Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
CFD Validation, Natural Convection in Fuel Rod Bundles. Major Professor: Dr. Barton Smith
When nuclear fuel is initially removed from a commercial reactor, it is placed in a “spent fuel pool.” Decay heat is constantly generated from the spent fuel at a rate that falls exponentially over time, removed circulating water in the spent fuel pools. High fidelity experiments on natural convection through a portion of a fuel assembly model will be used as Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) validation data.