Title: Design and test of an update of TRAC-BF1 for the modelling of supercritical water reactors

Authors: Emilio Martinez-Camacho; Jaime Baltazar Morales-Sandoval; J. Manuel Gallardo-Villarreal; Raymundo A. Sánchez-Salazar

Addresses: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico ' Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico ' Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana de Hidalgo, Tolcayuca, Hidalgo, Mexico ' Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico

Abstract: Some designs of nuclear power plants are bringing the working fluid to supercritical conditions (SCW) to improve their efficiency. But the evaluation of nuclear plants' response to transient events or postulated accidents is complex. In the academic environment, analysis is even more complex since the codes are generally restricted access. The possibility of improving routines and interfaces with the TRAC-BF1 code to allow the modelling of complete plants that use SCW during operational events or postulated accidents, was established as the main objective of this investigation. The new tools allow the analysis of models with steam cycles including supercritical regions such as the High-Performance Light Water Reactor, in which core nominal conditions were modelled for verification purposes. Also, a benchmark with experimental data was performed as part of the tests for new models. Results showed that our code modification is capable of modelling through the critical point without defining a pseudo-two-phase region.

Keywords: supercritical water; TRAC-BF1; SCWR; best-estimate; modelling; educational tool.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNEST.2020.10039018

International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology, 2020 Vol.14 No.3, pp.191 - 205

Received: 25 Apr 2020
Accepted: 08 Sep 2020

Published online: 23 Jun 2021 *

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