Experimental Study of the Transition from Forced to Natural Circulation in EBR-II at Low Power and Flow

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J. L. Gillette, R. M. Singer, J. V. Tokar, J. E. Sullivan

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill. 60439

J. Heat Transfer 102(3), 525-530 (Aug 01, 1980) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3244335 History: Received October 17, 1979; Online October 20, 2009


A series of tests was conducted in EBR-II which examined the dynamics of the transition from forced to natural circulation flow in a liquid-metal-cooled fast breeder reactor. Each test was initiated by abruptly tripping an electromagnetic pump which supplies 5–6 percent of the normal full operational primary flow rate. The ensuing flow coastdown reached a minimum value after which the flow increased as natural circulation was established. The effects of secondary system flow through the intermediate heat exchanger and reactor decay power level on the minimum in-core flow rates and maximum in-core temperatures were examined.

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