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Model development of light water reactor fuel analysis code RANNS for reactivity-initiated accident conditions

Udagawa, Yutaka; Suzuki, Motoe; Amaya, Masaki

A light water reactor fuel analysis code RANNS has been developed to analyze thermal and mechanical behaviors of a single fuel rod in mainly reactivity-initiated accident (RIA) conditions. The recent model development for the RANNS code has been focused on improving predictability of stress, strain, and temperature inside a fuel rod during pellet cladding mechanical interaction (PCMI), which is one of the most important behaviors of high-burnup fuels under RIA conditions. This report provides descriptions of the models developed and/or validated recently via experimental analyses using the RANNS code on the RIA-simulating experiments conducted in the nuclear safety research reactor (NSRR): models for mechanical behaviors as relocation of fuel pellets, pellet yielding, pellet-cladding mechanical bonding, and PCMI failure limit of fuel cladding, and thermal behaviors as pellet-cladding gap conductance and heat transfer from fuel rod surface to coolant water.

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