Vaporisation rates of CsOH and CsI in conditions simulating a severe nuclear accident

Ari Auvinen, Kari Lehtinen, Juan Enriques, Jorma Jokiniemi (Corresponding Author), Riitta Zilliacus

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)


The vaporisation rates of volatile fission product compounds are critical parameters for modelling aerosol formation following a severe nuclear accident. The vaporisation of CsOH and CsI was studied in a pure steam atmosphere at ambient pressure (85-89 kPa) by increasing the temperature of the flow furnace up to 1000°C. For this purpose, samples were doped with a small amount of radioactive tracer. The vaporisation rate was then determined from the decrease in sample activity with time, using a germanium gamma detector placed outside the furnace. Calculated vaporisation rates obtained by solving complete velocity, temperature and vapour concentration profiles surrounding the sample with FLUENT CFD-software, were in reasonable agreement with the data. A simple engineering calculation agrees almost perfectly with the FLUENT results, if a constant value, Sh≈8, for the Sherwood number is used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029 - 1043
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Vaporisation rates of CsOH and CsI in conditions simulating a severe nuclear accident'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this