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Development of Non-Metallic Fuel Elements for a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor; Mise au point d'elements combustibles non metalliques pour un reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz; Razrabotka nemetallicheskikh teplovydelyashchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem; Elementos combustibles no metalicos para un reactor de temperatura elevada refrigerado por gas

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Abstract

In connection with fuel element development work for the high-temperature gas-coolcd reactor of the Brown-Boveri/Krupp Reaktorbau G.m.b.H., two different fuel element concepts were considered and developed. In both cases the fuel element consists of a graphite ball of 6 cm in diam. which contains the fuel insert, a cylindrical pellet of about 20 mm in diam. and 16 mm in height. The two concepts differ in the type of the.fuel insert as well as in the preparation of the graphite ball. In the first concept the fuel insert consists of a mixture of UC{sub 2} and graphite which is prepared by blending U{sub 3}O{sub 8} and graphite, pressing them into pellets and reacting the two components in a vacuum furnace at 1800{sup o}C. The atomic ratio of U : C is 1:45. Since this type of fuel pellet does not retain the fission products completely the surrounding graphite sphere had to be made impervious to fission products by impregnation in order to obtain a fission-product retaining element. Permeabilities of the order of 10{sup -6}cm{sup 2}/s could be achieved. In the second concept the fuel insert consists of a solid solution of UC in ZrC and is coated with a layer  More>>
Authors:
Liebmann, B.; Schafer, L.; Spener, G. [1] 
  1. NUKEM, Nuklear-Chemie und -Metallurgie G.m.b.H., Wolfgang bei Hanau, Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)
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: Figs., 2 tabs., 2 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; DENSITY; FISSION PRODUCTS; FUEL ELEMENTS; FUEL PELLETS; FUELS; GRAPHITE; HOT PRESSING; HTGR TYPE REACTORS; LAYERS; PERMEABILITY; PRESSES; RETENTION; SOLID SOLUTIONS; URANIUM CARBIDES; URANIUM DIOXIDE; URANIUM OXIDES U3O8; ZIRCONIUM CARBIDES; ZIRCONIUM OXIDES
OSTI ID:
22109695
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13R0485067340
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 415-424
Announcement Date:
Jul 04, 2013

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Liebmann, B., Schafer, L., and Spener, G. Development of Non-Metallic Fuel Elements for a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor; Mise au point d'elements combustibles non metalliques pour un reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz; Razrabotka nemetallicheskikh teplovydelyashchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem; Elementos combustibles no metalicos para un reactor de temperatura elevada refrigerado por gas. IAEA: N. p., 1963. Web.
Liebmann, B., Schafer, L., & Spener, G. Development of Non-Metallic Fuel Elements for a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor; Mise au point d'elements combustibles non metalliques pour un reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz; Razrabotka nemetallicheskikh teplovydelyashchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem; Elementos combustibles no metalicos para un reactor de temperatura elevada refrigerado por gas. IAEA.
Liebmann, B., Schafer, L., and Spener, G. 1963. "Development of Non-Metallic Fuel Elements for a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor; Mise au point d'elements combustibles non metalliques pour un reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz; Razrabotka nemetallicheskikh teplovydelyashchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem; Elementos combustibles no metalicos para un reactor de temperatura elevada refrigerado por gas." IAEA.
