After the full power operation of the 10 MW High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor-Test Module (HTR-10), several safety demonstration tests, representing the anticipated transient without scram (ATWS) conditions, were successfully performed on this reactor. Among these tests, two reactivity insertion ATWS tests were conducted by withdrawing a single control rod without reactor scram at 30% rated power.

In the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) of Tsinghua University, these two tests have been reanalyzed using the THERMIX code, and the code itself was strictly checked through the test data. According to the previous code benchmark activities utilizing the HTR-10 tests, the temperature coefficient of reactivity (TCR), the residual heat level (RHL) and the xenon poisoning effect (XPE) could be considered the most important influencing factors of the THERMIX simulation accuracy for the core dynamics. In this study, sensitivity analyses are performed on the basis of the assumed variations of TCR, RHL and XPE. The impacts of these concerned parameters on the reactor power transient are qualitatively identified.

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