Hydrogen Burn Survival: Preliminary Thermal Model and Test Results (NUREG/CR-2730, SAND82-1150)

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Manuscript Completed: August 1982
Date Published:
August 1982

Prepared by:
W.H. McCulloch, A.C. Ratzel, S.N. Kempka,
D.T. Furgal, and J.J. Aragon

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
Operated by Sandia Corporation
for the U.S. Department of Energy
Under Contract No. DE-AC04-76DP00789

Prepared for:
Severe Accident Assessment Branch
Division of Accident Evaluation
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research


Chemical Engineering Branch
Division of Engineering
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555-0001

Under Interagency Agreement DOE 40-550-75

NRC FIN A-1270 and A-1306

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This report documents preliminary Hydrogen Burn Survival (HBS) Program experimental and analytical work conducted through February 1982. The effects of hydrogen deflagrations on safety related equipment in nuclear power plant containment buildings are considered. Preliminary results from hydrogen deflagration experiments in the Sandia Variable Geometry Experimental System (VGES) are presented and analytical predictions for these tests are compared and discussed. Analytical estimates of component thermal responses to hydrogen deflagrations in the upper and lower compartments of an ice condenser, pressurized water reactor are also presented.

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