Dynamic experiments in air and water (simulating liquid sodium) were performed by ISMES, on behalf of ENEA, on various core element groups of the Italian PEC fast reactor. Bundles of one, seven and nineteen mock-ups reproducing fuel, reflecting and neutron shield elements in full scale were analysed on shaking tables. Tests concerned both groups of equal elements and mixed configurations which corresponded to real core parts. The effects of PEC core-restraint ring were also studied. Seismic excitations of up to 2.5 g were applied to core diagrid. Test results were analysed by use of the one-dimensional program CORALIE and the two-dimensional program CLASH. The study allowed the fluid effects in the PEC core to be evaluated; it also contributed to validation of the above mentioned programs for their general use for fast reactor core analysis. This paper presents the main features of the experimental and the numerical studies and reports comparisons between calculations and measurements.
Experimental and numerical analysis of fluid-structure interaction effects in a fast reactor core / Martelli, Alessandro; Forni, Massimo; Melloni, Riccardo; Paoluzzi, Roberto; Bonacina, Giuseppe; Castoldi, Aldo; Zola, Maurizio. - In: RES MECHANICA. - ISSN 0143-0084. - 30:3(1990), pp. 243-290.