Chinshan Nuclear Power Plant (CSNPP) is a two-unit BWR4 plant with 1804MWt power per unit. Taipower Co., the owner of the plant is preparing the life extension procedure to extend the CSNPP operation time. In order to meet the life extension requirement, many issues need to be solved before life extension licensing, such as the spent nuclear fuel management, structure aging etc. For the spent nuclear fuel management, ROC Atomic Energy Council (ROCAEC) certified method is employed to analyze the thermal behaviors of Dry Storage System (DSS). This method uses ANSYS coupled with RELAP5-3D to solve the thermal characteristic and successfully accomplish the licensing procedure of the Chinshan Nuclear Dry Storage Project. However, further validation results demonstrate that the coupled method still exists uncertainty and deficiency. In this study, a new Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) numerical model for spend nuclear fuel (NSF) dry storage system (DSS) has been developed to improve the accuracy of DSS thermal analysis results. Its accuracy has been validated by comparing the temperature predictions with the experimental results of VSC-17 DSS. It has been found that the thermal behaviors and physical phenomena in the DSS could be predicted with good agreement for the measurements. Moreover, the uncertainty and reasonableness of results in previous method can be improved by the new thermal analyses methodology.

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