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Decompression Pressure Wave Loads in a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Due to Recirculation Pipe Break

[+] Author Affiliations
John Molyneux

Widener University, Chester, PA

Raju Ananth, Jay Gillis

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc., San Jose, CA

Paper No. PVP2009-77781, pp. 91-98; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 4: Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 26–30, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4367-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3854-9
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


This paper presents a theoretical and numerical investigation of one of the postulated accidents for Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs), namely, a double-ended guillotine break of recirculation outlet line that leads to a sudden depressurization locally at the recirculation outlet nozzle. The depressurization wave front thus formed will propagate inside the reactor leading to transient loads on the internals. The paper discusses the solution to this wave propagation problem.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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