Hunting for the correct pressure drop in a scaled reactor pool: Effect of geometry, mesh resolution, turbulence model and mass flow

Silvania Lopes, Lila Koloszar, Philippe Planquart, Dirk Visser, Katrien Van Tichelen

    Research outputpeer-review


    The E-SCAPE (European SCAled Pool Experiment) facility at the Belgian nuclear research center SCK•CEN is a thermal hydraulic 1/6th-scale model of the MYRRHA reactor with an electrical core simulator and cooled by LBE. The E-SCAPE facility provides experimental feedback to the designers on the forced and natural flow patterns, flow mixing and stratification during operational and accidental conditions. In addition, it provides valuable data for validation of the computational techniques for their use with LBE and in the design of MYRRHA.
    In terms of momentum field, one of the most important integral quantity to reproduce is the pressure drop in the system which has a direct consequence on the evolution of the mass flows and determines the free-surface levels in transient scenarios. In this paper, a detailed CFD study is performed on the flow in the E-SCAPE core region with the aim on predicting the correct pressure drop. Different numerical representation of the core geometry have been modeled and subjected to validation against experimental results from E-SCAPE. Special attention has been addressed to the choice of geometric simplifications and numerical models for accurate representation of the core of the E-SCAPE pool facility.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number111452
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021

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