Heat transfer between cladding and coolant during transient scenarios remains a critical area of uncertainty in understanding nuclear reactor safety. To advance the understanding of transient and accident scenarios involving critical heat flux (CHF), an in-pile experiment for the Transient Reactor Test facility (TREAT) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was developed. The experiment, named CHF-Static Environment Rodlet Transient Test Apparatus (CHF-SERTTA), consists of a hollow borated stainless-steel heater rod submerged in a static water pool heated via the (n, α) reaction in boron-10. This paper presents a novel inverse heat transfer method to determine CHF by using the optimization and uncertainty software Dakota to calibrate a RELAP5-3D model of CHF-SERTTA to temperature measurements obtained from a thermocouple welded to the surface of the rod.

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