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Title: Metallic Fuel Casting Development and Parameter Optimization Simulations

Abstract

One of the advantages of metallic fuel is the abilility to cast the fuel slugs to near net shape with little additional processing. However, the high aspect ratio of the fuel is not ideal for casting. EBR-II fuel was cast using counter gravity injection casting (CGIC) but, concerns have been raised concerning the feasibility of this process for americium bearing alloys. The Fuel Cycle Research and Development program has begun developing gravity casting techniques suitable for fuel production. Compared to CGIC gravity casting does not require a large heel that then is recycled, does not require application of a vacuum during melting, and is conducive to re-usable molds. Development has included fabrication of two separate benchscale, approximately 300 grams, systems. To shorten development time computer simulations have been used to ensure mold and crucible designs are feasible and to identify which fluid properties most affect casting behavior and therefore require more characterization.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - NE
OSTI Identifier:
1082380
Report Number(s):
INL/CON-12-26868
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable,Paris, France,03/04/2013,03/07/2013
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; fuel fabrication

Citation Formats

R.S. Fielding, J. Crapps, C. Unal, and J.R. Kennedy. Metallic Fuel Casting Development and Parameter Optimization Simulations. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
R.S. Fielding, J. Crapps, C. Unal, & J.R. Kennedy. Metallic Fuel Casting Development and Parameter Optimization Simulations. United States.
R.S. Fielding, J. Crapps, C. Unal, and J.R. Kennedy. Fri . "Metallic Fuel Casting Development and Parameter Optimization Simulations". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1082380.
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abstractNote = {One of the advantages of metallic fuel is the abilility to cast the fuel slugs to near net shape with little additional processing. However, the high aspect ratio of the fuel is not ideal for casting. EBR-II fuel was cast using counter gravity injection casting (CGIC) but, concerns have been raised concerning the feasibility of this process for americium bearing alloys. The Fuel Cycle Research and Development program has begun developing gravity casting techniques suitable for fuel production. Compared to CGIC gravity casting does not require a large heel that then is recycled, does not require application of a vacuum during melting, and is conducive to re-usable molds. Development has included fabrication of two separate benchscale, approximately 300 grams, systems. To shorten development time computer simulations have been used to ensure mold and crucible designs are feasible and to identify which fluid properties most affect casting behavior and therefore require more characterization.},
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