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Activity name SPARC - Scenarios and Phenomena Affecting Risk of Containment Failure and Release Characteristics
Project summary

A robust severe accident management strategy is paramount for minimizing the environmental impact in the case of a severe accident involving melting of a reactor core. Both physical phenomena (deterministic) and accident scenarios (stochastic) are sources of uncertainties in the assessment of effectiveness of the accident mitigation. Adequate approaches are necessary in order to address both deterministic (epistemic) and stochastic (aleatory) sources of uncertainty in a consistent manner.


KTH, VTT and LRC have been active in addressing phenomenological and scenario uncertainties in severe accidents in the framework of national programs such as APRI-MSWI, SAFIR, NPSAG, NKS-DECOSE and NKS-DPSA, European FP7 and Horizon2020 projects SARNET, SAFEST, CESAM, IVMR and in direct collaboration with nuclear power utilities and regulators. 


The goal of the project is to develop approaches and data for addressing the effects of scenarios and phenomena on the risk of containment failure and characteristics of release in case of a severe accident. There are 4 work packages that provide tightly coupled with each other activities; 

WP1: Development and application of risk oriented accident analysis framework (ROAAM+) for prediction of conditional containment failure probability for a Nordic type BWR (KTH).  

WP2: Development of the methods for coupling of Integrated Deterministic Probabilistic Safety Analysis tools such as ROAAM+ developed by KTH with PSA in general and PSA-L2 in particular (LRC).

WP3: Deterministic modelling of core degradation, melt relocation, vessel failure, debris spreading, coolability and threats for the containment integrity (VTT).  

WP4: Analysis of the factors that affect the energy (temperature), altitude and probability of the release in PSA-L2 (VTT). The input is from KTH, LRC and VTT analysis in WP1, WP2 and WP3.

Lead organisation Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Sweden
Contact person Weimin Ma,, + 46-8-790 83 62


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