Measurement technique developments for LBE flows

D Buchenau, S Eckert, G Gerbeth, Robert Stieglitz, Marc Dierckx, Paul Schuurmans

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    We report on the development of measurement techniques for flows in lead–bismuth eutectic alloys (LBE). This paper covers the test results of newly developed contactless flow rate sensors as well as the development and test of the LIDAR technique for operational free surface level detection. The flow rate sensors are based on the flow-induced disturbance of an externally applied AC magnetic field which manifests itself by a modified amplitude or a modified phase of the AC field. Another concept of a forcefree contactless flow meter uses a single cylindrical permanent magnet. The electromagnetic torque on the magnet caused by the liquid metal flow sets the magnet into rotation. The operation of those sensors has been demonstrated at liquid metal test loops for which comparative flow rate measurements are available, as well as at the LBE loops THESYS at KIT and WEBEXPIR at SCK-CEN. For the level detection a commercial LIDAR system was successfully tested at the WEBEXPIR facility in Mol and the THEADES loop in Karlsruhe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)396-403
    JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Apr 2011

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