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HPAC Validation against NRC Documentation...

by Charles D Sulfredge, Ronald W Lee
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ORNL Report
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This report describes validation of the radiological source terms in the Nuclear Facility Accident (NFAC) module of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)’s Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC) software. The validation will be conducted by comparing the source terms defined in HPAC to published data from references approved by the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Comparisons will be done for both pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs). This comparison includes the magnitude, isotopic composition, and timing of the release fractions over the course of a severe or moderate accident. Calculations for both facility-specific nuclear power plants and for more generic reactor categories are involved. It is shown that the NFAC radiological source terms in HPAC agree well with NRC standards for moderate and severe accidents at PWRs and BWRs.