To design fast reactor (FR) core components, seismic response must be evaluated in order to ensure structural integrity. Thus, a core seismic analysis method has been developed to evaluate 3D core vibration behavior considering fluid structure interaction and vertical displacements (rising). The analysis code is verified by a series of vibration tests.

The evaluation model to simulate the influence of core element deformation due to heat and irradiation were developed and the analysis of the seismic test was performed. And the evaluation model was verified by comparing the seismic test and analysis results.

A fast reactor core consists of hundreds of core elements, which lengthen due to thermal expansion and swelling. So, the core elements are self-standing on the core support structure and not restrained in the axial direction. When the vertical seismic excitation surpasses gravitational acceleration, it is necessary to consider vertical displacements and horizontal displacements of the core elements simultaneously. This 3-D vibration behavior is affected by the fluid loads from ambient coolant and the interference of surrounding structures. To solve this, the influential factors to vibration behaviors due to the structure and fluid body, including fluid structure interaction, are extracted and the 3-D reactor core group vibration analysis code (REVIAN-3D) is developed.

Core elements are deformed due to thermal expansion and irradiation, and are interfered with surrounding elements each other. The interference increases the frictional force acting on the core element and reduce the vertical displacement (rising) of the core element during the earthquake. To evaluate this reduction of rising, the evaluation model simulating this deformation is incorporated in REVIAN-3D.

In this study, the analysis of the vibration test was carried out using the new incorporated evaluation model. As the deformation of mock-up increases, the vertical displacement (rising) decreases, and when the initial interference due to deformation exceeds the threshold, no rising occurs. This trend agreed well between the vibration test and analysis. It is verified that the new incorporated evaluation model simulates the test result enough.

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