Nuclear Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-12-2018


Fluoride Salt-cooled High-temperature Reactors (FHRs) are an attractive fourth generation reactor concept. Like other fourth generation concept designs, FHRs offer characteristics such as a high-temperature low-pressure molten salt coolant allowing the reactor to be combined with a high-temperature high-efficiency power generation cycle such as an air-Brayton or supercritical carbon dioxide (SCO2). \par

Like most Gen IV reactor concepts, there are a few problems which need to be addressed with the design before it can be licensed. One particular design is the Mark 1 pebble bed FHR, a design put out by the University of California Berkeley. Two problems that need to be addressed are due to characteristics of the choice of molten salt. The main choice is a mixture of lithium fluoride and beryllium fluoride (flibe). This work attempts to analyze the heat transfer performance of a double wall twisted tube heat exchanger which could play a part in the solution to these problems.

Particularly, the focus of the work attempts to understand the performance of a three fluid, parallel stream heat exchanger with two thermal communications with an emphasis on understanding the effect the intermediate fluid and it's flow rate has on the overall effectiveness of the heat exchanger.


Double-Wall, FHR, Twisted Tube

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Degree Name

Nuclear Engineering

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Department Name

Nuclear Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Edward Blandford

Second Committee Member

Dr. Amir Ali

Third Committee Member

Dr. Youho Lee