Modelling the Interaction of a Molten Seal and Solid Particles using SPH and DEM Simulations : Application for a Passive New SCRAM System for LMR

Simon Vanmaercke, Gert Van den Eynde, Engelbert Tijskens, Yann Bartosiewicz, Katrien Van Tichelen

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    A new shutdown system that does not rely on absorber rods, is being developed at SCK.CEN and UCL for application in Liquid Metal Reactors (LMR). The system consists of tubes filled with absorber particles. During normal operation, these particles are kept above the active core by means of a metallic melt seal. In case of an accident, the system is activated by the temperature increase in the coolant. This leads to melting of the metal seal, releasing the absorber particles into the core. The resulting flow of the particles has been studied both experimentally, and with Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulations. This paper focusses on the second important aspect of the safety system, being the melting and flowing of the metallic seal in interaction with the solid absorber particles moving through the molten seal.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNureth-14 Proceedings
    Place of PublicationToronto, Canada
    StatePublished - Sep 2011
    Event2014 - NURETH: 14th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics - Toronto
    Duration: 25 Sep 201130 Sep 2011


    Conference2014 - NURETH
    Abbreviated titleNURETH14

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