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Turbulence Model Comparison for Compact Plate Heat Exchanger Design Application.


In the framework of the Gas-Power Conversion System for the Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration (ASTRID) project design, works done at CEA are focused on the design of the sodium-gas heat exchanger. Compact plate heat exchangers are indicated as the most suitable technology for such applications. An innovative compact heat exchanger geometry is proposed in this paper: its innovationconsists increatinga 3D mixing flow. The proposed geometry has also very good mechanical resistance to high pressure gradients, being suitable for a large variety of flow applications. The flowfield inside such a channel is experimentally studied using the Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) technique. The main velocity, the radial velocity as well as the Reynolds stressesare measured: data show the high level of flow mixing and the 3D flow pattern inside the channel. The experimental measurements are then used to validate turbulence models: in particular Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations are closed using both isotropic 2-equation isotropic eddy viscosity models and a Non-Linear Eddy Viscosity Model (NLEVM). Presented results represent the first step in the assessment of innovative high-performance compact plate heat exchangers that can be used to increase the plant efficiency as well as decrease the capital cost of the single component.
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hal-01059010 , version 1 (29-08-2014)


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F. Vitillo, L. Cachon, P. Millan, P. Reulet, E. Laroche. Turbulence Model Comparison for Compact Plate Heat Exchanger Design Application.. International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2014), Apr 2014, CHARLOTTE, United States. ⟨hal-01059010⟩


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