The Auxiliary Building Controlled Area Emergency Exhaust Air Cleaning Units (ACU) should be taken into account in the accident analysis that the entire gaseous radioactive material is exhausted to the environment through the auxiliary building without any filtration until the pressure reaches a negative pressure, approximately -0.25 inch, water gauge, when the ACU operation is credited in the analysis. Thus, this paper performed thermal-hydraulic analysis using GOTHIC program and showed the exhaust flow from each room in the auxiliary building controlled area to maintain room pressure not greater than (-) 0.25 inch water gauge.
An air cleaning unit(ACU) in a nuclear power plant plays a role on cooling the safety-related components whose function is involved in the reactor shutdown, and maintains the suitable temperature and humidity for work in the rooms where an operator is working on. To guarantee the performance of the unit the design of ACU should be subject to credible codes and standards, such as ASME, ANSI and ASHRAE, etc. On top of them, the desorption of the carbon adsorber is addressed in ASME N509 which causes the adsorber no longer to capture the iodine isotopes produced by the severe accident. In this study, the equations of the heat source were derived from the radioactive decay heat of each iodine isotopes. From the resultant equation, the maximum temperature below 300oF for the desorption was calculated under a proposed condition and analysed with the reference results.