Toward a CFD-grade database addressing LWR containment phenomena

Domenico Paladino, Michele Andreani, Robert Zboray, Jörg Dreier

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    The large-scale, multi-compartment PANDA facility (located at PSI in Switzerland) is one of the stateof- the-art facilities which is continuously upgraded to progressively match the requirements of CFDgrade experiments. Within the OECD/SETH projects, the PANDA facility has been used for the creation of an experimental database on basic containment phenomena e.g. gas mixing, transport, stratification, condensation. In the PANDA tests, these phenomena are driven by large scale plumes or jets. In the paper is presented a selection of the SETH PANDA experimental results. Examples of analytical activities performed at PSI using the GOTHIC, CFX-4 and CFX-5 codes will be used to illustrate how the spatial and temporal resolutions of the measurement grid in PANDA tests are adequate for CFD code (and advanced containment codes) assessment and validation purposes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)331-342
    Number of pages12
    JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
    StatePublished - 2012

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
    • General Materials Science
    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Waste Management and Disposal
    • Mechanical Engineering


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