Computational analysis of flow-induced vibrations in fuel rod bundles of next generation nuclear reactors

01 October 2011 → 30 September 2015
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Design theories and methods
    • Mechanics
    • Other mechanical and manufacturing engineering
    • Other engineering and technology
tube fluid-structure interaction vibration computational fluid dynamics
Project description

Currently, lead fast reactors are being designed to reduce the radioactive waste and its lifetime. In this PhD, the vibrations of the fuel rods in the liquid metal will be analyzed using three-dimensional calculations on high-performance computers. The flow-induced vibrations will be calculated by coupling state-of-the-art programmes, namely one for the liquid metal flow and one for the vibrating rods.