This work deals with the development and preliminarily assessment of a coupling methodology between a modified version of RELAP5/Mod3.3 STH code and FLUENT commercial CFD code, applied to the NACIE (natural circulation experiment) LBE (lead bismuth eutectic) experimental loop (built and located at the ENEA Brasimone research centre). The coupling tool is used to simulate experiments representative of both natural circulation conditions and isothermal gas enhanced (assisted) circulation. Furthermore, an accidental test reproducing an Unprotected Loss of Flow (ULOF) scenario is also simulated and the outcomes are presented. A preliminary sensitivity analysis has shown that, to guarantee a suitable numerical convergence, the assisted circulation tests require a time step one order of magnitude lower compared to natural circulation ones. The comparison between the RELAP5 stand-alone simulations and RELAP5/FLUENT coupled simulations proved the capability to simulate the thermal-hydraulic behaviour of a loop experimental facility for all the examined conditions. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd

Coupled simulations of the NACIE facility using RELAP5 and ANSYS FLUENT codes

Di Piazza, I.
2017

Abstract

This work deals with the development and preliminarily assessment of a coupling methodology between a modified version of RELAP5/Mod3.3 STH code and FLUENT commercial CFD code, applied to the NACIE (natural circulation experiment) LBE (lead bismuth eutectic) experimental loop (built and located at the ENEA Brasimone research centre). The coupling tool is used to simulate experiments representative of both natural circulation conditions and isothermal gas enhanced (assisted) circulation. Furthermore, an accidental test reproducing an Unprotected Loss of Flow (ULOF) scenario is also simulated and the outcomes are presented. A preliminary sensitivity analysis has shown that, to guarantee a suitable numerical convergence, the assisted circulation tests require a time step one order of magnitude lower compared to natural circulation ones. The comparison between the RELAP5 stand-alone simulations and RELAP5/FLUENT coupled simulations proved the capability to simulate the thermal-hydraulic behaviour of a loop experimental facility for all the examined conditions. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd
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