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MONDAY, October 24 (9-12:30 and 14-17:30)

1. Introduction: M. L. Corradini. Nuclear system descriptions, current and advanced designs. Significant flow phenomena with examples. Operational and safety implications. Current thermal-hydraulics issues. Layout of lectures, where topics addressed.

2. Introduction to Nuclear Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer: S. Banerjee. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics and heat transfer as applied to nuclear systems. Conservation equations and constitutive models. Ensemble, volume and cross-sectional area averaging. Simple closure relationships for friction, drag and heat transfer. Single-phase flow applications, steady-state and transients; single-phase anticipated operational transients. Multiphase flows, definitions and phenomena; examples in nuclear systems. Introduction to flow regimes (movie).

3. Engineering Models for Two-Phase Flow: G. Yadigaroglu . Engineering approaches to two-phase flow predictions in nuclear systems. Flow regime correlations. Correlations for frictional pressure gradient and void fraction. Countercurrent flow limitations and correlations. Applications.

4. Phenomenological Models for Multiphase Flow: G.F. Hewitt. Vertical flows: Phenomenological models for bubble flow, bubble/slug transition. Slug flow and the slug churn transition. Churn flow. Churn/annular transition. Annular flow. Wispy annular flow. Phenomenological models for horizontal flows: Stratified flow. Stratified/slug transition. Slug flow. Stratified/slug/annular transition. Annular flow. Applications to nuclear Systems.

TUESDAY, October 25 (9-12:30 and 14-17:30)

5. Light Water Reactor Phenomena: G. Yadigaroglu. Normal operation thermalhydraulics, anticipated operational occurrences, loss-of-coolant accidents, and their simulation; uncertainty evaluation. In-vessel accident phenomenology; modelling of core cooling. Passive emergency core and containment cooling.

6. Two-phase heat transfer: G.F. Hewitt. Single component systems; heat transfer regimes, heat transfer in slug flow (equilibrium, non-equilibrium); heat transfer in annular flow, correlations, mechanisms, models (overall, detailed, effect of nucleate boiling). Dryout (critical) heat flux; low quality (bubbly) and high quality (annular) flows. Condensation; similarities and differences to evaporation. Non-condensible effects.

7. Dryout in simple and complex geometries: G. F. Hewitt. Dryout in tubular and annular geometries. Core configurations in conventional and advanced PWR's and BWR's. Critical heat flux in rod bundle geometries; prediction methods (global models, sub-channel methods, phenomenological models); effects of non-uniform flux distribution; grid design for enhancement.

8. Advanced Light Water Reactor Concepts and Phenomena: M. L. Corradini. Review of advanced LWR concepts for near-term and Generation IV reactor development. Two-phase phenomena in passive safety systems (natural circulation, condensation, critical flow).

WEDNESDAY, October 26 11 (9-12:30 and 14-17:30)

9. Thermal non-equilibrium flows: G. Yadigaroglu. Importance of departures from mechanical and thermal equilibrium in nuclear systems. Computation of non-equilibrium flows. Subcooled boiling. Post-dryout heat transfer; 3D effects.

10. Multifield models: S. Banerjee. The need for multifield models. Interpenetrating continua and Lagrangian- Eulerian approaches. Closure requirements. One-dimensional form – structure, strengths and weaknesses. Multidimensional aspects – applicability and limitations.

11. Numerical methods: S. Banerjee. Introduction to finite differences. Initial and boundary conditions. Method of characteristics. Finite difference methods. Stability. Explicit and implicit methods used in computer codes.

12. Closure laws in nuclear systems codes: S. Bajorek. Development and validation of closure laws dependent on flow regime. Hydrodynamic and heat transfer closure relationships in system codes and their limitations. Predicting choked flow, stratified flow, CCFL.


THURSDAY, October 27 (9-12:30 and 14-17:30)

13. Two-Phase Instabilities: G.Yadigaroglu. Instabilities of the liquid-gas interface; applications to jets, particles, etc. Two-phase system instabilities; fundamentals, mechanisms. Computational tools, stability maps. BWR stability.

14. Nuclear Systems Codes: S.Bajorek. Modeling of nuclear systems at the component level, modeling approach and nodalization approach. Review of major system code models, such as TRACE, COBRA/ TRAC, VIPER, TRACE, TRACG and perhaps RAMONA and NOTRUMP.

15. Single Phase Models and Subchannel Analysis: S.Bilbao. Subchannel analysis modelling approach, transverse momentum transport, grid spacer and wire-wrap effects, multi-channel flow analyses and core-wide analysis approaches.

16. CFD for Nuclear Systems: C.Boyd. Overview of available tools for CFD. Solvers, models and algorithms. A selection of examples illustrating some of the challenges and advanced models used in the analyses of nuclear single- and multi-phase flow problems.

17. CFD for Fuel Storage Systems: G.Zigh. Overview of fuel storage systems and thermal-hydraulic challenges to model long-term cooling. A selection of examples illustrating water cooling and air cooling of spent fuel will be discussed.

FRIDAY, October 28 (8:30-12:30)

18. Coupled Neutronics and Thermal-Hydraulics: T.Downar. The basic couplings (diffusion eqs and the effects of void fraction and Doppler). Normal and accident situations where the coupling becomes important: ATWS, boron mixing, stability of BWRs, extended operating domain operations.

19. Long Term Cooling: S.Banerjee. Overview of recirculation cooling modes, debris effects. GSI 191 and current status. Debris generation and transport, sump screen blockage, chemical and thin bed effects, downstream effects for PWRs Implications for BWRs. Degraded core cooling, fluidized bed effects.

20. LWR Beyond Design Basis Safety Analyses: M.L.Corradini. Multiphase phenomena during severe accidents: vapor explosions, molten core quenching and coolability, etc. Severe accident modeling with system analyses and simulation.

PART III. CMFD with Commercial Codes (Tentative Schedule)

FRIDAY, October 28 (13:30-17:30)

21. Simulation of multiphase flow in nuclear systems: CASL Computational Simulation Tools.

22. Modelling and Commercial CFD simulation: STAR-CCM and FLUENT.

23. Simulating multiphase flows in accidents: MELCOR and MAAP.