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Nuclear Science and Techniques ›› 2016, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (1): 23 doi: 10.1007/s41365-016-0024-7

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Numerical investigations of thermal mixing performance of a hot gas mixing structure in high-temperature gas-cooled reactor

Yang-Ping Zhou 1, Peng-Fei Hao 2, Xi-Wen Zhang 1, Feng He 1   

  1. 1. Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, The Key Laboratory of Advanced Reactor Engineering and Safety, Ministry of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
    2. School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
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Yang-Ping Zhou, Peng-Fei Hao, Xi-Wen Zhang, Feng He. Numerical investigations of thermal mixing performance of a hot gas mixing structure in high-temperature gas-cooled reactor.Nuclear Science and Techniques, 2016, 27(1): 23     doi: 10.1007/s41365-016-0024-7
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Abstract:

A numerical simulation study was performed to clarify the thermal mixing characteristics of coolant in the core bottom structure of the high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTR). The flow field and temperature field in the hot gas chamber and the hot gas duct of the HTR were obtained based on the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program. The numerical simulation results showed that the helium flow with different temperatures in the hot gas mixing chamber and the hot gas duct mixed intensively, and the mixing rate of the temperature in the outlet of the hot gas duct reached 98 %. The results indicated many large-scale swirling flow structures and strong turbulence in the hot gas mixing chamber and the entrance of the hot gas duct, which were responsible for the excellent thermal mixing of the hot gas chamber and the hot gas duct. The calculated results showed that the temperature mixing rate of the hot gas chamber decreased only marginally with increasing Reynolds number.

Key words: High-temperature gas-cooled reactor, Numerical simulation, Thermal mixing, Swirling flow