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Study of recent sodium pool fire model improvements for MELCOR code

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro ; Louie, D. L. Y.*; Uchibori, Akihiro ; Takata, Takashi ; Luxat, D.*

The models in the MELCOR-NAC package have been assessed through benchmark analyses of the F7-1 sodium pool fire experiment within the framework of the U.S.-Japan collaboration. This study assesses the capability of the improved models proposed for the sodium pool fire in MELCOR through comparison with the test data and the results of the SPHINCS code. Pool heat transfer, pool oxide layer, and pool spreading models are improved in this study to mitigate the deviations exhibited in the previous study: the overestimation of combustion rate and associated temperature during the initial phase of the sodium fire relative to the experimental data and SPHINCS results, and the underestimation of them during the later phase. The analytical result of the improved sodium pool fire model agrees well with the experimental data and SPHINCS results over the entire course of the sodium fire. This study illustrates these enhanced capabilities for MELCOR to reliably simulate sodium pool fire events.



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