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Verification of fuel assembly bowing analysis model for core deformation reactivity evaluation

Doda, Norihiro ; Uwaba, Tomoyuki ; Ohgama, Kazuya   ; Yoshimura, Kazuo; Nemoto, Toshiyuki*; Tanaka, Masaaki  ; Yamano, Hidemasa   

An evaluation method for reactivity feedback due to core deformation during reactor power increase in sodium-cooled fast reactors is being developed for realistic core design evaluation. In this evaluation method, fuel assembly bowing was modeled with a beam element of the finite element method, and the assembly's pad contact between adjacent assemblies was modeled with a dedicated element which could consider the wrapper tube cross-sectional distortion and the pad stiffness depending on pad contact conditions. This fuel assembly bowing analysis model was verified for thermal bowing of a single assembly and assembly pad contact between adjacent assemblies in a core as past benchmark problems. The calculation results by this model showed good agreement with those of reference solutions of theoretical solutions or results by participating institutions in the benchmark. This study confirmed that the analysis model was able to calculate thermal assembly bowing appropriately.



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