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Material Property Correlations: Comparisons between FRAPCON-3.4, FRAPTRAN 1.4, and MATPRO (NUREG/CR-7024, PNNL-19417)

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Manuscript Completed: August 2010
Date Published: March 2011

Prepared by:
W.G. Luscher and K.J. Geelhood

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

M.E. Flanagan, NRC Project Manager

NRC Job Code N6609

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses the computer codes FRAPCON-3 and FRAPTRAN to model steady-state and transient fuel behavior, respectively, in regulatory analysis. In this document, material property correlations for oxide fuels and cladding materials are presented and discussed. Comparisons are made between the material property correlations used in the most recent versions of the codes, FRAPCON-3.4 and FRAPTRAN 1.4. Comparisons are also made with MATPRO, which is a compilation of material property correlations with an extensive history of use with various fuel performance and severe accident codes. In addition to model-to-model comparisons, model-to-data comparisons and source codes for the FRAPCON-3.4 and FRAPTRAN 1.4 correlations are provided.

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