Comparison of experimental and simulation results on interior subchannels of a 61-pin wire-wrapped hexagonal fuel bundle
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2018 Elsevier B.V. As part of a joint U.S. Department of Energy project, Framatome, Argonne National Laboratory, Terrapower, and Texas A&M University have collaborated to produce experimental data and computational results to characterize the flow behavior of a 61-pin wire-wrapped hexagonal fuel bundle. In this paper, comparisons are made between Texas A&M's experimental particle image velocimetry velocity field measurements and Argonne National Laboratory's large-eddy simulation results in an interior subchannel for a Reynolds number of 19,000. It can be concluded that the shape and magnitude of the mean vertical velocity component is in excellent agreement for the selected horizontal line plots. Maximum relative errors are less than 10% until the subchannel walls are approached. The shape and, to a lesser extent, magnitude of the mean horizontal velocity component is in satisfactory agreement between the particle image velocimetry and large-eddy simulation results.