LBE-water interaction in sub-critical reactors: First experimental and modelling results

A. Ciampichetti, P. Agostini, G. Benamati, G. Bandini, D. Pellini, N. Forgione, F. Oriolo, W. Ambrosini

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This paper concerns the study of the phenomena involved in the interaction between LBE and pressurised water which could occur in some hypothetical accidents in accelerator driven system type reactors. The LIFUS 5 facility was designed and built at ENEA-Brasimone to reproduce this kind of interaction in a wide range of conditions. The first test of the experimental program was carried out injecting water at 70 bar and 235 °C in a reaction vessel containing LBE at 1 bar and 350 °C. A pressurisation up to 80 bar was observed in the test section during the considered transient. The SIMMER III code was used to simulate the performed test. The calculated data agree in a satisfactory way with the experimental results giving confidence in the possibility to use this code for safety analyses of heavy liquid metal cooled reactors. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418 - 423
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Ciampichetti, A., Agostini, P., Benamati, G., Bandini, G., Pellini, D., Forgione, N., ... Ambrosini, W. (2008). LBE-water interaction in sub-critical reactors: First experimental and modelling results. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 376(3), 418 - 423.