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Assessment of End-Plug Welding of Fuel Elements; Evaluation des Soudures Terminales des Elements Combustibles; Otsenka kachestva privarki kontsevoj probki toplivnykh ehlementov; Inspeccion de la Soldadura del Tapon Terminal de los Elementos Combustibles

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Abstract

It is very important to correlate the testing results with the performance in reactor service, as well as to develop non-destructive testing techniques themselves. However, it is rather difficult to obtain these correlations because of high expense and radioactivity. Several kinds of assessments in out-of-pile state were carried out simulating the in-reactor conditions. Some details of these assessments on JRR-3 fuel elements are described. The reactor is a heavy-water moderated and cooled research reactor of 10-MW capacity, with aluminium-clad metallic uranium fuel elements. As the elements have only mechanical bonding between cladding and core, there might be a tensile stress at the end plug as a result of irradiation growth of the uranium core. Thermal cycling will cause a similar stress in the welds. Preferential corrosion by hot water might occur in the vicinity of the welds because of the difference of micro-structure. It is essential to keep leak-tightness during and after the reactor service. Specially designed specimens were used for tensile testing, high-temperature creep testing, thermal cycling and corrosion testing. Many sorts of weld characters were examined non-destructively before the tests and leak-checked at intervals of the tests. Evaluations of these results may be used for the establishment of  More>>
Authors:
Nakamura, Y.; Aoki, T. [1] 
  1. Tokai Refinery, Atomic Fuel Corporation (Japan)
Publication Date:
Oct 15, 1965
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-63/15
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on Non-Destructive Testing in Nuclear Technology, Bucharest (Romania), 17-21 May 1965; Other Information: 4 tabs., 4 figs.; Related Information: In: Non-Destructive Testing in Nuclear Technology Vol. II. Proceedings of a Symposium on Non-Destructive Testing in Nuclear Technology| 462 p.
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; CLADDING; CORROSION; CREEP; FUEL ELEMENTS; HEAVY WATER; HOT WATER; INSPECTION; IRRADIATION; LEAKS; MAGNOX; MICROSTRUCTURE; RESEARCH REACTORS; STRESSES; THERMAL CYCLING; URANIUM; WELDED JOINTS; WELDING; X-RAY RADIOGRAPHY; ZIRCALOY
OSTI ID:
22121961
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M2554078072
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 265-275
Announcement Date:
Aug 27, 2013

