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Title: Evaluation of Computed Tomography of Mock Uranium Fuel Rods at the Advanced Photon Source

This study discusses a multi-year effort to evaluate the utility of computed tomography at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) as a tool for non-destructive evaluation of uranium based fuel rods. The majority of the data presented is on mock material made with depleted uranium which mimics the x-ray attenuation characteristics of fuel rods while allowing for simpler handling. A range of data is presented including full thickness (5mm diameter) fuel rodlets, reduced thickness (1.8mm) sintering test samples, and pre/post irradiation samples (< 1mm thick). These data were taken on both a white beam (bending magnet) beamline and a high energy, monochromatic beamline. This data shows the utility of a synchrotron type source in the evealuation of manufacturing defects (pre-irradiation) and lays out the case for in situ CT of fuel pellet sintering. Finally, in addition data is shown from small post-irradiation samples and a case is made for post-irradiation CT of larger samples.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-14-29714
Journal ID: ISSN 1700-2729
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
CINDE Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 36; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1700-2729
Publisher:
Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; computed tomography; synchrotron; fuel rod; uranium
OSTI Identifier:
1325630

Hunter, James F., Brown, Donald William, and Okuniewski, Maria. Evaluation of Computed Tomography of Mock Uranium Fuel Rods at the Advanced Photon Source. United States: N. p., Web.
Hunter, James F., Brown, Donald William, & Okuniewski, Maria. Evaluation of Computed Tomography of Mock Uranium Fuel Rods at the Advanced Photon Source. United States.
Hunter, James F., Brown, Donald William, and Okuniewski, Maria. 2015. "Evaluation of Computed Tomography of Mock Uranium Fuel Rods at the Advanced Photon Source". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1325630.
@article{osti_1325630,
title = {Evaluation of Computed Tomography of Mock Uranium Fuel Rods at the Advanced Photon Source},
author = {Hunter, James F. and Brown, Donald William and Okuniewski, Maria},
abstractNote = {This study discusses a multi-year effort to evaluate the utility of computed tomography at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) as a tool for non-destructive evaluation of uranium based fuel rods. The majority of the data presented is on mock material made with depleted uranium which mimics the x-ray attenuation characteristics of fuel rods while allowing for simpler handling. A range of data is presented including full thickness (5mm diameter) fuel rodlets, reduced thickness (1.8mm) sintering test samples, and pre/post irradiation samples (< 1mm thick). These data were taken on both a white beam (bending magnet) beamline and a high energy, monochromatic beamline. This data shows the utility of a synchrotron type source in the evealuation of manufacturing defects (pre-irradiation) and lays out the case for in situ CT of fuel pellet sintering. Finally, in addition data is shown from small post-irradiation samples and a case is made for post-irradiation CT of larger samples.},
doi = {},
journal = {CINDE Journal},
number = 3,
volume = 36,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {6}
}