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Study on velocity field in a wire wrapped fuel pin bundle of sodium cooled reactor; Detailed velocity distribution in a subchannel

Sato, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Jun ; Miyakoshi, Hiroyuki; Kamide, Hideki 

A sodium cooled fast reactor is designed to attain a high burn-up core in a feasibility study on commercialized fast reactor cycle systems. It is of importance to obtain the flow velocity distribution in a wire wrapped pin bundle for the high burn-up core. A 2.5 times enlarged 7-pin bundle water model was applied to investigate the detailed velocity distribution in an inner subchannel surrounded by 3 pins with wrapping wire. The velocity distribution in an inner subchannel with the wrapping wire was measured by Particle Image Velocimetry. In the vertical velocity distribution in a narrow space between the pins, the wrapping wire decreased the velocity downstream of the wire and asymmetrical flow distribution was formed between the pin and wire. In the horizontal velocity distribution, swirl flow around the wrapping wire was obviously observed.



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