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  1. Liquid films and droplet deposition in a BWR fuel element

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    In the upper part of boiling water reactors (BWR) the flow regime is dominated by a steam-water droplet flow with liquid films on the nuclear fuel rod, the so called (wispy) annular flow regime. The film thickness and liquid flow rate distribution around the fuel rod play an important role especially in regard to so called dryout, which is the main phenomenon limiting the thermal power of a fuel assembly. The deposition of droplets in the liquid film is important, because this process sustains the liquid film and delays dryout. Functional spacers with different vane shapes have been used in recent decades to enhance droplet deposition and thus create more favorable conditions for heat removal. In this thesis the behavior of liquid films and droplet deposition in the annular flow regime in BWR bundles is addressed by experiments in an adiabatic flow at nearly ambient pressure. The experimental setup consists of a vertical channel with the cross-section resembling a pair of neighboring subchannels of a fuel rod bundle. Within this double subchannel an annular flow is established with a gas-water mixture. The impact of functional spacers on the annular flow behavior is studied closely. Parameter variations comprise gas and liquid flow rates, gas density and spacer shape. The setup is instrumented with a newly developed liquid film sensor that measures the electrical conductance between electrodes flush to the wall with high temporal and spatial resolution. Advanced post-processing methods are used to investigate the dynamic behavior of liquid films and droplet deposition. The topic is also assessed numerically by means of single-phase Reynolds-Averaged-Navier-Stokes CFD simulations of the flow in the gas core. For this the commercial code STAR-CCM+ is used coupled with additional models for the liquid film distribution and droplet motion. The results of the experiments show that the liquid film is quite evenly distributed around the circumference of the fuel rods. The

  2. Connection between end plates and rods in a BWR fuel element

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    The problem of the connection between the end plates and the rods of a BWR fuel element is analytically formulated. The behaviour of the springs coupling the rods with the upper plate is analyzed with particular detail since the deformation of these springs affects the forces at the interface of the fuel element structure components. A tool is given to design the springs according to some considerations regarding the mechanical strength of the interacting components as well as the influence of the possible geometrical unevennes of the system that can arise during the fuel element lifetime. (Cali', G.P.)

  3. Infinite fuel element simulation of pin power distributions and control blade history in a BWR fuel assembly

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    Pellet-Cladding Interaction (PCI) is a well known effect in fuel pins. One possible reason for PCI-effects could be local power excursions in the fuel pins, which can led to a rupture of the fuel cladding tube. From a reactor safety point of view this has to be considered as a violence of the barrier principal in order to retain fission products in the fuel pins. This paper focuses on the pin power distributions in a 2D infinite lattice of a BWR fuel element. Lots of studies related PCI effect can be found in the literature. In this compact, coupled neutronic depletion calculations taking the control history effect into account are described. Depletion calculations of an infinite fuel element of a BWR were carried out with controlled, uncontrolled and temporarily controlled scenarios. Later ones are needed to describe the control blade history (CBH) effect. A Monte-Carlo approach is mandatory to simulate the neutron physics. The VESTA code was applied to couple the Monte-Carlo-Code MCNP(X) with the burnup code ORIGEN. Additionally, CASMO-4 is also employed to verify the method of simulation results from VESTA. The cross sections for Monte Carlo and burn-up calculations are derived from ENDF/B-VII.0. (orig.)

  4. BWR fuel performance

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    The General Electric experience base on BWR fuel includes over 29,000 fuel assemblies which contain 1,600,000 fuel rods. Over the last five years, design, process and operating changes have been introduced which have had major effects in improving fuel performance. Monitoring this fuel performance in BWRs has been accomplished through cooperative programs between GE and utilities. Activities such as plant fission product monitoring, fuel sipping and fuel and channel surveillance programs have jointly contributed to the value of this extensive experience base. The systematic evaluation of this data has established well-defined fuel performance trends which provide the assurance and confidence in fuel reliability that only actual operating experience can provide

  5. Studies on the fission gas release behaviour of BWR and experimental MOX fuel elements

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    Fission gas release data were generated on 13 fuel elements from the two boiling water reactors (BWRs) at the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS). The burn-up of these fuel elements varied from 3 000 to 24 000 MWd/t. The fuel elements were taken from fuel assemblies that were irradiated at different core locations in single and multiple irradiation cycles. A new fission gas measuring set-up was designed and fabricated to analyse fuel elements with low void volumes and low fission gas releases. Fifteen experimental mixed oxide (MOX) fuel pins were fabricated and irradiated in the pressurised water loop (PWL) of the CIRUS reactor to burn-ups ranging from 2 000 MWd/t to 16 000 MWd/t. The fission gas release from MOX fuels was predicted with the computer code PROFESS using the fuel fabrication and irradiation data. The results from the fission gas release measurements from some of the irradiated MOX fuel elements are compared with those predicted using the code. (author)

  6. Crud deposition modeling on BWR fuel rods

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    Deposition of boiling water reactor (BWR) system corrosion products (crud) on operating fuel rods has resulted in performance-limiting conditions in a number of plants. The operational impact of performance-limiting conditions involving crud deposition can be detrimental to a BWR operator, resulting in unplanned or increased frequency of fuel inspections, fuel failure and associated radiological consequences, operational restrictions including core power derate and/or forced shutdowns to remove failed fuel, premature discharge of individual bundles or entire reloads, and/or undesirable core design restrictions. To facilitate improved management of crud-related fuel performance risks, EPRI has developed the CORAL (Crud DepOsition Risk Assessment ModeL) tool. This paper presents a summary of the CORAL elements and benchmarking results. Applications of CORAL as a tool for fuel performance risk assessment are also discussed. (author)

  7. Thermomechanical evaluation of BWR fuel elements for procedures of preconditioned with FEMAXI-V

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    The limitations in the burnt of the nuclear fuel usually are fixed by the one limit in the efforts to that undergo them the components of a nuclear fuel assembly. The limits defined its provide the direction to the fuel designer to reduce to the minimum the fuel failure during the operation, and they also prevent against some thermomechanical phenomena that could happen during the evolution of transitory events. Particularly, a limit value of LHGR is fixed to consider those physical phenomena that could lead to the interaction of the pellet-shirt (Pellet Cladding Interaction, PCI). This limit value it is related directly with an PCI limit that can be fixed based on experimental tests of power ramps. This way, to avoid to violate the PCI limit, the conditioning procedures of the fuel are still required for fuel elements with and without barrier. Those simulation procedures of the power ramp are carried out for the reactor operator during the starting maneuvers or of power increase like preventive measure of possible consequences in the thermomechanical behavior of the fuel. In this work, the thermomechanical behavior of two different types of fuel rods of the boiling water reactor is analyzed during the pursuit of the procedures of fuel preconditioning. Five diverse preconditioning calculations were carried out, each one with three diverse linear ramps of power increments. The starting point of the ramps was taken of the data of the cycle 8 of the unit 1 of the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central. The superior limit superior of the ramps it was the threshold of the lineal power in which a fuel failure could be presented by PCI, in function of the fuel burnt. The analysis was carried out with the FEMAXI-V code. (Author)

  8. Comparison of reconstructed radial pin total fission rates with experimental results in full scale BWR fuel elements

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    Total fission rate measurements have been performed on full size BWR fuel assemblies of type SVEA-96+ in the zero power reactor PROTEUS at the Paul Scherrer Institute. This work presents comparisons of reconstructed 2D pin fission rates in two configurations, I-1A and I-2A. Both configurations contain, in the central test zone, an array of 3x3 SVEA-96+ fuel elements moderated with light water at 20 deg. C. In configuration I-2A, an L-shaped hafnium control blade (half of a real cruciform blade) is inserted adjacent to the NW corner of the central fuel element. To minimize the impact of the surroundings, all measurements were done in fuel pins belonging to the central assembly. The 3x3 experimental configuration was modeled using the core monitoring and design tools that are applied at the Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plant (KKL). These are the 2D transport code HELIOS, used for the cross-section generation, and the 3D, 2-group nodal diffusion code PRESTO-2. The exterior is represented, in the axial and radial directions, by 2-group albedos calculated at the test zone boundary using a full-core 3D MCNPX model. The calculated-to-experimental (C/E) ratios of the total fission rates have a standard deviation of 1.3% in configuration I-1A (uncontrolled) and 3.2% in configuration I-2A (controlled). Sensitivity cases are analyzed to show the impact of certain parameters on the calculated fission rate distribution and reactivity. It is shown that the relative pin fission rate is only weakly dependent on these parameters. In cases without a control blade, the pin power reconstruction methodology delivers the same level of accuracy as 2D transport calculations. On the other hand, significant deviations, that are inherent to the use of reflected geometry in the lattice calculations, are observed in cases when the control blade is inserted. (authors)

  9. Nuclear reactor fuel element

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    The fuel element for a BWR known from the patent application DE 2824265 is developed so that the screw only breaks on the expansion shank with reduced diameter if the expansion forces are too great. (HP)

  10. Thermomechanical evaluation of BWR fuel elements for procedures of preconditioned with FEMAXI-V; Evaluacion termomecanica de elementos combustible BWR para procedimientos de preacondicionado con FEMAXI-V

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    Hernandez L, H.; Lucatero, M.A.; Ortiz V, J. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca Km 36.5, La Marquesa, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: hhl@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    The limitations in the burnt of the nuclear fuel usually are fixed by the one limit in the efforts to that undergo them the components of a nuclear fuel assembly. The limits defined its provide the direction to the fuel designer to reduce to the minimum the fuel failure during the operation, and they also prevent against some thermomechanical phenomena that could happen during the evolution of transitory events. Particularly, a limit value of LHGR is fixed to consider those physical phenomena that could lead to the interaction of the pellet-shirt (Pellet Cladding Interaction, PCI). This limit value it is related directly with an PCI limit that can be fixed based on experimental tests of power ramps. This way, to avoid to violate the PCI limit, the conditioning procedures of the fuel are still required for fuel elements with and without barrier. Those simulation procedures of the power ramp are carried out for the reactor operator during the starting maneuvers or of power increase like preventive measure of possible consequences in the thermomechanical behavior of the fuel. In this work, the thermomechanical behavior of two different types of fuel rods of the boiling water reactor is analyzed during the pursuit of the procedures of fuel preconditioning. Five diverse preconditioning calculations were carried out, each one with three diverse linear ramps of power increments. The starting point of the ramps was taken of the data of the cycle 8 of the unit 1 of the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central. The superior limit superior of the ramps it was the threshold of the lineal power in which a fuel failure could be presented by PCI, in function of the fuel burnt. The analysis was carried out with the FEMAXI-V code. (Author)

  11. A BWR fuel channel tracking system

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    A relational database management system with a query language, Reference 1, has been used to develop a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel channel tracking system on a microcomputer. The software system developed implements channel vendor and Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommendations for in-core channel movements between reactor operating cycles. A BWR Fuel channel encloses the fuel bundle and is typically fabricated using Ziracoly-4. The channel serves three functions: (1) it provides a barrier to separate two parallel flow paths, one inside the fuel assembly and the other in the bypass region outside the fuel assembly and between channels; (2) it guides the control rod as it moves between fuel assemblies and provides a bearing surface for the blades; and (3) it provides rigidity for the fuel bundle. All of these functions are necessary in typical BWR core designs. Fuel channels are not part of typical Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) core designs

  12. Reliability innovations for AREVA NP BWR fuel

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    AREVA NP is a supplier of nuclear fuel assemblies and associated core components to light water reactors worldwide, representing today more than 185,000 fuel assemblies on the world market including more than 63,000 fuel assemblies for boiling water reactors (BWRs). ATRIUM trademark 10 fuel assemblies have been supplied to a total of 32 BWR plants worldwide resulting in an operating experience over 20,250 fuel assemblies. ATRIUM trademark 10XP and ATRIUM trademark 10XM are AREVA NP's most recent fuel assembly designs featuring improved fuel utilization and achieving high margins to operating limits while maintaining very good reliability. Nevertheless, fuel failures are still encountered in all modern and advanced fuel assembly designs leading to significant operating limitations or unplanned shutdowns of nuclear power plants. The majority of fuel failures in BWR plants are caused by debris fretting, with PCI induced failures being a second leading cause. AREVA NP runs programs to study these root causes and to develop product solutions as part of the continuous improvement process within the Zero Tolerance for Failure (ZTF) initiative. The focus of the ZTF initiative is to further upgrade BWR fuel assembly reliability to achieve the goal of failure free fuel. In the following, two major product improvements are described that will significantly contribute to this goal: - Improved FUELGUARD trademark Lower Tie Plate - Chamfered Fuel Pellet Design (orig.)

  13. Transportation activities for BWR fuels at NFI

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    Nuclear Fuel Industries, LTD. (NFI) supplies fuel assemblies for both PWR and BWR in Japan. We can also manage transportation of the fuel assemblies from our fabrication facilities to the nuclear power plants of Japanese utilities. For the transportation of fuel assembly, we designed and fabricated the transportation containers to meet the requirements of the IAEA regulations, and licensed in Japan. This paper introduced the recent activity and R and D of NFI concerning transportation of BWR fuel assembly. NT-XII transportation container was developed for fresh BWR fuel assemblies. NT-XII container consists of inner container and outer container. Two BWR fuel assemblies with up to 5 wt.-% 235-U enriched are enclosed in an inner container. In the concept of NT-XII container design, we made the best priority to transportation efficiency, as well as ensuring fuel integrity during transportation. NT-XII has been used since 2002 in Japan. Thanks to the lightening weight of containers, the number of containers to be loaded to one transportation truck was increased up to 9 containers (equivalent to 18 fuel assemblies) compared with former type container (NT-IV transportation container) which can be loaded up to 6 containers (equivalent to 12 fuel assemblies). In addition to the design of brand-new container, we promote the improvement of the packaging methods. In Japan, in order to reduce the damage to the fuel rod and fuel spacer while transporting, polyethylene sleeves which are called 'packing separators' are inserted in the rod-to-rod gap of fuel assembly. However, packing separators requires time and cost for the installation at fuel fabrication facility. In the same way, huge time and cost are needed for removal of packing separators at nuclear power plant. For the improvement of preparation efficiency before and after transportation, we investigated the influence of vibration to fuel integrity in case of transportation without packing separators. Based on the above

  14. Manufacturing technology and process for BWR fuel

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    Following recent advanced technologies, processes and requests of the design changes of BWR fuel, Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd. (NFI) has upgraded the manufacturing technology and honed its own skills to complete its brand-new automated facility in Tokai in the latter half of 1980's. The plant uses various forms of automation throughout the manufacturing process: the acceptance of uranium dioxide powder, pelletizing, fuel rod assembling, fuel bundle assembling and shipment. All processes are well computerized and linked together to establish the integrated control system with three levels of Production and Quality Control, Process Control and Process Automation. This multi-level system plays an important role in the quality assurance system which generates the highest quality of fuels and other benefits. (author)

  15. TRU transmutation type BWR fuel assembly

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    The BWR fuel assembly is formed by bundling a plurality of fuel rods and a water channel disposed at the center of the assembly by a plurality of spacers. An upper tie plate and a lower tie plate are disposed to upper and lower portions of the fuel rods and the water channel respectively. An upper end plug of the water channel is attached detachably to a cylindrical main body of the water channel. A zircaloy tube incorporating TRU nuclides is contained and secured in the water channel. The zircaloy tube has such a structure as capable of incorporating and sealing oxides or metal materials containing TRU nuclides. Since the zircaloy tube containing TRU nuclides is contained not in fuel region but in the water rod, the loaded uranium amount of fuels is not reduced but the reactivity can be ensured. (I.N.)

  16. Fuel assembly for BWR type reactor

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    A fuel assembly has a 9 x 9 square lattice arrangement having a water channel which occupies an area of 3 x 3 lattice pattern corresponding to 9 fuel rods. Fuel pellets comprise those of not more 7 kinds which have fission products at enrichment degrees different by a spun of not less than 10%. Fuel rods comprise from 4 to 12 first type fuel rods and remaining second type fuel rods. The first type fuel rod is loaded with fuel pellets of fissionable products having an enrichment degree axially different at the upper and the lower portions. The second type fuel rod is loaded with fuel pellets of fissionable products having the same enrichment degree in the vertical direction. With such a constitution, the enrichment degree of fissionable products of fuel pellets in the fuel assembly for a BWR type reactor having different reactor constitution and operation conditions can be used in common. Accordingly, the degree of freedom for the design of the distribution of the enrichment degree is increased. (I.N.)

  17. Determination of BWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Assembly Effective Thermal Conductivity

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    The purpose of this calculation is to provide an effective thermal conductivity for use in predicting peak cladding temperatures in boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies with 7x7,8x8, and 9x9 rod arrays. The first objective of this calculation is to describe the development and application of a finite element representation that predicts peak spent nuclear fuel temperatures for BWR assemblies. The second objective is to use the discrete representation to develop a basis for determining an effective thermal conductivity (described later) for a BWR assembly with srneared/homogeneous properties and to investigate the thermal behavior of a spent fuel assembly. The scope of this calculation is limited to a steady-state two-dimensional representation of the waste package interior region. This calculation is subject to procedure AP-3.124, Calculations (Ref. 27) and guided by the applicable technical work plan (Ref. 14). While these evaluations were originally developed for the thermal analysis of conceptual waste package designs emplaced in the potential repository at Yucca Mountain, the methodology applies to storage and transportation thermal analyses as well. Note that the waste package sketch in Attachment V depicts a preliminary design, and should not be interpreted otherwise

  18. Determination of BWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Assembly Effective Thermal Conductivity

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    Matthew D. Hinds

    2001-10-17

    The purpose of this calculation is to provide an effective thermal conductivity for use in predicting peak cladding temperatures in boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies with 7x7,8x8, and 9x9 rod arrays. The first objective of this calculation is to describe the development and application of a finite element representation that predicts peak spent nuclear fuel temperatures for BWR assemblies. The second objective is to use the discrete representation to develop a basis for determining an effective thermal conductivity (described later) for a BWR assembly with srneared/homogeneous properties and to investigate the thermal behavior of a spent fuel assembly. The scope of this calculation is limited to a steady-state two-dimensional representation of the waste package interior region. This calculation is subject to procedure AP-3.124, Calculations (Ref. 27) and guided by the applicable technical work plan (Ref. 14). While these evaluations were originally developed for the thermal analysis of conceptual waste package designs emplaced in the potential repository at Yucca Mountain, the methodology applies to storage and transportation thermal analyses as well. Note that the waste package sketch in Attachment V depicts a preliminary design, and should not be interpreted otherwise.

  19. Optimization of analysis best-estimate of a fuel element BWR with Code STAR-CCM+; Optimizacion del analisis best-estimate de un elemento combustible BWR con el codigo STAR-CCM+

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    Morgado Canada, E.; Concejal Barmejo, A.; Jimenez Varas, G.; Solar Martinez, A.

    2014-07-01

    The objective of the project is the evaluation of the code STAR-CCM +, as well as the establishment of guidelines and standardized procedures for the discretization of the area of study and the selection of physical models suitable for the simulation of BWR fuel. For this purpose several of BFBT experiments have simulated [1] provide a data base for the development of experiments for measuring distribution of fractions of holes to changes in power in order to find the most appropriate models for the simulation of the problem. (Author)

  20. Investigation of burnup credit implementation for BWR fuel

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    Burnup Credit allows considering the reactivity decrease due to fuel irradiation in criticality studies for the nuclear fuel cycle. Its implementation requires to carefully analyze the validity of the assumptions made to define the axial profile of the burnup and void fraction (for BWR), to determine the composition of the irradiated fuel and to compute the criticality simulation. In the framework of Burnup Credit implementation for BWR fuel, this paper proposes to investigate part of these items. The studies presented in this paper concern: the influence of the burnup and of the void fraction on BWR spent fuel content and on the effective multiplication factor of an infinite array of BWR assemblies. A code-to-code comparison for BWR fuel depletion calculations relevant to Burnup Credit is also performed. (authors)

  1. Fuel assembly for BWR type reactor

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    A fuel assembly of an BWR type reactor of present invention, in which a plurality of fuel rods are arranged in a regular square lattice like configuration include vibration-filled fuel rods in which granular nuclear fuel materials and granular non-nuclear fuel materials having a smaller neutron absorbing cross sectional area are mixed and filled. With such a constitution, the content of the mixed and filled non-nuclear fuel materials in the vibration filled fuel rods is at least 20% by a volume ratio in average in fuel assemblies. In addition, a burnable poison is optionally added and mixed to the granular mixture of the nuclear fuel material and the diluting granules. With such a constitution, the manufacturing cost can be reduced, and the combustion rate of the nuclear fission materials is increased to improve reactor core characteristics, thereby enabling to obtain sufficient Pu loading amount per assembly, and fuel assemblies excellent in flexibility in design and economic property can be obtained. (T.M.)

  2. Reactor fueling of BWR type reactors

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    Purpose: To enable the pattern exchange for control rods during burning in Control Cell Core type BWR reactors. Constitution: A plurality of control cells are divided into a plurality of groups such that the control cells is aparted from each other by way of at least two fuel assemblies other than the control cells with respect to the vertical and lateral directions of the reactor core cross section, as well as they are in adjacent with control cells of other groups with respect to the orthogonal direction. This enables to perform the pattern exchange for the control rods during burning in the control cell core with ease, and the control blade and the story effect harmful to the mechanical soundness of fuels can thus be suppressed. (Moriyama, K.)

  3. Nuclear reactor fuel element

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    The fuel element box for a BWR is situated with a corner bolt on the inside in one corner of its top on the top side of the top plate. This corner bolt is screwed down with a bolt with a corner part which is provided with leaf springs outside on two sides, where the bolt has a smaller diameter and an expansion shank. The bolt is held captive to the bolt head on the top and the holder on the bottom of the corner part. The holder is a locknut. If the expansion forces are too great, the bolt can only break at the expansion shank. (HP)

  4. Experience and reliability of Framatome ANP's PWR and BWR fuel

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    Based on three decades of fuel supply to 169 PWR and BWR plants on four continents, Framatome ANP has a very large database from operating experience feedback. The performance of Framatome PWR and BWR fuel is discussed for the period 1992-2001 with special emphasis on fuel failures, countermeasures and their effectiveness. While PWR fuel performance in most reactors has been good, the performance in some years did suffer from special circumstances that caused grid-to-rod fretting failures in few PWRs. After solving this problem, fuel of all types showed high reliability again. Especially the current PWR fuel products AFA 3G, HTP, Mark B and Mark BW showed a very good operating performance. Fuel reliability of Framatome ANP BWR fuel has been excellent over the last decade with average annual fuel rod failure rates under 1x10-5 since 1991. More than 40% of all BWR fuel failures in the 1992-2001 decade were caused by debris fretting. The debris problem has been remedied with the FUELGUARDTM lower tie plate, and by reactor operators' efforts to control the sources of debris. PCI, the main failure mechanism in former periods, affected only 10 rods. All of these rods had non-liner cladding. (author)

  5. Transmutation of minor actinide using thorium fueled BWR core

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    One of the methods to conduct transmutation of minor actinide is the use of BWR with thorium fuel. Thorium fuel has a specific behaviour of producing a little secondary minor actinides. Transmutation of minor actinide is done by loading it in the BWR with thorium fuel through two methods, namely close recycle and accumulation recycle. The calculation of minor actinide composition produced, weigh of minor actinide transmuted, and percentage of reminder transmutation was carried SRAC. The calculations were done to equivalent cell modeling from one fuel rod of BWR. The results show that minor actinide transmutation is more effective using thorium fuel than uranium fuel, through both close recycle and accumulation recycle. Minor actinide transmutation weight show that the same value for those recycle for 5th recycle. And most of all minor actinide produced from 5 unit BWR uranium fuel can transmuted in the 6th of close recycle. And, the minimal value of excess reactivity of the core is 12,15 % Δk/k, that is possible value for core operation

  6. Fuel assembly for BWR-type reactor

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    74 fuel rods and 2 large diameter water rods are disposed in 9 x 9 square lattice. Both upper and lower ends thereof are bundled by tie plates to constitute a fuel bundle, and the fuel bundle is surrounded by a channel box. Among eight short fuel rods, four short fuel rods are disposed to four corners on the second layer from the outermost circumference of the fuel bundle, and four short fuel rods are disposed to the center of each of the sides at the outermost circumference of the fuel bundle. Eight long fuel rods are disposed in adjacent with the short fuel rods at the outermost circumference of the fuel bundle. Eight long fuel rods are disposed to the second layer from the outermost circumference of the fuel bundle and in adjacent with the former eight long fuel rods. The long fuel rods contain burnable poisons in the fuel pellets filled in the most of upper portion than the upper end of the effective length of the short fuel rod disposed to the outermost circumference of the fuel bundle. (I.N.)

  7. BWROPT: A multi-cycle BWR fuel cycle optimization code

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    Ottinger, Keith E.; Maldonado, G. Ivan, E-mail: Ivan.Maldonado@utk.edu

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • A multi-cycle BWR fuel cycle optimization algorithm is presented. • New fuel inventory and core loading pattern determination. • The parallel simulated annealing algorithm was used for the optimization. • Variable sampling probabilities were compared to constant sampling probabilities. - Abstract: A new computer code for performing BWR in-core and out-of-core fuel cycle optimization for multiple cycles simultaneously has been developed. Parallel simulated annealing (PSA) is used to optimize the new fuel inventory and placement of new and reload fuel for each cycle considered. Several algorithm improvements were implemented and evaluated. The most significant of these are variable sampling probabilities and sampling new fuel types from an ordered array. A heuristic control rod pattern (CRP) search algorithm was also implemented, which is useful for single CRP determinations, however, this feature requires significant computational resources and is currently not practical for use in a full multi-cycle optimization. The PSA algorithm was demonstrated to be capable of significant objective function reduction and finding candidate loading patterns without constraint violations. The use of variable sampling probabilities was shown to reduce runtime while producing better results compared to using constant sampling probabilities. Sampling new fuel types from an ordered array was shown to have a mixed effect compared to random new fuel type sampling, whereby using both random and ordered sampling produced better results but required longer runtimes.

  8. BWROPT: A multi-cycle BWR fuel cycle optimization code

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    Highlights: • A multi-cycle BWR fuel cycle optimization algorithm is presented. • New fuel inventory and core loading pattern determination. • The parallel simulated annealing algorithm was used for the optimization. • Variable sampling probabilities were compared to constant sampling probabilities. - Abstract: A new computer code for performing BWR in-core and out-of-core fuel cycle optimization for multiple cycles simultaneously has been developed. Parallel simulated annealing (PSA) is used to optimize the new fuel inventory and placement of new and reload fuel for each cycle considered. Several algorithm improvements were implemented and evaluated. The most significant of these are variable sampling probabilities and sampling new fuel types from an ordered array. A heuristic control rod pattern (CRP) search algorithm was also implemented, which is useful for single CRP determinations, however, this feature requires significant computational resources and is currently not practical for use in a full multi-cycle optimization. The PSA algorithm was demonstrated to be capable of significant objective function reduction and finding candidate loading patterns without constraint violations. The use of variable sampling probabilities was shown to reduce runtime while producing better results compared to using constant sampling probabilities. Sampling new fuel types from an ordered array was shown to have a mixed effect compared to random new fuel type sampling, whereby using both random and ordered sampling produced better results but required longer runtimes

  9. BWR fuel cycle optimization using neural networks

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    Highlights: → OCONN a new system to optimize all nuclear fuel management steps in a coupled way. → OCON is based on an artificial recurrent neural network to find the best combination of partial solutions to each fuel management step. → OCONN works with a fuel lattices' stock, a fuel reloads' stock and a control rod patterns' stock, previously obtained with different heuristic techniques. → Results show OCONN is able to find good combinations according the global objective function. - Abstract: In nuclear fuel management activities for BWRs, four combinatorial optimization problems are solved: fuel lattice design, axial fuel bundle design, fuel reload design and control rod patterns design. Traditionally, these problems have been solved in separated ways due to their complexity and the required computational resources. In the specialized literature there are some attempts to solve fuel reloads and control rod patterns design or fuel lattice and axial fuel bundle design in a coupled way. In this paper, the system OCONN to solve all of these problems in a coupled way is shown. This system is based on an artificial recurrent neural network to find the best combination of partial solutions to each problem, in order to maximize a global objective function. The new system works with a fuel lattices' stock, a fuel reloads' stock and a control rod patterns' stock, previously obtained with different heuristic techniques. The system was tested to design an equilibrium cycle with a cycle length of 18 months. Results show that the new system is able to find good combinations. Cycle length is reached and safety parameters are fulfilled.

  10. Steam vent tube for BWR fuel assembly

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    This patent describes an improvement in a fuel bundle for a boiling water reactor having: vertically aligned spaced apart fuel rods for forming a fuel rod group within the fuel bundle for generation of a fission reaction in the presence of water moderator, a lower tie plate for admitting water moderator through the lower tie plate to the interstitial volume between the fuel rods and supporting the vertically aligned and spaced apart fuel rods, an upper tie plate for permitting water and steam to be discharged from the top of the fuel bundle and maintaining the vertically aligned and spaced apart fuel rods in upstanding spaced apart side-by-side relation, a surrounding fuel channel for confining moderator flow along a path over the fuel rods and from the lower tie plate to the upper tie plate. The improvement comprises: a least one steam vent tube overlying at least one of the part length rods; means supporting the stem vent tube in the volume overlying the part length rod, the steam vent tube being supported in the volume of the fuel bundle between the end of the part length rod and the upper tie plate; the steam vent tube defining an opening disposed to the end of the part length rod for the receipt of steam moderator within the void overlying the part length rod; the steam vent tube further defining an opening disposed to the upper tie plant and away from the end of the part length rod for the discharge of steam moderator from the fuel bundle

  11. Fuel assembly for BWR type reactor

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    When fuel rods are suddenly oscillated by earthquakes, and a void ratio is abruptly reduced, it is forecast that feed back of negative reactivity due to generation of voids is delayed to cause power increase in a short period of time. Then, in a fuel assembly comprising a large number of fuel rods bundled by an upper tie plate, a lower tie plate and a plurality of spacers and contained in a channel box, stirring means for coolants flowing the periphery of fuel rods are disposed in a lower sub-cool boiling region. Coolants flown into the fuel assembly are directed to fuel rods by the coolant stirring means to mix the coolants, whereby the temperature difference between the periphery of the surface of the fuel rods and bulk coolants is reduced, to decrease a sub-cool void amount. Then, even if the fuel rods are oscillated, the reduction of a sub-cool void ratio is small, which scarcely gives influences of fuel rod oscillation on the power of the reactor core. (N.H.)

  12. Fuel assembly for BWR type reactor

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    In the fuel assembly of the present invention, a means for mounting and securing short fuel rods is improved. Not only long fuel rods but also short fuel rods are disposed in channel of the fuel assembly to improve reactor safety. The short fuel rods are supported by a screw means only at the lower end plug. The present invention prevents the support for the short fuel rod from being unreliable due to the slack of the screw by the pressure of inflowing coolants. That is, coolant abutting portions such as protrusions or concave grooves are disposed at a portion in the channel box where coolants flowing from the lower tie plate, as an uprising stream, cause collision. With such a constitution, a component caused by the pressure of the flowing coolants is formed. The component acts as a rotational moment in the direction of screwing the male threads of the short fuel rod into the end plug screw hole. Accordingly, the screw is not slackened, and the short fuel rods are mounted and secured certainly. (I.S.)

  13. Protecting AREVA ATRIUM™ BWR fuel from debris fretting failure

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    Historically, debris fretting has been the leading cause of fuel rod failure in BWR fuel assemblies, costing the industry millions of dollars in lost generation and negatively impacting the working area of plant site personnel. In this paper the focus will be on recent BWR fuel product innovation designed to eliminate debris related failures. Experience feedback from more than three decades of operation history with non-line-of-sight FUELGUARD™ lower tie plate debris filters will be presented. The development and relative effectiveness of successive generations of filtration technology will be discussed. It will be shown that modern, state of the art debris filters are an effective defense against debris fretting failure. Protective measures extend beyond inlet nozzle debris filters. The comprehensive debris resistance features built into AREVA’s newest fuel design, the ATRIUM™ 11, reduce the overall risk of debris entrapment as well as providing a degree of protection from debris that may fall down on the fuel assembly from above, e.g., during refueling operations. The positive recent experience in a debris sensitive plant will be discussed showing that the combination of advanced fuel technology and a robust foreign material exclusion program at the reactor site can eliminate the debris fretting failure mechanism. (author)

  14. On the domestic fuel channel for BWR

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    Kobe Steel Ltd. started the domestic manufacture of fuel channel boxes for BWRs in 1967, and entered the actual production stage four years after that. Since 1976, the mass production system was adopted with the increase of the demand. The requirements about the surface contamination and the dimensional accuracy over whole length are very strict in the fuel channel boxes, moreover, special consideration must be given so as to prevent the deformation in use. The unique working methods such as electron beam welding, high temperature press forming and so on are employed in Kobe Steel Ltd. to satisfy such strict requirements, therefore the quality of the produced fuel channel boxes is superior to imported ones. At present, the fuel channel boxes domestically made by Kobe Steel Ltd. are used for almost all BWRs in Japan. The functions of fuel channel boxes are to flow boiling coolant uniformly upward, to guide control rods, and to increase the rigidity of fuel assembly. The fuel channel boxes are the square tubes of zircaloy 4 of 134.06 mm inside width, 2.03 mm thickness, and 4118 or 4239 mm length. The progress of the development and the features of the fuel channel boxes and the manufacturing processes are described. Zircaloy plates are formed into channels, and two channels are electron beam-welded after the edge preparation, to make a box. Ultrasonic examination and stress relief treatment are applied, and clips and spacers are welded. (Kako, I.)

  15. Fuel assembly for BWR type nuclear reactor

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    In the fuel assembly of the present invention, fuel rods and one or a plurality of water rods or water channels are bundled by upper and lower tie plates and one or more of spacers, and the outer circumference of the bundle is covered with a channel box. In the present invention, a groove capable of flowing coolants is disposed on the surface of the water rod or the water channel. Specifically, the groove is disposed, continuously or intermittently, at portions corresponding to the first spacer and from the second to the fourth spacers. With such a constitution, coolants stagnating at the upper portion of the spacer due to gas/liquid counter flow limit (CCFL) are caused to flow down passing through the groove easily upon occurrence of LOCA. Accordingly, cooling of fuel rods at the center of the fuel assembly can be promoted, thereby suppressing the temperature elevation on the surface of the fuel rods. (I.S.)

  16. Development of alternative materials for BWR fuel springs

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    Major sources of radioactivity introduced into reactor water of BWR were estimated fuel crud and in-core materials (especially, fuel springs). Fuel springs are used for fixation of fuel cladding tubes with spacer grid. Those are small parts (total length is only within 25 mm) and so many numbers are loaded simultaneously and then total surfaces area are calculated up to about 200 m2. Fuel springs are located under high radiation field and high oxidative environment. Conventional fuel spring is made of alloy-X750 which is one of nickel-based alloy and is reported to show relatively higher corrosion release rate. 58Co and 60Co will be released directly into reactor water from intensely radio-activated fuel springs surface and increase radioactivity concentrations in primary coolant. Corrosion release control from fuel springs is an important technical item and a development of alternative material instead of alloy-X750 for fuel spring is a key subject to achieve ultra low man-rem exposure BWR plant. In present work, alloy-X718 which started usage for PWR fuel springs and stainless steel type 316L which has many mechanical property data are picked up for alternative materials and compared their corrosion behaviors with conventional material. Corrosion experiment was conducted under vapor-water two phases flow which is simulated fuel cladding surface boiling condition. After exposure, corrosion film formed under corrosion test was analyzed in detail and corrosion film amount and corrosion release amount are estimated among three materials. (authors)

  17. Siemens Nuclear Power Corporation experience with BWR and PWR fuels

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    The large data base of fuel performance parameters available to Siemens Nuclear Power Corporation (SNP), and the excellent track record of innovation and fuel reliability accumulated over the last twenty-three years, allows SNP to have a clear insight on the characteristics of future developments in the area of fuel design. Following is a description of some of SNP's recent design innovations to prevent failures and to extend burnup capabilities. A goal paramount to the design and manufacture of BWR and PWR fuel is that of zero defects from any case during its operation in the reactor. Progress has already been made in achieving this goal. This paper summarized the cumulative failure rate of SNP fuel rod through January 1992

  18. Asymmetric fuel assembly for BWR type reactor

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    A coolant turning introduction member is properly extended at coolant flow channels on the side of control rod of an inner frame for supporting the insertion of a water channel. With such a constitution, the thermal margin of the fuel rods can be made uniform over the entire region of the channel box by supplying coolants uniformly for an asymmetrical fuel assembly which can effectively suppress local peaking coefficient thereby enabling to improve performances at limit power. In addition, in the asymmetrical fuel assembly, a flow vane disposed to the outer frame plate of a spacer is increased in the size at coolant flow channels on the side of the control rod. Then, sufficient amount of coolants can surely be supplied to fuel rods at coolant flow channels on the side of the control rod. (N.H.)

  19. ATRIUMTM Fuel - Continuous Upgrading for High Duty BWR Plants

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    AREVA NP is a supplier of nuclear fuel assemblies and associated core components to Boiling Water Reactors worldwide, representing today more than 60 000 fuel assemblies. Since first delivered in 1992, ATRIUMTM10 fuel assemblies have now been supplied to a total of 32 BWR plants in the US, Europe, and Asia resulting in an operating experience over 20 000 fuel assemblies. Among them, the latest versions are ATRIUMTM 10XP and ATRIUMTM 10XM fuel assemblies which have been delivered to several utilities worldwide. During six years of operation experience reaching a maximum fuel assembly burnup of 66 MWd/kgU, no fuel failure of ATRIUMTM 10XP/XM occurred. Regular upgrading of the fuel assemblies' reliability and performance has been made possible thanks to AREVA NP's continuous improvement process and the 'Zero tolerance for failure' program. In this frame, the in-core behavior follow-up, manufacturing experience feedback and customer expectations are the bases for setting improvement management objectives. As an example, most fuel rod failures observed in the past years resulted from debris fretting and Pellet Cladding Interaction (PCI) generally caused by Missing Pellet Surface. To address these issues, the development of the Improved FUELGUARDTM debris filter was initiated and completed while implementation of chamfered pellets and Cr doped fuel will address PCI aspects. In the case of fuel channel bow issue, efforts to ensure dimensional stability at high burnup levels and under challenging corrosion environments have been done resulting in material recommendations and process developments. All the described solutions will strongly support the INPO goal of 'Zero fuel failures by 2010'. In a longer perspective, the significant trend in nuclear fuel operation is to increase further the discharge burnup and/or to increase the reactor power output. In the majority of nuclear power plants worldwide, strong efforts in power up-rating were made and are still ongoing. Most

  20. Recent experience and development of BWR fuel at NFI

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    This paper describes the results of recent investigations by Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd. (NFI) conducted in cooperation with BWR electric power companies in Japan regarding high burnup fuel behavior, i.e. fuel cladding corrosion and hydrogen pickup, degradation of pellet thermal conductivity with burnup, and fission gas release. The authors confirmed by pool inspection that 9x9 assemblies irradiated up to 53 GWd/t, which is the maximum burnup in our experience, showed good performance without any harmful phenomena. With respect to the advanced Zr alloy HiFi, it was confirmed that HiFi retained high corrosion resistance and showed low hydrogen pick up and good mechanical properties after six cycles of irradiation. Regarding the high burnup fuel behavior, it was confirmed that the thermal behavior of the fuel, such as pellet thermal conductivity degradation and fission gas release behavior beyond 80 GWd/t, was stable in the extrapolation range of the burnup fuel behavior between about 60-70 GWd/t. In addition, a fuel performance analysis code developed by NFI was verified to predict the data measured beyond 80 GWd/t well. (author)

  1. Safety analysis of thorium-based fuels in the General Electric Standard BWR

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    A denatured (U-233/Th)O2 fuel assembly has been designed which is energy equivalent to and hardware interchangeable with a modern boiling water reactor (BWR) reference reload assembly. Relative to the reference UO2 fuel, the thorium fuel design shows better performance during normal and transient reactor operation for the BWR/6 product line and will meet or exceed current safety and licensing criteria. Power distributions are flattened and thermal operating margins are increased by reduced steam void reactivity coefficients caused by U-233. However, a (U-233/Th)O2-fueled BWR will likely have reduced operating flexibility. A (U-235/Th)O2-fueled BWR should perform similar to a UO2-fueled BWR under all operating conditions. A (Pu/Th)O2-fueled BWR may have reduced thermal margins and similar accident response and be less stable than a UO2-fueled BWR. The assessment is based on comparisions of point model and infinite lattice predictions of various nuclear reactivity parameters, including void reactivity coefficients, Doppler reactivity coefficients, and control blade worths

  2. Fuel element design handbook

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    Merckx, K.R.

    1958-09-01

    The economic development of nuclear reactors depends upon the integrated progress in the fields of reactor design, fuel element design, reactor operation, and fuel production and separation. Broad criteria, which restrict the fuel element design, are determined by the mutual consideration of the problems encountered in all the above fields. Hence, no stage of reactor design or operation is independent of the fuel element problem, nor can the fuel element designer disregard the interest of any one field. As an introduction to the fuel element design problem, this chapter describes how the general criteria for a fuel element are determined.

  3. BWR Fuel Lattice Design Using an Ant Colony Model

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    Montes, Jose L.; Ortiz, Juan J. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Depto. de Sistemas Nucleares, Carretera Mexico Toluca S/N. La Marquesa Ocoyoacac. 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Francois, Juan L.; Martin-del-Campo, Cecilia [Depto. de Sistemas Energeticos, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532. Jiutepec, Mor. 62550 (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    This paper deals with one of the steps of the nuclear fuel design: the radial fuel lattice design. It can be seen as a combinatorial optimization problem for determining the optimal 2D fuel rods enrichment and gadolinia distribution. In order to solve this optimization problem, the ant colony system technique is proposed. The main idea of the ant colony approach consists of emulating the real ant colony behaviour in their searching for minimum paths between two given points, usually between the nest and a food source. In this case, the environment where the artificial ants move is the space defined by the discrete possible values of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} contents, the U{sup 235} enrichment, and the valid locations inside the 10x10 BWR fuel lattice array. In order to assess any candidate fuel lattice in the optimization process, the HELIOS neutronic transport code is used. The results obtained in the application of the implemented model show that the proposed technique is a powerful tool to tackle this step of the fuel design. (authors)

  4. BWR Fuel Lattice Design Using an Ant Colony Model

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    This paper deals with one of the steps of the nuclear fuel design: the radial fuel lattice design. It can be seen as a combinatorial optimization problem for determining the optimal 2D fuel rods enrichment and gadolinia distribution. In order to solve this optimization problem, the ant colony system technique is proposed. The main idea of the ant colony approach consists of emulating the real ant colony behaviour in their searching for minimum paths between two given points, usually between the nest and a food source. In this case, the environment where the artificial ants move is the space defined by the discrete possible values of Gd2O3 contents, the U235 enrichment, and the valid locations inside the 10x10 BWR fuel lattice array. In order to assess any candidate fuel lattice in the optimization process, the HELIOS neutronic transport code is used. The results obtained in the application of the implemented model show that the proposed technique is a powerful tool to tackle this step of the fuel design. (authors)

  5. Study of behavior on bonding and failure mode of pressurized and doped BWR fuel rod

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    The study of transient behavior on the bonding and the failure mode was made using the pressurized/doped 8 x 8 BWR type fuel rod. The dopant was mullite minerals consisted mainly of silicon and aluminum up to 1.5 w/o. Pressurization of the fuel rod with pure helium was made to the magnitude about 0.6 MPa. As a reference, the non-pressurized/non-doped 8 x 8 BWR fuel rod and the pressurized/7 x 7 BWR fuel rod up to 0.6 MPa were prepared. Magnitude of energy deposition given to the tested fuel rods was 248, 253, and 269 cal/g·fuel, respectively. Obtained results from the pulse irradiation in NSRR are as follows. (1) It was found from the experiment that alternation of the fuel design by the adoption of pressurization up to 0.6 MPa and the use of wider gap up to 0.38 mm could avoid the dopant BWR fuel from the overall bonding. The failure mode of the present dopant fuel was revealed to be the melt combined with rupture. (2) The time of fuel failure of the pressurized/doped 8 x 8 BWR fuel defected by the melt/rupture mode is of order of two times shorter than that of the pressurized/ 7 x 7 BWR defected by the rupture mode. Failure threshold of the pressurized/doped 8 x 8 BWR BWR tended to be lower than that of non-pressurized/non-doped 8 x 8 BWR one. Cracked area of the pressurized/doped 8 x 8 BWR was more wider and magnitude of oxidation at the place is relatively larger than the other tested fuels. (3) Failure mode of the non-pressurized/ 8 x 8 BWR fuel rod was the melt/brittle accompanied with a significant bonding at failed location. While, failure mode of the pressurized/ 7 x 7 BWR fuel rod was the cladding rupture accompanied with a large ballooning. No bonding at failed location of the latter was observed. (author)

  6. Design study of Thorium-232 and Protactinium-231 based fuel for long life BWR

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    Trianti, N.; Su'ud, Z.; Riyana, E. S.

