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NEA-1862 IFPE/IFA-650.1 & .2.

IFPE/IFA-650.1 & .2, LOCA testing at Halden, Two experiments, IFA-650 series

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1. NAME OF EXPERIMENT:  IFPE/IFA-650.1 & .2
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2. COMPUTERS
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Program name Package id Status Status date
IFPE/IFA-650.1 & .2 NEA-1862/01 Arrived 12-OCT-2011

Machines used:

Package ID Orig. computer Test computer
NEA-1862/01 Many Computers
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3. DESCRIPTION OF EXPERIMENT

Moves to high burnup fuel design and introduction of new cladding materials have generated a need to re-examine and verify the validity of the safety criteria for Loss of Coolant Accidents (LOCA). LOCA tests at Halden will be integral in-pile, single rod tests and they will address various LOCA issues. High burnup fuel rods irradiated in commercial reactors will be used.

The test conditions are planned to meet the following primary objectives:

- to maximise the ballooning size to promote fuel relocation and to evaluate its possible effect on the cladding temperature and oxidation.
- to investigate the extent (if any) of - ?secondary transient hydriding? - on the inner side of the cladding around the burst region.

The first trial LOCA runs in IFA-650.1 were carried out in May 2003 using a fresh, tight-gap, unpressurised PWR fuel rod with low-tin Zr-4 cladding. Target Peak Cladding Temperatures (PCTs) were in the range from 800?C to 1100?C for the first test. The lower temperature is used because high burnup fuel is not expected to reach higher temperatures in a LOCA. The higher temperature is close to the current LOCA temperature limit prescribed by regulations. In the first experiment the aim was to practice and to qualify the function of the rig and its instrumentation. The rig with its outer loop and blow-down system worked well and the first test series gave a good basis for the further experiments.

Some pre-test calculations were performed by outside laboratories and by the Halden project. The codes used were FRAPTRAN/GENFLO (VTT), TRAC-BF1 (PSI), ALGOR (Halden), SCTEMP (Halden) and FTEMP3 (Halden). The code calculations gave fairly good estimations of the cladding temperatures in the experiments and will be employed in the data evaluation and planning of further tests.

The second trial LOCA test run IFA-650.2 was carried out in May 2004. The main purpose of IFA-650.2 was to practice the test case with ballooning and fuel failure to find out how to run the later experiments with the pre-irradiated rods. The test was carried out using a fresh pressurized PWR rod and low fission power to achieve the desired conditions for ballooning and oxidation. The target peak cladding temperature (PCT) of 1050?C was reached and clad ballooning and rupture occurred at ~800?C [3].
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9. STATUS
Package ID Status date Status
NEA-1862/01 12-OCT-2011 Arrived restricted
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10. REFERENCES
NEA-1862/01, included references:
- V. Lestinen:
Concluding report on LOCA Testing at HALDEN, First Experiment IFA 650.1
(Documentation - HWR-762, March 2004)
- M. Ek:
Concluding report on LOCA Testing at HALDEN, Second Experiment IFA 650.2
(Documentation - HWR-813, Aout 2005)
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12. PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE(S) USED
No specified programming language
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14. OTHER PROGRAMMING OR OPERATING INFORMATION OR RESTRICTIONS
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15. NAME AND ESTABLISHMENT OF AUTHORS

OECD Halden Reactor Project
Institutt for Energiteknikk
P.O. Box 173
1751 Halden
Norway
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16. MATERIAL AVAILABLE
NEA-1862/01
6501-Loca-results.txt Data: Results of IFA-650.1, Text file
6501-Loca-results.xls Data: Results of IFA-650.1, Excel file
6502-Loca-results.txt Data: Results of IFA-650.2, Text file
6502-Loca-results.xls Data: Results of IFA-650.2, Excel file
1_1-LocaSchematic650-1.pdf Drawing: LOCA Test Rig with Instrument levels, First
experiment
1_2-LocaInstrlevel650-1.pdf Drawing: Instrument levels, First experiment
1_3-LocaSection650-1.pdf Drawing: Fuel Section, First experiment
1_4-LocaFlaskAssy650-1A4.pdf Drawing: LOCA Pressure Test Flask, First experiment

1_5-LocaFreevolume650-1.pdf Drawing: Free Volume Overview, First experiment
2_1-LocaSchematic650-2.pdf Drawing: Schematic of LOCA Test Rig with Instrument
levels, Second experiment
2_2-LocaInstrlevel650-2.pdf Drawing: Instrument levels, Second experiment
2_3-LocaSection650-2.pdf Drawing: Fuel Section, Second experiment
2_4-LocaFlaskAssy650-2A4.pdf Drawing: LOCA Pressure Test Flask, Second
experiment
2_5-LocaFreevolume650-2.pdf Drawing: Free Volume Overview, Second experiment
3_1-locaFlask650simpl.pdf Drawing: Simplified Test Flask
3_2-LocaSpraynozle.pdf Drawing: Spray Mozle
4_1-LocaLoop13.pdf Drawing: Loop13, Heavy Water High Press
4_2-LocaPiping.pdf Drawing: LOCA Piping
4_3-BlowdownTank.pdf Drawing: BlowDown Tank
Conditions-IFA-650.pdf Report: Boundary and Initial Conditions for Code
Calculations of LOCA test series IFA-650
Design.pdf Report: Geometrical Notes for Code Calculations of LOCA tests IFA-650

HWR-762.pdf Report: LOCA Testing at HALDEN, First Experiment IFA 650.1
HWR-813.pdf Report: LOCA Testing at HALDEN, Second Experiment IFA 650.2
NSRC-2003-full-paper.pdf Report: LOCA Testing at Halden, Trial runs in IFA-650
Readme.pdf Readme
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17. CATEGORIES
  • Y. Integral Experiments Data, Databases, Benchmarks

Keywords: cladding, experimental data, fuels, loss-of-coolant accident, thermal.