Experimental Study of the Diversion Crossflow Caused by Subchannel Blockages. Part II: Pressures in the Channels and the Comparison of the COBRA III-C Predictions With Experimental Data

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A. Tapucu

Institut de génie nucléaire, Ecole Polytechique de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

S. Gençay

Institute for Nuclear Energy, Technical University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

N. Troche

Institut de génie nucléaire, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

M. Merilo

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif.

J. Fluids Eng 106(4), 441-447 (Dec 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3243144 History: Received November 11, 1983; Online October 26, 2009


In this research, the hydrodynamic behavior of two laterally interconnected channels with blockages in one of them has been studied experimentally. For blockages of different shapes and severities, the mass flow rates as well as the pressures in the channels upstream and downstream of the blockage were determined. The experiments were conducted on two square channels separated by an intermediate plate with slots of different geometric parameters. Two types of blockages have been considered: plate and smooth. The shape of the smooth blockage was a cosine. The experimental data on the mass flow rates and pressures in the channels have been compared with the predictions of the subchannel code COBRA-III-C. It is observed that COBRA-III-C may not be adequate to describe the hydrodynamic behavior of two-interconnected channels with plate type blockages much higher than 30 percent severity in one of the channels. The limit of applicability of the code in the case of smooth blockages can be safely extended up to 60 percent severity.

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