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Pressure fluctuation characteristics of the short-radius elbow pipe for FBR in the postcritical Reynolds regime

Shiraishi, Tadashi*; Watakabe, Hisato*; Sago, Hiromi*; Kotake, Shoji; Yamano, Hidemasa  

For the JAEA sodium-cooled fast reactor, an experimental study on the fluctuating pressure of the hot legs was carried out with tests using a 1/3-scale model. The total resistance coefficient is consistent with the published data, and our research has given some additional data up to the Reynolds number of 8.0$$times$$10$$^6$$. The flow pattern in the postcritical regime is independent of a Reynolds number. The statistical examination revealed that fluctuating pressures on the pipe wall depend on the mean velocity but not on the viscosity of the fluid. Negative spikes of pressure appeared for high velocity. Based on these experimental data it is revealed that, there are similarity laws for the scale of a model and the property of fluid, but not for the velocity in the pipe. We also discussed how to extrapolate the fluctuating pressure to the actual hot-leg conditions.

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