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Flow Distribution and Slug Flow Characteristics for Hydraulically Equilibrium Air-Water Two-Phase Flows in a Vertical 2×3 Rod Channel

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Keiko Kano, Michio Sadatomi, Akimaro Kawahara, Tsukasa Kuno

Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

Paper No. FEDSM2003-45370, pp. 1407-1414; 8 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, July 6–10, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3696-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3673-8
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


To complete subchannel analysis for predicting thermal-hydraulic behavior of coolant in a BWR rod bundle channel, accurate estimation of fluid transfer between subchannels is necessary. In order to validate a prediction method, flow distributions data of gas and liquid phases are essential. But, such data reported so far are limited to those in a two-subchannel system alone. Then we have measured flow distributions of both phases and Taylor bubble velocity in a multi-subchannel system as called 2×3 rod bundle channel. It has been found that flow distributions of gas and liquid in bubble and annular flows under a hydraulically equilibrium flow condition are close to those of single-phase flow, but in slug-churn flow the distributions are different. In slug-churn flow, both superficial gas velocity and Taylor bubble velocity are higher in larger subchannel. These experimental data are presented and discussed in this paper.

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