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Experimental investigation on self-leveling behavior in debris beds

Zhang, B.*; Harada, Tetsushi*; Hirahara, Daisuke*; Matsumoto, Tatsuya*; Morita, Koji*; Fukuda, Kenji*; Yamano, Hidemasa  ; Suzuki, Toru; Tobita, Yoshiharu

In the present study, we elected to use depressurization boiling to simulate an axially increasing void distribution in the debris bed. Bottom-heating boiling was also chosen to confirm characteristics of the self-leveling process do not depend on the boiling mode. Particle size, shape, bed volume and density along with boiling intensity and total volume were taken as experimental parameters to obtain the general characteristics of the self-leveling process. Experiments with simulant materials were conducted and analyzed. The good concordance of the transient processes obtained from the different boiling methods sufficiently demonstrates the results obtained exhibit these general self-leveling characteristics. Comparisons of deduced time variations of the inclination angle provide qualitative tendencies based on the experimental parameters considered influential to self-leveling behavior. The rationale behind the definition introduced for equivalent power density is also presented.



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