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Thermal Analysis of High Level Waste Geological Disposal Module With the Thermal Code SYRTHES

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C. Peniguel, I. Rupp

Electricité de France R&D, Chatou, France

H. Leroyer

Electricité de France R&D, Clamart, France

M. Guillaud

INCKA, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Paper No. ICONE20-POWER2012-54233, pp. 283-292; 10 pages
  • 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference
  • Volume 4: Codes, Standards, Licensing, and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Instrumentation and Controls; Fuels and Combustion, Materials Handling, Emissions; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar, Geothermal); Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 30–August 3, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4498-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Within the framework of the 2006 French law on sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste, an evaluation of the industrial perspectives of GENERATION IV Fast Reactors deployment is requested for 2012. In this context, questions about waste storage capacities are of interest for EDF (Electricité de France). The storage area is driven by thermal requirements on the argilite formation surrounding the canisters. The size of the final radioactive waste geological repository is one indicator of interest in these studies. The repository considered has been proposed by ANDRA, the French national agency in charge of the radioactive waste management. Optimisation studies on the number of canisters per cell or the distance between two cells using the open source thermal code SYRTHES and SALOME have been presented in previous conferences. However, due to the very large number of calculations induced they are performed on a limited domain. To evaluate the thermal conservatism of a reduced domain, three levels of modeling have been used: a domain limited to half a cell, a slice of half a module (ie three half cells), and a complete half module leading to a very large finite element model (more than 82 million cells), in which all the disposal cells (around 150 of them containing 6 waste packages each) are represented. Two theoretical heat deposit functions have been used representative of waste leading to early and late temperature peaks. This paper presents the thermal code SYRTHES used to simulate large model for transient lasting up to 4000 years. Results show that clay temperature surrounding cells located on the periphery are cooler than those located near the center of the module. For early peaks a reduced domain is well adapted for optimization studies, while for late peak wastes, taking into account an extended domain seems interesting since the large case underlines that optimizing on a reduced domain is clearly conservative.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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