Experimental Measurement of Flow Phenomena in a VHTR Lower Plenum Model

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The Very-High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is one of six reactor technologies chosen for further development by the Generation IV International Forum. In addition this system is the leading candidate for the Next Generation Nuclear Power (NGNP) Project in the U.S which has the goal of demonstrating the production of emissions free electricity and hydrogen by 2015. In preparation for the thermal-hydraulics and safety analyses that will be required to confirm the performance of the NGNP, work has begun on readying the computational tools that will be needed to predict the thermal-hydraulics conditions and safety margins of the reactor design. Meaningful feasibility ... continued below

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Jr., Hugh M. McIlroy; Condie, Keith G.; McCreery, Glenn E.; McEligot, Donald M. & Pink, Robert J. June 1, 2006.

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The Very-High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is one of six reactor technologies chosen for further development by the Generation IV International Forum. In addition this system is the leading candidate for the Next Generation Nuclear Power (NGNP) Project in the U.S which has the goal of demonstrating the production of emissions free electricity and hydrogen by 2015. In preparation for the thermal-hydraulics and safety analyses that will be required to confirm the performance of the NGNP, work has begun on readying the computational tools that will be needed to predict the thermal-hydraulics conditions and safety margins of the reactor design. Meaningful feasibility studies for VHTR designs will require accurate, reliable predictions of material temperatures which depend upon the thermal convection in the coolant channels of the core and other components. Unfortunately, one-dimensional system codes for gas-cooled reactors typically underpredict these temperatures, particularly for reduced power operations and hypothesized accident scenarios. Likewise, most turbulence models in general-purpose CFD codes also underpredict these temperatures. Matched-Index-of-Refraction (MIR) fluid dynamics experiments have been designed and built to develop benchmark databases for the assessment of CFD solutions of the momentum equations, scalar mixing and turbulence models for typical VHTR plenum geometries in the limiting case of negligible buoyancy and constant fluid properties.

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  • ANS 2006 Annual Meeting,Reno, NV,06/04/2006,06/08/2006

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  • Report No.: INL/CON-06-01089
  • Grant Number: DE-AC07-99ID-13727
  • DOI: 10.2172/948590 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 911185
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc886925

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Jr., Hugh M. McIlroy; Condie, Keith G.; McCreery, Glenn E.; McEligot, Donald M. & Pink, Robert J. Experimental Measurement of Flow Phenomena in a VHTR Lower Plenum Model, article, June 1, 2006; [Idaho Falls, Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc886925/: accessed June 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.