Prediction of Flow Regimes and Thermal Hydraulic Parameters in Two-Phase Natural Circulation by RELAP5 and TRACE Codes
2015 (English)In: Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations, ISSN 1687-6075, E-ISSN 1687-6083, 296317Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
In earlier study we have demonstrated that RELAP5 can predict flow instability parameters (flow rate, oscillation period, temperature, and pressure) in single channel tests in CIRCUS-IV facility. The main goals of this work are to (i) validate RELAP5 and TRACE capabilities in prediction of two-phase flow instability and flow regimes and (ii) assess the effect of improvement in flow regime identification on code predictions. Most of the results of RELAP5 and TRACE calculation are in reasonable agreement with experimental data from CIRCUS-IV. However, both codes misidentified instantaneous flow regimes which were observed in the test with high speed camera. One of the reasons for the incorrect identification of the flow regimes is the small tube flow regime transition model in RELAP5 and the combined bubbly-slug flow regime in TRACE. We found that calculation results are sensitive to flow regime boundaries of RELAP5 which were modified in order to match the experimental data on flow regimes. Although the flow regime became closer to the experimental one, other predicted thermal hydraulic parameters showed larger discrepancy with the experimental data than with the base case calculations where flow regimes were misidentified.
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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015. 296317
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180177DOI: 10.1155/2015/296317ISI: 000366430900001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84949907882OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180177DiVA: diva2:892723
QC 201601112016-01-112016-01-072016-01-11Bibliographically approved