Evaluation of heat transfer characteristics of a sphere-packed pipe for Flibe blanket

Atsushi Watanabe, Shinji Ebara, Akio Sagara, Hidetoshi Hashizume

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A Flibe blanket has been proposed to be used in FFHR. Since Flibe has poor heat transfer performance, heat transfer promoter is required, and a sphere-packed pipe (SPP) has been proposed to enhance the heat transfer performance in the Flibe blanket. In this paper, the fluid flow and heat transfer characteristics in the SPP is evaluated numerically using a k-É turbulent model for the flow field and an algebraic model for the thermal field. As a result, it was shown that bypass flows in the SPP play a significant role in heat transfer. Also it is thought that the turbulent energy can strongly affect heat transfer performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2357-2360
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 1


  • Flibe
  • Heat transfer
  • Numerical simulation
  • Sphere-packed pipe
  • k-É turbulent model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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