Dryout location in a low-porosity volumetrically heated particle bed
2001 (English)In: Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer, ISSN 1065-5131, Vol. 8, no 6, 397-409 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A mathematical model for the description of flow of a compressible fluid (steam) through the volumetrically heated porous bed with particular consideration of the nonthermal local equilibrium is formulated and solved numerically using the split step method. It is shown that initial thermodynamic perturbations, if they grow, will lead to a temperature escalation at a specific location. Furthermore, the data from the RIT (Royal Institute of Technology) POMECO (porous media coolability) experiments are used for the validation of the model. Experimental investigation of the coolability of heat-generating porous beds, named POMECO, was performed. The subject of this investigation was the dryout heat flux as the limiting parameter for the steady state removal of the generated heat by boiling of the coolant. Focus was placed on low porosity, small particle size, and relatively large scale debris beds. In the debris bed, downcomer(s) of different configurations were built which would channel the water from the water overlayer to the bottom of the bed and develop a two-phase natural circulation flow loop, providing greater mass flow rate in the bed. A database on the enhancement of dryout heat flux by downcomers was obtained for low porosity uniform and stratified beds with heat addition of up to 1 MW/m(3).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 8, no 6, 397-409 p.
dryout location, nonlinear conductivity, particle bed, heterogeneous, packed-bed, flow, debris
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