Dynamic Response of Hot/Cold Liquid Interfaces to Pump Speed Perturbations in a Thermal-Hydraulic Loop Simulating a PIUS-type Reactor
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The operation of a PIUS-type reactor requires controlling the reactor pump speed to keep stationary the hot/cold liquid interfaces between the reactor coolant and cold borated water. The dynamic response of the interface location to pump speed perturbations is analyzed for an experimental loop simulating a PIUS-type reactor. The transfer function between the pump speed and the interface location is obtained by perturbing and Laplace-transforming the one-dimensional fluid momentum equations. The analytical results agree well with experimental data taken from the same facility. It is shown that the magnitude of the phase lag in the response of the interface location, which needs to be considered in designing a pump speed controller, primarily depends on the fluid inertia in the loop, the density lock flow area, and the density difference between the simulated reactor coolant and borated water.
- Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology 33(9), p.703-711, 1996-09-25
Atomic Energy Society of Japan