Assessment of cavity dispersal correlations for possible implementation in the CONTAIN code

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Candidate models and correlations describing entrainment and dispersal of core debris from reactor cavities in direct containment heating (DCH) event, are assessed against a data base of approximately 600 experiments performed previously at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories reactor cavities was studied. Cavity geometries studied are those of the Surry and Zion nuclear power plants and scale factors of 1/42 and 1/10 were studied for both geometries. Other parameters varied in the experiments include gas pressure driving the dispersal, identities of the driving gas and of the simulant fluid, orifice diameter in the pressure vessel, and volume of ... continued below

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Williams, D. C. & Griffith, R. O. February 1996.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Candidate models and correlations describing entrainment and dispersal of core debris from reactor cavities in direct containment heating (DCH) event, are assessed against a data base of approximately 600 experiments performed previously at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories reactor cavities was studied. Cavity geometries studied are those of the Surry and Zion nuclear power plants and scale factors of 1/42 and 1/10 were studied for both geometries. Other parameters varied in the experiments include gas pressure driving the dispersal, identities of the driving gas and of the simulant fluid, orifice diameter in the pressure vessel, and volume of the gas pressure vessel. Correlations were assessed in terms of their ability to reproduce the observed trends in the fractions dispersed as the experimental parameters were varied. For the fraction of the debris dispersed, the correlations recommended for inclusion in the CONTAIN code are the Tutu-Ginsberg correlations, the integral form of the correlation proposed by Levy and a modified form of the Whalley-Hewitt correlation. For entrainment rates, the recommended correlations are the time-dependent forms of the Levy correlation, a correlation suggested by Tutu, and the modified Whalley-Hewitt correlation.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96006827

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  • Other: DE96006827
  • Report No.: SAND--94-0015
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/212585 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 212585
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc667402

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Williams, D. C. & Griffith, R. O. Assessment of cavity dispersal correlations for possible implementation in the CONTAIN code, report, February 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc667402/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.