Development of design and simulation model and safety study of large-scale hydrogen production using nuclear power Conference Paper uri icon


  • A study on the design of a large-scale hydrogen production plant was carried out, including its economic viability and safe operation. The work includes design of the nuclear and chemical component, and development of computational models for the nuclear reactor and the chemical plant plus the coupling of these models. The sulfur-iodine (SI)-cycle has shown high potential for large-scale hydrogen production. To provide a large power source for the SI-cycle, a nuclear plant capable of producing steam ≤ 850°C was considered. The options in the design include the reactor core design, thermal hydraulics, and safety. Simulation models will be developed for the SI-cycle and for the coupled plant analysis. The latter will be based on the MELCOR code and will be coupled to the simulation model for SI plant performance. MELCOR has a strong, worldwide reputation as a premiere safety analysis tool for nuclear reactors. The code will be ready for testing around May 2006. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase (Cincinnati, OH 10/30/2005-11/4/2005).

author list (cited authors)

  • Rodríguez, S. B., Gauntt, R. O., Cole, R., Modesto, M., Gelbard, F., Malczynski, L., ... Archuleta, L.

publication date

  • January 2005