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title = {Development of Non-Metallic Fuel Elements for a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor; Mise au point d'elements combustibles non metalliques pour un reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz; Razrabotka nemetallicheskikh teplovydelyashchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem; Elementos combustibles no metalicos para un reactor de temperatura elevada refrigerado por gas}
author = {Liebmann, B., Schafer, L., and Spener, G.}
abstractNote = {In connection with fuel element development work for the high-temperature gas-coolcd reactor of the Brown-Boveri/Krupp Reaktorbau G.m.b.H., two different fuel element concepts were considered and developed. In both cases the fuel element consists of a graphite ball of 6 cm in diam. which contains the fuel insert, a cylindrical pellet of about 20 mm in diam. and 16 mm in height. The two concepts differ in the type of the.fuel insert as well as in the preparation of the graphite ball. In the first concept the fuel insert consists of a mixture of UC{sub 2} and graphite which is prepared by blending U{sub 3}O{sub 8} and graphite, pressing them into pellets and reacting the two components in a vacuum furnace at 1800{sup o}C. The atomic ratio of U : C is 1:45. Since this type of fuel pellet does not retain the fission products completely the surrounding graphite sphere had to be made impervious to fission products by impregnation in order to obtain a fission-product retaining element. Permeabilities of the order of 10{sup -6}cm{sup 2}/s could be achieved. In the second concept the fuel insert consists of a solid solution of UC in ZrC and is coated with a layer of ZrC. The molar ratio of UC to ZrC is 1 : 20. The fuel pellet preparation was accomplished by the following procedure: UO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2}, and graphite were mixed and pressed into pellets. The pellets were reacted to the carbides. Ball milling of the carbides was followed by hot pressing at temperatures o f 2000{sup o}C. Densities of more than 95% of the theoretical density could be achieved. A full description of the preparation and of some physical properties of the fuel pellets is given in the paper. A sufficient fission gas retention behaviour of this type of fuel insert which allows it to be put into unimpregnated graphite balls is expected. Other advantages of this kind of fuel are discussed. (author) [French] Dans le cadre des etudes de combustibles destines au reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz, de la societe Brown-Boveri/Krupp Reaktorbau GmbH, on a retenu et mis au point deux types differents d'elements combustibles. Dans les deux cas, l'element combustible est constitue par une sphere en graphite de 6 cm de diametre enrobant un noyau de matiere combustible ayant la forme d'une pastille cylindrique d'environ 20 mm de diametre et de 16 mm de hauteur. Les deux types different par le noyau aussi bien que par la preparation de la sphere en graphite. Dans le premier type, le noyau est un melange d'UO{sub 2} et de graphite. La preparation consiste a melanger U{sub 3}O{sub 8} et du graphite, a les comprimer en pastilles et a faire reagir les deux composants du melange dans un four sous vide a 1800{sup o}C. Le rapport atomique U : C est 1:45. Etant donne que ce type de pastille ne retient pas completement les produits de fission, il a fallu impregner la sphere en graphite, de maniere a la rendre etanche aux produits de fission. On a pu realiser des permeabilites de l'ordre de 10{sup -6}cm{sup 2}/s . Dans le deuxieme type, le noyau est une solution solide de UC dans ZrC; il est revetu d'une couche de ZrC. Le rapport molaire UC : ZrC est 1 : 20. La preparation de la pastille de combustible s'effectue de la maniere suivantes UO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2} et le graphite sont melanges et comprimes en pastilles. On fait reagir le melange pour obtenir les carbures. Le broyage des carbures est suivi d'un pressage a chaud a des temperatures de l'ordre de 2000{sup o}C. On est parvenu a des densites egales a 95% de la densite theorique. Les auteurs decrivent en detail la preparation des pastilles de combustible et mentionnent un certain nombre