RELAP5 Assessment Using LSTF Test Data SB–CL–18 (NUREG/IA-0095)

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Date Published: May 1993

Prepared by:
S. Lee, B. D. Chung, H. J. Kim

Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety
Safety Analysis Department
P.O. Box 16, Daeduk–Danji
Taejon, Korea

Prepared as part of:
The Agreement on Research Participation and Technical Exchange
under the International Thermal-Hydraulic Code Assessment
and Application Program (ICAP)

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

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5 % cold leg break test, run SB-CL-18, conducted at the Large Scale Test Facility (LSTF) was analyzed using the RELAP5/MOD2 Cycle 36.04 and the RELAP5/MOD3 Version 5m5 codes.

The test SB-CL-18 was conducted with the main objective being the investigation of the thermal-hydraulic mechanisms responsible for the early core uncovery, including the manometric effect due to an asymmetric coolant holdup in the steam generator upflow and downflow side.

The present analysis, carried out with the RELAP5/MODZ and MOD3 codes, demonstrates the code's capability to predict, with sufficient accuracy, the main phenomena occuring in the depressurization transient, both from a qualitative and quantitative point of view. Nevertheless, several differences regarding the evolution of phenomena and affecting the timing order have to be pointed out in the base calculations.

The sensitivity study on the break flow and the nodalization study in the components of the steam generator U-tubes and the cross-over legs were also carried out. The RELAP5/MOD3 calculation with the nodalization change resulted in good predictions of the major thermal-hydraulic phenomena and their timing order.

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