4. METHOD OF SOLUTION
In THYDE-B1/MOD2, the coolant behavior is simulated with a volume-and-junction method based on the assumptions of thermal equilibrium and homogeneous conditions for two-phase flow. A characteristic feature of this code is a three-region representation of the state of the coolant in a control volume, in which three regions, i.e., subcooled liquid, saturated mixture and saturated steam regions are allowed to exist. The regions are separated by moving boundaries tracked by mass and energy balances in each region. The pressure vessel is represented by two volumes with three regions, one for the inside of the shroud and the other for the outside. Other portions of the system are treated with the homogeneous model. This method, although it seems to be very simple, has been verified to be adequate for cases of BWR SB-LOCAs in which the hydraulic transient is relatively slow and the cooling of the core strongly depends on the mixture level behavior in the vessel. In order to simulate the reactor system behavior, THYDE-B1/MOD2 is provided with analytical models for reactor kinetics, heat generation and conduction in fuel rods and structures, heat transfer between coolant and solid surfaces, coolant injection systems, breaks and discharge systems, jet pumps, recirculation pumps, and so on.