Abstract Since Lead-cooled Fast Reactors (LFR) have been conceptualized in the frame of GEN IV International Forum (GIF), great interest has focused on the development and testing of new technologies related to HLM nuclear reactors. In this frame the Integral Circulation Experiment (ICE) test section has been installed into the CIRCE pool facility and suitable experiments have been carried out aiming to fully investigate the heat transfer phenomena in grid spaced fuel pin bundles providing experimental data in support of European fast reactor development. In particular, the fuel pin bundle simulator (FPS) cooled by lead bismuth eutectic (LBE), has been conceived with a thermal power of about 1 MW and a uniform linear power up to 25 kW/m, relevant values for a LFR. It consists of 37 fuel pins (electrically simulated) placed on a hexagonal lattice with a pitch to diameter ratio of 1.8. The FPS was deeply instrumented by several thermocouples. In particular, two sections of the FPS were instrumented in order to evaluate the heat transfer coefficient along the bundle as well as the cladding temperature in different ranks of sub-channels. Nusselt number in the central sub-channel was therefore calculated as a function of the Peclet number and the obtained results were compared to Nusselt numbers obtained from convective heat transfer correlations available in literature on Heavy Liquid Metals (HLM). Results reported in the present work, represent the first set of experimental data concerning fuel pin bundle behaviour in a heavy liquid metal pool, both in forced and natural circulation. A full characterization of the FPS has been experimentally achieved for Peclet numbers in the range of about 500-3000. Obtained experimental data point out a linear trend of Nusselt number as a function of Peclet in agreement with Mikityuk and Ushakov correlations showing a general tendency to underestimate them; in particular, the newly experimental data points are about 25% lower than Nu derived from correlations available in the literature. © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.
|Titolo:||HLM fuel pin bundle experiments in the CIRCE pool facility|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|