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Title: AGR-2 Daily As-run Thermal Analyses

Abstract

This report documents the daily as-run thermal analyses performed on Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) experiment AGR-2 in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) for capsules 2,3,5, and 6. Capsule 1 (French) results are in Appendix F, while Capsule 4 (South African) results are in Appendix G. Appendix F, and G are separate documents Several fuel and material irradiation experiments, which support the development of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP), are planned for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The goals of these experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post-irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. AGR-2 was the second in this series of planned experiments to test tristructural-isotropic (TRISO)-coated, low enriched uranium oxycarbide (LEUCO) fuel. The AGR-2 experiment was intended to serve as a follow-on to the AGR-1 experiment. The AGR-2 experiment is a high temperature fuel particle test. The test train planned for AGR-2 is based on the experience gained from previous irradiations in the ATR, using instrumented lead experiments. Instrumentedmore » lead experiments are used for irradiations requiring a controlled environment and monitored parameters. The experiment test train positions the fuel within the test location and contains sweep gas lines and thermocouple wiring that is routed through access ports to external support systems. The AGR-2 experiment is comprised of six individual capsules, approximately 1.375-in. in diameter by 6-in. long, stacked on top of each other to form the test train. Each capsule contains 12 fueled compacts that are approximately 0.5-in. in diameter by 1-in. long. The compacts are composed of fuel particles bound together by a carbon matrix. Each compact contains approximately 4,150 fissile particles (35 vol% particle packing fraction). Each capsule will be supplied with a flowing helium/neon gas mixture to control the test temperature and to sweep any fission gases that are released to the fission product monitoring system. Temperature control is accomplished by adjusting the gas mixture ratio of the two gases (helium and neon) with differing thermal conductivities. Many similarities exist between this thermal analysis for AGR-2 with the AGR-1 daily as-run report in [1]. Gas gaps were taken from as built drawings in Reference [2]. The finite element heat transfer code ABAQUS [3] was used to perform the thermal analysis. The AGR-2 experiment was placed in the B-12 position in the ATR core as shown in Figure 1. The AGR-2 experiment capsule assembly consists of six capsules axially stacked. Each capsule contains a graphite holder with three equally spaced fuel compact holder openings as shown in Figure 2. Each holder opening accommodates four axially stacked fuel compacts. Thus, each capsule has three stacks by four fuel compacts per stack for a total of 12 fuel compacts per capsule. So, within the entire AGR-2 experiment capsule assembly, there are six capsules by 12 fuel compacts per capsule for a total of 72 fuel compacts. Six finite element heat transfer models were created (one for each capsule), each with a corresponding gas gap.« less

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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1494147
Report Number(s):
INL/MIS-14-31871-Rev001
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 - NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; AGR-2; NGNP; VHTR; TDO; Graphite; Graphite Thermal Conductivit

Citation Formats

Hawkes, Grant. AGR-2 Daily As-run Thermal Analyses. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.2172/1494147.
Hawkes, Grant. AGR-2 Daily As-run Thermal Analyses. United States. doi:10.2172/1494147.
Hawkes, Grant. Wed . "AGR-2 Daily As-run Thermal Analyses". United States. doi:10.2172/1494147. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1494147.
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abstractNote = {This report documents the daily as-run thermal analyses performed on Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) experiment AGR-2 in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) for capsules 2,3,5, and 6. Capsule 1 (French) results are in Appendix F, while Capsule 4 (South African) results are in Appendix G. Appendix F, and G are separate documents Several fuel and material irradiation experiments, which support the development of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP), are planned for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The goals of these experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post-irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. AGR-2 was the second in this series of planned experiments to test tristructural-isotropic (TRISO)-coated, low enriched uranium oxycarbide (LEUCO) fuel. The AGR-2 experiment was intended to serve as a follow-on to the AGR-1 experiment. The AGR-2 experiment is a high temperature fuel particle test. The test train planned for AGR-2 is based on the experience gained from previous irradiations in the ATR, using instrumented lead experiments. Instrumented lead experiments are used for irradiations requiring a controlled environment and monitored parameters. The experiment test train positions the fuel within the test location and contains sweep gas lines and thermocouple wiring that is routed through access ports to external support systems. The AGR-2 experiment is comprised of six individual capsules, approximately 1.375-in. in diameter by 6-in. long, stacked on top of each other to form the test train. Each capsule contains 12 fueled compacts that are approximately 0.5-in. in diameter by 1-in. long. The compacts are composed of fuel particles bound together by a carbon matrix. Each compact contains approximately 4,150 fissile particles (35 vol% particle packing fraction). Each capsule will be supplied with a flowing helium/neon gas mixture to control the test temperature and to sweep any fission gases that are released to the fission product monitoring system. Temperature control is accomplished by adjusting the gas mixture ratio of the two gases (helium and neon) with differing thermal conductivities. Many similarities exist between this thermal analysis for AGR-2 with the AGR-1 daily as-run report in [1]. Gas gaps were taken from as built drawings in Reference [2]. The finite element heat transfer code ABAQUS [3] was used to perform the thermal analysis. The AGR-2 experiment was placed in the B-12 position in the ATR core as shown in Figure 1. The AGR-2 experiment capsule assembly consists of six capsules axially stacked. Each capsule contains a graphite holder with three equally spaced fuel compact holder openings as shown in Figure 2. Each holder opening accommodates four axially stacked fuel compacts. Thus, each capsule has three stacks by four fuel compacts per stack for a total of 12 fuel compacts per capsule. So, within the entire AGR-2 experiment capsule assembly, there are six capsules by 12 fuel compacts per capsule for a total of 72 fuel compacts. Six finite element heat transfer models were created (one for each capsule), each with a corresponding gas gap.},
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