    2012-06-01

    A preliminary design study for the utilization of thorium added with 231Pa based fuel on BWR type reactor has been performed. In the previous research utilization of fuel based Thorium-232 and Uranium-233 show 10 years operation time with maximum excess-reactivity about 4.075% dk/k. To increase reactor operation time and reduce excess-reactivity below 1% dk/k, Protactinium (Pa-231) is used as Burnable Poison. Protactinium-231 has very interesting neutronic properties, which enable the core to reduce initial excess-reactivity and simultaneously increase production of 233U to 231Pa in burn-up process. Optimizations of the content of 231Pa in the core enables the BWR core to sustain long period of operation time with reasonable burn-up reactivity swing. Based on the optimization of fuel element composition (Th and Pa) in various moderation ratio we can get reactor core with longer operation time, 20 ˜ 30 years operation without fuel shuffling or refuelling, with average power densities maximum of about 35 watt/cc, and maximum excess-reactivity 0.56% dk/k.

  7. An intelligent spent fuel database for BWR fuels

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    The present aim is to establish an intelligent database of Spent Fuel Data (including physical fuel data and reactor operating history information) to support burnup credit analyses for Boiling Water Reactor Fuel. At a later date, information of Pressurized Water Reactor Fuel and existing Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) data for benchmarking fuel composition calculations may be integrated into the database. (author)

  8. Nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    An improved nuclear power reactor fuel element is described which consists of fuel rods, rod guide tubes and an end plate. The system allows direct access to an end of each fuel rod for inspection purposes. (U.K.)

  9. Artificial intelligence applied to fuel management in BWR type reactors

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    In this work two techniques of artificial intelligence, neural networks and genetic algorithms were applied to a practical problem of nuclear fuel management; the determination of the optimal fuel reload for a BWR type reactor. This is an important problem in the design of the operation cycle of the reactor. As a result of the application of these techniques, comparable or even better reloads proposals than those given by expert companies in the subject were obtained. Additionally, two other simpler problems in reactor physics were solved: the determination of the axial power profile and the prediction of the value of some variables of interest at the end of the operation cycle of the reactor. Neural networks and genetic algorithms have been applied to solve many problems of engineering because of their versatility but they have been rarely used in the area of fuel management. The results obtained in this thesis indicates the convenience of undertaking further work on this area and suggest the application of these techniques of artificial intelligence to the solution of other problems in nuclear reactor physics. (Author)

  10. Design and axial optimization of nuclear fuel for BWR reactors

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    In the present thesis, the modifications made to the axial optimization system based on Tabu Search (BT) for the axial design of BWR fuel type are presented, developed previously in the Nuclear Engineering Group of the UNAM Engineering Faculty. With the modifications what is mainly looked is to consider the particular characteristics of the mechanical design of the GE12 fuel type, used at the moment in the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central (CNLV) and that it considers the fuel bars of partial longitude. The information obtained in this thesis will allow to plan nuclear fuel reloads with the best conditions to operate in a certain cycle guaranteeing a better yield and use in the fuel burnt, additionally people in charge in the reload planning will be favored with the changes carried out to the system for the design and axial optimization of nuclear fuel, which facilitate their handling and it reduces their execution time. This thesis this developed in five chapters that are understood in the following way in general: Chapter 1: It approaches the basic concepts of the nuclear energy, it describes the physical and chemical composition of the atoms as well as that of the uranium isotopes, the handling of the uranium isotope by means of the nuclear fission until arriving to the operation of the nuclear reactors. Chapter 2: The nuclear fuel cycle is described, the methods for its extraction, its conversion and its enrichment to arrive to the stages of the nuclear fuel management used in the reactors are described. Beginning by the radial design, the axial design and the core design of the nuclear reactor related with the fuel assemblies design. Chapter 3: the optimization methods of nuclear fuel previously used are exposed among those that are: the genetic algorithms method, the search methods based on heuristic rules and the application of the tabu search method, which was used for the development of this thesis. Chapter 4: In this part the used methodology to the

  11. Measurement of pressure drops in prototypic BWR and PWR fuel assemblies in the laminar regime - Pressure drop measurement of laminar air flow in prototypic BWR and PWR fuel assemblies

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    BWR tube bundle are partial length leaving significantly greater flow area in the top third of the bundle. With fewer grid spacers and expanded flow area in upper bundle, the BWR assembly exhibited less flow resistance at a given Reynolds number compared to the PWR assembly when located in a storage cell analogous to the BWR canister. This PWR storage cell was smaller than any used commercially in spent fuel pools or dry storage casks. When the PWR assembly was tested inside of storage cell sizes that spanned pool and cask cells available in industry, the flow resistance at a given Reynolds number was equivalent or less than that exhibited by the BWR assembly. These measurements should prove useful in independently validating CFD results or constructing numerically equivalent flow elements for use in fuel modeling efforts. (authors)

  12. Calibration of the TVO spent BWR reference fuel assembly

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    In 1989 the Support Programmes of Finland (FSP) and Sweden (SSP) initiated a joint task to cross calibrate the burnup of the IAEA spent BWR reference fuel assembly at the TVO AFR storage facility (TVO KPA-STORE) in Finland. The reference assembly, kept separately under the IAEA seal, is used for verification measurements of spent fuel by GBUV method (SG-NDA-38). The cross calibration was performed by establishing a calibration curve, 244Cm neutron rate versus burnup, using passive neutron assay (PNA) measurements. The declared burnup of the reference assembly was compared with the burnup value deduced from the calibration curve. A calibration line was also established by using the GBUV method with the aid of high resolution gamma ray spectrometry (HRGS). Normalization between the two different facilities was performed using sealed neutron and gamma calibration sources. The results of the passive neutron assay show consistency, better than 1 %, between the declared mean burnup of the reference assembly and the burnup deduced from the calibration curve. The corresponding consistency is within +-2 % for the HRGS measurements

  13. Spent fuel from the Finnish Triga research reactor in the surroundings of BWR spent fuel final disposal repository. Safety assessment and comparison to the risks of the BWR fuel

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    The Finnish Triga reactor, a 250 kW research reactor, has been in operation since 1962. According to the current operating license of our reactor we have to achieve a binding agreement between our Research Centre and the domestic Nuclear Power Companies about the possibility to use the Olkiluoto final disposal facility for our spent fuel. Naturally there is also the possibility to make an agreement with USDOE about the return of our spent fuel back to USA. In case of the domestic final disposal solution the main safety aspects, which have to be analyzed and compared to the spent fuel coming from the nuclear power plants, are the criticality safety, the solubility of the fuel (UZrHx) to water and the existence of some moving and long-lived radioactive isotopes. The criticality safety calculations show that it is possible to load safely all the TRIGA fuel elements in one heavy final disposal canister. A simple safety analysis for the Triga fuel has been carried out in order to evaluate the long term risks of the final disposal. For the analysis a few scenarios from the TILA-99 safety assessment have been chosen. These scenarios will give a good picture of the potential risk of disposed Triga fuel compared to BWR fuel. TILA-99 safety assessment includes about 100 calculated different scenarios for the spent fuel so it's not reasonable to calculate them all for the Triga fuel. The main result is that the risks from the final disposal of Triga fuel are minor compared to BWR mainly due to smaller activity inventories. (author)

  14. Radial optimization of a BWR fuel cell using genetic algorithms

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    The development of the application of the Genetic Algorithms (GA) to the optimization of the radial distribution of enrichment in a cell of fuel of a BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) is presented. The optimization process it was ties to the HELIOS simulator, which is a transport code of neutron simulation of fuel cells that has been validated for the calculation of nuclear banks for BWRs. With heterogeneous radial designs can improve the radial distribution of the power, for what the radial design of fuel has a strong influence in the global design of fuel recharges. The optimum radial distribution of fuel bars is looked for with different enrichments of U235 and contents of consumable poison. For it is necessary to define the representation of the solution, the objective function and the implementation of the specific optimization process to the solution of the problem. The optimization process it was coded in 'C' language, it was automated the creation of the entrances to the simulator, the execution of the simulator and the extraction, in the exit of the simulator, of the parameters that intervene in the objective function. The objective function includes four parameters: average enrichment of the cell, average gadolinia concentration of the cell, peak factor of radial power and k-infinite multiplication factor. To be able to calculate the parameters that intervene in the objective function, the one evaluation process of GA was ties to the HELIOS code executed in a Compaq Alpha workstation. It was applied to the design of a fuel cell of 10 x 10 that it can be employee in the fuel assemble designs that are used at the moment in the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central. Its were considered 10 different fuel compositions which four contain gadolinia. Three heuristic rules that consist in prohibiting the placement of bars with gadolinia in the ends of the cell, to place the compositions with the smallest enrichment in the corners of the cell and to fix the placement of

  15. NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL ELEMENT

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    Wheelock, C.W.; Baumeister, E.B.

    1961-09-01

    A reactor fuel element utilizing fissionable fuel materials in plate form is described. This fuel element consists of bundles of fuel-bearing plates. The bundles are stacked inside of a tube which forms the shell of the fuel element. The plates each have longitudinal fins running parallel to the direction of coolant flow, and interspersed among and parallel to the fins are ribs which position the plates relative to each other and to the fuel element shell. The plate bundles are held together by thin bands or wires. The ex tended surface increases the heat transfer capabilities of a fuel element by a factor of 3 or more over those of a simple flat plate.

  16. Validation of SCALE (SAS2H) Isotopic Predictions for BWR Spent Fuel

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    Hermann, O.W.

    1998-01-01

    Thirty spent fuel samples obtained from boiling-water-reactor (BWR) fuel pins have been modeled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the SAS2H sequence of the SCALE code system. The SAS2H sequence uses transport methods combined with the depletion and decay capabilities of the ORIGEN-S code to estimate the isotopic composition of fuel as a function of its burnup history. Results of these calculations are compared with chemical assay measurements of spent fuel inventories for each sample. Results show reasonable agreement between measured and predicted isotopic concentrations for important actinides; however, little data are available for most fission products considered to be important for spent fuel concerns (e.g., burnup credit, shielding, source-term calculations, etc.). This work is a follow-up to earlier works that studied the ability to predict spent fuel compositions in pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) fuel pins. Biases and uncertainties associated with BWR isotopic predictions are found to be larger than those of PWR calculations. Such behavior is expected, as the operation of a BWR is significantly more complex than that of a PWR plant, and in general the design of a BWR has a more heterogeneous configuration than that of a PWR. Nevertheless, this work shows that the simple models employed using SAS2H to represent such complexities result in agreement to within 5% (and often less than 1%) or less for most nuclides important for spent fuel applications. On the other hand, however, the set of fuel samples analyzed represent a small subset of the BWR fuel population, and results reported herein may not be representative of the full population of BWR spent fuel.

  17. Nuclear fuel element

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    Purpose: To reduce the probability of stress corrosion cracks in a zirconium alloy fuel can even when tensile stresses are resulted to the fuel can. Constitution: Sintered nuclear fuel pellets composed of uranium dioxide or a solid solution of gadolinium as a burnable poison in uranium dioxide are charged in a tightly sealed zirconium alloy fuel can. The nuclear fuel pellets for the nuclear fuel element are heat-treated in a gas mixture of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Further, a charging gas containing a mixture of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide is charged within a zirconium alloy fuel can packed with the nuclear fuel pellets and tightly sealed. (Aizawa, K.)

  18. Behavior of small-sized BWR fuel under reactivity initiated accident conditions

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    The present work was performed on this small-sized BWR fuel, where Zr liner and rod prepressurization were taken as experimental parameters. Experiment was done under simulated reactivity initiated accident (RIA) conditions at Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) belonged to Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). Major remarks obtained are as follows: (1) Three different types of the fuel rods consisted of (a) Zr lined/pressurized (0.65MPa), (b) Zr lined/non-pressurized and (c) non-Zr lined/pressurized (o.65MPa) were used, respectively. Failure thresholds of these were not less than that (260 cal/g·fuel) described in Japanese RIA Licensing Guideline. Small-sized BWR and conventional 8 x 8 BWR fuels were considered to be in almost the same level in failure threshold. Failure modes of the three were (a) cladding melt/brittle, (b) cladding melt/brittle and (c) rupture by large ballooning, respectively. (2) The magnitude of pressure pulse at fuel fragmentation was also studied by lined/pressurized and non-lined/pressurized fuels. Above the energy deposition of 370 cal/g·fuel, mechanical energy (or pressure) was found to be released from these fragmented fuels. No measurable difference was, however, observed between the tested fuels and NSRR standard (and conventional 8 x 8 BWR) fuels. (3) It is worthy of mentioning that Zr liner tended to prevent the cladding from large ballooning. Non-lined/pressurized fuel tended to cause wrinkle deformation at cladding. Hence, cladding external was notched much by the wrinkles. (4) Time to fuel failure measured from the tested BWR fuels (pressurization < 0.6MPA) was longer than that measured from PWR fuels (pressurization < 3.2MPa). The magnitude of the former was of the order of 3 ∼ 6s, while that of the latter was < 1s. (J.P.N.)

  19. Implement of MOX fuel assemblies in the design of the fuel reload for a BWR

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    At the present time the use of mixed oxides as nuclear fuel is a technology that has been implemented in mixed reloads of fuel for light water reactors. Due to the plutonium production in power reactors, is necessary to realize a study that presents the plutonium use like nuclear fuel. In this work a study is presented that has been carried out on the design of a fuel assembly with MOX to be proposed in the supply of a fuel reload. The fissile relationship of uranium to plutonium is presented for the design of the MOX assembly starting from plutonium recovered in the reprocessing of spent fuel and the comparison of the behavior of the infinite multiplication factor is presented and of the local power peak factor, parameters of great importance in the fuel assemblies design. The study object is a fuel assembly 10 x 10 GNF2 type for a boiling water reactor. The design of the fuel reload pattern giving fuel assemblies with MOX, so the comparison of the behavior of the stop margin for a fuel reload with UO2 and a mixed reload, implementing 12 and 16 fuel assemblies with MOX are presented. The results show that the implement of fuel assemblies with MOX in a BWR is possible, but this type of fuels creates new problems that are necessary to study with more detail. In the development of this work the calculus tools were the codes: INTREPIN-3, CASMO-4, CMSLINK and SIMULATE-3. (Author)

  20. Evaluation of thermal, mechanical and fission gas release behavior for BWR fuel rods with Teto

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    A computer code (TETO) was developed to carry out thermal-mechanical analysis and fission gas release in fuel rod elements of the BWR type. This program was especially designed for use in the simulations made with the Fuel Management System (FMS) from Scandpower. Using experimental correlations this code models the phenomena of swelling, fission gas release and fracture for fuel pellets and cladding that can occur during irradiation cycles. This code differs from other programs in that it uses a simplified model to obtain the temperature profile along the cooling channel with the supposition that there exists a two-phase flow. This profile is used to determine the radial temperature distribution. The code calculates the axial and radial temperature distributions along the fuel rod at half the distance of the pellet's length; in other words there are as many axial points as pellets. Also, the program models the experimental correlation for swelling and fission gas releases and performs a thermal-elastic analysis for fuel pellets and cladding. (author)

  1. Operation and fuel design strategies to minimise degradation of failed BWR fuel

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    Degradation of failed fuel may result in forced shutdown of the reactor to extract the failed fuel. If this occurs during a time when the price of electricity is high, the cost for this forced shutdown may be very costly. The objective of this paper is to point out the impact of fuel design and also operation strategy on the tendency of failed fuel degradation. The following number of items are discussed in the paper: Failure causes: The dominating causes are debris fretting, PCI and crud/water chemistry related defects. It is recommended to adopt the goal, maximum one defect per year per million rods in the core and to achieve the zero-failure goal for PCI. Models for secondary failure development: Two different secondary degradation scenarios can develop, circumferential cracks or breaks and axial cracks. Models for describing the propagation of secondary defects are given and discussed. The secondary degradation tendency can be delayed and minimized by using fuel cladding with improved corrosion resistance such as cladding with large secondary phase particles and high iron content in the liner layer. Also, the spacer design has a large impact on the tendency for transversal break formation. A spacer that catches the debris at the lower part of the fuel assembly will reduce the risk of getting transversal breaks. On the other hand a spacer that catches the debris in the upper part of the fuel assembly will result in a significant risk of developing transversal breaks in low and intermediate burnup fuel. A new model for data analyses - BwrFuelRelease: A new model, BwrFuelRelease, is presented. This model is an efficient tool for analyses of measured off-gas and reactor water data. The model can replace all currently used methods for analyses of fuel failures. By this model it is possible to detect very small defects, to quantify with high precision the amount of Fissile materials on the core surfaces during operation both with non-defected core and during

  2. Advanced sipping facilities for fuel elements

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    The sipping facilities for BWR type plants and PWR type plants of the Russian type WWER-440 are equipped with a bell instead of caps, which is used above the opened reactor, moved by the fuel handling machine, and covers up to eight fuel elements in the core during inspection. In all sipping facilities, the complete inspection sequence is controlled by a desk switchboard near the fuel element storage pool or the reactor well. Siemens' sipping facilities are used in all Siemens-built nuclear power plants and in many others by different manufacturers. Part of them has been in operation already for more than 20 years with a high degree of reliability. Inspection safety is more than 99.5%. (orig./DG)

  3. Development of neural network for analysis of local power distributions in BWR fuel bundles

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    A neural network model has been developed to learn the local power distributions in a BWR fuel bundle. A two layers neural network with total 128 elements is used for this model. The neural network learns 33 cases of local power peaking factors of fuel rods with given enrichment distribution as the teacher signals, which were calculated by a fuel bundle nuclear analysis code based on precise physical models. This neural network model studied well the teacher signals within 1 % error. It is also able to calculate the local power distributions within several % error for the different enrichment distributions from the teacher signals when the average enrichment is close to 2 %. This neural network is simple and the computing speed of this model is 300 times faster than that of the precise nuclear analysis code. This model was applied to survey the enrichment distribution to meet a target local power distribution in a fuel bundle, and the enrichment distribution with flat power shape are obtained within short computing time. (author)

  4. Basic evaluation on nuclear characteristics of BWR high burnup MOX fuel and core

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    MOX fuel will be used in existing commercial BWR cores as a part of reload fuels with equivalent operability, safety and economy to UO2 fuel in Japan. The design concept should be compatible with UO2 fuel design. High burnup UO2 fuels are being developed and commercialized step by step. The MOX fuel planned to be introduced in around year 2000 will use the same hardware as UO2 8 x 8 array fuel developed for a second step of UO2 high burnup fuel. The target discharge exposure of this MOX fuel is about 33 GWd/t. And the loading fraction of MOX fuel is approximately one-third in an equilibrium core. On the other hand, it becomes necessary to minimize a number of MOX fuels and plants utilizing MOX fuel, mainly due to the fuel economy, handling cost and inspection cost in site. For the above reasons, it needed to developed a high burnup MOX fuel containing much Pu and a core with a large amount of MOX fuels. The purpose of this study is to evaluate basic nuclear fuel and core characteristics of BWR high burnup MOX fuel with batch average exposure of about 39.5 GWd/t using 9 x 9 array fuel. The loading fraction of MOX fuel in the core is within a range of about 50% to 100%. Also the influence of Pu isotopic composition fluctuations and Pu-241 decay upon nuclear characteristics are studied. (author). 3 refs, 5 figs, 3 tabs

  5. Validation of BWR advanced core and fuel nuclear designs with power reactor measurements

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    Power reactor measurements have been important in validating the reliability, performance characteristics and economics of BWR advanced core and fuel designs. Such measurements go beyond the data obtainable from normal reactor operation and provide detailed benchmark data necessary to verify design and licensing computer design and simulation models. In some cases, such as in the validation of the performance of zirconium barrier pellet-cladding-interaction (PCI) resistant cladding, the BWR power reactor measurements have subjected the advanced fuel design to operating conditions more severe than normal operating conditions, thereby providing nuclear-thermal-mechanical-corrosion performance data for accelerated or extended conditions of operation. In some cases destructive measurements have been carried out on BWR power reactor fuel to provide microscopic and macroscopic data of importance in validating design and licensing analysis methods. There is not uniform agreement among core and fuel designers on the needs for special power reactor core and fuel measurements for validation of advanced designs. The General Electric approach has been to error on the side of extensive, detailed measurements so as to assure reliable performance licensing and economic design and predictive capability. This paper is a summary of some of the validative power reactor measurements that have been carried out on advanced BWR core and fuel designs. Some comparisons of predictions with the data are summarized

  6. Revaluation on measured burnup values of fuel assemblies by post-irradiation experiments at BWR plants

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    Fuel composition data for 8x8 UO2, Tsuruga MOX and 9x9-A type UO2 fuel assemblies irradiated in BWR plants were measured. Burnup values for measured fuels based on Nd-148 method were revaluated. In this report, Nd-148 fission yield and energy per fission obtained by burnup analyses for measured fuels were applied and fuel composition data for the measured fuel assemblies were revised. Furthermore, the adequacies of revaluated burnup values were verified through the comparison with burnup values calculated by the burnup analyses for the measured fuel assemblies. (author)

  7. Proving test on thermal-hydraulic performance of BWR fuel assemblies

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    Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPEC) has conducted a proving test for thermal-hydraulic performance of BWR fuel (high-burnup 8 x 8, 9 x 9) assemblies entrusted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (NUPEC-TH-B Project). The high-burnup 8 x 8 fuel (average fuel assembly discharge burnup: about 39.5 GWd/t), has been utilized from 1991. And the 9 x 9 fuel (average fuel assembly discharge burnup: about 45 GWd/t), has started to be used since 1999. There are two types (A-type and B-type) of fuel design in 9 x 9 fuel assembly. Using an electrically heated test assembly which simulated a BWR fuel bundle on full scale, flow induced vibration, pressure drop, critical power under steady state condition and post-boiling transition (post-BT) tests were carried out in an out-of pile test facility that can simulate the high pressure and high temperature conditions of BWRs. This paper completed the results of 9 x 9 fuel combined with the previously reported results of high-burnup 8 x 8 fuel. As a result of NUPEC-TH-B Project, the validity of the current BWR thermal-hydraulic design method was confirmed and the reliability of BWR thermo-hydraulic fuel performance was demonstrated. Based on the test data, a new correlation of the estimation of fuel rod vibration amplitude, new post-BT heat transfer and rewet correlations for the estimation of fuel rod surface temperature were developed. (author)

  8. Nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    A nuclear reactor fuel element comprising a column of vibration compacted fuel which is retained in consolidated condition by a thimble shaped plug. The plug is wedged into gripping engagement with the wall of the sheath by a wedge. The wedge material has a lower coefficient of expansion than the sheath material so that at reactor operating temperature the retainer can relax sufficient to accommodate thermal expansion of the column of fuel. (author)

  9. BWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Interfacial Bonding Efficiency Study

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    Wang, Jy-An John [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jiang, Hao [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-04-30

    The objective of this project is to perform a systematic study of spent nuclear fuel (SNF, also known as “used nuclear fuel” [UNF]) integrity under simulated transportation environments using the Cyclic Integrated Reversible-Bending Fatigue Tester (CIRFT) hot-cell testing technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2013. Under Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sponsorship, ORNL completed four benchmark tests, four static tests, and twelve dynamic or cycle tests on H. B. Robinson (HBR) high burn-up (HBU) fuel. The clad of the HBR fuels was made of Zircaloy-4. Testing was continued in fiscal year (FY) 2014 using Department of Energy (DOE) funds. Additional CIRFT testing was conducted on three HBR rods; two specimens failed, and one specimen was tested to over 2.23 × 107 cycles without failing. The data analysis on all the HBR SNF rods demonstrated that it is necessary to characterize the fatigue life of the SNF rods in terms of (1) the curvature amplitude and (2) the maximum absolute of curvature extremes. The maximum extremes are significant because they signify the maximum tensile stress for the outer fiber of the bending rod. CIRFT testing has also addressed a large variation in hydrogen content on the HBR rods. While the load amplitude is the dominant factor that controls the fatigue life of bending rods, the hydrogen content also has an important effect on the lifetime attained at each load range tested. In FY 15, eleven SNF rod segments from the Limerick BWR were tested using the ORNL CIRFT equipment; one test under static conditions and ten tests under dynamic loading conditions. Under static unidirectional loading, a moment of 85 N·m was obtained at a maximum curvature of 4.0 m-1. The specimen did not show any sign of failure during three repeated loading cycles to a similar maximum curvature. Ten cyclic tests were conducted with amplitudes varying from 15.2 to 7.1 N·m. Failure was observed in nine of

  10. Investigation of the load change behaviour of PWR- and BWR fuel rods at positive power ramps

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    The following irradiation experiments have been performed to determine the operational behaviour of fuel rods in LWR during power ramps: a) power ramp experiment in the nuclear power plant of Obrigheim (KWO) with 6 PWR test fuel rods at a burnup of about 14 MWd/kgU. No fuel rod defects have been found. b) preirradiation of 45 segmented fuel rods in KWO and of 8 segmented fuel rods in the reactor of Wuergassen; the preirradiated segments will be ramped at HFR Petten. c) power ramp experiments at HBWR with 8 BWR test fuel rods at burnups of 4-14 MWd/kgU; ramping caused no defects. (orig.)

  11. Supercell burnup model for the physics design of BWR fuel assemblies

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    A code called SUPERB has been developed for the BWR fuel assembly burnup analyses using supercell model. Each of the characteristic heterogeneities of a BWR fuel assembly like water gap, poisoned pins, control blade etc., is treated by invoking appropriate supercell concept. The burnup model of SUPERB is so devised as to strike a balance between accuracy and speed. This is achieved by building isotopic densities in each fuel pin separately while the depletion equations are solved only in a few groups of pins or burnup zones and the multigroup neutron spectra are differentiated in fewer group of pincell types. Multiple fuel ring burnup is considered only for Gd isotopes. A special empirical formula allows the microscopic cross section of Gd isotopes to be varied even during burnup integration. The supercell model has been tested against Monte Carlo results for the fresh cold clean Tarapur fuel assembly with two Gd fuel pins. The burnup model of SUPERB has been validated against one of the most sophisticated codes LWR-WIMS for a benchmark problem involving all the complexities of a BWR fuel assembly. The agreement of SUPERB results with both Monte Carlo and LWR-WIMS results is found to be excellent. (auth.)

  12. Fuel Element Technical Manual

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    Burley, H.H. [ed.

    1956-08-01

    It is the purpose of the Fuel Element Technical Manual to Provide a single document describing the fabrication processes used in the manufacture of the fuel element as well as the technical bases for these processes. The manual will be instrumental in the indoctrination of personnel new to the field and will provide a single data reference for all personnel involved in the design or manufacture of the fuel element. The material contained in this manual was assembled by members of the Engineering Department and the Manufacturing Department at the Hanford Atomic Products Operation between the dates October, 1955 and June, 1956. Arrangement of the manual. The manual is divided into six parts: Part I--introduction; Part II--technical bases; Part III--process; Part IV--plant and equipment; Part V--process control and improvement; and VI--safety.

  13. Nuclear reactor fuel element

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    The grid-shaped spacer for PWR fuel elements consists of flat, upright metal bars at right angles to the fuel rods. In one corner of a grid mesh it has a spring with two end parts for the fuel rod. The cut-outs for the end parts start from an end edge of the metal bar parallel to the fuel rods. The transverse metal bar is one of four outer metal bars. Both end parts of the spring have an extension parallel to this outer metal arm, which grips a grid mesh adjacent to this grid mesh at the side in one corner of the spacer and forms an end part of a spring for the fuel rod there on the inside of the outer metal bar. (HP)

  14. High fidelity analysis of BWR fuel assembly with COBRA-TF/PARCS and trace codes

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    The growing importance of detailed reactor core and fuel assembly description for light water reactors (LWRs) as well as the sub-channel safety analysis requires high fidelity models and coupled neutronic/thermalhydraulic codes. Hand in hand with advances in the computer technology, the nuclear safety analysis is beginning to use a more detailed thermal hydraulics and neutronics. Previously, a PWR core and a 16 by 16 fuel assembly models were developed to test and validate our COBRA-TF/PARCS v2.7 (CTF/PARCS) coupled code. In this work, a comparison of the modeling and simulation advantages and disadvantages of modern 10 by 10 BWR fuel assembly with CTF/PARCS and TRACE codes has been done. The objective of the comparison is making known the main advantages of using the sub-channel codes to perform high resolution nuclear safety analysis. The sub-channel codes, like CTF, permits obtain accurate predictions, in two flow regime, of the thermalhydraulic parameters important to safety with high local resolution. The modeled BWR fuel assembly has 91 fuel rods (81 full length and 10 partial length fuel rods) and a big square central water rod. This assembly has been modeled with high level of detail with CTF code and using the BWR modeling parameters provided by TRACE. The same neutronic PARCS's model has been used for the simulation with both codes. To compare the codes a coupled steady state has be performed. (author)

  15. LOAD-CHECK. Disposal planning for LWR fuel elements

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    With the changes of the German atomic law from November 8, 2011 the operation licensing of LWR plants expire latest 2022, for eight NPPs the operation licenses are already expired. In order to optimize the fuel element management in the still operated but also in the decommissioned nuclear power plants the computer code module LOAD-CHECK was developed. LOAD-CHECK allows the foresight container planning for an optimized schedule and the container amount for loading campaigns esp. in case of the disposal of special fuel elements (MOX fuel elements or high-burnup fuel elements). The program can also be used a s tool for development of transport licensing and storage licensing according of CASTOR registered V casks. In the contribution the LOAD-CHECK program for the PWR and BWR fuel element disposal management in CASTOR registered B casks is presented.

  16. Fuel performance annual report for 1981. [PWR; BWR

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    Bailey, W.J.; Tokar, M.

    1982-12-01

    This annual report, the fourth in a series, provides a brief description of fuel performance during 1981 in commercial nuclear power plants. Brief summaries of fuel operating experience, fuel problems, fuel design changes and fuel surveillance programs, and high-burnup fuel experience are provided. References to additional, more detailed information and related NRC evaluations are included.

  17. Design and axial optimization of nuclear fuel for BWR reactors; Diseno y optimizacion axial de combustible nuclear para reactores BWR

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    Garcia V, M.A

    2006-07-01

    In the present thesis, the modifications made to the axial optimization system based on Tabu Search (BT) for the axial design of BWR fuel type are presented, developed previously in the Nuclear Engineering Group of the UNAM Engineering Faculty. With the modifications what is mainly looked is to consider the particular characteristics of the mechanical design of the GE12 fuel type, used at the moment in the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central (CNLV) and that it considers the fuel bars of partial longitude. The information obtained in this thesis will allow to plan nuclear fuel reloads with the best conditions to operate in a certain cycle guaranteeing a better yield and use in the fuel burnt, additionally people in charge in the reload planning will be favored with the changes carried out to the system for the design and axial optimization of nuclear fuel, which facilitate their handling and it reduces their execution time. This thesis this developed in five chapters that are understood in the following way in general: Chapter 1: It approaches the basic concepts of the nuclear energy, it describes the physical and chemical composition of the atoms as well as that of the uranium isotopes, the handling of the uranium isotope by means of the nuclear fission until arriving to the operation of the nuclear reactors. Chapter 2: The nuclear fuel cycle is described, the methods for its extraction, its conversion and its enrichment to arrive to the stages of the nuclear fuel management used in the reactors are described. Beginning by the radial design, the axial design and the core design of the nuclear reactor related with the fuel assemblies design. Chapter 3: the optimization methods of nuclear fuel previously used are exposed among those that are: the genetic algorithms method, the search methods based on heuristic rules and the application of the tabu search method, which was used for the development of this thesis. Chapter 4: In this part the used methodology to the

  18. Neutron induced activity in fuel element components

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    A thorough investigation of the importance of various nuclides in neutron-induced radioactivity from fuel element construction materials has been carried out for both BWR and PWR fuel assemblies. The calculations were performed with the ORIGEN computer code. The investigation was directed towards the final storage of the assembly components and special emphasis was put to the examination of the sources of carbon-14, cobalt-60, nickel-59, nickel-63 and zirconium-93/niobium-93m. It is demonstrated that the nuclides nickel-59, in Inconel and stainless steel, and zirconium-93/niobium-93m, in Zircaloy, are the ones which constitute the very long term radiotoxic hazard of the irradiated materials. (author)

  19. Critical experiments for BWR fuel assemblies with cluster of gadolinia rods

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    Gadolinia-bearing fuel rods are needed for high-burnup fuels. Strong neutron absorption of gadolinia makes an assembly heterogeneous from the viewpoint of reactor physics. The cluster of gadolinia-bearing fuel rods is useful for higher-burnup fuels than current fuels. Few critical experiments have been reported for fuel assemblies with the cluster of gadolinia-bearing fuel rods. We conducted critical experiments for BWR fuel assemblies with the cluster of gadolinia-bearing fuel rods in the Toshiba Nuclear Critical Assembly (NCA). Critical water level and power distribution were measured. Measurements were compared with analyses by a continuous-energy Monte Carlo code, MCNP, with the JENDL3.3 nuclear data library. (author)

  20. Nuclear fuel element cladding

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    Composite cladding for a nuclear fuel element containing fuel pellets is formed with a zirconium metal barrier layer bonded to the inside surface of a zirconium alloy tube. The composite tube is sized by a cold working tube reduction process and is heat treated after final reduction to provide complete recrystallization of the zirconium metal barrier layer and a fine-grained microstructure. The zirconium alloy tube is stress-relieved but is not fully recrystallized. The crystallographic structure of the zirconium metal barrier layer may be improved by compressive deformation such as shot-peening. (author)

  1. Preliminary design study of small long life boiling water reactor (BWR) with tight lattice thorium nitride fuel

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    Trianti, Nuri; Su'ud, Zaki; Arif, Idam; Riyana, EkaSapta

    2014-09-01

    Neutronic performance of small long-life boiling water reactors (BWR) with thorium nitride based fuel has been performed. A recent study conducted on BWR in tight lattice environments (with a lower moderator percentage) produces small power reactor which has some specifications, i.e. 10 years operation time, power density of 19.1 watt/cc and maximum excess reactivity of about 4%. This excess reactivity value is smaller than standard reactivity of conventional BWR. The use of hexagonal geometry on the fuel cell of BWR provides a substantial effect on the criticality of the reactor to obtain a longer operating time. Supported by a tight concept lattice where the volume fraction of the fuel is greater than the moderator and fuel, Thorium Nitride give good results for fuel cell design on small long life BWR. The excess reactivity of the reactor can be reduced with the addition of gadolinium as burnable poisons. Therefore the hexagonal tight lattice fuel cell design of small long life BWR that has a criticality more than 20 years of operating time has been obtained.

  2. Preliminary design study of small long life boiling water reactor (BWR) with tight lattice thorium nitride fuel

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    Neutronic performance of small long-life boiling water reactors (BWR) with thorium nitride based fuel has been performed. A recent study conducted on BWR in tight lattice environments (with a lower moderator percentage) produces small power reactor which has some specifications, i.e. 10 years operation time, power density of 19.1 watt/cc and maximum excess reactivity of about 4%. This excess reactivity value is smaller than standard reactivity of conventional BWR. The use of hexagonal geometry on the fuel cell of BWR provides a substantial effect on the criticality of the reactor to obtain a longer operating time. Supported by a tight concept lattice where the volume fraction of the fuel is greater than the moderator and fuel, Thorium Nitride give good results for fuel cell design on small long life BWR. The excess reactivity of the reactor can be reduced with the addition of gadolinium as burnable poisons. Therefore the hexagonal tight lattice fuel cell design of small long life BWR that has a criticality more than 20 years of operating time has been obtained

  3. Estimation of the coolant flow through a natural circulation BWR fuel channel applying and equivalent electrical model

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    This work presents the design and implementation of an advanced controller for a reduced order model of a BWR reactor core cooled by natural circulating water, which allows real time estimates of coolant flows through fuel assemblies about standard neutron flux strings. Nuclear power plants with boiling water reactors control individual fuel assembly coolant flows by forced circulation using external or internal water pumps and different core support plate orifices. These two elements reduce flow dependency on local channel pressure drops. In BWR reactors using only natural circulation coolant flows, these two elements are not available and therefore individual channel coolant flows are highly dependent in local conditions, such as power distributions and local pressure drops. Therefore it is expected that grater uncertainties in these variables be used during safety, fuel management and other analysis, which in turns may lead to increased operation penalties, such as tighter operating limits. The objective of this work is to asses by computer simulations means to reduce uncertainties in the measurement of fuel assembly coolant flows and eventually the associated penalties. During coolant phase transitions, pressure drops and local power may alter local natural circulation through fuel assemblies and flow estimates can be helped or not by control rod moves. This work presents the construction of an optimal controller for a core flow estimator based on a reduced order model of the coolant going though the reactor vessel components and nuclear core. This model is to be driven by plant signals from standard BWR instrumentation in order to estimate the coolant flows in selected fuel assemblies about a LPRM string. For this purpose an equivalent electrical model has been mathematically developed and numerically tested. The power-flow maps of typical BRW are used as steady state references for this equivalent model. Once these were fully reproduced for steady state

  4. Droplet entrainment and deposition rate models for determination of boiling transition in BWR fuel assembly

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    Droplet entrainment and deposition rates are of vital importance for mechanistic determination of critical power and location of boiling transition in a BWR fuel assembly. Data from high-pressure, high-temperature steam-water adiabatic experiments conducted in very tall test sections are used to develop a combination of equilibrium entrainment-deposition rate. Application of this combination to the heated tests conducted in a shorter test section of typical height of a BWR fuel assembly shows that correct split of total liquid in form of the film and droplets at the onset of annular-mist flow regime is also important to obtain good prediction of film flow rates/entrainment fraction. The improved model is then applied to simulate critical power tests in annulus and rod bundles. (author)

  5. BWR SFAT, gross-defect verification of spent BWR fuel. Final report on Task FIN A563 on the Finnish Support Programme to IAEA Safeguards including BWR SFAT User Manual

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    A measurement instrument called Spent Fuel Attribute Tester, SFAT, has been designed, fabricated and taken into use by the IAEA in gross defect verification of spent BWR fuel assemblies. The equipment consists of an underwater measurement head connected with cables to a control unit on the bridge of the fuel handling machine as well as to a PMCA for measurement of the gamma spectra. The BWR SFAT is optimized for the AFR interim storage, TVO KPA-STORE, of the TVO Power Company in Olkiluoto, Finland. It has a shape and it is moved like a fuel assembly using the fuel handling machine. No fuel movements are needed. Spent fuel specific radiation from the fission product 137Cs at the gamma-ray energy of 662 keV is detected above the assemblies in the storage rack using a NaI(Tl) detector. In the design and in licensing the requirements of the IAEA, operator and the safety authority have been taken into account. The BWR SFAT allows modifications for other LWR fuel types with minor changes. The work has been carried out under the task FIN A 563 of the Finnish Support Programme to IAEA Safeguards. (orig.) (9 refs., 22 figs.)

  6. Reversible BWR fuel assembly and method of using same

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    A nuclear fuel assembly is described comprising: (a) a flow channel; (b) a lower nozzle assembly structurally attached to the flow channel to form therewith an external envelope; (c) an invertible fuel bundle adapted to be inserted into the envelope, the fuel bundle comprising elongated fuel rods held in a spaced lateral array between top and bottom tie plates. Each of the top and bottom tie plates is substantially identical and has means for supporting the fuel bundle within the envelope in either of two mutually inverted vertical orientations whereby the orientation of the fuel bundle in a flow channel may be reversed during burn-up operation

  7. Effect of bundle size on BWR fuel bundle critical power performance

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    Effect of the bundle size on the BWR fuel bundle critical power performance was studied. For this purpose, critical power tests were conducted with both 6 x 6 (36 heater rods) and 12 x 12 (144 heater rods) size bundles in the GE ATLAS heat transfer test facility located in San Jose, California. All the bundle geometries such as rod diameter, rod pitch and rod space design are the same except size of flow channel. Two types of critical power tests were performed. One is the critical power test with uniform local peaking pattern for direct comparison of the small and large bundle critical power. Other is the critical power test for lattice positions in the bundle. In this test, power of a group of four rods (2 x 2 array) in a lattice region was peaked higher to probe the critical power of that lattice position in the bundle. In addition, the test data were compared to the COBRAG calculations. COBRAG is a detailed subchannel analysis code for BWR fuel bundle developed by GE Nuclear Energy. Based on these comparisons the subchannel model was refined to accurately predict the data obtained in this test program, thus validating the code capability of handling the effects of bundle size on bundle critical power for use in the study of the thermal hydraulic performance of the future advance BWR fuel bundle design. The author describes the experimental portion of the study program

  8. Impact of the moderation ratio over the performance of different BWR fuel assemblies

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    Highlights: • Performance of fuel assemblies is assessed using moderation ratio as a merit figure. • Burnup changes moderation ratio operating conditions for the fuel assembly. • After 30 GWd/MT fuel assemblies are working in the over-moderated region. • For an 18-month cycle discharge fuel assembly burnup is over 40 GWd/MT. • For extended cycles or up-rate conditions use of these FA could result in reduced margins to meet safety constraints. - Abstract: Fuel assembly design plays a very important role in the reactor core performance. A fuel assembly has to be designed to achieve safe and efficient performance during its active life inside the nuclear reactor core. Fuel assemblies are designed to be under-moderated to produce a negative moderator temperature coefficient under all operational circumstances. This study assesses the behavior of the infinite multiplication factor (k∞) as a function of the moderation ratio and its dependence on the burnup, for several BWR fuel assemblies. The results show that the moderation ratio at which the fuel assembly transitions from under-moderated to over-moderated changes through the life of the fuel assembly (i.e. with burnup). This study shows that the fuel assembly designs considered, operate in the over-moderated region for burnups over 30 GWd/MT. In a typical 18-month cycle BWR core, even though the fraction of fuel assemblies with burnups over 40 GWd/MT can reach about 50% at the end of cycle the core still meets safety constraints. However, if the fuel assembly designs used were to experience burnups over 45 GWd/MT, the fraction of fuel assemblies operating in the over-moderated region would be high enough to compromise the safety performance of the core

  9. BWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Integrity Research and Development Survey for UKABWR Spent Fuel Interim Storage

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    utilized or referenced, justification has been provided as to why the data can be utilized for BWR fuel.

  10. BWR Spent Nuclear Fuel Integrity Research and Development Survey for UKABWR Spent Fuel Interim Storage

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    Bevard, Bruce Balkcom [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Mertyurek, Ugur [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Belles, Randy [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Scaglione, John M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    utilized or referenced, justification has been provided as to why the data can be utilized for BWR fuel.

