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Development of margin assessment methodology of decay heat removal function against external hazards; Project overview and preliminary risk assessment against snow

Yamano, Hidemasa   ; Nishino, Hiroyuki  ; Kurisaka, Kenichi ; Sakai, Takaaki; Yamamoto, Takahiro*; Ishizuka, Yoshihiro*; Geshi, Nobuo*; Furukawa, Ryuta*; Nanayama, Futoshi*; Takata, Takashi*

This paper describes mainly preliminary risk assessment against snow in addition to the project overview. The snow hazard indexes are the annual maximum snow depth and the annual maximum daily snowfall depth. Snow hazard curves for the two indexes were developed using 50 year weather data at the typical sodium-cooled fast reactor site in Japan. In this paper, the snow risk assessment showed less than 10$$^{-6}$$/reactor-year of core damage frequency. The dominant snow hazard category was the combination of 1-2m/day of snowfall velocity and 0.75-1.0 day of snowfall duration. Sensitivity analyses indicated important human actions, which were the improvement of snow removal velocity and the awareness of snow removal necessity.



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