Computational Fluid Dynamics Group

The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) group conducts research in application and development of numerical simulation techniques pertinent to safety of nuclear reactor simulations. The group’s portfolio covers the methods at different scales, ranging from entire systems modeled by the system code RELAP, through containment analysis with GOTHIC, and computational fluid dynamics method applied to components, down to molecular dynamic simulations. What we learn at smaller scales, we embed as physical models at larger scales.

The group places particular focus on modeling of multiphase flows, with and without mass transfer. One of the most notable developments of the group is the PSI-BOIL (Parallel SImulation tool for BOILing phenomena) computer program. It is a scale-resolving tool (only space averaging), which embeds a number of innovative physical models for interface tracking and boiling, including the improved surface sharpening algorithm, sharp-interface mass transfer model, micro-region model for boiling, phase-field approach to boiling, innovative scale-resolving Lagrangian particle tracking method (it covers the ground in between full interface tracking and Lagrangian particle tracking), to name the most important few.

The work collaborates on a number of national and international projects, spanning in their scope from basic research geared towards better understanding physical phenomena to “on-call” research for utilities. International projects in which the group contributed include projects SETH, SETH-II, HYMERES, ERCOSAM (for the system and containment scales), then European suite of NURESIM, NURISP, NURESAFE projects (CFD scale, applied to Gen-II and Gen-III reactors), and THINS and SESAME (CFD scale applied to Gen-IV reactors, more specifically to supercritical and liquid-metal reactors).

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CFD Group Members


Andreani Michele.jpg Andreani, Michele, Dr.
Senior scientist
Building/Room: OHSA/D03
Telephone: +41 56 310 2687
E-mail: michele.andreani@psi.ch
Bures Lubomir.jpg Bures, Lubomir
Master student
Building/Room: OHSA/B11
Telephone: +41 56 310 2779
E-mail: lubomir.bures@psi.ch
Dehbi Abdel.jpg Dehbi, Abdel, Dr.
Senior scientist
Building/Room: OHSA/D13
Telephone: +41 56 310 2711
E-mail: abdel.dehbi@psi.ch
Es-Sebbar Et-Touhami.jpg Es-Sebbar, Et-Touhami, Dr.
Postdoc
Building/Room: OVGA/013
Telephone: +41 56 310 2129
E-mail: ettouhami.essebbar@psi.ch
Guo Wentao.jpg Guo, Wentao
PhD student
Building/Room: OHSA/D02
Telephone: +41 56 310 2859
E-mail: wentao.guo@psi.ch
Karalis Konstantinos.jpg Karalis, Konstantinos, Dr.
Postdoc
Building/Room: OHSA/D03
Telephone: +41 56 310 2707
E-mail: konstantinos.karalis@psi.ch
Mantzaras Ioannis.jpg Mantzaras, Ioannis, PD Dr.
Senior scientist
Building/Room: OVGA/015
Telephone: +41 56 310 4046
E-mail: ioannis.mantzaras@psi.ch
Niceno Bojan.jpg Niceno, Bojan, Dr.
Group leader
Building/Room: OHSA/D16
Telephone: +41 56 310 4149
E-mail: bojan.niceno@psi.ch
Palkin Egor.jpg Palkin, Egor
PhD student
Building/Room: OHSA/B11
Telephone: +41 56 310 5753
E-mail: egor.palkin@psi.ch
Puragliesi Riccardo.jpg Puragliesi, Riccardo, Dr.
Scientist
Building/Room: OHSA/D13
Telephone: +41 56 310 5592
E-mail: riccardo.puragliesi@psi.ch
Sato Yohei.jpg Sato, Yohei, Dr.
Scientist
Building/Room: OHSA/D03
Telephone: +41 56 310 2666
E-mail: yohei.sato@psi.ch
Saxena Abhishek.jpg Saxena, Abhishek, Dr.
Postdoc
Building/Room: OHSA/D03
Telephone: +41 56 310 4559
E-mail: abhishek.saxena@psi.ch
Theile Juergen.jpg Theile, Jürgen
Technician
Building/Room: OLGA/417
Telephone: +41 56 310 3005
E-mail: juergen.theile@psi.ch
Wei Zonglan.jpg Wei, Zonglan
PhD student
Building/Room: OHSA/D02
Telephone: +41 56 310 2872
E-mail: zonglan.wei@psi.ch
Zhu Min.jpg Zhu, Min
PhD student
Building/Room: OHSA/B10
Telephone: +41 56 310 3068
E-mail: min.zhu@psi.ch
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CFD Publication List

