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Development of Numerical Estimation Method Using Spatial Connection Methodology for Thermal Striping in Upper Plenum of Reactor Vessel of an Advanced Loop-Type Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor in Japan

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Masaaki Tanaka

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, O-arai, Japan

Satoshi Murakami

NDD Corporation, Mito, Japan

Paper No. ICONE25-67876, pp. V008T09A055; 10 pages
  • 2017 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 8: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Nuclear Education, Public Acceptance and Related Issues
  • Shanghai, China, July 2–6, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5786-1
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Thermal striping on the core instrumentation plate (CIP) at the bottom of the upper internal structure (UIS) of an advanced loop-type sodium-cooled fast reactor in Japan (Advanced-SFR) has been numerically investigated. At the top of the core below the CIP, the sodium at high temperature flows out from the fuel subassemblies (FSs) and the sodium at low temperature flows out from the primary control rod (PCR) and backup control rod (BCR) channels, and also the radial blanket fuel subassemblies (RBFSs) at the outer side of the core. In order to predict the thermal striping on the CIP caused by mixing fluids at different temperatures from the FSs, the PCR and the BCR channels, and the RBFSs, a numerical estimation method using a spatial connection methodology between the upper plenum analysis and the local area analysis for the target area has been developed. By using the connection methodology, the numerical simulation considering the influence of the transversal flow in the UIS and the external flow around the UIS in the upper plenum can be performed to improve the accuracy of the estimation results. In this paper, the outline of the spatial connection methodology including data transfer technique from the upper plenum analysis to the local area analysis was described. As a validation process, numerical simulation of the water experiment using the test apparatus named TAFUT which was 1/3-scaled 1/6 partial model of the upper plenum of the Advanced-SFR was performed to confirm applicability of the spatial connection methodology to a practical thermal striping problem. The numerical result of temperature distribution was compared with the measured result in TAFUT experiment. Additionally, mesh sensitivity of the local area analysis model to the numerical results was indicated by using a small and a large area models in order to suggest an appropriate local area analysis model.

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