A computational model is developed to describe the thermo-fluid-dynamic behaviour of a helically coiled steam generator device working with water and widely adopted in the nuclear industry. The discretized governing equations are coupled using an implicit step by step method. The mathematical model includes: a subcooled liquid region, a two-phase flow region, and a superheated vapour region (according to the once-through nature of the heat exchanger). All the flow variables (enthalpies, temperatures, pressures, vapour qualities, velocities, heat fluxes, etc.), together with the thermo-physical properties, are evaluated at each point of the grid in which the domain is discretized. A full-scale experimental investigation carried out at SIET thermal-hydraulics labs in Piacenza (Italy), and aimed at characterizing the fluid-dynamic behaviour of two-phase flows in helically coiled tubes, is referenced in the present paper. Two-phase pressure drops data reduction allowed optimizing a suitable form of the friction factor multiplier required by momentum balance equation. Comparisons of the numerical simulations with a wide range of two-phase pressure drops measurements (experiments conducted both in diabatic and adiabatic conditions) are shown in order to validate the proposed model.

Development and experimental validation of a computational model for a helically coiled steam generator

PAPINI, DAVIDE;SANTINI, LORENZO;RICOTTI, MARCO ENRICO
2011

Abstract

A computational model is developed to describe the thermo-fluid-dynamic behaviour of a helically coiled steam generator device working with water and widely adopted in the nuclear industry. The discretized governing equations are coupled using an implicit step by step method. The mathematical model includes: a subcooled liquid region, a two-phase flow region, and a superheated vapour region (according to the once-through nature of the heat exchanger). All the flow variables (enthalpies, temperatures, pressures, vapour qualities, velocities, heat fluxes, etc.), together with the thermo-physical properties, are evaluated at each point of the grid in which the domain is discretized. A full-scale experimental investigation carried out at SIET thermal-hydraulics labs in Piacenza (Italy), and aimed at characterizing the fluid-dynamic behaviour of two-phase flows in helically coiled tubes, is referenced in the present paper. Two-phase pressure drops data reduction allowed optimizing a suitable form of the friction factor multiplier required by momentum balance equation. Comparisons of the numerical simulations with a wide range of two-phase pressure drops measurements (experiments conducted both in diabatic and adiabatic conditions) are shown in order to validate the proposed model.
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