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Droplet generation during spray impact onto a downward-facing solid surface

Zhan, Y.*; Sun, G.*; Okawa, Tomio*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi

Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 126, p.110402_1 - 110402_8, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Thermodynamics)

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Numerical assesment of sodium fire incident

Takata, Takashi; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Sonehara, Masateru

IAEA-TECDOC-1972, p.224 - 234, 2021/08

Sodium fire is one of the key issues for plant safety of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) regardless of its size. In general, a concrete structure, which includes free and bonging water inside, is used in a reactor building. Accordingly, water vapor will release from the concrete during sodium fire incident due to temperature increase resulting in a hydrogengeneration even in a dry air condition. The probability of hydrogen generation will increase in accordance with a decrease of a dimension of compartment that corresponds to a small and medium sized or modular reactor (SMR). A numerical investigation of a small leakage sodium pool fire has been carried out by changing a dimension of compartment. Furthermore, numerical challenges to enhance a prediction accuracy of hydrogen generation during sodium fire has also been discussed in the paper.

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Numerical modeling of radiation heat transfer from combusting droplets for a sodium fire analysis

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi; Uno, Masayoshi*

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 380, p.111258_1 - 111258_11, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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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.*

Proceedings of 28th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering; Nuclear Energy the Future Zero Carbon Power (ICONE 28) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2021/08

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Study of sodium pool fire model improvement in MELCOR for SFR

Louie, D. L. Y.*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 124(1), p.824 - 827, 2021/06

The Sodium Chemistry (NAC) package in MELCOR has been developed to enhance application to sodium cooled fast reactors. Based on the recommendations in the previous study through the benchmark analyses of the F7-1 pool fire experiment, this study aims to improve the MELCOR models capturing the oxide layer effect, sodium pool spreading and pool-pan heat transfer, respectively. Each of these models enable a better characterization of the all the processes of relevance to sodium pool fires as observed during the F7-1 test. The MELCOR sodium pool fire enhancement has demonstrated the importance of the improved models.

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Experimental study on secondary droplets produced during liquid jet impingement onto a horizon solid surface

Zhan, Y.*; Kuwata, Yusuke*; Okawa, Tomio*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi

Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 120, p.110249_1 - 110249_12, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:73.11(Thermodynamics)

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Sodium fire collaborative study progress; CNWG fiscal year 2020

Louie, D. L. Y.*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro

SAND2021-0136 (Internet), 53 Pages, 2021/01

This report discusses the progress on the collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) on the sodium fire research in fiscal year 2020. First, the current sodium pool fire model in MELCOR is discussed. The associated sodium fire input requirements are also presented. These input requirements are flexible enough to permit further model development via control functions to enhance the current model without modifying the source code. The theoretical pool fire model improvement developed at SNL is discussed. A control function model has been developed from this improvement. Then, the validation study of the sodium pool fire model in MELCOR is described. To validate this pool fire model with the enhancement, a JAEA F7-1 sodium pool fire experiment is used. The results of the calculation are discussed as well as suggestions for further model improvement. Finally, recommendations are made for new MELCOR simulations for next fiscal year, 2021.

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Sodium fire analysis using a sodium chemistry package in MELCOR

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Takata, Takashi; Louie, D. L. Y.*; Clark, A. J.*

Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 2020) (Internet), 6 Pages, 2020/08

The Sodium Chemistry (NAC) package in MELCOR has been developed to enhance application to sodium cooled fast reactors. The models in the NAC package have been assessed through benchmark analyses of the F7-1 pool fire experiment. This study assesses the capability of the pool fire model in MELCOR and provides recommendations for future model improvements. The MELCOR analysis yields lower values than the experimental data in pool combustion rate and pool, catch pan, and gas temperature during early time. The current heat transfer model for the catch pan is the primary cause of the difference. After sodium discharge stopping, the pool combustion rate and temperature become higher than experimental data. This is caused by absence of a model for pool fire suppression due to the oxide layer buildup on the pool surface. Based on these results, recommendations for future works are needed, such as heat transfer modification for the catch pan and consideration of the effects of the oxide layer.

