Investigations on Flow Induced Vibration of Simulated CANDU Fuel Bundles in a Pipe
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
A7-1 Mini Symposium on Flow-induced Vibration in Nuclear Components

Xuan Zhang (Ryerson University)
Shudong Yu (Ryerson University)


In this paper, vibration of a two-bundle string consisting of simulated CANDU fuel bundles subjected to turbulent liquid flow is investigated through numerical simulations and experiments. Large eddy simulation is used to solve the three-dimensional turbulent flow surrounding the fuel bundles for determining fluid excitations. The CFD model includes pipe flow, flow through the inlet fuel bundle along with its two endplates, half of the second bundle and its upstream endplate.  The fluid excitation obtained from the fluid model is subsequently fed into a fuel bundle vibration code written in FORTRAN. Fluid structure interaction terms for the fuel elements are approximated using the slender body theory. Simulation results are compared to measurements conducted on the simulated fuel bundles in a testing hydraulic loop. 

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