Prediction of rod film thickness of vertical upward co-current adiabatic flow in rod bundle

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Journal / PublicationAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


Prediction of rod film thickness and its distribution in annular flow in rod bundle is of essential importance to nuclear power industry. This is attributed to the possible film dryout on fuel rods under certain conditions, which will result in a drastically increasing cladding temperature and possible fuel damage. Though there exist a lot of models or correlations to predict film thickness for annular flow in pipes, there are few models to predict rod film thickness inside rod bundle. The one-dimensional models or correlations for pipe flow cannot be used for rod bundle directly due to different geometry and flow dynamics. In relation to this, a new approach to predict the rod film thickness inside rod bundle has been developed. This approach first divides the rod bundle cross-section into three regions according to their characteristic length scales. Then, the gas and liquid flow distribution inside rod bundle has been given with reasonable assumptions. Based on the flow distribution profile, the sub-channel area-averaged gas and liquid volumetric fluxes have been given. Finally, the correlation developed for pipe flow is adopted for each sub-channel based on the local two-phase parameters in the rod bundle. Compared to experimental data obtained in-house and found in the literature, the newly proposed approach can predict rod film thickness with satisfactory accuracy.

Research Area(s)

  • Annular flow, Rod bundle, Rod film thickness, Two-phase flow, Vertical upward flow

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