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Application of a large deformation method for self-leveling behavior of a debris bed

Tagami, Hirotaka ; Tobita, Yoshiharu

When fuel melt occurs and it interacts with coolant in severe accidents in SFRs, it is solidified and fragmented to particles called as debris. The debris sediments and forms debris beds on structure surface. It is important to confirm whether its thickness exceeds the coolable limit to evaluate the coolability. On the other hand, because a self-leveling behavior relocates the debris and changes the bed thickness, the behavior also must be evaluated at the same time. However, no computer code to simulate this behavior exists. Therefore, this study aims at the development of computer code to simulate the self-leveling behavior on the SIMMER code. The development consists of two necessary steps. About the first step, a macroscopic model developed for fluidized bed is applied. For the second step, large deformation method is modified to be capable in multi-phase flow model. The developed code succeeded in reproducing two experiments relating to self-leveling behavior.



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