Development of Spatio-Temporal Wavelet Post Processing Techniques for Application to Thermal Hydraulic Experiments and Numerical Simulations
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This work focuses on both high fidelity experimental and numerical thermal hydraulic studies and advanced frequency decomposition methods. The major contribution of this work is a proposed method for spatio-temporal decomposition of frequencies present in the flow. This method provides an instantaneous visualization of coherent frequency ?structures? in the flow. The significance of this technique from an engineering standpoint is the ease of implementation and the importance of such a tool for design engineers. To validate this method, synthetic verification data, experimental data sets, and numerical results are used. The first experimental work involves flow through the side entry orifice (SEO) of a boiling water reactor (BWR) using non-intrusive particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) techniques. The second experiment is of a simulated double ended guillotine break in the prismatic block gas cooled reactor. Numerical simulations of jet flow mixing in the lower plenum of a prismatic block high temperature gas cooled reactor is used as a final data set for verification purposes as well as demonstration of the applicability of the method for an actual computational fluid dynamics validation case.
Salpeter, Nathaniel (2012). Development of Spatio-Temporal Wavelet Post Processing Techniques for Application to Thermal Hydraulic Experiments and Numerical Simulations. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from