This paper presents the work ongoing at the DICI (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale) of the University of Pisa on the application of coupled methodology between Fluent CFD code and RELAP5/Mod3.3 system code. In particular, this methodology was applied to the LBE-water heat exchanger HERO, with the aim to analyse the performances of this component. The test section object of this study is installed inside the vessel S100 of the CIRCE facility, built at ENEA Brasimone Research Centre. In the proposed methodology the CFD code is adopted to simulate the LBE side of the HERO heat exchanger, whereas the secondary side (two-phase flow, water-vapour) is simulated by the STH code. In this procedure, the variables exchanged between the boundaries of the two codes are: the bulk temperature and heat transfer coefficient of the ascending water (in two-phase flow) obtained from RELAP5 and transferred to Fluent code; the wall temperature at the water side surface of the pipes is calculated by Fluent and passed to RELAP5 code. The coupling procedure was verified by comparing the obtained results with the analogous ones achieved with the RELAP5 stand-alone calculation, proving that the developed coupling methodology is reliable. Further, the coupled simulation allows to obtain more accurate information on the LBE side.

Application of RELAP5/Mod3.3 - Fluent coupling codes to CIRCE-HERO

Barone G.;Tarantino M.
2019

Abstract

This paper presents the work ongoing at the DICI (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale) of the University of Pisa on the application of coupled methodology between Fluent CFD code and RELAP5/Mod3.3 system code. In particular, this methodology was applied to the LBE-water heat exchanger HERO, with the aim to analyse the performances of this component. The test section object of this study is installed inside the vessel S100 of the CIRCE facility, built at ENEA Brasimone Research Centre. In the proposed methodology the CFD code is adopted to simulate the LBE side of the HERO heat exchanger, whereas the secondary side (two-phase flow, water-vapour) is simulated by the STH code. In this procedure, the variables exchanged between the boundaries of the two codes are: the bulk temperature and heat transfer coefficient of the ascending water (in two-phase flow) obtained from RELAP5 and transferred to Fluent code; the wall temperature at the water side surface of the pipes is calculated by Fluent and passed to RELAP5 code. The coupling procedure was verified by comparing the obtained results with the analogous ones achieved with the RELAP5 stand-alone calculation, proving that the developed coupling methodology is reliable. Further, the coupled simulation allows to obtain more accurate information on the LBE side.
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