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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Philippe Planquart, Chiara Spaccapaniccia, Giacomo Alessi, Sophia Buckingham, Katrien Van Tichelen
Nuclear Technology | Volume 206 | Number 2 | February 2020 | Pages 231-241
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1637240
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The thermal-hydraulic challenges of a nuclear reactor are numerous and mastering them is crucial for the design and safety of new reactors. Numerical simulation through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes or system thermal-hydraulic codes can address a lot of the different questions, nevertheless the use of water modeling for the study of the thermal-hydraulic behavior of a new primary system and the validation of codes remains an extremely valuable tool. A water model of the pool-type PbBi-cooled MYRRHA reactor has been developed at the von Karman Institute in collaboration with SCK•CEN. It is a full plexiglass model at a geometrical scale 1/5 of MYRRHA. This transparent water model allows the application of optical measurement techniques like particle image velocimetry (PIV) for flow characterization. Local results of PIV measurements performed in the lower plenum at the entrance of the core are presented and compared with CFD results for nominal operating condition and a natural convection case simulating decay heat removal. Very good agreement has been found in the velocity field. The results also show the importance of the radial flow entering the core of the water model in natural convection.