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Influence of piping layout upon the characteristics of flow separation and pressure fluctuation in the primary cold-leg of sodium cooled fast reactor

Mizutani, Jun*; Ebara, Shinji*; Hashizume, Hidetoshi*; Yamano, Hidemasa  

In this study, the influence of the inflow condition upon the flow separation and pressure fluctuation characteristic was evaluated by using a 1/7-scale mockup of the cold-leg piping of Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor. The inflow condition to the 3rd elbow was changed from previous studies by varying the distance between the 2nd and 3rd elbows from 6.4D to 9.4D, where D is the pipe diameter. The visualization experiment showed that the flow separation appeared in the intrados of the 3rd elbow as was the case with 6.4D and separated regions became larger than that in the case of 6.4D. This is because a swirling flow observed at the inlet of the 3rd elbow became weaker than that of the case of 6.4D. The frequency analysis of pressure fluctuations showed that gentle but apparent peaks in the power spectral density (PSD) distributions of pressure fluctuations were observed at about 0.4 of the Strouhal number around the separated regions, and this peak value was half of that in the case of 6.4D. In addition, prominent peaks in the PSD distributions were observed at about 0.6 of the Strouhal number in the downstream of the reattachment point in the intrados. The peak value was approximately 3 times larger than that in the case of 6.4D. The results revealed the weakened swirling flow made the separated region larger in the downstream and the pressure fluctuation magnitude stronger.

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