Steady and Transient Analysis of Flow and Heat Transfer in SPND Assembly
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The first scenario that was studied was for the system under normal operating conditions. For this case, the maximum temperature for a detector was determined to be 603.4 K, which is within the proper range of operation. It was also important to determine the maximum temperature of the fluid within the SPND assembly in order to ascertain that boiling does not occur within the system during normal operation. The maximum fluid temperature was found to be 613.7 K, which is below the boiling temperature of water (618.05 K) at an operating pressure of 2250 psi.
The second scenario involved an increase in the power of the reactorâ s core by a factor of 17% in a 30 second period. The results of the unsteady calculation indicated that the maximum temperature for a detector was 608.5 K. The results also indicate that no boiling occurs inside of the SPND system.
The third scenario involved a loss of coolant flow in the SPND system. This reduction in flow rate caused the maximum temperature of the detectors to reach 619.6 K. For this case, boiling occurs within the guide tube and protection tube.
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