volume 236, issue 17, P1830-1837 2006
DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2005.12.009
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Abstract: Cross-wire anemometry was used to identify and characterize coherent flow pulsations in isothermal air flow near the gap regions of a five-rod bundle with a design pitch-to-diameter ratio of 1.149 and contained in a quasi-trapezoidal duct. It was confirmed that such pulsations are quasiperiodic and contribute significantly to the velocity fluctuations across the gap. The frequency of pulsations was found to decrease with diminishing rod-wall gap size in the range between 0.015D and 0.250D, where D is the rod …

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