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Title: Effects of the foil flatness on irradiation performance of U10Mo monolithic mini-plates

Monolithic plate-type fuels comprise of a high density, low enrichment, U10Mo fuel foil encapsulated in a cladding material. This concept generates several fabrication challenges such as flatness, centering or thickness variation. There are concerns, if these parameters have implications on overall performance. To investigate these inquiries, the effects of the foil flatness were studied. For this, a representative plate was simulated for an ideal case. The simulations were repeated for additional cases with various foil curvatures to evaluate the effects on the irradiation performance. The results revealed that the stresses and strains induced by fabrication process are not affected by the flatness of the foil. Furthermore, fabrication stresses in the foil are relieved relatively fast in the reactor. The effects of the foil flatness on peak irradiation stressstrains are minimal. There is a slight increase in temperature for the case with maximum curvature. The major impact is on the displacement characteristics. Furthermore, while the case with a flat foil produces a symmetrical swelling, if the foil is curved, more swelling occurs on the thin-cladding side and the plate bows during irradiation.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1249215
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU--15-34727
Journal ID: ISSN 2332-8983
Grant/Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2332-8983
Publisher:
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING foil flatness; monolithic fuel; U10Mo