Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Investigation of Pebble Bed Reactors Using Mesh-Adaptive Large-Eddy Simulation
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
B1-1 Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modeling and Verification/Validation/Applications

Dimitrios Pavlidis (Delft University of Technology)
Danny Lathouwers (Delft University of Technology)


A computational fluid dynamics model with anisotropic mesh adaptivity is used to investigate coolant flow and heat transfer in pebble bed reactors. A novel method for implicitly incorporating solid boundaries based on multi-fluid flow modelling is adopted. The resulting model is able to resolve and simulate flow and heat transfer in randomly packed beds, regardless of the actual geometry, starting off with arbitrarily coarse meshes. The model is initially evaluated using an orderly stacked square channel of channel-height-to-particle diameter ratio of unity for a range of Reynolds numbers. The model is then applied to the face-centred cubical geometry. Coolant flow and heat transfer patterns are investigated.

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