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Application of Inelastic Method and Its Comparison with Elastic Method for the Assessment of In-Box LOCA Event on EU DEMO HCPB Breeding Blanket Cap Region

Retheesh, Anoop; Hernández, Francisco A.; Zhou, Guangming


The Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) breeding blanket, being developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its partners is one of the two driver blanket candidates to be selected for the European demonstration fusion power plant (EU DEMO). The in-box Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) is a postulated initiating event of the breeding blanket (BB) that must be accounted within the design basis. In this paper, the BB cap region is analyzed for its ability to withstand an in-box LOCA event. Initially, an assessment is performed using conventional elastic design codes for nuclear pressure vessels. However, it is thought that the elastic rules are not ‘equipped’ to assess the material damage modes which are essentially inelastic. Therefore, a non-linear inelastic analysis is further performed to better understand the damage in the material. Two predominant inelastic failure modes are thought to be relevant and addressed: exhaustion of ductility and plastic flow localization. While the design of HCPB BB has been predominantly based on the elastic design-by-analysis studies, results from the present study show that the elastic rules may be overly conservative for the given material and loading and could lead to inefficient designs. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000140988
Veröffentlicht am 09.12.2021
DOI: 10.3390/app11199104
Zitationen: 3
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik (INR)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2076-3417
KITopen-ID: 1000140988
HGF-Programm 31.13.04 (POF IV, LK 01) In Vessel Components
Erschienen in Applied Sciences
Verlag MDPI
Band 11
Heft 19
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 9104
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 30.09.2021
Schlagwörter EU DEMO; breeding blanket; LOCA; thermomechanical assessment; design-by-analysis; exhaustion of ductility; plastic flow localization; Eurofer97
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