Abstract

This work is part of a benchmarking excise organized by IAEA CRP in SCWR thermal-hydraulics aimed at improving the understanding and prediction accuracy of the thermal-hydraulic phenomena relevant to SCWRs. An experiment carried out using a 2x2 SCWR bundle at University of Wisconsin-Madison was modeled using an open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code - Code_Saturne. The k-w SST model was employed to account for the buoyancy-aided turbulent flow in the fuel channel. Significant heat transfer deterioration (HTD) was observed in the boundary layer, which is commonly expected to occur in buoyancy-aided flows. For comparison, simulations were also conducted using ANSYS FLUENT with similar model setups.

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