  11. Experience of Areva in fuel services for PWR and BWR

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    AREVA being an integrated supplier of fuel assemblies has included in its strategy to develop services and solutions to customers who desire to improve the performance and safety of their fuel. These services go beyond the simple 'after sale' services that can be expected from a fuel supplier: The portfolio of AREVA includes a wide variety of services, from scientific calculations to fuel handling services in a nuclear power plant. AREVA is committed to collaborate and to propose best-in-class solutions that really make the difference for the customer, based on 40 years of Fuel design and manufacturing experience. (Author)

  12. Investigation of Burnup Credit Issues in BWR Fuel

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    Calculations for long-term-disposal criticality safety of spent nuclear fuel requires the application of burnup credit because of the large mass of fissile material that will be present in the repository. Burnup credit calculations are based on depletion calculations that provide a conservative estimate of spent fuel contents, followed by criticality calculations to assess the value of keff for a spent fuel cask or a fuel configuration under a variety of probabilistically derived events. In order to ensure that the depletion calculation is conservative, it is necessary to both qualify and quantify assumptions that can be made in depletion models used to characterize spent fuel. Most effort in the United States this decade has focused on burnup issues related to pressurized-water reactors. However, requirements for the permanent disposal of fuel from boiling-water reactors has necessitated development of methods for prediction of spent fuel contents for such fuels. Concomitant with such analyses, validation is also necessary. This paper provides a summary of initial efforts at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to better understand and validate spent fuel analyses for boiling-water-reactor fuel

  13. Comparison of metaheuristic optimization techniques for BWR fuel reloads pattern design

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    Highlights: ► This paper shows a performance comparison of several optimization techniques for fuel reload in BWR. ► Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks, Tabu Search and several Ant Algorithms were used. ► All optimization techniques were executed under same conditions: objective function and an equilibrium cycle. ► Fuel bundles with minor actinides were loaded into the core. ► Tabu search and Ant System were the best optimization technique for the studied problem. -- Abstract: Fuel reload pattern optimization is a crucial fuel management activity in nuclear power reactors. Along the years, a lot of work has been done in this area. In particular, several metaheuristic optimization techniques have been applied with good results for boiling water reactors (BWRs). In this paper, a comparison of different metaheuristics: genetic algorithms, tabu search, recurrent neural networks and several ant colony optimization techniques, were applied, in order to evaluate their performance. The optimization of an equilibrium core of a BWR, loaded with mixed oxide fuel composed of plutonium and minor actinides, was selected to be optimized. Results show that the best average values are obtained with the recurrent neural networks technique, meanwhile the best fuel reload was obtained with tabu search. However, according to the number of objective functions evaluated, the two fastest optimization techniques are tabu search and Ant System.

  14. MELCOR 1.8.2 assessment: The DF-4 BWR Damaged Fuel experiment

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    MELCOR is a fully integrated, engineering-level computer code being developed at Sandia National Laboratories for the USNRC, that models the entire spectrum of severe accident phenomena in a unified framework for both BWRs and PWRs. As a part of an ongoing assessment, program, MELCOR has been used to model the ACRR in-pile DF-4 Damaged Fuel experiment. DF-4 provided data for early phase melt progression in BWR fuel assemblies, particularly for phenomena associated with eutectic interactions in the BWR control blade and zircaloy oxidation in the canister and cladding. MELCOR provided good agreement with experimental data in the key areas of eutectic material behavior and canister and cladding oxidation. Several shortcomings associated with the MELCOR modeling of BWR geometries were found and corrected. Twenty-five sensitivity studies were performed on COR, HS and CVH parameters. These studies showed that the new MELCOR eutectics model played an important role in predicting control blade behavior. These studies revealed slight time step dependence and no machine dependencies. Comparisons made with the results from four best-estimate codes showed that MELCOR did as well as these codes in matching DF-4 experimental data

  15. Assembly Based Modular Ray Tracing and CMFD Acceleration for BWR Cores with Different Fuel Lattices

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    The geometry module of the DeCART direct whole core calculation code has been extended in order to analyze BWR cores which might have a mixed loading of different fuel types. First, an assembly based modular ray tracing scheme was implemented for the Method of Characteristic (MOC) calculation, and a CMFD formulation applicable for unaligned mesh conditions was then developed for acceleration the MOC calculation. The new calculation feature has been validated by comparing DeCART BWR assembly calculations with the MCU Monte Carlo calculations. A good agreement identified by the maximum eigenvalue difference of 120 pcm and the maximum pin power error of about 1% has been achieved. The CMFD scheme is shown to reduce the number of MOC iterations by factors of 12-25 without loss of accuracy. (authors)

  16. Orificing of water cross inlet in BWR fuel assembly

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    A nuclear reactor fuel assembly is described comprising a bundle of elongated fuel rods disposed in side-by-side relationship so as to form an array of spaced fuel rods, a tubular flow channel member surrounding the fuel rods so as to direct flow of coolant/moderator fluid along the fuel rods, respective upper and lower tie plates at opposite ends of the fuel rods, and a hollow water cross having confronting side walls and a closed lower end wall at an inlet end. The water cross extends centrally through and disposed within the flow channel member so as to provide within the flow channel member separate compartments and to divide the bundle of fuel rods into mini-bundles being disposed in the respective compartments, the water cross including inlet cross flow means formed in the side walls near a lower end of the water cross above the closed end wall and near lower end portions of each of the mini-bundles of fuel rods, which inlet cross flow means provides both selected flow communication into the interior of the water cross and flow communication between the respective mini-bundles for minimizing maldistribution and equalizing flow

  17. Experience of MOX-fuel operation in the Gundremmingen BWR plant: Nuclear characteristics and in-core fuel management

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    After 4 years of good experience with MOX-fuel operation in the BWR plants Gundremmingen units B and C the number of inserted MOX-FAs will be increased in the future continuously. Until now all MOX-FAs are in good condition. Furthermore calculations and measurements concerning zero power tests and tip measurements are in good agreement as expected: all results lead to the conclusion that MOX-FAs can be calculated with the same precision as uranium-FAs. (author)

  18. Taking burnup credit for interim storage and transportation system for BWR fuels

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    In order to establish a realistic burnup credit design system, a calculation system has been developed for determining isotope compositions, burnup, and criticality. The calculation system consists of several modules such as TGBLA, ORIGEN, CITATION, MCNP, and KENO. The TGBLA code is a fuel design code for LWR fuels developed in TOSHIBA Corporation. A compact measurement system for a fuel assembly has been being developed to meet requirements for the burnup determination, the neutron emission-rate evaluation, and the nuclear materials management. For a spent MOX fuel, a neutron emission rate measurement method has been being developed. The system consists of Cd-Te detectors and / or fission chambers. Some model calculations were carried out for the latest design BWR fuels. The effect of taking burnup credit for a transportation cask is shown. (authors)

  19. Composition and Distribution of Tramp Uranium Contamination on BWR and PWR Fuel Rods

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    In a joint research project of VGB and AREVA NP GmbH the behaviour of alpha nuclides in nuclear power plants with light water reactors has been investigated. Understanding the source and the behaviour of alpha nuclides is of big importance for planning radiation protection measures for outages and upcoming dismantling projects. Previous publications have shown the correlation between plant specific alpha contamination of the core and the so called 'tramp fuel' or 'tramp uranium' level which is linked to the defect history of fuel assemblies and accordingly the amount of previously washed out fuel from defective fuel rods. The methodology of tramp fuel estimation is based on fission product concentrations in reactor coolant but also needs a good knowledge of tramp fuel composition and in-core distribution on the outer surface of fuel rods itself. Sampling campaigns of CRUD deposits of irradiated fuel assemblies in different NPPs were performed. CRUD analyses including nuclide specific alpha analysis have shown systematic differences between BWR and PWR plants. Those data combined with literature results of fuel pellet investigations led to model improvements showing that a main part of fission products is caused by fission of Pu-239 an activation product of U-238. CRUD investigations also gave a better picture of the in-core composition and distribution of the tramp uranium contamination. It was shown that the tramp uranium distribution in PWR plants is time dependent. Even new fuel assemblies will be notably contaminated after only one cycle of operation. For PWR applies the following logic: the higher the local power the higher the contamination. With increasing burnup the local rod power usually decreases leading to decreasing tramp uranium contamination on the fuel rod surface. This is not applicable for tramp uranium contamination in BWR. CRUD contamination (including the tramp fuel deposits) is much more fixed and is constantly increasing

  20. Test plan for thermogravimetric analyses of BWR spent fuel oxidation

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    Preliminary studies indicated the need for additional low-temperature spent fuel oxidation data to determine the behavior of spent fuel as a waste form for a tuffy repository. Short-term thermogravimetric analysis tests were recommended in a comprehensive technical approach as the method for providing scoping data that could be used to (1) evaluate the effects of variables such as moisture and burnup on the oxidation rate, (2) determine operative mechanisms, and (3) guide long-term, low-temperature oxidation testing. The initial test series studied the temperature and moisture effects on pressurized water reactor fuel as a function of particle and grain size. This document presents the test matrix for studying the oxidation behavior of boiling water reactor fuel in the temperature range of 140 to 225/degree/C. 17 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs

  1. Instrumentation of fuel elements and fuel plates

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    When controlling the behaviour of a reactor or developing a new fuel concept, it is of utmost interest to have the possibility to confirm the thermohydraulic calculations by actual measurements in the fuel elements or in the fuel plates. For years, CERCA has developed the technology and supplied its customers with fuel elements equipped with pressure or temperature measuring devices according to the requirements. Recent customer projects have lead to the development of a new method to introduce thermocouples directly into the fuel plate meat instead of the cladding. The purpose of this paper is to review the various instrumentation possibilities available at CERCA. (author)

  2. Instrumentation of fuel elements and fuel plates

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    When controlling the behaviour of a reactor or developing a new fuel concept, it is of utmost interest to have the possibility to confirm the thermohydraulic calculations by actual measurements in the fuel elements or in the fuel plates. For years, CERCA has developed the technology and supplied its customers with fuel elements equipped with pressure or temperature measuring devices according to the requirements. Recent customer projects have led to the development of a new method to introduce thermocouples directly into the fuel plate meat instead of the cladding. The purpose of this paper is to review the various instrumentation possibilities available at CERCA. (author)

  3. BWR fuel reloads design using a Tabu search technique

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    We have developed a system to design optimized boiling water reactor fuel reloads. This system is based on the Tabu Search technique along with the heuristic rules of Control Cell Core and Low Leakage. These heuristic rules are a common practice in fuel management to maximize fuel assembly utilization and minimize core vessel damage, respectively. The system uses the 3-D simulator code CM-PRESTO and it has as objective function to maximize the cycle length while satisfying the operational thermal limits and cold shutdown constraints. In the system tabu search ideas such as random dynamic tabu tenure, and frequency-based memory are used. To test this system an optimized boiling water reactor cycle was designed and compared against an actual operating cycle. Numerical experiments show an improved energy cycle compared with the loading patterns generated by engineer expertise and genetic algorithms

  4. BWR fuel reloads design using a Tabu search technique

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    Castillo, Alejandro E-mail: jacm@nuclear.inin.mx; Alonso, Gustavo E-mail: galonso@nuclear.inin.mx; Morales, Luis B. E-mail: lbm@servidor.unam.mx; Martin del Campo, Cecilia; Francois, J.L.; Valle, Edmundo del E-mail: edmundo@esfm.ipn.mx

    2004-01-01

    We have developed a system to design optimized boiling water reactor fuel reloads. This system is based on the Tabu Search technique along with the heuristic rules of Control Cell Core and Low Leakage. These heuristic rules are a common practice in fuel management to maximize fuel assembly utilization and minimize core vessel damage, respectively. The system uses the 3-D simulator code CM-PRESTO and it has as objective function to maximize the cycle length while satisfying the operational thermal limits and cold shutdown constraints. In the system tabu search ideas such as random dynamic tabu tenure, and frequency-based memory are used. To test this system an optimized boiling water reactor cycle was designed and compared against an actual operating cycle. Numerical experiments show an improved energy cycle compared with the loading patterns generated by engineer expertise and genetic algorithms.

  5. Thermal hydraulic test apparatus to develop advanced BWR fuel bundles with spectral shift rods (SSR)

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    An advanced water rod (WR) called the spectral shift rod (SSR), which replaces a conventional WR in a BWR fuel bundle, enhances the BWR's merit of uranium saving through the spectral shift operation. The SSR consists of an inlet hole, a wide ascending path, a narrow descending path and an outlet hole. The inlet hole locates below a lower tie plate (LTP) and the outlet hole is set above it. In the SSR, water boils by neutron and gamma-ray heating and water level is formed in the ascending path. This SSR water level can be controlled by core flow rate, which amplifies core void fraction change, resulting in the amplified spectral shift effect. Steady state and transient tests were conducted to evaluate SSR thermal-hydraulic characteristics under BWR operation condition. The several types of SSR configuration were tested, which covers SSR design in both next generation and conventional BWRs. In this paper, the test apparatus overview and measurement systems especially two phase water level measures in the SSR are presented. (author)

  6. Transient and stability analysis of a BWR core with thorium-uranium fuel

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    Nunez-Carrera, Alejandro [Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias, Dr. Barragan 779 Col. Narvarte, 03020 Mexico, DF (Mexico); Espinosa-Paredes, Gilberto [Division de Ciencias Basicas e Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico, DF (Mexico)], E-mail: gepe@xanum.uam.mx; Francois, Juan-Luis [Departamento de Sistemas Energeticos, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, 62550 Jiutepec Mor. (Mexico)

    2008-08-15

    The kinetic response of a boiling water reactor (BWR) equilibrium core using thorium as a nuclear material, in an integrated blanket-seed assembly, is presented in this work. Additionally an in-house code was developed to evaluate this core under steady state and transient conditions including a stability analysis. The code has two modules: (a) the time domain module for transient analysis and (b) the frequency domain module for stability analysis. The thermal-hydraulic process is modeled by a set of five equations, considering no homogeneous flow with drift-flux approximation and non-equilibrium thermodynamic. The neutronic process is calculated with a point kinetics model. Typical BWR reactivity effects are considered: void fraction, fuel temperature, moderator temperature and control rod density. Collapsed parameters were included in the code to represent the core using an average fuel channel. For the stability analysis, in the frequency domain, the transfer function is determined by applying Laplace-transforming to the calculated pressure drop perturbations in each of the considered regions where a constant total pressure drop was considered. The transfer function was used to study the system response in the frequency domain when an inlet flow perturbation is applied. The results show that the neutronic behavior of the core with thorium uranium fuel is similar to a UO{sub 2} core, even during transient conditions. The stability and transient analysis show that the thorium-uranium fuel can be operated safely in current BWRs.

  7. BUTREN-RC an hybrid system for the recharges optimization of nuclear fuels in a BWR

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    The obtained results with the hybrid system BUTREN-RC are presented that obtains recharges of nuclear fuel for a BWR type reactor. The system has implemented the methods of optimization heuristic taboo search and neural networks. The optimization it carried out with the technique of taboo search, and the neural networks, previously trained, were used to predict the behavior of the recharges of fuel, in substitution of commercial codes of reactor simulation. The obtained recharges of nuclear fuel correspond to 5 different operation cycles of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power plant, Veracruz in Mexico. The obtained results were compared with the designs of this cycles. The energy gain with the recharges of fuel proposals is of approximately 4.5% with respect to those of design. The time of compute consumed it was considerably smaller that when a commercial code for reactor simulation is used. (Author)

  8. Feasibility studies of computed tomography in partial defect detection of spent BWR fuel

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    Feasibility studies were made for tomographic reconstruction of a cross-sectional activity distribution of a spent nuclear fuel assembly. The purpose was to determine the number of fuel rods (pins) and localize the positisons where pins are missing. The activity distribution map showing the locations of fuel rods in the assembly was reconstructed. The theoretical part of this work consists of simulation of image reconstruction based on theoretically calculated data from a reference assembly model. Evaluation of different image reconstruction techniques was made. Measurements were made in real facility conditions. Gamma radiation from an irradiated 8 x 8 - 1 BWR fuel assembly was measured through a narrow custom made collimator from different angles and positions. The measured data set was used as projections for reconstructing the activity profile of the assembly in cross-sectional plane

  9. Sphere-pac versus pellet UO2 fuel in de Dodewaard BWR

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    Comparative testing of UO2 sphere-pac and pellet fuel rods under LWR conditions has been jointly performed by the Netherlands Utilities Research Centre (KEMA) in Arnhem, the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN) at Petten and the Netherlands Joint Nuclear Power Utility (GKN) at Dodewaard. This final report summarizes the highlights of this 1968-1988 program with strong emphasis on the fuel rods irradiated in the Dodewaard BWR. The conclusion reached is that under normal LWR conditions sphere-pac UO2 in LWR fuel rods offers better resistance against stress corrosion cracking of the cladding, but that under fast, single step, power ramping conditions pellet UO2 in LWR fuel rods has a better resistance against hoop stress failure of the cladding. 128 figs., 36 refs., 19 tabs

  10. Nuclear reactor fuel element splitter

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    A method and apparatus are disclosed for removing nuclear fuel from a clad fuel element. The fuel element is power driven past laser beams which simultaneously cut the cladding lengthwise into at least two longitudinal pieces. The axially cut lengths of cladding are then separated, causing the nuclear fuel contained therein to drop into a receptacle for later disposition. The cut lengths of cladding comprise nuclear waste which is disposed of in a suitable manner. 6 claims, 10 drawing figures

  11. Spacer for a fuel element

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    Spacers for fuel pins arranged to form congish fuel elements can be shaped as plates with openings in accordance with the fuel pin grid. Such a plate that covers the cross section of a fuel element consists according to the invention of at least two parts that are offset in the fuel element's longitudinal direction and joint hinge-like in at least one grid position. Thus, one has smaller parts that are easier to work on with due accuracy. The invention is designed in particular for breeder reactors and high-conversion reactors. (orig.)

  12. Detection of missing rods in a spent BWR fuel assembly by computed gamma emission tomography

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    This paper reports on a computed gamma emission tomography system that has been constructed which allows detection of the cross sectional rod pattern of BWR fuel assemblies. The under water detection head constructed is remote controlled by a laptop computer and it is housing two SiLi detectors. By scanning 32 to 48 views, the position of the water filled inner rod could be clearly detected in each of the three assemblies with cooling times of 2, 4 and 8 years using gamma rays of Pr-144 or Eu-154

  13. Benchmark calculation with MOSRA-SRAC for burnup of a BWR fuel assembly

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    The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed the Modular Reactor Analysis Code System MOSRA to improve the applicability of neutronic characteristics modeling. The cell calculation module MOSRA-SRAC is based on the collision probability method and is one of the core modules of the MOSRA system. To test the module on a real-world problem, it was combined with the benchmark program 'Burnup Credit Criticality Benchmark Phase IIIC.' In this program participants are requested to submit the neutronic characteristics of burnup calculations for a BWR fuel assembly containing fuel rods poisoned with gadolinium (Gd2O3), which is similar to the fuel assembly at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Because of certain restrictions of the MOSRA-SRAC burnup calculations part of the geometry model was homogenized. In order to verify the validity of MOSRA-SRAC, including the effects of the homogenization, the calculated burnup dependent infinite multiplication factor and the nuclide compositions were compared with those obtained with the burnup calculation code MVP-BURN which had already been validated for many benchmark problems. As a result of the comparisons, the applicability of MOSRA-SRAC module for the BWR assembly has been verified. Furthermore, it can be shown that the effects of the homogenization are smaller than the effects due to the calculation method for both multiplication factor and compositions. (author)

  14. Rack for nuclear fuel elements

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    Disclosed is a rack for storing spent nuclear fuel elements in which a plurality of aligned rows of upright enclosures of generally square cross-sectional areas contain vertically disposed spent fuel elements. Each fuel element is supported at the lower end thereof by a respective support that rests on the floor of the spent fuel pool for a nuclear power plant. An open rack frame is employed as an upright support for the enclosures containing the spent fuel elements. Legs at the lower corners of the frame rest on the floor of the pool to support the frame. In one exemplary embodiment, the support for the fuel element is in the form of a base on which a fuel element rests and the base is supported by legs. In another exemplary embodiment, each fuel element is supported on the pool floor by a self-adjusting support in the form of a base on which a fuel element rests and the base rests on a ball or swivel joint for self-alignment. The lower four corners of the frame are supported by legs adjustable in height for leveling the frame. Each adjustable frame leg is in the form of a base resting on the pool floor and the base supports a threaded post. The threaded post adjustably engages a threaded column on which rests the lower end of the frame. 16 claims, 14 figures

  15. BWR - Spent Fuel Transport and Storage with the TNTM9/4 and TNTM24BH Casks

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    The Swiss Nuclear Utilities have started in 2001 to store spent fuel in dry metallic dual-purpose casks at ZWILAG, the Swiss interim storage facility. BKW FMB Energy Ltd., the Muehleberg Nuclear Power Plant owner, is involved in this process and has elected to store its BWR spent fuel in a new high capacity dual-purpose cask, the TNeTeM24BH from the COGEMA Logistics/TRANSNUCLEAR TNTM24 family. The Muehleberg BWR spent fuels are transported by road in a medium size shuttle transport cask and then transferred to a heavy transport/storage cask (dry transfer) in the hot cell of ZWILAG site. For that purpose, COGEMA Logistics designed and supplied: - Two shuttle casks, TNTM9/4, mainly devoted to transport of spent fuel from Muehleberg NPP to ZWILAG. Licensed according to IAEA 1996, the TNTM9/4 is a 40 ton transport cask, for 7 BWR high bum-up spent fuel assemblies. - A series of new high capacity dual-purpose casks, TNTM24BH, holding 69 BWR spent fuels. Two transport campaigns took place in 2003 and 2004. For each campaign, ten TNTM9/4 round trips are performed, and one TNTM24BH is loaded. 5 additional TNTM24BH are being manufactured for BKW, and the next transport campaigns are scheduled from 2006. The TNTM24BH high capacity dual purpose cask and the TNTM9/4 transport cask characteristics and capabilities will then be detailed. (authors)

  16. Nuclear fuel elements design, fabrication and performance

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    1982-01-01

    Nuclear Fuel Elements: Design, Fabrication and Performance is concerned with the design, fabrication, and performance of nuclear fuel elements, with emphasis on fast reactor fuel elements. Topics range from fuel types and the irradiation behavior of fuels to cladding and duct materials, fuel element design and modeling, fuel element performance testing and qualification, and the performance of water reactor fuels. Fast reactor fuel elements, research and test reactor fuel elements, and unconventional fuel elements are also covered. This volume consists of 12 chapters and begins with an overvie

  17. Fuel element for nuclear reactor

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    In order to avoid a can box or an adjacent fuel element sitting on the spacer of a fuel element in the corner during assembly, the top and bottom edges of the outer bars of the spacers are provided with deflector bars, which have projections projecting beyond the outside of the outer bars. (orig.)

  18. Increased burnup of fuel elements

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    The specialists' group for fuel elements of the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V. held a meeting on ''Increased Burnup of Fuel Elements'' on 9th and 10th of November 1982 at the GKSS Research Center Geesthacht. Most papers dealt with the problems of burnup increase of fuel elements for light water reactors with respect to fuel manufacturing, power plant operation and reprocessing. Review papers were given on the burnup limits for high temperature gas cooled reactors and sodium fast breeder reactors. The meeting ended with a presentation of the technical equipment of the hot laboratory of the GKSS and the programs which are in progress there. (orig.)

  19. Development of CFD analysis method based on droplet tracking model for BWR fuel assemblies

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    It is well known that the minimum critical power ratio (MCPR) of the boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assembly depends on the spacer grid type. Recently, improvement of the critical power is being studied by using a spacer grid with mixing devices attaching various types of flow deflectors. In order to predict the critical power of the improved BWR fuel assembly, we have developed an analysis method based on the consideration of detailed thermal-hydraulic mechanism of annular mist flow regime in the subchannels for an arbitrary spacer type. The proposed method is based on a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model with a droplet tracking model for analyzing the vapor-phase turbulent flow in which droplets are transported in the subchannels of the BWR fuel assembly. We adopted the general-purpose CFD software Advance/FrontFlow/red (AFFr) as the base code, which is a commercial software package created as a part of Japanese national project. AFFr employs a three-dimensional (3D) unstructured grid system for application to complex geometries. First, AFFr was applied to single-phase flows of gas in the present paper. The calculated results were compared with experiments using a round cellular spacer in one subchannel to investigate the influence of the choice of turbulence model. The analyses using the large eddy simulation (LES) and re-normalisation group (RNG) k-ε models were carried out. The results of both the LES and RNG k-ε models show that calculations of velocity distribution and velocity fluctuation distribution in the spacer downstream reproduce the experimental results qualitatively. However, the velocity distribution analyzed by the LES model is better than that by the RNG k-ε model. The velocity fluctuation near the fuel rod, which is important for droplet deposition to the rod, is also simulated well by the LES model. Then, to examine the effect of the spacer shape on the analytical result, the gas flow analyses with the RNG k-ε model were performed

  20. MOX fuel use in a BWR with extended power up-rate

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    Highlights: ► Use of MOX fuel is assessed for a BWR under a extended power uprate (EPU). ► EPU conditions reduce the maximum amount of MOX fuel to be loaded. ► The use of MOX fuel affects mainly the core neutronics and not to the thermal hydraulics. ► Start up of an equilibrium mixed UO2–MOX core under EPU does not present stability problems. -- Abstract: Although MOX fuel coming from reprocessed depleted uranium fuels has been used as a recycling strategy by countries like France and Japan it is not a common policy in the 30 countries that uses nuclear power, nowadays it seems to be a more direct alternative to reduce the depleted fuel interim storage. Previously, the spent fuel pools of Laguna Verde Nuclear Power plant were redesigned to host the total operating life depleted fuel under its original nominal power condition, however the plant has been up-rated to 120% of its original nominal power increasing the number of depleted fuel forecasted. This new situation makes necessary the analysis of alternatives, being one of them recycling. The current paper assesses the viability of using MOX fuel in the up-rated Power Plant; the design of the boiling water reactor MOX fuel addresses the two main constraints of its use: shutdown margin and reactor stability. Fuel design proposed sets the appropriate MOX enrichment and the maximum MOX fuel batch reload that does not imply any modification to the reactor control systems to avoid an extra economical cost due to its use.

  1. Failure thresholds of high burnup BWR fuel rods under RIA conditions

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    Transient deformation of high burnup boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel rods was measured and failure limit was examined under simulated reactivity-initiated accident (RIA) conditions. Brittle cladding failure occurred at a small hoop strain of about 0.4% during an early phase of the pulse irradiation tests at the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR). Strain rates were in an order of tens %/s at the time of the failure. Comparison of the results with thermal expansion of pellets suggested that the cladding deformation was caused by thermal expansion of the pellets. In other words, the influence of fission gases in the pellets was small in the early phase deformation. Separate effect tests were conducted to examine influence of the cladding temperature on the cladding failure behavior. Influence of the pulse width on the failure threshold was discussed in terms of the strain rate, magnitude of the deformation and temperature of the cladding for high burnup BWR fuel rods under the RIA conditions. (author)

  2. An assessment of entrainment correlations for the dryout prediction in BWR fuel bundles

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    Thermal-hydraulic analysis in BWR fuel bundles usually includes calculations of detailed annular flow characteristics up to the point of dryout. State-of-the-art methods numerically resolve the governing balance equations for the relevant fields (i.e. droplet, liquid film and steam) for the system and geometry of interest (e.g. a BWR fuel bundle). However, constitutive relations are needed to close the system of equations and are fundamental to an accurate solution. One of the most important constitutive relations to consider is the droplet entrainment rate from the annular liquid film, which has an integrated effect upon the film flowrate axial distribution from the onset of annular flow (thick film) up to the dryout location (very thin film). However, currently available entrainment correlations are often developed for a relatively limit range of experimental conditions, which may not fully cover the range of applications. In this paper, we present a collection of publicly available droplet entrainment rate measurements (more than 1000 points) that have been stored into an electronic format and is used to assess the performance of several published entrainment correlations. Even though large scatter was observed for all 6 tested correlations, the model developed by Okawa et al. was shown to yield the best overall performance. (author)

  3. BWR simulation in a stationary state for the evaluation of fuel cell design

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    In this paper the simulation of a BWR in order to evaluate the performance of a set of fuel assemblies under stationary state in three dimensions (3-D) is presented. 15 cases selected from a database containing a total of 18225 cases are evaluated. The main selection criteria were based on the results of the design phase of the power cells in two dimensions (2-D) and 3-D initial study. In 2-D studies the parameters that were used to qualify and select the designs were basically the local power peaking factor and neutron multiplication factor of each fuel cell. In the initial 3-D study variables that defined the quality of results, and from which the selection was realized, are the margins to thermal limits of reactor operation and the value of the effective multiplication factor at the end of cycle operation. From the 2-D and 3-D results of the studies described a second 3-D study was realized, where the optimizations of the fuel reload pattern was carried out. The results presented in this paper correspond to this second 3-D study. It was found that the designs of the fuel cell they had a similar behavior to those provided by the fuel supplier of reference BWR. Particularly it noted the impact of reload pattern on the cold shut down margin. An estimate of the operation costs of reference cycle analyzed with each one designed reload batch was also performed. As a result a positive difference (gain) up to 10,347 M/US D was found. (Author)

  4. Evaluation of the radial design of fuel cells in an operation cycle of a BWR reactor

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    This work is continuation of one previous in the one that the application of the optimization technique called Tabu search to the radial design of fuel cells of boiling water reactors (BWR, Boiling Water Reactor) is presented. The objective function used in the optimization process only include neutron parameters (k-infinite and peak of radial power) considering the cell at infinite media. It was obtained to reduce the cell average enrichment completing the characteristics of reactivity of an original cell. The objective of the present work is to validate the objective function that was used for the radial design of the fuel cell (test cell), analyzing the operation of a one cycle of the reactor in which fuels have been fresh recharged that contain an axial area with the nuclear database of the cell designed instead of the original cell. For it is simulated it with Cm-Presto the cycle 10 of the reactor operation of the Unit 1 of the Nuclear Power station of Laguna Verde (U1-CNLV). For the cycle evaluation its were applied so much the simulation with the Haling strategy, as the simulation of the one cycle with control rod patterns and they were evaluated the energy generation and several power limits and reactivity that are used as design parameters in fuel reloads of BWR reactors. The results at level of an operation cycle of the reactor, show that the objective function used in the optimization and radial design of the cell is adequate and that it can induce to one good use of the fuel. (Author)

  5. Development of neural network simulating power distribution of a BWR fuel bundle

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    A neural network model is developed to simulate the precise nuclear physics analysis program code for quick scoping survey calculations. The relation between enrichment and local power distribution of BWR fuel bundles was learned using two layers neural network (ENET). A new model is to introduce burnable neutron absorber (Gadolinia), added to several fuel rods to decrease initial reactivity of fresh bundle. The 2nd stages three layers neural network (GNET) is added on the 1st stage network ENET. GNET studies the local distribution difference caused by Gadolinia. Using this method, it becomes possible to survey of the gradients of sigmoid functions and back propagation constants with reasonable time. Using 99 learning patterns of zero burnup, good error convergence curve is obtained after many trials. This neural network model is able to simulate no learned cases fairly as well as the learned cases. Computer time of this neural network model is about 100 times faster than a precise analysis model. (author)

  6. Optimization of fuel reloads for a BWR using the ant colony system

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    In this work some results obtained during the development of optimization systems are presented, which are employees for the fuel reload design in a BWR. The systems use the ant colony optimization technique. As first instance, a system is developed that was adapted at travel salesman problem applied for the 32 state capitals of Mexican Republic. The purpose of this implementation is that a similarity exists with the design of fuel reload, since the two problems are of combinatorial optimization with decision variables that have similarity between both. The system was coupled to simulator SIMULATE-3, obtaining good results when being applied to an operation cycle in equilibrium for reactors of nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde. (Author)

  7. Simulation of Irradiated BWR fuel rod (TS) test in NSRR using FRAP-T6 and NSR-77

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    Series of pulse irradiation tests have been performed in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) to investigate irradiated fuel rod performance under the Reactivity Initiated Accident (RIA) conditions. Five tests, called Tests TS-1 through TS-5, were conducted in a period from 1989 to 1993 with irradiated 7x7 type BWR fuel rods provided from a commercial power plant. Simulation calculations of the TS tests were carried out with the FRAP-T6 code, which is widely used in the world to estimate fuel performance under various accident conditions, and with the NSR77 code, which describes fresh fuel rod performance well in the NSRR tests. Results of the calculation are compiled in this report and applicability of the codes to the irradiated BWR fuel rod tests is discussed. (author)

  8. Fuel loading and control rod patterns optimization in a BWR using tabu search

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    This paper presents the QuinalliBT system, a new approach to solve fuel loading and control rod patterns optimization problem in a coupled way. This system involves three different optimization stages; in the first one, a seed fuel loading using the Haling principle is designed. In the second stage, the corresponding control rod pattern for the previous fuel loading is obtained. Finally, in the last stage, a new fuel loading is created, starting from the previous fuel loading and using the corresponding set of optimized control rod patterns. For each stage, a different objective function is considered. In order to obtain the decision parameters used in those functions, the CM-PRESTO 3D steady-state reactor core simulator was used. Second and third stages are repeated until an appropriate fuel loading and its control rod pattern are obtained, or a stop criterion is achieved. In all stages, the tabu search optimization technique was used. The QuinalliBT system was tested and applied to a real BWR operation cycle. It was found that the value for k eff obtained by QuinalliBT was 0.0024 Δk/k greater than that of the reference cycle

  9. Fuel element development

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    In capsule irradiation tests the influence was studied which is exerted by high power densities on thin oxide fuel rods. Cladding expansions have been observed which are not attributable to creep but to plastic strains. Power jumps during load cycling resulted in stress to the cladding through fuel pressure due to thermal differential strain. - Changes in geometry of oxide fuel pellets during cycling were investigated theoretically using models. The test group 5b was also studied with a view to plutonium redistribution. A very high plutonium enrichment was found at the central channel, and outer zones nearly free from plutonium soon after the beginning of irradiation, which might be due to the high specific power and central temperature and the high PuO2-content (35%) of the fuel. Two contributions include as subjects the porosity of fuel in the context of structural analyses and creep caused by irradiation. The plutonium content itself does not seem to increase substantially the creep rate. Further results of post-examinations are available from the oxide irradiation tests Mol-7B and DFR-435. The zone of maximum damage of the Mol-7B-rods occurs at the upper end of the fuel column; even here the structure of the rod has essentially remained unchanged. The amount of fuel escaping is not as great as at the damaged points of DFR-435. (orig.)

  10. Preliminary study on characteristics of equilibrium thorium fuel cycle of BWR

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    One of the main objectives behind the transuranium recycling ideas is not merely to utilize natural resource that is uranium much more efficiently, but to reduce the environmental impact of the radio-toxicity of the nuclear spent fuel. Beside uranium resource, there is thorium which has three times abundance compared to that of uranium which can be utilized as nuclear fuel. On top of that thorium is believed to have less radio-toxicity of spent fuel since its produce smaller amount of higher actinides compared to that of uranium. However, the studies on the thorium utilization in nuclear reactor in particular in light water reactors (LWR) are not performed intensively yet. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to evaluate the characteristics of thorium fuel cycle in LWR, especially boiling water reactor (BWR). To conduct the comprehensive investigations we have employed the equilibrium burnup model (1-3). The equilibrium burnup model is an alternative powerful method since its can handle all possible generated nuclides in any nuclear system. Moreover, this method is a simple time independent method. Hence the equilibrium burnup method could be very useful for evaluating and forecasting the characteristics of any nuclear fuel cycle, even the strange one, e.g. all nuclides are confined in the reactor1). We have employed 1368 nuclides in the equilibrium burnup calculation where 129 of them are heavy metals (HMs). This burnup code then is coupled with SRAC cell calculation code by using PIJ module to compose an equilibrium-cell burnup code. For cell calculation, 26 HMs, 66 fission products (FPs) and one pseudo FP have been utilized. The JENDL 3.2 library has been used in this study. References: 1. A. Waris and H. Sekimoto, 'Characteristics of several equilibrium fuel cycles of PWR', J. Nucl. Sci. Technol., 38, p.517-526, 2001 2. A. Waris, H. Sekimoto, and G. Kastchiev, Influence of Moderator-to-Fuel Volume Ratio on Pu and MA Recycling in Equilibrium Fuel Cycles of

  11. Application of neutron radiography for non-destructive testing nuclear fuel elements

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    This paper describes the experimental procedures, testing information and application advantages when neutron radiography is used for non-destructive inspections and quantitative analysis of fuel elements from nuclear power plants. Both the 235U enrichment and the material distribution inside the pellets can be determined by neutron radiography methods for the non-irradiated fuel elements. Both the structural integrity of fuel elements for different reactors such as PWR, BWR, FBTR and the hydrogen accumulation in the cladding material can be inspected for the irradiated samples. (authors)

  12. Qualification of helium measurement system for detection of fuel failures in a BWR

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    Larsson, I.; Sihver, L.; Loner, H.; Grundin, A.; Helmersson, J.-O.; Ledergerber, G.

    2014-05-01

    There are several methods for surveillance of fuel integrity during the operation of a boiling water reactor (BWR). The detection of fuel failures is usually performed by analysis of grab samples of off-gas and coolant activities, where a measured increased level of ionizing radiation serves as an indication of new failure or degradation of an already existing one. At some nuclear power plants the detection of fuel failures is performed by on-line nuclide specific measurements of the released fission gases in the off-gas system. However, it can be difficult to distinguish primary fuel failures from degradation of already existing failures. In this paper, a helium measuring system installed in connection to a nuclide specific measuring system to support detection of fuel failures and separate primary fuel failures from secondary ones is presented. Helium measurements provide valuable additional information to measurements of the gamma emitting fission gases for detection of primary fuel failures, since helium is used as a fill gas in the fuel rods during fabrication. The ability to detect fuel failures using helium measurements was studied by injection of helium into the feed water systems at the Forsmark nuclear power plant (NPP) in Sweden and at the nuclear power plant Leibstadt (KKL) in Switzerland. In addition, the influence of an off-gas delay line on the helium measurements was examined at KKL by injecting helium into the off-gas system. By using different injection rates, several types of fuel failures with different helium release rates were simulated. From these measurements, it was confirmed that the helium released by a failed fuel can be detected. It was also shown that the helium measurements for the detection of fuel failures should be performed at a sampling point located before any delay system. Hence, these studies showed that helium measurements can be useful to support detection of fuel failures. However, not all fuel failures which occurred at

  13. Criticality calculations for a spent fuel storage pool for a BWR type reactor

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    In this work, the methodology for the calculation of the constant of effective multiplication for the arrangement of spent fuel assemblies in the pool of a BWR type reactor is shown. Calculations were done for the pool of spent fuel specified in FSAR and for the assemblies that is thought a conservative composition of high enrichment and without Gadolinium, giving credit to the stainless steel boxes of the frames that keep the assemblies. To carry out this simulation, RECORD and MIXQUIC codes were used. With record code, macroscopic cross sections, two energy groups, for the characteristics of the thought assemblies were obtained. Cross sections, as well as the dimensions of the frames that keep the fuel assemblies were used as input data for MIXQUIC code. With this code, criticality calculations in two dimensions were done, supposing that there is not leak of neutrons along the axial of the main line. Additional calculations, supposing changes in the temperature, distance among fuel assemblies and the thickness of the stainless steel box of the frame were done. The obtained results, including the effect in tolerances due to temperature, weight and thickness, show that the arrangement in the pool, when frames are fully charged, is subcritical by less than 5% in δK. (Author)

  14. Optimization of fuel reloads for a BWR using the ant colony system; Optimizacion de recargas de combustible para un BWR usando el sistema de colonia de hormigas

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    Esquivel E, J. [Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Facultad de Ingenieria, Cerro de Coatepec s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 50110 Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Ortiz S, J. J. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)], e-mail: jaime.es.jaime@gmail.com

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    In this work some results obtained during the development of optimization systems are presented, which are employees for the fuel reload design in a BWR. The systems use the ant colony optimization technique. As first instance, a system is developed that was adapted at travel salesman problem applied for the 32 state capitals of Mexican Republic. The purpose of this implementation is that a similarity exists with the design of fuel reload, since the two problems are of combinatorial optimization with decision variables that have similarity between both. The system was coupled to simulator SIMULATE-3, obtaining good results when being applied to an operation cycle in equilibrium for reactors of nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde. (Author)

  15. BWR spent fuel storage cask performance test. Volume 1. Cask handling experience and decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding data

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    This report documents a heat transfer and shielding performance test conducted on a Ridihalgh, Eggers and Associates REA 2023 boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel storage cask. The testing effort consisted of three parts: pretest preparations, performance testing, and post-test activities. Pretest preparations included conducting cask handling dry runs and characterizing BWR spent fuel assemblies from Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper Nuclear Station. The performance test matrix included 14 runs consisting of two loadings, two cask orientations, and three backfill environments. Post-test activities included calorimetry and axial radiation scans of selected fuel assemblies, in-basin sipping of each assembly, crud collection, video and photographic scans, and decontamination of the cask interior and exterior

  16. BWR spent fuel storage cask performance test. Volume 1. Cask handling experience and decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding data

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    McKinnon, M.A.; Doman, J.W.; Tanner, J.E.; Guenther, R.J.; Creer, J.M.; King, C.E.

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    This report documents a heat transfer and shielding performance test conducted on a Ridihalgh, Eggers and Associates REA 2023 boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel storage cask. The testing effort consisted of three parts: pretest preparations, performance testing, and post-test activities. Pretest preparations included conducting cask handling dry runs and characterizing BWR spent fuel assemblies from Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper Nuclear Station. The performance test matrix included 14 runs consisting of two loadings, two cask orientations, and three backfill environments. Post-test activities included calorimetry and axial radiation scans of selected fuel assemblies, in-basin sipping of each assembly, crud collection, video and photographic scans, and decontamination of the cask interior and exterior.

  17. Impact of modeling Choices on Inventory and In-Cask Criticality Calculations for Forsmark 3 BWR Spent Fuel

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    Martinez-Gonzalez, Jesus S. [Univ. Politecnica de Madrid (Spain); Ade, Brian J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Bowman, Stephen M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gauld, Ian C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ilas, Germina [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Marshall, William BJ J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    Simulation of boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel depletion poses a challenge for nuclide inventory validation and nuclear criticality safety analyses. This challenge is due to the complex operating conditions and assembly design heterogeneities that characterize these nuclear systems. Fuel depletion simulations and in-cask criticality calculations are affected by (1) completeness of design information, (2) variability of operating conditions needed for modeling purposes, and (3) possible modeling choices. These effects must be identified, quantified, and ranked according to their significance. This paper presents an investigation of BWR fuel depletion using a complete set of actual design specifications and detailed operational data available for five operating cycles of the Swedish BWR Forsmark 3 reactor. The data includes detailed axial profiles of power, burnup, and void fraction in a very fine temporal mesh for a GE14 (10×10) fuel assembly. The specifications of this case can be used to assess the impacts of different modeling choices on inventory prediction and in-cask criticality, specifically regarding the key parameters that drive inventory and reactivity throughout fuel burnup. This study focused on the effects of the fidelity with which power history and void fraction distributions are modeled. The corresponding sensitivity of the reactivity in storage configurations is assessed, and the impacts of modeling choices on decay heat and inventory are addressed.

