Due to their advantages, such as compactness and high efficiency in heat transfer, helically coiled heat exchangers have been widely used by different type of nuclear power plants, especially by small and medium size reactors (SMRs). In order to analyze the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of a helical coiled once through steam generator (OTSG) for a small integral pressurized water reactor, a computer code is developed in this paper. The code is based on two-fluid model. The constitutive correlations are recommended based on the assessments with the compiled databases from the reviewed literatures. NUSOL SG is validated and verified against heat transfer in helical coiled tubes, and the calculation results agree well with the experiment data. The present study could provide references for the investigators to perform further investigations on the thermal hydraulic characteristics of helical coiled OTSGs.

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