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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2019, Article ID 1217073, 16 pages
Research Article

Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Temperature Distribution on Reactor Pressure Vessel Support under Operating Conditions

1School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
2Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute Co., Ltd., Shanghai 200233, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Pengfei Liu; nc.ude.utjs@uilfp

Received 20 January 2019; Accepted 1 April 2019; Published 18 April 2019

Academic Editor: Eugenijus Ušpuras

Copyright © 2019 Longkun He et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Reactor pressure vessel (RPV) support is a key safety facility which is categorized as Class 1 in the ASME nuclear safety design. The temperature distribution of RPV support is one of the key considerations for the concrete safety contacting with the bottom of the support. So it is necessary for accurate evaluation on the temperature field characteristics of RPV support, especially the bottom of support. This paper investigates the temperature field characteristics of modified RPV support which will be applied to a large advanced pressurized water reactor. A support entity is manufactured in a ratio of 1:1, and its temperature distribution is measured under simulated reactor operating conditions. Numerical simulation is also used to validate the results by the developed CFD model. The results show that under the operating conditions, of which the inlet cooling air temperature is 35.35°C and the velocity is 6.25 m/s, the temperature distribution of modified RPV support bottom is uneven, and the highest temperature is around 38°C, which is much lower than the demanding design temperature 93.3°C. Therefore, the design of the modified RPV support is reliable. In addition, the results of numerical simulation agree well with the experimental results with the error less than ±4°C, which ensures the reliability of the conclusion. The effects of inlet cooling air temperature and velocity on the RPV support temperature distribution are further studied. Both the temperature decrease and velocity increase can reduce the RPV support temperature. But the effect of inlet cooling air temperature is more obvious than inlet cooling air velocity. So the best way to improve air cooling capacity is to decrease the support inlet cooling air temperature. The results can provide a good guidance to the design of RPV support for the subsequent large advanced pressurized water reactor.