This paper presents an analytical model for the self-excited sloshing due to the fluid discharge over a flexible weir, as observed in the cooling circuit of the French fast breeder reactor, Super-Phenix-1. To clarify the instability mechanism, we analyzed the case in which an annular reservoir was divided into an upstream and a downstream plenum by a flexible cylindrical weir. The kinematic and dynamic effects of the discharged fluid on downstream plenum sloshing are discussed in details. Calculations are presented for the cylindrical fluid-structure model with successively increasing fluid level difference between the upstream and downstream plenums, and the instability mechanism is examined. [S0094-9930(00)00901-X]
Issue Section:Technical Papers
Keywords:mechanical stability, flexible structures, vibrations, fission reactor coolants, confined flow, flow instability
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