  18. Technical Basis for Peak Reactivity Burnup Credit for BWR Spent Nuclear Fuel in Storage and Transportation Systems

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    Marshall, William BJ J [ORNL; Ade, Brian J [ORNL; Bowman, Stephen M [ORNL; Gauld, Ian C [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Mertyurek, Ugur [ORNL; Radulescu, Georgeta [ORNL

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission have initiated a multiyear project to investigate application of burnup credit for boiling-water reactor (BWR) fuel in storage and transportation casks. This project includes two phases. The first phase (1) investigates applicability of peak reactivity methods currently used in spent fuel pools (SFPs) to storage and transportation systems and (2) evaluates validation of both reactivity (keff) calculations and burnup credit nuclide concentrations within these methods. The second phase will focus on extending burnup credit beyond peak reactivity. This paper documents the first phase, including an analysis of lattice design parameters and depletion effects, as well as both validation components. Initial efforts related to extended burnup credit are discussed in a companion paper. Peak reactivity analyses have been used in criticality analyses for licensing of BWR fuel in SFPs over the last 20 years. These analyses typically combine credit for the gadolinium burnable absorber present in the fuel with a modest amount of burnup credit. Gadolinium burnable absorbers are used in BWR assemblies to control core reactivity. The burnable absorber significantly reduces assembly reactivity at beginning of life, potentially leading to significant increases in assembly reactivity for burnups less than 15–20 GWd/MTU. The reactivity of each fuel lattice is dependent on gadolinium loading. The number of gadolinium-bearing fuel pins lowers initial lattice reactivity, but it has a small impact on the burnup and reactivity of the peak. The gadolinium concentration in each pin has a small impact on initial lattice reactivity but a significant effect on the reactivity of the peak and the burnup at which the peak occurs. The importance of the lattice parameters and depletion conditions are primarily determined by their impact on the gadolinium depletion. Criticality code validation for BWR burnup

  19. Apparatus for locating defective nuclear fuel elements

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    An ultrasonic search unit for locating defective fuel elements within a fuel assembly used in a water cooled nuclear reactor is presented. The unit is capable of freely traversing the restricted spaces between the fuel elements

  20. Compact Fuel Element Environment Test

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    Bradley, D. E.; Mireles, O. R.; Hickman, R. R.; Broadway, J. W.

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    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse (I(sub sp)) and relatively high thrust to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Conventional, storable propellants produce average I(sub sp). Nuclear thermal rockets (NTRs) capable of high I(sub sp) thrust have been proposed. NTR employs heat produced by fission reaction to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen, which is then forced through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3,000 K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high-temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements are limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements that employ high melting point metals, ceramics, or a combination (cermet) as a structural matrix into which the nuclear fuel is distributed. It is not necessary to include fissile material in test samples intended to explore high-temperature hydrogen exposure of the structural support matrices. A small-scale test bed designed to heat fuel element samples via noncontact radio frequency heating and expose samples to hydrogen for typical mission durations has been developed to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without employing fissile material. This Technical Memorandum details the test bed design and results of testing conducted to date.

  1. Development of a fuzzy logic method to build objective functions in optimization problems: application to BWR fuel lattice design

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    In this paper we develop a methodology based on the use of the Fuzzy Logic technique to build multi-objective functions to be used in optimization processes applied to in-core nuclear fuel management. As an example, we selected the problem of determining optimal radial fuel enrichment and gadolinia distributions in a typical 'Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)' fuel lattice. The methodology is based on the use of the mathematical capability of Fuzzy Logic to model nonlinear functions of arbitrary complexity. The utility of Fuzzy Logic is to map an input space into an output space, and the primary mechanism for doing this is a list of if-then statements called rules. The rules refer to variables and adjectives that describe those variables and, the Fuzzy Logic technique interprets the values in the input vectors and, based on the set of rules assigns values to the output vector. The methodology was developed for the radial optimization of a BWR lattice where the optimization algorithm employed is Tabu Search. The global objective is to find the optimal distribution of enrichments and burnable poison concentrations in a 10*10 BWR lattice. In order to do that, a fuzzy control inference system was developed using the Fuzzy Logic Toolbox of Matlab and it has been linked to the Tabu Search optimization process. Results show that Tabu Search combined with Fuzzy Logic performs very well, obtaining lattices with optimal fuel utilization. (authors)

  2. Feasibility of plutonium use in BWR reactors. A way to dispose of the spent fuel

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    To assess the convenience of a closed fuel cycle, preliminary calculations have been done to evaluate which option will be the most attractive to follow from an economic point of view. Currently in Mexico, there is no defined policy for high level waste, so it is necessary to perform several studies to help define a possible strategy focused on the spent fuel. The calculations shown here indicate that from the economic point of view, recycling could be an expensive solution or at least more expensive than the once-through option. 1. Introduction. The BWR reactors of Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant have an electrical output of 654 MWe each, and the core contains 444 fuel assemblies. To reach the 18-month cycle currently established for operation, it is necessary to load around 112 fresh fuel assemblies (1/4 of the core, approximately) after each operation cycle, resulting in 112 spent fuel assemblies being discharged from the reactor. The BWR fuel assembly (FA) contains approximately 180 Kg of heavy metal (uranium). After discharge and reprocessing, the amount recovered will be 94% uranium and 1% plutonium, which means 169.2 kg of uranium and 1.8 Kg of reactor grade plutonium. If a once-through cycle is considered for both reactors, the amount of fuel assemblies through their entire life of operation will be 112 fuel assemblies/cycle multiplied by the number cycles minus one plus the initial load of the reactor. This produces 3244 assemblies for each reactor, resulting in a total of 6488 fuel assemblies or 1622 ton of high radioactive waste. When recycling the spent fuel of both reactors, practically all the fuel discharged will be reprocessed except for the last four cycles (if the plant is planning to close and there is no license extension). This would result in 1448 UOX assemblies plus 612 MOX fuel assemblies as spent fuel from both reactors, or the equivalent to 515 ton of high radioactive waste. So, when using recycling, the amount of spent fuel is reduced to

  3. Design of a fuel recharge for a BWR using advanced optimization systems

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    The fuel recharge design for a BWR reactor it was carried out, which includes the design of four fuel cells to form an assembly, the accommodation design of fresh and partially consumed assemblies and the control bars pattern design to use along an operation cycle. The three stages were approached as optimization problems using different computational tools, each one of those includes an objective function to measure quantitatively the evolution of the different candidate solutions. With the tool used in the fuel cells design that makes use of the tabu search technique its were obtained cells that showed to be lightly more reactive that other similar taken as reference. With the four designed cells it was formed a fuel assembly that turn out to have an average enrichment lightly smaller to the one of another assembly similar taken as reference. In the recharge pattern design it was used another optimization tool, also based on tabu search to obtain the accommodation of 108 fresh fuels and 336 partially consumed, fulfilling the conditions imposed to operate with the core strategies with control cells (CCC) and of low leakage. A Haling calculation reported that with the obtained accommodation it was achievement to increase in 8% the cycle length with regard to the one obtained using a similar reference pattern. In the design of the control bars patterns it was used a tool based on the use of the genetic algorithms to obtain the placement patterns of the control bars along an operation cycle. The search tool only uses the bars of the A2 sequence and it makes use of the 1/8 symmetry of the core, with that the number of used control bars it decreases at 5. Also the use of control bars in intermediate positions is also avoided. With the obtained patterns a cycle length is obtained that is lightly bigger to the reported value in a Haling calculation. (Author)

  4. Fission gas release and pellet microstructure change of high burnup BWR fuel

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    UO2 fuel, with and without Gadolinium, irradiated for three, five, and six irradiation cycles up to about 60 GWd/t pellet burnup in a commercial BWR were studied. The fission gas release and the rim effect were investigated by the puncture test and gas analysis method, OM (optical microscope), SEM (scanning electron microscope), and EPMA (electron probe microanalyzer). The fission gas release rate of the fuel rods irradiated up to six cycles was below a few percent; there was no tendency for the fission gas release to increase abruptly with burnup. On the other hand, microstructure changes were revealed by OM and SEM examination at the rim position with burnup increase. Fission gas was found depleted at both the rim position and the pellet center region using EPMA. There was no correlation between the fission gas release measured by the puncture test and the fission gas depletion at the rim position using EPMA. However, the depletion of fission gas in the center region had good correlation with the fission gas release rate determined by the puncture test. In addition, because the burnup is very large at the rim position of high burnup fuel and also due to the fission rate of the produced Pu, the Xe/Kr ratio at the rim position of high burnup fuel is close to the value of the fission yield of Pu. The Xe/Kr ratio determined by the gas analysis after the puncture test was equivalent to the fuel average but not to the pellet rim position. From the results, it was concluded that fission gas at the rim position was released from the UO2 matrix in high burnup, however, most of this released fission gas was held in the porous structure and not released from the pellet to the free volume. (author)

  5. Status of thermal-hydraulic performance evaluation of BWR fuels based on three-field subchannel code NASCA

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    This paper summarizes basic requirements for improvements of a subchannel code from the view point of a BWR fuel design. Considering recent trends of design modifications of BWR fuels, it is desirable that influences of lattice sizes, spacer geometries, a number and location of partial length rods and other coolant mixing structures to the boiling transition will be evaluated numerically. In addition, experimental databases of the boiling transition can be expanded based on the subchannel analyses so that reliability of the critical power evaluation will be enhanced. A status of NASCA's component models and high temperature/high pressure tests of the boiling transition was reviewed. From the practical point of views, it was noted that more efforts are necessary for improving predictability of spacer geometries and partial length rods. (author)

  6. Mixed-oxide fuel decay heat analysis for BWR LOCA safety evaluation

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    The mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel decay heat behavior is analyzed for Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) safety evaluation. The physical reasoning on why the decay heat power fractions of MOX fuel fission product (FP) are significantly lower than the corresponding decay heat power fractions of uranium-oxide (UOX) fuel FP is illustrated. This is primarily due to the following physical phenomena. -The recoverable energies per fission of plutonium (Pu)-239 and Pu-241 are significantly higher than those of uranium (U)-235 and U-238. Consequently, the fission rate required to produce the same amount of power in MOX fuel is significantly lower than that in UOX fuel, which leads to lower subsequent FP generation rate and associated decay heat power in MOX fuel than those in UOX fuel. - The effective FP decay energy per fission of Pu-239 is significantly lower than the corresponding effective FP decay energy per fission of U-235, e.g., Pu-239's 10.63 Mega-electron-Volt (MeV) vs. U-235's 12.81 MeV at the cooling time 0.2 second. This also leads to lower decay heat power in MOX fuel than that in UOX fuel. The FP decay heat is shown to account for more than 90% of the total decay heat immediately after shutdown. The FP decay heat results based on the American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/American Nuclear Society (ANS)-5.1-1979 standard method are shown very close to the corresponding FP decay heat results based on the ANSI/ANS-5.1-2005 standard method. The FP decay heat results based on the ANSI/ANS-5.1-1979 simplified method are shown very close to but mostly slightly lower than the corresponding FP decay heat results based on the ANSI/ANS-5.1-1971 method. The FP decay heat results based on the ANSI/ANS-5.1-1979 simplified method or the ANSI/ANS-5.1-1971 method are shown significantly larger than the corresponding FP decay heat results based on the ANSI/ANS-5.1-1979 standard method or the ANSI/ANS-5.1-2005 standard method. (authors)

  7. Fission gas release and related behaviours of BWR fuel under steady and transient conditions

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    Detailed post-irradiation examinations (PIEs) have been carried out on five lead use assemblies of current BWR Step II type fuel (Step II LUA) irradiated up to 47.8 GWd/t burn-up. Our database for fission gas release (FGR) has been extended to 51 GWd/t in rod burn-up and to 61 GWd/t in pellet burn-up. Furthermore, 25 segment rods of burn-up range from 43 to 61 GWd/t were power ramped and some of them were examined destructively. The FGR fraction of base irradiated Step II LUAs was less than that of the previous types of fuel rods, indicating the effectiveness of design improvements to reduce fission gas release and that of ramped segment rods showed a dependency on ramp terminal power, burn-up and cumulative holding time. Though the work is still in progress, some preliminary results of FGR and extensive PIEs, focusing on local data of fission product release and pellet microstructure, are presented. (author)

  8. Optimization of fuel cells for BWR based in Tabu modified search

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    The advances in the development of a computational system for the design and optimization of cells for assemble of fuel of Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) are presented. The method of optimization is based on the technique of Tabu Search (Tabu Search, TS) implemented in progressive stages designed to accelerate the search and to reduce the time used in the process of optimization. It was programed an algorithm to create the first solution. Also for to diversify the generation of random numbers, required by the technical TS, it was used the Makoto Matsumoto function obtaining excellent results. The objective function has been coded in such a way that can adapt to optimize different parameters like they can be the enrichment average or the peak factor of radial power. The neutronic evaluation of the cells is carried out in a fine way by means of the HELIOS simulator. In the work the main characteristics of the system are described and an application example is presented to the design of a cell of 10x10 bars of fuel with 10 different enrichment compositions and gadolinium content. (Author)

  9. BWR spent-fuel measurements with the ION-1/fork detector and a calorimeter

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    Gamma-ray and neutron measurements were made on about 50 irradiated boiling-water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies using the Los Alamos National Laboratory ION-1/fork detector. The assemblies were placed in a dry storage cask (DOE's REA-2023) at the General Electric Morris Operation (GE-MO) as part of a program to evaluate the cask performance. Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) conducted the program. PNL compared axial radiation profiles developed from ION-1/fork measurements with calculated profiles to interpret the temperature distributions within the cask. The gamma-ray profiles correlated with heat-emission rates measured with a calorimeter, which suggests that the ION-1/fork detector is much faster than the more direct calorimeter. In addition, the radiation profiles from the ION-1/fork detector can prevent cask loadings with undesirable heat source distributions. The detector also provides safeguards information by verifying the declared exposures and cooling times. The genuineness of the assemblies is thus confirmed just before the filling and sealing of a cask. The ION-1/fork detector was permanently installed in the GE-MO fuel storage pond for 1 year without any breakdowns or significant maintenance required. Data were gathered for 9 months and analyzed using techniques developed during previous measurement campaigns. A few anomalies were found in generally satisfactory results. The detector's ease of use, reliability, and reproducibility were excellent

  10. Experimental data report for Test TS-1 Reactivity Initiated Accident Test in NSRR with pre-irradiated BWR fuel rod

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    This report presents experimental data for Test TS-1 which was the first in a series of tests, simulating Reactivity Initiated Accident (RIA) conditions using pre-irradiated BWR fuel rods, performed in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) in October, 1989. Test fuel rod used in the Test TS-1 was a short-sized BWR (7 x 7) type rod which was fabricated from a commercial rod provided from Tsuruga Unit 1 power reactor. The fuel had an initial enrichment of 2.79 % and burnup of 21.3 GWd/t (bundle average). Pulse irradiation was performed at a condition of stagnant water cooling, atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature using a newly developed double container-type capsule. Energy deposition of the rod in this test was evaluated to be about 61 cal/g·fuel (55 cal/g·fuel in peak fuel enthalpy) and no fuel failure was observed. Descriptions on test conditions, test procedures, fuel burnup measurements, transient behavior of the test rod during pulse irradiation and results of post pulse irradiation examinations are contained in this report. (author)

  11. Fuel element database: developer handbook

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    The fuel elements database which was developed for Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities is described. The software uses standards like HTML, PHP and SQL. For the standard installation freely available software packages such as MySQL database or the PHP interpreter from Apache Software Foundation and Java Script were used. (nevyjel)

  12. Fuel design with low peak of local power for BWR reactors with increased nominal power

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    The Federal Commission of Electricity recently announcement the beginning of the works related with the increase of the power to 120% of the original nominal one in the Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) of the Laguna Verde Central (CLV): In the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ) are carried out studies of the impact on the design of the recharge of derived fuel of this increase. One of the main effects of the power increase type that it is promoting, is the increment of the flow of generated vapor, what takes, to a bigger fraction of vacuum in the core presenting increased values of the maximum fraction to the limit, so much of the ratio of lineal heat generation (XFLPD) as of the ratio of critic power (MFLCPR). In the made studies, it is found that these fractions rise lineally with the increase of the nominal power. Considering that the reactors of the CLV at the moment operate to 105% of the original nominal power, it would imply an increment of the order of 13.35% in the XFLPD and in the MFLCPR operating to a nominal power of 120% of the original one. This would propitiate bigger problems to design appropriately the fuel cycle and the necessity, almost unavoidable, of to resort to a fuel assembly type more advanced for the recharges of the cores. As option, in the ININ the feasibility of continuing using the same type of it fuel assembles that one has come using recently in the CLV, the type GE12 is analyzed. To achieve it was outlined to diminish the peak factor of local power (LPPF) of the power cells that compose the fuel recharge in 13.35%. It was started of a fuel design previously used in the recharge of the unit 1 cycle 12 and it was re-design to use it in the recharge design of the cycle 13 of the unit 1, considering an increase to 120% of the original power and the same requirements of cycle extension. For the re-design of the fuel assembly cell it was used the PreDiCeldas computer program developed in the ININ. It was able to diminish the LPPF

  13. Hydrogen uptake of BWR fuel rods. Power history effects at long irradiation times

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    AREVA LTP (Low Temperature Process) Zircaloy-2 cladding for Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) in both RXA (Recrystallized Annealed) and CWSR (Cold Worked Stress Relieved) metallurgical states, has an optimized microstructure with an optimum size of SPP (Secondary Phase Particles) that has reduced the nodular corrosion to a minimum while maintaining a good uniform corrosion performance with acceptable hydrogen pickup. Classically hydrogen uptake is described by the Hydrogen Pick-Up Fraction (HPUF), which is the ratio of the hydrogen generated by uniform oxidation that is eventually picked up by the metal to the total hydrogen generated by oxidation. In the past, the hydrogen uptake database showed a low HPUF with hydrogen concentration close to the saturation value of the metal at operating temperature and correspondingly little hydride formation. The hydrogen concentration was correlated with irradiation time via the HPUF (at an almost constant corrosion and hydrogen production rate). Recently, some significantly higher hydrogen concentration values (300 wppm and more) have been measured for medium and high burnup rods. This effect was also observed on four AREVA fuel rods from BWR (Boiling Water Reactors). This prompted a thorough analysis of the hydrogen pickup database as well as material and environmental factors influencing corrosion and hydrogen uptake. The most important outcome of the investigation was that a low power – low steam condition is associated with increased hydrogen pickup. The linear power is a proxy variable for low heat flux and low steam quality in the coolant, which were identified as important parameters for physical processes that could explain the enhanced hydrogen uptake in some cases. The paper will present the database of the enhanced hydrogen uptake measured in European power reactors and demonstrate the effect of power history on the uptake process. Power histories with high hydrogen uptake included extended low power periods later in

  14. Thermal-hydraulic stability tests for newly designed BWR rod bundle (step-III fuel type A)

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    Thermal-hydraulic stability tests have been performed on electrically heated bundles to simulate the newly designed Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuels in a parallel channel test loop. The objective of the current experimental program is to investigate how the newly designed bundle could improve the thermal-hydraulic stability. Measurements of the thermal-hydraulic instability thresholds in two vertical rod bundles have been conducted in steam-water two-phase flow conditions at the TOSHIBA test loop. Fluid conditions were BWR operating conditions of 7 MPa system pressure, 1.0-2.0x106 kg/m2/h inlet mass flux and 28-108 kJ/kg inlet subcooling. The parallel channel test loop consists of a main bundle of 3x3 indirectly heated rods of 1/9 symmetry of 9x9 full lattice and a bypass bundle of 8x8. These are both simulated BWR rod bundles in respect of rod diameter, heated length, rod configuration, fuel rod spacer, core inlet hydraulic resistance and upper tie plate. There are three types of the 3x3 test bundles with different configurations of a part length rod of two-thirds the length of the other rods and an axial power shape. The design innovation of the part length rod for a 9x9 lattice development, though addition of more fuel rods increases bundle pressure drop, reduces pressure drop in the two-phase portion of the bundle, and enhances the thermal hydraulic stability. Through the experiments, the parameter dependency on the channel stability threshold is obtained for inlet subcooling, inlet mass flux, inlet flow resistance, axial power shape and part length rod. The main conclusion is that the stability threshold is about 10% greater with the part length rod than without the part length rod. The new BWR bundle consisting of the part length rod has been verified in respect of thermal hydraulic stability performance. (author)

  15. Artificial intelligence applied to fuel management in BWR type reactors; Inteligencia artificial aplicada a la administracion de combustible en reactores BWR

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    Ortiz S, J.J

    1998-10-01

    In this work two techniques of artificial intelligence, neural networks and genetic algorithms were applied to a practical problem of nuclear fuel management; the determination of the optimal fuel reload for a BWR type reactor. This is an important problem in the design of the operation cycle of the reactor. As a result of the application of these techniques, comparable or even better reloads proposals than those given by expert companies in the subject were obtained. Additionally, two other simpler problems in reactor physics were solved: the determination of the axial power profile and the prediction of the value of some variables of interest at the end of the operation cycle of the reactor. Neural networks and genetic algorithms have been applied to solve many problems of engineering because of their versatility but they have been rarely used in the area of fuel management. The results obtained in this thesis indicates the convenience of undertaking further work on this area and suggest the application of these techniques of artificial intelligence to the solution of other problems in nuclear reactor physics. (Author)

  16. Transportation of irradiated fuel elements

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    The report falls under the headings: introduction (explaining the special interest of the London Borough of Brent, as forming part of the route for transportation of irradiated fuel elements); nuclear power (with special reference to transport of spent fuel and radioactive wastes); the flask aspect (design, safety regulations, criticisms, tests, etc.); the accident aspect (working manual for rail staff, train formation, responsibility, postulated accident situations); the emergency arrangements aspect; the monitoring aspect (health and safety reports); legislation; contingency plans; radiation - relevant background information. (U.K.)

  17. BWR 90: The ABB advanced BWR design

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    ABB has two evolutionary advanced fight water reactors available today - the BWR 90 boiling water reactor and the System 80+ pressurised water reactor. The BWR 90 is based on the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the BWR 75 plants. The operation experience of the six plants of this advanced design has been very good. The average annual energy availability is above 90%, and the total power generation costs have been low. In the development of BWR 90 specific changes were introduced to the reference design, to adapt to technological progress, new safety requirements and to achieve cost savings. The thermal power rating of BWR 90 is 3800 MWth (providing a nominal 1374 MWe net), slightly higher dim that of the reference plant ABB Atom has taken advantage of margins gained using a new generation of its SVEA fuel to attain this power rating without major design modifications. The BWR 90 design was completed and offered to the TVO utility in Finland in 1991, as one of the contenders for the fifth Finnish nuclear power plant project. Thus, the design is available today for deployment in new plant projects. Utility views were incorporated through co-operation with the Finnish utility TVO, owner and operator of the two Olkiluoto plants of BWR 75 design. A review against the European Utility Requirement (EUR) set of requirements has been performed, since the design, in 1997, was selected by the EUR Steering Committee to be the first BWR to be evaluated against the EUR documents. The work is scheduled for completion in 1998. It will be the subject of an 'EUR Volume 3 Subset for BWR 90' document. ABB is continuing its BWR development work with the 'evolutionary' design BWR 90+. The primary design goal is to develop the BWR as a competitive option for the anticipated revival of the market for new nuclear plants beyond the turn of the century, as well as feeding ideas and inputs to the continuous modernisation efforts at operating plants. The development is

  18. HYTHEST, Dependence of Fuel Fabrication Tolerances on Hydraulics of BWR, PWR

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    1 - Nature of physical problem solved: HYTHEST is a Monte Carlo programme. With this programme it is possible to study statistically the influence that the random variation of the independent parameters subjected to fabrication tolerances (fuel density and enrichment, geometric dimension) have on dependent thermal hydraulic variables (temperatures, vapour quality, pressure drop) in a PWR and BWR reactor core. 2 - Method of solution: According to the spot model, a random core is built up, choosing in every region of core the values of the independent parameters with the aid of a random sampling routine. Next with a detailed thermal hydraulic calculation routine the values of the dependent variables are calculated in this random sampled core. This procedure is repeated according to a Monte Carlo technique choosing as many random cores as necessary. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: 900 maximum number of Monte Carlo histories; 220 maximum number of intervals in the channel; 50 maximum number of points in which the interval Ymax-Ymin must be subdivided

  19. Development of underwater high-definition camera for the confirmation test of core configuration and visual examination of BWR fuel

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    The purpose of this study is to develop underwater High-Definition camera for the confirmation test of core configuration and visual examination of BWR fuels in order to reduce the time of these tests and total cost regarding to purchase and maintenance. The prototype model of the camera was developed and examined in real use condition in spent fuel pool at HAMAOKA-2 and 4. The examination showed that the ability of prototype model was either equaling or surpassing to conventional product expect for resistance to radiation. The camera supposes to be used in the dose rate condition of under about 10 Gy/h. (author)

  20. Design of a fuel recharge for a BWR using advanced optimization systems; Diseno de una recarga de combustible para un BWR empleando sistemas avanzados de optimizacion

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    Hernandez M, J.L. [ININ, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Francois L, J.L.; Martin del Campo, M. C. [FI. UNAM, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, 62550 Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico)]. e-mail: jlhm@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    The fuel recharge design for a BWR reactor it was carried out, which includes the design of four fuel cells to form an assembly, the accommodation design of fresh and partially consumed assemblies and the control bars pattern design to use along an operation cycle. The three stages were approached as optimization problems using different computational tools, each one of those includes an objective function to measure quantitatively the evolution of the different candidate solutions. With the tool used in the fuel cells design that makes use of the tabu search technique its were obtained cells that showed to be lightly more reactive that other similar taken as reference. With the four designed cells it was formed a fuel assembly that turn out to have an average enrichment lightly smaller to the one of another assembly similar taken as reference. In the recharge pattern design it was used another optimization tool, also based on tabu search to obtain the accommodation of 108 fresh fuels and 336 partially consumed, fulfilling the conditions imposed to operate with the core strategies with control cells (CCC) and of low leakage. A Haling calculation reported that with the obtained accommodation it was achievement to increase in 8% the cycle length with regard to the one obtained using a similar reference pattern. In the design of the control bars patterns it was used a tool based on the use of the genetic algorithms to obtain the placement patterns of the control bars along an operation cycle. The search tool only uses the bars of the A2 sequence and it makes use of the 1/8 symmetry of the core, with that the number of used control bars it decreases at 5. Also the use of control bars in intermediate positions is also avoided. With the obtained patterns a cycle length is obtained that is lightly bigger to the reported value in a Haling calculation. (Author)

  1. Optimization of fuel cells for BWR based in Tabu modified search; Optimizacion de celdas de combustible para BWR basada en busqueda Tabu modificada

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    Martin del Campo M, C.; Francois L, J.L. [Facultad de Ingenieria, UNAM, Laboratorio de Analisis en Ingenieria de Reactores Nucleares, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, 62550 Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico); Palomera P, M.A. [Facultad de Ingenieria, UNAM, Posgrado en Ingenieria en Computacion, Circuito exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)]. e-mail: cmcm@fi-b.unam.mx

    2004-07-01

    The advances in the development of a computational system for the design and optimization of cells for assemble of fuel of Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) are presented. The method of optimization is based on the technique of Tabu Search (Tabu Search, TS) implemented in progressive stages designed to accelerate the search and to reduce the time used in the process of optimization. It was programed an algorithm to create the first solution. Also for to diversify the generation of random numbers, required by the technical TS, it was used the Makoto Matsumoto function obtaining excellent results. The objective function has been coded in such a way that can adapt to optimize different parameters like they can be the enrichment average or the peak factor of radial power. The neutronic evaluation of the cells is carried out in a fine way by means of the HELIOS simulator. In the work the main characteristics of the system are described and an application example is presented to the design of a cell of 10x10 bars of fuel with 10 different enrichment compositions and gadolinium content. (Author)

  2. BWR-spent fuel transport and storage with the TN trademark 9/4 and TN trademark 24BH casks

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    The Swiss Nuclear Utilities have started in 2001 to store spent fuel in dry metallic dual-purpose casks in ZWILAG, the Swiss interim storage facility. BKW FMB Energy Ltd., as Muehleberg Nuclear Power Plant owner, is involved in this process and has selected to store its spent fuel, a new high capacity dual-purpose cask, the TN trademark 24BH. For the transport in a medium size cask, COGEMA LOGISTICS has developed a new cask, the TN trademark 9/4, to replace the NTL9 cask, which performed numerous transports of BWR spent fuel in the past decades. Licensed IAEA 1996, the TN trademark 9/4 is a 40 ton transport cask, for 7 BWR high burn-up spent fuel assemblies. The spent fuel assemblies can be transferred in the ZWILAG hot cell in the TN trademark 24BH cask. The first use of these casks took place in 2003. Ten TN trademark 9/4 transports were performed, and one TN trademark 24BH was loaded. After a brief presentation of the operational aspects, the paper will focus on the TN trademark 24BH high capacity dual purpose cask, the TN trademark 9/4 transport cask and describe in detail their characteristics and possibilities

  3. A practical optimization procedure for radial BWR fuel lattice design using tabu search with a multiobjective function

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    An optimization procedure based on the tabu search (TS) method was developed for the design of radial enrichment and gadolinia distributions for boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel lattices. The procedure was coded in a computing system in which the optimization code uses the tabu search method to select potential solutions and the HELIOS code to evaluate them. The goal of the procedure is to search for an optimal fuel utilization, looking for a lattice with minimum average enrichment, with minimum deviation of reactivity targets and with a local power peaking factor (PPF) lower than a limit value. Time-dependent-depletion (TDD) effects were considered in the optimization process. The additive utility function method was used to convert the multiobjective optimization problem into a single objective problem. A strategy to reduce the computing time employed by the optimization was developed and is explained in this paper. An example is presented for a 10x10 fuel lattice with 10 different fuel compositions. The main contribution of this study is the development of a practical TDD optimization procedure for BWR fuel lattice design, using TS with a multiobjective function, and a strategy to economize computing time

  4. Behavior of irradiated BWR fuel under reactivity-initiated-accident conditions. Results of tests FK-1, -2 and -3

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    Boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel rods with burnups of 41 to 45 GWd/tU were pulse-irradiated in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) to investigate the fuel behavior during a reactivity initiated accident (RIA) at cold startup. BWR fuel segment rods of 8 x 8BJ (STEP I) type from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 3 were refabricated into short test rods, and they were subjected to prompt enthalpy insertion from 293 to 607 J/g (70 to 145 cal/g) within about 20 ms. The fuel cladding had enough ductility against the prompt deformation due to pellet cladding mechanical interaction. The plastic hoop strain reached 1.5% at the peak location. The cladding surface temperature locally reached about 600 degC. Recovery of irradiation defects in the cladding due to high temperature during the pulse irradiation was indicated via X-ray diffractometry. The amount of fission gas released during the pulse irradiation was from 3.1% to 8.2% of total inventory, depending on the peak fuel enthalpy and the normal operation conditions. (author)

  5. Radial optimization of a BWR fuel cell using genetic algorithms; Optimizacion radial de una celda de combustible BWR usando algoritmos geneticos

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    Martin del Campo M, C.; Carmona H, R.; Oropeza C, I.P. [UNAM, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, 62550 Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico)]. e-mail: cmcm@fi-b.unam.mx

    2006-07-01

    The development of the application of the Genetic Algorithms (GA) to the optimization of the radial distribution of enrichment in a cell of fuel of a BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) is presented. The optimization process it was ties to the HELIOS simulator, which is a transport code of neutron simulation of fuel cells that has been validated for the calculation of nuclear banks for BWRs. With heterogeneous radial designs can improve the radial distribution of the power, for what the radial design of fuel has a strong influence in the global design of fuel recharges. The optimum radial distribution of fuel bars is looked for with different enrichments of U{sup 235} and contents of consumable poison. For it is necessary to define the representation of the solution, the objective function and the implementation of the specific optimization process to the solution of the problem. The optimization process it was coded in 'C' language, it was automated the creation of the entrances to the simulator, the execution of the simulator and the extraction, in the exit of the simulator, of the parameters that intervene in the objective function. The objective function includes four parameters: average enrichment of the cell, average gadolinia concentration of the cell, peak factor of radial power and k-infinite multiplication factor. To be able to calculate the parameters that intervene in the objective function, the one evaluation process of GA was ties to the HELIOS code executed in a Compaq Alpha workstation. It was applied to the design of a fuel cell of 10 x 10 that it can be employee in the fuel assemble designs that are used at the moment in the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central. Its were considered 10 different fuel compositions which four contain gadolinia. Three heuristic rules that consist in prohibiting the placement of bars with gadolinia in the ends of the cell, to place the compositions with the smallest enrichment in the corners of the cell and to fix

  6. Fuel elements of thermionic converters

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    Hunter, R.L. [ed.] [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Environmental Systems Assessment Dept.; Gontar, A.S.; Nelidov, M.V.; Nikolaev, Yu.V.; Schulepov, L.N. [RI SIA Lutch, Podolsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-01-01

    Work on thermionic nuclear power systems has been performed in Russia within the framework of the TOPAZ reactor program since the early 1960s. In the TOPAZ in-core thermionic convertor reactor design, the fuel element`s cladding is also the thermionic convertor`s emitter. Deformation of the emitter can lead to short-circuiting and is the primary cause of premature TRC failure. Such deformation can be the result of fuel swelling, thermocycling, or increased unilateral pressure on the emitter due to the release of gaseous fission products. Much of the work on TRCs has concentrated on preventing or mitigating emitter deformation by improving the following materials and structures: nuclear fuel; emitter materials; electrical insulators; moderator and reflector materials; and gas-exhaust device. In addition, considerable effort has been directed toward the development of experimental techniques that accurately mimic operational conditions and toward the creation of analytical and numerical models that allow operational conditions and behavior to be predicted without the expense and time demands of in-pile tests. New and modified materials and structures for the cores of thermionic NPSs and new fabrication processes for the materials have ensured the possibility of creating thermionic NPSs for a wide range of powers, from tens to several hundreds of kilowatts, with life spans of 5 to 10 years.

  7. Nuclear fuel element and container

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    The invention is based on the discovery that a substantial reduction in metal embrittlement or stress corrosion cracking from fuel pellet-cladding interaction can be achieved by the use of a copper layer or liner in proximity to the nuclear fuel, and an intermediate zirconium oxide barrier layer between the copper layer and the zirconium cladding substrate. The intermediate zirconia layer is a good copper diffusion barrier; also, if the zirconium cladding surface is modified prior to oxidation, copper can be deposited by electroless plating. A nuclear fuel element is described which comprises a central core of fuel material and an elongated container using the system outlined above. The method for making the container is again described. It comprises roughening or etching the surface of the zirconium or zirconium alloy container, oxidizing the resulting container, activating the oxidized surface to allow for the metallic coating of such surfaces by electroless deposition and further coating the activated-oxidized surface of the zirconium or zirconium alloy container with copper, iron or nickel or an alloy thereof. (U.K.)

  8. A subchannel and CFD analysis of void distribution for the BWR fuel bundle test benchmark

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    In, Wang-Kee; Hwang, Dae-Hyun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), 1045 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Jae Jun, E-mail: jjjeong@pusan.ac.kr [School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► We analyzed subchannel void distributions using subchannel, system and CFD codes. ► The mean error and standard deviation at steady states were compared. ► The deviation of the CFD simulation was greater than those of the others. ► The large deviation of the CFD prediction is due to interface model uncertainties. -- Abstract: The subchannel grade and microscopic void distributions in the NUPEC (Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation) BFBT (BWR Full-Size Fine-Mesh Bundle Tests) facility have been evaluated with a subchannel analysis code MATRA, a system code MARS and a CFD code CFX-10. Sixteen test series from five different test bundles were selected for the analysis of the steady-state subchannel void distributions. Four test cases for a high burn-up 8 × 8 fuel bundle with a single water rod were simulated using CFX-10 for the microscopic void distribution benchmark. Two transient cases, a turbine trip without a bypass as a typical power transient and a re-circulation pump trip as a flow transient, were also chosen for this analysis. It was found that the steady-state void distributions calculated by both the MATRA and MARS codes coincided well with the measured data in the range of thermodynamic qualities from 5 to 25%. The results of the transient calculations were also similar to each other and very reasonable. The CFD simulation reproduced the overall radial void distribution trend which produces less vapor in the central part of the bundle and more vapor in the periphery. However, the predicted variation of the void distribution inside the subchannels is small, while the measured one is large showing a very high concentration in the center of the subchannels. The variations of the void distribution between the center of the subchannels and the subchannel gap are estimated to be about 5–10% for the CFD prediction and more than 20% for the experiment.

  9. BN-600 fuel elements and fuel assemblies operating experience

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    Consideration is given to the data on fuel burnup of standard fuel assemblies of the BN-600 reactor first core charge and that for modified core; data on operation ability of fuel assemblies of the first charge type are given. Data on main results of primary post-irradiation examination of fuel assemblies and fuel elements and maximal values of fuel burnup, achieved in particular fuel assemblies of BN-600 reactor are presented. 4 figs.; 1 tab

  10. Physics of BWR MOX fuel results of an international benchmark study by the OECD/NEA nuclear science committee

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    The results of a theoretical benchmark of boiling water reactor (BWR) assembly containing MOX fuel rods are summarised. This study was carried out by the OECD/NEA Working Party on Physics of Plutonium Fuels and Innovative Fuel Cycles (WPPR). A modern 10 x 10 BWR design with large internal water structure was chosen for this exercise. It corresponds to an ATRIUM 10 (10-9Q) type with symmetrical water gaps. About 30 solutions were submitted by approximately 20 participants using a dozen different code systems with data from well-known state-of-the-art evaluated nuclear data files, a response which underlines the widespread interest in BWR MOX physics. The discrepancies between the participants for the infinite multiplication factor from beginning of life through burn-ups up to 50 MWd/kg are relatively small (less than 1%). The effect due to diverse evaluated data libraries, e.g. JEF and ENDF represents about 1%. The peaking factor is a local value, more dependent on the methods used in the codes, and with lower compensation effects than for reactivity. The discrepancies are larger in value and there are inconsistencies in the location of the peak. The average values with and without the extreme values differ by 2%, implying that the extreme values could be outside the acceptable range. Other parameters examined include the behaviour of the peaking factor under cold conditions, the evolution of peaking factor with burn-up and the effect of voiding the assembly. Close attention was also paid to the depletion behaviour of gadolinia and the burn-up evolution of the heavy metals. The paper describes the results from this benchmark study and draws conclusions on the consistency of the different solutions provided and provides recommendations for the most effective methods. (author)

  11. Information to be requested from the NSSS vendor for fuel management capability for BWR

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    A set of the nuclear, thermal-hydraulic, and mechanical parameters necessary according to the design of BWRs, is listed. This parameters are necessary to perform the fuel elements management and design, and it must be supplied by the Reactor Manufacturer to the Utility. (Author) 18 refs

  12. Information to be requested from the NSSS vendor for fuel management capability for BWR

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    Minguez, E.; Esteban, A.; Gomez, M.; Leira, G.; Martinez, R.; Serrano, J.

    1975-07-01

    A set of the nuclear, thermal-hydraulic, and mechanical parameters necessary according to the design of BWRs, is listed. This parameters are necessary to perform the fuel elements management and design, and it must be supplied by the Reactor Manufacturer to the Utility. (Author) 18 refs.

  13. Prediction of the local power factor in BWR fuel cells by means of a multilayer neural network

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    To the beginning of a new operation cycle in a BWR reactor the reactivity of this it increases by means of the introduction of fresh fuel, the one denominated reload fuel. The problem of the definition of the characteristics of this reload fuel represents a combinatory optimization problem that requires significantly a great quantity of CPU time for their determination. This situation has motivated to study the possibility to substitute the Helios code, the one which is used to generate the new cells of the reload fuel parameters, by an artificial neuronal network, with the purpose of predicting the parameters of the fuel reload cell of a BWR reactor. In this work the results of the one training of a multilayer neuronal net that can predict the local power factor (LPPF) in such fuel cells are presented. The prediction of the LPPF is carried out in those condition of beginning of the life of the cell (0.0 MWD/T, to 40% of holes in the one moderator, temperature of 793 K in the fuel and a moderator temperature of 560 K. The cells considered in the present study consist of an arrangement of 10x10 bars, of those which 92 contains U235, some of these bars also contain a concentration of Gd2O3 and 8 of them contain only water. The axial location inside the one assembles of recharge of these cells it is exactly up of the cells that contain natural uranium in the base of the reactor core. The training of the neuronal net is carried out by means of a retro-propagation algorithm that uses a space of training formed starting from previous evaluations of cells by means of the Helios code. They are also presented the results of the application of the neuronal net found for the prediction of the LPPF of some cells used in the real operation of the Unit One of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power station. (Author)

  14. Effect of fraction of voids in the nuclear fuel burned for a 10 X 10 assembly of a BWR

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    A major source of uncertainty in BWR reactor physics is associated with the properties of moderation and coolant bypass regions with a very significant impact on nuclear parameters such as: the finite multiplication factor (k∞), area migration of neutrons (M2) and the void coefficient of reactivity (aν). In this work, we assess the effect caused by the presence of voids in the moderator during the burning of fuel in a fuel assembly type SVEA-96 for a BWR; the codes uses as a tool were INTERPIN-3 and CASMO-4. The geometry SVEA-96 is characterized by an assembly subdivided in four sub-bundles, through an internal bypass cross-shaped gap that allows a more uniform distribution of the moderator, providing a better distribution in the neutrons flux, and thus provide a better distribution of energy and burned. This study was conducted for a wide range of void fractions, from 0% (pure liquid) to 100% (pure steam) and covered: 1) The effect caused by the presence of voids during the burning of nuclear fuel 2) the effects of the structure of energy groups including libraries of cross sections based on ENDF/B-4, and 3) the impact of the presence of control rod. The burning range is from 0 G Wd/Mt to 50 G Wd/Mt. (Author)

  15. Fuel elements of thermionic converters

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    Work on thermionic nuclear power systems has been performed in Russia within the framework of the TOPAZ reactor program since the early 1960s. In the TOPAZ in-core thermionic convertor reactor design, the fuel element's cladding is also the thermionic convertor's emitter. Deformation of the emitter can lead to short-circuiting and is the primary cause of premature TRC failure. Such deformation can be the result of fuel swelling, thermocycling, or increased unilateral pressure on the emitter due to the release of gaseous fission products. Much of the work on TRCs has concentrated on preventing or mitigating emitter deformation by improving the following materials and structures: nuclear fuel; emitter materials; electrical insulators; moderator and reflector materials; and gas-exhaust device. In addition, considerable effort has been directed toward the development of experimental techniques that accurately mimic operational conditions and toward the creation of analytical and numerical models that allow operational conditions and behavior to be predicted without the expense and time demands of in-pile tests. New and modified materials and structures for the cores of thermionic NPSs and new fabrication processes for the materials have ensured the possibility of creating thermionic NPSs for a wide range of powers, from tens to several hundreds of kilowatts, with life spans of 5 to 10 years

  16. MCTP, a code for the thermo-mechanical analysis of a fuel rod of BWR type reactors (Neutron part)

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    In the National Institute of Nuclear Research of Mexico a code for the thermo-mechanical analysis of the fuel rods of the BWR type reactors of the Nucleo electric Central of Laguna Verde is developed. The code solves the diffusion equation in cylindrical coordinates with several energy groups. The code, likewise, calculates the temperature distribution and power distribution in those fuel rods. The code is denominated Multi groups With Temperatures and Power (MCTP). In the code, the energy with which the fission neutrons are emitted it is divided in six groups. They are also considered the produced perturbations by the changes in the temperatures of the materials that constitute the fuel rods, the content of fission products, the uranium consumption and in its case the gadolinium, as well as the plutonium production. In this work there are present preliminary results obtained with the code, using data of operation of the Nucleo electric Central of Laguna Verde. (Author)

  17. System for assembling nuclear fuel elements

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    An automatic system is described for assembling nuclear fuel elements, in particular those employing mixed oxide fuels. The system includes a sealing mechanism which allows movement during the assembling of the fuel element along the assembly stations without excessive release of contaminants. (U.K.)

