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Bifurcation of Water Column Oscillator Behavior Simulating Reactor Safety System: 2nd Report, Analytical Model

[+] Author Affiliations
K. Kawamata, Y. Morimoto, Haruki Madarame, Koji Okamoto

University of Tokyo, Ibaraki, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2002-32558, pp. 791-798; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • 5th International Symposium on Fluid Structure Interaction, Aeroelasticity, and Flow Induced Vibration and Noise
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3659-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Behavior of a water column oscillator with a cover gas system was studied experimentally and analytically. One of the free water surfaces was sealed with the cover gas, while the other was open to the atmosphere. The cover gas was supplied with a constant rate, and it was ejected through a valve when the water level reached a certain point. As soon as the level reached another point, the valve closed and the cover gas quantity increased again. In the experiment, a bifurcation-like phenomenon was observed; the valve closed period usually had a single value, while it took two values under certain conditions. In order to examine the cause of this bifurcation-like phenomenon, a numerical analysis model was developed which described the system behavior precisely. The analytical result revealed that the bifurcation-like phenomenon was not bifurcation but an abrupt change of the value dimmed by superimposed noise. Finally the numerical model predicts that the water column oscillator behaves chaotically at certain conditions.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Safety , Bifurcation , Water



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