The Sodium Chemistry (NAC) package in MELCOR has been developed to enhance application to sodium cooled fast reactor. The models in the NAC package have been assessed through benchmark analyses. The F7-1 sodium pool fire experimental analysis is conducted within the framework of the U.S.–Japan collaboration under the Civil Nuclear Energy Research and Development Working Group. This study assesses the capability of the improved models proposed for the sodium pool fire in MELCOR through comparison with the F7-1 experimental data and the results of the SPHINCS code developed in Japan. Pool heat transfer, pool oxide layer, and pool spreading models are improved in this study to mitigate the deviations exhibited in the previous study where the original CONTAIN-LMR models are used: the overestimation of combustion rate and associated temperature during the initial phase of the sodium fire relative to the experimental data and SPHINCS results, and the underestimation of them during the later phase. The analytical result of the improved sodium pool fire model agrees well with the experimental data and SPHINCS results over the entire course of the sodium fire. This study illustrates these enhanced capabilities for MELCOR to reliably simulate sodium pool fire events.

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