The paper presents the application of a coupling methodology between Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and System Thermal Hydraulic (STH) codes developed at the University of Pisa. The methodology was applied to the CIRCE-HERO facility in order to reproduce the recently performed experimental conditions simulating a Protected Loss Of Flow Accident (PLOFA). The facility consists of an internal loop, equipped with a fuel pin simulator and a steam generator, and an external pool. In this coupling application, the System code RELAP5 is adopted for the simulation of the internal loop while the CFD code ANSYS Fluent is used for the sake of simulating the pool. The connection between the two addressed domains is provided at the inlet and outlet section of the internal loop; a thermal coupling is also performed in order to reproduce the observed thermal stratification phenomenon. The obtained results are promising and a good agreement was obtained for both the mass flow rates and temperature measurements. Capabilities and limitations of the adopted coupling technique are discussed in the present paper also providing suggestions for improvements and developments to be achieved in the frame of future applications.

STH/CFD coupled simulation of the protected loss of flow accident in the CIRCE-HERO facility

Martelli D.;
2020

Abstract

The paper presents the application of a coupling methodology between Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and System Thermal Hydraulic (STH) codes developed at the University of Pisa. The methodology was applied to the CIRCE-HERO facility in order to reproduce the recently performed experimental conditions simulating a Protected Loss Of Flow Accident (PLOFA). The facility consists of an internal loop, equipped with a fuel pin simulator and a steam generator, and an external pool. In this coupling application, the System code RELAP5 is adopted for the simulation of the internal loop while the CFD code ANSYS Fluent is used for the sake of simulating the pool. The connection between the two addressed domains is provided at the inlet and outlet section of the internal loop; a thermal coupling is also performed in order to reproduce the observed thermal stratification phenomenon. The obtained results are promising and a good agreement was obtained for both the mass flow rates and temperature measurements. Capabilities and limitations of the adopted coupling technique are discussed in the present paper also providing suggestions for improvements and developments to be achieved in the frame of future applications.
CIRCE-HERO
Liquid metals
Thermal-hydraulics
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