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Simulation of Acoustic-Structure Interaction by Using Finite Element Analysis in Reactor Pressure Vessel of PWR

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Koji Maeta, Keisuke Matsuyama, Hideyuki Morita, Akihisa Iwasaki

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Takasago, Japan

Hirokazu Sugiura

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Hyogo, Japan

Shigeyuki Watanabe

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

Yoshito Nishikawa

Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Osaka, Japan

Paper No. PVP2018-84496, pp. V004T04A007; 9 pages
  • ASME 2018 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 4: Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 15–20, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5165-4
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


The reactor coolant pump (RCP) in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) plant generates pressure pulsations at multiple frequencies. These pressure pulsations excite the acoustic modes inside the reactor vessel (RV), and cause significant acoustic loads on the reactor internals (RIs). For verifying the structural integrity of the RIs, it is important to predict the acoustic loads, which is used for vibration analysis of the RIs. Traditionally, an analytical method, assuming that structures are rigid, has been used in order to predict the acoustic pressure distributions inside the RV [1]. However, water in actual PWR plant is heavy enough to influence structural response, so that it is required to use methods for a coupled structural acoustic system.

In this article, the coupled structural-acoustic analysis using the commercial software ANSYS is proposed in order to predict the acoustic loads, and the applicability of this method is discussed. The structural-acoustic interactions inside the RV are investigated by element tests and the scale model test. The acoustic pressures measured by these tests are compared with the calculated results.

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