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Title: Drying studies of simulated DOE aluminum plate fuels

Abstract

Experiments have been conducted to validate the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) drying procedures for preparation of corroded aluminum plate fuel for dry storage in an existing vented (and filtered) fuel storage facility. A mixture of hydrated aluminum oxide bound with a clay was used to model the aluminum corrosion product and sediment expected in these Department of Energy (DOE) owned fuel types. Previous studies demonstrated that the current drying procedures are adequate for removal of free water inside the storage canister and for transfer of this fuel to a vented dry storage facility. However, using these same drying procedures, the simulated corrosion product was found to be difficult to dry completely from between the aluminum clad plates of the fuel. Another related set of experiments was designed to ensure that the fuel would not be damaged during the drying process. Aluminum plate fuels are susceptible to pitting damage on the cladding that can result in a portion of UAl{sub x} fuel meat being disgorged. This would leave a water-filled void beneath the pit in the cladding. The question was whether bursting would occur when water in the void flashes to steam, causing separation of the cladding from the fuel,more » and/or possible rupture. Aluminum coupons were fabricated to model damaged fuel plates. These coupons do not rupture or sustain any visible damage during credible drying scenarios.« less

Authors:
;  [1]; ;  [2]
  1. Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  2. Univ. of Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
236247
Report Number(s):
INEL-95/00437; CONF-9606116-44
ON: DE96010440; TRN: 96:012870
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Reno, NV (United States), 16-20 Jun 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; SPENT FUELS; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; DRY STORAGE; ALUMINIUM; FUEL STORAGE POOLS

Citation Formats

Lords, R.E., Windes, W.E., Crepeau, J.C., and Sidwell, R.W. Drying studies of simulated DOE aluminum plate fuels. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Lords, R.E., Windes, W.E., Crepeau, J.C., & Sidwell, R.W. Drying studies of simulated DOE aluminum plate fuels. United States.
Lords, R.E., Windes, W.E., Crepeau, J.C., and Sidwell, R.W. Wed . "Drying studies of simulated DOE aluminum plate fuels". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/236247.
@article{osti_236247,
title = {Drying studies of simulated DOE aluminum plate fuels},
author = {Lords, R.E. and Windes, W.E. and Crepeau, J.C. and Sidwell, R.W.},
abstractNote = {Experiments have been conducted to validate the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) drying procedures for preparation of corroded aluminum plate fuel for dry storage in an existing vented (and filtered) fuel storage facility. A mixture of hydrated aluminum oxide bound with a clay was used to model the aluminum corrosion product and sediment expected in these Department of Energy (DOE) owned fuel types. Previous studies demonstrated that the current drying procedures are adequate for removal of free water inside the storage canister and for transfer of this fuel to a vented dry storage facility. However, using these same drying procedures, the simulated corrosion product was found to be difficult to dry completely from between the aluminum clad plates of the fuel. Another related set of experiments was designed to ensure that the fuel would not be damaged during the drying process. Aluminum plate fuels are susceptible to pitting damage on the cladding that can result in a portion of UAl{sub x} fuel meat being disgorged. This would leave a water-filled void beneath the pit in the cladding. The question was whether bursting would occur when water in the void flashes to steam, causing separation of the cladding from the fuel, and/or possible rupture. Aluminum coupons were fabricated to model damaged fuel plates. These coupons do not rupture or sustain any visible damage during credible drying scenarios.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed May 01 00:00:00 EDT 1996},
month = {Wed May 01 00:00:00 EDT 1996}
}

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