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Computational Analysis of Downcomer Boiling Phenomena Using a Component Thermal Hydraulic Analysis Code CUPID

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H. K. Cho, B. J. Yun, I. K. Park, J. J. Jeong

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Paper No. ICONE18-30231, pp. 1201-1211; 11 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 4, Parts A and B
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4932-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


A component scale thermal hydraulic analysis code, CUPID (Component Unstructured Program for Interfacial Dynamics), is being developed for the analyses of components of a nuclear reactor, such as reactor vessel, steam generator, containment, etc. It adopts three-dimensional, transient, two-phase and three-field model, and includes various physical models and correlations of the interfacial mass, momentum and energy transfer for the closure relations of the two-fluid model. In the present paper, the two-phase models were assessed against the DOBO (DOwncomer BOiling) experiment, which was constructed to simulate the downcomer boiling phenomenon. It may happen in the downcomer of a nuclear reactor vessel during the reflood phase of a postulated loss of coolant accident. The stored energy release from the reactor vessel to the liquid inside the downcomer causes the boiling on the wall, and it can reduce the hydraulic head of the accumulated water, which is the driving force of water reflooding to the core. This phenomenon has been considered as a crucial safety issue of an advanced power reactor because it is concerned with the core cooling capability of the safety injection system. In this paper, the physical models and correlations that were incorporated into the CUPID code were introduced and the validation results against the experiment were reported. The benchmark calculation results concluded that the CUPID code can appropriately predict the boiling phenomena under a low pressure and low flow rate condition with modification of the bubble size correlation.

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Topics: Boiling



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