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Analysis of RCS Depressurization Effects on Containment Temperature for Qinshan Phase II Nuclear Power Plant

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Liu Lili, Zhang Ming, Deng Jian

Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu, China

Paper No. ICONE22-30649, pp. V003T06A025; 4 pages
  • 2014 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Next Generation Reactors and Advanced Reactors; Nuclear Safety and Security
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 7–11, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4593-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A severe accident code was applied for modeling of a typical pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant, and the effects of RCS depressurization on the gas temperature of the relief tank cell in the containment during a station blackout (SBO) induced accident was analyzed. The sensitivity calculation indicated that the hydrogen generation rate obviously increased due to RCS depressurization in a critical stage. The results show that RCS depressurization can play an important role in hydrogen generation rate and total accumulation, and the temperature of the containment atmosphere is highly influenced by hydrogen combustion. High temperature induced by hydrogen combustion may degrade the equipment and instruments capabilities. Based on this analysis, a feasible strategy of RCS depressurization for mitigating the accident consequence is provided for developing the capacity of the SBO treatment of Qinshan Phase Nuclear Power Plant (QSP-II NPP).

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