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Title: Implementation of the LAX-Wendroff Method in Cobra-TF for Solving Two-Phase Flow Transport Equations

COBRA-TF (Coolant Boiling in Rod Arrays Two Fluid), or CTF, is a subchannel code used to conduct the reactor core thermal hydraulic (T/H) solution in both standalone and coupled multi-physics applications. CTF applies the first-order upwind spatial discretization scheme for solving two-phase flow conservation equations. In this work, the second-order Lax-Wendroff (L-W) scheme has been implemented in CTF to solve the two-phase flow transport equations to improve numerical accuracy in both temporal and spatial discretization. To avoid the oscillation issue, a non-linear flux limiter VA (Van Albada) is employed for the convective terms in the transport equations. Assessments have been carried out to evaluate the performance and stability of the implemented second-order L-W scheme. It has been found that the L-W scheme performs better than the upwind scheme for the single-phase and two-phase flow problems in terms of numerical accuracy and computational efficiency.
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  1. ORNL
  2. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
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Conference: 2016 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants, San Francisco, CA, USA, 20160417, 20160420
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
CTF; VERA-CS; subchannel