Feasibility of flooding the reactor cavity with liquid gallium coolant for IVR-ERVC strategy
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- Feasibility of flooding the reactor cavity with liquid gallium coolant for IVR-ERVC strategy
- Park, Seong Dae; Bang, In Cheol
- Block structures; Containment buildings; Density difference; Flooding system; Low melting point; Maximum temperature; Natural circulation; Station blackout
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- ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
- NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN, v.258, no., pp.13 - 18
- In this paper, a new approach replacing the ERVC coolant by a liquid metal instead of water is studied to avoid the heat removal limit of CHF during boiling of water. As the flooding material, gallium is used in terms of the melting and boiling points. Gallium has the enough low melting point of similar to 29.7 degrees C to ensure to maintain liquid state within the containment building. A gallium storage tank for the new flooding system of the ERVC is located in higher position than one of the reactor cavity to make a passive system using the gravity for the event of a station blackout (SBO). While the decay heat from the reactor vessel is removed by gallium, the borated water which is coming out from the reactor system plays a role as the ultimate heat sink in this ERVC system. In the system, two configurations of gallium and borated water are devised depending on whether the direct contact between them occurs. In the first configuration, two fluids are separated by the block structure. The decay heat is transported from molten corium to gallium through the vessel wall. Then the heat is ultimately dissipated by boiling of water in the block structure surface facing the borated water. In the second configuration, the cavity is flooded with both borated water and gallium in the same reactor cavity space. As the result, two layers of the fluids are naturally formed by the density difference. Like the first configuration, finally the heat removal is achieved by boiling of water via gallium. The CFD analysis shows that the maximum temperature of gallium is much lower than its boiling point while the natural circulation is stably formed in two types of the configurations without any serious risk of thermal limit.
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