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Title: Electron microscopy study of Pd, Ag, and Cs in carbon areas in the locally corroded SiC layer in a neutron-irradiated TRISO fuel particle

Here, a detailed electron microscopy study was performed on focused ion beam-prepared lamellae from different locations relative to a crack across the inner pyrolytic carbon layer of a neutron-irradiated tristructural isotropic-coated particle. The distribution and composition of fission products across the inner pyrolytic carbon and silicon carbide (SiC) layers were studied. Previously, this crack was identified in the particle that released significant inventory fractions of cesium and silver during irradiation and displayed localized palladium pileup with SiC degradation. In this study, carbon areas were found in the SiC layer close to the crack tip and they had precipitates that consisted mostly of palladium silicides or palladium, with silver and/or cadmium frequently identified. Results confirmed that areas in the SiC layer close to the crack tip with localized accumulation of palladium were corroded by palladium, forming pure carbon areas and palladium silicide that provided pathways for silver, cadmium and cesium migration.
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  1. Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (United States)
  2. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 38; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 0955-2219
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; TRISO particle; Fission product; Transport mechanism; Corrosion; Neutron irradiation
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