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A Nodal Dynamic Model for Control System Simulation of the HTR-PM Reactor Core

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Zhe Dong, Xiaojin Huang, Liangju Zhang

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE18-29055, pp. 611-618; 8 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 1
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4929-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The modular high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor (MHTGR) is seen as one of the best candidates for the next generation of nuclear power plants. China began to research the MHTGR technology at the end of the 1970s, and a 10 MWth pebble-bed high temperature reactor HTR-10 has been built. On the basis of the design and operation of the HTR-10, the high temperature gas-cooled reactor pebble-bed module (HTR-PM) project is proposed. One of the main differences between the HTR-PM and HTR-10 is that the ratio of height to diameter corresponding to the core of the HTR-PM is much larger than that of the HTR-10. Therefore it is not proper to use the point kinetics based model for control system design and verification. Motivated by this, a nodal neutron kinetics model for the HTR-PM is derived, and the corresponding nodal thermal-hydraulic model is also established. This newly developed nodal model can reflect not only the total or average information but also the distribution information such as the power distribution as well. Numerical simulation results show that the static precision of the new core model is satisfactory, and the trend of the transient responses is consistent with physical rules.

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