2018

  • CFD simulation of hydrogen mitigation by a passive autocatalytic recombiner Halouane Y, Dehbi A
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 330, 488 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2018.01.018
  • Examples of Pool-Boiling Simulations Using an Interface Tracking Method Applied to Nucleate Boiling, Departure from Nucleate Boiling and Film Boiling Sato Y, Smith Brian L, Niceno B
    Encyclopedia of Two-Phase Heat Transfer and Flow III (Book) , 225 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1142/9789813229440_0007
  • Large Eddy simulations of particulate flows inside a square differentially heated cavity at Rayleigh numbers up to 10 11 Aksouh M, Dehbi A
    POWDER TECHNOLOGY 336, 318 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2018.06.016
  • Measurements and LES computations of a turbulent particle-laden flow inside a cubical differentially heated cavity Kim H, Dehbi A, Kalilainen J
    ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT , S1352231018303418 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.05.037
  • Numerical Modeling of Hydroperoxyl?Mediated Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid under SCR?Relevant Conditions Sridhar M, Mantzaras J, van Bokhoven J, Kröcher O
    INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH , acs.iecr.8b01592 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b01592
  • On the characteristics of the flow and heat transfer in the core bypass region Clifford i, Pecchia M, Puragliesi R, Vasiliev A, Ferroukhi H
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 128, 117 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2018.01.039
  • Pool boiling simulation using an interface tracking method: From nucleate boiling to film boiling regime through critical heat flux Sato Y, Niceno B
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER 125, 876 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2018.04.131
  • Unsteady Single-Phase Natural-Circulation Flow Mixing Prediction Using 3-D Thermal-Hydraulic System and CFD Codes Bousbia Salah A, Ceuca SC, Puragliesi R, Mukin R, Grahn A, Kliem S, Vlassenbroeck J, Austregesilo H
    NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY , 1 (2018).
    DOI: 10.1080/00295450.2018.1461517
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2017

  • A Three-Dimensional, Immersed Boundary, Finite Volume Method for the Simulation of Incompressible Heat Transfer Flows around Complex Geometries Badreddine Hassan, Sato Yohei, Berger Matthias, Niceno Bojan
    International Journal of Chemical Engineering 2017, 1726519 (2017).
    DOI: 10.1155/2017/1726519
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of the Transient Cooling of the Boiling Surface at Bubble Departure Giustini G, Walker SP, Sato Y, Niceno B
    Journal of Heat Transfer 139, 091501 (2017).
    DOI: 10.1115/1.4036572
  • Large eddy simulation of upward co-current annular boiling flow using an interface tracking method Sato Y, Niceno B
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 321, 69 (2017).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2017.03.003
  • Nucleate pool boiling simulations using the interface tracking method: Boiling regime from discrete bubble to vapor mushroom region Sato Y, Niceno B
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER 105, 505 (2017).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.10.018

