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Symposium on Advanced Sensors and Modeling Techniques for Nuclear Reactor Safety

Distributed temperature sensing

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Thermal Stratification In Liquid Metal Pools Under Cold Transients, Brendan Ward, Hitesh Bindra Dec 2018

Thermal Stratification In Liquid Metal Pools Under Cold Transients, Brendan Ward, Hitesh Bindra

Symposium on Advanced Sensors and Modeling Techniques for Nuclear Reactor Safety

Experimental results are presented for understanding the thermal stratification or mixing in a low Prandtl number, Pr, pool due to the injection of a colder (higher density) jet at the bottom of the pool. In liquid metals (Pr<<1), the higher volumetric thermal expansion enhances buoyant forces, aiding in thermal stratification while the low Pr extends the thermal boundary layer. Rayleigh backscattering with swept wavelength interferometry is used to generate the high fidelity distributed temperature data. The high spatial and temporal resolution of the sensors are required to capture the temperature gradient and fluctuations of temperature allowing more complete understanding of ...