E3S Web Conf.
Volume 137, 2019XIV Research & Development in Power Engineering (RDPE 2019)
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||16 December 2019|
Experimental investigation of LWR passive safety systems performance at the INKA test facility
Institute of Heat Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Nowowiejska 21/25, 00-665 Warsaw, Poland
2 Framatome GmbH, Paul-Gossen-Straße 100, 91052 Erlangen, Germany
INKA is a test facility designed by Framatome and built in the technical center in Karlstein. The original objective for establishing this test rig was the investigation of the performance of the passive safety systems developed in a new Framatome Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) design – KERENA. INKA was constructed in the scale of 1:1 in heights while the total volume of the containment was replicated in 1:24. Since the geometries of particular safety systems are faithfully reflected, their actual performance in the original plant can be investigated at the full scale. Due to the unquestionable interest of the nuclear community in the inherent safety, not only new BWR and PWR designs are equipped with the passive systems, but also particular passive solutions are considered to be applied into the already existing Light Water Reactors (LWR). In this context and due to the fact that both, single component tests and integral tests can be conducted at INKA, the facility can be employed for a demonstration/qualification of a large range of passive safety systems foreseen for quite different types of LWRs. Hence, the goal of the EASY project was the experimental confirmation of the passive systems performance and the analysis of their interactions between each other in the integral tests. Besides, the overarching target of all tests performed at INKA is provision of data for codes validation. This paper presents major outcomes and conclusions drawn on the basis of EASY project results.
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