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Scaling of containment experiments

Scaling of containment experiments

Objective

The proposal addresses the scaling issue, e.g. the transfer of results from experiments to real reactor conditions in a systematic and reliable way. Anet work of European experts will summarise the theoretical basis for scaling and scrutinize applications; strengths, weaknesses, common features of the available studies and methods, and their applicability to an extended set of reactor technology and safety problems will be investigated. The scaling methods will be applied to a variety of containment-related thermal-hydraulic and material behaviour experiments (conducted mainly in previous Euratom projects. The objectives include: the preparation of a report documenting this valuable experience and case studies of scaling analyses as reference for future applications; the assessment of the need, potential and benefits of a Scaling Handbook for nuclear reactor technology.

The proposal addresses the problem how results from experiments can be transferred to real reactor conditions in a systematic and reliable way. A network of European experts shall apply scaling methods to a variety of containment-related thermal-hydraulic and material behaviour experiments.

Objectives are:
- Identify applicability and requirements of existing scaling theory;
- Document example cases of scaling analysis as reference for future applications;
- Find out common features and rules of scaling analyses in different application fields;
- Identify the significance of scaling for experiments and modelling;
- Assess the needs, potentials and benefits of a Scaling Handbook in nuclear reactor technology.

The result of the work shall be a report that can be used as reference and guidance for future scaling applications by nuclear engineers. Case studies are related to operational safety of existing installations, to plant life extension and management, and innovative reactor concepts.

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Coordinator

BECKER TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Address

Im Kusterfeld 23/1
71522 Backnang

Germany

Administrative Contact

Ernst BECKER (Mr)

Participants (11)

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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA

Spain

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT

Germany

FRAMATOME ANP GMBH

Germany

GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANLAGEN- UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) MBH

Germany

Institut de Protection et de Surete Nucleaire

France

NUCLEAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE REZ A.S.

Czechia

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PISA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

VUJE TRNAVA INC - ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Slovakia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: FIR1-CT-2001-20127

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 December 2002

Funded under:

FP5-EAECTP C

  • Overall budget:

    € 372 812

  • EU contribution

    € 372 812

Coordinated by:

BECKER TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany