Heat transfer characteristics near the quench front in a reflooding process are quite complex. Large amount of vapor are generated, and the rod clad temperature drops rapidly to near saturation state. Until now, heat transfer mechanism in this region has not been well understood yet. Best estimate codes like RELAP5, COBRA-TF tend to treat the heat transfer mode near the quench front as transition boiling. However, when calculating the reflooding phase of tight lattice, these codes always under-predict the quench temperature, and also the slop of the temperature drop is predicted to be less steep than the experimental data. In this paper, a new heat transfer model near the quench front in the reflooding phase of a tight lattice is developed. Instead of transition boiling, transient liquid film evaporation is considered to be the main heat transfer mode in this region. It is supposed that heat released near the quench front is through liquid film evaporation. Through comparisons with experimental data, it can be concluded that the new model can better predict the quench temperature and the temperature drop slop.

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