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Impact of Flow Velocity Profile on Ultrasonic Measurement Accuracy for Feedwater Flow in Nuclear Power Plants

[+] Author Affiliations
E. Hauser, H. Estrada

Caldon, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

J. Regan

Key Technologies, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Paper No. ICONE10-22591, pp. 153-159; 7 pages
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 1
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, April 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3595-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3589-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper discusses the nature of flow velocity profiles in nuclear plant feedwater system piping, and the impact of flow profile development on flow measurement. The mechanism for flow velocity profile development is described, and the influence of upstream pipe fittings and the relative roughness of the piping inside diameter on flow development is illustrated. The paper defines fully developed flow profiles and illustrates, using several practical applications, how velocity profiles in nuclear plant feedwater piping are rarely fully developed.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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