In order to enhance safety assessments of Sodium Fast Reactors (SFR), some scenarios involving transient Fluid-Structure Interactions (FSI) are investigated using numerical simulation tools. SFRs are indeed quite sensible to mechanical deformations regarding their nuclear power (see [1] for more details). The originality of the scenario presented in the paper is to consider sufficient large mechanical interactions involving a large pressure decrease in the fluid domain. This decrease leads to vaporization of the fluid and then to a different impact on the structures. By means of the open-source software Code Saturne developed by EDF [2], this scenario is investigated in 2D using a 3-equation model derived from the Navier-Stokes equations while an harmonic model is applied for the mechanical structures. The code coupling is managed using the Newmark algorithm for the mechanical part and a damped fixed point algorithm in order to get a converged coupled FSI problem.

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Published on 11/03/21

Submitted on 11/03/21

Volume 1500 - Fluid-structure Interaction, Contact and Interfaces, 2021

DOI: 10.23967/wccm-eccomas.2020.232

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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