2016

  • Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation of Single Bubble Growth under High-Pressure Pool Boiling Conditions Murallidharan J, Giustini G, Sato Y, Niceno B, Badalassi V, Walker Simon P
    Nuclear Engineering and Technology 48, 859 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.net.2016.06.004
  • Computational fluid dynamics study of pressurized thermal shock phenomena in the reactor pressure vessel Sharabi M, Gonzalez-Albuixech V F, Lafferty N, Niceno B, Niffenegger M
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 299, 136-145 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2015.10.014
  • Computational study of platinum nanoparticle deposition on the surfaces of crevices Gu HF, Niceno B, Grundler PV, Sharabi M, Veleva L, Ritter S
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 304, 84 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2016.04.020
  • Coupled RELAP5, 3D CFD and FEM analysis of postulated cracks in RPVs subjected to PTS loading González-Albuixech VF, Qian G, Sharabi M, Niffenegger M, Niceno B, Lafferty N
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 297, 111 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2015.11.032
  • Integrity analysis of a reactor pressure vessel subjected to a realistic pressurized thermal shock considering the cooling plume and constraint effects González-Albuixech VF, Qian G, Sharabi M, Niffenegger M, Niceno B, Lafferty N
    ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS 162, 201 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2016.05.010
  • Outcomes from the EURATOM?ROSATOM ERCOSAM SAMARA projects on containment thermal-hydraulics for severe accident management Paladino D, Andreani M, Guentay S, Mignot G, Kapulla R, Paranjape S, Sharabi M, Kisselev A, Yudina T, Filippov A, Kamnev M, Khizbullin A, Tyurikov O, Liang Z, Abdo D, Brinster J, Dabbene F, Kelm S, Klauck M, Götz L, Gehr R, Malet J, Bentaib A, Bleyer A, Lemaitre P, Porcheron E, Benz S, Jordan T, Xu Z, Boyd C, Siccama A, Visser D
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 308, 103 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2016.08.011
  • Pool boiling simulation of water up to critical heat flux using an interface tracking method Sato Y, Niceno B
    NUTHOS-11: Proceedings of the 11th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics, Operation and Safety (Oct 9-13, 2016, Gyeongju, Korea) , (2016).
  • Synthesis of the OECD/NEA-PSI CFD benchmark exercise Andreani Michele, Badillo Arnoldo, Kapulla Ralf
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 299, 59-80 (2016).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2015.12.029
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2015

  • A depletable micro-layer model for nucleate pool boiling Sato Y, Niceno B
    JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS 300, 20 (2015).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcp.2015.07.046
  • Comparison of PTS analyses of RPVs based on 3D-CFD and RELAP5 González-Albuixech VF, Qian G, Sharabi M, Niffenegger M, Niceno B, Lafferty N
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 291, 168 (2015).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2015.05.025
  • Direct numerical simulation of bubble dynamics in subcooled and near-saturated convective nucleate boiling Lal Sreeyuth, Sato Yohei, Niceno Bojan
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND FLUID FLOW 51, 16-28 (2015).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2014.10.018
  • Finite size Lagrangian particle tracking approach to simulate dispersed bubbly flows Badreddine Hassan, Sato Yohei, Niceno Bojan, Prasser Horst-Michael
    CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE 122, 321-335 (2015).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2014.09.037
  • Interface tracking based evaluation of bubble growth rates in high pressure pool boiling conditions Giustini G, Murallidharan J, Sato Y, Niceno B, Badalassi V, Walker Simon P
    NURETH 16: Proceedings of the 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics 1, 6530 (2015).
  • Noble Metal Applications for SCC Mitigation in BWRs: Platinum Nanoparticle Penetration into Crevices and Cracks under Controlled Flow Conditions Grundler PV, Veleva L, Gu H, Allner S, Niceno B, Ritter S
    17th Int. Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Systems - Water Reactors, August 9-13, Ottawa, Canada CD-ROM, Paper No 96 (2015).
  • Numerical and experimental investigations of human swimming motions Takagi H, Nakashima M, Sato Y, Matsuuchi K, Sanders Ross H
    JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES 34, 1564 (2015).
    DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1123284
  • Numerical study of heat diffusion controlled phase growth in a pressurised liquid Murallidharan J, Giustini G, Sato Y, Niceno B, Badalassi V, Walker Simon P
    NURETH 16: Proceedings of the 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics 1, 4069 (2015).
  • Probabilistic pressurized thermal shocks analysis for a reactor pressure vessel by considering plume effect Qian G, Gonzalez-Albuixech VF, Niffenegger M, Sharabi M
    ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Division Conference, July 19-23, Boston, Massachusetts, USA , 2015-45963 (2015).
  • Results of 4-equation turbulence models in the prediction of heat transfer to supercritical pressure fluids Pucciarellia A, Borroni I, Sharabi M, Ambrosini W
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 281, 5 (2015).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2014.11.004
  • UDNS or LES, That Is the Question Bosshard C, Deville MO, Dehbi A, Leriche E
    Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics 05, 339 (2015).
    DOI: 10.4236/ojfd.2015.54034
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2014

