Space and energy-based turbulent scale-resolving simulations of flow in a 5 × 5 nuclear reactor core fuel assembly with a spacer grid Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier Inc. The partially averaged Navier–Stokes turbulence model, which is a bridging model between the Reynolds averaged Navier–Stokes model and direct numerical simulation, is capable of directly resolving the turbulent scales of interest by filtering the Navier–Stokes equation using turbulent kinetic energy and dissipation based filters. In this study, comparison is made between the partially averaged Navier–Stokes and large eddy simulation models, with emphasis on the mean flow characteristics and spatio-temporal turbulent flow structures. The results show that the partially averaged Navier–Stokes modeling produces results comparable to those of large eddy simulation when the appropriate cut-off energy filter is chosen. The test case involves simulating flows in a 5 × 5 fuel rod bundle configuration with a spacer grid at a Reynolds number of 14,000. The simulation results are compared with particle image velocimetry data obtained from the scientific literature.

author list (cited authors)

  • Busco, G., & Hassan, Y. A.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • June 2018