Space–time convergence analysis on BWR stability using TRACE/PARCS
2013 (English)In: Annals of Nuclear Energy, ISSN 0306-4549, E-ISSN 1873-2100, Vol. 51, 295-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Unstable behavior of Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) is known to occur during operation at certain power and flow conditions. Even though BWR instability is not a severe safety concern, it could cause reactor scram and significantly decrease the economic performance of the plant. This paper aims to (a) quantify TRACE/PARCS space–time discretization error for simulation of BWR stability, (b) establish space (nodalization) and time discretization necessary for space–time converged model and (c) show that the space–time converged model gives more reliable results for both stable and unstable reactor. The space–time converged model is obtained when further refinement of numerical discretization parameters (nodalization and time step) has negligible effect on the solution. The study is significant because performing a space–time convergence analysis is a necessary step of qualification of the TRACE/PARCS model, and use of the space–time converged model increases confidence in the prediction of BWR stability.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 51, 295-306 p.
BWR stability, Coupled TRACE/PARCS analysis, Space–time convergence
Other Physics Topics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-106209DOI: 10.1016/j.anucene.2012.08.018ISI: 000311660700035ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84868371547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-106209DiVA: diva2:573034
QC 201211292012-11-292012-11-292013-01-09Bibliographically approved