Pressure Measurements in a Wire-Wrapped 61-Pin Hexagonal Fuel Bundle

Rodolfo Vaghetto, Philip Jones, Nolan Goth, Mason Childs, Saye Lee, Duy Thien Nguyen, Yassin A. Hassan

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To achieve longer-life liquid-metal fast reactor cores, designers are considering to increase the wall gap of the wire-wrapped hexagonal fuel bundles to account for volumetric void swelling and radiation creep. A new wire-wrapped hexagonal test bundle has been constructed, with a wall gap larger than prior experiments, and experimental pressure drop data have been generated under laminar, transition, and turbulent flow regimes (corresponding to Re of 250-19,000), to complement the existing database of small wall gap experimental bundles. The comparison of the experimental data set with the predictions of four existing correlations (Baxi and Dalle Donne, Cheng and Todreas detailed (CTD), Kirillov, and Rehme) showed general agreement between data and the selected correlations. However, the CTD correlation most accurately predicted the experimental trend and the transition between flow regimes. The analysis of the experimental data also revealed that the larger wall gap size caused a lower bundle pressure drop due to the increased bypass flow area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031104
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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