Development of Swirling Flow in a Rod Bundle Subchannel

[+] Author and Article Information
Heather L. McClusky, Mary V. Holloway, Donald E. Beasley

Thermal-Fluid Sciences Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634

Michael E. Conner

Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel, 5801 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29250

J. Fluids Eng 124(3), 747-755 (Aug 19, 2002) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1478066 History: Received May 15, 2001; Revised February 26, 2002; Online August 19, 2002
Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.


Marek, J., and K. Rehme, 1979, “Heat Transfer in Smooth and Roughened Rod Bundles Near Spacer Grids,” Proceedings of the ASME Winter Annual Meeting: Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Over Rod or Tube Bundles, December, New York, New York, pp. 163–170.
Whitman,  J. M., 1896, “The Effect of Retarders in Fire Tubes of Steam Boilers,” Trans. ASME, 17, pp. 450–470.
Yao,  S. C., Hochreiter,  L. E., and Leech,  W. J., 1982, “Heat Transfer Augmentation in Rod Bundles Near Spacer Grids,” ASME J. Heat Transfer, 104, pp. 76–81.
Armfield, M. V., 2001, “Effects of Support Grid Design on Local, Single-Phase Turbulent Heat Transfer in Rod Bundles,” M. S. thesis, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
de Crécy,  F., 1994, “The Effect of Grid Assembly Mixing Vanes on Critical Heat Flux Values and Azimuthal Location in Fuel Assemblies,” Nucl. Eng. Des., 149, pp. 233–241.
Kreith,  F., and Sonju,  O. K., 1965, “The Decay of a Turbulent Swirl in a Pipe,” J. Fluid Mech., 22, pp. 257–271.
Green,  S. I., and Acosta,  A. J., 1991, “Unsteady Flow in Trailing Vortices,” J. Fluid Mech., 227, pp. 107–134.
Shekarriz,  A., Fu,  T. C., and Katz,  J., 1993, “Near-field Behavior of a Tip Vortex,” AIAA J., 31, pp. 112–118.
Devenport,  W. J., Rife,  M. C., Liapis,  S. I., and Follin,  G. J., 1996, “The Structure and Development of a Wing-Tip Vortex,” J. Fluid Mech., 312, pp. 67–106.
Chen,  A. L., Jabob,  J. D., and Savas,  Ö., 1999, “Dynamics of Corotating Vortex Pairs in the Wakes of Flapped Airfoils,” J. Fluid Mech., 382, pp. 155–193.
Smithberg,  E., and Landis,  F., 1964, “Friction and Forced Convection Heat-Transfer Characteristics in Tubes with Twisted Tape Swirl Generators,” ASME J. Heat Transfer, 86, pp. 39–49.
Musolf, A. O., 1963, “An Experimental Investigation of the Decay of a Turbulent Swirl Flow in a Pipe,” Thesis, University of Colorado.
Algifri,  A. H., Bhardwaj,  R. K., and Rao,  Y. V. N., 1988, “Turbulence Measurements in Decaying Swirl Flow in a Pipe,” Appl. Sci. Res., 45, pp. 233–250.
Kitoh,  O., 1991, “Experimental Study of Turbulent Swirling Flow in a Straight Pipe,” J. Fluid Mech., 225, pp. 445–479.
Chang,  F., and Dhir,  V. K., 1994, “Turbulent Flow Field in Tangentially Injected Swirl Flows in Tubes,” Int. J. Heat Fluid Flow, 15, pp. 346–356.
Frigerio, F., and Hart, D. P., 1997, “Velocity Field Measurements of a Confined Swirling Flow using Digital Particle Image Velocimetry Cinematography,” Proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, June, Vancouver, British Columbia, Paper No. FEDSM97-3225.
Xiong,  W., and Merzkirch,  W., 1999, “PIV Experiments using an Endoscope for Studying Pipe Flow,” Journal of Flow Visualization and Image Processing, 6, pp. 167–175.
Lozano,  A., Kostas,  J., and Soria,  J., 1999, “Use of Holography in Particle Image Velocity Measurements in Swirling Flow,” Exp. Fluids, 27, pp. 251–261.
Karoutas, Z., Gu, C., and Schölin, B., 1995, “3-D Flow Analysis for Design of Nuclear Fuel Spacer,” Proceedings of the Seventh International Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics, Sept., Saratoga Springs, New York, 4 , pp. 3153–3174.
Herer, C., 1991, “3-D Flow Measurements in Nuclear Fuel Rod Bundles using Laser Doppler Velocimetry,” Proceedings of the ASME FED Fluid Measurements and Instrumentation Forum, 108 , pp. 95–97.
Raffel, M., Willert, C., and Kompenhans, J., 1998, Particle Image Velocimetry, Springer, Berlin.
Adrain,  R. J., 1991, “Particle-Imaging Techniques for Experimental Fluid Mechanics,” Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech., 23, pp. 261–304.
Keane,  R. D., and Adrian,  R. J., 1992, “Theory of Cross-Correlation Analysis of PIV Images,” Appl. Sci. Res., 49, pp. 191–215.
Kline,  S. J., and McClintock,  F. A., 1953, “Describing Uncertainty in Single-Sample Experiments,” Mech. Eng. (Am. Soc. Mech. Eng.), pp. 3–8.
Saffman, P. G., 1992, Vortex Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom.
Lamb, H., 1932, Hydrodynamics, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom.


Grahic Jump Location
Illustration of a subchannel (dimensions in mm) Dh=11.78 mm
Grahic Jump Location
Drawing of the experimental facility
Grahic Jump Location
(a) Lateral velocity field (m/s) at an axial location of 4.2Dh(50 mm); (b) Corresponding axial vorticity field (1/s)
Grahic Jump Location
(a) Lateral velocity field (m/s) at an axial location of 12.7Dh(150 mm); (b) Corresponding axial vorticity field (1/s)
Grahic Jump Location
(a) Lateral velocity field (m/s) at an axial location of 21.2Dh(250 mm); (b) Corresponding axial vorticity field (1/s)
Grahic Jump Location
Azimuthal velocity profiles
Grahic Jump Location
Decay of angular momentum
Grahic Jump Location
Comparison of the axial decay rate of the present study with 6
Grahic Jump Location
Rod bundle configuration: (a) Side view; (b) end view as viewed from the outlet




Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In