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Static and transient analyses of Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR1400) initial core using open-source nodal core simulator KOMODO
Nuclear Engineering and Technology  (IF2.341),  Pub Date : 2021-08-07, DOI: 10.1016/j.net.2021.08.012
Jwaher Alnaqbi, Donny Hartanto, Reem Alnuaimi, Muhammad Imron, Victor Gillette

The United Arab Emirates is currently building and operating four units of the APR-1400 developed by a South Korean vendor, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). This paper attempts to perform APR-1400 reactor core analysis by using the well-known two-step method. The two-step method was applied in the APR-1400 first cycle using the open-source nodal diffusion code, KOMODO. In this study, the group constants were generated using CASMO-4 fuel transport lattice code. The simulation was performed in Hot Zero Power (HZP) at steady-state and transient conditions. Some typical parameters necessary for the Nuclear Design Report (NDR) were evaluated in this paper, such as effective neutron multiplication factor, control rod worth, and critical boron concentration for steady-state analysis. Other parameters such as reactivity insertion, power, and fuel temperature changes were also evaluated in the Reactivity Insertion Accident (RIA) simulation from HZP. The results from KOMODO are also verified using PARCS and SIMULATE-3 nodal core simulators. It was found that KOMODO gives an excellent agreement.