In order to predict the critical power or void fraction in BWR fuel bundles and the DNB heat flux of PWR fuel assemblies, the boiling transition analysis code called “CAPE” with mechanistic models has been developed in the IMPACT project by NUPEC. The objective of the CAPE code development is to perform with good accuracy the safety evaluation for a new type or improved fuel bundle design of BWR and PWR without full-scale experiments or any tuning parameters in the analysis code. In the present study dryout heat fluxes of BWR fuel assembly were analyzed by the CAPE code and compared with experimental data of BFBT benchmark test carried out by NUPEC. In the CAPE code, mechanistic model of liquid film dryout in annular flow is used considering entrainment and deposition of droplet. In such mechanistic prediction of dryout, the correlations of entrainment and deposition rates play quite important roles and many correlations have been developed. In addition to the original correlations in the CAPE code, several typical correlations, which are widely used in the analysis of annular dispersed flow, were tested for the prediction of dryout. The results indicated that the CAPE code satisfactorily predicted dryout heat fluxes of fuel assembly for wide range of pressure, mass flux, subcooling and bundle geometries obtained in BFBT benchmark test. The accuracy of prediction depends upon the combination of correlations of entrainment and deposition rates. The evaluation of correlations of entrainment and deposition rates was carried out.

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