Phenomenological investigations on the turbulent flow structures in a rod bundle array with mixing devices

Seok Kyu Chang, Sang Ki Moon, Won Pil Baek, Young Don Choi

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Detailed turbulent flow profiles have been measured on a square sub-channel geometry with typical mixing devices. For a fine examination of the lateral flow structure on a sub-channel geometry with 2D LDA, a 5 × 5 rod bundle array was fabricated as 2.6 times larger than the real bundle size. The mixing devices used were a typical split type and a swirl type. The experiments were performed at the condition of Re = 48,000 (axial bulk velocity 1.48 m/s) and the water loop was maintained at the conditions of 35 °C and 1.5 bar during an operation. As for the results, distinct intrinsic flow features were observed according to the type of mixing devices. In a typical split type, there was no remarkable swirling flow within a sub-channel and the lateral flow was vigorous in the gaps. In the swirl type, a single swirling flow was dominant within a sub-channel and there were relatively small lateral flows in the gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-609
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanical Engineering


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