  • Assessment of GOTHIC and TRACE codes against selected PANDA experiments on a Passive Containment Condenser Papini Davide, Adamsson Carl, Andreani Michele, Prasser Horst-Michael
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 278, 542-557 (2014).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2014.08.007
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics of Pressurized Thermal Shock Phenomena in the Reactor Pressure Vessel Sharabi M, Niceno B, Gonzalez-Albuixech V, Niffenegger M
    CFD4NRS-5: Proceedings of the OECD/NEA & IAEA Workshop on Computational Fluid Dynamics for Nuclear Safety Research, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland, Sep. 9-11, 2014 , (2014).
  • Experimental and theoretical studies on density wave instabilities in helically coiled tubes Papini Davide, Colombo Marco, Cammi Antonio, Ricotti Marco E
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER 68, 343-356 (2014).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.09.035
  • Large eddy simulation of multiple impinging jets in hexagonal configuration – Mean flow characteristics Draksler M, Niceno B, Koncar B, Cizelj L
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND FLUID FLOW 46, 147 (2014).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2014.01.005
  • Nonlinear ship waves and computational fluid dynamics Miyata H, Orihara H, Sato Y
    PROCEEDINGS OF THE JAPAN ACADEMY SERIES B-PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 90, 278 (2014).
    DOI: 10.2183/pjab.90.278
  • Scale resolving simulation of dispersed bubbly flows Badreddine H, Sato Y, Niceno B
    ICAPP 2014: Proceedings of the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants 2014 1, 1623 (2014).
  • Simulation of flow in the secondary side of a steam generator bundle Mukin RV, Dehbi A
    CFD4NRS-5: Proceedings of the OECD/NEA & IAEA Workshop on Computational Fluid Dynamics for Nuclear Safety Research, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland, Sep. 9-11, 2014 1, 1 (2014).
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2013

  • A computational fluid dynamics analysis of hydrodynamic force acting on a swimmer's hand in a swimming competition Sato Y, Hino T
    Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 12, 679 (2013).
  • A sharp-interface phase change model for a mass-conservative interface tracking method Sato Yohei, Niceno Bojan
    JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS 249, 127-161 (2013).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcp.2013.04.035
  • Capabilities of Two-Equation Low-Reynolds Number Turbulence Models in Predicting Heat Transfer to Fluids at Supercritical Pressure Ambrosini W, Forgione N, Badiali S, D Jackson J, Sharabi M
    NURETH 15: Proceedings of the 15th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics , (2013).
  • Crack Initiation in Austenitic Stainless Steel due to Cyclic Thermal Shocks and Biaxial Preload Niffenegger M, Niceno B, Sharabi M, Janssens K, Reichlin K
    SMiRT-22, August 18-23, San Francisco, California, USA , (2013).
  • Large Eddy Simulation for Dispersed Bubbly Flows: A Review Dhotre M T, Deen N G, Niceno B, Khan Z, Joshi J B
    CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 2013, ID 343276 (2013).
    DOI: 10.1155/2013/343276
  • Large eddy simulation of turbulent heat transfer at supercritical pressures Niceno B, Sharabi M
    NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN 261, 44-55 (2013).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2013.03.042
  • Parallelization of an unstructured Navier-Stokes solver using a multi-color ordering method for OpenMP Sato Y, Hino T, Ohashi K
    COMPUTERS & FLUIDS 88, 496-509 (2013).
    DOI: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2013.10.008
  • Simulation of International Standard Problem ISP-42 Phase B using In-House Coupled Code GOTHIC-TRACE Adamsson C, Papini D, Zerkak O, Prasser H
    NURETH 15: Proceedings of the 15th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics , 1 (2013).
  • Simulation of single-phase mixing in fuel rod bundles, using an immersed boundary method Niceno Bojan, Reiterer Florian, Yloenen Arto, Prasser Horst-Michael
    PHYSICA SCRIPTA T155, 014054 (2013).
    DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/2013/T155/014054
  • Simulation of the interaction of a horizontal jet with a stratified and condensing ambient in a large-scale, multi-compartement geometry Andreani M, Zboray R
    NURETH 15: Proceedings of the 15th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics 1, 1 (2013).
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