  18. Experimental data report for test TS-5 Reactivity Initiated Accident test in the NSRR with pre-irradiated BWR fuel rod

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    This report presents experimental data for Test TS-5 which was the fifth test in a series of Reactivity Initiated Accident (RIA) tests using pre-irradiated BWR fuel rods, performed in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) in January, 1993. Test fuel rod used in the Test TS-5 was a short-sized BWR (7x7) type rod which was re-fabricated from a commercial rod irradiated in the Tsuruga Unit 1 power reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co. The fuel had an initial enrichment of 2.79% and a burnup of 26GWd/tU. A pulse irradiation of the test fuel rod was performed under a cooling condition of stagnant water at atmospheric pressure and at ambient temperature which simulated a BWR's cold start-up RIA event. The nominal energy deposition of 117±5cal/g·fuel (98±4cal/g·fuel in peak fuel enthalpy) was subjected to the test fuel rod and no fuel failure was observed in the test. The test fuel was pulse irradiated in a flow shroud which simulates fuel/water ratio in the commercial assembly. Descriptions on test conditions, test procedures, transient behavior of the test rod during the pulse irradiation, and results of pre-pulse and post-pulse irradiation examinations are described in this report. (author)

  19. Thermomechanical analysis of nuclear fuel elements

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    This work presents development of a code to obtain the thermomechanical analysis of fuel rods in the fuel assemblies inserted in the core of BWR reactors. The code uses experimental correlations developed in several laboratories. The development of the code is divided in two parts: a) the thermal part and b) the mechanical part, extending both the fuel and the cladding materials. The thermal part consists of finding the radial distribution of temperatures in the pellet, from the fuel centerline up to the coolant, along the total active length, considering one and two phase flow in the coolant, as a result of the pressure drop in the system. The mechanical part analyzes the effects of temperature gradients, pressure and irradiation, to which the fuel rod is subjected. The strains produced by swelling, creep and thermal stress in the fuel material are analyzed. In the same way the strains in the cladding are analyzed, considering the effects produced by the pressure exerted on the cladding by pellet swelling, by the pressure caused by fission gas release toward the cavities, and by the strain produced on the cladding by the pressure changes of the system. (Author)

  20. Spacer for supporting fuel element boxes

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    A spacer plate unit arranged externally on each side and at a predetermined level of a polygonal fuel element box for mutually supporting, with respect to one another, a plurality of the fuel element boxes forming a fuel element bundle, is formed of a first and a second spacer plate part each having the same length and the same width and being constituted of unlike first and second materials, respectively. The first and second spacer plate parts of the several spacer plate units situated at the predetermined level are arranged in an alternating continuous series when viewed in the peripheral direction of the fuel element box, so that any two spacer plate units belonging to face-to-face oriented sides of two adjoining fuel element boxes in the fuel element bundle define interfaces of unlike materials

  1. Automated Fuel Element Closure Welding System

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    The Automated Fuel Element Closure Welding System is a robotic device that will load and weld top end plugs onto nuclear fuel elements in a highly radioactive and inert gas environment. The system was developed at Argonne National Laboratory-West as part of the Fuel Cycle Demonstration. The welding system performs four main functions, it (1) injects a small amount of a xenon/krypton gas mixture into specific fuel elements, and (2) loads tiny end plugs into the tops of fuel element jackets, and (3) welds the end plugs to the element jackets, and (4) performs a dimensional inspection of the pre- and post-welded fuel elements. The system components are modular to facilitate remote replacement of failed parts. The entire system can be operated remotely in manual, semi-automatic, or fully automatic modes using a computer control system. The welding system is currently undergoing software testing and functional checkout

  2. Micro fuel elements and fuel elements studies with the use of pre-irradiation

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    The ampoule and loop canal designs for irradiation of HTGR fuel elements and methods of investigation of their radiation stability are described. The results are presented on the measurement of fission product yield from fuel elements during irradiation. Irradiation main parameters are in agreement with HTGR operating conditions. The results of metallographic investigations of the micro fuel elements irradiated are given. The processes taking place in fuel elements and microfuel elements during irradiation are discussed

  3. Thermal-hydraulic stability tests for newly designed BWR rod bundle (step-III fuel type B)

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    The Step-III Fuel Type B is a new fuel design for high burn-up operation in BWRs in Japan. The fuel design uses a 9x9 - 9 rod bundle to accommodate the high fuel duty of high burn-up operation and a square water-channel to provide enhanced neutron moderation. The objective of this study is to confirm the thermal-hydraulic stability performance of the new fuel design by tests which simulate the parallel channel configuration of the BWR core. The stability testing was performed at the NFI test loop. The test bundle geometry used for the stability test is a 3x3 heater rod bundle which has about 1/8 of the cross section area of the full size 9x9 - 9 rod bundle. Full size heater rods were used to simulate the fuel rods. For parallel channel simulation, a bypass channel with a 6x6 - 8 heater rod bundle was connected in parallel with the 3x3 rod bundle test channel. The stability test results showed typical flow oscillation features which have been described as density wave oscillations. The stationary limit cycle oscillation extended flow amplitudes to several tens of a percent of the nominal value, during which periodic dry-out and re-wetting were observed. The test results were used for verification of a stability analysis code, which demonstrated that the stability performance of the new fuel design has been conservatively predicted. (author)

  4. Gamma spectrometry of TRIGA fuel elements

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    The burnupt of 19 TRIGA fuel elements was determined by gamma spectrometry using a special fuel element holder developed and constructed at the Atom Institute, Vienna. The investigated fuel element is kept in a horizontal position about 4 m below the reactor pool water surface. A collimator tube extends to the reactor platform where an intrinsic Ge-detector is located. With this system each fuel element was investigated at eight equidistant points along its active zone and the Cs 137 activity was evaluated. (orig.)

  5. Experimental data report for test TS-3 Reactivity Initiated Accident test in the NSRR with pre-irradiated BWR fuel rod

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    This report presents experimental data for Test TS-3 which was the third test in a series of Reactivity Initiated Accident (RIA) tests using pre-irradiated BWR fuel rods, performed in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) in September, 1990. Test fuel rod used in the Test TS-3 was a short-sized BWR (7 x 7) type rod which was re-fabricated from a commercial rod irradiated in the Tsuruga Unit 1 power reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co. The fuel had an initial enrichment of 2.79 % and a burnup of 26 Gwd/tU. A pulse irradiation of the test fuel rod was performed under a cooling condition of stagnant water at atmospheric pressure and at ambient temperature which simulated a BWR's cold start-up RIA event. The energy deposition of the fuel rod in this test was evaluated to be 94 ± 4 cal/g · fuel (88 ± 4 cal/g · fuel in peak fuel enthalpy) and no fuel failure was observed. Descriptions on test conditions, test procedures, transient behavior of the test rod during the pulse irradiation, and results of pre-pulse and post-pulse irradiation examinations are described in this report. (author)

  6. Nuclear fuel element and method for its fabrication

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    Within a special gas-permeable container particles of the ternary alloy Zr, Ni and Ti are contained in the fuel assembly for the BWR or PWR. Position and shape of the ternary alloy allow to remove water, water vapor and reactive gases from the fuel assembly utilizing the getter properties of this alloy. Moreover, the alloy is arranged at the coldest position of the fuel assembly, any inverse reaction thus being prevented. (DG)

  7. Handling and inspection of nuclear fuel elements

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    The invention provides improvements in the handling and inspection of nuclear fuel elements. A mobile bridge is mounted astraddle over a water tank, and from said bridge is suspended and immersed insulating plate capable of vertically receiving a fuel element and of taking a horizontal position for inspecting the latter. This can be applied to nuclear power stations

  8. Nuclear reactor fuel elements charging tool

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    To assist the loading of nuclear reactor fuel elements in a reactor core, positioning blocks with a pyramidal upper face charged to guide the fuel element leg are placed on the lower core plate. A carrier equipped with means of controlled displacement permits movement of the blocks over the lower core plate

  9. Automatic determination of BWR fuel loading patterns based on K.E. technique with core physics simulation

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    On the basis oof a computerized search method, a prototype for a fuel loading pattern expert system has been developed to support designers in core design for BWRs. The method was implemented by coupling rules and core physics simulators into an inference engine to establish an automated generate-and-test cycle. A search control mechanism, which prunes paths to be searched and selects appropriate rules through the interaction with the user, was also introduced to accomplish an effective search. The constraints in BWR core design are: (1) cycle length more than L, (2) core shutdown margin more than S, and (3) thermal margin more than T. Here L, S, and T are the specified minimum values. In this system, individual rules contain the manipulation to improve the core shutdown margin explicitly. Other items were taken into account only implicitly. Several applications to the test cases were carried out. It was found that the results were comparable with those obtained by human expert engineers. Broad applicability of the present method in the BWR core design domain was proved

  10. Fuel development program of the nuclear fuel element centre

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    Fuel technology development program pf the nuclear fuel element centre is still devised into two main pillars, namely the research reactors fuel technology and the power reactor fuel technology taking into account the strategic influencing environment such as better access to global market of fuel cycle services, the state of the art and the general trend of the fuel technology in the world. Embarking on the twenty first century the fuel development program has to be directed toward strengthening measure to acquire and self-reliance in the field of fuel technology in support to the national energy program as well as to the utilisation of research reactor. A more strengthened acquisition of fuel cycle technology, in general, and particularly of fuel technology would improve the bargaining power when negotiation the commercial fuel technology transfer in the future

  11. International experience in conditioning spent fuel elements

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    The purpose of this report is to compile and present in a clear form international experience (USA, Canada, Sweden, FRG, UK, Japan, Switzerland) gained to date in conditioning spent fuel elements. The term conditioning is here taken to mean the handling and packaging of spent fuel elements for short- or long-term storage or final disposal. Plants of a varying nature fall within this scope, both in terms of the type of fuel element treated and the plant purpose eg. experimental or production plant. Emphasis is given to plants which bear some similarity to the concept developed in Germany for direct disposal of spent fuel elements. Worldwide, however, relatively few conditioning plants are in existence or have been conceived. Hence additional plants have been included where aspects of the experience gained are also of relevance eg. plants developed for the consolidation of spent fuel elements. (orig./HP)

  12. The fabrication of nuclear fuel elements in Mexico

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    The situation of the nucleoelectrical generation in Mexico by 1976 is described: two nuclear reactors under construction but no defined program on the type and start-up dates for the next power plants. However the existence of a general plan on nuclear power plants is mentioned, which, according to the last estimates reaches to 10,000 MW installed by 1990. The national intension, definitely expressed in the Law, is to supply domestic nuclear fuel to the power reactors operating in the country, starting with the first reload for the two BWR's at the first national station in Laguna Verde, which will be required at the end of 1981 and of 1982, respectively. Before such circumstances and the relatively short amounts of fuel elements that should be produced for those two unique reactors, Mexico already has to adopt a strategy to follow in respect to fuel elements fabrication. The two main options are analyzed: 1. To delay the local fabrication until a National Nuclear Program may be defined, meanwhile purchasing abroad the necessary reloads and initial cores; and 2. To start as soon as possible the local fuel elements fabrication in order to supply fuel for the first reload of the first unit of Laguna Verde, confronting the economical risks of such posture with the advantages of an immediate action. Both options are analyzed in detail comparing them specially under the economic point of view, standing out immediately the big effect of some factors which are economically imponderable, as experience and independance that would be gained with the second option. Emphasis is made on the advantages and risks of any case. According to the first option and once a National Program is defined, the work would be heavy but of simple strategy. On the contrary, the second option requires the adoption of a more complicated strategy, as either the project of the factory as its initial operation should be made under transient conditions, in view of the expected future expansion still

  13. Soreq Nuclear Reactor Fuel Element Flow Distribution

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    Flow of cold water through the Soreq Nuclear Reactor fuel element was simulated numerically. The main objective of the present study was to obtain the flow distribution among the rectangular channels of the element. The results of the simulations were compared to the overall pressure drop on the element measured in Soreq Nuclear Reactor. The numerical model chosen has succeeded in predicting the pressure drop on the fuel element of up to 5% from the measured values. Flow through the IPEN IEA-R1 MTR fuel element was also simulated as a part of a model validation procedure. The numerical results were compared to the measurements available in the literature [1]. It was found that the water pool above the fuel element has a significant influence on the flow distribution among the channels of the element. The flow distribution reported in [1] was closely predicted numerically when the water pool was included into the simulated geometry. It can be concluded that flow distribution in the Soreq Nuclear Reactor fuel element is flatter than that in the IPEN IEA-R1 MTR fuel element

  14. Nondestructive examination of TRIGA reactor fuel elements

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    Neutron radiography has proved to be a very useful method for nondestructive examination of used and nonused reactor elements. The method can be used for determination of homogenity and burn-up of fuel and burnable poisons, for detection of fuel and full clad damage and taking into account the capability to perform accurate geometrical measurements it is also possible to assess mechanical deformations of fuel elements. Active fuel elements of TRIGA reactor have been examined for deformations and fuel clad damage. In the course of these investigations the following methods were tested and compared: - transfer neutronradiographic techniques using In and Dy converter screens, - direct neutrongraphic method using solid state track detectors, - X-ray radiography employing lead shielding masks and highly selective photographic material. Considerable information on the burn-up of reactor fuel elements can be obtained from measuring the distribution of radioactive isotopes in the fuel element by gamma ray spectroscopy. For a used TRIGA fuel element the axial distribution of the isotope Cs-137 has been measured and the burn-up determined. We compare the experimental results with a crude estimate of burn-up

  15. Simulations of ex-vessel fuel coolant interactions in a Nordic BWR using MC3D code

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    Thakre, S.; Ma, W. [Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. Div. of Nuclear Power Safety, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2013-08-15

    Nordic Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) employ a drywell cavity flooding technique as a nuclear severe accident management strategy. In case of core melt accident where the reactor pressure vessel will fail and the melt will eject from the lower head and fall into a water pool, may be in the form of a continuous jet. It is assumed that the melt jet will fragment, quench and form a coolable debris bed into the water pool. The melt interaction with a water pool may cause an energetic steam explosion which creates a potential risk towards the integrity of containment, leading to fission products release into the atmosphere. The results of the APRI-7 project suggest that the significant damage to containment structures by steam explosion cannot be ruled according to the state-of-the-art knowledge about corresponding accident scenario. In the follow-up project APRI-8 (2012-2016) one of the goals of the KTH research is to resolve the steam explosion energetics (SEE) issue, developing a risk-oriented framework for quantifying conditional threats to containment integrity for a Nordic type BWR. The present study deals with the premixing and explosion phase calculations of a Nordic BWR dry cavity, using MC3D, a multiphase CFD code for fuel coolant interactions. The main goal of the study is the assessment of pressure buildup in the cavity and the impact loading on the side walls. The conditions for the calculations are used from the SERENA-II BWR case exercise. The other objective was to do the sensitivity analysis of the parameters in modeling of fuel coolant interactions, which can help to reduce uncertainty in assessment of steam explosion energetics. The results show that the amount of liquid melt droplets in the water (region of void<0.6) is maximum even before reaching the jet at the bottom. In the explosion phase, maximum pressure is attained at the bottom and the maximum impulse on the wall is at the bottom of the wall. The analysis is carried out using two different

  16. Modelling the oxidation of defected fuel elements

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    Interim dry storage of used fuel is an economical alternative to storage in water pools. The fuel must remain intact during the dry-storage period, otherwise future handling of the fuel will be expensive. Oxidation of defected fuel elements can lead to fuel disintegration. Thus it is important to be able to predict the extent of oxidation of defected fuel elements in a dry-storage facility. In this report, a model is developed for predicting the extent or rate of oxidation of defected fuel elements stored at temperatures up to 170 C. The model employs equivalent porous medium representation of the fuel and described the oxygen concentration in the fuel element using a reaction-diffusion equation. The one- and two-dimensional reaction-diffusion equations are solved on the assumption that the oxygen-fuel reaction is either zeroth or first order in the oxygen concentration. Dimensional analysis of the model equations shows that the solution depends explicitly on a single parameter p. The value of p can be calculated using data from the literature, or it can be estimated from the results of the CEX-1 experiments being carried out at Whiteshell Laboratories. The value of p, estimated from the CEX-1 results, is more than two orders of magnitude larger than the value of p calculated from literature data. Although some reasons for this large difference are suggested, further work is needed to resolve this discrepancy. (author). 16 refs., 2 tabs., 11 figs

  17. MRT fuel element inspection at Dounreay

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    To ensure that their production and inspection processes are performed in an acceptable manner, ie. auditable and traceable, the MTR Fuel Element Fabrication Plant at Dounreay operates to a documented quality system. This quality system, together with the fuel element manufacturing and inspection operations, has been independently certified to ISO9002-1987, EN29002-1987 and BS5750:Pt2:1987 by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA). This certification also provides dual accreditation to the relevant German, Dutch and Australian certification bodies. This paper briefly describes the quality system, together with the various inspection stages involved in the manufacture of MTR fuel elements at Dounreay

  18. MRT fuel element inspection at Dounreay

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    Gibson, J.

    1997-08-01

    To ensure that their production and inspection processes are performed in an acceptable manner, ie. auditable and traceable, the MTR Fuel Element Fabrication Plant at Dounreay operates to a documented quality system. This quality system, together with the fuel element manufacturing and inspection operations, has been independently certified to ISO9002-1987, EN29002-1987 and BS5750:Pt2:1987 by Lloyd`s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA). This certification also provides dual accreditation to the relevant German, Dutch and Australian certification bodies. This paper briefly describes the quality system, together with the various inspection stages involved in the manufacture of MTR fuel elements at Dounreay.

  19. BUTREN-RC an hybrid system for the recharges optimization of nuclear fuels in a BWR; BUTREN-RC un sistema hibrido para la optimizacion de recargas de combustible nuclear en un BWR

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    Ortiz S, J.J.; Castillo M, J.A. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca Km. 36.5, 52045 Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Valle G, E. del [IPN, ESFM, 07738 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    The obtained results with the hybrid system BUTREN-RC are presented that obtains recharges of nuclear fuel for a BWR type reactor. The system has implemented the methods of optimization heuristic taboo search and neural networks. The optimization it carried out with the technique of taboo search, and the neural networks, previously trained, were used to predict the behavior of the recharges of fuel, in substitution of commercial codes of reactor simulation. The obtained recharges of nuclear fuel correspond to 5 different operation cycles of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power plant, Veracruz in Mexico. The obtained results were compared with the designs of this cycles. The energy gain with the recharges of fuel proposals is of approximately 4.5% with respect to those of design. The time of compute consumed it was considerably smaller that when a commercial code for reactor simulation is used. (Author)

  20. BWR spent fuel transport and storage system for KKL: TN trademark 52L, TN trademark 97L, TN trademark 24 BHL

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    The LEIBSTADT (KKL) nuclear power plant in Switzerland has opted to ship spent fuel to a central facility called ZWILAG for interim storage. In the mid-nineties, COGEMA LOGISTICS was contracted by KKL for the supply of the TN trademark a52L and TN trademark 97L transport and storage casks for BWR fuel types. In 2003, KKL also ordered from COGEMA LOGISTICS the supply of six TNae24 BHL transport and storage casks. This paper shows how all the three cask designs have responded to the KKL needs to ship and store BWR spent fuel. In addition, it highlights the already significant operational feedback of the TN trademark 52L and TN trademark 97L casks by the KKL and ZWILAG operators

  1. Method for inspecting nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    A technique for disassembling a nuclear reactor fuel element without destroying the individual fuel pins and other structural components from which the element is assembled is described. A traveling bridge and trolley span a water-filled spent fuel storage pool and support a strongback. The strongback is under water and provides a working surface on which the spent fuel element is placed for inspection and for the manipulation that is associated with disassembly and assembly. To remove, in a non-destructive manner, the grids that hold the fuel pins in the proper relative positions within the element, bars are inserted through apertures in the grids with the aid of special tools. These bars are rotated to flex the adjacent grid walls and, in this way relax the physical engagement between protruding portions of the grid walls and the associated fuel pins. With the grid structure so flexed to relax the physical grip on the individual fuel pins, these pins can be withdrawn for inspection or replacement as necessary without imposing a need to destroy fuel element components

  2. Process development and fabrication for sphere-pac fuel rods. [PWR; BWR

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    Welty, R.K.; Campbell, M.H.

    1981-06-01

    Uranium fuel rods containing sphere-pac fuel have been fabricated for in-reactor tests and demonstrations. A process for the development, qualification, and fabrication of acceptable sphere-pac fuel rods is described. Special equipment to control fuel contamination with moisture or air and the equipment layout needed for rod fabrication is described and tests for assuring the uniformity of the fuel column are discussed. Fuel retainers required for sphere-pac fuel column stability and instrumentation to measure fuel column smear density are described. Results of sphere-pac fuel rod fabrication campaigns are reviewed and recommended improvements for high throughput production are noted.

  3. Burnup measurements of leader fuel elements

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    Some time ago the CCHEN authorities decided to produce a set of 50 low enrichment fuel elements. These elements were produced in the PEC (Fuel Elements Plant), located at CCHEN offices in Lo Aguirre. These new fuel elements have basically the same geometrical characteristics of previous ones, which were British and made with raw material from the U.S. The principal differences between our fuel elements and the British ones is the density of fissile material, U-235, which was increased to compensate the reduction in enrichment. Last year, the Fuel Elements Plant (PEC) delivered the shipment's first four (4) fuel elements, called leaders, to the RECH1. A test element was delivered too, and the complete set was introduced into the reactor's nucleus, following the normal routine, but performing a special follow-up on their behavior inside the nucleus. This experimental element has only one outside fuel plate, and the remaining (15) structural plates are aluminum. In order to study the burnup, the test element was taken out of the nucleus, in mid- November 1999, and left to decay until June 2000, when it was moved to the laboratory (High Activity Cell), to start the burnup measurements, with a gamma spectroscopy system. This work aims to show the results of these measurements and in addition to meet the following objectives: (a) Visual test of the plate's general condition; (b) Sipping test of fission products; (c) Study of burn-up distribution in the plate; (d) Check and improve the calculus algorithm; (e) Comparison of the results obtained from the spectroscopy with the ones from neutron calculus

  4. Fundamental aspects of nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    1976-01-01

    The book presented is designed to function both as a text for first-year graduate courses in nuclear materials and as a reference for workers involved in the materials design and performance aspects of nuclear power plants. The contents are arranged under the following chapter headings: statistical thermodynamics, thermal properties of solids, crystal structures, cohesive energy of solids, chemical equilibrium, point defects in solids, diffusion in solids, dislocations and grain boundaries, equation of state of UO/sub 2/, fuel element thermal performance, fuel chemistry, behavior of solid fission products in oxide fuel elements, swelling due to fission gases, pore migration and fuel restructuring kinetics, fission gas release, mechanical properties of UO/sub 2/, radiation damage, radiation effects in metals, interaction of sodium and stainless steel, modeling of the structural behavior of fuel elements and assemblies. (DG)

  5. Fundamental aspects of nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    The book presented is designed to function both as a text for first-year graduate courses in nuclear materials and as a reference for workers involved in the materials design and performance aspects of nuclear power plants. The contents are arranged under the following chapter headings: statistical thermodynamics, thermal properties of solids, crystal structures, cohesive energy of solids, chemical equilibrium, point defects in solids, diffusion in solids, dislocations and grain boundaries, equation of state of UO2, fuel element thermal performance, fuel chemistry, behavior of solid fission products in oxide fuel elements, swelling due to fission gases, pore migration and fuel restructuring kinetics, fission gas release, mechanical properties of UO2, radiation damage, radiation effects in metals, interaction of sodium and stainless steel, modeling of the structural behavior of fuel elements and assemblies

  6. Radial distribution of UO2 and Gd2O3 in fuel cells of a BWR Reactor

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    The fuel system that is used at the moment in a power plant based on power reactors BWR, includes as much like the one of its substantial parts to the distribution of the fissile materials like a distribution of burnt poisons within each one of the cells which they constitute the fuel assemblies, used for the energy generation. Reason why at the beginning of a new operation cycle in a reactor of this type, the reactivity of the nucleus should be compensated by the exhaustion of the assemblies that it moves away of the nucleus for their final disposition. This compensation is given by means of the introduction of the recharge fuel, starting from the UO2 enriched in U235, and of the Gadolinium (Gd2O3). The distribution of these materials not only defines the requirements of energy generation, but in certain measures also the form in that the margins will behave to the limit them thermal during the operation of the reactor. These margins must be taken into account for the safe and efficient extraction of the energy of the fuel. In this work typical fuel cells appear that are obtained by means of the use of a emulation model of an ants colony. This model allows generating from a possible inventory of values of enrichment of U235, as well as of concentration of Gadolinium a typical fuel cell, which consists of an arrangement of lOxlO rods, of which 92 contain U235, some of these rods contain a concentration of Gd2O3 and 8 of the total contain only water. The search of each cell finishes when the value of the Local Peak Power Factor (LPPF) in the cell reaches a minimal value, or when a pre established value of iterations is reached. The cell parameters are obtained from the results of the execution of the code HELIOS, which incorporates like a part integral of the search algorithm. (Author)

  7. MELCOR/SNAP analysis of Chinshan (BWR/4) Nuclear Power Plant spent fuel pool for the similar Fukushima accident

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    Chinshan nuclear power plant (NPP), a BWR/4 plant, is the first NPP in Taiwan. After Fukushima NPP event occurred, there is more concern for the safety of NPPs in Taiwan. Therefore, in order to estimate the safety of Chinshan NPP spent fuel pool, by using MELCOR 2.1 and SNAP 2.2.7 codes, INER (Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, R.O.C.) performed the safety analysis of Chinshan NPP spent fuel pool (SFP). There were two main steps in this research. The first step was the establishment of Chinshan NPP SFP MELCOR/SNAP model. And the transient analysis under the SFP cooling system failure condition was performed. Besides, in order to study the detailed thermal-hydraulic performance of this transient, TRACE was used in this analysis. CFD data from INER report was used to compare with the results of MELCOR and TRACE. The next step was the fuel rod performance analysis by using FRAPTRAN and TRACE's results. Besides, the animation model of Chinshan NPP SFP was presented using the animation function of SNAP with MELCOR analysis results. (author)

  8. Work on the development of the structure of fuel elements

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    This paper is meant to give a roundup of development work concerning fuel element structure as support and cladding of fuel rods. The fuel element structure is a link between reactor vessel and the power-producing fuel rods, i.e. both the reactor arrangement and fuel rods influence the design of the fuel element structure, whereas the fuel element structure also determine marginal conditions for plant and fuel rods. (orig./RW)

  9. Apparatus and method for assembling fuel elements

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    A nuclear fuel element assembling method and apparatus is preferably operable under programmed control unit to receive fuel rods from storage, arrange them into axially aligned stacks of closely monitored length, and transfer the stacks of fuel rods to a loading device for insertion into longitudinal passages in the fuel elements. In order to handle large numbers of one or more classifications of fuel rods or other cylindrical parts, the assembling apparatus includes at least two feed troughs each formed by a pair of screw members with a movable table having a plurality of stacking troughs for alignment with the feed troughs and with a conveyor for delivering the stacks to the loading device, the fuel rods being moved along the stacking troughs upon a fluid cushion. 23 claims, 6 figures

  10. Fuel cladding tubes and fuel elements

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    Purpose: To enable non-destructive measurement for the thickness of zirconium barriers. Constitution: Regions capable of non-destructive inspection are provided at the boundary between a fuel cladding tube made of zirconium alloy and the zirconium barrier lined to the inner circumference surface of the tube. As the regions being capable of distinguishing by ultrasonic wave reflection, solid materials, for example, non-metal materials different from that for the tube and the barrier are placed or gaps are provided at the boundary between the zirconium alloy cladding tube and the zirconium barrier. Since ultrasonic waves are reflected at each of the boundaries by the presence of these regions, thickness of the zirconium barrier can be measured in a non-destructive manner from either the inner or the outer surface of the tube. (Yoshino, Y.)

  11. Benchmark Specification for HTGR Fuel Element Depletion

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    There are currently several ongoing high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) development projects underway throughout the world with the US DOE Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) representing a significant and growing activity in the United States. HTGR designs utilise graphite-moderated fuel forms and helium gas as a coolant. There are two main forms of HTGR fuels: pebbles are used in the pebble-bed reactor (PBR), while cylindrical rods (or compacts) are used in the modular high temperature gas-cooled reactor (MHTGR). In PBRs, fuel elements are ∼6-cm-diameter spheres; in MHTGRs, the fuel elements are graphite rods that are inserted into graphite hexagonal blocks. In both systems, fuel elements (spheres and rods) are comprised of tri-structural-isotropic (TRISO) fuel particles. The TRISO particles are either dispersed in with the matrix of a graphite pebble for the pebble bed design or molded into compacts/rods that are then inserted into the hexagonal graphite blocks. In general, fuel grains have a density of a few hundred grains per cm3. The HTGR concept is a significant departure from LWR designs. As such, existing reactor analysis methods and data will be confronted by significant changes in the physics of neutron slowing down, absorption and scattering. Furthermore, the use of localised fuel grains within a larger fuel element result in two levels of heterogeneity that will challenge many existing lattice physics methods. Hence, there is a need for advanced methods for treatment of both levels of heterogeneity effects. In doubly-heterogeneous (DH) systems, heterogeneous fuel particles in a moderator matrix form the fuel region of the fuel element (pebble or rod) and thus constitute the first level of heterogeneity. Fuel elements themselves are also heterogeneous with fuel and moderator or reflector regions, forming the second level of heterogeneity. The fuel elements may also form regular or irregular lattices. Continuous energy (CE) methods are able to

  12. Spring packed particle bed fuel element

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    This patent describes a gas cooled particle bed nuclear fuel element. It comprises: a porous inner frit; a porous outer frit attached to the inner frit by an end cap t a first end and radially guided by a shoulder at a second end, forming an annulus between the frits; a fuel particle bed in the annulus; a first compressive device at each end of the annulus; and a second compressive device positioned in the annulus within the fuel particle bed

  13. HTGR fuel element size reduction system

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    Reprocessing of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor fuel requires development of a fuel element size reduction system. This report describes pilot plant testing of crushing equipment designed for this purpose. The test program, the test results, the compatibility of the components, and the requirements for hot reprocessing are discussed

  14. Safety assessment for Dragon fuel element production

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    This report shall be the Safety Assessment covering the manufacture of the First Charge of Fuel and Fuel Elements for the Dragon Reactor Experiment. It is issued in two parts, of which Part I is descriptive and Part II gives the Hazards Analysis, the Operating Limitations, the Standing Orders and the Emergency Drill. (author)

  15. HTGR fuel element size reduction system

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    Strand, J.B.; Cramer, G.T.

    1978-06-01

    Reprocessing of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor fuel requires development of a fuel element size reduction system. This report describes pilot plant testing of crushing equipment designed for this purpose. The test program, the test results, the compatibility of the components, and the requirements for hot reprocessing are discussed.

  16. MCTP, a code for the thermo-mechanical analysis of a fuel rod of BWR type reactors (Neutron part); MCTP, un codigo para el analisis termo-mecanico de una barra combustible de reactores tipo BWR (Parte Neutronica)

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    Hernandez L, H.; Ortiz V, J. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: hhl@nuclear.inin.mx

    2003-07-01

    In the National Institute of Nuclear Research of Mexico a code for the thermo-mechanical analysis of the fuel rods of the BWR type reactors of the Nucleo electric Central of Laguna Verde is developed. The code solves the diffusion equation in cylindrical coordinates with several energy groups. The code, likewise, calculates the temperature distribution and power distribution in those fuel rods. The code is denominated Multi groups With Temperatures and Power (MCTP). In the code, the energy with which the fission neutrons are emitted it is divided in six groups. They are also considered the produced perturbations by the changes in the temperatures of the materials that constitute the fuel rods, the content of fission products, the uranium consumption and in its case the gadolinium, as well as the plutonium production. In this work there are present preliminary results obtained with the code, using data of operation of the Nucleo electric Central of Laguna Verde. (Author)

  17. Grids for nuclear fuel elements

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    This invention relates to grids for nuclear fuel assemblies with the object of providing an improved grid, tending to have greater strength and tending to offer better location of the fuel pins. It comprises sets of generally parallel strips arranged to intersect to define a structure of cellular form, at least some of the intersections including a strip which is keyed to another strip at more than one point. One type of strip may be dimpled along its length and another type of strip may have slots for keying with the dimples. (Auth.)

  18. Calculation of activity content and related properties in PWR and BWR fuel using ORIGEN 2

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    This report lists the conditions for calculations of the core inventory for a PWR and BWR. The calculations have been performed using the computer code ORIGEN 2. The amount (grams), the total radioactivity (bequerels), the thermal power (watts), the radioactivity from theα-decay (bequerels), and the neutron emission (neutrons/sec) from the core after the last burnup have been determined. All the parameters have been calculated as a function of the burnup and the natural decay, the latter over a time period of 0-1.0E07 years. The calculations have been performed for 68 heavy nuclides, 60 daughter nuclides, to the heavy nuclides with atomic numbers under 92, 852 fission products and 7 light nucli ides. The most important results are listed. (author)

  19. Hydraulic modelling of the CARA Fuel element

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    The CARA fuel element is been developing by the National Atomic Energy Commission for both Argentinean PHWRs. In order to keep the hydraulic restriction in their fuel channels, one of CARA's goals is to keep its similarity with both present fuel elements. In this paper is presented pressure drop test performed at a low-pressure facility (Reynolds numbers between 5x104 and 1,5x105) and rational base models for their spacer grid and rod assembly. Using these models, we could estimate the CARA hydraulic performance in reactor conditions that have shown to be satisfactory. (author)

  20. Hydraulic reinforcement of channel at lower tie-plate in BWR fuel bundle

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    This patent describes an apparatus in a fuel bundle for confining fuel rods for the generation of steam in a steam water mixture passing interior of the fuel bundle. The fuel bundle includes: a lower tie-plate for supporting the fuel rods and permitting flow from the lower exterior portion of the fuel bundle into the interior portion of the fuel bundle; a plurality of fuel rods. The fuel rods supported on the lower tie-plate extending upwardly to and towards the upper portion of the fuel bundle for the generation of steam in a passing steam and water mixture interior of the fuel bundle; an upper tie-plate for maintaining the fuel rods in side-by-side relation and permitting a threaded connection between a plurality of the fuel rods with the threaded connection being at the upper and lower tie-plate. The upper tie-plate permitting escape of a steam water mixture from the top of the fuel bundle; a fuel bundle channel; and a labyrinth seal configured in the lower tie-plate

  1. TRIGA - LEU cluster with 36 fuel elements

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    Designing the TRIGA - LEU fuel cluster is part of the mechanical design of TRIGA reactor core. The latter is supported by a square frame (11 x 12 132 meshes) accommodating the 35 fuel clusters. The TRIGA fuel cluster is designed to incorporate 36 fuel elements with 3/8 inch diameter allowing the pins to be arranged into a 6 x 6 matrix. The final mechanical design of reactor zone resulted into a cluster of squared cross section with 87.5 mm side and 88.9 mm separation between the centers of the clusters. This cluster was designed by preserving the dimensions and configuration of fuel clusters with 25 elements. By the positioning of the pins inside the cluster one obtains: - a fuel element protection by reducing the failure risks; - delimitation of fixed channel of the cooling flow for each cluster; - a convenient means of manipulation; - a correct water flow for cooling the pins in a fixed channel by preserving the surface of cooling channels from the 25 fuel element cluster. The cluster has the following principal components: - casing; - bottom plug or adapter; - upper plug for maneuvering; - spacer for fuel elements. The cluster casing is made of aluminium with square cross section of 87.5 mm side and is provided at the lower part with an aluminium adapter allowing its insertion in the reactor core frame. This piece is designed to support the ends of the 36 fuel elements in a blocked position. The fuel elements are subject to asymmetric temperature distribution flux conditions, hence an asymmetric temperature distribution results concomitantly with a symmetrical (about 0.8 mm) swelling of the Incoloy 800 can. Also bending of the fuel element occurs which will be limited by the intermediate spacer. At the casing upper part an aluminium upper plug or handle is mounted allowing cluster maneuvering by means of a special tool. The cluster is provided with lateral holes in its upper part ensuring the necessary cooling water flow in case the upper part of the cluster

  2. Development of neural network for predicting local power distributions in BWR fuel bundles considering burnable neutron absorber

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    A neural network model is under development to predict the local power distribution in a BWR fuel bundle as a high speed simulator of precise nuclear physical analysis model. The relation between 235U enrichment of fuel rods and local peaking factor (LPF) has been learned using a two-layered neural network model ENET. The training signals used were 33 patterns having considered a line symmetry of a 8x8 assembly lattice including 4 water rods. The ENET model is used in the first stage and a new model GNET which learns the change of LPFs caused by burnable neutron absorber Gadolinia, is added to the ENET in the second stage. Using this two-staged model EGNET, total number of training signals can be decreased to 99. These training signals are for zero-burnup cases. The effect of Gadolinia on LPF has a large nonlinearity and the GNET should have three layers. This combined model of EGNET can predict the training signals within 0.02 of LPF error, and the LPF of a high power rod is predictable within 0.03 error for Gadolinia rod distributions different from the training signals when the number of Gadolinia rods is less than 10. The computing speed of EGNET is more than 100 times faster than that of a precise nuclear analysis model, and EGNET is suitable for scoping survey analysis. (author)

  3. Analysis of the FeCrAl Accident Tolerant Fuel Concept Benefits during BWR Station Blackout Accidents

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    Robb, Kevin R [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-01-01

    Iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys are being considered for fuel concepts with enhanced accident tolerance. FeCrAl alloys have very slow oxidation kinetics and good strength at high temperatures. FeCrAl could be used for fuel cladding in light water reactors and/or as channel box material in boiling water reactors (BWRs). To estimate the potential safety gains afforded by the FeCrAl concept, the MELCOR code was used to analyze a range of postulated station blackout severe accident scenarios in a BWR/4 reactor employing FeCrAl. The simulations utilize the most recently known thermophysical properties and oxidation kinetics for FeCrAl. Overall, when compared to the traditional Zircaloy-based cladding and channel box, the FeCrAl concept provides a few extra hours of time for operators to take mitigating actions and/or for evacuations to take place. A coolable core geometry is retained longer, enhancing the ability to stabilize an accident. Finally, due to the slower oxidation kinetics, substantially less hydrogen is generated, and the generation is delayed in time. This decreases the amount of non-condensable gases in containment and the potential for deflagrations to inhibit the accident response.

