Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Transient Mixed Convection CFD Validation. Major Professor: Dr. Barton Smith
The next generation nuclear reactor is planned to be a high temperature gas reactor. In the design, the gas will be forced down through the hot reactor core. If a pump were to stop, the gas transitions from forced flow downward to natural convection upward. This process is difficult to simulate with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), so the experiments serve as a validation source for improved models. Validation is critical for reliable results of the increasingly popular simulations, especially for this transient flow with several convection regimes.