CD-adapco is the world's largest independent CFD-focused provider of engineering simulation software, support and services. We have over 30 years of experience in delivering industrial strength engineering simulation.
The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the feasibility of use of CFD Large Eddy Simulation (LES) modeling techniques in CD-adapco CFD code STAR-CCM+ to calculate the instantaneous stress tensor on the fuel rod wall and then utilize these data for mechanical calculations. Transient hydraulic forces on the fuel rod resulting from the CFD model are linked to the Westinghouse VITRAN code to predict fuel rod vibration response. The coupled CFD/mechanical solution has provided a reasonable prediction of fuel rod vibration and a more accurate representation of all the important physics and excitation forces.