A Porosity Method to Describe Complex 3D-Structures Theory and Application to an Explosion

M.-F. Robbe


A theoretical method was developed to be able to describe the influence of structures of complex shape on a transient fluid flow without meshing the structures. Structures are considered as solid pores inside the fluid and act as an obstacle for the flow. The method was specifically adapted to fast transient cases.The porosity method was applied to the simulation of a Hypothetical Core Disruptive Accident in a small-scale replica of a Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor. A 2D-axisymmetrical simulation of the MARS test was performed with the EUROPLEXUS code. Whereas the central internal structures of the mock-up could be described with a classical shell model, the influence of the 3D peripheral structures was taken into account with the porosity method. 


porosity method; homogenization; nuclear reactor; explosion; fluid-structure coupling

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
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