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CFD Analysis to Estimate Drop Time and Impact Velocity of a Control Rod Assembly in the Sodium Cooled Faster Reactor
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CFD Analysis to Estimate Drop Time and Impact Velocity of a Control Rod Assembly in the Sodium Cooled Faster Reactor
Kim, JaeYong; Yoon, KyungHo; Oh, Se-Hong; Ko, SungHo;
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In a pressurized water reactor (PWR), control rod assembly (CRA) falls into the guide tubes of a fuel assembly due to gravity for scram. Various theoretical approaches and numerical analyses have been performed because its shape is simple and its design was completely developed several decades ago. A control rod assembly for a sodium-cooled faster reactor (SFR) which is geometrically more complicated is being actively developed in Korea nowadays. Drop time and impact velocity of a CRA are important parameters with respect to reactivity insertion time and the mechanical robustness of a CRA and a guide duct. In this paper, computational method considering simultaneously the equation of motion for rigid body and the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid is suggested and verified by comparison with theoretical analysis results. Through this valuable CFD analysis method, drop time and impact velocity of initially designed SFR CRA are evaluated before performing scram tests with it.
Control Rod Assembly;Drop Time;Impact Velocity;Scram;Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor;
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