NPP Krško containment modelling with the ASTEC code
Keywords:ASTEC, core melt, direct containment heating, molten corium concrete interaction, PWR
ASTEC is an integral computer code jointly developed by Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN, France) and Gesellschaft für Anlagenund Reaktorsicherheit (GRS, Germany) to assess nuclear power plant behaviour during a severe accident (SA). The ASTEC code was used to model and to simulate NPP behaviour during a postulated station blackout accident in the NPP Krško. The accident analysis was focused on containment behaviour; however the complete integral NPP analysis was carried out in order to provide correct boundary conditions for the containment calculation. During the accident, the containment integrity was challenged by release of reactor system coolant through degraded coolant pump seals, molten corium concrete interaction and direct containment heating mechanisms. Impact of those processes on relevant containment parameters, such as compartments pressures and temperatures, is going to be discussed in the paper.