Study of Heat Transfer in Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR)

University of Sheffield

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Project Description

Sodium cooled fast reactor is one of the six advanced nuclear reactor designs that have been identified by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) to be further developed for potential deployment by 2030. Such Gen IV reactors will represent sustainability, economics, safety and reliability. There are however still many challenges to be overcome to achieve these goals.

The purpose of this project is to develop a better understanding and modelling tool for one of the key phenomena in SFRs, namely, the top plenum of the reactor, including in particular the behaviour of the argon cover gas, its interactions with the free surface of the sodium pool, and the stratification and natural circulation of the sodium pool.

Numerical simulations will be carried out using direct numerical simulations (DNS) and large eddy simulations (LES) to generate high fidelity data for the study the flow dynamics. The results will also be used as benchmark data for modelling tool development.

Funding Information

This is a self funded project, there is no funding attached to it.

Eligibility Requirements

1st or 2:1 degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or other Relevant Discipline.

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