TRAC Calculations of Overcooling Transients in PWRs for Pressurized Thermal Shock Analysis

  • J. R. Ireland
  • B. E. Boyack


This paper briefly describes the overall pressurized thermal shock (PTS) program at Los Alamos with emphasis on TRAC-PF1 calculations of severe overcooling transients in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). Overcooling transients for both the Oconee-1 and Calvert Cliffs-1 nuclear plants have been performed. A summary of results for several calculations are presented for the Oconee-1 PWR along with detailed discussions of two of the most severe overcooling transients predicted [main steam-line break and turbine-bypass valve (TBV) failures]. The calculations performed were plant specific in that details of both the primary and secondary sides were modeled in addition to a detailed model of the plant integrated control system (ICS). For the Oconee-1 main steam-line break transient, a minimum downcomer fluid temperature of ∼405 K was predicted. For the transient involving the failure of one bank of TBVs to close after initially opening following reactor and turbine trips, an extrapolated downcomer fluid temperature of ∼365 K was estimated. The latter temperature is at the nil-ductility temperature (NDT) limit (∼365 K) for Oconee-1.


Primary System Pressurize Water Reactor Nuclear Regulatory Commission Steam Line Secondary Side 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Ireland
    • 1
  • B. E. Boyack
    • 1
  1. 1.Energy DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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