Experimental study of air-water two-phase flow in an 8×8 rod bundle under pool condition for one-dimensional drift-flux analysis

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Author(s)

  • Shao-Wen Chen
  • Yang Liu
  • Mamoru Ishii
  • Yoshitaka Yoshida
  • Ikuo Kinoshita
  • Michio Murase
  • Kaichiro Mishima

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-181
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Volume33
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

In order to establish a reliable rod bundle database under pool conditions and to benchmark the existing models, a well-scaled 8 × 8 rod bundle test loop was designed based on the scaling criteria and a series of experiments was carried out with adiabatic air-water two-phase flow. Experiments for pool conditions covered the area-averaged void fraction 〈α〉 range of 0.12-0.93. Existing models and experimental data including boiling and air-water two-phase flow were compared and analyzed. Experimental results show that differences exist between large and small casing rod bundles as the flow structure changes with the casing scale. In addition, traditional drift-flux models for pipes may reflect the casing scale effect, but cannot be directly applied to the rod bundle geometry in pool conditions. Among the existing models for rod bundles, the Murase's model (1986), Kamei's model (2008) and Ishizuka's model (1995) give relatively better predictions in most regions. All benchmark results of existing models are tabulated in terms of void fraction prediction error for the present database. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • Pool conditions, Rod bundles, Scale effect, Two-phase flow, Void fraction

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Citation Format(s)

Experimental study of air-water two-phase flow in an 8×8 rod bundle under pool condition for one-dimensional drift-flux analysis. / Chen, Shao-Wen; Liu, Yang; Hibiki, Takashi; Ishii, Mamoru; Yoshida, Yoshitaka; Kinoshita, Ikuo; Murase, Michio; Mishima, Kaichiro.

In: International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol. 33, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 168-181.

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