The paper proposes dimensionless parameters for the analysis of stability in heated channels with supercritical fluids. The parameters are devised basing on the classical phase change and subcooling numbers adopted in the case of boiling channels, proposing a novel formulation making use of fluid properties at the pseudo-critical temperature as a function of pressure. The adopted formulation for dimensionless density of a given fluid provides a unique dependence with respect to dimensionless enthalpy, in a reasonably wide range of system pressures, thus giving generality to the predictions of unstable conditions obtained as a function of dimensionless parameters. It is shown that these parameters allow setting up quantitative stability maps for a single heated channel with imposed overall pressure drop, in analogy with the ones proposed in previous work concerning boiling channels. Similarities with the boiling channel stability phenomena are pointed out, also supporting the conclusions with system code predictions.
Dimensionless Parameters in Stability Analysis of Heated Channels With Fluids at Supercritical Pressures
Ambrosini, W, & Sharabi, M. "Dimensionless Parameters in Stability Analysis of Heated Channels With Fluids at Supercritical Pressures." Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. Volume 2: Thermal Hydraulics. Miami, Florida, USA. July 17–20, 2006. pp. 881-888. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE14-89862
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