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Jun 24 – 28, 2019
Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace
Europe/Zurich timezone

Transient conjugate heat transfer numerical simulation in superfluid helium

Jun 26, 2019, 11:40 AM
Eva/Inno (1st floor)


1st floor

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Andrea Vitrano


Computational simulations of superfluid helium are needed in order to improve the design of the cooling system of superconducting magnets in particle accelerators and to achieve a better understanding of the transient phenomena during magnet quenches. A conjugate heat transfer numerical model based on the C++ toolbox OpenFOAM is implemented to three-dimensional case studies involving superfluid helium and heating sources. The governing equations of the solver are modified according to the Kitamura's model, a simplified version of the two-fluid model developed by Khalatnikov which is based on the assumption that the thermo-mechanical effect term and the Gorter-Mellink mutual friction term prevail on the others in the superfluid component momentum equation. Simulations are performed with the thermal conductivity function of superfluid helium both from theory and the formulation used by Sato, who normalized the function according to a different heat exponential coefficient determined from data analysis. An empirical calculation of the Kapitza conductance is adopted in order to simulate the thermal resistance at the interface between helium and solids. Steady-state and transient simulations are compared to experimental data available in the literature.

Primary authors

Andrea Vitrano romain bruce (CEA Saclay) Dr Bertrand Baudouy (CEA Paris-Saclay)

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