Current ExperimentsThe Matched-Index-of-Refraction flow system will explore coolant channel flow and bypass gap flow for the Very High Temperature Reactor program.
Images of experimental model:
Image showing the region of interest of a VHTR gas-cooled reactor, the way the fuel elements fit into the core and how the coolant flows through the coolant channels and also through the interstitial gaps between fuel blocks.
An image of the experimental model that will be fabricated and installed in the MIR flow system test section.
Image showing flow (green arrows) into and through the model.