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A comprehensive Bayesian framework for the development, validation and uncertainty quantification of thermalhydraulic models

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The development, validation and uncertainty quantification of closure laws used into thermal-hydraulic system codes is a key issue before applying the BEPU (Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty) methodology for safety studies and licensing of nuclear reactors. The assessement of those physical models requires tuning some parameters against available experimental data. This paper presents a methodology called Bayesian calibration, which allows a more robust and reliable assessment, selection and uncertainty quantification of physical models. In this work, the experimental and predicted values are linked by means of a multiplicative random variable which represents the model uncertainty. This hypothesis is suitable for models that scale many orders of magnitude as it is the case in nuclear thermal-hydraulics. Several empirical models, which describe the same physic with different formalisations, are calibrated. Then, the one which is the best-suited according to different statistical indicators is chosen. A statistical validation is performed with a Leave One Out (LOO) technique which allows using the same database for both assessment and validation of the physical model. Then, the uncertainty on the selected best-fitting model is estimated neglecting the experimental errors. This framework is applied to condensation heat transfer correlations for safety injection based on the COSI (COndensation at Safety Injection) experiments.
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cea-04080220 , version 1 (24-04-2023)

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Riccardo Cocci, Guillaume Damblin, Alberto Ghione, Lucia Sargentini, Didier Lucor. A comprehensive Bayesian framework for the development, validation and uncertainty quantification of thermalhydraulic models. Annals of Nuclear Energy, 2022, 172, pp.109029. ⟨10.1016/j.anucene.2022.109029⟩. ⟨cea-04080220⟩
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