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Dispersions of Oxides in Oxide Matrices as High-Temperature Reactor Fuels; Dispersions d'oxyde dans des matrices d'oxyde, utilisees comme combustibles dans des reacteurs a haute temperature; Dispersiya okisej v okislovykh matritsakh v kachestve topliva dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora; Empleo de dispersiones de oxidos en matrices de oxidos, como combustibles para reactores de elevada temperatura

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Abstract

The potential usefulness of dispersions of PuO{sub 2}, UO{sub 2} and ThO{sub 2} in matrices of BeO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO and SiO{sub 2} is reviewed in terms of fuel integrity and fabrication. Dimensional stability and fission-product retentivity are the two features most important to fuel integrity. Compatibility of the constituents of the fuels with one another and with the coolant will influence dimensional stability, but oxide fuels are well favoured in these respects. Dimensional changes under irradiation will contain contributions from neutron and fission fragment damage to the matrix, from radiation damage to the fissile-fertile phase and from agglomerated fission-product gases. Thermal stresses are also capable of effecting changes in shape. However, information on mechanisms for stress relaxation is too limited to enable any reasonable theoretical assessment of behaviour to be made. Both light irradiation and high burn-up studies of fission-product release from the fissile-fertile oxides have concerned themselves mainly with the gaseous products, chiefly xenon. Data on the release of other fission products is very limited as is also information on the movement of fission products in general through the potential matrix materials. Studies of the permeability of sintered pure oxides indicate that densities of at least 95%  More>>
Authors:
Williams, J. [1] 
  1. Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Nov 15, 1963
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference on New Nuclear Materials Technology, Including Non Metallic Fuel Elements, Prague (Czech Republic), 1-5 Jul 1963; Other Information: 3 figs., 1 tab., 68 refs.; Related Information: In: New Nuclear Materials Including Non Metallic Fuel Elements. Vol. II. Proceedings of the Conference on New Nuclear Materials Technology, Including Non Metallic Fuel Elements| 586 p.
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ALUMINIUM OXIDES; BERYLLIUM OXIDES; DENSITY; DISPERSIONS; FABRICATION; FISSION FRAGMENTS; FISSION PRODUCTS; FUEL INTEGRITY; FUELS; IRRADIATION; MAGNESIUM OXIDES; MATRIX MATERIALS; PLUTONIUM OXIDES; SILICA; SILICON OXIDES; STRESS RELAXATION; THERMAL STRESSES; THORIUM OXIDES; URANIUM DIOXIDE; XENON
OSTI ID:
22109681
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13R0468067326
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 79-101
Announcement Date:
Jul 08, 2013

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Williams, J. Dispersions of Oxides in Oxide Matrices as High-Temperature Reactor Fuels; Dispersions d'oxyde dans des matrices d'oxyde, utilisees comme combustibles dans des reacteurs a haute temperature; Dispersiya okisej v okislovykh matritsakh v kachestve topliva dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora; Empleo de dispersiones de oxidos en matrices de oxidos, como combustibles para reactores de elevada temperatura. IAEA: N. p., 1963. Web.
Williams, J. Dispersions of Oxides in Oxide Matrices as High-Temperature Reactor Fuels; Dispersions d'oxyde dans des matrices d'oxyde, utilisees comme combustibles dans des reacteurs a haute temperature; Dispersiya okisej v okislovykh matritsakh v kachestve topliva dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora; Empleo de dispersiones de oxidos en matrices de oxidos, como combustibles para reactores de elevada temperatura. IAEA.
Williams, J. 1963. "Dispersions of Oxides in Oxide Matrices as High-Temperature Reactor Fuels; Dispersions d'oxyde dans des matrices d'oxyde, utilisees comme combustibles dans des reacteurs a haute temperature; Dispersiya okisej v okislovykh matritsakh v kachestve topliva dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora; Empleo de dispersiones de oxidos en matrices de oxidos, como combustibles para reactores de elevada temperatura." IAEA.
