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Title: The Role of Friction Stir Welding in Nuclear Fuel Plate Fabrication

Abstract

The friction bonding process combines desirable attributes of both friction stir welding and friction stir processing. The development of the process is spurred on by the need to fabricate thin, high density, reduced enrichment fuel plates for nuclear research reactors. The work seeks to convert research and test reactors currently operating on highly enriched uranium fuel to operate on low enriched uranium fuel without significant loss in reactor performance, safety characteristics, or significant increase in cost. In doing so, the threat of global nuclear material proliferation will be reduced. Feasibility studies performed on the process show that this is a viable option for mass production of plate-type nuclear fuel. Adapting the friction stir weld process for nuclear fuel fabrication has resulted in the development of several unique ideas and observations. Preliminary results of this adaptation and process model development are discussed.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - NNSA
OSTI Identifier:
952010
Report Number(s):
INL/CON-09-15391
TRN: US0902374
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-99ID-13727
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: TMS 2009 Annual Meeting,San Francisco, California,02/15/2009,02/19/2009
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; BONDING; ENRICHED URANIUM; FABRICATION; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; FRICTION; FUEL PLATES; HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM; NUCLEAR FUELS; PERFORMANCE; PROCESSING; PRODUCTION; PROLIFERATION; RESEARCH AND TEST REACTORS; RESEARCH REACTORS; SAFETY; WELDING; aluminum alloys; fabrication; friction stir welding; nuclear fuel

Citation Formats

D Burkes, P Medvedev, M Chapple, A Amritkar, P Wells, and I Charit. The Role of Friction Stir Welding in Nuclear Fuel Plate Fabrication. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
D Burkes, P Medvedev, M Chapple, A Amritkar, P Wells, & I Charit. The Role of Friction Stir Welding in Nuclear Fuel Plate Fabrication. United States.
D Burkes, P Medvedev, M Chapple, A Amritkar, P Wells, and I Charit. Sun . "The Role of Friction Stir Welding in Nuclear Fuel Plate Fabrication". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/952010.
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author = {D Burkes and P Medvedev and M Chapple and A Amritkar and P Wells and I Charit},
abstractNote = {The friction bonding process combines desirable attributes of both friction stir welding and friction stir processing. The development of the process is spurred on by the need to fabricate thin, high density, reduced enrichment fuel plates for nuclear research reactors. The work seeks to convert research and test reactors currently operating on highly enriched uranium fuel to operate on low enriched uranium fuel without significant loss in reactor performance, safety characteristics, or significant increase in cost. In doing so, the threat of global nuclear material proliferation will be reduced. Feasibility studies performed on the process show that this is a viable option for mass production of plate-type nuclear fuel. Adapting the friction stir weld process for nuclear fuel fabrication has resulted in the development of several unique ideas and observations. Preliminary results of this adaptation and process model development are discussed.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Sun Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2009},
month = {Sun Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2009}
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