Pressure suppression pool mixing in passive advanced BWR plants


In the SBWR passive boiling water reactor, the long-term post-accident containment pressure is determined by the combination of noncondensible gas pressure and steam pressure in the wetwell gas space. The suppression pool (SP) surface temperature, which determines the vapor partial pressure, is very important to overall containment performance. Therefore, the thermal stratification of the SP due to blowdown is of primary importance. This work looks at the various phases and phenomena present during the blowdown event and identifies those that are important to thermal stratification, and the scaling necessary to model them in reduced size tests. This is important in determining which of the large body of blowdown to SP data is adequate for application to the stratification problem. The mixing by jets from the main vents is identified as the key phenomena influencing the thermal response of the suppression pool and analytical models are developed to predict the jet influence on thermal stratification. The analytical models are implemented into a system simulation code, TRACG, and used to model thermal stratification behavior in a scaled test facility. The results show good general agreement with the test data. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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@inproceedings{Gamble2001PressureSP, title={Pressure suppression pool mixing in passive advanced BWR plants}, author={Robert E. Gamble and Thuy Thi Nguyen and Bharat S. Shiralkar and Per F. Peterson and Ralph Greif and Hiraku Tabata}, year={2001} }