  4. Comparison study of the thermal mechanical performance of fuel rods during BWR fuel preconditioning operations using the computer codes FUELSIM and FEMAXI-V

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    Pantoja C, R. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Ortiz V, J.; Castillo D, R., E-mail: rafael.pantoja10@yahoo.com.m [ININ, Departamento de Sistemas Nucleares, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, Ocoyoacac 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2010-10-15

    The safety of nuclear power plants requires monitoring those parameters having some direct or indirect effect on safety. The thermal limits are values set for those parameters considered having most impact on the safe operation of a nuclear power reactor. Some thermal limits monitoring requires the thermal-mechanical analysis of the rods containing the nuclear fuel. The fuel rod thermal-mechanical behaviour under irradiation is a complex process in which there exists a great deal of interrelated physical and chemical phenomena, so that the fuel rod performance analysis in the core of a nuclear power reactor is generally accomplished by using computer codes, which integrate several of the phenomena that are expected to occur during the lifetime of the fuel rod in the core. In the operation of a nuclear power reactor, pre-conditioning simulations are necessary to determine in advance limit values for the power that can be generated in a fuel rod during any power ramp, and mainly during reactor startup, and thus avoiding any rod damage. In this work, a first analysis of the thermal-mechanical performance of typical fuel rods used in nuclear reactors of the type BWR is performed. This study includes two types of fuel rods: one from a fuel assembly design with array 8 x 8, and the other one from a 10 x 10 fuel assembly design, and a comparison of the thermal-mechanical performance between the two different rod designs is performed. The performance simulations were performed by the code FUELSIM, and compared against results previously obtained from similar simulation with the code FEMAXI-V. (Author)

  5. Spacer for fuel rods in nuclear fuel elements

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    Spacers for fuel rods in nuclear reactor fuel elements are described, especially for use aboard ships. Spacers are used in a grid formed by web plates orthogonally intersecting and assembled together in a tooth-comb fashion forming a plurality of channels. The web plates are joined together and each of the web plates includes apertures through which resilient and separator members are joined. The resilient and separator members are joined. The resilient and separator members are in adjacent channels and with other similar members in the same channel, contact a fuel rod in the channel. The contact pressure between the members and fuel rod is radially directed

  6. BWR simulation in a stationary state for the evaluation of fuel cell design; Simulacion de un reactor BWR en estado estacionario para la evaluacion del diseno de celdas de combustible

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    Montes T, J. L.; Ortiz S, J. J.; Perusquia del C, R.; Castillo M, A., E-mail: joseluis.montes@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2014-10-15

    In this paper the simulation of a BWR in order to evaluate the performance of a set of fuel assemblies under stationary state in three dimensions (3-D) is presented. 15 cases selected from a database containing a total of 18225 cases are evaluated. The main selection criteria were based on the results of the design phase of the power cells in two dimensions (2-D) and 3-D initial study. In 2-D studies the parameters that were used to qualify and select the designs were basically the local power peaking factor and neutron multiplication factor of each fuel cell. In the initial 3-D study variables that defined the quality of results, and from which the selection was realized, are the margins to thermal limits of reactor operation and the value of the effective multiplication factor at the end of cycle operation. From the 2-D and 3-D results of the studies described a second 3-D study was realized, where the optimizations of the fuel reload pattern was carried out. The results presented in this paper correspond to this second 3-D study. It was found that the designs of the fuel cell they had a similar behavior to those provided by the fuel supplier of reference BWR. Particularly it noted the impact of reload pattern on the cold shut down margin. An estimate of the operation costs of reference cycle analyzed with each one designed reload batch was also performed. As a result a positive difference (gain) up to 10,347 M/US D was found. (Author)

  7. Evaluation of the radial design of fuel cells in an operation cycle of a BWR reactor; Evaluacion del diseno radial de celdas de combustible en un ciclo de operacion de un reactor BWR

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    Gonzalez C, J.; Martin del Campo M, C. [Laboratorio de Analisis en Ingenieria de Reactores Nucleares, Facultad de Ingenieria, UNAM, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico)]. e-mail: jgco@ver.megared.net.mx

    2003-07-01

    This work is continuation of one previous in the one that the application of the optimization technique called Tabu search to the radial design of fuel cells of boiling water reactors (BWR, Boiling Water Reactor) is presented. The objective function used in the optimization process only include neutron parameters (k-infinite and peak of radial power) considering the cell at infinite media. It was obtained to reduce the cell average enrichment completing the characteristics of reactivity of an original cell. The objective of the present work is to validate the objective function that was used for the radial design of the fuel cell (test cell), analyzing the operation of a one cycle of the reactor in which fuels have been fresh recharged that contain an axial area with the nuclear database of the cell designed instead of the original cell. For it is simulated it with Cm-Presto the cycle 10 of the reactor operation of the Unit 1 of the Nuclear Power station of Laguna Verde (U1-CNLV). For the cycle evaluation its were applied so much the simulation with the Haling strategy, as the simulation of the one cycle with control rod patterns and they were evaluated the energy generation and several power limits and reactivity that are used as design parameters in fuel reloads of BWR reactors. The results at level of an operation cycle of the reactor, show that the objective function used in the optimization and radial design of the cell is adequate and that it can induce to one good use of the fuel. (Author)

  8. Actinides record, power calculations and activity for present isotopes in the spent fuel of a BWR; Historial de actinidos y calculos de potencia y actividad para isotopos presentes en el combustible gastado de un BWR

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    Enriquez C, P.; Ramirez S, J. R.; Lucatero, M. A., E-mail: pastor.enriquez@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2012-10-15

    The administration of spent fuel is one of the more important stages of the nuclear fuel cycle, and this has become a problem of supreme importance in countries that possess nuclear reactors. Due to this in this work, the study on the actinides record and present fission products to the discharge of the irradiated fuel in a light water reactor type BWR is shown, to quantify the power and activity that emit to the discharge and during the cooling time. The analysis was realized on a fuel assembly type 10 x 10 with an enrichment average of 3.69 wt % in U-235 and the assembly simulation assumes four cycles of operation of 18 months each one and presents an exposition of 47 G Wd/Tm to the discharge. The module OrigenArp of the Scale 6 code is the computation tool used for the assembly simulation and to obtain the results on the actinides record presents to the fuel discharge. The study covers the following points: a) Obtaining of the plutonium vector used in the fuel production of mixed oxides, and b) Power calculation and activity for present actinides to the discharge. The results presented in this work, correspond at the same time immediate of discharge (0 years) and to a cooling stage in the irradiated fuel pool (5 years). (Author)

  9. Impact analysis of modifying the composition of the nuclear fuel of a BWR with beryllium oxide; Analisis del impacto de modificar la composicion del combustible nuclear de un BWR con oxido de berilio

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    Gallardo V, J. M.; Morales S, J. B., E-mail: euqrop@hotmail.com [UNAM, Facultad de Ingenieria, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2013-10-15

    The beryllium oxide (Be O) presents excellent physical properties, especially its high thermal conductivity that contrasts clearly with that of the uranium dioxide (UO{sub 2}) used at the present as fuel in a great number of nuclear plants. The present work models a nuclear reactor cooled by light water in boiling with two external recirculation loops (BWR/5) using the code for the transitory analysis and postulated accidents Trac-B F1, implementing a UO{sub 2} mixture and different fractions of Be O, with the objective of improving the thermal conductivity of the fuel. The numeric results and the realized analyses indicate that when adding a fraction in volume of 10% the central temperature decreases in 30.4% in stationary state, while during the large break loss of coolant accident the peak cladding temperature diminishes in 7%. Although the real interaction of the mixture has not been determined experimentally, the obtained results are promising. (Author)

  10. Thermal analysis of nuclear fuel elements

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    Full text: This work deals with the effect of non-uniform heat generation, non-uniform heat transfer conditions and variable thermophysical properties on the temperature and heat flux distribution in a rod type nuclear fuel element. The behaviour of maximum temperature in the fuel element under these conditions would be examined. Depending on complexity of different special cases, closed form analytical, approximate analytical (such as Poisson's integral, Fourier series and ∫kdT methods) and numerical methods have been employed. It is found that uniform heat generation only within the fuel pellet with constant thermophysical properties yields conservative estimation of fuel center-line temperature. But the temperature distribution predicted under other (more realistic) condition are duly useful for different thermodynamic and structural analyses

  11. Structural analysis of reactor fuel elements

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    An overview of fuel-element modeling is presented that traces the development of codes for the prediction of light-water-reactor and fast-breeder-reactor fuel-element performance. It is concluded that although the mathematical analysis is now far advanced, the development and incorporation of mechanistic constitutive equations has not kept pace. The resultant reliance on empirical correlations severely limits the physical insight that can be gained from code extrapolations. Current efforts include modeling of alternate fuel systems, analysis of local fuel-cladding interactions, and development of a predictive capability for off-normal behavior. Future work should help remedy the current constitutive deficiencies and should include the development of deterministic failure criteria for use in design

  12. Improved fuel element for fast breeder reactor

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    The invention, in which the United States Department of Energy has participated as co-inventor, relates to breeder reactor fuel elements, and specifically to such elements incorporating 'getters', hereafter designated as fission product traps. The main object of the invention is the construction of a fast breeder reactor fuel pin, free from local stresses induced in the cladding by reactions with cesium. According to the invention, the fast breeder fuel element includes a cladding tube, sealed at both ends by a plug, and containing a fissile stack and a fertile stack, characterized by the interposition of a cesium trap between the fissile and fertile stacks. The trap is effective at reactor operating temperatures in retaining and separating the cesium generated in the fissile material and preventing cesium reaction with the fertile stack. Depending on the construction method adopted, the trap may consists of a low density titanium oxide or niobium oxide pellet

  13. HTGR fuel element structural design considerations

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    The structural design of the large HTGR prismatic core fuel elements involve the interaction of four engineering disciplines: nuclear physics, thermo-hydraulics, structural and material science. Fuel element stress analysis techniques and the development of structural criteria are discussed in the context of an overview of the entire design process. The core of the proposed 2240 MW(t) HTGR is described as an example where the design process was used. Probabalistic stress analysis techniques coupled with probabalistic risk analysis (PRA) to develop structural criteria to account for uncertainty are described. The PRA provides a means for ensuring that the proposed structural criteria are consistent with plant investment and safety risk goals. The evaluation of cracked fuel elements removed from the Fort St. Vrain reactor in the USA is discussed in the context of stress analysis uncertainty and structural criteria development

  14. A parametric study and comparison of BWR fuel depletion calculations using CASMO-4, MCNPX, and SCALE/TRITON

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    CASMO-4 is a multigroup two-dimensional transport code for LWR lattice physics calculations. MCNPX and TRITON/T6-Depl are two general-purpose transport codes with depletion capability for various fuel designs. MCNPX can use continuous-energy cross sections while TRITON currently only supports multigroup depletion calculations. This study presented a systematic comparison of these three codes for depletion calculations of a typical BWR fuel assembly. Key parameters for sensitivity studies were neutron cross-section libraries, burnup steps, modeling of poison rods, inclusion of additional nuclides for depletion, thermal expansion, pin-by-pin depletion, and Dancoff factors. The CASMO-4 results were arbitrarily taken as a reference base on which the differences of MCNPX or TRITON calculations were evaluated. Useful observations from the comparisons were as follows: The ENDF/B-VII cross-section library gave the most consistent result with CASMO-4. At least five radially subdivided zoning of a Gd-bearing rod was necessary for depletion calculations. MCNPX calculations were more sensitive to choices of burnup steps and numbers of nuclides being traced in fuel inventory than TRITON did. Applying the same thermal expansion corrections in TRITON reduced its differences with CASMO-4 in the middle of cycle. Pin-by-pin depletion is necessary but only slightly changed k∞ profiles in this case compared with average depletion. Using more accurate Dancoff factors in TRITON resulted in an excellent agreement of k∞ values with CASMO-4 at the early stage of burnup, but they still gradually deviated at later burnups. Overall, both MCNPX and TRITON predicted k∞ profiles in this problem were within 500 pcm agreement with CASMO-4 in the entire burnup period. (author)

  15. COBRA-SFS [Spent-Fuel Storage] thermal-hydraulic analyses of the CASTOR-1C and REA 2023 BWR storage casks containing consolidated spent fuel

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    Consolidation of spent nuclear fuel rods is being considered as one option for more efficient and compact storage of reactor spent fuel assemblies. In this concept, rods from two disassembled spent fuel assemblies will be consolidated in a space originally intended to store a single unconsolidated assembly. The thermal performance of consolidated fuel rods in dry storage, especially in multiassembly storage systems, is one of the major issues that must be addressed prior to implementation. In this study, Pacific Northwest Laboratory researchers performed thermal-hydraulic analyses for both the REA 2023 cask and the CASTOR-1C cask containing either unconsolidated or consolidated BWR spent fuel assemblies. The objective was to determine the effect of consolidating spent fuel assemblies on the temperature distributions within both types of casks. Two major conclusions resulted from this study. First, a lumping technique (combining rods and flow channels), which reduces the number of computational nodes required to model complex multiassembly geometries, could be used for both unconsolidated and consolidated rods with negligible effect on prediction accuracies. Second, with a relatively high thermal conductivity backfill gas (e.g., helium), the predicted peak fuel rod temperature in a canister of consolidated rods generating the same amount of heat as an unconsolidated assembly is essentially the same as the peak temperature in the unconsolidated assembly. In contrast, with a relatively low thermal conductivity backfill gas (e.g., nitrogen), the opposite is true and the predicted peak temperature in a consolidated canister is significantly higher than in an unconsolidated assembly. Therefore, when rods are consolidated, selection of the backfill gas is important in maintaining peak rod temperatures below allowable values for rods with relatively high decay heat generation rates

  16. Upgraded HFIR Fuel Element Welding System

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    Sease, John D [ORNL

    2010-02-01

    The welding of aluminum-clad fuel plates into aluminum alloy 6061 side plate tubing is a unique design feature of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) fuel assemblies as 101 full-penetration circumferential gas metal arc welds (GMAW) are required in the fabrication of each assembly. In a HFIR fuel assembly, 540 aluminum-clad fuel plates are assembled into two nested annular fuel elements 610 mm (24-inches) long. The welding process for the HFIR fuel elements was developed in the early 1960 s and about 450 HFIR fuel assemblies have been successfully welded using the GMAW process qualified in the 1960 s. In recent years because of the degradation of the electronic and mechanical components in the old HFIR welding system, reportable defects in plate attachment or adapter welds have been present in almost all completed fuel assemblies. In October 2008, a contract was awarded to AMET, Inc., of Rexburg, Idaho, to replace the old welding equipment with standard commercially available welding components to the maximum extent possible while maintaining the qualified HFIR welding process. The upgraded HFIR welding system represents a major improvement in the welding system used in welding HFIR fuel elements for the previous 40 years. In this upgrade, the new inner GMAW torch is a significant advancement over the original inner GMAW torch previously used. The innovative breakthrough in the new inner welding torch design is the way the direction of the cast in the 0.762 mm (0.030-inch) diameter aluminum weld wire is changed so that the weld wire emerging from the contact tip is straight in the plane perpendicular to the welding direction without creating any significant drag resistance in the feeding of the weld wire.

  17. A comparison between genetic algorithms and neural networks for optimizing fuel recharges in BWR

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    In this work the results of a genetic algorithm (AG) and a neural recurrent multi state network (RNRME) for optimizing the fuel reload of 5 cycles of the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant (CNLV) are presented. The fuel reload obtained by both methods are compared and it was observed that the RNRME creates better fuel distributions that the AG. Moreover a comparison of the utility for using one or another one techniques is make. (Author)

  18. Fuel elements and safety engineering goals

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    There are good prospects for silicon carbide anti-corrosion coatings on fuel elements to be realised, which opens up the chance to reduce the safety engineering requirements to the suitable design and safe performance of the ceramic fuel element. Another possibility offered is combined-cycle operation with high efficiencies, and thus good economic prospects, as with this design concept combining gas and steam turbines, air ingress due to turbine malfunction is an incident that can be managed by the system. This development will allow economically efficient operation also of nuclear power reactors with relatively small output, and hence contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. (orig./DG)

  19. Fuel element handling equipment for nuclear reactor

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    The present device allows the handling of the fuel elements of a PWR type reactor when they are put in the cooling pool and when they are placed in the lead casks. The handling device includes a vertical arm, which comprises a telescopic assembly. The lower part of the telescopic assembly can slide axially, along the upper part between a retired position and a deployment position, in which the grab is at the level of the head of a fuel element in the pool or in the transport casks respectively. The grab can only be opened when it is at one of the extreme positions of the telescopic

  20. Thermomechanical analysis of a fuel rod in a BWR reactor using the FUELSIM code; Analisis termomecanico de una barra de combustible de un reactor BWR utilizando el codigo FUELSIM

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    Pantoja C, R. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, IPN, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07738 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Ortiz V, J.; Araiza M, E. [ININ, Departamento de Sistemas Nucleares, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)], e-mail: rapaca78@yahoo.com.mx

    2009-10-15

    The thermomechanical behaviour of a fuel rod exposed to irradiation is a complex process in which are coupled great quantity of interrelated physical-chemical phenomena, for that analysis of rod performance in the core of a nuclear power reactor is realized generally with computation codes that integrate several phenomena expected during the time life of fuel rod in the core. An application of this type of thermomechanical codes is to predict, inside certain reliability margin, the design parameters that would be required to adjust, in order to get a better economy or rod performance, for a systematic approach to the fuel design optimization. FUELSIM is a thermomechanical code based on the models of FRAPCON code, which was developed under auspice of Nuclear Regulatory Commission of USA. FUELSIM allows iterative calculations like part of its programming structure, allowing search of extreme cases of behaviour, probabilistic analysis (or statistical), parametric analysis (or sensibility) and also can include as entrance data to the uncertainties associated with production data, code parameters and associated models. In this work is reported a first analysis of thermomechanical performance of a typical fuel rod used in a BWR 5/6. Results of maximum temperatures are presented in the fuel center and of axial deformation, for the 10 axial nodes in that the active longitude of fuel rod was divided. (Author)

  1. Fuel performance improvement program. Quarterly/annual progress report, October 1977--September 1978. [BWR; PWR

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    Crouthamel, C.E. (comp.)

    1978-10-01

    This quarterly/annual report reviews and summarizes the activities performed in support of the Fuel Performance Improvement Program (FPIP) during Fiscal Year 1978 with emphasis on those activities that transpired during the quarter ending September 30, 1978. Significant progress has been made in achieving the primary objectives of the program, i.e., to demonstrate commercially viable fuel concepts with improved fuel - cladding interaction (FCI) behavior. This includes out-of-reactor experiments to support the fuel concepts being evaluated, initiation of instrumented test rod experiments in the Halden Boiling Water Reactor (HBWR), and fabrication of the first series of demonstration rods for irradiation in the Big Rock Point Reactor (BRPR).

  2. Nuclear fuel element with a bond coating

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    The possibility of undesired interactions between the pellets (of UO2 or a mixture of UO2 + PuO2) and the cladding which can cause stress crack corrosion, are to be excluded in particular in the proposed fuel element. The container enclosing the fuel consists according to the invention of a zirconium alloy having a zirconium oxide diffusion barrier on the side facing the fuel and a metal coating on top of this. Cu is best suited, but Ni, Fe or their alloys are named. The treatment of the surfaces to simplify the coating of the individual layers is described. (UWI) 891 HP/UWI 892 CKA

  3. Spherical coated particle fuel for fuel elements of HTGR

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    The main results of the investigations on the development of spherical particles fuel for fuel elements of HTGR are described. Typical characteristics of UO2 spherical particles (size, shape, density, microstructure etc.) and PyC and SiC protective layers (thickness, density, fission product release etc.) are presented. Sol-gel technique and slip casting are used for spheroidization; deposition of protective layers is carried out in the fluidized bed apparatus

  4. OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmarks phase IIIA: Criticality calculations of BWR spent fuel assemblies in storage and transport

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    The report describes the final results of Phase IIIA Benchmarks conducted by the Burnup Credit Criticality Calculation Working Group under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA). The benchmarks are intended to confirm the predictive capability of the current computer code and data library combinations for the neutron multiplication factor (keff) of a layer of irradiated BWR fuel assembly array model. In total 22 benchmark problems are proposed for calculations of keff. The effects of following parameters are investigated: cooling time, inclusion/exclusion of FP nuclides and axial burnup profile, and inclusion of axial profile of void fraction or constant void fractions during burnup. Axial profiles of fractional fission rates are further requested for five cases out of the 22 problems. Twenty-one sets of results are presented, contributed by 17 institutes from 9 countries. The relative dispersion of keff values calculated by the participants from the mean value is almost within the band of ±1%Δk/k. The deviations from the averaged calculated fission rate profiles are found to be within ±5% for most cases. (author)

  5. BWR Assembly Optimization for Minor Actinide Recycling

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    G. Ivan Maldonado; John M. Christenson; J.P. Renier; T.F. Marcille; J. Casal

    2010-03-22

    The Primary objective of the proposed project is to apply and extend the latest advancements in LWR fuel management optimization to the design of advanced boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies specifically for the recycling of minor actinides (MAs).

  6. Monte Carlo validation of supercell model for BWR fuel assembly calculations

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    The Monte Carlo method is used to validate a calculational model named as supercell model developed for the evaluation of LWR fuel box parameters. The TAPS reload-2 fuel box is chosen as a benchmark problem for the validation. The box parameters obtained using the supercell model and Monte Carlo method are compared. (auth.)

  7. BWR control rod patterns and fuel loading optimization using heuristic methods

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    We show the results obtained with the OCOTH system to optimize the Fuel Reloads Design and Control Rod Patterns Design in a Boiling Water Reactor. Our system solves both problems in a coupled way. We used the 3-dimensional CM-PRESTO code to evaluate the solutions quality. The process has three stages. In the first step we obtain a Fuel Reload Design 'seed' using the Haling's principle. The followings steps are an iterative process between the Control Rod Patterns Designs and Fuel Reloads Design. Control Rod Patterns Design is proposed for the Fuel Reload Design 'seed' and then Control Rod Patterns Design is used to find a new Fuel Reload Design. Both processes are coupled in an iterative loop until a criterion stop is fulfilled. In the whole process, the genetic algorithms, neural networks and ant colony system optimization techniques were used. (authors)

  8. Testing of fuel elements and fuel element management at Kahl experimental nuclear power plant (VAK)

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    The report is a survey of the different combustion elements used in the nuclear test reactor VAK; it pays special attention to their constructional characteristics and irradiation behaviour. For the first time, the feedback of plutonium as far as a one-hundred-percent MOX reactor core was demonstrated, while gadolinium was tested as a combustible neutron absorber in fuel. Components for advanced reactors, the superheated steam reactor and the project for steam cooled fast breeders were successfully tested in a special experimental loop. Moreover, the in-core fuel management with the various strategies for improving fuel utilization is described and the disposal of the burned fuel elements examined, fuel elements for which a closed fuel cycle corresponding to one for recycling uranium and plutonium was available as early as the end of the sixties. (orig./HP)

  9. Fuel elements for pulsed TRIGA research reactors

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    TRIGA fuel was developed around the concept of inherent safety. A core composition was sought that had a large prompt negative temperature coefficient of reactivity such that if all the available excess reactivity were suddenly inserted into the core, the resulting fuel temperature would automatically cause the power excursion to terminate before any core damage resulted. Experiments have demonstrated that zirconium hydride possesses a basic neutron-spectrum-hardening mechanism to produce the desired characteristic. Additional advantages include the facts that ZrH has a good heat capacity, that it results in relatively small core sizes and high flux values due to the high hydrogen content, that it has excellent fission-product retentivity and high chemical inertness in water at temperatures up to 1000C, and that it can be used effectively in a rugged fuel element size. Tens of thousands of routine pulses to the range of 500 to 8000C peak fuel temperatures have been performed with TRIGA fuel, and a core was pulse-heated to peak fuel temperatures in excess of 11000C for hundreds of pulses before a few elements exceeded the conservative tolerances on dimensional change

  10. Boiling water reactors with uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel. Report 5: Analysis of the reactivity coefficients and the stability of a BWR loaded with MOx fuel

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    This report is a part of the project titled 'Boiling Water Reactors With Uranium-Plutonium Mixed Oxide (MOx) Fuel'. The aim of this study is to model the impact of a core loading pattern containing MOx bundles upon the main characteristics of a BWR (reactivity coefficients, stability, etc.). For this purpose, the Core Management System (CMS) codes of Studsvik Scandpower are used. This package is constituted by CASMO-4/TABLES-3/SIMULATE-3. It has been shown in previous reports that these codes are able to accurately represent and model MOx bundles. This report is thus devoted to the study of BWR cores loaded (partially or totally) with MOx bundles. The plutonium quality used is the Pu type 2016 (mostly Pu-239, 56 %, and Pu-240, 26 %), but a variation of the plutonium isotopic vector was also investigated, in case of a partial MOx loading. One notices that the reactivity coefficients do not present significant changes in comparison with a full UOx loading. Nevertheless, two main problems arise: the shutdown margin at BOC is lower than 1 % and the stability to in-phase oscillations is slightly decreased. (The SIMULATE-3 version used for this study does not contain the latest MOx enhancements described in literature, since these code developments have not been provided to the department. Nevertheless, as the nominal average enrichment of the MOx bundles is 5.41 % (total amount of plutonium), which can still be considered as a relatively low enrichment, the accuracy of the CMS codes is acceptable without the use of the MOx improvements for this level of Pu enrichment

  11. BWR Assembly Optimization for Minor Actinide Recycling

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    The Primary objective of the proposed project is to apply and extend the latest advancements in LWR fuel management optimization to the design of advanced boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies specifically for the recycling of minor actinides (MAs). A top-level objective of the Advanced Fuel Cycle Systems Analysis program element of the DOE NERI program is to investigate spent fuel treatment and recycling options for current light water reactors (LWRs). Accordingly, this project targets to expand the traditional scope of nuclear fuel management optimization into the following two complementary specific objectives: (1) To develop a direct coupling between the pin-by-pin within-bundle loading control variables and core-wide (bundle-by-bundle) optimization objectives, (2) to extend the methodology developed to explicitly encompass control variables, objectives, and constraints designed to maximize minor actinide incineration in BWR bundles and cycles. The first specific objective is projected to 'uncover' dormant thermal margin made available by employing additional degrees of freedom within the optimization process, while the addition of minor actinides is expected to 'consume' some of the uncovered thermal margin. Therefore, a key underlying goal of this project is to effectively invest some of the uncovered thermal margin into achieving the primary objective.

  12. Prediction of the local power factor in BWR fuel cells by means of a multilayer neural network; Prediccion del factor local de potencia en celdas de combustible BWR mediante una red neuronal multicapas

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    Montes, J.L.; Ortiz, J.J.; Perusquia C, R. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Francois, J.L.; Martin del Campo M, C. [Departamento de Sistemas Energeticos, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, 62550 Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico)]. e-mail: jlmt@nuclear.inin.mx

    2007-07-01

    To the beginning of a new operation cycle in a BWR reactor the reactivity of this it increases by means of the introduction of fresh fuel, the one denominated reload fuel. The problem of the definition of the characteristics of this reload fuel represents a combinatory optimization problem that requires significantly a great quantity of CPU time for their determination. This situation has motivated to study the possibility to substitute the Helios code, the one which is used to generate the new cells of the reload fuel parameters, by an artificial neuronal network, with the purpose of predicting the parameters of the fuel reload cell of a BWR reactor. In this work the results of the one training of a multilayer neuronal net that can predict the local power factor (LPPF) in such fuel cells are presented. The prediction of the LPPF is carried out in those condition of beginning of the life of the cell (0.0 MWD/T, to 40% of holes in the one moderator, temperature of 793 K in the fuel and a moderator temperature of 560 K. The cells considered in the present study consist of an arrangement of 10x10 bars, of those which 92 contains U{sup 235}, some of these bars also contain a concentration of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 8 of them contain only water. The axial location inside the one assembles of recharge of these cells it is exactly up of the cells that contain natural uranium in the base of the reactor core. The training of the neuronal net is carried out by means of a retro-propagation algorithm that uses a space of training formed starting from previous evaluations of cells by means of the Helios code. They are also presented the results of the application of the neuronal net found for the prediction of the LPPF of some cells used in the real operation of the Unit One of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power station. (Author)

  13. Catalogue of fuel elements - 1. addendum October 1958

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    This document contains sheets presenting various characteristics of nuclear fuel elements which are distinguished with respect to their shape: cylinder bar, plate, tube. Each sheet comprises an indication of the atomic pile in which the fuel element is used, dimensions, cartridge data, data related to cooling, to combustion rate, and to fuel handling. A drawing of the fuel element is also given

  14. Research and Test Reactor Fuel Elements (RTRFE)

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    BWX Technologies Inc. (BWXT) has experienced several production improvements over the past year. The homogeneity yields in 4.8 gU/cc U3Si2 plates have increased over last year's already high yields. Through teamwork and innovative manufacturing techniques, maintaining high quality surface finishes on plates and elements is becoming easier and less expensive. Currently, BWXT is designing a fabrication development plan to reach a fuel loading of 9 gU/cc within 2 - 4 years. This development will involve a step approach requested by ANL to produce plates using U-8Mo at a loading of 6 gU/cc first and qualify the fuel at those levels. In achieving the goal of a very high-density fuel loading of 9 gU/cc, BWXT is considering employing several new, state of the art, ultrasonic testing techniques for fuel core evaluation. (author)

  15. Global Nuclear Fuel launches GNF{sub 3} and NSF: The most reliable BWR fuel just got better

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    Cantonwine, P.; Schneider, R.; Hunt, B.

    2015-11-01

    Bases on evolutionary design changes and advanced technology developed by Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), the GNF3 fuel assembly is designed to offer customers with improved fuel economics, increased performance and flexibility in operation while maintaining the superior reliability of GNF2, the most reliable design in GNFs history. In addition to improved fuel utilization and performance, GNF3 is designed and manufactured to be more resistant to debris capture, to eliminate channel control blade interference concerns, and to exhibit to best available corrosion resistance of any boiling water reactor fuel. While delivering fuel cycle savings and reliability benefits with GNF3, GNF maintains a similar licensing and operating basis to GNF2, thereby minimizing fuel transition risks. GNF3 is available in lead use assembly quantities to customers today. Eight GNF3 lead use assemblies are in operation at two utilities in the USA GNF3 is scheduled to be available for full reloads in 2018. (Author)

  16. BWR 90 and BWR 90+: Two advanced BWR design generations from ABB

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    ABB has two evolutionary advanced light water reactors available today - the BWR 90 boiling water reactor and the System 80+ pressurised water reactor. The BWR 90 is based on the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the BWR 75 plants. The operation experience of the six plants of this advanced design has been very good. The average annual energy availability is above 90%, and total power generation costs have been low. When developing the BWR 90 specific changes were introduced to a reference design, to adapt to technological progress, new safety requirements and to achieve cost savings. The thermal power rating of BWR 90 is 3800 MWth (providing a nominal 1374 MWe net), slightly higher than that of the reference plant ABB Atom has taken advantage of margins gained using a new generation of its SVEA fuel to attain this power rating without major design modifications. The BWR 90 design was completed and offered to the TVO utility in Finland in 1991, as one of the contenders for the fifth Finnish nuclear power plant project. Hence, the design is available today for deployment in new plant projects. Utility views were incorporated through co-operation with the Finnish utility TVO, owner and operator of the two Olkiluoto plants of BWR 75 design. A review against the European Utility Requirement (EUR) set of requirements has been performed, since the design, in 1997, was selected by the EUR Steering Committee to be the first BWR to be evaluated against the EUR documents. The review work was completed in 1998. It will be the subject of an 'EUR Volume 3 Subset for BWR 90' document. ABB is continuing its BWR development work with an 'evolutionary' design called BWR 90+, which aims at developing the BWR as a competitive option for the anticipated revival of the market for new nuclear plants beyond the turn of the century, as well as feeding ideas and inputs to the continuous modernisation efforts at operating plants. The development is performed by ABB Atom

  17. BWR AXIAL PROFILE

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    The purpose of this calculation is to develop axial profiles for estimating the axial variation in burnup of a boiling water reactor (BWR) assembly spent nuclear fuel (SNF) given the average burnup of an assembly. A discharged fuel assembly typically exhibits higher burnup in the center and lower burnup at the ends of the assembly. Criticality safety analyses taking credit for SNF burnup must account for axially varying burnup relative to calculations based on uniformly distributed assembly average burnup due to the under-burned tips. Thus, accounting for axially varying burnup in criticality analyses is also referred to as accounting for the ''end effect'' reactivity. The magnitude of the reactivity change due to ''end effect'' is dependent on the initial assembly enrichment, the assembly average burnup, and the particular axial profile characterizing the burnup distribution. The set of bounding axial profiles should incorporate multiple BWR core designs and provide statistical confidence (95 percent confidence that 95 percent of the population is bound by the profile) that end nodes are conservatively represented. The profiles should also conserve the overall burnup of the fuel assembly. More background on BWR axial profiles is provided in Attachment I

  18. BWR AXIAL PROFILE

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    The purpose of this calculation is to develop axial profiles for estimating the axial variation in burnup of a boiling water reactor (BWR) assembly spent nuclear fuel (SNF) given the average burnup of an assembly. A discharged fuel assembly typically exhibits higher burnup in the center and lower burnup at the ends of the assembly. Criticality safety analyses taking credit for SNF burnup must account for axially varying burnup relative to calculations based on uniformly distributed assembly average burnup due to the under-burned tips. Thus, accounting for axially varying burnup in criticality analyses is also referred to as accounting for the ''end effect'' reactivity. The magnitude of the reactivity change due to ''end effect'' is dependent on the initial assembly enrichment, the assembly average burnup, and the particular axial profile characterizing the burnup distribution. The set of bounding axial profiles should incorporate multiple BWR core designs and provide statistical confidence (95 percent confidence that 95 percent of the population is bound by the profile) that end nodes are conservatively represented. The profiles should also conserve the overall burnup of the fuel assembly. More background on BWR axial profiles is provided in Attachment I.

  19. Laser assisted decontamination of nuclear fuel elements

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    Laser assisted removal of loosely bound fuel particulates from the clad surface following the process of pellet loading has decided advantages over conventional methods. It is a dry and noncontact process that generates very little secondary waste and can occur inside a glove box without any manual interference minimizing the possibility of exposure to personnel. The rapid rise of the substrate/ particulate temperature owing to the absorption of energy from the incident laser pulse results in a variety of processes that may lead to the expulsion of the particulates. As a precursor to the cleaning of the fuel elements, initial experiments were carried out on contamination simulated on commonly used clad surfaces to gain a first hand experience on the various laser parameters for which as efficient cleaning can be obtained without altering the properties of the clad surface. The cleaning of a dummy fuel element was subsequently achieved in the laboratory by integrating the laser with a work station that imparted simultaneous rotational and linear motion to the fuel element. (author)

  20. Post-processor for simulations of the ORIGEN program and calculation of the composition of the activity of a burnt fuel core by a BWR type reactor

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    The composition calculation and the activity of nuclear materials subject to processes of burnt, irradiation and decay periods are of utility for diverse activities inside the nuclear industry, as they are it: the processes design and operations that manage radioactive material, the calculation of the inventory and activity of a core of burnt nuclear fuel, for studies of type Probabilistic Safety Analysis (APS), as well as for regulation processes and licensing of nuclear facilities. ORIGEN is a program for computer that calculates the composition and the activity of nuclear materials subject to periods of burnt, irradiation and decay. ORIGEN generates a great quantity of information whose processing and analysis are laborious, and it requires thoroughness to avoid errors. The automation of the extraction, conditioning and classification of that information is of great utility for the analyst. By means of the use of the post-processor presented in this work it is facilitated, it speeds up and wide the capacity of analysis of results, since diverse consultations with several classification options and filtrate of results can be made. As illustration of the utility of the post-processor, and as an analysis of interest for itself, it is also presented in this work the composition of the activity of a burned core in a BWR type reactor according to the following classification criteria: by type of radioisotope (fission products, activation products and actinides), by specie type (gassy, volatile, semi-volatile and not volatile), by element and by chemical group. The results show that the total activity of the studied core is dominated by the fission products and for the actinides, in proportion four to one, and that the gassy and volatile species conform a fifth part of the total activity of the core. (Author)

  1. Automatic inspection for remotely manufactured fuel elements

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    Two classification techniques, standard control charts and artificial neural networks, are studied as a means for automating the visual inspection of the welding of end plugs onto the top of remotely manufactured reprocessed nuclear fuel element jackets. Classificatory data are obtained through measurements performed on pre- and post-weld images captured with a remote camera and processed by an off-the-shelf vision system. The two classification methods are applied in the classification of 167 dummy stainless steel (HT9) fuel jackets yielding comparable results

  2. Failure analysis for WWER-fuel elements

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    If the fuel defect rate proves significantly high, failure analysis has to be performed in order to trace down the defect causes, to implement corrective actions, and to take measures of failure prevention. Such analyses are work-consuming and very skill-demanding technical tasks, which require examination methods and devices excellently developed and a rich stock of experience in evaluation of features of damage. For that this work specifies the procedure of failure analyses in detail. Moreover prerequisites and experimental equipment for the investigation of WWER-type fuel elements are described. (author)

  3. Information on the evolution of severe LWR fuel element damage obtained in the CORA program

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    In the CORA program a series of out-of-pile experiments on LWR severe accidental situations is being performed, in which test bundles of LWR typical components and arrangements (PWR, BWR) are exposed to temperature transients up to about 2400deg C under flowing steam. The individual features of the facility, the test conduct, and the evaluation will be presented. In the frame of the international cooperation in severe fuel damage (SFD) programs the CORA tests are contributing confirmatory and complementary informations to the results from the limited number of in-pile tests. The identification of basic phenomena of the fuel element destruction, observed as a function of temperature, is supported by separate-effects test results. Most important mechanisms are the steam oxidation of the Zircaloy cladding, which determines the temperature escalation, the chemical interaction between UO2 fuel and cladding, which dominates fuel liquefaction, relocation and resulting blockage formation, as well as chemical interactions with Inconel spacer grids and absorber units ((Ag, In, Cd) alloy or B4C), which are leading to extensive low-temperature melt formation around 1200deg C. Interrelations between those basic phenomena, resulting for example in cladding deformation ('flowering') and the dramatic hydrogen formation in response to the fast cooling of a hot bundle by cold water ('quenching') are determining the evolution paths of fuel element destruction, which are to be identified. (orig.)

  4. Experience in monitoring the BWR fuel behaviour and fission product releases during off-normal conditions

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    Tarapur Atomic Power Station has accumulated over 33 reactor years of operating experience in monitoring Boiling Water Reactor fuel behaviour. The sudden and sharp increases in the fission product releases were experienced in the earlier years due to gross fuel failures caused by mechanical damage (lifting of certain core internals) or due to certain operating practices and transients. Data on fission product releases under such gross fuel failure conditions is presented and discussed with evaluation of the incident and corrective actions taken. An apparent correlation observed in incidents of fuel failures and certain operating system transients are discussed. Conventionally for the BWRs sum of six fission gas release rate measured at Steam Jet Air Ejectors is correlated with fission gas radiation monitor reading to work out alarm and trip settings - modifications are suggested to improve reliability and effectiveness in monitoring of fission gas release rates. Appropriate data for fission product deposition and characterisation of coolant crud long lived fission products is also presented. (author). 6 refs, 15 figs, 9 tabs

  5. Taking burnup credit for interim storage and transportation system for BWR fuels

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    In the back-end issues of nuclear fuel cycle, selection of reprocessing or one-through is a big issue. For both of the cases, a reasonable interim storage and transportation system is required. This study proposes an advanced practical monitoring and evaluation system. The system features the followings: (l) Storage racks and transportation casks taking credit for burnup. (2) A burnup estimation system using a compact monitor with Cd- Te detectors and fission chambers. (3) A neutron emission-rate evaluation methodology, especially important for high burnup MOX fuels. (4) A nuclear materials management system for safeguards. Current storage system and transport casks are designed on the basis of a fresh fuel assumption. The assumption is too conservative. Taking burnup credit gives a reasonable design while keeping conservatism. In order to establish a reasonable burnup credit design system, a calculation system has been developed for determining isotope compositions, burnup, and criticality. The calculation system consists of some modules such as TGBLA, ORIGEN, CITATION, MCNP and KENO. The TGBLA code is a fuel design code for LWR fuels developed in TOSHIBA Corporation. The code takes operational history such as, power density, void fraction into account. This code is applied to the back-end issues for a more accurate design of a storage and a transportation system. The ORIGEN code is well-known one-point isotope depletion code. In the calculation system, the code calculates isotope compositions using libraries generated from the TGBLA code. The CITATION code, the MCNP code, and the KENO code are three dimensional diffusion code, continuous energy Monte Carlo code, discrete energy Monte Carlo code, respectively. Those codes calculate k- effective of the storage and transportation systems using isotope compositions generated from the ORIGEN code. The CITATION code and the KENO code are usually used for practical designs. The MCNP code is used for reference

  6. Stuck fuel element experience at the Oregon State TRIGA reactor

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    A stuck fuel element was found in June 1975 during the annual fuel element measuring assignment. When an attempt was made to remove the fuel element from position D-6, it was found the element would start to bind after being withdrawn about 10'', and it would not pass through the upper grid plate. A plan was devised to extract the stuck fuel element without having to remove the upper grid plate. An inhouse inquiry is in process to determine the reasons for the fuel element deformation. When the element cools sufficiently, we plan to obtain neutron radiographs that may help determine the answer. (author)

  7. Nuclear criticality assessment of LEU and HEU fuel element storage

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    Criticality aspects of storing LEU (20%) and HEU (93%) fuel elements have been evaluated as a function of 235U loading, element geometry, and fuel type. Silicide, oxide, and aluminide fuel types have been evaluated ranging in 235U loading from 180 to 620 g per element and from 16 to 23 plates per element. Storage geometry considerations have been evaluated for fuel element separations ranging from closely packed formations to spacings of several centimeters between elements. Data are presented in a form in which interpolations may be made to estimate the eigenvalue of any fuel element storage configuration that is within the range of the data. (author)

  8. Evaluation of the thermal-mechanical performance of fuel rods of a BWR during a power ramp using the FUELSIM code

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    To avoid the risk to environment due to release of radioactive material, because of occurrence of an accident, it is the priority of the design and performance of the diverse systems of safety of a commercial nuclear power plant. The safety of nuclear power plants requires, therefore, monitoring those parameters having some direct or indirect effect on safety. The thermal limits are values set for those parameters considered having most impact on the safe operation of a nuclear power reactor. Some thermal limits monitoring requires the thermal-mechanical analysis of the rods containing the nuclear fuel. The fuel rod thermal-mechanical behavior under irradiation is a complex process in which there exists a great deal of interrelated physical and chemical phenomena, so that the fuel rod performance analysis in the core of a nuclear power reactor is generally accomplished by using computer codes, which integrate several of the phenomena that are expected to occur during the lifetime of the fuel rod in the core. The main application of the thermal-mechanical analysis codes is the prediction of occurrence of conditions and/or phenomena that could lead to the deterioration or even mechanical failure of the fuel rod cladding, as, for example, the pellet-cladding interaction. In the operation of a nuclear power reactor, fuel preconditioning operations refer to the operational procedures employed to reduce the fuel rod failure probability due to fuel-cladding interaction, specially during reactor startup. Preconditioning simulations are therefore necessary to determine in advance limit values for the power that can be generated in a fuel rod, and thus avoiding any rod damage. In this work, a first analysis of the thermal-mechanical performance of typical fuel rods used in nuclear reactors of the type BWR 5/6, as those two nuclear reactors in Laguna Verde, Veracruz, is performed. This study includes two types of fuel rods: one from a fuel assembly design with an array 8 x 8

  9. A comparison of crud phases appearing on some Swedish BWR fuel rods using Laser Raman Spectroscopy

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    Previous investigations showed that laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS) can be used as a phase specific analytical tool for radioactive fuel crud samples and also for details in the underlying layer of zirconium dioxide. It is relatively easy to record Raman spectra that discriminate between chemical phases for all crud oxides of interest. The method has therefore been recommended for crud investigations within the Swedish program. At ideal conditions the resolution is about 1 μm, permitting detailed position determination of crud phases in the sample. Therefore LRS is a very good complement to X-ray diffraction (XRD). The methods for sample preparation and handling of radioactive crud samples for LRS turn out to be relatively simple. A detailed LRS study on fuel crud samples from Barsebaeck 2, Forsmark 2, Forsmark 3 and Ringhals 1 was performed in this work. All of those Swedish BWRs were operated at different conditions at the time of sampling. The chemistry regimes covered NWC, HWC and other variable conditions. Also different types of fuel, exposure times and sampling positions were selected. (authors)

  10. Nuclear fuel element having oxidation resistant cladding

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    This patent describes an improved nuclear fuel element of the type including a zirconium alloy tube, a zirconium barrier layer metallurgically bonded to the inside surface of the alloy tube, and a central core of nuclear fuel material partially filling the inside of the tube so as to leave a gap between the sponge zirconium barrier and the nuclear fuel material. The improvement comprising an alloy layer formed on the inside surface of the zirconium barrier layer. The alloy layer being composed of one or more impurities present in a thin layer region of the zirconium barrier in amounts less than 1% by weight but sufficient to inhibit the oxidation of the inside surface of the zirconium barrier layer without substantially affecting the plastic properties of the barrier layer, wherein the impurities are selected from the group consisting of iron, chromium, copper, nitrogen, and niobium

  11. Serpent: an alternative for the nuclear fuel cells analysis of a BWR

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    In the last ten years the diverse research groups in nuclear engineering of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Instituto Politecnico Nacional (UNAM, IPN), as of research (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, ININ) as well as the personnel of the Nuclear Plant Management of the Comision Federal de Electricidad have been using the codes Helios and /or CASMO-4 in the generation of cross sections (X S) of nuclear fuel cells of the cores corresponding to the Units 1 and 2 of the nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde. Both codes belong to the Studsvik-Scandpower Company who receives the payment for the use and their respective maintenance. In recent years, the code Serpent appears among the nuclear community distributed by the OECD/Nea which does not has cost neither in its use neither in its maintenance. The code is based on the Monte Carlo method and makes use of the processing in parallel. In the Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas of the IPN, the personnel has accumulated certain experience in the use of Serpent under the direction of personal of the ININ; of this experience have been obtained for diverse fuel burned, the infinite multiplication factor for three cells of nuclear fuel, without control bar and with control bar for a known thermodynamic state fixed by: a) the fuel temperature (Tf), b) the moderator temperature (Tm) and c) the vacuums fraction (α). Although was not realized any comparison with the X S that the codes Helios and CASMO-4 generate, the results obtained for the infinite multiplication factor show the prospective tendencies with regard to the fuel burned so much in the case in that is not present the control bar like when it is. The results are encouraging and motivate to the study group to continue with the X S generation of a core in order to build the respective library of nuclear data as a following step and this can be used for the codes PARCS, of USA NRC, DYN3D of HZDR, or others developed locally in the IPN

  12. Fuel temperature characteristics of the 37-element and CANFLEX fuel bundle

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    This report describes the fuel temperature characteristics of CANFLEX fuel bundles and 37-element fuel bundles for a different burnup of fuel. The program was consisted for seeking the fuel temperature of fuel bundles of CANFLEX fuel bundles and 37-element fuel bundles by using the method in NUCIRC. Fuel temperature has an increasing pattern with the burnup of fuel for CANFLEX fuel bundles and 37-element fuel bundles. For all the case of burnup, the fuel temperature of CANFLEX fuel bundles has a lower value than that of 37-element fuel bundles. Especially, for the high power channel, the CANFLEX fuel bundles show a lower fuel temperature as much as about 75 degree, and the core averaged fuel temperature has a lower fuel temperature of about 50 degree than that of 37-element fuel bundles. The lower fuel temperature of CANFLEX fuel bundles is expected to enhance the safety by reducing the fuel temperature coefficient. Finally, for each burnup of CANFLEX fuel bundles and 37-element fuel bundles, the equation was present for predicting the fuel temperature of a bundle in terms of a coolant temperature and bundle power

