Modelling steam explosions for the Savannah River Site reactor probabilistic risk assessment [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1992.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
- Physical Description:
- Pages: (6 pages) : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- Westinghouse Savannah River Company, United States. Department of Energy, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- Restrictions on Access:
- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- As part of the probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) for the Savannah River Site (SRS) reactors, a theoretical model has been used to evaluate the magnitude of steam explosions that could occur during postulated severe accidents at the plant. The model predicts pressure, steam generation and mechanical work during the explosion phase of the interaction. The model is applied to two hypothetical events illustrating typical small-scale and large-scale explosions found in the PRA. These two examples show that yield predictions may range from megajoules to gigajoules for kinetic energy, 10 to 1000 kg for steam generated, and 10 to 1000 atm for peak explosion-zone pressures. A brief study is made to characterize the sensitivity of kinetic energy yield to initial fuel mass and fuel temperature. Explosion kinetic energy increases linearly in proportion to fuel mass, but displays a non-linear dependence on fuel temperature over parameter values of interest.
- Report Numbers:
- E 1.99:wsrc-ms-92-387-rev.1
E 1.99: conf-930116--31-rev.1
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Probabilistic safety assessment international topical meeting (PSA 93), Clearwater Beach, FL (United States), 27-29 Jan 1993.
Smith, D.C.; Vonderfecht, B.E.
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