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Steam flow through the volumetrically heated particle bed
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.
2002 (English)In: International journal of thermal sciences, ISSN 1290-0729, Vol. 41, no 11, 1077-1087 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper is devoted to the problem of ex-vessel debris bed coolability, in particular, coolability and quenching of a particulate corium debris bed by water. A number of experiments were performed in the POMECO (POrous MEdia COolability) facility to measure the dry out heat flux in a self-heated bed. A mathematical model for the description of flow of a compressible fluid (steam) through the volumetrically heated porous bed with particular consideration of the non-thermal local equilibrium is formulated and solved numerically using the split step method. It is shown that initial thermodynamic perturbations which, if they grow, will lead to a temperature escalation at a specific location. Furthermore, the data from the RIT (Royal Institute of Technology) POMECO (POrous MEdia COolability) experiments are used for the validation of the model.

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2002. Vol. 41, no 11, 1077-1087 p.
Keyword [en]
severe accident, particle bed, coolability, dryout, downcomer, debris
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22112ISI: 000179744500006OAI: diva2:340810
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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