Containment is the ultimate barrier which protects the radioactive substance from spreading to the atmosphere. Sensitivity analysis on AP1000 containment during postulated design basis accidents (DBAs) was studied by a dedicated analysis code PCCSAP-3D. The code was a three-dimensional thermal-hydraulic program developed to analyze the transient response of the containment during DBAs; and it was validated at a certain extent. Peak pressure and temperature were the most important phenomena during DBAs. The parameters being studied for sensitivity analysis were break source mass flow rate, containment free space, surface area and volume of heat structures, heat capacity of the containment shell, film coverage, cooling water tank mass flow rate and initial conditions. The results showed that break mass flow rate as well as containment free space had the most significant impact on the peak pressure and temperature during DBAs.

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