Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, South Africa, 1-4 July, 2007.
The SMART-P a pilot plant of the integral type reactor SMART(System Integrated Modular Advanced Reactor) which has new innovative design features aimed at achieving a highly enhanced safety and improved economics. A test facility (VISTA) has been constructed to simulate the SMART-P which is a full height and 1/96 volume scaled test facility with respect to the SMART-P. The VISTA facility has been used to understand the thermal-hydraulic behavior including several operational transients and design basis accidents and finally it will contribute to verifying the system design of the SMART-P. During the past five years, several integral effect tests have been carried out and reported, including performance tests, MCP(Main Coolant Pump) transients, power transients and heatup or cooldown procedures. In the present study, the VISTA facility was subjected to the major safety related non-LOCA transient conditions in a primary and secondary system, including a power increase due to a CEDM (Control Element Drive Mechanism) withdrawal, a feedwater decrease and a steam flow increase in order to verify the safety analysis code for the SMART-P.