Assessment of Electromagnetic Stirrer Agitated Liquid Metal Flows by Dynamic Neutron Radiography


This paper presents qualitative and quantitative characterization of two-phase liquid metal flows agitated by the stirrer on rotating permanent magnets. The stirrer was designed to fulfill various eddy flows, which may have different rates of solid particle entrapment from the liquid surface and their homogenization. The flow was characterized by visualization of the tailored tracer particles by means of dynamic neutron radiography, an experimental method well suited for liquid metal flows due to low opacity of some metals for neutrons. The rather high temporal resolution of the image acquisition (32 Hz image acquisition rate) allows for the quantitative investigation of the flows up to 30 cm/s using neutron particle image velocimetry. In situ visualization of the two-phase liquid metal flow is also demonstrated.

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This work was supported by the European Social Fund (Project. No. 2013/0018/1DP/ and by the German Helmholtz Association in frame of the Helmholtz-Alliance LIMTECH. The experiment was performed at the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source SINQ, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland. The authors thank engineer Raimonds Nikoluškins (UL) for design and supervision during manufacturing of the setup, engineers Matīss Kalvāns (UL) and Thomas Steinberg (LUH) for support and operation of the setup during the experiment The authors are also thankful to Dr. Kalvis Kravalis (UL) for his effort in preparation of particles; Sten Anders and Dr. Tom Weier (both HZDR) for the invaluable help with particle tracking methods; Dr. Andris Bojarevičs and Dr. Ernests Platacis (both UL) for support and ideas in setup design and preparation.

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The video file contains neutron radiography visualization of different types of the MHD flows described in Figure 3, variation in magnet rotation speed and examples of PIV and PTV post-processing (AVI 75406 kb)

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Ščepanskis, M., Sarma, M., Vontobel, P. et al. Assessment of Electromagnetic Stirrer Agitated Liquid Metal Flows by Dynamic Neutron Radiography. Metall Mater Trans B 48, 1045–1054 (2017).

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  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Liquid Metal
  • Particle Tracking Velocimetry
  • Neutron Radiography
  • Neutron Image