Complex phenomena such as phase transitions and heat transfers in multiphase, multicomponent flows were modeled in the fluid-dynamics portion of SIMMER-III, which was developed to appropriately assess core disruptive accidents (CDAs) in liquid-metal fast reactors (LMFRs). A new multicomponent vaporization/condensation (V/C) model was developed and introduced to SIMMER-III by the authors. In the present study, a new series of multi-bubble condensation experiments was performed to demonstrate that SIMMER-III with the present V/C model is practically applicable to multicomponent, multiphase flow systems with phase transition. In the experiments, bubble diameters and void fractions were quantified from visualization images using original image-processing techniques. Comparing SIMMER-III predictions with experimental data, it was confirmed that SIMMER-III with the proposed V/C model could suitably represent the effects of noncondensable components on the condensation process in multi-bubble systems. This work has improved the reliability of SIMMER-III with regard to multicomponent phase-transition phenomena.
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