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Improved nuclear safety and reliability through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation

This white paper discusses how CFD can be used to improve the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants.

The average nuclear power plant more than 10km (6 miles) of pipework. Pipes that supply cooling water to the reactor and to the spent fuel pools. Pipes that provide steam to the turbine, and gas fuel and lubricant to emergency diesel generators. A review of pipe safety in US nuclear power plants recorded over 4000 pipe failures in a 36-year period, 2247 of which were only detected after the pipe had leaked. The consequences of these failures included significant outages, damage to plant equipment, radiation leaks, and unfortunately worker fatalities.

This white paper explores how CFD can be used to improve the reliability of equipment and piping for nuclear power plants, and understand supersonic-steam-jet phenomena, which occurs when pipes rupture.

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This white paper discusses how CFD can be used to improve the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants.

The average nuclear power plant more than 10km (6 miles) of pipework. Pipes that supply cooling water to the reactor and to the spent fuel pools. Pipes that provide steam to the turbine, and gas fuel and lubricant to emergency diesel generators. A review of pipe safety in US nuclear power plants recorded over 4000 pipe failures in a 36-year period, 2247 of which were only detected after the pipe had leaked. The consequences of these failures included significant outages, damage to plant equipment, radiation leaks, and unfortunately worker fatalities.

This white paper explores how CFD can be used to improve the reliability of equipment and piping for nuclear power plants, and understand supersonic-steam-jet phenomena, which occurs when pipes rupture.