Wire wrapped fuel pins, typical of sodium fast reactor designs, introduce a strong secondary rotational flow and enhanced mixing compared to bare pins found in many other nuclear reactor designs. The transverse flow is created by deflection off of the helical wires, exerting a force onto the wires. The resulting pressure field can be more intricate than found for bare fuel pins. There is an increased concern for fluid structure interactions such as twisting, bending, and vibration due to the fluid deflection and increased transverse flow. The present study uses LES to simulate the fluid flow in a wire-wrapped fuel pin bundle. The simulation is performed using Nek5000, a spectral element LES/DNS code. The time-dependent, fluctuating pressure field at the surface of select fuel pins are specifically captured for analysis. Statistical analysis is performed on the pressure data to find areas of persistent force or bending moment, which over large periods of time may result in deformation of the pins. Further, the pressure data is analyzed in search of areas with large fluctuations in pressure, which may result in flow induced vibrations. Frequency spectra of the force fluctuations are analyzed.

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