Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) are receiving increased attention arising from their potential advantages compared to conventional reactors; these include inherent safety features and reduced costs. The circulating fuel in an MSR induces a strong coupling between neutronics and thermal hydraulics, in part due to the delayed neutron field being affected by the fuel velocity fields, thus requiring new modelling approaches. In this paper a conventional operator-splitting and a multiphysics coupling technique between neutronics and thermal hydraulics, applied to a simple test geometry, are compared. Commercial software, ANSYS CFX for thermal hydraulics and MCNP for neutronics, are applied in the conventional operator-splitting technique, whereas multiphysics coupling is investigated by means of open source software OpenFOAM. In particular, fuel temperature, velocity and power distribution fields obtained by the two approaches are presented and compared.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors - Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ontario, Canada|
Duration: 6 Nov 2018 → 8 Nov 2018
Conference number: 1
|Conference||1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors|
|Location||Ottawa Marriott Hotel|
|Period||06/11/2018 → 08/11/2018|
Nalbandyan, A., Klinkby, E. B., & Lauritzen, B. (2018). Coupling Techniques for Multiphysics Modeling of Molten Salt Reactors. Paper presented at 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors, Ontario, Canada.