Wall-to-vapor convective heat transfer is the dominant heat transfer mechanism in the reactor core during the blowdown phase and the early stage of reflooding phase in a postulated large-break loss-of-coolant-accident (LB LOCA). Experiments on single-phase convective heat transfer to vapor were conducted in partially blocked rod bundles of 90% flow blockage ratio. The experimental results showed increase in local heat transfer just downstream of the blockage caused by flow separation phenomenon. The single-phase heat transfer enhancement models implemented in the COBRA-TF code underpredicted the local heat transfer in the downstream region of the flow blockage. Hence, a new correlation was proposed to improve the prediction capability of the COBRA-TF models by more accurately describing the flow separation effect. The new correlation predicted well various sets of experimental data within 20% discrepancy.
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Single-Phase Heat Transfer Enhancement in Partially Blocked Rod Bundles
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Nguyen, NH, Song, C, Kim, J, Hong, S, & Moon, S. "Single-Phase Heat Transfer Enhancement in Partially Blocked Rod Bundles." Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Volume 1B, Symposia: Fluid Measurement and Instrumentation; Fluid Dynamics of Wind Energy; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion; Energy and Process Engineering; Microfluidics and Nanofluidics; Development and Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics; DNS/LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. July 30–August 3, 2017. V01BT11A026. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2017-69453
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