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Effective thermal conductivity of a heat generating rod bundle dissipating heat by natural convection and radiation

Senve, Vinay and Narasimham, GSVL (2011) Effective thermal conductivity of a heat generating rod bundle dissipating heat by natural convection and radiation. In: Nuclear Engineering and Design, 241 (10). pp. 4331-4340.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nucengdes.2011.08.036

Abstract

A numerical study of conjugate natural convection and surface radiation in a horizontal hexagonal sheath housing 19 solid heat generating rods with cladding and argon as the fill gas, is performed. The natural convection in the sheath is driven by the volumetric heat generation in the solid rods. The problem is solved using the FLUENT CFD code. A correlation is obtained to predict the maximum temperature in the rod bundle for different pitch-to-diameter ratios and heat generating rates. The effective thermal conductivity is related to the heat generation rate, maximum temperature and the sheath temperature. Results are presented for the dimensionless maximum temperature, Rayleigh number and the contribution of radiation with changing emissivity, total wattage and the pitch-to-diameter ratio. In the simulation of a larger system that contains a rod bundle, the effective thermal conductivity facilitates simplified modelling of the rod bundle by treating it as a solid of effective thermal conductivity. The parametric studies revealed that the contribution of radiation can be 38-65% of the total heat generation, for the parameter ranges chosen. Data for critical Rayleigh number above which natural convection comes into effect is also presented. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 09:13
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 09:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/42080

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