de leurs proprietes physiques. On pense qu'en raison de leur capacite de retention des gaz de fission, des noyaux de ce type pourront etre enrobes dans des spheres en graphite non impregne. L'etude fait encore etat d'autres avantages de ce genre de combustible. [Spanish] En relacion con el perfeccionamiento de los elementos combustibles destinados al reactor de alta temperatura refrigerado por gas de la Brown-Boveri/Krupp Reaktorbau GmbH, se investigaron y desarrollaron dos conceptos de elemento combustible. El elemento consiste en ambos casos en una esfera de grafito de 6 cm de diametro que encierra una pastilla cilindrica de combustible de unos 20 mm de diametro y 16 mm de altura. La diferencia entre ambos conceptos estriba en el tipo de combustible y en la forma de preparar las esferas de grafito. En el primero, el combustible se prepara mezclando U{sub 3}O{sub 8} y grafito, prensando esta mezcla en pastillas y haciendo que ambos componentes reaccionen en un horno al vacio a 1800{sup o}C. La razon atomica U : C es 1:45. Como este tipo de pastilla combustible no retiene cuantitativamente los productos de fision, fue necesario impregnar la esfera de grafito para hacerla impermeable y mejorar su poder de retencion. De este modo, se lograron permeabilidades del orden de 10{sup -6}cm{sup 2}/s . Con arreglo al segundo concepto, el combustible consiste en una solucion solida de UC en ZrC recubierta de una capa de ZrC. La razon molar UC : ZrC asciende a 1 : 20. La pastilla combustible se preparo del modo siguiente: se mezclaron UO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2} y grafito y se prensaron en pastillas que se hicieron reaccionar para obtener los carburos, que a su vez se trituraron en un molino de bolas, para volver a prensarse a 2000{sup o}C. De este modo, se alcanzaron densidades superiores al 95% del valor teorico. La memoria describe en detalle la preparacion y algunas de las propiedades fisicas de las pastillas combustibles. Se espera que este tipo de combustible retenga suficientemente los gases de fision y permita el empleo de esferas de grafito no impregnadas. La memoria examina tambien otras ventajas de esos combustibles. [Russian] V svyazi s rabotami po sovershenstvovaniyu seplovydelyayushchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem ''Obshchestvom stroitel'stva reaktorov Braun- Boveri/Krupp'' byli rassmotreny i razrabotany dva razlichnykh vida teplovydelyayushchikh ehlementov. Oba varianta ispol'zuyut grafitovyj sharik diametrom b sm, soderzhashchij tsilindricheskuyu tabletku topliva diametrom okolo 20 mm i vysotoj 16 mm. Oba vida teplovydelyayushchikh ehlementov razlichayutsya po tipu toplivnoj tabletki, a takzhe po metodu izgotovleniya grafitnogo sharika. Tabletka pervogo vida sostoit iz smesi UO{sub 2} i grafita, poluchennoj smeshivaniem U{sub 3}O{sub 8} s grafitom, pressovaniem tabletok i posleduyushchim vzaimodejstviem komponentov v vakuumnoj pechi pri 1800{sup o}C. Atomnoe otnoshenie U : C ravnyaetsya 1:45. Vvidu togo, chto takoj tip toplivnoj tabletki ne uderzhivaet polnost'yu produktov delenii, prishlos' obespechit' nepronitsaemost' grafitnogo sharika putem propitki, chtoby poluchit' teplovydelyayushchij ehlement, uderzhivayushchij produkty deleniya. Udalos' dostich' koehffitsientov fil'tratsii poryadka 10{sup -6} cm{sup 2}/sek. Toplivnaya tabletka vtorogo vida sostoit iz tverdogo rastvora UC v ZrC i pokryta sloem ieh ZrC. Molyarnoe otnoshenie UC:ZrC ravnyaetsya 1:20. Izgotovlenie toplivnykh tabletok provodilos' sleduyushchim sposobom: iz smesi UO{sub 2},ZrO{sub 2} i grafita otpressovyvalis' tabletki, v kotorykh komponenty vzaimodejstvovali do obrazovaniya karbidov. Izmolotye v sharovoj mel'nitse karbidy podvergalis' goryachej pressovke pri temperaturakh okolo 2000{sup o}C. Pri ehtom dostigalis' plotnosti bolee chem 95% teoreticheskoj. V rabote dano podrobnoe opisanie metoda izgotovleniya, a takzhe ukazany nekotorye fizicheskie svojstva toplivnykh tabletok. Ehtot tip toplivnykh tabletok udovletvoritel'no uderzhivaet gazoobraznye produkty deleniya, tak chto okazalos' vozmozhnym vklyuchit' ikh v nepropitannye grafitnye shariki. Obsuzhdayutsya i prochie preimushchestva reaktornykh topliv podobnogo roda. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1963}
month = {Nov}
}