Numerical simulation of two-phase flow induced vibration

Abstract : In nuclear power plants, steam generator tubes vibrate because of steam/water cross-flows. In order to understant this phenomenon, reduced-scale experiments are performed. Numerical simulations have shown their ability to accurately reproduce the vibration induced by a single phase flow in a tube bundle. The aim of the present work is to do the same with two-phase flow and to characterize the effect of the mixture physical properties on vibration.To do so, a CFD code based on a two-fluid approach is used. A "discrete forcing" method is implemented in order to allow solid body motion in a two-phase flow. The validation is performed with simple and industrial cases using experimental and theoretical results.Using an existing implicit algorithm, a fluid-structure coupling based on the developed interface tracking method is implemented. Validated for single and two-phase flows, it is now possible to have solid motion induced by fluid forces.The different numerical models dedicated to two-phase flows are then evaluated on a freon/freon flow across an inclined tube bundle. The use of a multi-regime model is required. In order to investigate the role of the different physical properties on the vibration, three simple studies are performed.Finally, the industrial application, a freon/water flow across a square pitch tube bundle, is performed. First, it is compared to a steam/water flow in order to characterize the discrepancies when we are using a modeling mixture. Then, the vibration induced by single- and two-phase flows is reproduced by the developed method on feasibility test cases.
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William Benguigui. Numerical simulation of two-phase flow induced vibration. Mechanics of the fluids [physics.class-ph]. Université Paris-Saclay, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018SACLY014⟩. ⟨tel-01923252⟩

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