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Hydraulic Model Calibration of a Nuclear Plant Service Water System

[+] Author Affiliations
Erin A. Onat

Purple Mountain Technology Group, Colorado Springs, CO

Trey W. Walters

Applied Flow Technology, Colorado Springs, CO

David M. Mobley

AREVA Inc., Charlotte, NC

James J. Mead

Duke Energy, Charlotte, NC

Paper No. POWER2016-59062, pp. V001T11A002; 12 pages
  • ASME 2016 Power Conference collocated with the ASME 2016 10th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2016 Power Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division, Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division, Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5021-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


As pipe networks age, build-up [scaling] and corrosion decrease pipe diameter and increase pipe roughness, leading to significant pressure drops and lower flow rates. When modeling the hydraulics of these systems, calibrating the pipes to account for additional scaling and/or fouling can be vital to accurately predicting the hydraulic behavior of the system.

An automated, multi-variable goal-seeking software was used to calibrate the raw water system of the Duke McGuire Nuclear Station (MNS). This calibration process involved three phases. The first phase was the testing of the automated, multivariable goal-seeking software on a previously calibrated system. The second phase was the calibration of a partial data set. The third phase was the calibration of a complete data set. The automated goal-seeking software was found to have varying degrees of success in each phase.

At the conclusion of the calibration process, the partial data calibration of two parallel systems at MNS yielded average overall calibration accuracies of 2.1% and 1% for flow rates, and 1.2 psig (8.4 kPa-g) and 1.7 psig (11.9 kPa-g) for pressures. The complete data calibration of one of these systems at MNS yielded an average overall calibration accuracy of 2.3% for flow rates, and 1.4 psig (9.5 kPa-g) for pressures.

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