DEVELOPMENT OF A HEAT TRANSFER CORRELATION FOR THE HPLWR FUEL ASSEMBLY BY MEANS OF CFD ANALYSES
The 5th International Symposium on SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors - 2011 March 13-16


Presented at:
The 5th International Symposium on SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors
2011 March 13-16
Location:
Vancouver,Canada
Session Title:
CFD Modelling of Heat Transfer

Authors:
Jan-Aiso Lycklama à Nijeholt (Nuclear Research and consultancy Group)
Dirk Visser (Nuclear Research and consultancy Group)
Eckart Laurien (University of Stuttgart)
Henryk Anglart (Royal Institute of Technology)
Laltu Chandra (Indian Institute of Technology)
  

Abstract

The High Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR) has been under development in the HPLWR phase-2 project funded by the European Union. The HPLWR project started September 2006 and ended February 2010. Work package 5 within this project involves the improved understanding of heat transfer, CFD model development and validation, and the prediction of the heat transfer rate in a HPLWR fuel assembly. USTUTT, KTH, NRG and FZK contributed to this work package. The overall objective of work package 5 was the development of a heat transfer correlation for the prediction of the heat transfer rate in the HPLWR fuel assembly by means of CFD analyses. In the HPLWR fuel assembly, a helical wire has been selected as spacer and mixing device. This wire-wrap imposed a significant challenge in the development of the geometrical models for the CFD analyses. Due to the wire-wrap it was not possible to model a full fuel assembly consisting of 40 rods. Therefore, an alternative procedure has been adopted to develop a heat transfer correlation for the HPLWR fuel assembly. This procedure involved the definition of correction factors accounting for the effect of the rod bundle geometry and the wire-wrap spacer with respect to a smooth circular tube with super-critical water.
The present paper describes the procedure followed in work package 5 of the HPLWR phase-2 project for the development of a heat transfer correlation for the HPLWR fuel assembly design and presents the derivation of the applied correction factors from a large set of CFD analyses for different representative geometries like an annulus, a single sub-channel and a 4 rod-bundle, all with and without inclusion of the wire wrap.

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