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Measurement of void fraction distribution in air-water two-phase flow in a 4$$times$$4 rod bundle

Liu, W.; Jiao, L.; Nagatake, Taku; Shibata, Mitsuhiko; Komatsu, Masao*; Takase, Kazuyuki*; Yoshida, Hiroyuki

To contribute the clarification of the Fukushima Daiichi Accident, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been performed experiments to obtain void fraction distribution data, including detailed bubble information such as bubble velocity and size, in steam-water two-phase flow in rod bundle geometry under high pressure and high temperature condition, focusing on low flow rate at the core natural circulation flow condition after the reactor scram. In this research, experimental apparatus for measuring void fraction distribution in the 4$$times$$4 rod bundle was constructed. To measure the void fraction distribution under high pressure and high temperature condition (up to 2.8 MPa, 232 $$^{circ}$$C), two wire mesh sensors (WMSs) were installed. To confirm the applicability of the installed WMSs and the measuring system for two-phase flow in rod bundle, experiments in air-water two-phase flow under atmospheric pressure and room temperature were performed. As a result, it was confirmed that the installed WMSs can be applicable to the two-phase flow in rod bundle. Measured results, such as instantaneous and time-averaged void fraction distribution in the rod bundle, average void fraction across the cross section of the flow channel, bubble length and velocity, were also reported.

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