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The industrial production of fuel elements; La fabrication en france des elements combustibles

Abstract

The authors deal successively with the industrial production of fuel elements for power reactors of the natural uranium-graphite-gas type, and more particularly for the EDF power stations, and with the industrial production of fuel elements containing enriched uranium designed for swimming-pool type reactors. 1. part: advanced fuel elements for the EDF reactors. After recalling the characteristics of the fuel elements now being produced industrially for the Marcoule and Chinon reactors, the authors give the various steps leading to the industrial production of a new type of fuel element both as concerns the can, and in certain cases the graphite sleeve, and the fuel itself. As for as the production of the fuel is concerned, they describe the various operations, stressing the original aspects of the production and of the equipment such as: - casting in hot moulds, - thermal treatments, of Uranium containing 1% in weight molybdenum, - welding of the pellets for closing the tubes of uranium, - canning, - controls in the various steps. As far as can production is concerned they show why the extruded can was replaced by a machined can and give a few characteristics of the equipment used as well as the controls effected.  More>>
Authors:
Boussard, R; [1]  Nadal, J; [2]  Pellen, A [3] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
  2. Societe Industrielle de Combustible Nucleaire (SICN), 75 - Paris (France)
  3. Compagnie pour l'Etude et la Realisation de Combustibles Atomiques (CERCA), 75 - Paris (France)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1964
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-2676
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 11 refs
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CANNING; CASTING; COST; FUEL CANS; FUEL FABRICATION PLANTS; FUEL PLATES; GCR TYPE REACTORS; INVESTMENT; JACKETS; MACHINING; MICROSTRUCTURE; QUALITY CONTROL; ROLLING; SILOE REACTOR; URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE; WELDING
OSTI ID:
20668370
Research Organizations:
CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses, 92 (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2676107071
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
25 pages
Announcement Date:
Dec 19, 2005

Citation Formats

Boussard, R, Nadal, J, and Pellen, A. The industrial production of fuel elements; La fabrication en france des elements combustibles. France: N. p., 1964. Web.
Boussard, R, Nadal, J, & Pellen, A. The industrial production of fuel elements; La fabrication en france des elements combustibles. France.
Boussard, R, Nadal, J, and Pellen, A. 1964. "The industrial production of fuel elements; La fabrication en france des elements combustibles." France.
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title = {The industrial production of fuel elements; La fabrication en france des elements combustibles}
author = {Boussard, R, Nadal, J, and Pellen, A}
abstractNote = {The authors deal successively with the industrial production of fuel elements for power reactors of the natural uranium-graphite-gas type, and more particularly for the EDF power stations, and with the industrial production of fuel elements containing enriched uranium designed for swimming-pool type reactors. 1. part: advanced fuel elements for the EDF reactors. After recalling the characteristics of the fuel elements now being produced industrially for the Marcoule and Chinon reactors, the authors give the various steps leading to the industrial production of a new type of fuel element both as concerns the can, and in certain cases the graphite sleeve, and the fuel itself. As for as the production of the fuel is concerned, they describe the various operations, stressing the original aspects of the production and of the equipment such as: - casting in hot moulds, - thermal treatments, of Uranium containing 1% in weight molybdenum, - welding of the pellets for closing the tubes of uranium, - canning, - controls in the various steps. As far as can production is concerned they show why the extruded can was replaced by a machined can and give a few characteristics of the equipment used as well as the controls effected. They give also some details concerning the production and machining of the sleeves. After recalling the state of the nuclear fuel industry in France in mid-1964 the authors stress the economic aspects of the production of fuel elements. They show the relative importance of capital costs on the cost price of the fuel itself and examine the various items involved. They analyse the cost price of a completed fuel element using present date knowledge. In conclusion the authors show the particular points which should be the subject of future efforts in order to decrease the cost of a production which is perhaps delicate but now will define, and review the development of this new industrial branch. 2. part: industrial production of fuel elements for swimming-pool type reactors. The authors show how the problem of the industrial production of rolled fuel elements has been solved in France, and give the three steps involved: 1 - Assembly of the plates made in the U.S.A., 2 - Rolling of the cores made in the U.S.A. to obtain the plates, 3 - Fabrication of the U-Al alloy and production of the cores. They then recall briefly the characteristics of the different fuel elements now in production. A description is given of the various stages of the production including information about the equipment; stress is laid on the extent of the controls carried out at each stage. In conclusion the authors consider the future development of this type of production taking into account the improvements planned and those which are possible. (authors) [French] Les auteurs traitent successivement de la fabrication industrielle des elements combustibles pour reacteurs de puissance de la filiere U naturel graphite-gaz et plus particulierement pour les centrales energetiques d'E.D.F. et de celle des elements combustibles a base d'U enrichi destines aux reacteurs experimentaux du type 'piscine'. 1ere Partie - LES ELEMENTS COMBUSTIBLES AVANCES POUR LES REACTEURS E.D.F.: Apres un bref rappel des caracteristiques des elements combustibles actuellement fabriques industriellement pour les reacteurs de MARCOULE et de CHINON, les auteurs indiquent les differentes etapes suivies pour aboutir au stade de la fabrication industrielle d'un element combustible nouveau, tant en ce qui concerne la gaine et eventuellement la chemise de graphite que le combustible lui-meme. Pour ce qui est de l'elaboration du combustible, ils decrivent les differentes operations en insistant sur les points originaux de la fabrication et de l'appareillage tels que: - coulees en moules chauds, - traitement thermique des alliages U.Mo 1 p. 100, - soudure des pastilles de fermeture des tubes, - gainage - controle aux differents stades. En ce qui concerne la fabrication des gaines, ils indiquent pourquoi et comment l'on est passe de la gaine filee a la gaine usinee et mentionnent quelques caracteristiques de l'appareillage utilise ainsi que les controles effectues. Ils donnent egalement quelques indications sur la fabrication et l'usinage des chemises. Apres avoir rappele comment se presente en France a la mi-1964 l'industrie des combustibles nucleaires, les auteurs insistent sur les aspects economiques de la fabrication des elements combustibles. Ils montrent l'importance relative des investissements sur le prix de revient du combustible proprement dit, dont ils examinent ensuite les differentes pertes. Ils font une analyse du prix de revient de l'element combustible complet en tirant les enseignements actuels. Pour conclure les auteurs indiquent les points particuliers sur lesquels doit porter l'action a venir pour diminuer le cout d'une fabrication assez delicate, mais maintenant bien au point, et supputent le developpement de cette branche industrielle nouvelle. 2eme Partie - FABRICATION INDUSTRIELLE DES ELEMENTS COMBUSTIBLES POUR REACTEURS DU TYPE PISCINE: Les auteurs indiquent comment a ete elude en France le probleme de la fabrication industrielle des elements combustibles obtenue par laminage et les trois phases par lesquelles on est passe: 1 - Assemblage des plaques fabriquees aux U.S.A., 2 - Laminage des noyaux fabriques aux U.S.A. pour obtenir les plaques, 3 - Elaboration de l'alliage U.Al et fabrication des noyaux. Ils rappellent ensuite brievement les caracteristiques des differents elements combustibles actuellement fabriques. Ils decrivent ensuite les differents stades de l'elaboration en donnant des indications sur l'appareillage et en insistant sur l'importance des controles effectues a chaque stade. Pour finir ils examinent le developpement futur de ce type de fabrication, compte tenu des ameliorations prevues ou envisageables. (auteurs)}
place = {France}
year = {1964}
month = {Jul}
}