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Development of ex-vessel phenomena analysis model for multi-scenario simulation system, spectra

Uchibori, Akihiro; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 2020) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2020/08

The multi-scenario simulation system named SPECTRA has been developed for integrated analysis of in- and ex-vessel phenomena during a severe accident in sodium-cooled fast reactors. The base module computing ex-vessel compressible gas behavior by a lumped mass model and a sodium-concrete interaction module were verified through the basic analyses individually. A validity of the system including the base module and the individual physical module such as the sodium-concrete interaction module was confirmed through the analysis assuming sodium leakage from a reactor vessel and a primary cooling loop.

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Numerical validation of AQUA-SF in SNL T3 sodium spray fire experiment

Sonehara, Masateru; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Clark, A. J.*; Louie, D. L. Y.*

Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 2020) (Internet), 4 Pages, 2020/08

In order to investigate the multi-dimensional effects of sodium combustion, a benchmark analysis of the SNL Surtsey spray combustion experiment (SNL T3 experiments) using AQUA-SF and SPHINCS is conducted in JAEA. As a best estimate analysis, the spray burning duration is adjusted in the computation in order to take into account the temporary suppression of the spray combustion observed in the experiment. Furthermore, droplet size of SPHINCS and AQUA-SF are optimized to represent the T3 experimental results. The best estimate of AQUA-SF results in the droplet diameter of 2.5 mm, which agrees quite well with the spatial temperature measurements, and the sodium droplet diameter measurement with a high speed camera.

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Sodium fire models for in- and ex-vessel safety analysis code SPECTRA

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 122(1), p.862 - 865, 2020/06

Development of a new simulation system SPECTRA has been started to enable a simulation of comprehensive in- and ex-vessel events during a severe accident in a sodium-cooled fast reactor. The simulation system SPECTRA consists of two basic modules of thermal-hydraulics; in-vessel basic module and ex-vessel one, and some sub-modules for specific phenomena or events. A sodium fire models are implemented as one sub-module of the ex-vessel module. The sodium fire models are adapted from existing sodium fire analysis codes AQUA-SF and SPHINCS. As the result of verification test, the results show good agreement with the one of original codes. The validation analysis for single droplet falling and combustion corresponds well with the experimental data reasonably.

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Effects of surface tension and viscosity on liquid jet breakup

Zhan, Y.*; Kuwata, Yusuke*; Maruyama, Kiyotaka*; Okawa, Tomio*; Enoki, Koji*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi

Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 112, p.109953_1 - 109953_8, 2020/04

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:75.81(Thermodynamics)

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Evaluation of important phenomena through the PIRT process for a sodium fire event

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Kikuchi, Shin; Takata, Takashi; Ohno, Shuji; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

Nihon Kikai Gakkai Rombunshu (Internet), 86(883), p.19-00366_1 - 19-00366_8, 2020/03

Sodium fire is one of key issues in sodium-cooled fast reactor plant. JAEA has developed sodium fire analysis codes, such as AQUA-SF and SPHINCS, to evaluate the consequence of sodium fire events. This paper describes the PIRT (Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table) process for sodium fire events. Ranking table for important phenomena and an assessment matrix are completed. As a part of comprehensive validation based on the assessment matrix, experimental analyses using the AQUA-SF and SPHINCS codes for a sodium spray fire experiment Run-E1 show good agreement with the experimental result.

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Identification of important phenomena through the PIRT process for development of sodium fire analysis codes

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Kikuchi, Shin; Takata, Takashi; Ohno, Shuji; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 353, p.110240_1 - 110240_10, 2019/11

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:42.44(Nuclear Science & Technology)

JAEA has developed sodium fire analysis codes to evaluate the consequences of sodium fire events. This paper describes a PIRT (Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table) process for such events. Because a sodium fire event involves complex phenomena, the FOMs are specified through a factor analysis. Associated phenomena in a sodium fire event are identified through both element- and sequence-based phenomena analyses. The importance of each phenomenon is evaluated by considering the sequence-based analysis of associated phenomena related to the FOMs. Then, a ranking table is established. An assessment matrix of important phenomena and experiments is completed to confirm the sufficiency of experimental data for the validation of the models in the sodium fire analysis codes. Additional assessments are discussed specifically for the aerosol module and the CFD module in three-dimensional codes from a perspective of careful validation.

