Glovebox Advanced Casting System Casting Optimization
Casting optimization in the GACS included three broad areas; casting of U-10Zr pins, incorporation of an integral FCCI barrier, and development of a permanent crucible coating. U-10Zr casting was improved over last year’s results by modifying the crucible design to minimize contact with the colder mold. Through these modifications casting of a three pin batch was successful. Incorporation of an integral FCCI barrier also was optimized through furnace chamber pressure changes during the casting cycle to reduce gas pressures in the mold cavities which led to three full length pins being cast which incorporated FCCI barriers of three different thicknesses. Permanent crucible coatings were tested against a base case; 1500°C for 10 minutes in a U-20Pu-10Zr molten alloy. None of the candidate coating materials showed evidence of failure upon initial visual examination. In all areas of work a large amount of characterization will be needed to fully determine the effects of the optimization activities. The characterization activities and future work will occur next year.
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- Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
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- United States
- 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CASTING; OPTIMIZATION; CRUCIBLES; URANIUM BASE ALLOYS; COATINGS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; ZIRCONIUM ALLOYS; PLUTONIUM ALLOYS; FUEL PINS; TEMPERATURE RANGE 1000-4000 K; BINARY ALLOY SYSTEMS Advanced Casting System; Casting Optimization; Glovebox
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