  13. The formation process of the pellet-cladding bonding layer in high burnup BWR fuels

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    The bonding formation process was studied by EPMA analysis, XRD measurements, and SEM/TEM observations for the oxide layer on a cladding inner surface and the pellet-cladding bonding layer in irradiated fuel rods. Specimens were prepared from fuels which had been irradiated to the pellet average burnups of 15, 27, 42 and 49 GWd/t in BWRs. In the lower burnup specimens of 15 and 27 GWd/t, no bonding layer was found, while the higher burnup specimens of 42 and 49 GWd/t had a typical bonding layer about 10 to 20 μm thick. A bonding layer which consisted of two regions was found in the latter fuels. One region of the inner surface of the Zr liner cladding was made up mainly of ZrO2 with a small amount of dissolved UO2. The structure of this ZrO2 consisted of cubic polycrystals a few nanometers in size, while no monoclinic crystals were found. The other region, near the pellet surface, had both a cubic solid solution of (U,Zr)O2 and amorphous phase in which the concentrations of UO2 and ZrO2 changed continuously. Even in the lower burnup specimens having no bonding layer, cubic ZrO2 phase was identified in the cladding inner oxide layer. The XRD measurements were consistent with the TEM results of the absence of the monoclinic ZrO2 phase. Phase transformation and amorphization were attributed to fission damage, since such phenomena have never been observed in the cladding outer surface. Phase transformation from monoclinic to cubic ZrO2 and amorphization by irradiation damage of fission products were discussed in connection with the formation mechanism and conditions of the bonding layer. (author)

  14. BWR stability analysis

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    The objective of this study has been to examine TVO-I oscillation incident, which occured in February 22.1987 and to find out safety implications of oscillations in ATWS incidents. Calculations have been performed with RAMONA-3B and TRAB codes. RAMONA-3B is a BWR transient analysis code with three-dimencional neutron kinetics and nonequilibrium, nonhomogeneous thermal hydraulics. TRAB code is a one-dimencional BWR transient code which uses methods similar to RAMONA-3B. The results have shown that both codes are capable of analyzing of the oscillation incidents. Both out-of-phase and in-phase oscillations are possible. If the reactor scram fails (ATWS) during oscillations the severe fuel failures are always possible and the reactor core may exceed the prompt criticality

  15. Comparison of heuristic optimization techniques for the enrichment and gadolinia distribution in BWR fuel lattices and decision analysis

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    Highlights: • Different metaheuristic optimization techniques were compared. • The optimal enrichment and gadolinia distribution in a BWR fuel lattice was studied. • A decision making tool based on the Position Vector of Minimum Regret was applied. • Similar results were found for the different optimization techniques. - Abstract: In the present study a comparison of the performance of five heuristic techniques for optimization of combinatorial problems is shown. The techniques are: Ant Colony System, Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Greedy Search and a hybrid of Path Relinking and Scatter Search. They were applied to obtain an “optimal” enrichment and gadolinia distribution in a fuel lattice of a boiling water reactor. All techniques used the same objective function for qualifying the different distributions created during the optimization process as well as the same initial conditions and restrictions. The parameters included in the objective function are the k-infinite multiplication factor, the maximum local power peaking factor, the average enrichment and the average gadolinia concentration of the lattice. The CASMO-4 code was used to obtain the neutronic parameters. The criteria for qualifying the optimization techniques include also the evaluation of the best lattice with burnup and the number of evaluations of the objective function needed to obtain the best solution. In conclusion all techniques obtain similar results, but there are methods that found better solutions faster than others. A decision analysis tool based on the Position Vector of Minimum Regret was applied to aggregate the criteria in order to rank the solutions according to three functions: neutronic grade at 0 burnup, neutronic grade with burnup and global cost which aggregates the computing time in the decision. According to the results Greedy Search found the best lattice in terms of the neutronic grade at 0 burnup and also with burnup. However, Greedy Search is

  16. Criticality evaluation of BWR MOX fuel transport packages using average Pu content

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    Currently in France, criticality studies in transport configurations for Boiling Water Reactor Mixed Oxide fuel assemblies are based on conservative hypothesis assuming that all rods (Mixed Oxide (Uranium and Plutonium), Uranium Oxide, Uranium and Gadolinium Oxide rods) are Mixed Oxide rods with the same Plutonium-content, corresponding to the maximum value. In that way, the real heterogeneous mapping of the assembly is masked and covered by a homogeneous Plutonium-content assembly, enriched at the maximum value. As this calculation hypothesis is extremely conservative, COGEMA LOGISTICS has studied a new calculation method based on the average Plutonium-content in the criticality studies. The use of the average Plutonium-content instead of the real Plutonium-content profiles provides a highest reactivity value that makes it globally conservative. This method can be applied for all Boiling Water Reactor Mixed Oxide complete fuel assemblies of type 8 x 8, 9 x 9 and 10 x 10 which Plutonium-content in mass weight does not exceed 15%; it provides advantages which are discussed in our approach. With this new method, for the same package reactivity, the Pu-content allowed in the package design approval can be higher. The COGEMA LOGISTICS' new method allows, at the design stage, to optimise the basket, materials or geometry for higher payload, keeping the same reactivity

  17. Packaging of spent fuel elements into special containers

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    This report contains detailed description of the procedure for packaging the spent fuel elements from the fuel channels into the special steel containers. The previously cooled fuel elements are packaged into containers by the existing crane and transported later into the spen fuel storage. Instructions for crane operation are included

  18. Fuel element situation and performance data TRIGA Mark II reactor

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    Electronic data acquisition of the position and movement of Triga fuel elements (FE) in the TRIGA II Vienna reactor was the objective of this project. Using one month power data and the Fuel element position in core it is possible to calculate their burnup. Fuel element performance data during 1962 to 2003 are provided. (nevyjel)

  19. Methodology and results of operational calculations of fuel temperature in fuel elements of the BN-600 reactor fuel assemblies

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    The article presents methodology of peak fuel temperature determination and computational investigations of fuel temperature condition in fuel elements of fuel assemblies of various types during the BN-600 reactor operation. The effect of sodium uranate in the gap between fuel and cladding of the fuel element on the heat transfer processes is considered

  20. Searching for a possible fuel element leak

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    A gamma spectrum analysis of a filter paper from an Oregon State University TRIGA Reactor (OSTR) continuous air monitor (CAM) which routinely monitors the air directly over the reactor tank revealed just-detectable levels of several short-lived particulate fission products typically associated with a fuel cladding failure. This prompted an intensive.search to determine the origin of these radionuclides. A number of methods were used, including a fuel element rotation program designed to ultimately remove all of the fuel elements from the core in groups of three, and a scheme to selectively sample bubbles from different parts of the core during operation. Determination of the source was made very difficult by the fact that its presence was erratic in nature and because radioactivity levels found on filter papers were on the border of detectability even when the reactor was operated at the maximum allowable power level of 1MW. The origin and source of the fission product activity was not found, no other abnormality was identified and the reactor was therefore returned to normal operation. In addition to continuing the routine operation of the reactor-top CAM, further surveillance designed to detect a positive reappearance of the source was also implemented and currently involves a complete gamma spectrum analysis of a CAM filter paper each week after a standard (controlled) 3 hour reactor run at 1 MW. (author)

  1. Model for the analysis of transitories and stability of a BWR reactor with fuel of thorium

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    In this work it is described the thermo hydraulic and neutronic pattern used to simulate the behavior of a nucleus of thorium-uranium under different conditions of operation. The analysed nucleus was designed with base to assemblies that operate under the cover-seed concept. The pattern was proven to conditions of stationary state and transitory state. Here it is only presented the simulation of the one SCRAM manual and it is compared in the behavior of a nucleus with UO2. Additionally one carries out an analysis of stability taking into account the four corners that define the area of stability of the map flow-power and to conditions of 100% of flow and 100% of power. The module of stability is based on the pattern of Lahey and Podowsky to estimate the drops of pressure during a perturbation. It is concludes that the behavior of this nucleus is not very different to the one shown by the nuclei loaded with the fuel of UO2. (Author)

  2. Advanced and flexible genetic algorithms for BWR fuel loading pattern optimization

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    This work proposes advances in the implementation of a flexible genetic algorithm (GA) for fuel loading pattern optimization for Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs). In order to avoid specific implementations of genetic operators and to obtain a more flexible treatment, a binary representation of the solution was implemented; this representation had to take into account that a little change in the genotype must correspond to a little change in the phenotype. An identifier number is assigned to each assembly by means of a Gray Code of 7 bits and the solution (the loading pattern) is represented by a binary chain of 777 bits of length. Another important contribution is the use of a Fitness Function which includes a Heuristic Function and an Objective Function. The Heuristic Function which is defined to give flexibility on the application of a set of positioning rules based on knowledge, and the Objective Function that contains all the parameters which qualify the neutronic and thermal hydraulic performances of each loading pattern. Experimental results illustrating the effectiveness and flexibility of this optimization algorithm are presented and discussed.

  3. Nuclear reactor and associated fuel element

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    Nuclear reactor with a high instantaneous negative reactivity temperature coefficient, comprising a vessel containing a certain quantity of water serving as coolant and moderator, a reactor core immersed in this water and comprising a series of fuel assemblies. Each fuel element contains a solid homogeneous mixture of zirconium hydride, uranium and erbium, in which the uranium constitutes 20 to 50% of the mixture by weight, the zirconium hydride 70 to 50% by weight and the erbium 0.5 to 1.5% by weight, the uranium present in the mixture being not more than 20% of U-235, the remainder being mostly U-238. The ratio of hydrogen/zirconium atom numbers is between 1.5/1 and 1.7/1 and the erbium is evenly distributed in the entire uranium-zirconium hydride mixture

  4. Impact tests with fuel element cans

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    Impact tests with storage tanks for irradiated HTR-fuel balls have been carried out. The determination of the damages of the storage tanks falling from a heigth of 7 m and the graphite balls, which have been used in place of the fuel elements, has been the aim of these tests. The main results are: 1. The leakage of the three impact tested tanks (2 of type ASSE, 1 of type AVR-TL) has not increased due to the impact. 2. The deformation of the tanks caused by the impact exceed the tank specification for dimensions and shape. 3. The graphit ball damages depend on the type of tank and on the angle of impact. The damages of graphit balls in the tank of type AVR-TL have been neglectable small. (orig.)

  5. Microscopic examinations of a sphere-pac and a pellet UO2 fuel rod, irradiated during 1530 days in the Dodewaard BWR

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    Seventy sphere-pac and seventy standard pellet UO2 fuel rods operated simultaneously without failures in the Dodewaard BWR at axial average powers of 16-20 kW/m up to axial average burnups of 16-30 MWd/kg UO2. Peak powers were about 43 kW/m and occurred early in life at about 2 MWd/kg UO2. Peak burnups were 36 MWd/kg UO2. The non-destructive post-irradiation examinations, reported earlier, resulted in the conclusion that the measured differences between sphere-pac and pellet UO2 rods were in effect insignificant. The destructive post-irradiation examinations, in particular optical microscopy, SEM and EPMA on rod cross sections, exhibited some significant differences between sphere-pac and standard pellet UO2 rod behaviour during normal operation in the Dodewaard BWR. The extent of UO2 sintering and of outward movement of cesium in the central region of the fuel column were substantially smaller in the sphere-pac rod. The absence of an as-fabricated fuel-cladding gap in sphere-pac rods results in lower central fuel temperatures than in pellet rods, at least during the early in life period when the amount of released fission gas is still small. The presence of radial cracks in the outer, not sintered, regions of the pellet fuel column constitute direct paths for outward transport of volatile fission products from the hot sintered central region towards the inner cladding surface. This makes pellet rods sensitive for stress corrosion cracking of the zircaloy cladding wall. 20 figs.; 13 refs.; 13 tabs

  6. Thermionic fuel element Verification Program - Overview

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    Bohl, Richard J.; Dahlberg, Richard C.; Dutt, Dale S.; Wood, John T.

    The TFE Verification Program is in the sixth year of a program to demonstrate the performance and lifetime of thermionic fuel elements for high power space applications. Data from accelerated tests in FETF and EBR-II show component lifetimes longer than 7 yr. Alumina insulators have shown good performance at high fast fluence. Graphite-cesium reservoirs based on isotropic graphite also meet requirements. Three TFEs are currently operating in the TRIGA reactor, the oldest having accumulated 15,000 hr of irradiation as of 1 October 1990.

  7. Fuel element storage pond for nuclear installations

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    In a fuel element storage pond for nuclear installations, with different water levels, radioactive particles are deposited at the points of contact of the water surface with the pond wall. So that this deposition will not occur, a metal apron is provided in the area of the points of contact of the water surface with the bond wall. The metal apron consists of individual sheets of metal which are suspended by claws in wall hooks. To clean the sheets, these are moved to a position below the water level. The sheets are suspended from the wall hooks during this process. (orig.)

  8. Thermionic fuel element verification program—overview

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    Bohl, Richard J.; Dutt, Dale S.; Dahlberg, Richard C.; Wood, John T.

    1991-01-01

    TFE Verification Program is in the sixth year of a program to demonstrate the performance and lifetime of thermionic fuel elements for high power space applications. It is jointly funded by SIDO and DOE. Data from accelerated tests in FFTF and EBR-II show component lifetimes longer than 7 years. Alumina insulators have shown good performance at high fast fluence. Graphite-cesium reservoirs based on isotropic graphite also meet requirements. Three TFEs are current operating in the TRIGA reactor, the oldest having accumulated 15,000 hours of irradiation as of 1 October 1990.

  9. Storage rack for long fuel elements

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    The storage rack for PWR's usually has a lower grid plate, which has holes at the positions intended for fuel elements and stiffeners in the form of straight fins on the underside, which run flush in the direction of the midpoint of the holes. According to the invention, there are pieces of pipe on the underside of the plate concentric to all holes, which are connected by straight bars. This produces a stiffening just at the critical places. The invention can best be implemented in the form of a casting. (orig./HP)

  10. Fuel design with low peak of local power for BWR reactors with increased nominal power; Diseno de un combustible con bajo pico de potencia local para reactores BWR con potencia nominal aumentada

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    Perusquia C, R.; Montes, J.L.; Hernandez, J.L.; Ortiz, J.J.; Castillo, A. [ININ, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: mrpc@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    The Federal Commission of Electricity recently announcement the beginning of the works related with the increase of the power to 120% of the original nominal one in the Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) of the Laguna Verde Central (CLV): In the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ) are carried out studies of the impact on the design of the recharge of derived fuel of this increase. One of the main effects of the power increase type that it is promoting, is the increment of the flow of generated vapor, what takes, to a bigger fraction of vacuum in the core presenting increased values of the maximum fraction to the limit, so much of the ratio of lineal heat generation (XFLPD) as of the ratio of critic power (MFLCPR). In the made studies, it is found that these fractions rise lineally with the increase of the nominal power. Considering that the reactors of the CLV at the moment operate to 105% of the original nominal power, it would imply an increment of the order of 13.35% in the XFLPD and in the MFLCPR operating to a nominal power of 120% of the original one. This would propitiate bigger problems to design appropriately the fuel cycle and the necessity, almost unavoidable, of to resort to a fuel assembly type more advanced for the recharges of the cores. As option, in the ININ the feasibility of continuing using the same type of it fuel assembles that one has come using recently in the CLV, the type GE12 is analyzed. To achieve it was outlined to diminish the peak factor of local power (LPPF) of the power cells that compose the fuel recharge in 13.35%. It was started of a fuel design previously used in the recharge of the unit 1 cycle 12 and it was re-design to use it in the recharge design of the cycle 13 of the unit 1, considering an increase to 120% of the original power and the same requirements of cycle extension. For the re-design of the fuel assembly cell it was used the PreDiCeldas computer program developed in the ININ. It was able to diminish the LPPF

  11. Serpent: an alternative for the nuclear fuel cells analysis of a BWR; SERPENT: una alternativa para el analisis de celdas de combustible nuclear de un BWR

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    Silva A, L.; Del Valle G, E. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, U.P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Edificio 9, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Gomez T, A. M., E-mail: lidi.s.albarran@gmail.com [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

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    In the last ten years the diverse research groups in nuclear engineering of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Instituto Politecnico Nacional (UNAM, IPN), as of research (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, ININ) as well as the personnel of the Nuclear Plant Management of the Comision Federal de Electricidad have been using the codes Helios and /or CASMO-4 in the generation of cross sections (X S) of nuclear fuel cells of the cores corresponding to the Units 1 and 2 of the nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde. Both codes belong to the Studsvik-Scandpower Company who receives the payment for the use and their respective maintenance. In recent years, the code Serpent appears among the nuclear community distributed by the OECD/Nea which does not has cost neither in its use neither in its maintenance. The code is based on the Monte Carlo method and makes use of the processing in parallel. In the Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas of the IPN, the personnel has accumulated certain experience in the use of Serpent under the direction of personal of the ININ; of this experience have been obtained for diverse fuel burned, the infinite multiplication factor for three cells of nuclear fuel, without control bar and with control bar for a known thermodynamic state fixed by: a) the fuel temperature (T{sub f}), b) the moderator temperature (T{sub m}) and c) the vacuums fraction (α). Although was not realized any comparison with the X S that the codes Helios and CASMO-4 generate, the results obtained for the infinite multiplication factor show the prospective tendencies with regard to the fuel burned so much in the case in that is not present the control bar like when it is. The results are encouraging and motivate to the study group to continue with the X S generation of a core in order to build the respective library of nuclear data as a following step and this can be used for the codes PARCS, of USA NRC, DYN3D of HZDR, or others developed locally

  12. Development of a computer program of fast calculation for the pre design of advanced nuclear fuel 10 x 10 for BWR type reactors

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    In the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ) a methodology is developed to optimize the design of cells 10x10 of assemble fuels for reactors of water in boil or BWR. It was proposed a lineal calculation formula based on a coefficients matrix (of the change reason of the relative power due to changes in the enrichment of U-235) for estimate the relative powers by pin of a cell. With this it was developed the computer program of fast calculation named PreDiCeldas. The one which by means of a simple search algorithm allows to minimize the relative power peak maximum of cell or LPPF. This is achieved varying the distribution of U-235 inside the cell, maintaining in turn fixed its average enrichment. The accuracy in the estimation of the relative powers for pin is of the order from 1.9% when comparing it with results of the 'best estimate' HELIOS code. With the PreDiCeldas it was possible, at one minimum time of calculation, to re-design a reference cell diminishing the LPPF, to the beginning of the life, of 1.44 to a value of 1.31. With the cell design with low LPPF is sought to even design cycles but extensive that those reached at the moment in the BWR of the Laguna Verde Central. (Author)

  13. UNIFRAME interim design report. [Fuel element size reduction plant

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    Strand, J.B.; Baer, J.W.; Cook, E.J.

    1977-12-01

    A fuel element size reduction system has been designed for the ''cold'' pilot-scale plant for an HTGR Fuel Reference Recycle Facility. This report describes in detail the present design.

  14. UK development of stage-2 CAGR fuel elements

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    Britain has developed Stage-2 Commercial AGR fuel elements suitable for all AGR stations employing 71/2-inch bore fuel, and large-scale use will start in the initial charges of Heysham-II and Torness reactors

  15. BWR spent fuel storage cask performance test. Volume 2. Pre- and post-test decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding analyses

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    This report describes the decay heat, heat transfer, and shielding analyses conducted in support of performance testing of a Ridhihalgh, Eggers and Associates REA 2033 boiling water reactor (BWR) spent fuel storage cask. The cask testing program was conducted for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Commercial Spent Fuel Management Program by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) and by General Electric at the latters' Morris Operation (GE-MO) as reported in Volume I. The analyses effort consisted of performing pretest calculations to (1) select spent fuel for the test; (2) symmetrically load the spent fuel assemblies in the cask to ensure lateral symmetry of decay heat generation rates; (3) optimally locate temperature and dose rate instrumentation in the cask and spent fuel assemblies; and (4) evaluate the ORIGEN2 (decay heat), HYDRA and COBRA-SFS (heat transfer), and QAD and DOT (shielding) computer codes. The emphasis of this second volume is on the comparison of code predictions to experimental test data in support of the code evaluation process. Code evaluations were accomplished by comparing pretest (actually pre-look, since some predictions were not completed until testing was in progress) predictions with experimental cask testing data reported in Volume I. No attempt was made in this study to compare the two heat transfer codes because results of other evaluations have not been completed, and a comparison based on one data set may lead to erroneous conclusions

  16. Testing device for fuel element samples

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    The device described is for testing samples for behavior at high temperature in heavy gamma radiation. The whole device is designed to be maintained in the high neutron flux of a nuclear reactor channel. It comprises two co-axial envelopes with cylindrical side walls and with convex truncated bottom and head walls, these truncated walls being maintained in pairs at a small distance and as constant as possible owing to the inner envelope being designed to accept the fuel element or other sample for testing and to be connected to an intake pipe and a return pipe for a sample environmental gas. The truncated head wall of the outer envelope is joined by a sealed thermal expansion bellows to the cylindrical wall of this same envelope. The restricted annular space between the inner envelope and the outer envelope with its bellows is designed to be coupled to an intake pipe and a return pipe for a variable thermal conductivity gas

  17. Container for the storage of new fuel elements

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    The fuel elements are placed vertically at defined positions of a store by a fixed support before introduction into the reactor. Each fuel element is surrounded for at least the length of its can by a box made of absorber material. This box is surrounded by a sleeve, which is fixed to the support so that it is easy to undo. The new store is particularly intended for highly enriched fuel elements. (orig./HP)

  18. Development and operating experience with new LWR fuel elements

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    The Advanced Nuclear Fuels Corporation (ANF) supplies fuel elements and services for pressurized and boiling water reactors in Europe, the USA and the Far East. During the 19 years of its existence the ANF produced more than 16.300 fuel elements in the two manufacturing plants of Richland, USA and Lingen, FRG for 43 pressurized and boiling water reactors. In this context a series of innovations as regards the design of fuel cans, Zircaloy for spacers and Gd absorber in the fuel rod for the improvement of the operating behaviour of the elements was realized. (orig./DG)

  19. Stress analysis of coated particle fuel using finite element method

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    The fuel element of high temperature gas-cooled reactor is composed of coated particle fuel which is dispersed in graphite matrix. In normal operation, the stress due to irradiation and a variety of complex physical and chemical reactions will cause failure of the coated particle fuel. Therefore, the stress analysis of coated particle fuel is important for the safety of fuel element and reactor. The stress was analyzed by the finite element method based on the inner pressure failure mechanism considering asphericity of the particles. (authors)

  20. Studies of direct final disposal of fuel elements

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    The research and development programme for 'Direct Final Disposal' comprises works compiled for direct disposal of high-temperature fuel elements which, as regards the direct disposal of IWR fuel elements, are either carried out independently by the DWK (conditioning and development of tanks), or coordinated by the project group for Other Waste Disposal Techniques (PAE) of the KfK on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology (repository). Part A of the research and development programme includes work on the direct disposal of high-temperature fuel elements. Part B comprises work on the direct disposal of LWR fuel elements. (orig./DG)

  1. Fabrication technology of spherical fuel element for HTR-10

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    R and D on the fabrication technology of the spherical fuel elements for the 10 MW HTR Test Module (HTR-10) began from 1986. Cold quasi-isostatic molding with a silicon rubber die is used for manufacturing the spherical fuel elements.The fabrication technology and the graphite matrix materials were investigated and optimized. Twenty five batches of fuel elements, about 11000 of the fuel elements, have been produced. The cold properties of the graphite matrix materials satisfied the design specifications. The mean free uranium fraction of 25 batches was 5 x 10-5

  2. FRANCO, Finite Element Method (FEM) Fuel Rod Analysis for Solid and Annular Configurations

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    1 - Description of program or function: The FRANCO code is a quasi- static two-dimensional fuel rod analysis code, that calculates the fuel temperature and material deformation as a function of heat generation rate. Both solid and annular fuel configurations are modeled. 2 - Method of solution: FRANCO uses two-dimensional finite element theory and applications for mechanical deformation and heat conduction, and determines the temperature distribution from the fuel center to the coolant adjacent to the clad at a position along the fuel rod axis. FRANCO calculates the average temperature of each radial division, the nodal displacement, and strain and stress within the fuel pellet and clad. The principal stresses, which represent maximum and minimum stresses within an element, result from Mohr's circle relationship between normal stresses. FRANCO is capable of predicting the thermo-mechanical behavior in the radial direction of a single fuel rod for both boiling water reactors (BWR's) and pressurized water reactors (PWR's). The cross sectional plane geometry of fuel rod is modeled using three-node constant strain triangular finite elements, and both thermal and mechanical solutions are computed with the same finite element configurations. The local linear heat generation rate is modeled as a uniform heat source in a fuel pellet, and the coolant temperature and heat transfer coefficient are applied as known boundary conditions at the boundary of the cladding surface. The total load to form the global force vector consists of the thermal load that results from thermal expansion of the material and the mechanical load exerted by pressure. FRANCO assumes the fuel-cladding gap region to be conductive material in order to simplify the analysis, and this gap is simulated by either an open gap or a closed gap model. A time- dependent problem can be simulated by FRANCO using quasi-static analysis when time-dependent parameters are provided. FRANCO can treat a steady-state or

  3. Corrosion product deposition on fuel element surfaces of a boiling water reactor

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    Over the last decade the problem of corrosion products deposition on light water reactor fuel elements has been extensively investigated in relation to the possibility of failures caused by them. The goal of the present study is to understand in a quantitative way the formation of such kind of deposits and to analytically understand the mechanism of formation and deposition with help of the quasi-steady state concentrations of a number of 3d metals in reactor water. Recent investigations on the complex corrosion product deposits on a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel cladding have shown that the observed layer locally presents unexpected magnetic properties. The buildup of magnetic corrosion product deposits (crud) on the fuel cladding of the BWR, Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt (KKL) Switzerland has hampered the Eddy-current based measurements of ZrO2 layer thickness. The magnetic behavior of this layer and its axial variation on BWR fuel cladding is of interest with respect to non-destructive cladding characterization. Consequently, a cladding from a BWR was cut at elevations of 810 mm, where the layer was observed to be magnetic, and of 1810 mm where it was less magnetic. The samples were subsequently analyzed using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), magnetic analysis and X-ray techniques (μXRF, μXRD and μXAFS). Both EPMA and μXRF have shown that the observed corrosion deposit layer which is situated on the Zircaloy corrosion layer consists mostly of 3-d elements’ oxides (Fe, Zn, Ni and Mn). The distribution of these elements within the investigated layer is rather complex and not homogeneous. The main components identified by 2D μXRD mapping inside the layer were hematite and spinel phases with the common formula (MxFey)[M(1-x)Fe(2-y)]O4, where M = Zn, Ni, Mn. With μXRD it was clearly shown that the cell parameter of analyzed spinel is different from the one of the pure endmembers (ZnFe2O4, NiFe2O4 and MnFe2O4) proving the existence of solid solutions. These

  4. Nuclear fuel element and method of manufacturing it

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    Nuclear fuel pellets incorporating fission products capturing carbonaceous materials are disposed at upper and lower ends of a nuclear fuel element. Further, nuclear fuel pellets incorporating fission product capturing Zr-Cu series materials are disposed at the intermediate portion of the nuclear fuel element respectively. With such a constitution, fission products formed during burning of the nuclear fuel pellets are absorbed and kept by the fission product capturing materials incorporated in the nuclear fuel pellets, thereby enabling to reduce the amount of the fission products released. In addition, stress corrosion cracks caused by pellet/cladding tube interactions and dynamic interactions can be prevented. (T.M.)

  5. Japanese study on water reactor fuel element materials and method of measurement

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    So many studies have been carried out in Japan on water reactor fuel element materials and the method of measuring their properties. Some topics will be high-lighted in this report to give an idea of what they have been doing in Japan. Studies on the properties of zircaloy, including the development work for modified alloy have been performed since the late 1950s, both in fundamental work at universities and research organizations and development work for zircaloy tube commercial production in metal industry. Among them, the latest work on the creep characteristics of zircaloy tubing is presented. For other material used in fuel element than cladding tube, spacer-spring will be discussed as the second topic. Reduction of spring force was carried out in Japan PWR fuel spacer to reduce rod bow in the early 1970s which could successfully eliminate the problem since 1977. Relaxation of spring force against burn-up has been discussed in the so-called reliability test program of both BWR and PWR on then-standard fuel since 1975 which was reported at Stockholm symposium in September 1986. The data obtained will be presented. As the study for the method of measurement, the author proposed a modified testing procedure for tensile and burst test for zircaloy tubing, at ASTM-B10 Committee in 1976, to emphasize the shape of mandrel in the tensile test which has a significant effect on elongation values. Various measurement techniques in post irradiation examination of water reactor fuel have been developed in Japan, among which the shadow measurement of tube during ballooning to burst will be described. (author)

  6. Fuel Element Transfer Cask Modelling Using MCNP Technique

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    Darmawan, Rosli; Topah, Budiman Naim

    2010-01-01

    After operating for more than 25 years, some of the Reaktor TRIGA Puspati (RTP) fuel elements would have been depleted. A few addition and fuel reconfiguration exercises have to be conducted in order to maintain RTP capacity. Presently, RTP spent fuels are stored at the storage area inside RTP tank. The need to transfer the fuel element outside of RTP tank may be prevalence in the near future. The preparation shall be started from now. A fuel element transfer cask has been designed according to the recommendation by the fuel manufacturer and experience of other countries. A modelling using MCNP code has been conducted to analyse the design. The result shows that the design of transfer cask fuel element is safe for handling outside the RTP tank according to recent regulatory requirement.

  7. Reproduction of the RA reactor fuel element fabrication

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    This document includes the following nine reports: Final report on task 08/12 - testing the Ra reactor fuel element; design concept for fabrication of RA reactor fuel element; investigation of the microstructure of the Ra reactor fuel element; Final report on task 08/13 producing binary alloys with Al, Mo, Zr, Nb and B additions; fabrication of U-Al alloy; final report on tasks 08/14 and 08/16; final report on task 08/32 diffusion bond between the fuel and the cladding of the Ra reactor fuel element; Final report on task 08/33, fabrication of the RA reactor fuel element cladding; and final report on task 08/36, diffusion of solid state metals

  8. Coherence of reactor design and fuel element design

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    Its background of more than 25 years of experience makes Framatome the world's leading company in the design and sales of fuel elements for pressurized water reactors (PWR). In 1994, the fuel fabrication units were incorporated as subsidiaries, which further strengthens the company's position. The activities in the fuel sector comprise fuel element design, selection and sourcing of materials, fuel element fabrication, and the services associated with nuclear fuel. Design responsibility lies with the Design and sales Management, which closely cooperates with the engineers of the reactor plant for which the fuel elements are being designed, for fuel elements are inseparable parts of the respective reactors. The Design and Sales Management also has developed a complete line of services associated with fuel element inspection and repair. As far as fuel element sales are concerned, Framatome delivers the first core in order to be able to assume full responsibility vis-a-vis the customer for the performance of the nuclear steam supply system. Reloads are sold through the Fragema Association established by Framatome and Cogema. (orig.)

  9. Fabrication of Confinement Facility of Failed Fuel Elements

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    The confinement facility of failed fuel elements is provide for isolating the elements so that their fission product could not contaminate reactor pool. Since RSG-GAS does not have such facility yet, the fabrication of the confinement is compulsory needed. The fabrication of confinement was initialized by providing technical drawing, materials procurement, fabricating and testing, each confinement capacity is 2 elements. The test result showed that the facility can be used to store the two failed fuel elements safely. (author)

  10. Hollow fuel tablets for improvement of characteristics of rod fuel elements

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    It is suggested to substitute compact fuel tablets for hollow ones. At that fuel temperature can be significantly reduced for equal thermal loadings. A lower fuel temperature when changing capacity results in decreasing thermal fuel expansion (reduction of mechanical stresses) as well as in decreasing the fission product release. Therefore, there is a possibility to improve the rod fuel element behaviour when changing linear power. Considerable reduction of fuel temperature in the hollow tablets with respect to the compact ones and a lesser energy content of a fuel element caused by its result in an additional advantage with respect to fuel behaviour during emergency leakage of coolant

  11. 44 BWR Waste Package Loading Curve Evaluation

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    The objective of this calculation is to evaluate the required minimum burnup as a function of average initial boiling water reactor (BWR) assembly enrichment that would permit loading of fuel into a potential 44 BWR waste package (WP). The potential WP design is illustrated in Attachment I. The scope of this calculation covers a range of initial enrichments from 1.5 through 5.0 weight percent U-235, and a burnup range of 0 through 50 GWd/mtU

  12. 44 BWR Waste Package Loading Curve Evaluation

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    The objective of this calculation is to evaluate the required minimum burnup as a function of average initial boiling water reactor (BWR) assembly enrichment that would permit loading of fuel into a potential 44 BWR waste package (WP). The potential WP design is illustrated in Attachment I. The scope of this calculation covers a range of initial enrichments from 1.5 through 5.0 weight percent U-235, and a burnup range of 0 through 50 GWd/mtU.

  13. Nuclear reactor with a reactor core composed of fuel elements

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    A tube surrounding a fuel element projects above the liquid level. The tube is situated in a pot, whose upper edge lies between the top of the reactor core and the liquid level. A greater pressure is therefore produced, which ensures a reduction of the steam bubble proportion in the cooling liquid at the other fuel elements. (orig./HP)

  14. Legal questions concerning the termination of spent fuel element reprocessing

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    The thesis on legal aspects of the terminated spent fuel reprocessing in Germany is based on the legislation, jurisdiction and literature until January 2004. The five chapters cover the following topics: description of the problem; reprocessing of spent fuel elements in foreign countries - practical and legal aspects; operators' responsibilities according to the atomic law with respect to the reprocessing of Geman spent fuel elements in foreign countries; compatibility of the prohibition of Geman spent fuel element reprocessing in foreign countries with international law, European law and German constitutional law; results of the evaluation

  15. Attempt to produce silicide fuel elements in Indonesia

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    After the successful experiment to produce U3Si2 powder and U3Si2-Al fuel plates using depleted U and Si of semiconductor quality, silicide fuel was synthesized using x-Al available at the Fuel Element Production Installation (FEPI) at Serpong, Indonesia. Two full-size U3Si2-Al fuel elements, having similar specifications to the ones of U3O8-Al for the RSG-GAS (formerly known as MPR-30), have been produced at the FEPI. All quality controls required have been imposed to the feeds, intermediate, as well as final products throughout the production processes of the two fuel elements. The current results show that these fuel elements are qualified from fabrication point of view, therefore it is expected that they will be permitted to be tested in the RSG-GAS, sometime by the end of 1989, for normal (∝50%) and above normal burn-up. (orig.)

  16. CARA, new concept of advanced fuel element for HWR

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    All Argentinean NPPs (2 in operation, 1 under construction), use heavy water as coolant and moderator. With very different reactor concepts (pressure Vessel and CANDU type designs), the fuel elements are completely different in its concepts too. Argentina produces both types of fuel elements at a manufacturing fuel element company, called CONUAR. The very different fuel element's designs produce a very complex economical behavior in this company, due to the low production scale. The competitiveness of the Argentinean electric system (Argentina has a market driven electric system) put another push towards to increase the economical competitiveness of the nuclear fuel cycle. At present, Argentina has a very active Slightly Enriched Uranium (SEU) Program for the pressure vessel HWR type, but without strong changes in the fuel concept itself. Then, the Atomic Energy Commission in Argentina (CNEA) has developed a new concept of fuel element, named CARA, trying to achieve very ambitious goals, and substantially improved the competitiveness of the nuclear option. The ambitious targets for CARA fuel element are compatibility (a single fuel element for all Argentinean's HWR) using a single diameter fuel rod, improve the security margins, increase the burnup and do not exceed the CANDU fabrication costs. In this paper, the CARA concept will be presented, in order to explained how to achieve all together these goals. The design attracted the interest of the nuclear power operator utility (NASA), and the fuel manufacturing company (CONUAR). Then a new Project is right now under planning with the cooperation of three parts (CNEA - NASA - CONUAR) in order to complete the whole development program in the shortest time, finishing in the commercial production of CARA fuel bundle. At the end of the this paper, future CARA development program will be described. (author)

  17. Fuel element container for transporting and/or storing nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    The container consists of cast iron with spheroidal graphite for transporting and/or storing irradiated fuel elements. The front opening is closed so as to be gastight by a lid. In order to be able to weld the container after the lid is fitted, without any subsequent heat treatment being necessary, a ring made of material which can be cold welded is melted on the end of the container forming the opening when casting it via a connecting section. After loading it, the ring can be cold welded to a lid with a similar structure. (orig.)

  18. Calculation of the linear heat generation rates which violate the thermomechanical limit of plastic deformation of the fuel cladding in function of the burn up of a BWR fuel rod type; Calculo de las razones de generacion de calor lineal que violen el limite termomecanico de deformacion plastica de la camisa en funcion del quemado de una barra combustible tipo BWR

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    Lucatero, M.A.; Hernandez L, H. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: mal@nuclear.inin.mx

    2003-07-01

    The linear heat generation rates (LHGR) for a BWR type generic fuel rod, as function of the burnup that violate the thermomechanical limit of circumferential plastic deformation of the can (canning) in nominal operation in stationary state of the fuel rod are calculated. The evaluation of the LHGR in function of the burnt of the fuel, is carried out under the condition that the deformation values of the circumferential plastic deformation of the can exceeds in 0.1 the thermomechanical value operation limit of 1%. The results of the calculations are compared with the generation rates of linear operation heat in function of the burnt for this fuel rod type. The calculations are carried out with the FEMAXI-V and RODBURN codes. The results show that for exhibitions or burnt between 0 and 16,000 M Wd/tU a minimum margin of 160.8 W/cm exists among LHGR (439.6 W/cm) operation peak for the given fuel and maximum LHGR of the fuel (calculated) to reach 1.1% of circumferential plastic deformation of the can, for the peak factor of power of 1.40. For burnt of 20,000 MWd/tU and 60,000 MWd/tU exist a margin of 150.3 and 298.6 W/cm, respectively. (Author)

  19. Electrochemical method to disintegrate spherical fuel elements of HTGR

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    Spherical fuel elements of high temperature gas-cooled reactor are employed to demonstrate electrochemical method with NaNO3 as electrolyte after an overall study of simulative fuel elements. The X-ray diffraction and the total carbon content of graphite fragments were determined, and the results were in agreements with graphite fragments from simulative elements. The characterization and leaching experiments of coated fuel particles and the determination uranium of the recovery solutions were detected, the results of which demonstrated the integrity of coated fuel particles and no contamination to the graphite fragments. The present work indicates that the improved electrochemical method is a promising option to disintegrate graphite matrix from high temperature gas-cooled reactor spent fuel elements in the head-end process of reprocessing. (author)

  20. Nonlinear transient deformation of LMFBR fuel elements under impulsive loading

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    Hypothetical reactor accidents are characterized by a sudden release of substantial thermal energy in one fuel element. Presently it cannot be excluded that for instance pressure pulses due to a fuel coolant interaction may have such time scales and impulses as to deform neighboring subassemblies permanently. Additionally coherent fuel element motion may limit control rod scram action and possibly cause untolerable reactivity increases. Therefore LMFBR safety requires to analyse the complex mechanical response of the core structure under typical loading conditions. An important contribution to this problem is to examine the nonlinear structural dynamics of an individual fuel element under prescribed loading and boundary conditions. The subject of this paper is the elastoplastic transient behaviour of one subassembly under given space-and-time dependent pressure loading. The interaction of several colliding fuel elements including coolant dynamics is briefly discussed. (Auth.)

  1. Elements of nuclear reactor fueling theory

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    Starting with a review of the simple batch size effect, a more general theory of nuclear fueling is derived to describe the behavior and physical requirements of operating cycle sequences and fueling strategies having practical use in the management of nuclear fuel. The generalized theory, based on linear reactivity modeling, is analytical and represents the effects of multiple-stream, multiple-depletion-batch fueling configurations in systems employing arbitrary, non-integer batch size strategies, and containing fuel with variable energy generation rates. Reactor operating cycles and cycle sequences are represented with realistic structure that includes the effects of variable cycle energy production, cycle lengths, end-of-cycle operating extensions and maneuvering allowances. Results of the analytical theory are first applied to the special case of degenerate equilibrium cycle sequences, yielding several fundamental principles related to the selection of refueling strategy, and which govern fueling decisions normally made by the fuel manager. It is also demonstrated in this application that the simple batch size effect is not valid for non-integer fueling strategies, even in the simplest sequence configurations, and that it systematically underestimates the fueling requirements of degenerate sequences in general

  2. Operational requirements of spherical HTR fuel elements and their performance

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    The German development of spherical fuel elements with coated fuel particles led to a product design which fulfils the operational requirements for all HTR applications with mean gas exit temperatures from 700 deg C (electricity and steam generation) up to 950 deg C (supply of nuclear process heat). In spite of this relatively wide span for a parameter with strong impact on fuel element behaviour, almost identical fuel specifications can be used for the different reactor purposes. For pebble bed reactors with relatively low gas exit temperatures of 700 deg C, the ample design margins of the fuel elements offer the possibility to enlarge the scope of their in-service duties and, simultaneously, to improve fuel cycle economics. This is demonstrated for the HTR-500, an electricity and steam generating 500 MWeleq plant presently proposed as follow-up project to the THTR-300. Due to the low operating temperatures of the HTR-500 core, the fuel can be concentrated in about 70% of the pebbles of the core thus saving fuel cycle costs. Under all design accident conditions fuel temperatures are maintained below 1250 deg C. This allows a significant reduction in the engineered activity barriers outside the primary circuit, in particular for the loss of coolant accident. Furthermore, access to major primary circuit components and the reuse of the fuel elements after any design accident are possible. (author)

  3. Experience with TRIGA aluminum-clad fuel elements

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    During 8 years of operation the cumulative heat energy produced in the steady-state TRIGA Mark II 250 kW reactor at Ljubljana reached 4683 MWh. The initial core had Al-clad fuel elements only. The reactivity loss due to the burnup has been compensated by fresh fuel elements with SS-cladding and, lately, by FLIP fuel elements, moving the most irradiated Al-clad fuel elements from B and C rings to the F ring and, lately, to the storage rack. The inspection of the fuel elements during the summer of 1973 revealed excessive elongations of some Al-clad fuel elements, up to 36.8 mm. By the neutronography, performed by indirect methods (In, Dy), and also by direct methods (track detector CA 80-15 B) and by special radiographic procedures on the element, the activity of which decayed sufficiently, it has been demonstrated that the growth is due to the elongation of aluminum cladding only. No growth and/or swelling of the ZrH--U fuel or the graphite plugs has been observed within the accuracy of detection. (U.S.)

