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Bang, In Cheol
Nuclear Thermal-Hydraulics & Reactor Safety Lab
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  • Nuclear Safety
  • Nuclear System Design & Analysis
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Design and operation of the transparent integral effect test facility, URI-LO for nuclear innovation platform

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Title
Design and operation of the transparent integral effect test facility, URI-LO for nuclear innovation platform
Author
Kim, Kyung MoBang, In Cheol
Issue Date
2021-03
Publisher
KOREAN NUCLEAR SOC
Citation
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, v.53, no.3, pp.776 - 792
Abstract
Conventional integral effect test facilities were constructed to enable the precise observation of thermal-hydraulic phenomena and reactor behaviors under postulated accident conditions to prove reactor safety. Although these facilities improved the understanding of thermal-hydraulic phenomena and reactor safety, applications of new technologies and their performance tests have been limited owing to the cost and large scale of the facilities. Various nuclear technologies converging 4th industrial revolution technologies such as artificial intelligence, drone, and 3D printing, are being developed to improve plant management strategies. Additionally, new conceptual passive safety systems are being developed to enhance reactor safety. A new integral effect test facility having a noticeable scaling ratio, i.e., the (UNIST reactor innovation loop (URI-LO), is designed and constructed to improve the technical quality of these technologies by performance and feasibility tests. In particular, the URI-LO, which is constructed using a transparent material, enables better visualization and provides physical insights on multidimensional phenomena inside the reactor system. The facility design based on three-level approach is qualitatively validated with preliminary analyses, and its functionality as a test facility is confirmed through a series of experiments. The design feature, design validation, functionality test, and future utilization of the URI-LO are introduced. ? 2020 Korean Nuclear Society, Published by Elsevier Korea LLC. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
URI
https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/52815
DOI
10.1016/j.net.2020.08.006
ISSN
1738-5733
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