SCDAP/RELAP5 Modeling of Movement of Melted Material Through Porous Debris in Lower Head

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Designs are described for implementing models for calculating the movement of melted material through the interstices in a matrix of porous debris in the lower head of a reactor vessel. The COUPLE model in SCDAP/RELAP5 represents both the porous and nonporous debris that results from core material slumping into the lower head during a severe accident in a Light Water Reactor. Currently, the COUPLE model has no capability to model the movement of material that melts within a matrix of porous material. The COUPLE model also does not have the capability to model the movement of liquefied core plate material ... continued below

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Siefken, L. J. December 1, 1998.

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Designs are described for implementing models for calculating the movement of melted material through the interstices in a matrix of porous debris in the lower head of a reactor vessel. The COUPLE model in SCDAP/RELAP5 represents both the porous and nonporous debris that results from core material slumping into the lower head during a severe accident in a Light Water Reactor. Currently, the COUPLE model has no capability to model the movement of material that melts within a matrix of porous material. The COUPLE model also does not have the capability to model the movement of liquefied core plate material that slumps onto a porous debris bed in the lower head. In order to advance beyond the assumption the liquefied material always remains stationary, designs are developed for calculations of the movement of liquefied material through the interstices in a matrix of porous material. Correlations are identified for calculating the permeability of the porous debris and for calculating the rate of flow of liquefied material through the interstices in the debris bed. Correlations are also identified for calculating the relocation of solid debris that has a large amount of cavities due to the flowing away of melted material. Equations are defined for calculating the effect on the temperature distribution in the debris bed of heat transported by moving material and for changes in effective thermal conductivity and heat capacity due to the movement of material. The implementation of these models is expected to improve the calculation of the material distribution and temperature distribution of debris in the lower head for cases in which the debris is porous and liquefied material is present within the porous debris.

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INIS; OSTI as DE00005864

Medium: P; Size: 36 pages

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  • Other Information: PBD: 1 Dec 1998

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  • Report No.: INEEL/EXT-98-01178
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • DOI: 10.2172/5864 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5864
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc695622

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Siefken, L. J. SCDAP/RELAP5 Modeling of Movement of Melted Material Through Porous Debris in Lower Head, report, December 1, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc695622/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.