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Performance Evaluation of DRACS System for FHTR and Time Assessment of Operation Procedure

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Junya Nakata, Mikihiro Wakui, Michitsugu Mori, Hiroto Sakashita

Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Charles Forsberg

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. ICONE21-16571, pp. V006T16A049; 6 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 6: Beyond Design Basis Events; Student Paper Competition
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5583-6
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The Fluoride-salt-cooled High-temperature Reactor (FHR) is a new concept of nuclear power reactor being investigated mainly in U.S. and China. The coolant is a liquid salt with a melting point of about 460°C and a boiling point of over 1400°C. As the baseline decay heat removal system, a passive Direct Reactor Air Cooling System (DRACS) is utilized. Though DRACS system has been developed in Sodium Fast reactors (SFR), there are some differences between both. For example, the system in FHR must decrease heat removal when temperatures are low to avoid freezing of the salt and blocking the flow of liquid. Therefore, considering its characteristics, a numerical investigation of DRACS system is needed to evaluate whether FHR has proper ability to remove decay heat and to be robust for a long-time cooling operation after even a severe accident. Furthermore, in addition to its performance evaluation, it is required to make up the operation plan of FHR considering features of this system. It is highly important, with the view of avoiding severe accident, to determine by when the system should be started up.

In both countries mentioned above, Fluoride-salt-cooled High-temperature Test Reactor (FHTR) is currently in progress to build. Reviewing its design and system is a crucial step needed to develop the FHR technology.

In this research, a performance of DRACS system under some thermal-hydraulic basic events was evaluated by numerical simulation. This paper also suggested the adequate operation procedure suitable for FHTR to avoid a severe accident.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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