A mitigation system which can keep core melt stable after a severe accident is necessary to a next generation BWR design. Toshiba has been developing a compact core catcher to be placed at the lower drywell in the containment vessel. The cooling water for the core catcher is supplied from the passive flooder and PCCS drain line. After the core catcher is flooded, the molten core would be cooled by both overflooding water and inclined cooling channels, in which water is boiling and natural circulation is established. So the core catcher can operate in passive manner and has no active component inside the containment.
This paper summarizes flow dynamics and heat removal capability in an inclined cooling channel of core catcher when cooling water flows by the natural circulation.