The results of heat transfer to supercritical water flowing upward in a vertical tight 7-rod bundle consisting of tubes of 5.2-mm outside diameter and 485-mm heated length are presented. The heat-transfer data were obtained at pressures of 22.5, 24.5, and 27.5 MPa, mass flux within the range from 700 to 1500 kg/m2s, inlet temperature from 125 to 325°C, outlet temperature up to 379°C and heat flux up to 1.6 MW/m2 (heat flux rate up to 1.5 kJ/kg). Temperature regimes of the bundle cooled by supercritical water were stable and easily reproducible within the whole range of the mass and heat fluxes, even when a deteriorated heat transfer took place. The data resulted from the study could be applicable for a reference estimation of heat transfer in future designs of the fuel bundles.

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