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Nakamura, Y., and Aoki, T. Assessment of End-Plug Welding of Fuel Elements; Evaluation des Soudures Terminales des Elements Combustibles; Otsenka kachestva privarki kontsevoj probki toplivnykh ehlementov; Inspeccion de la Soldadura del Tapon Terminal de los Elementos Combustibles. IAEA: N. p., 1965. Web.
Nakamura, Y., & Aoki, T. Assessment of End-Plug Welding of Fuel Elements; Evaluation des Soudures Terminales des Elements Combustibles; Otsenka kachestva privarki kontsevoj probki toplivnykh ehlementov; Inspeccion de la Soldadura del Tapon Terminal de los Elementos Combustibles. IAEA.
Nakamura, Y., and Aoki, T. 1965. "Assessment of End-Plug Welding of Fuel Elements; Evaluation des Soudures Terminales des Elements Combustibles; Otsenka kachestva privarki kontsevoj probki toplivnykh ehlementov; Inspeccion de la Soldadura del Tapon Terminal de los Elementos Combustibles." IAEA.
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title = {Assessment of End-Plug Welding of Fuel Elements; Evaluation des Soudures Terminales des Elements Combustibles; Otsenka kachestva privarki kontsevoj probki toplivnykh ehlementov; Inspeccion de la Soldadura del Tapon Terminal de los Elementos Combustibles}
author = {Nakamura, Y., and Aoki, T.}
abstractNote = {It is very important to correlate the testing results with the performance in reactor service, as well as to develop non-destructive testing techniques themselves. However, it is rather difficult to obtain these correlations because of high expense and radioactivity. Several kinds of assessments in out-of-pile state were carried out simulating the in-reactor conditions. Some details of these assessments on JRR-3 fuel elements are described. The reactor is a heavy-water moderated and cooled research reactor of 10-MW capacity, with aluminium-clad metallic uranium fuel elements. As the elements have only mechanical bonding between cladding and core, there might be a tensile stress at the end plug as a result of irradiation growth of the uranium core. Thermal cycling will cause a similar stress in the welds. Preferential corrosion by hot water might occur in the vicinity of the welds because of the difference of micro-structure. It is essential to keep leak-tightness during and after the reactor service. Specially designed specimens were used for tensile testing, high-temperature creep testing, thermal cycling and corrosion testing. Many sorts of weld characters were examined non-destructively before the tests and leak-checked at intervals of the tests. Evaluations of these results may be used for the establishment of inspection standards such as X-ray radiography and visual inspection of the end-plug welding. Some other results on Magnox-clad and Zircaloy clad fuel elements will also be described. (author) [French] Il est tres important de mettre en correlation les resultats d'essais et les performances d'un reacteur en service, et d'ameliorer les methodes d'essais non destructifs. Toutefois, cette correlation est souvent difficile S obtenir du fait des depenses elevees necessaires et de difficultes tenant S la radioactivite. Plusieurs sortes d'evaluations ont ete faites hors pile en simulant les conditions en pile. Le memoire donne certains details des evaluations faites pour des elements combustibles du reacteur JRR-3. Il s'agit d'un reacteur de recherche de 10 MW, ralenti et refroidi 3 l'eau lourde, avec des elements combustibles en uranium metallique sous gaine d'aluminium. Comme ces elements n'ont qu'une liaison mecanique entre la gaine et l'ame, il peut exister une contrainte de traction aux bouchons de la gaine sous l'effet du gonflement de l'uranium par suite de l'irradiation. Le traitement thermique provoquera une contrainte analogue dans les soudures. Une corrosion preferentielle provoquee par l'eau chaude peut se produire dans le voisinage des soudures, a cause de la difference de microstructure. Il est essentiel d'assurer l'etancheite pendant et apres l'utilisation dans le reacteur. Des specimens specialement concus ont ete utilises pour les essais d'elasticite, les essais de fluage a haute temperature, les essais thermiques et le controle de la corrosion. Plusieurs sortes de soudures ont fait l'objet d'essais non destructifs avant les controles proprement dits et ont ete verifiees quant a l'etancheite a diverses periodes entre les controles. L'etude critique des resultats obtenus peut permettre de fixer des normes d'inspection, telles que la radiographie par rayons X et l'inspection visuelle des soudures des bouchons. Le memoire donne egalement d'autres resultats pour les elements combustibles avec gaine en Magnox ou en Zircaloy. (author) [Spanish] Es muy importante establecer una correlacion entre los resultados de los ensayos y el rendimiento en los reactores en servicio, asf como perfeccionar los correspondientes metodos de ensayo no destructivo. Ahora bien, resulta algo diffcil lograr la correlacion indicada a causa de los elevados gastos que ello supone y de la intensa radiactividad. Se han efectuado varios estudios fuera del reactor simulando las condiciones que reinan en el interior de este. En el presente documento se exponen algunos datos sobre los ensayos con elementos combustibles del reactor japones de investigacion Numero-Sign 3 (JRR-3). Ese reactor de 10 MW es moderado y refrigerado por agua pesada, y tiene elementos combustibles de uranio metalico revestidos de aluminio. Como entre el revestimiento y el alma hay solamente una union mecanica, puede producirse una tension en el tapon terminal como resultado del crecimiento del alma de uranio debido a la irradiacion. El ciclo termico produce tensiones analogas en las soldaduras. Como resultado de la diferencia de microestructura, las proximidades de estas que dan especialmente expuestas a la corrosion producida por el agua caliente. Mientras el reactor esta en servicio, es imprescindible asegurar su estanqueidad. Se han utilizado probetas especiales para estudiar la resistencia a la traccion, la fluencia a alta temperatura, los efectos del ciclo termico y la corrosion. Antes de hacer esos ensayos, y periodicamente durante su realizacion, se sometieron a examen no destructivo muchas clases de soldaduras y se verifico si habia escapes. La evaluacion de los resultados obtenidos puede servir para establecer normas de inspeccion, por ejemplo, mediante radiografia y examen visual de la soldadura del tapon. En la memoria se describen algunos otros resultados de ensayos efectuados con elementos combustibles revestidos de Magnox y Zircaloy. (author) [Russian] Ochen' vazhno ustanovit' sootnoshenie mezhdu rezul'tatami ispytanij i ispol'zovaniem ih v reaktore, a takzhe razrabotat' sami metody ispytanija bez razrushenija ispytyvaemogo ob{sup e}kta. Odnako sdelat' jeto dovol'no trudno, tak kak jeto svjazano s bol'shimi rashodami i bol'shoj radioaktivnost'ju. Bylo proizvedeno neskol'ko vidov ocenok vo vnereaktornom sostojanii s imitaciej vnutrireaktornyh uslovij. Opisyvajutsja nekotorye detali jetih ocenok v otnoshenii toplivnyh jelementov issledo- vatel'skogo reaktora JKK-3. V je t om reaktore ustanovlennoj moshhnost'ju 10 mgvt s tjazhe- loj vodoj v kachestve zamedlitelja i teplonositelja ispol'zujutsja toplivnye jelementy iz metallicheskogo urana s aljuminievym pokrytiem. Poskol'ku v jelementah mezhdu pokrytiem i serdcevinoj sushhestvuet tol'ko mehanicheskaja svjaz', koncevaja probka mozhet ispytyvat' rastjagivajushhee naprjazhenie v rezul'tate uvelichenija obluchenija uranovoj serdceviny. Tem- peraturnye kolebanija vyzovut analogichnoe naprjazhenie v svarnyh shvah. Vsledstvie neodno- rodnosti mikrostruktury vblizi svarnyh shvov tam mozhet proizojti usilennaja korrozija pod vozdejstviem gorjachej vody. Vo vremja raboty reaktora i posle ego ostanovki neobhodimo obespechit' germetichnost'. Dlja provedenija ispytanij na prochnost' na razryv, ispytanij na polzuchest' pri vysokoj temperature, ispytanij temperaturnyh kolebanij i korrozii byli razrabotany special'- nye obrazcy. Mnogie harakteristiki svarnyh shvov byli izucheny bez razrushenija ispyty- vaemogo obrazca do provedenija ispytanij i provereny na germetichnost' v promezhutkah mezh- du ispytanijami. Jeti rezul'taty mogut byt' ispol'zovany dlja ustanovlenija standartov proverki, takih kak rentgenovskaja radiografija i vizual'naja proverka kachestva privarki koncevoj probki. Budut takzhe opisany nekotorye drugie rezul'taty, poluchennye po topliv- nym jelementam, pokrytym magnoksom ili cirkalloem. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1965}
month = {Oct}
}