Conference Proceedings Paper
PRELIMINARY STABILITY MAPS CREATED USING CATHENA FOR HEATED CHANNELS WITH SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS
The 5th International Symposium on SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors - 2011 March 13-16
Kate Heckman (McMaster University)
David Novog (McMaster University)
Although supercritical water does not undergo a phase change, there are large property variations near the pseudo-critical point which can introduce instabilities at low mass flows or high power levels. Stability maps have been created using CATHENA MOD 3-5d/Rev3 which identify the power to mass flow ratio at which a flow instability is expected to occur for a given inlet enthalpy, inlet throttling, and outlet throttling. The maps exhibit a similar characteristic shape to boiling water stability maps as well as to supercritical water maps created using other modeling tools. They indicate that, as in boiling water flow, there are two regions of instability: an excursive instability region and an oscillatory instability region.
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