Scientific Highlights

20 September 2019
TEG Highlight 092019

PANDA Large-scale Experiments addressing Complex Natural Circulation in a PWR two-room type containment

In nuclear safety analyses, the assessment of hydrogen release, distribution, and mitigation in the containment has high relevance, because under certain postulated scenarios, combustible mixture could form and hydrogen explosions could damage safety systems.

Safety analyses is carried out using advanced computational tools that have been assessed and validated through a variety of the analyses based experiments representative of the phenomena postulated in the containment and obtained in highly instrumented thermal-hydraulics facilities.

The OECD/NEA HYMERES project ( was carried out to create an experimental database consisting in 24 PANDA tests and 9 MISTRA (CEA, France) tests devoted to phenomena with high relevance in nuclear safety. In two PANDA tests identified as HP6_1 and HP6_2) was investigated the effect of complex natural circulation in a PWR two-room type containment, on the hydrogen distribution, during postulated accidents [1]. The PANDA test specifications have been determined based on scoping analyses with the GOTHIC and APROS advanced computational tools [2].

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