Thermal-hydraulics of Innovative Nuclear Systems

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For the long-term development of nuclear power, innovative nuclear systems such as Gen-IV reactors and transmutation systems need to be developed for meeting future energy challenges. Thermal-hydraulics is recognized as a key scientific subject in the development of innovative reactor systems. This project is devoted to important crosscutting thermal-hydraulic issues encountered in various innovative nuclear systems, such as advanced reactor core thermal-hydraulics, single phase mixed convection and turbulence, specific multiphase flow, and code coupling and qualification. The main objectives of the project are: Generation of a data base for the development and validation of new models and codes describing the selected crosscutting thermal-hydraulic phenomena. This data base contains both experimental data and data from directnumerical simulations (DNS). Development of new physical models and modeling approaches for more accurate description of the crosscutting thermal-hydraulic phenomena such as heat transfer and flow mixing, turbulent flow modeling for a wide range of Prandtl numbers, and modeling of flows under strong influence of buoyancy. • Improvement of the numerical engineering tools and establishment of a numerical platform for the design analysis of the innovative nuclear systems. This platform contains numerical codes of various classes of spatial scales, i.e. system analysis, sub-channel analysis and CFD codes, their coupling and the guidelines for their applications. The project will achieve optimum usage of available European resources in experimental facilities, numerical tools and expertise. It will establish a new common platform of research results and research infrastructure. The main outcomes of the project will be a synergized infrastructure for thermal-hydraulic research of innovative nuclear systems in Europe.


Project Data

CRS4 groups: Smart Energy Systems

CRS4 Role: Partner

Website: https://www.ifrt.kit.edu/thins/

Funder: EU FP7

Reference: 249337

Period: 2010 - 2014

Status: Execution

Contract type: Sovvenzione RSI/RDI Grant

People involved:

Partner Country Role
FZK Germany Coordinator
ENEA Italy Partner
CEA France Partner
SCK-CEN Belgium Partner
NRG The Netherlands Partner
PSI Switzerland Partner
KTH Sweden Partner
DUT The Netherlands Partner
UniPi Italy Partner
UniBo Italy Partner
UniMoRe Italy Partner
Ansaldo Italy Partner
CD-Adapco United Kingdom Partner
IJS Slovenia Partner
ICL United Kingdom Partner
ASCOMP Switzerland Partner
IRSN France Partner
GRS Germany Partner
UCL Belgium Partner
TUM Germany Partner
LUT Finland Partner
TEES USA Partner
FZD Germany Partner


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