This paper focuses on the TRACE code assessment for helium-cooled systems thermal-hydraulic analysis. In the frame of the GoFastR (gas cooled fast reactor) European Collaborative Project, ENEA has offered some selected experimental data for the organization of a benchmark exercise aimed at the validation of the system and CFD codes for the gas reactor transient analyses. One of the Research Center Řež teams participated in it with a CFD code application. Now, the experimental data are used in order to assess the TRACE code for the ongoing high-temperature helium loop (HTHL-2) licensing process. The results of the TRACE calculations agreed very well with the experimental measurements (often within the experimental uncertainties) data provided by the He-FUS3 facility, indicating that the code, despite developed for water coolant applications, if an appropriately tuned input is adopted, it can also be suitable for reasonably accurate gas technology thermo-hydraulic simulations.

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