Image icon  Simulating turbulent flow in next-generation nuclear reactors

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Description: This image simulates flow into the upper plenum of an advanced recycling nuclear reactor. Red represents high velocity, blue - low velocity. Coolant enters from hexagonal channels at the plenum as two jets and exits from a single rectangular channel at the top. Simulations provide insight into the flow's thermal-hydraulic properties. This simulation was performed using the Nek5000 code with 68,826 spectral elements of order 7 and run on 8192 cores of the Blue Gene/P at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
Keywords: modelling • turbulence • flow • velocity • reactor • thermal • recycling
Categories: Science approaches > Modelling & simulation
Applications > Energy > Nuclear energy
Properties > Mechanical & thermal > Thermal
Other topics > Environment
Created by: Argonne National Laboratory
Paul Fischer, Argonne National Laboratory
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Date created: 07 May 2009
Date added: 07 February 2011
Resource ID: 3392