A one-dimensional model is formulated to assess the thermal response of the Westinghouse Advanced Plant (AP1000) lower head based on two bounding melt configurations. Melt Configuration I involves a stratified light metallic layer on top of a molten ceramic pool, and melt Configuration II represents the conditions that an additional heavy metal layer forms below the ceramic pool. The approach consists of the specification of initial conditions; determination of the mode, the size and the location of lower hea…
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