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Title: Irradiation Tests Supporting LEU Conversion of Very High Power Research Reactors in the US

Abstract

The US fuel development team is developing a high density uranium-molybdenum alloy monolithic fuel to enable conversion of five high-power research reactors. Previous irradiation tests have demonstrated promising behavior for this fuel design. A series of future irradiation tests will enable selection of final fuel fabrication process and provide data to qualify the fuel at moderately-high power conditions for use in three of these five reactors. The remaining two reactors, namely the Advanced Test Reactor and High Flux Isotope Reactor, require additional irradiation tests to develop and demonstrate the fuel’s performance with even higher power conditions, complex design features, and other unique conditions. This paper reviews the program’s current irradiation testing plans for these moderately-high irradiation conditions and presents conceptual testing strategies to illustrate how subsequent irradiation tests will build upon this initial data package to enable conversion of these two very-high power research reactors.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1358396
Report Number(s):
INL/CON-16-39776
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 37th INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON REDUCED ENRICHMENT FOR RESEARCH AND TEST REACTORS (RERTR 2016), ANTWERP, BELGIUM, OCTOBER 23–27, 2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; RERTR

Citation Formats

Woolstenhulme, N. E., Cole, J. I., Glagolenko, I., Holdaway, K. K., Housley, G. K., and Rabin, B. H. Irradiation Tests Supporting LEU Conversion of Very High Power Research Reactors in the US. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Woolstenhulme, N. E., Cole, J. I., Glagolenko, I., Holdaway, K. K., Housley, G. K., & Rabin, B. H. Irradiation Tests Supporting LEU Conversion of Very High Power Research Reactors in the US. United States.
Woolstenhulme, N. E., Cole, J. I., Glagolenko, I., Holdaway, K. K., Housley, G. K., and Rabin, B. H. Sat . "Irradiation Tests Supporting LEU Conversion of Very High Power Research Reactors in the US". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1358396.
@article{osti_1358396,
title = {Irradiation Tests Supporting LEU Conversion of Very High Power Research Reactors in the US},
author = {Woolstenhulme, N. E. and Cole, J. I. and Glagolenko, I. and Holdaway, K. K. and Housley, G. K. and Rabin, B. H.},
abstractNote = {The US fuel development team is developing a high density uranium-molybdenum alloy monolithic fuel to enable conversion of five high-power research reactors. Previous irradiation tests have demonstrated promising behavior for this fuel design. A series of future irradiation tests will enable selection of final fuel fabrication process and provide data to qualify the fuel at moderately-high power conditions for use in three of these five reactors. The remaining two reactors, namely the Advanced Test Reactor and High Flux Isotope Reactor, require additional irradiation tests to develop and demonstrate the fuel’s performance with even higher power conditions, complex design features, and other unique conditions. This paper reviews the program’s current irradiation testing plans for these moderately-high irradiation conditions and presents conceptual testing strategies to illustrate how subsequent irradiation tests will build upon this initial data package to enable conversion of these two very-high power research reactors.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {10}
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