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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 795935, 8 pages
Research Article

CFD Modeling of Boiling Flow in PSBT 5×5 Bundle

CD-adapco, Trident House, Basil Hill Road, Didcot OX11 7HJ, UK

Received 17 January 2012; Accepted 8 May 2012

Academic Editor: Annalisa Manera

Copyright © 2012 Simon Lo and Joseph Osman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method was used to model the boiling two-phase flow in one of the PSBT 5-by-5 rod bundle tests. The rod bundle with all the spacers was modeled explicitly using unstructured computational grids. The six-equation, two-fluid model with the wall boiling model was used to model the boiling two-phase flows in the bundle. The computed void fractions compare well with the measured data at the measuring plane. In addition to the averaged void data, the CFD results give a very detailed picture of the flow and void distributions in the bundle and how they are affected by solid structures in the flow paths such as the spacer grids and mixing vanes.