Measurements of Droplet Size and Velocity Distributions During Rod Bundle Core Reflood

Grant R. Garrett, Brian R. Lowery, Molly K. Hanson, Douglas J. Miller, Turki Almudhhi, Fan Bill Cheung, Stephen M. Bajorek, Kirk Tien, Chris L. Hoxie

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As part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency Rod Bundle Heat Transfer (RBHT) project, an experimental study was performed to investigate the entrained droplet sizes and velocities in a rod bundle under reflood conditions. Experimental results were obtained from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission/The Pennsylvania State University RBHT test facility using advanced dual laser measurement systems that allow for the simultaneous measurement of droplet behaviors at two axial locations during reflood transients. The RBHT facility is highly instrumented and contains a 7×7 electrically heated bundle with dimensions matching those in commercial pressurized water reactors. The combination of the measurement capabilities of the RBHT facility and the choice of appropriate experimental conditions allows for the measurement of unique droplet size and velocity distributions under different transient reflood conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2686-2710
Number of pages25
JournalNuclear Science and Engineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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