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Pool nucleate boiling on heat transfer surface with deposited sea salts

Uesawa, Shinichiro ; Koizumi, Yasuo; Shibata, Mitsuhiko ; Yoshida, Hiroyuki 

The progress of the accident of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS has been calculated by severe accident analysis codes, for example, MAAP, SAMPSON and so on. However, effects of seawater on thermal-hydraulic behavior are not considered in these calculations, although the seawater was injected into the reactors to cool down the nuclear fuels. As one of the possible effects, deposition of sea salts on a heat transfer surface is considered. In the present study, we conducted pool nucleate boiling heat transfer experiments in real seawater, artificial seawater, distilled water and NaCl solution to understand thermal-hydraulic effects of seawater on nucleate boiling phenomena with/without deposited sea salts. The experimental results indicated that the sea salt deposition covered the whole of the heat transfer surface in the only artificial seawater of high concentration. When the deposit on the whole of the heat transfer surface occurred, the spatial-average surface temperature kept rising although the input heating power was constant. Besides, the time fluctuation of the local temperature on the heat transfer surface with the deposition was not confirmed although the temperature on the surface without the deposition decreased when the boiling occurred. Therefore, the deposit of sea salts on the heat transfer surface affected the nucleate boiling heat transfer.

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