Experimental investigation of void fraction variation in subcooled boiling flow under horizontal forced vibrations

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Author(s)

  • Shao-Wen Chen
  • Takashi Hibiki
  • Mamoru Ishii
  • Michitsugu Mori
  • Fumitoshi Watanabe

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-968
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume115
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

An experimental investigation of horizontal forced vibration effect on void fraction variation of subcooled boiling flow was carried out in this study. In order to simulate the fuel assembly subchannel of a boiling water reactor (BWR), an annular test section with inner and our diameters of 19.1 and 38.1 mm was utilized for subcooled boiling tests under atmospheric pressure. The annular test section was attached to an eccentric-cam vibrator, which was driven by a low-speed motor and can produce horizontal forced vibrations with frequency up to 20 Hz and maximum displacement of 22.2 mm. The inlet liquid velocity and subcooling were set as vf,in = 0.25–1.00 m/s and ΔTSub = 5–20 °C. Different heat fluxes of q″ = 0.058–0.193 MW/m2 were loaded through the center heater rod, and the void fraction and fluid temperature were measured during the tests under stationary (no vibration) and vibration conditions. Test results show that in the subcooled boiling region, the void fraction and fluid temperature can vary under horizontal forced vibrations, and the variation trends were presented in NZu-NSub and vf,in-〈α〉 plots. These variations can be explained by the potential changes of thermal boundary layers (TBL) and the heat transfer enhancement under vibrations. In addition, no significant change of void fraction and fluid temperature was found in or near the saturated boiling conditions under vibrations.

Research Area(s)

  • Forced vibration, Subcooled boiling, Two-phase flow, Void fraction

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Citation Format(s)

Experimental investigation of void fraction variation in subcooled boiling flow under horizontal forced vibrations. / Chen, Shao-Wen; Hibiki, Takashi; Ishii, Mamoru; Mori, Michitsugu; Watanabe, Fumitoshi.

In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 115, 2017, p. 954-968.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review