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Unsteady natural convection in a cylindrical containment vessel (CIGMA) with external wall cooling; Numerical CFD simulation

Hamdani, A. ; Abe, Satoshi ; Ishigaki, Masahiro ; Shibamoto, Yasuteru; Yonomoto, Taisuke

In the case of a severe accident, natural convection plays an important role in the atmosphere mixing of nuclear reactor containments. In this case, the natural convection might not in the steady-state condition. Hence, instead of steady-state simulation, the transient simulation should be performed to understand natural convection in the accident scenario within a nuclear reactor containment. The present study, therefore, was aimed at the transient 3-D numerical simulations of natural convection of air around a cylindrical containment with unsteady thermal boundary conditions (BCs) at the vessel wall. For this purpose, the experiment series was done in the CIGMA facility at Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). A 3-D model was simulated with OpenFOAM, applying the unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations (URANS) model. Different turbulence models were studied, such as the standard k-$$varepsilon$$, standard k-$$omega$$, k-$$omega$$ shear stress transport (SST), and low-Reynolds-k-$$varepsilon$$ Launder-Sharma. The results of the four turbulence models were compared versus the results of experimental data.

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