Status of steam explosion understanding and modelling

  • Meignen R
  • Raverdy B
  • Buck M
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The main results of the major international activities related to fuel-coolant interactions (FCI) of the last 4-year period are presented and a summary of the knowledge gained regarding understanding and the improvements of modelling is provided. At first, the major outcomes of the OECD SERENA-2 program are presented and discussed. Important clarifications were obtained on the so-called material effect and on FCI code capabilities. We then summarise complementary analytical analyses and experimental programs performed in the frame of the SARNET community. The focus was put on the role of melt fragmentation and solidification, the impact of void on the intensity of an explosion and the triggering mechanisms. As a conclusion, tables summarising the improvements are proposed as well as research priorities.

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  • Fuel-coolant interaction
  • SERENA-2
  • Steam explosion

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