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[en] Highlights: • Experiments on scale models of nuclear buildings and chimney exhausts were performed. • Pressure coefficient fields on buildings are shown for various wind directions. • Evolution of pressure coefficient vs U/W ratio is given for various chimney exhausts. • RANS simulations using SST k–ω turbulence model were performed on most studied cases. • A good agreement is overall observed, with Root Mean Square Deviation lower than 0.15. - Abstract: Wind creates pressure effects on different surfaces of buildings according to their exposure to the wind, in particular at external communications. In nuclear facilities, these effects can change contamination transfers inside the building and can even lead to contamination release into the environment, especially in damaged (ventilation stopped) or accidental situations. The diversity of geometries of facilities requires the use of a validated code for predicting pressure coefficients, which characterize the wind effect on the building walls and the interaction between the wind and chimney exhaust. The first aim of a research program launched by the French Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), was therefore to acquire experimental data of the mean pressure coefficients for different geometries of buildings and chimneys through wind tunnel tests and then to validate a CFD code (ANSYS CFX) from these experimental results. The simulations were performed using a steady RANS approach and a two-equation SST k–ω turbulence model. After a mesh sensitivity study for one configuration of building and chimney, a comparison was carried out between the numerical and experimental values for other studied configurations. This comparison was generally satisfactory, averaged over all measurement points, with values of Root Mean Square Deviations lower than 0.15 for most cases
[en] A first article outlines how the IRSN controls the global strategy implemented by operators for the dismantling of nuclear installation, and technical solutions for each operation in order these operations to be performed in the best conditions for safety and radiation protection. Some specific issues related to the cases of Cadarache and Saclay are evoked, as well as issues related to wastes. It outlines that the objective is to minimise all possible impacts of dismantling operations. The case of trans-uranium elements, the use of thermal cutting, and the development of a virtual dismantling software (DEMplus) are evoked. A second article addresses the case of very low activity wastes (their quantity will strongly increase) with the search for recycling solutions, for example metal fusion. The third article briefly sheds a light on the case of dismantling works in the Chooz reactor (the first French PWR to be dismantled)
[en] In order to better evaluate the consequences of an accidental release of heavy gas, such as uranium hexafluoride (UF6), in some installations in the nuclear fuel cycle, an experimental and numerical study was conducted by IRSN on heavy gas dispersion in a ventilated room. This study was based on about 20 injection configurations of a large quantity of a heavy tracer gas, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), inside two ventilated rooms of different sizes. Stratification of the tracer gas was detected in all the configurations studied, even at low concentrations. Numerical simulations performed with the multidimensional CFX code enabled the stratification and the concentration levels reached in the rooms to be predicted overall, and the higher the air flow rate, the more satisfactory the comparison between simulation and experiment
[en] Highlights: • Development of an analytical model for assessing the well-mixing length of a tracer in a duct airflow. • Validation on data from in situ experiments. • Model simplification for proposing correlations more suitable for the industrial issue. - Abstract: The aim of this study is to propose an analytical model for assessing the well-mixing length of a tracer in a ventilation duct. The first part of the article is devoted to describe an experimental bench developed for validating the proposed model. This bench allows to follow the evolution of a tracer injected at a source point in the center of a duct by using an original optical measurement technique. In a second part, an analytical model for the spatial evolution of a tracer concentration in a circular duct is developed, taking into account an eddy viscosity model. The difficulty for applying this model to industrial cases led us to propose a simplified version that can be used for a non-dimensional distance greater than 20 diameters. The latter was then inverted in order to access to two criteria: the coefficient of variation in the duct section and the difference between the local measured concentration and the expected homogeneous concentration. Each one has its interest depending on whether a global information on the duct section or a local information (on the axis for example) at a given distance is required.