Assessment of Computational Tools in Support of Heat-Transfer Correlation Development for Fuel Assembly of Canadian Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Experimental data and correlations are not available for the fuel-assembly concept of the Canadian supercritical water-cooled reactor (SCWR). To facilitate the safety analyses, a strategy for developing a heat-transfer correlation has been established for the fuel-assembly concept at supercritical pressure conditions. It is based on an analytical approach using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool and the ASSERT subchannel code to establish the heat transfer in supercritical pressure flow. Prior to the application, the CFD tool was assessed against experimental heat transfer data at the pseudocritical region obtained with bundle subassemblies to identify the appropriate turbulence model for use. Beyond the pseudocritical region, where the normal heat transfer behavior is anticipated, the ASSERT subchannel code also was assessed with appropriate closure relationships. Detailed information on the supporting experiments and the assessment results of the computational tools are presented.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016