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Modeling of severe accident sequences with the new modules CESAR and DIVA of the ASTEC system code

Sophie Pignet, Gaétan Guillard, François Barré, Georges Repetto.
The 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-10) Seoul, Korea, October 5-9, 2003

Document type > *Congrès/colloque

Keywords > safety, ASTEC code, modelling, severe accident

Research Unit > IRSN/DPAM/SEMCA/LESAM

Authors > BARRE François, GUILLARD Gaetan, PIGNET Sophie, REPETTO Georges

Publication Date > 05/10/2003

Summary

Systems of computer codes, so-called “integral” codes, are being developed to simulate the scenario of a hypothetical severe accident in a light water reactor, from the initial event until the possible radiological release of fission products out of the containment. They couple the predominant physical phenomena that occur in the different reactor zones and simulate the actuation of safety systems by procedures and by operators. In order to allow to study a great number of scenarios, a compromise must be found between precision of results and calculation time: one day of accident time should take less than one day of real time to simulate on a PC computer. This search of compromise is a real challenge for such integral codes. The development of the ASTEC integral code was initiated jointly by IRSN and GRS as an international reference code. The lastest version 1.0 of ASTEC, including the new modules CESAR and DIVA which model the behaviour of the reactor cooling system and the core degradation, is presented here. Validation of the modules and one plant application are described.
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