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Numerical Simulation of Thermal Behavior of a Molten Droplet Covered With Vapor Film

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Mingjun Zhong, Meng Lin, Jinbiao Xiong, Yankai Li, Yanhua Yang

Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

Paper No. ICONE22-30293, pp. V004T10A007; 7 pages
  • 2014 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 4: Radiation Protection and Nuclear Technology Applications; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Reactor Physics and Transport Theory
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 7–11, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4594-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


When the molten fuel with high temperature falls into the cavity water, it will be dispersed to droplets which are covered with vapor films due to the rapid heat transfer with phase transition. This situation cannot be simply described by liquid-liquid nor gas-liquid systems. And there are not sufficient experimental studies on the behavior of droplet covered with vapor film because of the rapid reaction and the difficulty in capture of the film configuration. In this paper, A multi-phase code with the Volume of Fluid Method (VOF) is developed to simulate the behavior of droplet covered with vapor film. Thermal effect is considered. The simulation results indicate that the film thickness and material density have significant effect on the behavior of droplet. The situation assumed in Ciccarelli and Frost’s model is observed in current simulation of thermal droplet behavior.

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