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Title: ELECTRON BEAM WELDING OF NUCLEAR FUEL CLADDING COMPONENTS

Abstract

The rapid technological development of the nuclear and space industries has placed a great demand on metal joining processes. One of the most promising processes is electron beam welding. Welding with the electron beam ofiers high integrity in addition to the ability to fabricate unusual configurations. Advanced nuclear fuels require both reliability and unusual designs for satisfactory operation under extreme conditions of temperature and stress. To investigate the problems and techniques involved in fabricating large, advanced nuclear fuel components from Zircaloy-2 material, several cladding pieces were designed and built using the electron beam process. These designs included five basic joint types for assembling the cladding. Destructive and nondestructive examinations were employed including corrosion testing and extensive metallographic examination. Weldment size, fit-up'' of the parts to be joined, fixturing and work carriage mechanisms, as they pertain to electron beam welding, are also discussed. The electron beam process has been demonstrated as a very satisfactory method for fabricating unusual fuel cladding. Fuel cladding components with lengths up to 8 ft have been fabricated for in-reactor irradiation. (auth)

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
General Electric Co. Hanford Atomic Products Operation, Richland, Wash.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
4133855
Report Number(s):
HW-79143
NSA Number:
NSA-18-004210
DOE Contract Number:  
AT(45-1)-1350
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-64
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
METALS, CERAMICS, AND OTHER MATERIALS; CORROSION; ELECTRON BEAMS; FUEL CANS; MATERIALS TESTING; METALLOGRAPHY; OPERATION; WELDING; WELDS; ZIRCALOY

Citation Formats

Klein, R.F. ELECTRON BEAM WELDING OF NUCLEAR FUEL CLADDING COMPONENTS. United States: N. p., 1963. Web. doi:10.2172/4133855.
Klein, R.F. ELECTRON BEAM WELDING OF NUCLEAR FUEL CLADDING COMPONENTS. United States. doi:10.2172/4133855.
Klein, R.F. Tue . "ELECTRON BEAM WELDING OF NUCLEAR FUEL CLADDING COMPONENTS". United States. doi:10.2172/4133855. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/4133855.
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title = {ELECTRON BEAM WELDING OF NUCLEAR FUEL CLADDING COMPONENTS},
author = {Klein, R.F.},
abstractNote = {The rapid technological development of the nuclear and space industries has placed a great demand on metal joining processes. One of the most promising processes is electron beam welding. Welding with the electron beam ofiers high integrity in addition to the ability to fabricate unusual configurations. Advanced nuclear fuels require both reliability and unusual designs for satisfactory operation under extreme conditions of temperature and stress. To investigate the problems and techniques involved in fabricating large, advanced nuclear fuel components from Zircaloy-2 material, several cladding pieces were designed and built using the electron beam process. These designs included five basic joint types for assembling the cladding. Destructive and nondestructive examinations were employed including corrosion testing and extensive metallographic examination. Weldment size, fit-up'' of the parts to be joined, fixturing and work carriage mechanisms, as they pertain to electron beam welding, are also discussed. The electron beam process has been demonstrated as a very satisfactory method for fabricating unusual fuel cladding. Fuel cladding components with lengths up to 8 ft have been fabricated for in-reactor irradiation. (auth)},
doi = {10.2172/4133855},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1963},
month = {10}
}