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Study on flow-induced-vibration evaluation of large-diameter pipings in a sodium-cooled fast reactor, 1; Sensitivity analysis of turbulent flow models for unsteady short-elbow pipe flow

Aizawa, Kosuke; Nakanishi, Shigeyuki; Yamano, Hidemasa; Kotake, Shoji; Hayakawa, Satoshi*; Watanabe, Osamu*; Fujimata, Kazuhiro*

To evaluate the flow-induced vibration in the actual-sized pipings of JSFR, computer simulation is necessary. In this study, as the first step, sensitivity analysis of turbulence flow models for unsteady short-elbow pipe flow has been carried out with the STAR-CD thermal-hydraulic simulation code. Through the sensibility analysis, the objective of this study is to propose the best analysis models which can reproduce the unsteady characteristics obtained in the 1/3-scale test results with 9.2 m/s of main flow. In this study, to take into account anisotropic characteristics of turbulence, two turbulent flow models were used: large eddy simulation (LES) and Reynolds stress model (RSM). The both validated simulations have reproduced flow separation region and periodic vortex shedding. The simulation results with both models were compared with power spectrum densities of pressure fluctuations which were used in the pipe vibration evaluation. Only the RSM simulation with the best combination has reproduced the pressure-fluctuation power spectrum densities, which were characterized by a peak frequency of 10 Hz in the 1/3 test with 9.2 m/s.

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