Downcomer boiling phenomena in a conventional pressurized water reactor have an important effect on the transient behavior of a postulated large-break LOCA (LBLOCA), because it can degrade the hydraulic head of the coolant in the downcomer and consequently affect the reflood flow rate for a core cooling. To investigate the thermal hydraulic behavior in the downcomer region, a test program for a downcomer boiling is being progressed in the reflood phase of a postulated LBLOCA. For this, the test facility was designed as a one side heated rectangular test section which adopts a full-pressure, full-height, and full-size downcomer-gap approach, but with the circumferential length reduced 47.08-fold. The test was performed by dividing it into two-phases: (I) visual observation and acquisition of the global two-phase flow parameters and (II) measurement of the local two-phase flow parameters on the measuring planes along five elevations. In the present paper, the test results of Phase-I and parts of Phase-II were introduced.
Characteristics of Downcomer Boiling Phenomena During the Reflood Phase of a Postulated Large Break LOCA for the APR1400
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Yun, B, Euh, D, Park, W, Youn, Y, & Song, C. "Characteristics of Downcomer Boiling Phenomena During the Reflood Phase of a Postulated Large Break LOCA for the APR1400." Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. Volume 2: Thermal Hydraulics. Miami, Florida, USA. July 17–20, 2006. pp. 803-811. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE14-89782
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