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CFD analysis of thermal-hydraulic behaviour of the high performance light water reactor fuel assembly

CFD analysis of thermal-hydraulic behaviour of the high performance light water reactor fuel assembly
Landy Castro; Rogelio Alfonso; Carlos R. García; Jesús Rosales; Dany S. Dominguez
International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No. 3 (2017) pp. 229 - 250
The High-Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR) is the European Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor design. In this paper, a thermal-hydraulic study of the HPLWR fuel assembly using CFD codes was carried out. The capability of the Reynolds Stress model of Speziale (SSG) and the k-ω Shear Stress Transport model (SST) for predicting the supercritical water heat transfer was evaluated. The axial temperature distributions of the fuel, cladding, coolant and moderator in the fuel assembly were obtained. Numerical results of the fuel temperature profiles were compared with that obtained by Waata (2006) and a good agreement was achieved. The cladding surface temperature profiles calculated with SSG and SST turbulence models are below the prescribed limits; however, hot spots in one sub-channel were found. The difference in the average thermal-hydraulic properties of the supercritical water calculated with SSG and SST was negligible. The fuel and cladding surface temperatures are higher when using the SST model.

Authors:   Landy Castro; Rogelio Alfonso; Carlos R. García; Jesús Rosales; Dany S. Dominguez
Journal:   International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology
Volume:   11
edition:   3
Year:   2017
Pages:   229
DOI:   10.1504/IJNEST.2017.088070
Publication date:   21-Nov-2017
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