Finite Element Study of Pressure Wave Attenuation by Reactor Fuel Subassemblies

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T. Belytschko

Depart. of Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, Ill.

J. M. Kennedy

Engineering Mechanics Section, Reactor Analysis and Safety Division, Argonne National Lab., Argonne, Ill.

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 97(3), 172-177 (Aug 01, 1975) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454291 History: Received April 02, 1975; Online October 25, 2010


The attenuation of pressure waves by the subassembly walls in a reactor core was studied by a two dimensional, finite element program. For these purposes, a hydro-dynamic finite element was incorporated in an existing dynamic structural program. The resulting program has the advantage that complex boundary conditions and the interaction of structural and fluid elements are handled in a straightforward manner. The program was used to model a section of the hexcan and the surrounding fluid; the hexcan was modelled by beam elements. It is shown that the hexcan walls attenuate pressure peaks by about 33 percent in the adjacent subassembly. Thus the subassembly walls may play an important role in confining the effects of local accidents.

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