@misc{etde_22109681,
title = {Dispersions of Oxides in Oxide Matrices as High-Temperature Reactor Fuels; Dispersions d'oxyde dans des matrices d'oxyde, utilisees comme combustibles dans des reacteurs a haute temperature; Dispersiya okisej v okislovykh matritsakh v kachestve topliva dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora; Empleo de dispersiones de oxidos en matrices de oxidos, como combustibles para reactores de elevada temperatura}
author = {Williams, J.}
abstractNote = {The potential usefulness of dispersions of PuO{sub 2}, UO{sub 2} and ThO{sub 2} in matrices of BeO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO and SiO{sub 2} is reviewed in terms of fuel integrity and fabrication. Dimensional stability and fission-product retentivity are the two features most important to fuel integrity. Compatibility of the constituents of the fuels with one another and with the coolant will influence dimensional stability, but oxide fuels are well favoured in these respects. Dimensional changes under irradiation will contain contributions from neutron and fission fragment damage to the matrix, from radiation damage to the fissile-fertile phase and from agglomerated fission-product gases. Thermal stresses are also capable of effecting changes in shape. However, information on mechanisms for stress relaxation is too limited to enable any reasonable theoretical assessment of behaviour to be made. Both light irradiation and high burn-up studies of fission-product release from the fissile-fertile oxides have concerned themselves mainly with the gaseous products, chiefly xenon. Data on the release of other fission products is very limited as is also information on the movement of fission products in general through the potential matrix materials. Studies of the permeability of sintered pure oxides indicate that densities of at least 95% theoretical density (maybe even 98%) will be needed to eliminate open porosity in such matrices. A variety of techniques are available for the preparation of fissile-fertile particles, for their coating and for their incorporation into high-density matrices. Work on laboratory-scale fabrication processes is well advanced. (author) [French] L'auteur examine la possibilite d'utiliser des combustibles disperses - PuO{sub 2}, UO{sub 2} et ThO{sub 2} et matrices de BeO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO et SiO{sub 2} - dans des reacteurs a haute temperature, au point de vue de l'integrite du combustible et de sa transformation. La stabilite dimensionnelle et l'aptitude a retenir les produits de fission sont les deux caracteristiques les plus importantes de l'integrite du combustible. La compatibilite des elements constitutifs des combustibles les uns avec les autres et avec le refroidisseur exerce une influence sur la stabilite dimensionnelle, mais les combustibles sous forme d'oxydes presentent beaucoup d'avantages a cet egard. Les variations de dimension sous irradiation ont trois composantes: les dommages causes a la matrice par les neutrons et les produits de fission, les dommages causes par les rayonnements a la phase produit fissile/produit fertile, les effets d'une accumulation de produits de fission gazeux. Les contraintes thermiques peuvent egalement etre a l'origine de modifications de forme. Cependant, les renseignements dont on dispose sur les mecanismes de la relaxation des contraintes sont trop limites pour qu'il soit possible de formuler des appreciations theoriques sur le comportement du materiau. Les etudes sur le degagement des produits de fission provenant d'un melange d'oxydes fissiles et fertiles sous faible irradiation ou pour un taux de combustion eleve, ont porte principalement sur les produits gazeux, notamment le xenon. Les donnees sur le degagement d'autres produits de fission sont tres limitees comme le sont d'ailleurs celles qui ont trait aux mouvements des produits de fission en general a travers les materiaux que l'on peut utiliser pour les matrices. Des etudes relatives a l'etancheite des oxydes purs frittes indiquent qu'il faut atteindre des densites egales a 95% au moins et peut-etre meme a 98% de la densite theorique pour supprimer la porosite ouverte dans de telles matrices. On peut recourir a diverses methodes pour preparer des particules de produits fissiles et fertiles, pour les revetir et pour les incorporer dans des matrices de densite elevee. Les travaux sur les procedes de transformation a l'echelle du laboratoire sont