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Research on the Effect of Grid Clamping Failure on Flow Elastic Stability and Vortex Shedding of Fuel Rod

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Qi Huan-huan, Feng Zhi-peng, Jiang Nai-bin, Huang Qian, Huang Xuan

Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu, China

Paper No. ICONE26-81509, pp. V003T02A023; 6 pages
  • 2018 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Nuclear Fuel and Material, Reactor Physics, and Transport Theory
  • London, England, July 22–26, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5145-6
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Flow elastic stability and vortex shedding were two important mechanisms of the flow induced vibration analysis. Due to the influence of manufacturing process, transportation and irradiation, the clamping action of grid on fuel rods may be invalid. Taking one fuel assemblies as an example, the effects of clamping failure on the natural frequencies, mode shapes, flow elastic stability and vortex shedding were studied. The results show that the effect of the rigid convex support failure on the natural frequency was directly related to the mode shape. The effect of the grid rigid convex failure near the nodes with larger amplitude on the natural frequency was obvious. The velocity of flow at the top and bottom of the fuel rods were larger and the size was comparable, this induced that the rigid convex failure of the top and bottom grids had a significant effect on the ratio of flow elastic stability and the vortex shedding.

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