SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF CFD CODE FLUENT-12 FOR SUPERCRITICAL WATER IN VERTICAL BARE TUBES
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2012 June 12


Presented at:
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2012 June 12
Location:
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
CNS/CNA Student Conference 2012

Authors:
Amjad Farah (UOIT )
Patrick Haines (UOIT )
Glenn Harvel (UOIT )
Igor Pioro (UOIT )
  

Abstract

The ability to use FLUENT 12 or other CFD software to accurately model supercritical water flow through various geometries in diabatic conditions is integral to research involving coal-fired power plants as well as Supercritical Water-cooled Reactors (SCWR). The cost and risk associated with constructing supercritical water test loops are far too great to use in a university setting. Previous work has shown that FLUENT 12, specifically realizable k?? model, can reasonably predict the bulk and wall temperature distributions of externally heated vertical bare tubes for cases with relatively low heat and mass fluxes. However, sizeable errors were observed for other cases, often those which involved large heat fluxes that produce deteriorated heat transfer (DHT) regimes. The goal of this research is to gain a more complete understanding of how FLUENT 12 models supercritical water cases and where errors can be expected to occur. One control case is selected where expected changes in bulk and wall temperatures occur and they match empirical correlations’ predictions, and the operating parameters are varied individually to gauge their effect on FLUENT’s solution. The model used is the realizable k??, and the parameters altered are inlet pressure, mass flux, heat flux, and inlet temperature.

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