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Recent developments concerning French fuel elements used in natural uranium - graphite - CO{sub 2} reactor systems; Developpements recents des elements combustibles francais de la filiere uranium naturel - graphite - CO{sub 2}

Abstract

The policy followed in France for the development of fuel elements for reactors belonging to the Electricite de France has been to benefit as much as possible, for each new pile from the most recent technical progress by developing in each case a fuel element allowing the maximum power per channel. The two latest fuel elements thus studied by the French Atomic Energy Commission are of two different types: a tubular uranium element closed at both ends and cooled externally. (This type of element, chosen for the reactors EDF 2, EDF 3 and EDF 4 makes it possible to attain maximum specific powers of the order of 6 MW/metric ton.); an open tubular uranium element cooled both internally and externally, called an annular element which in being studied as a possibility for EDF 5. Such an element makes it possible to attain specific powers of over 12 MW/metric ton. The two types of element have the following common characteristics: - the can, for external cooling, has herning-bone type fins. This type of profile which has been vastly improved recently thereby increasing its thermal efficiency, has the important advantage of avoiding vibration of the element, but has posed problems of resistance  More>>
Authors:
Salesse, M; Stohr, J A; Jeanpierre, G [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1964
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-2673
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 15 refs
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; CARBON DIOXIDE; CONFIGURATION; FUEL CANS; FUEL RODS; GRAPHITE; NUCLEAR FUELS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS
OSTI ID:
20668367
Research Organizations:
CEA Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2673107068
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
20 pages
Announcement Date:
Dec 14, 2005

Citation Formats

Salesse, M, Stohr, J A, and Jeanpierre, G. Recent developments concerning French fuel elements used in natural uranium - graphite - CO{sub 2} reactor systems; Developpements recents des elements combustibles francais de la filiere uranium naturel - graphite - CO{sub 2}. France: N. p., 1964. Web.
Salesse, M, Stohr, J A, & Jeanpierre, G. Recent developments concerning French fuel elements used in natural uranium - graphite - CO{sub 2} reactor systems; Developpements recents des elements combustibles francais de la filiere uranium naturel - graphite - CO{sub 2}. France.
Salesse, M, Stohr, J A, and Jeanpierre, G. 1964. "Recent developments concerning French fuel elements used in natural uranium - graphite - CO{sub 2} reactor systems; Developpements recents des elements combustibles francais de la filiere uranium naturel - graphite - CO{sub 2}." France.
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title = {Recent developments concerning French fuel elements used in natural uranium - graphite - CO{sub 2} reactor systems; Developpements recents des elements combustibles francais de la filiere uranium naturel - graphite - CO{sub 2}}
author = {Salesse, M, Stohr, J A, and Jeanpierre, G}
abstractNote = {The policy followed in France for the development of fuel elements for reactors belonging to the Electricite de France has been to benefit as much as possible, for each new pile from the most recent technical progress by developing in each case a fuel element allowing the maximum power per channel. The two latest fuel elements thus studied by the French Atomic Energy Commission are of two different types: a tubular uranium element closed at both ends and cooled externally. (This type of element, chosen for the reactors EDF 2, EDF 3 and EDF 4 makes it possible to attain maximum specific powers of the order of 6 MW/metric ton.); an open tubular uranium element cooled both internally and externally, called an annular element which in being studied as a possibility for EDF 5. Such an element makes it possible to attain specific powers of over 12 MW/metric ton. The two types of element have the following common characteristics: - the can, for external cooling, has herning-bone type fins. This type of profile which has been vastly improved recently thereby increasing its thermal efficiency, has the important advantage of avoiding vibration of the element, but has posed problems of resistance to thermal cycling necessitating much research. - the fuel rods are placed inside graphite jackets, this limiting the vertical forces to which they are subjected and protecting them during charging and discharging. On the other hand, these elements present very different problems as for as the following points are concerned: - the characteristics required of the uranium tubes apart of course from a good dimensional stability during irradiation in the two cases are in the case of the closed tubes a very high resistance to external pressure, and in the case of the annular elements a low neutron absorption. Thus for each of these two cases it has been necessary to develop a suitable type of alloy. - a possible loosening of the can during thermal cycling, which is peculiar to the internal can of the annular element, has necessitated very much research work. - the exact temperature drop at the contact between the uranium and the can, and the strength of the lower end of the cartridge are points which are increasingly crucial in the case of the annular element. All in all the annular element thus calls for a great research effort. This effort is justified by the big step forwards in which it will result in the case of the EDF reactors thanks to its high specific power and to the high weight of uranium in each cartridge. (authors) [French] La politique choisie en France pour le developpement des elements combustibles destines aux reacteurs de l'Electricite de France, consiste a chercher, pour chaque pile nouvelle, a beneficier au maximum des progres techniques les plus recents en etudiant chaque fois un nouvel element combustible permettant une puissance par canal aussi elevee que possible. Les derniers elements combustibles ainsi etudies par le Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique sont de deux types differents: un element a tube d'uranium ferme aux deux extremites et refroidi exterieurement (ce type d'element, retenu pour les reacteurs EDF 2, EDF 3 et EDF 4 permet des puissances specifiques maximum de l'ordre de 6 MW/t). Un element a tube d'uranium ouvert, refroidi interieurement et exterieurement, appele clemont annulaire et dont on etudie la possibilite pour EDF5. Un tel element peut permettre des puissances specifiques superieures a 12 MW/t. Ces deux types d'elements possedent des caracteristiques communes: la gaine, pour le refroidissement externe, comporte des ailettes en chevron. Ce type de profil, qui a recu recemment des ameliorations notables augmentant son efficacite thermique, a l'avantage important d'eviter les vibrations de cartouche mais a pose des problemes technologiques de tenue au cyclage thermique qui ont necessite une etude approfondie. les cartouches sont placees a l'interieur de chemise en graphite, ce qui limite les efforts verticaux auxquels elles sont soumises et les protege lors des operations de chargement et de dechargement. Par contre ces deux types d'elements posent des problemes tres differents en ce qui concerne les points suivants: les qualites demandees aux tubes d'uranium - outre bien entendu dans les deux cas une bonne stabilite dimensionnelle sous irradiation - sont dans le cas des tubes fermes une excellente resistance a la pression exterieure et dans le cas des elements annulaires une faible absorption neutronique. On a donc du developper, pour chacun de ces cas, une categorie d'alliage appropriee. le decollement possible de la gaine au cyclage thermique, qui est particulier a la gaine interne de l'element annulaire, necessite des etudes approfondies. la chute de temperature au contact entre l'uranium et la gaine et la resistance de l'extremite inferieure de la cartouche sont des questions qui presentent une difficulte accrue avec l'element annulaire. Au total, l'element annulaire necessite donc un effort important. Cet effort trouve sa justification dans le saut en avant qu'il peut permettre de faire aux reacteurs EDF grace a sa forte puissance specifique et a son poids d'uranium eleve par cartouche. (auteurs)}
place = {France}
year = {1964}
month = {Jul}
}