We are planning to construct a scaled-down moderator test facility to simulate the CANDU-6 moderator circulation phenomena during steady state operation and accident conditions at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. In the present work a preliminary experiment using a 1/40 scaled-down moderator tank has been performed to identify the potential problems of the flow visualization and measurement in the scaled-down moderator test facility. With a transparent moderator tank model, a flow field is visualized with a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique under an isothermal state, and the temperature field is measured using a Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) technique. A preliminary CFD analysis is also performed to find out the flow, thermal, and heating boundary conditions with which the various flow patterns expected in the prototype CANDU-6 moderator tank can be reproduced in the experiment.

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