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Sodium-Water Reaction Elucidation With Counter-Flow Diffusion Flame Experiment and Its Numerical Simulation

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Akira Yamaguchi, Takashi Takata, Joji Sogabe

Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan

Hiroyuki Ohshima, Shin Kikuchi

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, O-arai, Ibaraki, Japan

Yoshihiro Deguchi

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan

Paper No. ICONE18-30217, pp. 1185-1192; 8 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 4, Parts A and B
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4932-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Sodium-water reaction (SWR) is a design basis accident of a Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR). A breach of the heat transfer tube in a steam generator (SG) results in contact of liquid sodium with water. Typical phenomenon is that the pressurized water blows off, vaporizes and mixes with the liquid sodium. The consequence of the accident are: thermal-hydraulic and chemical impact on the heat transport equipment and structure induced by the heat of exothermic reaction and caustic reaction product. The purpose of the present paper is to delineate the mechanism and process of the SWR by a counter-flow diffusion flame experiment and a numerical simulation. Based on the numerical simulation, the most appropriate and optimum condition in which stable and continuous diffusion flame of sodium and water vapor is obtained. Key idea is to perform the experiment in a depressurized reaction vessel. According to the experiment, spatial distributions of chemical reactants and products, temperature and particles are measured in detail. The characteristics of the SWR are explained from the present study and the chemical reaction model currently used in the analytical tool of the SWR is appropriate.

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