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First-principles modeling for dislocation motion of HEA alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Yuge, Koretaka*; Aoyagi, Yoshiteru*; Shimokawa, Tomotsugu*; Kubo, Momoji*; Ogata, Shigenobu*

Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Atomistic and Multiscale Modeling of Mechanics and Multiphysics (ISAM-4) (Internet), p.59 - 62, 2019/08

High entropy alloys (HEAs) are chemically complex single- or multi-phase alloys with crystal structures. There are no major components but five or more elements are included with near equiatomic fraction. In such a situation, deformation behavior can no longer be described by conventional solid solution strengthening model. Some HEAs, indeed, show higher strengthening behavior and anomalous slip. However, the mechanisms of these features have yet to be understood. In the present study, we investigate the core structure of dislocations in BCC-HEAs using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We found that core structure of a screw dislocation is identified as is the case with common BCC metals. On the other hand, dislocation motion should be different from pure BCC metals because of chemical and configurational disorder around dislocation core. We confirmed the specific feature of dislocation motion in HEAs by two-dimensional Peierls potential surface.

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Development of evaluation method for in-place cooling of residual core materials in core disruptive accidents of SFRs

Imaizumi, Yuya; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Kamiyama, Kenji; Matsuba, Kenichi; Ganovichev, D. A.*; Baklanov, V. V.*

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 11 Pages, 2019/05

The cooling of the residual core materials after the fuel discharge from the core in the accident of SFRs can significantly affect the distribution fraction of the core materials, which is an important factor for the in-vessel retention (IVR). For the evaluation of the cooling of the residual core materials which is called "in-place cooling", behavior in a SFR core was analyzed preliminary by SIMMER-III. Based on the analysis result, method of phenomena identification and ranking table (PIRT) was applied. Fundamental experiment focusing on three thermal-hydraulic phenomena those were extracted by PIRT was considered in order to investigate them and utilize it for validation of the SIMMER-III. To achieve continuous oscillation of sodium level which can occur in the phase of in-place cooling of SFRs, analytical survey was conducted by SIMMER-III. As a result of that, the effects of experimental conditions on the oscillation amplitude and the duration time were clarified quantitatively, which are necessary to determine the specific experimental conditions.

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Multi-dimensional numerical benchmark analysis of SNL T3 sodium spray combustion experiment with AQUA-SF code

Sonehara, Masateru; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Clark, A. J.*; Denman, M. R.*

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2019/05

In order to investigate the effect of sodium combustion, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have exchanged information of sodium combustion modelling and related experimental data in the framework of Civil Nuclear Energy Research and Development Working Group (CNWG). The benchmark analysis of the SNL T3 sodium spray combustion experiment and sensitivity study have been carried out using the AQUA-SF code in this paper. The sensitivity analysis clarifies the influencing factors of the multi-dimensional analysis such as turbulence models, radiation heat transfer model from sodium droplets, and momentum exchange between gas and droplets. The result shows that the turbulence effect, radiation from droplets and gas temperature increase at spray burning area affect sodium spray burning rate significantly.

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Droplet generation during liquid jet impingement onto a horizontal plate

Zhan, Y.*; Oya, Naoki*; Enoki, Koji*; Okawa, Tomio*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi

Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 98, p.86 - 94, 2018/11

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:54.73(Thermodynamics)

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Multi-dimensional numerical investigation of sodium spray combustion; Benchmark analysis of SNL T3 experiment

Sonehara, Masateru; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Clark, A. J.*; Denman, M. R.*

Proceedings of 11th Korea-Japan Symposium on Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Safety (NTHAS-11) (Internet), 5 Pages, 2018/11

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Numerical modeling of radiation heat transfer under sodium spray combustion in sodium-cooled fast reactors

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohno, Shuji; Uno, Masayoshi*

Proceedings of 12th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics, Operation and Safety (NUTHOS-12) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2018/10

Heat radiation is one of dominant heat transfer process during a sodium fire event which is a concern in sodium-cooled fast reactor plants. This study aims to model radiation heat transfer from combusting droplets. Radiation energy transport on the combustion flame surface around a sodium droplet is formulated considering emission, absorption and scattering through a similar approach to the formulation of the wall boundary condition. The improved model is tested trough a simple verification analysis and a benchmark analysis on an upward sodium spray combustion experiment. As the result, overestimation of atmospheric temperature and pressure is mitigated by the improved model due to increase in heat transfer to structure.

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