In this paper, a CFD analysis of the Fuel Pin Simulator (FPS) of the CIRCE-HERO facility built at the ENEA research centre in Brasimone was performed. STAR-CCM + code was used with the purpose of reproducing steady-state and transient experimental conditions adopting LBE as working fluid. RANS and URANS simulations were performed comparing the calculated temperature trends with the experimental data. In particular, the FPS average outlet temperature was monitored for the transient case and an exhaustive study of the heat transfer between the FPS and the pool during the transient was carried out. The impact of the involved heat transfer phenomena on the FPS energy balance was studied from a quantitative point of view and the relevant difference in terms of thermal inertia between pool and FPS component was pointed out.

Analysis of the temperature distribution in the pin bundle of the CIRCE facility

Tarantino M.;
2020

Abstract

In this paper, a CFD analysis of the Fuel Pin Simulator (FPS) of the CIRCE-HERO facility built at the ENEA research centre in Brasimone was performed. STAR-CCM + code was used with the purpose of reproducing steady-state and transient experimental conditions adopting LBE as working fluid. RANS and URANS simulations were performed comparing the calculated temperature trends with the experimental data. In particular, the FPS average outlet temperature was monitored for the transient case and an exhaustive study of the heat transfer between the FPS and the pool during the transient was carried out. The impact of the involved heat transfer phenomena on the FPS energy balance was studied from a quantitative point of view and the relevant difference in terms of thermal inertia between pool and FPS component was pointed out.
CFD
Liquid metals
Thermal-hydraulics
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