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CFD Analysis of Rewetting Behavior in Nuclear Fuel Rod Bundle with Change in Operating Conditions

CFD-Analyse zur Wiederbenetzung von Brennelementbündeln bei unterschiedlichen Betriebsbedingungen
  • A. Debbarma and K. M. Pandey
From the journal Kerntechnik


Numerical analysis on rewetting of nuclear fuel rod bundle by injecting coolant water in radial jet direction has been performed using Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD). CFD-CFX results are compared with experimental data and an investigation is carried out for three ranges of numerical operating conditions (central water flow: 150 lpm, 225 lpm and 300 lpm; sub-cooled coolant: 288 K, 298 K and 308 K; initial wall temperature: 430 K, 500 K and 600 K). It was observed that the rewetting behavior shows an irregular pattern of rewetting progress. Rewetting velocity has got no significance under any operating conditions. The effective numerical response is observed for rewetting temperature and wetting delay. Results show an increase in rewetting temperature, and reduction in wetting delay under higher flow rate, low sub-cooling and lowering the initial wall temperature.


Das Wiederbenetzungsverhalten von Brennelementbündeln bei radialer Einspritzung von Kühlwasser wurde numerisch mit dem Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) CFD-CFX untersucht. Die Ergebnisse wurden mit experimentellen Daten verglichen. Im Detail wurden drei verschiedene Betriebsbedingungen untersucht: Die zentrale Wasserströmung wurde zwischen 150 lpm, 225 lpm und 300 lpm variiert, die Temperatur des unterkühlten Kühlwassers zwischen 288 K, 298 K und 308 K und die Anfangswandtemperatur betrug zwischen 430 K, 500 K und 600 K. Im Ergebnis wurde eine unregelmäßige Ausbreitung der Wiederbenetzung beobachtet. Die Wiederbenetzungsgeschwindigkeit hatte bei keiner der gewählten Betriebsbedingungen einen Einfluss. Allein die Wiederbenetzungstemperatur und die Benetzungsverzögerung zeigten einen Einfluss auf die Ergebnisse: Ein zunehmender Durchfluss bei niedrigerer Unterkühlung und niedrigerer Anfangswandtemperatur führten in den Rechnungen zu einer höheren Wiederbenetzungstemperatur und einer verringerten Benetzungsverzögerung.

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Received: 2017-08-14
Published Online: 2018-03-08
Published in Print: 2018-03-19

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