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CFD Analysis Technique Development for Wire Contact Effect of Fuel Rods Within Next Generation FBR in Japan

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Hironori Nakamura, Kazuhiro Oyama, Satoshi Hayakawa

Mitsubishi FBR Systems Inc., Shibuya, Japan

Tomoaki Ogata

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Kobe, Japan

Seiichiro Maeda, Takayuki Ozawa

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka-gun, Japan

Paper No. ICONE25-66307, pp. V005T05A013; 7 pages
  • 2017 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 5: Advanced and Next Generation Reactors, Fusion Technology; Codes, Standards, Conformity Assessment, Licensing, and Regulatory Issues
  • Shanghai, China, July 2–6, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5783-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Generally, the inside of a fuel subassembly of sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR) has complex geometry and this complexity makes it difficult to conduct computational fluid dynamics (CFD) utilizing cyclic boundary condition in a radial direction. However, present work has created a new modeling method which enables us to model only one rod with one wire (1-rod model) to represent periodically installed rods with wires, like an actual fuel subassembly. The axial geometry of the 1-rod model has one wire pitch length and has two extra buffer zones to reduce the influence of inlet and outlet boundary conditions. Since this 1-rod model requires low calculation load to represent flow field of a center rod in the fuel subassembly, the model allows the choice of increased number of mesh in both radial and axial directions. With this 1-rod model, three-dimensional (3D) thermal hydraulic simulation has been conducted to evaluate a peak local temperature caused by contact of a wire with the fuel rod cladding. As the coefficient of wire contact effect, the simulation obtained a value of 2.4, which means peak coefficient of fuel cladding temperature.

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