Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
To understand and model the thermal-hydraulic behavior of key components in nuclear and conventional power systems.
- Two-phase flow:
- Conservation equations
- Flow patterns
- Void fraction modeling
- Pressure drop modeling
- Steam separation
- Critical flow
- Two-phase heat transfer:
- Bubble nucleation
- Pool boiling
- Subcooled and saturated flow boiling
- Boiling crises
- Post-boiling-crisis heat transfer
- Thermal design and analysis methodologies:
- Transient analysis (Single channel)
- Loop analysis
- Multiple channel analysis
- Subchannel analysis
- Treatment of uncertainties
Collier, J. G., and J. R. Thome. Convective Boiling and Condensation. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780198562962.
Todreas, N. E. and M. S. Kazimi. Nuclear Systems. Vol. 2. New York, NY: Francis & Taylor, 1990. ISBN: 9781560320791.
Students may wish to consult other useful references listed in the readings section.
2.006, 10.302, 22.312 or permission of instructor.
Homework and Reading Assignment Practices
- Units: You are to conform to recommended engineering practice by using units based on the International System (SI).
- In writing your answers, it is important that you supply enough information to show how you have solved the problem. It is not necessary to repeat derivations already given in enough detail in the text or lectures.
- It is considered acceptable for you to work completely independently; consult the instructor; and/or work with other students. However, do not adopt your solution directly from any outside source without being sure that you understand both concepts and calculations. Points may be deducted if it appears that you do not understand.
- Computer usage: most homework problems are best solved using MATLAB®, Mathcad® or other computer programs.
- Late solutions: Solutions submitted after the due date will receive no more than 50% credit. An all-student relaxation of this rule may be announced in class for some problems.
|LEC #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
Two-phase flow definitions
Flooding and flow reversal
|5||Void fraction modeling||Homework 1 due|
|6||Pressure drop modeling|
|7-9||Steam separation||Homework 2 due in Lec #8|
|10||Instabilities, Lecture by Dr. Pavel Hejzlar|
|11||Critical flow, Lecture by Dr. Pavel Hejzlar|
|12||Bubble nucleation||Homework 3 due|
Mid-term quiz (open book)
All material through Lec #11
Introduction to flow boiling
Onset of nucleate boiling
|Homework 4 due|
|16||Subcooled and saturated flow boiling|
|17||Boiling crisis: Departure from nucleate boiling|
|18||Boiling crisis: Dryout||Homework 5 due|
|19||Post-boiling-crisis heat transfer, Lecture by Prof. Peter Griffith|
|21||The power system thermalhydraulic problem||Homework 6 due|
|22||Transient analysis (single channel)|
Multiple heated channels connected at plena
|25||Subchannel analysis, Lecture by Prof. Neil Todreas||Homework 7 due|
|26||Treatment of uncertainties, Lecture by Prof. Neil Todreas|
Final will cover entire course with specific attention to material of Lec #12-26