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Light Water Reactor Severe Accident Analysis and Experimentation at Argonne Related to the Nuclear Incident in Japan

Nuclear Engineering Seminar
Mitch Farmer (NE), Manager, Engineering Development Labs
July 16, 2013 10:00AM to 11:00AM
Building 203, Room D120
The 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan initiated severe accidents at several of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. These accidents have led to a resurgence of interest in Light Water Reactor (LWR) severe accident phenomenology. This presentation will provide an historical overview of this research and discuss some of the basic physics involved with severe accidents, as well as phenomenological models that have been developed to describe the progression. The presentation will also include a general discussion about the application of the LWR severe accident knowledge base to events at Fukushima.