Review of Flow Models in GOTH_SNF for Spent Fuel MCO Calculations

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The present report is one of a series of three. The series provides an independent technical review of certain aspects of the GOTH_SNF code that is used for accident analysis of the multicanister overpack (MCO) that is proposed for permanent storage of spent nuclear fuel in the planned repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The work documented in the present report and its two companions was done under the auspices of the National Spent Nuclear Fuel Program. The other reports in the series are DOE/SNF/REP-088 and DOE/SNF/REP-089. This report analyzes the model for flow through the fuel elements that is documented ... continued below

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Kirkpatrick, John R. & Dahl, Chris A. September 1, 2003.

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The present report is one of a series of three. The series provides an independent technical review of certain aspects of the GOTH_SNF code that is used for accident analysis of the multicanister overpack (MCO) that is proposed for permanent storage of spent nuclear fuel in the planned repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The work documented in the present report and its two companions was done under the auspices of the National Spent Nuclear Fuel Program. The other reports in the series are DOE/SNF/REP-088 and DOE/SNF/REP-089. This report analyzes the model for flow through the fuel elements that is documented in the SNF report titled MCO Work Book GOTH_SNF Input Data.1 Reference 1 combined the multiple parallel paths through which the hot gases flow vertically inside the MCO into simpler paths. This report examines the assumptions used to combine the paths and concludes that there are other ways to combine the paths than the one used by GOTH_SNF. Two alternatives are analyzed, and the results are compared to those from the model used in GOTH_SNF. Both alternatives produced a higher pressure drop from the top to the bottom of the flow channel for a given flow velocity than did the approximation used in GOTH_SNF. Therefore, for a given pressure drop, the flow velocity given by the GOTH_SNF approximation will be lower than that from either of the two alternatives. The practical consequences of the differences in flow rate are not obvious. One way to evaluate the consequences is to repeat an important MCO calculation on GOTH_SNF using an altered hydraulic diameter (the one that produces the highest pressure drop for a given flow velocity) and see if the conclusions about the safety of the MCO are changed.

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  • Report No.: DOE/SNF/REP-087
  • Grant Number: DE-AC07-99ID-13727
  • DOI: 10.2172/911531 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 911531
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc879582

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Kirkpatrick, John R. & Dahl, Chris A. Review of Flow Models in GOTH_SNF for Spent Fuel MCO Calculations, report, September 1, 2003; [Idaho Falls, Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc879582/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.