Development of the VESUVIUS model and analysis of the premixing phase of an ex-vessel steam explosion Conference Paper uri icon


  • The VESUVIUS module, which currently models the premixing phase of a steam explosion following a hypothesized severe accident, is being developed for incorporation into the IMPACT simulation software. A unique contribution of this software is its extensions of the capabilities of the α -FLOW code, which make possible evaluation of phenomena related to steam explosions in the containment vessel by a general-purpose, thermal-hydraulic code. Modeling of the pre-mixing phase is the initial part of a software development program being conducted at the Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation to analyze steam explosion scenarios in the containment vessel. These predictions will rely as much as possible on physics-based models rather than empirical data. A description of the modeling and comparisons of sample calculations to results of a severe accident code and experimental data are presented. Intended for adoption by the IMPACT project, the VESUVIUS software will be made compatible with parallel computing hardware.

author list (cited authors)

  • Vierow, K., Naitoh, M., Nagano, K., & Araki, K.

publication date

  • December 1996