Assessment of Convective Heat Transfer Correlations Against an Expanded Database for Different Fluids at Supercritical Pressures Conference Paper uri icon

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abstract

  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has recently expanded the supercritical heat transfer (SCHT) databank with additional data provided by the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC). These additional data cover flow conditions beyond the current databank, and are applicable for improving or validating existing correlations. The expanded databank comprises more than 41,000 points of heat-transfer measurements with different fluids flowing vertically upward in tubes, annuli, and bundles at supercritical (SC) pressures. It has been applied in assessing the prediction accuracy of 24 heat-transfer correlations, which were derived from experimental data obtained with water or nonaqueous fluids (such as carbon dioxide) flowing in tubes. For the correlation assessment, a sensitivity analysis has been performed by applying the measured wall temperature as an independent parameter. The assessment against the bundle data was based on cross-sectional-averaged flow conditions and the hydraulic diameter. The iterative approach (i.e., without prior knowledge of the wall temperature) overpredicted the wall temperature, which is conservative in safety analyses.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018