Izvestiya vuzov. Yadernaya Energetika

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Effect of impurities content on the heat transfer in the lead coolant

3/28/2016 2016 - #01 Chemistry, physics and technology of reactor coolants

Belozerov V.I. Sitdikov E.R. Varseev E.V.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26583/npe.2016.1.14

UDC: 21.039.534

This paper presents research results of one of the features of heavy liquid metal technology, in particular the effect of impurities content on the heat exchange process. An analysis of the accumulated theoretical base regarding this problem was done. It shows that earlier researches did not take account of the presence of impurities (especially of oxygen).

To solve such problems in the Russian Federation are built special liquid metal test benches that obtain dependencies Nusselt numbers from Peclet numbers. The experimental results obtained on Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University test bench that refine earlier calculated dependencies are quite controversial. The main contradiction lay in the fact that dependencies of heat exchange in higher oxygen content conditions demonstrates better heat exchange than in the conditions in which the oxygen content is less. However, among the obtained experimental data (coolant heating conditions) there were formulas that satisfactorily describes heat transfer. The paper presents a generalization of these formulas into one, with the inclusion of the values of thermodynamic activity of oxygen into their record structure. To obtain it earlier heat transfer formulas were considered, in particular record structure of these formulas. Then, it was necessary to find constants included in the structure of the desired formula. The most convenient way was to use the graphical method. This method is that the curved lines of heat exchange were compared with each other taking into account the range of variation of thermodynamic activity of oxygen. Using obtained formula, we estimated the effect of different oxygen amounts at various Peclet numbers on heat transfer compared to the “clean” conditions.


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