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Physics-basis simulation of bubble pinch-off

Ito, Kei; Koizumi, Yasuo; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Kawamura, Takumi*

The authors are developing a high-precision CFD code with an interface tracking method to simulate the gas entrainment (GE) phenomena in sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFRs), which might be caused by a highly-intensified free surface vortex. To simulate the complicated GE phenomenon, the authors' CFD code has physics-basis algorithms which model accurately the interfacial dynamic behavior, the pressure jump condition at an interface and the surface tension. Several verification problems, e.g. the slotted-disk problem, have been already solved and the accuracy of each individual algorithm is confirmed. In this paper, a basic experiment of the GE is simulated to validate the developed CFD code. In the experiment, the entrained gas flow rate is measured by image processing with a high-speed video camera. The simulation result of the entrained flow rate shows comparable value to the experimental data, that is, our CFD code is considered applicable to the evaluation of the GE in SFRs.



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