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Experimental And Computational Investigations Of Heat Transfer Systems In Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactors, Joel T. Hughes Apr 2017

Experimental And Computational Investigations Of Heat Transfer Systems In Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactors, Joel T. Hughes

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Fluoride salt-cooled high-temperature reactors (FHRs) face a number of challenges similar to those faced by other Generation IV advanced reactor concepts. Predicting heat transfer in these systems accurately and reliably is one major challenge. Another is ensuring the safety of these systems during challenging operating conditions across the design basis envelope. Finally, achieving good economics to compete in a modern power generation portfolio is necessary for moving any nuclear power plant concept past the pre-conceptual stage. This dissertation attempts to support, from a thermal-hydraulics research standpoint, the case that the FHR can attain these goals. The dissertation focuses on several ...