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Two and Three-Dimensional Simulations of Enhanced Heat Transfer in Nuclear Fuel Rod Bundles

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Leo A. Carrilho, Michael E. Conner, Abdel Mandour, Milorad B. Dzodzo

Westinghouse Electric Co., Columbia, SC

Jamil Khan

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Paper No. HT2009-88399, pp. 331-334; 4 pages
  • ASME 2009 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the InterPACK09 and 3rd Energy Sustainability Conferences
  • Volume 1: Heat Transfer in Energy Systems; Thermophysical Properties; Heat Transfer Equipment; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4356-7 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The effects of artificial roughness for the purpose of thermal performance improvement in pressurized water nuclear reactors are investigated. The artificial roughness consists of two-dimensional ribs parallel to the turbulent flow. The fuel rod bundle subchannel is preliminarily modeled as an annulus using the finite element method in ANSYS/FLOTRAN. The Navier-Stokes equations are solved from the SST (Shear Stress Transport) turbulence model for the simulated annulus thermal-flow. The analyses are performed for ribs dimensions and pitch provided by published previous work. It is found that, heat transfer and differential pressure have similar behavior with highest heat transfer occurring at the reattachment point. The finite element model describes well the characteristics of turbulent flow in smooth and rough rod when compared to previous semi-empirical models. Next paper extends the analysis by comparing numerical results with experimental test data and sensitivity analyses for different roughness configurations.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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