Simulated Fission Gas Behavior in Silicide Fuel at LWR Conditions
As a promising candidate for the accident tolerant fuel (ATF) used in light water reactors (LWRs), the fuel performance of uranium silicide (U3Si2) at LWR conditions needs to be well-understood. However, existing experimental post-irradiation examination (PIE) data are limited to the research reactor conditions, which involve lower fuel temperature compared to LWR conditions. This lack of appropriate experimental data significantly affects the development of fuel performance codes that can precisely predict the microstructure evolution and property degradation at LWR conditions, and therefore evaluate the qualification of U3Si2 as an AFT for LWRs. Considering the high cost, long timescale, and restrictive access of the in-pile irradiation experiments, this study aims to utilize ion irradiation to simulate the inpile behavior of the U3Si2 fuel. Both in situ TEM ion irradiation and ex situ high-energy ATLAS ion irradiation experiments were employed to simulate different types of microstructure modifications in U3Si2. Multiple PIE techniques were used or will be used to quantitatively analyze the microstructure evolution induced by ion irradiation so as to provide valuable reference for the development of fuel performance code prior to the availability of the in-pile irradiation data.
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- Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
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- United States
- 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ACCIDENT-TOLERANT NUCLEAR FUELS; URANIUM SILICIDES; FISSION PRODUCTS; IRRADIATION; IONS; WATER MODERATED REACTORS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; MICROSTRUCTURE; PERFORMANCE; WATER COOLED REACTORS; EVOLUTION; SIMULATION; POST-IRRADIATION EXAMINATION; MODIFICATIONS; PHYSICAL RADIATION EFFECTS
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