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Development of a multiphase particle method for melt-jet breakup behavior of molten core in severe accident

Wang, Z. ; Iwasawa, Yuzuru ; Sugiyama, Tomoyuki 

In a hypothetical severe accident in a light water reactor (LWR) nuclear power plant, there is a possibility that molten core released from the reactor vessel gets in contact with water in the containment vessel. In this so-called fuel-coolant interactions (FCIs) process, the melt jet will breakup into fragments, which is one of the important factors for a steam explosion, as a potential threat to the integrity of the containment vessel. In order to investigate the melt-jet breakup with solidification processes, a multiphase particle method is developed in this study. Benefiting from its Lagrangian description and meshless framework, the large deformed interfaces could be directly and easily captured by the particle motions. A simple transient heat conduction test is firstly carried out. Two important multiphase instabilities, namely the Rayleigh-Taylor instability and the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, are studied since they play important roles during the melt-jet breakup. After that, a bubble rising benchmark is performed to show the feasibility of modelling for deformation and collapse. The results achieved so far indicates that the developed particle method is capable to analyze the melt-jet breakup with solidification processes.



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