An investigation on debris bed self-leveling behavior with non-spherical particles

Songbai Cheng, Hirotaka Tagami, Hidemasa Yamano, Tohru Suzuki, Yoshiharu Tobita, Syohei Taketa, Sinpei Nishi, Tatsuya Nishikido, Bin Zhang, Tatsuya Matsumoto, Koji Morita

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Studies on debris bed self-leveling behavior with non-spherical particles are crucial in the assessment of actual leveling behavior that could occur in core disruptive accident of sodium-cooled fast reactors. Although in our previous publications, a simple empirical model (based model), with its wide applicability confirmed over various experimental conditions, has been successfully advanced to predict the transient leveling behavior, up until now this model is restricted to calculations of debris bed of spherical particles. Focusing on this aspect, in this study a series of experiments using non-spherical particles was performed within a recently developed comparatively larger scale experimental facility. Based on the knowledge and data obtained, an extension scheme was suggested with the intention to extend the base model to cover the particle-shape influence. The proposed scheme principally consists of two parts-with one part for correcting the terminal velocity of a single non-spherical particle, which is the key parameter in our base model, and the other for representing the additional particle-particle interactions caused by the shape-related parameters. Through detailed analyses, it is found that by coupling this scheme, good agreement between experimental and predicted results can be achieved for both spherical and non-spherical particles given current range of experimental conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1106
Number of pages11
Journaljournal of nuclear science and technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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