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Measurement of Wavy Surface Oscillations on Liquid Metal Lithium Jet for IFMIF Target

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Hirokazu Sugiura, Takuji Kanemura, Sachiko Yoshihashi-Suzuki, Tomohide Yoshikawa, Nobuo Yamaoka, Hiroshi Horiike

Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan

Hiroo Kondo, Mizuho Ida, Hiroo Nakamura

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki, Japan

Izuru Matsushita

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems, Ltd., Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Paper No. ICONE18-29634, pp. 565-571; 7 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 6
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4934-7
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper reports on the measurement of surface waves on a liquid lithium jet and results of the study of the Li target at the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF). The characteristics of the surface waves at the nozzle exit and just downstream of it were examined experimentally, since the initial growth of free surface waves exerts a definite influence on surface behavior in the downstream region. Experiments were carried out using the lithium circulation loop at Osaka University, with a focus on the free surface oscillations. These oscillations were measured using an electrocontact probe apparatus, which detects electric contacts between the probe tip and the Li surface. The apparatus was installed 15 mm downstream from the nozzle exit and was scanned along the liquid-depth direction. The contact signal recorded in the experiment was analyzed, and the wave amplitude and frequency of the surface waves were examined.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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