Linear Analysis of Thermo-hydraulic Instabilities of the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR)
Analysis was carried out to predict the threshold of instability for Ledinegg type and density wave oscillations for the Indian Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) which is a Natural Circulation Pressure Tube Type Boiling Water Reactor. The mathematical model considers homogeneous two-phase flow and the conservation equations are solved analytically to obtain the steady state thermo-hydraulic characteristics and flow stability map. The model was applied for the AHWR concept after it had been validated with the test data obtained from a simple forced circulation loop with small parallel boiling channels and from the High Temperature Loop (PNC). The results indicate that the proposed design configuration of the AHWR may experience both Ledinegg type (static instability) and Type-I and Type-II density wave oscillations depending on the operating condition. The effects of various geometric and operating parameters on these types of instabilities were studied. It can be seen from the results that the Ledinegg type instability is suppressed with an increase in pressure and disappears when the operating pressure is higher than 0.7MPa. But the density wave instability may occur even at 7MPa. In addition, it is found that for parallel multiple channels operating under natural circulation condition, the stability of density wave instability is not always enhanced by increasing the throttling coefficients at the inlet of channels.
- Journal of nuclear science and technology
Journal of nuclear science and technology 35(11), 768-778, 1998-11-25
Atomic Energy Society of Japan