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Experimental Study on Flow Optimization in Upper Plenum of Reactor Vessel for a Compact Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor

Kimura, Nobuyuki; Hayashi, Kenji; Igarashi, Minoru; Kamide, Hideki ; Ito, Masami*; Sekine, Tadashi*

An innovative sodium cooled fast reactor has been investigated on the feasibility study of FBR cycle system in JNC. A compact reactor vessel (R/V) and a column type upper inner structure (UIS) with a radial slit for an arm of a fuel-handling machine (FHM) are adopted. Dipped plates (D/P) are set in the R/V below the free surface to prevent gas entrainment at free surface. We performed an 1/10th scaled model water experiment for the upper plenum of the R/V. Gas entrainment at the free surface was not observed in the experiment under the same velocity condition as the designed reactor. However, the free surface rose in front of the UIS slit due to upward flow through the gap between the D/P and the R/V wall. The upward flow will cause free surface vortex and also the gas entrainment. Three vortex cavitations were observed near the hot leg (H/L) inlet. The vortex cavitations were broken out under the same cavitation factor condition as the reactor. A vertical rib was set on the R/V wall



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