Validation of CFD analyses against pool experiments E-scape

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  • NRG - Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group

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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.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-18
PublisherANS - American Nuclear Society
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2019
Event2019 - NURETH18: 18th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics - Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, United States
Duration: 18 Aug 201923 Aug 2019
Conference number: 18


Conference2019 - NURETH18
Abbreviated titleNURETH
CountryUnited States
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  • cfd, pool modelling, Liquid metal

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