The objective of the current work is to shed light on studying the air flow features of the air path which is part of the passive containment cooling system (PCS) in a pressurized water reactor design. A wind tunnel test using a 1:100 scaled model is established to study the characteristic called “wind-neutrality” of the air flow in the air path, which indicates that the environmental wind should not be beneficial or detrimental to the air flow for containment cooling. Test results show that the pressure distribution in the air path is uniform, and wind speeds, wind angles, and surroundings have little effect on air flow uniformity. These investigations show that it is possible to understand air flows in the air path of PCS with a scale wind tunnel test.

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