Scaling is a reference ‘key-word’ in engineering and in physics. The relevance of scaling in the water cooled nuclear reactor technology constitutes the motivation for the present paper. The origin of the scaling-issue, i.e. the impossibility to get access to measured data in case of accident in nuclear reactors, is discussed at first. The so-called ‘scaling-controversy’ constitutes an outcome. Then, a critical survey (or ‘scaling state-of-art’;) is given of the attempts and of the approaches to provide a solution to the scaling-issue in the area of Nuclear Reactor System Thermal-Hydraulics (NRSTH): dimensionless design factors for Integral Test Facilities (ITF) are distinguished from scaling factors. The last part of the paper has a two-fold nature: (a) classifying the information about achievements in the area of thermal-hydraulics which are relevant to scaling: the concepts of ‘scaling-pyramid’ and the related ‘scaling bridges’ are introduced; (b) establishing a logical path across the scaling achievements (represented as a ‘scaling puzzle’). In this context, the ‘roadmap for scaling’ is proposed: the objective is addressing the scaling issue when demonstrating the applicability of system codes in the licensing process of nuclear power plants. The code itself is referred hereafter as the ‘key-to-scaling’. The database from the operation of properly scaled ITF and the availability of qualified system codes are identified as main achievements in NRSTH connected with scaling. The ‘roadmap to scaling’ constitutes a unified approach to scaling which aims at solving the ‘scaling puzzle’ created by researches performed during a half-a-century period.

Scaling in nuclear reactor system thermal-hydraulics

D'AURIA, FRANCESCO SAVERIO;
2010-01-01

Abstract

Scaling is a reference ‘key-word’ in engineering and in physics. The relevance of scaling in the water cooled nuclear reactor technology constitutes the motivation for the present paper. The origin of the scaling-issue, i.e. the impossibility to get access to measured data in case of accident in nuclear reactors, is discussed at first. The so-called ‘scaling-controversy’ constitutes an outcome. Then, a critical survey (or ‘scaling state-of-art’;) is given of the attempts and of the approaches to provide a solution to the scaling-issue in the area of Nuclear Reactor System Thermal-Hydraulics (NRSTH): dimensionless design factors for Integral Test Facilities (ITF) are distinguished from scaling factors. The last part of the paper has a two-fold nature: (a) classifying the information about achievements in the area of thermal-hydraulics which are relevant to scaling: the concepts of ‘scaling-pyramid’ and the related ‘scaling bridges’ are introduced; (b) establishing a logical path across the scaling achievements (represented as a ‘scaling puzzle’). In this context, the ‘roadmap for scaling’ is proposed: the objective is addressing the scaling issue when demonstrating the applicability of system codes in the licensing process of nuclear power plants. The code itself is referred hereafter as the ‘key-to-scaling’. The database from the operation of properly scaled ITF and the availability of qualified system codes are identified as main achievements in NRSTH connected with scaling. The ‘roadmap to scaling’ constitutes a unified approach to scaling which aims at solving the ‘scaling puzzle’ created by researches performed during a half-a-century period.
2010
D'Auria, FRANCESCO SAVERIO; Galassi, G. M.
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