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Analysis of Liquid Sloshing in an In-Containment Refueling Water Storage Tank for AP1000

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Yu Liu, Daogang Lu, Junjie Dang, Licun Wu, Wenhui Ma

North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE21-16007, pp. V003T06A034; 7 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Nuclear Safety and Security; Codes, Standards, Licensing and Regulatory Issues; Computational Fluid Dynamics and Coupled Codes
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5580-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Although much work has been performed on the liquid sloshing inside simple structures like rectangular and cylindrical vessels, this paper deals with the analysis of the liquid sloshing in a more complex structures, the in-containment refueling water storage tank (IRWST). The IRWST is an important component of AP1000 passive core cooling system to ensure the safe operation of the AP1000 nuclear power plant. In postulated non-LOCA events, the water in the IRWST absorbs the residual heat then transfers the heat into the containment atmosphere. However, in the case of earthquake, the sloshing fluid may influence the safety of the appropriate semi-cylindrical IRWST.

In this paper, the liquid transient response in the IRWST was formulated based on finite element modal analysis when the three resonance sine wave was applied as excitation. The result shows that the maximum wave excited by excitation from different directions always emerges from the corner or the edge of tank. Another finding is that water will not overflow at the normal operational water level when exited by the selected excitations in any directions. The safety of the IRWST’s roof is achieved which guarantees that the water vapor and radioactive gases within the tank during normal operation will not release to atmosphere in the containment. The influence of the excitation direction and the water depth are also analyzed.

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