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Day 2 – June 21
The study of thermal hydraulic phenomena is essential to support the design and safe operation of nuclear power stations. To help tackle the thermal hydraulic research challenges facing the nuclear industry, Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute has constructed the Thermal Hydraulics Open-access Research (THOR) facility at Anglesey’s Menai Science Park. This is a highly modular water thermal hydraulic loop designed to support a wide range of industrial and academic projects. The work that will be conducted during this PhD will focus primarily on developing new instrumentation techniques, initially using wire-mesh sensor (WMS) and fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensor principles, to design improved instruments for the measurement of the properties of multiphase flow. These instruments will be installed within the THOR facility to conduct experiments to assess their accuracy, precision and reliability. In particular, novel FBG sensor designs will be investigated due to their durability, geometric flexibility and high data capture rates. Computational fluid dynamics and system simulations, using OpenFOAM and RELAP5 respectively, are also being developed to assist in the design of sensor benchmarking experiments.