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Experimental investigation on bubble characteristics entrained by surface vortex

Ezure, Toshiki; Kimura, Nobuyuki; Miyakoshi, Hiroyuki; Kamide, Hideki

The cover gas entrainment at the free surface of sodium coolant becomes one of the significant issues according to the compact sizing of reactor vessel in the latest design of sodium cooled fast reactor. In the present study, some basic water experiments for the gas entrainment due to the surface vortex were performed in order to obtain the fundamental knowledge about the entrained bubble size. Distributions of entrained bubble diameters in several experimental conditions were obtained from bubble images using an image processing technique. Velocity fields around vortices and surface dimple shapes (gas cores) due to surface vortices were measured to grasp those influences on bubble shapes. The result showed that mean equivalent diameters of bubbles were varied from 1.3 to 2.1 mm in the range of present experimental conditions. The bubble sizes were influenced by the thickness of gas core.

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