In the framework of accelerator driven sub-critical reactor systems (ADS), heavy liquid metals (HLM), in particular lead or lead bismuth eutectic (LBE), are considered as coolant for the reactor core and the spallation target due to their efficient heat removal properties and high production rate of neutrons. LBE-flows are characterized by excellent heat conductivity and exhibit a low molecular Prandtl number of the order 10−2 leading to distinct thermal and viscous boundary layers and scale separation in both the time and spatial domain. Since the analogy of turbulent heat and momentum transfer is employed in common turbulence models but is not valid in HLM flows, commercially available fluid dynamic code systems cannot predict heat transfer adequately for such flows. In order to provide validation data and heat transfer correlations, a series of three major experiments has been launched at the KArlsruhe Liquid metal LAboratory (KALLA) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and will be presented in this overview.

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