The Thermal-Hydraulic Research Laboratory serves the nuclear industry performing fundamental and applied research on single- and two-phase flow, and multiphase flow phenomena.
The laboratory hosts numerous phenomenological, separate effects, and integral effects test facilities, serving the research community in three main subject areas:
- Light Water Reactors
- Advanced Reactors
- High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors
We are proud to have established partnership and collaboration with national and international Universities, Research Laboratories, and Industry.
The Thermal-Hydraulic Research Laboratory is located at the University Service Building (USB). With an extension of 14,000 ft2, the laboratory includes all required services that are fully available to the projects, including:
- Two fully-equipped machine shops, used to fabricate customized components and parts, and to facilities the construction test sections
- Source of Cold,
- De-Ionized Water System
- Compressed Air, Helium and Nitrogen
- Low/High Voltage AC/DC Power Supplies
The state-of-the-art instrumentation for flow and heat transfer measurements has been acquired in the past years and is continuing to expand and grow. The laboratory is equipped with:
- Multiple low/high power lasers used as source of illumination for flow visualization and measurements
- Multiple Particle Image Velocimetry systems with high speed/High resolution cameras
- The Laser Doppler Velocimetry system
We have developed advanced techniques to perform high spatial and temporal resolution measurements of the flow. Advanced temperature measurement techniques are also in place in the laboratory, using Distributed Temperature Sensors (DTS) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF).
Computational Tools and Software
Thermal-Hydraulic computer codes are in use in our laboratory. Our expertise cover a wide range of system-level codes and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) codes.
System and Subchannel Codes:
RELAP5 and RELAP5-3D
Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Codes:
Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) – Based codes