An experiment was performed in a wind tunnel to investigate the flow structure in a rod bundle with a hybrid vane grid. The hybrid vane is a flow-mixing device, which consists of two pairs of primary and secondary vanes in a cell. The test section is a rectangular channel (300 mm × 300 mm × 2400 mm) including 3 × 3 rod (75 mm diameter) array with a spacer grid. The pitch to diameter ratio of the rod array is 1.33. The flow structures downstream the grid are measured at Reynolds number of 1.2 × 105 for 35-degree deflecting angle of the hybrid flow-mixing vane. The data are obtained for the distributions of the time mean axial velocity, lateral velocity, and turbulent intensities in 3 component directions over a center subchannel along axial locations and compared with the previous results of split vane grid that has two vanes in a cell. The results show that the mixing efficiency of the hybrid vane grid could be similar with that of the split vane grid because swirl factor of the hybrid vane grid is higher than that of split vane grid and the magnitude of axial turbulent intensity, turbulent diffusion coefficient, and cross flow factor is similar to each other in spite of differences of the vane numbers and shape in a cell between hybrid and split vane grids.
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Structure of Turbulent Flow in Subchannel of Rod Bundle Downstream of Spacer Grid With Hybrid Flow Mixing Device
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Oh, DS, In, WK, & Chun, TH. "Structure of Turbulent Flow in Subchannel of Rod Bundle Downstream of Spacer Grid With Hybrid Flow Mixing Device." Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 3. Arlington, Virginia, USA. April 14–18, 2002. pp. 399-411. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE10-22264
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