This paper deals with a comprehensive study of fully developed single-phase turbulent flow and pressure drops in helically coiled channels. To the aim, experimental pressure drops were measured in an experimental campaign conducted at SIET labs, in Piacenza, Italy, in a test facility simulating the Steam Generator (SG) of a Generation III+ integral reactor. Very good agreement is found between data and some of the most common correlations available in literature. Also more data available in literature are considered for comparison. Experimental results are used to assess the results of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. By means of the commercial CFD package FLUENT, different turbulence models are tested, in particular the Standard, RNG and realizable k-ε models, Shear Stress Transport (SST) k-ω model and second order Reynolds Stress Model (RSM). Moreover, particular attention is placed on the different types of wall functions utilized through the simulations, since they seem to have a great influence on the calculated results. The results aim to be a contribution to the assessment of the capability of turbulence models to simulate fully developed turbulent flow and pressure drops in helical geometry.

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