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Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Core Analysis Methods|
|Published online||22 February 2021|
DEVELOPMENT OF PIN-LEVEL NEUTRONICS/THERMAL-FLUID ANALYSIS COUPLED CODE SYSTEM FOR A BLOCK-TYPE HTGR CORE
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute 111 Daedeok-daero 989beon-gil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea, 34057
Published online: 22 February 2021
Recently, the coupling between computer codes that simulate different physical phenomena has attracted for more accurate analysis. In the case of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR), the coupling between neutronics and thermal-fluid analysis is necessary because of large change of temperature in the reactor core. Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the coupled code system between a reactor physics analysis code CAPP and a thermal-fluid system safety analysis code GAMMA+ for a block-type HTGR. The CAPP/GAMMA+ coupled code system provides more accurate block-wise distribution data than CAPP or GAMMA+ stand-alone analysis. However, the block-wise distribution data has the limitation in order to predict safety parameters such as the maximum temperature of the nuclear fuel. It is necessary to calculate refined distribution, for example, pin-level (fuel compact level) distribution. In this study, we tried to solve this problem by coupling CAPP and a high-fidelity thermal-fluid analysis code CORONA. CORONA can perform a high-fidelity thermal-fluid analysis of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) level by dividing a block-type HTGR core into small lattices. On the other hand, CAPP can provide a pin power distribution. It is expected that the refined, more accurate distribution data for a block-type HTGR can be obtained by coupling these two codes. This paper presents the development of coupled code system between CAPP and CORONA, and then it is tested on a simple HTGR column problem with encouraging results.
Key words: CAPP / CORONA / Multi-physics analysis / HTGR / VHTR / Maximum fuel temperature
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