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A Study on Doppler Weighting Factor for Control Element Assembly Ejection Accident by Using Newly Developed Nuclear Design Code and Non-LOCA Methodology

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Kyungmin Yoon, Chansu Jang, Jooil Yoon

KEPCO Nuclear Fuel, Daejeon, Korea

Paper No. IMECE2013-65996, pp. V06BT07A058; 3 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6B: Energy
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5629-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Among Reactivity Initiated Accidents (RIAs) for Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), Control Element Assembly Ejection (CEAE) accident causes the rapid positive reactivity insertion to the core. It causes an asymmetric power distortion which results in the rising of local fuel temperature, fuel pellet thermal expansion and cladding ballooning or rupture. In the CEAE accident, Doppler feedback has a profound effect because the negative reactivity insertion due to the rise of fuel temperature reduces the core power after rapid power excursion. But the Doppler reactivity can’t be calculated properly in the safety analysis code, using point kinetics model, because the point kinetics model is not able to consider spatial-time effect of the sudden rise in local fuel temperature on Doppler feedback calculation during CEAE accident. And then the excessively high core power which results from the underestimated Doppler feedback would make more severe results such as PCMI fuel failure, fuel cladding rupture and serious DNB fuel failure. Therefore, Doppler Weighting Factor (DWF) is needed for the safety analysis of CEAE accident to compensate a missing spatial-time effect on Doppler feedback calculation. In this study, the adequacy of the application of DWF for APR1400 was evaluated by using nuclear design code called ASTRA (Advanced Static and Transient Reactor Analyzer)[1] and a methodology called ISAM (Integrated Safety Analysis Methodology)[2]. ASTRA is the 3D nuclear design code newly developed by KNF and has various functions such as the static core design, the transient core analysis and the operational support. ISAM is the methodology which is newly developed by KNF to perform the Non-LOCA safety analysis by using RETRAN[3] code which is widely used in the transient analysis and based on the point kinetics model.

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