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Title: Computational and Experimental Benchmarking for Transient Fuel Testing

Abstract

In 2018 the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility was restarted. This now-operational facility brings back world-class transient fuel testing capabilities to the U.S. Among a number of parallel efforts prior to the TREAT Facility’s restart a Department of Energy (DoE) Integrated Research Project (IRP) was funded for the purpose of benchmarking the TREAT with several goals in mind: To produce a comprehensive evaluation of existing TREAT Facility neutronics data using the next generation reactor core neutronics codes in accordance with established guidelines per the International Handbook of Evaluated Reactor Physics Benchmark Experiments (IRPhEP). To perform a benchmark using ready-use computational fluid dynamics tools against that of a historically collected sodium loop experiment collected in the TREAT. To design, develop and test a new experimental thermal hydraulic system of a representative TREAT Facility water flow loop. And benchmark the data collected against that produced via RELAP5-3D and TRACE. To develop a comprehensive instrumentation plan for the TREAT Facility by benchmarking performing of advanced in-pile instruments in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) and the TREAT. The integrated team brought together collaborating members from three universities including Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Michigan (UM), and Massachusetts Institute ofmore » Technology (MIT); three national laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); and two industry partners, TerraPower (TP) and Harris Thermal Transfer Products (HTTP). A brief summary of accomplishments resulting from this IRP includes two filed patents, more than 40 conference papers, two published benchmark reports through IRPhEP, a new representative thermal hydraulic test facility alike the in-pile PWR water flow loop for TREAT and the first advanced instruments tested within the TREAT core upon its restart. The papers presented herein were developed and provide a summary of the significant technical accomplishments which align with the four project’s objectives. The collaborators has significant support from countless parties including the operational and technical staff at TREAT to ensure that their outcomes most impactfully aligned with program needs. Lastly the collaborators would like to acknowledge the fiscal support of the DoE’s Office of Nuclear Energy under work package identification number NU-15-OR-OSU- 0701-01.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1526636
Report Number(s):
15-8761
15-8761
DOE Contract Number:  
NE0008441
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Marcum, Wade, and Downar, Thomas. Computational and Experimental Benchmarking for Transient Fuel Testing. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1526636.
Marcum, Wade, & Downar, Thomas. Computational and Experimental Benchmarking for Transient Fuel Testing. United States. doi:10.2172/1526636.
Marcum, Wade, and Downar, Thomas. Fri . "Computational and Experimental Benchmarking for Transient Fuel Testing". United States. doi:10.2172/1526636. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1526636.
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title = {Computational and Experimental Benchmarking for Transient Fuel Testing},
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abstractNote = {In 2018 the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility was restarted. This now-operational facility brings back world-class transient fuel testing capabilities to the U.S. Among a number of parallel efforts prior to the TREAT Facility’s restart a Department of Energy (DoE) Integrated Research Project (IRP) was funded for the purpose of benchmarking the TREAT with several goals in mind: To produce a comprehensive evaluation of existing TREAT Facility neutronics data using the next generation reactor core neutronics codes in accordance with established guidelines per the International Handbook of Evaluated Reactor Physics Benchmark Experiments (IRPhEP). To perform a benchmark using ready-use computational fluid dynamics tools against that of a historically collected sodium loop experiment collected in the TREAT. To design, develop and test a new experimental thermal hydraulic system of a representative TREAT Facility water flow loop. And benchmark the data collected against that produced via RELAP5-3D and TRACE. To develop a comprehensive instrumentation plan for the TREAT Facility by benchmarking performing of advanced in-pile instruments in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) and the TREAT. The integrated team brought together collaborating members from three universities including Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Michigan (UM), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); three national laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); and two industry partners, TerraPower (TP) and Harris Thermal Transfer Products (HTTP). A brief summary of accomplishments resulting from this IRP includes two filed patents, more than 40 conference papers, two published benchmark reports through IRPhEP, a new representative thermal hydraulic test facility alike the in-pile PWR water flow loop for TREAT and the first advanced instruments tested within the TREAT core upon its restart. The papers presented herein were developed and provide a summary of the significant technical accomplishments which align with the four project’s objectives. The collaborators has significant support from countless parties including the operational and technical staff at TREAT to ensure that their outcomes most impactfully aligned with program needs. Lastly the collaborators would like to acknowledge the fiscal support of the DoE’s Office of Nuclear Energy under work package identification number NU-15-OR-OSU- 0701-01.},
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