CFD Benchmark for a Heavy Liquid Metal Fuel Assembly

Heleen Doolaard, Afaque Shams, Ferry Roelofs, Katrien Van Tichelen, Steven Keijers, Jeroen De Ridder, Joris Degroote, Jan Vierendeels, Ivan Di Piazza, Elia Merzari, Alex Obabko, Paul Fischer

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    As part of a Department of Energy International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (I-NERI), the Dutch Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG), the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) are collaborating with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to perform and compare a series of thermal hydraulic simulations representative of a heavy liquid metal fast reactor fuel assembly. For this benchmark a 19-pin wire-wrapped rod bundle with characteristics representative of the MYRRHA flexible fast research reactor, under design at SCK•CEN in Belgium, is modeled. The heat transport in the cladding of the fuel rods and the spacer wires is taken into account by conjugate heat transfer. UGent, ENEA and NRG performed their Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations with commercially available CFD codes. The high-fidelity ANL Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) was performed with Nek5000, used for CFD in the Simulation-based High-efficiency Advanced Reactor Prototyping (SHARP) suite. The paper will show and discuss the comparison of the thermal and hydraulic RANS results and the reference Nek5000 LES results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
    Place of PublicationUnited States
    StatePublished - Aug 2015
    Event2015 - NURETH : 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics - ANS, IAEA, University of Pisa, Chicago
    Duration: 30 Aug 20154 Sep 2015


    Conference2015 - NURETH
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

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