Journal article

BWR stability and bifurcation analysis using reduced order models and system codes: Identification of a subcritical Hopf bifurcation using RAMONA

The system code RAMONA, as well as a recently developed BWR reduced order model (ROM), are employed for the stability analysis of a specific operational point of the Leibstadt nuclear power plant. This has been done in order to assess the ROM's applicability and limitations in a quantitative manner. In the context of a detailed local bifurcation analysis carried out using RAMONA in the neighbourhood of the chosen Leibstadt operA ational point, a bridge is built between the ROM and the system code, This has been achieved through interpreting RAMONA solutions on the basis of the physical mechanisms identified in the course of applying the ROM. This leads, for the first time, to the identification of a subcritical Poincare-Andronov-Hopf (PAH) bifurcation using a system code. As a consequence, the possibility of the so-called correspondence hypothesis is suggested to underline the relationship between a stable (unstable) limit cycle solution and the occurrence of a supercritical (subcritical) PAH bifurcation in the modeling of boiling water reactor stability behaviour. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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