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Possible Accidents Scenarios in Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1109592, PP. 1-19

Subject Areas: Nuclear Technology, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Engineering

Keywords: Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, ZNPP, Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Safety and Security, Pressurized Water Reactor, PWR, VVER, Spent Fuel Assembly, Spent Fuel Pool, IAEA, IEC, ISAMZ, SNRIU, Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

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This article discusses the implications of the Ukrainian military conflict on the safety and security of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). We have used some simplified models to calculate the boiling and boiling-off times of water in the spent fuel pools to estimate the impacts of complete shutdown of cooling systems and the probability of dangerous accidents in storage facilities. Our data confirm that this probability is not negligible, so, this factor of risk should be taken into consideration in the safety standards and regulations of nuclear plants, in general, and in ZNPP specially. Moreover, we have discussed other possible accidents scenarios, related to hydrogen generation and units launching at current conditions and circumstances.

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Molhem, A. (2023). Possible Accidents Scenarios in Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Open Access Library Journal, 10, e9592. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1109592.

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