Progress in modeling solidification in molten salt coolants

Abstract : Molten salts have been proposed as heat carrier media in the nuclear and concentrating solar power plants. Due to their high melting temperature, solidification of the salts is expected to occur during routine and accidental scenarios. Furthermore, passive safety systems based on the solidification of these salts are being studied. The following article presents new developments in the modeling of eutectic molten salts by means of a multiphase, multicomponent, phase-field model. Besides, an application of this methodology for the eutectic solidification process of the ternary system LiF–KF–NaF is presented. The model predictions are compared with a newly developed semi-analytical solution for directional eutectic solidification at stable growth rate. A good qualitative agreement is obtained between the two approaches. The results obtained with the phase-field model are then used for calculating the homogenized properties of the solid phase distribution. These properties can then be included in a mixture macroscale model, more suitable for industrial applications.
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M. Tano Retamales, P. Rubiolo, O. Doche. Progress in modeling solidification in molten salt coolants. 8th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling, Oct 2016, Dijon, France. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 25, pp.074001, 2017, ⟨http://mmm2016.iop.org/home⟩. ⟨in2p3-01379462⟩

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