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One Validation Case of the CFD Software Fluent: Part of the Development Effort of a New Reactor Analysis Tool

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William A. Wieselquist

North Carolina State University, Winston-Salem, NC

Paper No. ICONE10-22694, pp. 913-919; 7 pages
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 4
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, April 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3598-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3589-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


To model Generation IV reactor systems in detail, INEEL is currently developing a new thermal hydraulic analysis tool coupling RELAP5-3D / ATHENA© and the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, Fluent. One of the first steps in this endeavor is extensive validation and verification (V&V) of Fluent for various situations of interest, such as the abrupt expansion of a gas entering a gas-cooled reactor core. Fluent results were compared to validation data provided by Baughn, et al. on turbulent air flow through an axisymmetric pipe expansion with constant wall heat flux [1] and uniform wall temperature [2]. Fluent peak Nusselt numbers varied 25% from validation data—well outside experimental uncertainties of 5%. However, non-peak Nusselt numbers varied only 10% from validation data and fully-developed Nusselt numbers were in good agreement with widely-accepted empirical relations such as the Dittus-Boelter Correlation.

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