Seismic analysis of the APR 1400 reactor vessel internals using the model reduction method

Youngin Choi, Jong Beom Park, Sang Jeong Lee, No Cheol Park, Young Pil Park, Jin Sung Kim, Woo Jin Roh

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To secure reliability of the seismic design of the reactor vessel internals (RVIs) through the finite element analysis, it is important to develop the accurate analysis model which can represent the geometric complexity of the RVIs. However, the seismic analysis requires too large computation cost to solve the complex equations; thus, it needs to reduce the overall size of the analysis model. Here, we apply a model reduction method based on the fixed-interface component mode synthesis (CMS) method to practical RVIs to solve complex numerical problems efficiently. To verify the model reduction method, several cases of the RVIs with different conditions are analyzed for the static and dynamic problems. Finally, the seismic analysis was performed with the suggested reduced model with the CMS method. The time history analysis is performed to extract important seismic responses at the specified locations, and the stress analysis is also performed to identify that the RVIs satisfy the seismic design. In the last part of the paper, an example of the design modification is suggested to reduce the stress intensity at the support locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1701-1714
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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