Validation of CFD analyses against pool experiments E-scape

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  • NRG - Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group

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Abstract

MYRRHA is a multi-purpose hybrid pool-type research reactor cooled with lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) that is under design at the Belgian nuclear research center SCK•CEN. The European Scaled Pool Experiment (E-SCAPE) is a thermal hydraulic 1/6th-scale model of the MYRRHA reactor developed within the European framework programs THINS and MYRTE. The experiments from the E-SCAPE facility are essential for the design and licensing of MYRRHA. First of all, these experiments can provide information on the flow patterns and heat transport in the different compartments of the reactor. Secondly, the data from the E-SCAPE experiments can be used for qualification of thermal hydraulic computer codes that will be applied for analyzing the flow and heat transport in the MYRRHA reactor. Considering the rare and typical conditions in heavy liquid cooled nuclear reactors, thorough validation of these codes against relevant experimental data is a prerequisite before application. This paper presents the approach followed by NRG to model the flow and heat transport in E-SCAPE using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code STAR-CCM+. CFD analyses for different forced flow conditions are presented and compared with experimental results. The predicted temperature distribution in the pool, core and plena agrees well with the temperature measurements from E-SCAPE.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-18
PublisherAmerican Nuclear Society
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 18 Aug 2019
Event2019 - NURETH18 - Portland, United States

Conference

Conference2019 - NURETH18
Abbreviated titleNURETH
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period2019-08-182019-08-23
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Keywords

  • cfd, pool modelling, Liquid metal

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