Natural Convection inside Heated Channel of a Facility Representing Prismatic Modular Reactor Core
The newly developed Plenum-to-Plenum facility (P2PF) at Missouri S&T has shown to be an innovative separate effects test facility representing the geometry of prismatic modular reactors. Thermal and velocity fields inside this dual channel facility have been investigated under different natural circulation intensities. It is found that temperature and velocity profiles are function of the measurements locations and the amount of heat supplied to the channel. Quantification of the overall Rayleigh number (Ra) versus overall Reynold number (Re) are found to be related by Re α Ra0:58. Upper plenum mixing was characterized by determining the modified Reynold number (Rem) and Froude number (1/Fr2) dimensionless groups. Analysis of these dimensionless groups along with observable turbulence amplifications emphasize relevance of adopting axial temperature inflection as a criterion for initiation of naturally driven flow destabilization inside vertical heated channels. Additionally, quantification of the distortion factors for characteristic dimensionless groups reveal a good similarity between the P2PF and the Modular High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor.
M. M. Taha et al., "Natural Convection inside Heated Channel of a Facility Representing Prismatic Modular Reactor Core," AIChE Journal, vol. 64, no. 9, pp. 3467-3478, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Sep 2018.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1002/aic.16185
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
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Gas Cooled Reactors; Velocity; Heated Channels; Hot Wire Anemometry; Modular Reactors; Thermal Hydraulics; Velocity Field; Natural Convection; Prismatic Modular Reactors; Temperature and Velocity Fields
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01 Sep 2018