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Fundamental behavior of vortex cavitation in a 1/22 scaled upper plenum model of sodium-cooled fast reactor; Influences of kinematic viscosity and system pressure

Ezure, Toshiki; Ito, Kei; Onojima, Takamitsu; Kimura, Nobuyuki; Kamide, Hideki

In this study, water experiments were performed in the 1/22 scaled upper plenum model of JSFR. Occurrence behavior of vortex cavitation was grasped quantitatively by means of the visualization and image analyses under several conditions of kinematic viscosity $$nu$$) and pressure ($$P$$). The experimental results showed that the vortex cavitation has dependence on the variation of $$nu$$ and P. The increase of $$nu$$ at least in the present small model, leaded to the restriction of cavitation as assumed by Burgers model. And also, the restriction level of vortex cavitation according to the increase $$P$$ was smaller than the evaluation using cavitation factor.

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