Center for computational science and e-systems of Japan Atomic Energy Agency is carrying out R&D in the area of extra large-scale simulation technologies for solving nuclear plant structures in its entirety. Specifically, we focus on establishing a virtual plant vibration simulator on interconnected supercomputers intended for seismic response analysis of a whole nuclear plant. The simulation of the whole plant is a very difficult task because an extremely large dataset must be processed. To overcome this difficulty, we have proposed and implemented a necessary simulation framework and computing platform. The simulation framework based on the computing platform has been applied to a linear elastic analysis of the reactor pressure vessel and cooling systems of a nuclear research facility, the HTTR. The simulation framework opens a possibility of new simulation technologies for building a whole virtual nuclear plant in computers for virtual experiments.

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