The numerical predictions using the standard and RNG k–ε eddy viscosity models, differential stress model (DSM) and algebraic stress model (ASM) are examined for the turbulent flow in a nuclear fuel bundle with the mixing vane. The hybrid (first-order) and curvature-compensated convective transport (CCCT) schemes were used to examine the effect of the differencing scheme for the convection term. The CCCT scheme was found to more accurately predict the characteristics of turbulent flow in the fuel bundle. There is a negligible difference in the prediction performance between the standard and RNG k-ε models. The calculation using ASM failed in meeting the convergence criteria. DSM appeared to more accurately predict the mean flow velocities as well as the turbulence parameters.

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