European Research on the Corium issues within the SARNET network of excellence

C. Journeau, J.M. Bonnet, L. Godin-Jacqmin, P. Piluso, D. Tarabelli, E. Dufour, B. Spindler, L. Nicolas, E. Altstadt, K. Atkhen, Y. Dutheillet, J.S. Lamy, G. Bandini, S. Ederli, M. Barrachin, M. Cranga, C. Duriez, F. Fichot, G. Repetto, V. KoundyJ. Birchley, D. Bottomley, T. Wiss, M. Buck, M. Burger, B. Cheynet, D. Dimov, P. Grudev, A. Stefanova, T.N. Dinh, W.M. Ma, B.R. Sehgal, T. Drath, T. Hollands, I. Kleinhietpass, M. Koch, J. Duspiva, M. Kiselova, B. Kujal, P. Vokac, W. Erdmann, C. Müller, C. Spengler, M. Fischer, W. Schmidt, S. Hellmann, J.J. Foit, A. Miassoedov, M. Steinbriick, J. Stuckert, E. Gallego, M. Garcia Martin, T. Meleg, D. Ohai, P. Matejovic, M. Mathew, G. Sdouz, T. Sevon

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Within SARNET, the corium topic covers all the behaviors of corium from early phase of core degradation to in or ex-vessel corium recovery with the exception of corium interaction with water, direct containment heating and fission product release. The corium topic regroups in three work packages the critical mass of competence required to improve significantly the corium behavior knowledge. The spirit of the SARNET networking is to share the knowledge, the facilities and the simulation tools for severe accidents, so to reach a better efficiency and to rationalize the R&D effort at European level. Extensive benchmarking has been launched in most of the areas of research. These benchmarks were mainly dedicated to the recalculation of experiments, while, in the next periods, a larger focus will be given to integral experiments or reactor applications. Eventually, all the knowledge will be accumulated in the ASTEC severe accident simulation code through physical model improvements and extension of validation database. This paper summarizes the progress that has been achieved in the frame of the networking activities. A special focus is placed on the melt pool and debris coolability and corium-concrete interaction, in which, the effects due to multidimensional geometries and heterogeneities has been shown, during SARNET, to play a crucial role and for which further research is still needed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants, ICAPP 2008 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants, ICAPP 2008
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/08 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Journeau, C., Bonnet, J. M., Godin-Jacqmin, L., Piluso, P., Tarabelli, D., Dufour, E., ... Sevon, T. (2008). European Research on the Corium issues within the SARNET network of excellence. Paper presented at International Conference on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants, ICAPP 2008, United States.