Comparison of experimental and simulation results on interior subchannel of a 61-pin wire-wrapped hexagonal fuel bundle Conference Paper uri icon


  • 2016 Association for Computing Machinery Inc. All Rights Reserved. As part of a joint U.S. Department of Energy project, AREVA, 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. Isothermal experiments have been performed at TAMU to characterize the flow behaviors along the near-wall and interior subchannels by applying particle image/tracking velocimetry techniques. In this paper, comparisons are made between particle image velocimetry velocity field measurements to Argonne National Laboratorys large-eddy simulation results at an interior subchannel for a Reynolds number of 19,000. It can be concluded the shape and magnitude of the mean vertical velocity component are 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 are in satisfactory agreement between the particle image velocimetry and large-eddy simulation results.

published proceedings

  • 17th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, NURETH 2017

author list (cited authors)

  • Goth, N., Jones, P., Nguyen, D. T., Vaghetto, R., Hassan, Y. A., Obabko, A., Merzari, E., & Fischer, P. F.

complete list of authors

  • Goth, N||Jones, P||Nguyen, DT||Vaghetto, R||Hassan, YA||Obabko, A||Merzari, E||Fischer, PF

publication date

  • January 2017