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Experimental investigation of Post-BT heat transfer and rewetting phenomena

Satou, Akira ; Wada, Yuki  ; Le, T. D.; Shibamoto, Yasuteru ; Yonomoto, Taisuke 

Experiments were performed under the condition of AOO for BWRs to obtain Post-BT heat transfer rate, deposition rates of liquid droplets, and the rewetting behavior after the core dryout. Rewetting behavior was analytically investigated and a relation among the rewetting velocity, the hot wall temperature, and the heat transfer rates in the precursory cooling and wetted regions were obtained. In addition, experiments simulating the condition of ATWS were newly performed with simulated ferrule spacers especially to investigate the spacer effect. It was found that the heat transfer rates were enhanced by the spacers, which were compared with existing prediction models for the validation. The spacers also appeared to increase the rewetting velocity slightly. Since the precursory cooling was found to play an important role on the rewetting behavior through the series of prior experiments, new experiments are conducted focusing on the precursory cooling. In those experiments, the behaviors of liquid film and droplets around the rewetting front were observed to investigate the mechanism of the precursory cooling.

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