Study on 3-D Flow Field of Concrete Volute Conduit of Circulating Water Pump in Nuclear Power Plant
As the largest unit capacity of nuclear power plant at present, the flow conduit of circulating water pump in EPR1750 nuclear power plant is a volute conduit, which is a cast-in-situ conceret structure with complexly gradual change cavity. Therefore, the hydraulic efficiency of circulating water pump is not only related with the design of pump leaves, but also closely related to the design of volute and the complicated spatial type of intake and outtake conduits. With the pump leaves and the intake and outtake conduits of conceret volute as the research model, based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD)and the three dimensional Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations, an analytic model suitable for computation is established to simulate the three-dimensional steady flow in the whole pumping system under different operating modes. By use of the commercial fluid-computation softer ANSYS, the distribution of basic physic quantities in the fluid field inside the pump and the conduits is obtained. The analysis and prediction of the performance of pump system are made, and the spatial type design of intake and outtake conduits is evaluated. The calculation results can be referenced to improve the design of pump systems in the similar projects.
X. B. Sun and X. B. Qiao, "Study on 3-D Flow Field of Concrete Volute Conduit of Circulating Water Pump in Nuclear Power Plant", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 99-100, pp. 350-353, 2011