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On a low Mach nuclear core model. (English) Zbl 1357.76074
Summary: We propose to formally derive a low Mach number model adapted to the modeling of a water nuclear core (e.g. of PWR- or BWR-type) in the forced convection regime or in the natural convection regime by filtering out the acoustic waves in the compressible Navier-Stokes system. Then, we propose a monodimensional stationary analytical solution with regular and singular charge loss when the equation of state is a stiffened gas equation. Moreover, we show that this solution may not be admissible from a physical or a mathematical point of view for a particular choice of the mass flux and we study the consistency between this solution and the solution obtained from a Boussinesq approximation. Let us underline that the modeling of the nuclear core is simplified in this paper. For example, the flow is a single-phase flow and we do not model neither the porosity nor the turbulence. Nevertheless, it will be possible to enrich the modeling in the future.

76N10 Existence, uniqueness, and regularity theory for compressible fluids and gas dynamics
35Q35 PDEs in connection with fluid mechanics
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