Abstract

To deepen our understanding for the current debris status and investigate the debris-structure interactions in the pedestal region of Fukushima Unit-3, the Moving Particle Semi-implicit (MPS) method is further developed for simulation of multi-component liquid/solid relocation with solid-liquid phase changes aiming for plant-scale practices. The improvement of the existing MPS method mainly consists of two parts, namely 1) the improvement of numerical stability and accuracy, including a) applying second-order corrective matrix to the particle interaction models and b) particle shifting that can optimize particle configurations; and 2) improvement of calculation efficiency, including a) hybrid OpenMP and MPI parallelization and b) particle type-dependent speed-up algorithms to reduce calculation costs for particles with extremely high viscosity and low velocity.

In the current study, the improved MPS method is validated against the experiments carried out at Waseda University, in which molten salt droplets were released to interact with aluminum pillars and solidify on them. Good agreement of the total height of the solidified salt and its distribution on the pillars has been achieved. The successful validation has shown the capability of the current MPS method for simulations of Unit-3 pedestal region.

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