assez avances. (author) [Spanish] El autor examina la posibilidad de utilizar dispersiones de PuO{sub 2}, UO2 y ThO{sub 2} en matrices de BeO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO y SIO{sub 2}, desde el punto de vista de la integridad y elaboracion del combustible. Las dos caracteristicas mas importantes en lo que atane a la integridad del combustible son su estabilidad dimensional y su capacidad de retener los productos de fision. La compatibilidad de los componentes del combustible entre si, y entre ellos y el refrigerante, influye en la estabilidad dimensional, pero en este aspecto, las propiedades de los combustibles en forma de oxido son satisfactorias. A la alteracion de las dimensiones del combustible por irradiacion contribuyen los factores siguientes: deterioracion de la matriz por los neutrones y los fragmentos de fision, deteriorizacion de la fase fisionable/fertil por las radiaciones y gases de los productos de fision acumulados. Las tensiones termicas pueden tambien provocar deformaciones. Los conocimientos que se poseen sobre los mecanismos de atenuacion de tensiones son, sin embargo, insuficientes para permitir un estudio teorico razonable del comportamiento de los materiales. Los estudios sobre la liberacion de productos de fision por los oxidos fisionables/fertiles, realizados tanto en condiciones de irradiacion poco intensa como de elevado grado de combustion, han tratado principalmente de los productos gaseosos, en particular del xenon. Los datos que se poseen sobre el desprendimiento de otros productos de fision son muy escasos, lo mismo que los conocimientos sobre el movimiento de los productos de fision en general a traves de los materiales que podrian utilizarse como matrices. De los estudios realizados sobre la permeabilidad de los oxidos puros sinterizados, se deduce que se deberan alcanzar densidades teoricas de 95%, como minimo, o quiza incluso de 98%, paca eliminar la porosidad de dichas matrices. Se han elaborado una serie de procedimientos para preparar las particulas fisionables/fertiles, para revestirlas y para incorporarlas en matrices de elevada densidad. Los trabajos sobre metodos de elaboracion en escala experimental se hallan bastante avanzados. (author) [Russian] Daetsya obzor vozmozhnosti primeneniya dispersij PuO{sub 2},UO{sub 2}, ThO{sub 2} v matritsakh iz BeO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO i SiO{sub 2} s tochki zreniya sokhraneniya tselostnosti takogo topliva i sposobov ego izgotovleniya. Neizmennost' razmerov i sposobnost' uderzhaniya produktov deleniya yavlyayutsya naibolee vazhnymi svojstvami s tochki zreniya sokhraneniya tselostnosti topliva. Sovmestimost' sostavnykh ehlementov topliva drug s drugom i s teplonositelem okazyvayut vliyanie na neizmennost' razmerov, no v ehtom otnoshenii okislovye vidy topliva obladayut znachitel'nymi preimushchestvami. Na izmenenie razmerov pod dejstviem oblucheniya okazyvayut vliyanie: povrezhdeniya matritsy pod dejstviem nejtronov i oskolkov deleniya; radiatsionnoe povrezhdenie fazy delyashchikhsya veshchestv vosproizvodyashchikh materialov i nakoplenie produktov deleniya v gazoobraznom sostoyanii. Termicheskie napryazheniya takzhe mogut vyzyvat' izmeneniya formy. Odnako svedeniya o mekhanizme relaksatsii napryazhenij slishkom ogranicheny, chtoby mozhno bylo dat' kakuyu-libo priemlimuyu teoreticheskuyu otsenku povedeniyu topliva. Issledovaniya vykhoda produktov deleniya kak v sluchae legkogo oblucheniya, tak i pri sil'nom vygoranii okisej delyashchikhsya veshchestv/vosproizvodyashchikh materialov ogranichivalis' glavnym obrazom gazoobraznymi produktami deleniya, preimushchestvenno ksenonom. Dannye o vykhode drugikh produktov deleniya, a takzhe svedeniya o prokhozhdenii produktov deleniya voobshche cherez vozmozhnye materialy dlya matrits ochen' ogranicheny. Issledovaniya pronitsaemosti chistykh spekshikhsya okisej pokazyvayut, chto dlya ustraneniya otkrytoj poristosti takikh matrits potrebovalos' by dostizhenie plotnostej, dokhodyashchikh po men'shej mere do 95, a to i do 98% ot teoreticheski osushchestvimoj. Dlya izgotovleniya chastits delyashchikhsya veshchestv/vosproizvodyashchikh materialov, dlya ikh pokrytiya i dlya ikh vklyucheniya v matritsy bol'shoj plotnosti imeetsya bol'shoe raznoobrazie metodov. Rabota po vyrabotke tekhnologicheskikh protsessov izgotovleniya v laboratornom masshtabe uzhe dostatochno podvinulas'. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1963}
month = {Nov}
}