S. Sengupta, P. K. Vijayan, R. K. Singh, A. Bhatnagar, V. K. Raina
November 23, 2013
Numerical simulation was performed to study the turbulent mixing behavior of two opposing flows inside a square chimney structure of a research reactor. The chimney design facilitates drawing pool water in the downward direction and thereby suppresses the upward flow of radioactive water jet to limit the radiation field at the reactor pool top. Analyses were carried out considering a mass flow rate of 750 kg/s for the upward flowing hot water from the core, which corresponds to Reynolds number of 3 × 10 6 . Mass flow ratios of the downward flow and the upward flow were 0.0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15. The effects of mass flow ratio, chimney height on the velocity and temperature distribution inside three-dimensional chimney structure was evaluated using CFD code PHOENICS. The effect of temperature difference between the opposing flows on velocity was also analysed. It is observed that increase in downward flow causes the jet height to decrease due to the opposing momentum of downward flow against the upward jet. The effects of chimney height and temperature difference on the jet height are found to be marginal because of dominating inertial force over buoyancy force for the study.