A study of thermal stratification in the cold legs during the subcooled blowdown phase of a loss of coolant accident in the OSU APEX Thermal Hydraulic Testing Facility Public Deposited

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  • The phenomena of interest in this work is the thermal stratification which occurs during the early stages of a loss of coolant accident (LOCA) in the OSU APEX Thermal Hydraulic Test Facility, which is a scaled model of the Westinghouse AP600 nuclear power plant. Thermal stratification has been linked to the occurrence of pressurized thermal shock (PTS). Analysis of the OSU APEX facility data has allowed the determination of an onset criteria and support for the postulated mechanisms leading to thermal stratification. CFX 4.1, a computational fluid dynamics code, was used to generate a model of the cold legs and the downcomer and the phenomena occurring within them. The following are the accomplishments of the work contained within this report; Determined the causes of thermal stratification in the cold legs of the Westinghouse Advanced Passive 600 MW (AP600) nuclear power plant. Predicted the onset of thermal stratification in the cold legs of the Westinghouse Advanced Passive 600 MW (AP600) nuclear power plant. Modeled the phenomena associated with thermal stratification in the cold legs of the Westinghouse Advanced Passive 600 MW (AP600) nuclear power plant.
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