A Perspective on Nuclear Power Plant Systems Analysis
An overview and perspective of the modern system codes used in the nuclear power industry is presented. A special emphasis is placed in delineating the perceptions of the systems code requirements as seen by the utility engineers, by Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) vendors, and by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and its contractors and consultants.
By providing a synopsis of the most popular codes, we attempted to provide an insight into the code developers’ dilemma over the choice of equation sets and correlations in describing the neutron kinetics, single- and two-phase flow conditions, and the numerical methods. We also outline the most significant phenomena in simulating nuclear power plant transients. We also have tried to (a) review problems used in the industry; and (b) review actual power plant transients that code developers could effectively use as standard benchmarks in enhancing or qualifying the existing codes in the industry.
KeywordsNuclear Power Plant Code Development Nuclear Regulatory Commis Nonequilibrium Effect Lower Plenum
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