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Heat Transfer Studies on Lead-Bismuth Eutectic Flows in Circular Tubes

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A. Borgohain

Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, India

N. K. Maheshwari, P. K. Vijayan, D. Saha, R. K. Sinha

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Paper No. ICONE16-48581, pp. 589-594; 6 pages
  • 16th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Thermal Hydraulics; Instrumentation and Controls
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 11–15, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4816-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3820-X
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The use of accurate heat transfer model in liquid metal like Lead Bismuth Eutectic (LBE) flow is essential for the designing of the liquid metal cooled nuclear reactor systems. In the present study, the existing physical correlations for heat transfer in LBE flow through circular tube have been reviewed and assessed with the experimental results. In CFD analysis, PHOENICS-3.6 is used to carry out the evaluation of the various turbulence models in the tube geometry and to identify the difference between the numerical results and experimental ones in LBE flows. Based on the assessment of the existing correlations for heat transfer in LBE flow and the CFD results achieved, the best-suited correlation for turbulent Prandtl number is recommended in terms of Peclet number. This Prt can be incorporated in PHOENICS for LBE flow analysis.

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