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Validation cases of Cathare 2 for VVER-1000 MSLB analysis

Congress title :ICONE 15th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
Congress location :Nagoya
Congress date :22/04/2007

Document type > *Congrès/colloque

Keywords > benchmark, CATHARE2 (code), mixing, vessel, VVER

Research Unit > IRSN/DSR/ST3C

Authors > DONOV Jordan, KOLEV Nikolay P., NIKONOV Sergey, PETROV Nikolay, SABOTINOV Luben

Publication Date > 26/04/2007


Recent coupled code benchmarks identified coolant mixing in the reactor vessel as an unresolved issue in the analysis of complex plant transients with reactivity insertion. Thus, Phase 2 of the OECD VVER-1000 Coolant Transient Benchmark (V1000CT-2) was defined. The benchmark includes calculation of vessel mixing tests and main steam line break (MSLB) analysis. The reference plant is Kozloduy-6 in Bulgaria. The general objective is the assessment of system codes for VVER safety analysis and specifically for their use in the analysis of reactivity transients. A specific objective is the testing of different scale mixing models (mixing matrix, multi-1D, coarse-3D and CFD), and analysis of MSLB transients with improved vessel thermal hydraulic models. The benchmark is sponsored by CEA-France and OECD and is jointly prepared by CEA and INRNE, in collaboration with the Kozloduy NPP, IRSN and PSU. This paper summarizes CATHARE2 code assessment calculations using multi-1D vessel thermal hydraulics with cross flow. Test cases are the OECD V1000CT-1 pump start-up benchmark and the V1000CT-2 benchmarks. Emphasis is put on vessel mixing aspects. Both separate effects and integral system tests are considered. Comparisons at component level show that a six-sector vessel mixing model informed by plant data or validated CFD calculations was able to correctly reproduce the channel average temperatures at the core inlet as well as the vessel outlet temperatures. Testing at system level including code-to-code comparison shows that the considered CATHARE VVER-1000 system model is capable of MSLB simulation.
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