Pressure Oscillations in a Water-Cooled Nuclear Reactor Induced by Water-Hammer Waves

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P. Lieberman, E. A. Brown

Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology, Technology Center, Chicago, Ill.

J. Basic Eng 82(4), 901-907 (Dec 01, 1960) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3662794 History: Received July 10, 1959; Online November 04, 2011


Shutdown of the Babcock & Wilcox nuclear reactor water coolant pumps will cause check valves to close which will induce the generation of water hammer in the system. The magnitude, frequency, and duration of possible pressure oscillations in the pipeline and the discharge of the pressure oscillations into the attached plenum chamber were evaluated. Although the plenum chamber contains a great number of suspended rods, it was possible to establish the upper bound for the pressure loading across the internal structure of the plenum chamber at various stations for determination of design criteria.

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