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Title: U 3Si 2 behavior in H 2O: Part I, flowing steam and the effect of hydrogen

Recent interest in U 3Si 2 as an advanced light water reactor fuel has driven assessment of numerous properties, but characterization of its response to H 2O environments is absent from the literature. The behavior of U 3Si 2 in H 2O containing atmospheres is investigated and presented in a two-part series of articles aimed to understand the degradation mechanism of U 3Si 2 in H 2O. Reported here are thermogravimetric data for U 3Si 2 exposed to flowing steam at 250–470 °C. Additionally the response of U 3Si 2 to flowing Ar-6% H 2 from 350 to 400 °C is presented. Microstructural degradation is observed following hours of exposure at 350 °C in steam. U 3Si 2 undergoes pulverization on the timescale of minutes when temperatures are increased above 400 °C. In conclusion, this mechanism is accelerated in flowing Ar-H 2 at the same temperatures.
Authors:
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  1. The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-30039
Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Nuclear Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 501; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115
Publisher:
Elsevier
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; Material Science
OSTI Identifier:
1417827