES facility.

SPES is a PWR simulator (Integral Test Facility) installed at SIET center in Piacenza (IT). Volume scaling and core power scaling factors are 1/427, with respect to the Westinghouse 900 MWe standard reactor.

The experiment is originated by a small break in the cold leg (2» equivalent break area in the plant) without the actuation of the high pressure injection system. The test starts from full power and is the counterpart of the test SP-SB-03, that started at an initial power roughly equal to 10% of nominal power. Low pressure injection system actuation occurs after core dry-out.

The Relap5 code has been extensively used at University of Pisa; the nodalization of SPES facility has, been qualified through the application of the version Relap5/Mod2 to the same experiment and another test performed in the same facility.

Sensitivity analyses have been addressed to the influence of several parameters (like discharge break coefficient, time of accumulators start etc.) upon the predicted transient evolution.

Qualitative and quantitative code calculation accuracy evaluation has been performed.

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