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Large-scaled thermohydraulic tests plan for cooling systems in fast reactors; Effect of secondary piping structure on dynamics

not registered; Kamide, Hideki; not registered

Large-scaled thermohydraulic tests are planned for new key technologies in the heat transport systems of a demonstration fast reactor. The test facility is consisted of components from a reactor vessel to a steam generator (SG). Basic design of the large-scaled thermohydraulic test facility is 1/3 scale of the demonstration fast reactor with two primary cooling loops and two into one secondary loop. The secondary piping length of the test facility is longer than the 1/3 scale of the demonstration fast reactor. The tests facility has the branch and junction of the secondary piping because of two primary loops and one SG. There is a possibility of flow and temperature unbalance if a buoyancy force were large and pressure loss were small. Therefore, dynamics analyses of the thermal transition tests had been done in which the secondary piping length. To examine the unbalance occurred or not, the natural circulation analysis had been performed providing different heat transfer area of the IHX or presser loss of the primary loop between A loop and B loop. It was shown from the analyses that the temperature response during the transition was delayed in the test model compared to the real reactor. Main cause of the delay was due to the real scaled SG. Other parameters, the length of piping etc., were not very influential to the response. The analysis such predicted that there wasn't large difference of global behaviors between the loops. Therefore, it was shown that there would be no problem, if the difference were made between the loops due to a manufacturing error.

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