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Title: Distributed temperature sensing inside a 19-rod bundle

The temperature field within a model of a sodium-cooled fast reactor fuel rod bundle was measured using Ø155 μm fiber optic distributed temperature sensors (DTS). The bundle consists of 19 electrically-heated rods Ø6.3 mm and 865 mm long. Working fluids were argon and air at atmospheric pressure and Reynolds numbers up to 300. A 20 m-long DTS was threaded through Ø1 mm capillaries wound around rods as wire-wraps. The sensor generated 173 measurements along each rod at 5 mm resolution for a total of 3300 data locations. A second DTS, 58 m long, was suspended between rods to provide 9300 fluid temperature measurements at 20 mm resolution. Such data density makes it possible to construct 3D maps of the temperature field that are beyond the reach of traditional sensors such as thermocouples. This is illustrated through a series of steady-state and transient tests. As a result, the work demonstrates the feasibility of mapping temperature within the close confines of a rod bundle at resolutions suitable for validation of computational fluid dynamics codes.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Lemont, IL (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Engineering and Design
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 319; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5493
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
U.S. DOE Chicago Operations Office; USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; Fiber optic distributed temperature sensor; Nuclear fuel rod bundle
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OSTI ID: 1416619