  4. The International Marketing Target of Fuel Element for Research Rectors

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    The International marketing efforts of PT BATAN Teknologi's fuel element for research reactors are out line. These efforts intensively started in third year marketing time since it is commenced on 24 May 1996. The market segmentation told that there are 269 research reactors in the world, I.e. 65 in USA, 27 in Russia, 18 in Japan, and the remaining are in many Countries. Many of those are 78 swimming fool type reactors, and 17 of them, I.e. 4 in Japan, 4 in USA, and each Austria, Germany, Argentina, Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Brazil, Algeria and Indonesia have the similar fuel element specifications with are close related with PT BATAN Teknologi's. It can be predicated that around 38 fuel elements and 84 fuel control can be marketed. The first feasibility study told that for countries such as Peru, Pakistan, Iran, Algeria, became the potential marketing target of the BATAN Teknologi's fuel element, because for those countries the competitors in producing such fuel elements could be minimal. The fuel elements and fuel control which could be presumably marketed in those countries are 83 and 19 respectively. The problem will be facing in near future such as packaging design and nuclear fuel transportation have to be firstly solved by collaborating with foreign companies abroad. Non technical problems including political situation have to be completely studied in order the uranium, transfer to many countries for exporting purpose could easily take place in the future. The government of the Republic of Indonesia (in this case BATAN) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) could assist to solve the non technical problems which might be appear in the future as the chance of the exporting the fuel elements and the fuel controls come true. (author)

  5. Study of intermediate configurations during the fuel reload in BWRs; Estudio de configuraciones intermedias durante la recarga de combustible en BWR's

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    Fuentes M, L.; Castillo M, J. A.; Ortiz S, J. J.; Perusquia del C, R. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Jacinto C, S., E-mail: luis.fuentes@inin.gob.mx [Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Yucatan, Calle 60 No. 491-A por 57, 97000 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)

    2012-10-15

    The criticality state of the core of a boiling water reactor (BWR) was evaluated, during the reload process for the intermediate states between the load pattern of cycle end and the beginning of the next, using the information of the load pattern of the operation cycles 13 and 14 of Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde. For this evaluation the codes CASMO-4 and Simulate-3 for conditions of the core in cold were used. The strategy consisted on moving assemblies with 4 burned cycles of the reactor core. Later on were re situated the remaining assemblies, placing them in the positions to occupy in the next operation cycle. Finally, was carried out the assemblies load of fresh fuel. In each realized change, it was observing the behavior of the k-effective value that is the parameter used to evaluate the criticality state of each state of the core change. In a second stage, was designed a program that builds in automatic way each one of the intermediate cores and also analyzes the criticality state of the reactor core after each withdrawal, re situated and load of fuel assemblies. (Author)

  6. RITM device for fuel element testing under power ramping

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    The RITM device for studying different aspects of nuclear fuel behavior under power ramping while testing fuel elements in the SM-2 reactor is designed and tested. An irradiation rig of the device permits to conduct simultaneous irradiation of three fuel element located in individual cooling channels. Thermal neutron flux density in the rig cells varies within 0.25-1.00 of the maximum value. The rate of fuel power increase in the 0.25-1.00 and 0.5-1.0 ranges equals 3-5 and 4-12% min

  7. Hermetic seal process for nuclear fuel element

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    The welding of the end plug onto the sheath of the fuel rod is made inside an enclosure filled with inert gas under the same pressure at that needed inside the fuel rod. The welding can be a tungsten arc welding, a laser welding or a micro plasma welding

  8. Management of Rossendorf research reactor spent fuel elements

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    At the Rossendorf site, spent fuel elements have been in storage since 1957, at latest a total no. of 951. Transfer of spent fuel elements into CASTOR MTR 2 casks is the first major step of decommissioning of RFR. This paper will shortly describe the reactor, the fuel elements, their present storage, the loading procedure into CASTOR MTR 2 casks and a short-time storage at the Rossendorf site. At the beginning of this year the loading of the casks begun. The final aim is to transfer the loaded CASTOR MTR 2 casks to the Ahaus interim storage facility. (author)

  9. Licensing procedure for the Hanau fuel element fabrication plant

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    Licensing procedure for the Hanau fuel element fabrication plant. The fuel element plant at Hanau fabricates at present fuel elements on the basis of licences according to para. 9 Atomic Energy Law. In 1975, however, it was decided to carry out a subsequent licensing procedure according to para. 7 Atomic Energy Law. This led to protracted proceedings before the Administrative Court and, in addition, to criminal proceedings against the managing director and officials. Most of the proceedings were settled in favor of the operator. The present state of partial licenses is described. (DG)

  10. Fuel gases generation in the primary contention during a coolant loss accident in a nuclear power plant with reactor type BWR

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    During an accident design base of coolant loos, the hydrogen gas can accumulate inside the primary contention as a result of several generation mechanisms among those that are: 1) the reaction metal-water involving the zirconium of the fuel cladding and the reactor coolant, 2) the metals corrosion for the solutions used in the emergency cooling and dew of the contention, and 3) the radio-decomposition of the cooling solutions of post-accident emergency. In this work the contribution of each generation mechanism to the hydrogen total in the primary contention is analyzed, considering typical inventories of zirconium, zinc, aluminum and fission products in balance cycle of a reactor type BWR. In the analysis the distribution model of fission products and hydrogen production proposed in the regulator guide 1.7, Rev. 2 of the US NRC was used. The results indicate that the mechanism that more contributes to the hydrogen generation at the end of a period of 24 hours of initiate the accident is the radio-decomposition of the cooling solutions of post-accident emergency continued by the reaction metal-water involving the zirconium of the fuel cladding with the reactor coolant, and lastly the aluminum and zinc oxidation present in the primary contention. However, the reaction metal-water involving the zirconium of the fuel cladding and the reactor coolant is the mechanism that more contributes to the hydrogen generation in the first moments after the accident. This study constitutes the first part of the general analysis of the generation, transport and control of fuel gases in the primary contention during a coolant loss accident in BWRs. (Author)

  11. Development of elements simulating the fuel elements of RBMK reactors and nuclear district heating stations

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    The development of elements simulating fuel elements with indirect electric heating has been going on for 20 years but work on improvements and new designs continues and is important even at the present time. Research on the thermohydraulic processes in nuclear reactor accidents is the most important application of these simulating elements. When an element simulating a fuel element is constructed, three problems are to be solved simultaneously. The design must provide the required operational parameters, it must be reliable, and it must satisfy the criteria of the necessary modelling. Simulating elements designated for research on the processes which occur in the late stages of an accident involving loss of coolant work under heat flow conditions resembling the residual energy liberation of reactors and at a high shell temperature (up to 1473 K). The number of heating cycles should amount to several tens or hundreds of cycles. When elements simulating fuel elements are developed for these processes, it is most important in regard to the modelling that the volume heat capacities of the simulating element and the fuel element coincide. The technical parameters of elements simulating the fuel elements of RBMK reactors and nuclear district heating stations were determined on samples in water and in air. A sample with an active length of 2500 mm was tested in boiling water inside a large tank under a pressure of 0.1 MPa. A heat flow q = 620 kW/m2 was obtained at a voltage U = 113 V and a current I = 560 A; this heat flow is about equal to the medium heat flow for an RBMK-1000 fuel element and the maximum for the fuel elements of nuclear district heating stations. Tests on a sample having a 1000 mm long active part and three internal thermocouples were made in air. They confirmed that these simulating elements remain functional in multiple heating cycles of up to 800-1000 degrees C and in return to load zero

  12. Repurposing an irradiated instrumented TRIGA fuel element for regular use

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    TRIGA IPR-R1 is a research reactor also used for training and radioisotope production, located at the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear da Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (Nuclear Technology Development Centre, Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission - CDTN/CNEN). Its first criticality occurred in November 1960. All original fuel elements were aluminum-clad. In 1971 nine new fuel elements, stainless steel-clad were acquired. One of them was an instrumented fuel element (IFE), equipped with 3 thermocouples. The IFE was introduced into the core only on August 2004, and remained there until July 2007. It was removed from the core after the severing of contacts between the thermocouples and their extension cables. After an unsuccessful attempt to recover electrical access to the thermocouples the IFE was transferred from the reactor pool to an auxiliary spent fuel storage well, with water, in the reactor room. In December 2011 the IFE was transferred to an identical well, dry, where it remains so far. This work is a proposal for recovery of this instrumented fuel element, by removing the cable guide rod and adaptation of a superior terminal plug similar to conventional fuel elements. This will enable its handling through the same tool used for regular fuel elements and its return to the reactor core. This is a delicate intervention in terms of radiological protection, and will require special care to minimize the exposure of operators. (author)

  13. Repurposing an irradiated instrumented TRIGA fuel element for regular use

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    Oliveira, Paulo F.; Souza, Luiz C.A., E-mail: pfo@cdtn.br, E-mail: lcas@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

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    TRIGA IPR-R1 is a research reactor also used for training and radioisotope production, located at the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear da Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (Nuclear Technology Development Centre, Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission - CDTN/CNEN). Its first criticality occurred in November 1960. All original fuel elements were aluminum-clad. In 1971 nine new fuel elements, stainless steel-clad were acquired. One of them was an instrumented fuel element (IFE), equipped with 3 thermocouples. The IFE was introduced into the core only on August 2004, and remained there until July 2007. It was removed from the core after the severing of contacts between the thermocouples and their extension cables. After an unsuccessful attempt to recover electrical access to the thermocouples the IFE was transferred from the reactor pool to an auxiliary spent fuel storage well, with water, in the reactor room. In December 2011 the IFE was transferred to an identical well, dry, where it remains so far. This work is a proposal for recovery of this instrumented fuel element, by removing the cable guide rod and adaptation of a superior terminal plug similar to conventional fuel elements. This will enable its handling through the same tool used for regular fuel elements and its return to the reactor core. This is a delicate intervention in terms of radiological protection, and will require special care to minimize the exposure of operators. (author)

  14. Calculation of the linear heat generation rates which violate the thermomechanical limit of plastic deformation of the fuel cladding in function of the burn up of a BWR fuel rod type

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    The linear heat generation rates (LHGR) for a BWR type generic fuel rod, as function of the burnup that violate the thermomechanical limit of circumferential plastic deformation of the can (canning) in nominal operation in stationary state of the fuel rod are calculated. The evaluation of the LHGR in function of the burnt of the fuel, is carried out under the condition that the deformation values of the circumferential plastic deformation of the can exceeds in 0.1 the thermomechanical value operation limit of 1%. The results of the calculations are compared with the generation rates of linear operation heat in function of the burnt for this fuel rod type. The calculations are carried out with the FEMAXI-V and RODBURN codes. The results show that for exhibitions or burnt between 0 and 16,000 M Wd/tU a minimum margin of 160.8 W/cm exists among LHGR (439.6 W/cm) operation peak for the given fuel and maximum LHGR of the fuel (calculated) to reach 1.1% of circumferential plastic deformation of the can, for the peak factor of power of 1.40. For burnt of 20,000 MWd/tU and 60,000 MWd/tU exist a margin of 150.3 and 298.6 W/cm, respectively. (Author)

  15. Measurement of fission gas release from irradiated nuclear fuel elements

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    A fission gas measurement system for the analysis of released gases from MOX and PHWR fuels has been designed, fabricated and commissioned in the hot cells of Post Irradiation Examination Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. The system was used for the measurement of fission gases released from natural UO2 fuels and ThO2 fuels from PHWRs. The burnups of these fuels ranged from 2 GWD/TeU to 15 GWD/TeU. Some of the results from PHWR fuel elements from Kakrapar Atomic Power Station are presented in the paper, to highlight the utility of the system. (author)

  16. SCORPIO-BWR: status and future plans

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    Full text: During the years from 2000 to 2003 a joint project has been performed by IFE, Halden and TEPCO Systems Corporation, Japan, to develop a core monitoring system for BWRs based on the their existing core monitoring system TiARA and the SCORPIO framework. It has been emphasised to develop a reliable, flexible, adaptable and user-friendly system, which is easy to maintain. Therefore, a rather general framework (SCORPIO Framework) has been used which facilitates easy software modifications as well as adding/ replacing physics modules. The software modules is integrated in the SCORPIO framework using the Software Bus as the communication tool and with the Picasso UIMS tool for MMI. The SCORPIO-BWR version is developed on a Windows-PC platform. The SCORPIO-BWR version provides all functions, which are necessary for all analyses and operations performed on a BWR plant and comprises functions for on-line core monitoring, predictive analysis and core management with interfaces to plant instrumentation and physics codes. Functions for system initialisation and maintenance are also included. A SCORPIO-BWR version adapted for ABWR was installed in TEPSYS facilities in Tokyo in January 2003, where the final acceptance tests were carried out and accepted. The ABWR version of the system is now in the verification and validation phase. In the period from April 2003 until March 2004 a project for realizing an offline-version of SCORPIO-BWR system, which supports the offline tasks of BWR in-core fuel management for ABWR and BWR-5 type of reactors, was developed. The offline-version of the SCORPIO-BWR system for ABWR and BWR-5 type of reactors was installed at TEPSYS in March 2003, where the final acceptance tests were carried out and accepted. Plans for the next version of this system is to study the possibility of adapting SCORPIO-BWR to work with 'mobile technology'. This means that it should be possible to access and display information from the SCORPIO-BWR system on a

  17. Mechanical design and operating behaviour of advanced LWR fuel elements

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    The development of fuel elements for pressurized and and boiling water reactors during the last years was marked by a reduction of the fuel cycle costs with security and reliability in operation remaining constant. The heightening of fuel discharge burnup and the improvement of neutron economy contributed essentially to that. The latter had been achieved by a reduction of the parasitic absorption within the fuel element and the leakage of neutrons of the reactor cores. These improvements could be obtained under complete observance of the safety-relevant requirements. Due to the change to fuel elements with a higher number of rods and correspondingly lower rod power it was even possible to raise the security margins partly. A survey of the state of experiences of Siemens/KWU is given. (orig./DG)

  18. CANDU fuel elements behaviour in the load following tests

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    Horhoianu, Grigore [Instiute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania). Nuclear Fuel Engineering Lab.; Palleck, Steve [Sheridan Park Research-AECL, Mississauga, ON (Canada). Fuel Deisgn Branch

    2011-08-15

    Two load following (LF) tests on CANDU type fuel elements were performed in TRIGA Research Reactor of INR Pitesti. In the first LF test the 78R fuel element has successfully experienced 367 power cycles, mostly between 23 and 56 kW/m average linear power. In the second LF test, the fuel element withstood 200 power cycles from 27 to 54 kW/m average linear power as well as additional ramps due to reactor trips and restarts during test period. New LF tests are planed to be performed in order to establish the limits and capabilities for CANDU fuel in LF conditions. This paper presents the results of the LF tests performed in TRIGA Research Reactor and their relation to CANDU fuel performance in LF conditions. (orig.)

  19. Container for transport of radioactive fuel elements

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    Five or six fuel assemblies may directly be inserted into the bearing cage placed in the storage pool. Later, after decay, it will be possible to put the bearing cage containing the fuel assemblies into the shipping cask for the reprocessing plant. The shipping cask has got a cover filled up for the transport with a sealing compound consisting of salt, a mixture of salt, or bitumen. The wall of the shipping cask has got a sandwich structure. (DG)

  20. Design and Testing of Prototypic Elements Containing Monolithic Fuel

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    N.E. Woolstenhulme; M.K. Meyer; D.M. Wachs

    2011-10-01

    The US fuel development team has performed numerous irradiation tests on small to medium sized specimens containing low enriched uranium fuel designs. The team is now focused on qualification and demonstration of the uranium-molybdenum Base Monolithic Design and has entered the next generation of testing with the design and irradiation of prototypic elements which contain this fuel. The designs of fuel elements containing monolithic fuel, such as AFIP-7 (which is currently under irradiation) and RERTR-FE (which is currently under fabrication), are appropriate progressions relative to the technology life cycle. The culmination of this testing program will occur with the design, fabrication, and irradiation of demonstration products to include the base fuel demonstration and design demonstration experiments. Future plans show that design, fabrication, and testing activities will apply the rigor needed for a demonstration campaign.

  1. Dynamic characterization of the CAREM fuel element prototype

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    As a previous step to make a complete test plan to evaluate the hydrodynamic behavior of the present configuration of the CAREM type fuel element, a dynamic characterization analysis is required, without the dynamic response induced by the flowing fluid. This paper presents the tests made, the methods and instrumentation used, and the results obtained in order to obtain a complete dynamic characterization of the CAREM type fuel element. (author)

  2. Manufacture of nuclear fuel elements for commercial PWR in China

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    Yibin Nuclear Fuel Element Plant (YFP) under the leadership of China National Nuclear Corporation is sole manufacturer in China to specialize in the production of fuel assemblies and associated core components for commercial PWR nuclear power plant. At the early of 1980's, it began to manufacture fuel assemblies and associated core components for the first core of QINSHAN 300 MW nuclear power plant designed and built by China itself. With the development of nuclear power industry in China and the demand for localization of nuclear fuel elements in the early 1990's, YFP cooperated with FRAMATOME France in technology transfer for design and manufacturing of AFA 2G fuel assembly and successfully supplied the qualified fuel assemblies for the reloads of two units of GUANGDONG Da Ya Bay 900 MW nuclear power plant (Da Ya Bay NPP), and has achieved the localization of fuel assemblies and nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, it supplied fuel assemblies and associated core components for the first core and further reloads of Pakistan CHASHMA 300 MW nuclear power plant which was designed and built by China, and now it is manufacturing AFA 2G fuel assemblies and associated core components for the first core of two units of NPQJVC 600 MW nuclear power plant. From 2001 on, YFP will be able to supply Da Ya Bay NPP with the third generation of fuel assembly-AFA 3G which is to realize a strategy to develop the fuel assembly being of long cycle reload and high burn-up

  3. Post-processor for simulations of the ORIGEN program and calculation of the composition of the activity of a burnt fuel core by a BWR type reactor; Post-procesador para simulaciones del programa ORIGEN y calculo de la composicion de la actividad de un nucleo de combustible quemado por un reactor tipo BWR

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    Sandoval V, S. [IIE, Av. Reforma 113, Col. Palmira, 62490 Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)]. e-mail: sandoval@iie.org.mx

    2006-07-01

    The composition calculation and the activity of nuclear materials subject to processes of burnt, irradiation and decay periods are of utility for diverse activities inside the nuclear industry, as they are it: the processes design and operations that manage radioactive material, the calculation of the inventory and activity of a core of burnt nuclear fuel, for studies of type Probabilistic Safety Analysis (APS), as well as for regulation processes and licensing of nuclear facilities. ORIGEN is a program for computer that calculates the composition and the activity of nuclear materials subject to periods of burnt, irradiation and decay. ORIGEN generates a great quantity of information whose processing and analysis are laborious, and it requires thoroughness to avoid errors. The automation of the extraction, conditioning and classification of that information is of great utility for the analyst. By means of the use of the post-processor presented in this work it is facilitated, it speeds up and wide the capacity of analysis of results, since diverse consultations with several classification options and filtrate of results can be made. As illustration of the utility of the post-processor, and as an analysis of interest for itself, it is also presented in this work the composition of the activity of a burned core in a BWR type reactor according to the following classification criteria: by type of radioisotope (fission products, activation products and actinides), by specie type (gassy, volatile, semi-volatile and not volatile), by element and by chemical group. The results show that the total activity of the studied core is dominated by the fission products and for the actinides, in proportion four to one, and that the gassy and volatile species conform a fifth part of the total activity of the core. (Author)

  4. The Calculation Of Total Radioactivity Of Kartini Reactor Fuel Element

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    The total radioactivity of Kartini reactor fuel element has been calculated by using ORIGEN2. In this case, the total radioactivity is the sum of alpha, beta, and gamma radioactivity from activation products nuclides, actinide nuclides and fission products nuclides in the fuel element. The calculation was based on irradiation history of fuel in the reactor core. The fuel element no 3203 has location history at D, E, and F core zone. The result is expressed in graphics form of total radioactivity and photon radiations as function of irradiation time and decay time. It can be concluded that the Kartini reactor fuel element in zone D, E, and F has total radioactivity range from 10 Curie to 3000 Curie. This range is for radioactivity after decaying for 84 days and that after reactor shut down. This radioactivity is happened in the fuel element for every reactor operation and decayed until the fuel burn up reach 39.31 MWh. The total radioactivity emitted photon at the power of 0.02 Watt until 10 Watt

  5. Irradiation tasks within development of fuel elements in Sweden

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    This report contains description of the hot laboratory RMA for irradiation in the R-2 reactor in Studsvik. Activities of the AB Atomenegiyu concerning irradiation and testing of fuel rods and fuel elements are described, as well as methods for testing of irradiated samples in hot cells. Concerning the importance of the problem, determination of burnup level and neutron flux were examined particularly

  6. Elements of nuclear reactor fueling theory

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    Starting with a review of the simple batch size effect, a more general theory of nuclear fueling is derived to describe the behaviour and physical requirements of operating cycle sequences and fueling strategies having practical use in fuel management. The generalized theory, based on linear reactivity modeling, is analytical and represents the effects of multiple-stream, multiple-depletion-batch fueling configurations in systems employing arbitrary, non-integer batch size strategies, and containing fuel with variable energy generation rates. Reactor operating cycles and cycle sequences are represented with realistic structure that includes the effects of variable cycle energy production, cycle lengths, end-of-cycle operating extensions and manoeuvering allowances. Results of the analytical theory are first applied to the special case of degenerate equilibrium cycle sequences, yielding several fundamental principles related to the selection of refueling strategy. Numerical evaluations of degenerate equilibrium cycle sequences are then performed for a typical PWR core, and accompanying fuel cycle costs are calculated. The impact of design and operational limits as constraints on the performance mappings for this reactor are also studied with respect to achieving improved cost performance from the once-through fuel cycle. The dynamics of transition cycle sequences are then examined using the generalized theory. Proof of the existence of non-degenerate equilibrium cycle sequences is presented when the mechanics of the fixed reload batch size strategy are developed analytically for transition sequences. Finally, an analysis of the fixed reload enrichment strategy demonstrates the potential for convergence of the transition sequence to a fully degenerate equilibrium sequence. (author)

  7. Research on Measuring Technology for In-pile Fuel Element Testing

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    2002-01-01

    The tested fuel assembly for In-pile test for PWR fuel element with instrumentation consisted of 4instrumented fuel elements and total 12 sets of transducers. Double claddings are adopted to raise fueltemperature. Two fuel elements each have 2 thermocouples for measuring separately the fuel centerlinetemperature and the cladding surface temperature. The other two elements have membrane type oressure

  8. Behavior analysis of U3Si-Al fuel in MP type fuel elements under irradiation

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    Uranium silicide U3Si is considered as perspective nuclear fuel for Russian research reactors. In order to resolve the problem of enrichment reduction this nuclear fuel is the most real alternative for the Uranium dioxide which is currently used for these purposes. Within RERTR program two MP type fuel element models with the core consisting of U3Si nuclear fuel dispersed in an aluminium matrix were tested in MP reactor. The tests confirmed that the use of U3Si + Al fuel composition is a perspective solution to reduce fuel element enrichment in research reactors. This report represents analysis of post-irradiation tests of the fuel element models. The goal of the analysis being to establish the value and the appropriateness of swelling for the Uranium silicide. The fuel element represents a cylinder tube with four ribs on the outer surface. The claddings are produced of CAB-6 alloy. The contents of nuclear fuel in the core constitute 34% by volume, technological pores constitute 4.5% and the rest is aluminium matrix. The nuclear fuel was produced in ARSRIIM, the fuel elements was produced by ARSRIIM specialists with equipment of NZKH. (author)

  9. LEU fuel element produced by the Egyptian fuel manufacturing pilot plant

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    The Egyptian Fuel Manufacturing Pilot Plant, FMPP, is a Material Testing Reactor type (MTR) fuel element facility, for producing the specified fuel elements required for the Egyptian Second Research Reactor, ETRR-2. The plant uses uranium hexafluoride (UF6, 19.75% U235 by wt) as a raw material which is processed through a series of the manufacturing, inspection and test plan to produce the final specified fuel elements. Radiological safety aspects during design, construction, operation, and all reasonably accepted steps should be taken to prevent or reduce the chance of accidents occurrence. (author)

  10. EASY 5 BWR simulation model for digital feedwater control design

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    The development of a BWR simulation model in support of a program to design and evaluate the digital feedwater control system for the Monticello Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) is described. This model was developed in the EASY5 simulation language in conjunction with EPRI's Modular Modeling System (MMS) two-phase Library. The model consists of three main elements: the BWR reactor vessel module, the feedwater system model, and the steamline model. Transient results for the BWR vessel module and the feedwater system model are presented

  11. Sipping test on a failed MTR fuel element

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    This work describes sipping tests performed on MTR fuel elements of the IEA-R1 research reactor, in order to determinate which one failed in the core during a routine operation of the reactor. radioactive iodine isotopes 131 I and 133 I, employed as failure indicators, were detected in samples corresponding to the fuel element IEA-156. The specific activity of each sample, as well as the average leaking rate, were measured for 137 Cs. The nuclear fuels U3 O8 - Al dispersion and U - Al alloy were compared concerning their measured average leaking rates of 137 Cs. (author)

  12. Sipping tests on a failed irradiated MTR fuel element

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    This work describes sipping tests performed on Material Testing Reactor (MTR) fuel elements of the IEA-R1 research reactor, in order to find out which one failed in the core during a routine operation. Radioactive iodine isotopes 131I and 133I, employed as failure monitors, were detected in samples corresponding to the failed fuel element. The specific activity of each sample, as well as the average leaking rate, were measured for 137Cs. The nuclear fuels U3O8 - Al dispersion and U - Al alloy were compared concerning their measured average leaking rates of 137Cs. (authors)

  13. Failed MTR Fuel Element Detect in a Sipping Tests

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    This work describes sipping tests performed on Material Testing Reactor (MTR) fuel elements of the IEA-R1 research reactor, in order to find out which one failed in the core during a routine operation. Radioactive iodine isotopes 131I and 133I, employed as failure monitors, were detected in samples corresponding to the failed fuel element. The specific activity of each sample, as well as the average leaking rate, were measured for 137Cs. The nuclear fuels U3O8 - Al dispersion and U - Al alloy were compared concerning their measured average leaking rates of 137Cs

  14. Spent HIFAR fuel elements behaviour under extended dry storage

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    Previously unpublished observations of the behaviour of HIFAR spent fuel under extended dry storage conditions are reported. The two fuel elements EC802 (Mark III type) were irradiated in 1966, first examined in hot cells in 1967 and again examined in hot cells in 1983 following 16 years of stage, 11 years of which were in the ANSTO engineered dry storage facility. The elements showed negligible deterioration over this extended dry storage period, lending considerable confidence to the viability of dry storage technologies for the long term storage of spent aluminium clad research reactor fuels. 1 tab., 1 fig., 17 ills

  15. Evaluation of the thermal-mechanical performance of fuel rods of a BWR during a power ramp using the FUELSIM code; Evaluacion del desempeno termomecanico de barras de combustible de un reactor BWR durante una rampa de potencia utilizando el codigo FUELSIM

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    Pantoja C, R.

    2010-07-01

    To avoid the risk to environment due to release of radioactive material, because of occurrence of an accident, it is the priority of the design and performance of the diverse systems of safety of a commercial nuclear power plant. The safety of nuclear power plants requires, therefore, monitoring those parameters having some direct or indirect effect on safety. The thermal limits are values set for those parameters considered having most impact on the safe operation of a nuclear power reactor. Some thermal limits monitoring requires the thermal-mechanical analysis of the rods containing the nuclear fuel. The fuel rod thermal-mechanical behavior under irradiation is a complex process in which there exists a great deal of interrelated physical and chemical phenomena, so that the fuel rod performance analysis in the core of a nuclear power reactor is generally accomplished by using computer codes, which integrate several of the phenomena that are expected to occur during the lifetime of the fuel rod in the core. The main application of the thermal-mechanical analysis codes is the prediction of occurrence of conditions and/or phenomena that could lead to the deterioration or even mechanical failure of the fuel rod cladding, as, for example, the pellet-cladding interaction. In the operation of a nuclear power reactor, fuel preconditioning operations refer to the operational procedures employed to reduce the fuel rod failure probability due to fuel-cladding interaction, specially during reactor startup. Preconditioning simulations are therefore necessary to determine in advance limit values for the power that can be generated in a fuel rod, and thus avoiding any rod damage. In this work, a first analysis of the thermal-mechanical performance of typical fuel rods used in nuclear reactors of the type BWR 5/6, as those two nuclear reactors in Laguna Verde, Veracruz, is performed. This study includes two types of fuel rods: one from a fuel assembly design with an array 8 x 8

  16. Process for assembling a nuclear fuel element

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    Before insertion into the spacers, the fuel rocks are coated with a self-hardening layer of water-soluble polyvinyl and/or polyether polymer to prevent scratches on the cladding tubes. After insertion, the protective conting is removed by means of water. (orig.)

  17. Handling system for nuclear reactor fuel and reflector elements

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    A system for canning, inspecting and transferring to a storage area fuel and reflector elements from a nuclear reactor is described. The canning mechanism operates in a sealed gaseous environment and visual and mechanical inspection of the elements is possible by an operator from a remote shielded area. (UK)

  18. Transuranium element recovering method for spent nuclear fuel

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    Spent fuels are dissolved in nitric acid, the obtained dissolution liquid is oxidized by electrolysis, and nitric acid of transuranium elements are precipitated together with nitric acid of uranium elements from the dissolution solution and recovered. Namely, the transuranium elements are oxidized to an atomic value level at which nitric acid can be precipitated by an oxidizing catalyst, and cooled to precipitate nitric acid of transuranium elements together with nitric acid of transuranium elements, accordingly, it is not necessary to use a solvent which has been used so far upon recovering transuranium elements. Since no solvent waste is generated, a recovery method taking the circumstance into consideration can be provided. Further, nitric acid of uranium elements and nitric acid of transuranium elements precipitated and recovered together are dissolved in nitric acid again, cooled and only uranium elements are precipitated selectively, and recovered by filtration. The amount of wastes can be reduced to thereby enabling to mitigate control for processing. (N.H.)

  19. End plug welding of nuclear fuel elements-AFFF experience

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    Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility is engaged in the fabrication of mixed oxide (U,Pu)O2 fuel elements of various types of nuclear reactors. Fabrication of fuel elements involves pellet fabrication, stack making, stack loading and end plug welding. The requirement of helium bonding gas inside the fuel elements necessitates the top end plug welding to be carried out with helium as the shielding gas. The severity of the service conditions inside a nuclear reactor imposes strict quality control criteria, which demands for almost defect free welds. The top end plug welding being the last process step in fuel element fabrication, any rejection at this stage would lead to loss of effort prior to this step. Moreover, the job becomes all the more difficult with mixed oxide (MOX) as the entire fabrication work has to be carried out in glove box trains. In the case of weld rejection, accepted pellets are salvaged by cutting the clad tube. This is a difficult task and recovery of pellets is low (requiring scrap recovery operation) and also leads to active metallic waste generation. This paper discusses the experience gained at AFFF, in the past 12 years in the area of end plug welding for different types of MOX fuel elements

  20. Quality control in the fuel elements production process

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    Recently great attention has been paid at the international level to the analysis of production processes and quality control of fuel and fuel elements with the aim to speed up activity of proposing and accepting standards and measurement methods. IAEA also devoted great interest to these problems appealing to more active participation of all users and producers fuel elements in a general effort to secure successful work of nuclear plants. For adequate and timely participation in future in the establishment and analysis of general requirements and documentation for the control of purchased or self produced fuel elements in out country it is necessary to be well informed and to follow this activity at the international level. (author)

  1. RA-3 core with uranium silicide fuel elements

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    Following on with studies on uranium silicide fuel elements, this paper reports some comparisons between the use of standard ECN [U3O8] fuel elements and type P-06 [from U3Si2] fuel elements in the RA-3 core.The first results showed that the calculated overall mean burn up is in agreement with that reported for the facility, which gives more confidence to the successive ones. Comparing the mentioned cores, the silicide one presents several advantages such as: -) a mean burn up increase of 18 %; -) an extraction burn up increase of 20 %; -) 37.4 % increase in full power days, for mean burn up. All this is meritorious for this fuel. Moreover, grouped and homogenized libraries were prepared for CITVAP code that will be used for planning experiments and other bidimensional studies. Preliminary calculations were also performed. (author)

  2. In-pile steam oxidation of model HTGR fuel elements

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    Model HTGR fuel elements were exposed to various concentrations of steam while being irradiated under several sets of temperature conditions in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor. In one test, catalysis by iron impurities in the graphite casing of the fuel element caused a highly localized attack on the graphite by the steam; this resulted in the formation of deep pits in the casing. Furthermore, the iron impurities were sufficiently mobile to cause pitting attack on the pyrolytic carbon coatings of the fuel particles as well. The presence of steam induced a rapid increase in the release of gaseous fission products. However, the cessation of steam ingress in the primary system resulted in a pronounced, but correspondingly smaller, reduction in the level of gaseous release. The incidence of fuel failure was greater than anticipated; however, even though the coatings of greater than 30% of the fuel had failed, the release of fission products beyond the fuel element itself was largely confined to iodine and the noble gases. A novel mode of fuel failure was observed under the rather severe conditions of the tests; this involved the attack of the pyrolytic carbon coatings on intact particles by uncoated fragments of uranium fuel kernel material from failed particles

  3. Uranium density reduction on fuel element side plates assessment

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    Rios, Ilka A. [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Andrade, Delvonei A.; Domingos, Douglas B.; Umbehaun, Pedro E. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    During operation of IEA-R1 research reactor, located at Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, IPEN - CNEN/SP, an abnormal oxidation on some fuel elements was noted. It was also verified, among the possible causes of the problem, that the most likely one was insufficient cooling of the elements in the core. One of the propositions to solve or minimize the problem is to reduce uranium density on fuel elements side plates. In this paper, the influence of this change on neutronic and thermal hydraulic parameters for IEA-R1 reactor is verified by simulations with the codes HAMMER and CITATION. Results are presented and discussed. (author)

  4. Temperature distribution calculations in TRIGA fuel element after the pulse

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    The computer program TEMPUL for calculating radial temperature distribution in a fuel element after the pulse operation is shortly described. It is based on one-dimensional diffusion equation for heat transfer in cylindrical geometry and implicit boundary condition at the element-coolant interface, defined by empirical boiling curve, which relates the heat flux from the rod and the difference between the fuel element surface temperature and water boiling point. As an example the results of such analysis of maximal allowed pulse at TRIGA Mark II reactor in Ljubljana are presented. (author)

  5. Experimental results of the CORA test program on the LWR fuel element behavior in severe reactor accidents

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    In the framework of the CORA program the chemical interactions among fuel element (core) materials that may occur with increasing temperature up to complete melting have been examined. The high-temperature material behavior of PWR, BWR, and VVER-1000 fuel rod bundles has been studied in large-scale integral experiments and extensive separate-effects tests. In many cases, the reaction products are liquid at temperatures above 1200 C or have lower eutectic melting points than their original components. This results in a relocation of liquefied components, often far below their original melting points. Control rod materials can separate from fuel materials by a non-coherent stage-by-stage relocation process; this may cause recriticality problems during flooding of a partially degraded core with unborated water. Similarly, molten unoxidized Zircaloy cladding can relocate away from the decladded UO2 fuel rods. Significant relocation of UO2 dissolved in molten unoxidized Zircaloy can begin at the Zircaloy melting temperature (1760 C), about 1000 K below the melting point of UO2. Quenching (flooding) of the degraded bundles results in locally enhanced Zircaloy/steam reactions causing a renewed temperature rise, a meltdown of materials, and an additional strong H2 generation. The experimental results have contributed substantially to the understanding of the high-temperature core material behavior in severe reactor accidents, and provided a unique data base for the development, improvement, and validation of material-behavior models and severe accident system codes. (orig.)

  6. Simulation on reactor TRIGA Puspati core kinetics fueled with thorium (Th) based fuel element

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    Mohammed, Abdul Aziz, E-mail: azizM@uniten.edu.my; Rahman, Shaik Mohmmed Haikhal Abdul [Universiti Tenaga Nasional. Jalan Ikram-UNITEN, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Pauzi, Anas Muhamad, E-mail: anas@uniten.edu.my; Zin, Muhamad Rawi Muhammad; Jamro, Rafhayudi; Idris, Faridah Mohamad [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2016-01-22

    In confronting global energy requirement and the search for better technologies, there is a real case for widening the range of potential variations in the design of nuclear power plants. Smaller and simpler reactors are attractive, provided they can meet safety and security standards and non-proliferation issues. On fuel cycle aspect, thorium fuel cycles produce much less plutonium and other radioactive transuranic elements than uranium fuel cycles. Although not fissile itself, Th-232 will absorb slow neutrons to produce uranium-233 ({sup 233}U), which is fissile. By introducing Thorium, the numbers of highly enriched uranium fuel element can be reduced while maintaining the core neutronic performance. This paper describes the core kinetic of a small research reactor core like TRIGA fueled with a Th filled fuel element matrix using a general purpose Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) code.

  7. Simulation on reactor TRIGA Puspati core kinetics fueled with thorium (Th) based fuel element

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    In confronting global energy requirement and the search for better technologies, there is a real case for widening the range of potential variations in the design of nuclear power plants. Smaller and simpler reactors are attractive, provided they can meet safety and security standards and non-proliferation issues. On fuel cycle aspect, thorium fuel cycles produce much less plutonium and other radioactive transuranic elements than uranium fuel cycles. Although not fissile itself, Th-232 will absorb slow neutrons to produce uranium-233 (233U), which is fissile. By introducing Thorium, the numbers of highly enriched uranium fuel element can be reduced while maintaining the core neutronic performance. This paper describes the core kinetic of a small research reactor core like TRIGA fueled with a Th filled fuel element matrix using a general purpose Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) code

  8. Simulation on reactor TRIGA Puspati core kinetics fueled with thorium (Th) based fuel element

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    Mohammed, Abdul Aziz; Pauzi, Anas Muhamad; Rahman, Shaik Mohmmed Haikhal Abdul; Zin, Muhamad Rawi Muhammad; Jamro, Rafhayudi; Idris, Faridah Mohamad

    2016-01-01

    In confronting global energy requirement and the search for better technologies, there is a real case for widening the range of potential variations in the design of nuclear power plants. Smaller and simpler reactors are attractive, provided they can meet safety and security standards and non-proliferation issues. On fuel cycle aspect, thorium fuel cycles produce much less plutonium and other radioactive transuranic elements than uranium fuel cycles. Although not fissile itself, Th-232 will absorb slow neutrons to produce uranium-233 (233U), which is fissile. By introducing Thorium, the numbers of highly enriched uranium fuel element can be reduced while maintaining the core neutronic performance. This paper describes the core kinetic of a small research reactor core like TRIGA fueled with a Th filled fuel element matrix using a general purpose Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) code.

  9. Algorithm and computer code for calculating the swelling of the fuel elements with a ceramic fuel

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    Algorithm and the OVERAT program intended for calculating the strain deformed state of a cylindrical axially symmetric fuel element with ceramic fuel and thin-walled shell are described. Calculations are performed with account for creep deformation, fuel swelling, coolant and gas pressures in the axial cavity. At each moment of time deformations and strains in the shell as well as the spatial (by rod radius) dependence of fuel swelling are calculated. Fuel swelling is determined on the basis of a theoretical model, in which gas swelling is related to formation and development only of intergrain porosity. The reactor operation at a constant power at invariable in time temperature and energy release distributions in the fuel element core rod are considered. For description of the processes taking place in a fuel element a hard system of usual differential first order equations which is solved by the Gear method has been used. The OVERAT program is written in FORTRAN and at BESM-6 computer debuged. The results of test calculations of strain-deformed state and fuel element swelling with an UO2 hollow rod in a molybdenum shell are presented. It is pointed out that the described program in a complex with other programs can be used for investigating serviceability of various type reactors fuel elements

  10. Design of an equilibrium nucleus of a BWR type reactor based in a Thorium-Uranium fuel

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    In this work the design of the reactor nucleus of boiling water using fuel of thorium-uranium is presented. Starting from an integral concept based in a type cover-seed assemble is carried out the design of an equilibrium reload for the nucleus of a reactor like that of the Laguna Verde Central and its are analyzed some of the main design variables like the cycle length, the reload fraction, the burnt fuel, the vacuum distribution, the generation of lineal heat, the margin of shutdown, as well as a first estimation of the fuel cost. The results show that it is feasible to obtain an equilibrium reload, comparable to those that are carried out in the Laguna Verde reactors, with a good behavior of those analyzed variables. The cost of the equilibrium reload designed with the thorium-uranium fuel is approximately 2% high that the uranium reload producing the same energy. It is concluded that it is convenient to include burnable poisons, type gadolinium, in the fuel with the end of improving the reload design, the fuel costs and the margin of shutdown. (Author)

  11. Finite element simulation of thermal, elastic and plastic phenomena in fuel elements

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    Taking as starting point an irradiation experiment of the first Argentine MOX fuel prototype, performed at the HFR reactor of Petten, Holland, the deformation suffered by the fuel element materials during burning has been numerically studied. Analysis of the pellet-cladding interaction is made by the finite element method. The code determines the temperature distribution and analyzes elastic and creep deformations, taking into account the dependency of the physical parameters of the problem on temperature. (author)

  12. Commercial Aspect of Research Reactor Fuel Element Production

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    Several aspects affecting the commercialization of the Research Reactor Fuel Element Production Installation (RR FEPI) under a BUMN (state-owned company)have been studied. The break event point (BEP) value based on total production cost used is greatly depending upon the unit selling price of the fuel element. At a selling price of USD 43,500/fuel element, the results of analysis shows that the BEP will be reached at 51% of minimum available capacity. At a selling price of US$ 43.500/fuel element the total income (after tax) for 7 years ahead is US $ 4.620.191,- The net present value in this study has a positive value is equal to US $ 2.827.527,- the internal rate of return will be 18% which is higher than normal the bank interest rare (in US dollar) at this time. It is concluded therefore that the nuclear research reactor fuel element produced by state-owned company BUMN has a good prospect to be sold commercially

  13. Fire and blast safety manual for fuel element manufacture

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    The manual aims to enable people involved in the planning, operation, supervision, licensing or appraisal of fuel element factories to make a quick and accurate assessment of blast safety. In Part A, technical plant principles are shown, and a summary lists the flammable materials and ignition sources to be found in fuel element factories, together with theoretical details of what happens during a fire or a blast. Part B comprises a list of possible fires and explosions in fuel element factories and ways of preventing them. Typical fire and explosion scenarios are analysed more closely on the basis of experiments. Part B also contains a list and an assessment of actual fires and explosions which have occurred in fuel element factories. Part C contains safety measures to protect against fire and explosion, in-built fire safety, fire safety in plant design, explosion protection and measures to protect people from radiation and other hazards when fighting fires. A distinction is drawn between UO2, MOX and HTR fuel elements. (orig./DG)

  14. Experimental validation of radial reconstructed pin-power distributions in full-scale BWR fuel assemblies with and without control blade

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    Total fission rate measurements have been performed on full-size BWR fuel assemblies of type SVEA-96+ in the zero power reactor PROTEUS at the Paul Scherrer Institute. This paper presents comparisons of reconstructed 2D pin fission rates from nodal diffusion calculations to the experimental results in two configurations: one 'regular' (I-1A) and the other 'controlled' (I-2A). Both configurations consist of an array of 3 x 3 SVEA-96+ fuel assemblies moderated with light water at 20 oC. In configuration I-2A, an L-shaped hafnium control blade (half of a real cruciform blade) is inserted adjacent to the north-west corner of the central fuel assembly. To minimise the impact of the surroundings, all measurements were done in fuel pins belonging to the central assembly. The 3 x 3 experimental configuration (test zone) was modelled using the core monitoring and design tools that are applied at the Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plant (KKL). These are the 2D transport code HELIOS, used for the cross-section generation, and the 3D, 2-group nodal diffusion code PRESTO-2. The exterior is represented, in the axial and radial directions, by 2-group partial current ratios (PCRs) calculated at the test zone boundary using a 3D Monte Carlo (MCNPX) model of the whole PROTEUS reactor. Sensitivity cases are analysed to show the impact of changes in the 2D lattice modelling on the calculated fission rate distribution and reactivity. Further, the effects of variations in the test zone boundary PCRs and their behaviour in energy are investigated. For the test zone configuration without control blade, the pin-power reconstruction methodology delivers the same level of accuracy as the 2D transport calculations. On the other hand, larger deviations that are inherent to the use of reflected geometry in the lattice calculations are observed for the configuration with the control blade inserted. In the basic (reference) simulation cases, the calculated-to-experimental (C/E) ratios of the total

  15. Development and testing of the EDF-2 reactor fuel element

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    This technical report reviews the work which has been necessary for defining the EDF-2 fuel element. After giving briefly the EDF-2 reactor characteristics and the preliminary choice of parameters which made it possible to draw up a draft plan for the fuel element, the authors consider the research proper: - Uranium studies: tests on the passage into the β phase of an internal crown of a tube, bending of the tube under the effect of a localized force, welding of the end-pellets and testing for leaks. The resistance of the tube to crushing and of the pellets to yielding under the external pressure have been studied in detail in another CEA report. - Can studies: conditions of production and leak proof testing of the can, resistance of the fins to creep due to the effect of the gas flow. - Studies of the extremities of the element: creep under compression and welding of the plugs to the can. - Cartridge studies: determination of the characteristics of the can fuel fixing grooves and of the canning conditions, verification of the resistance of the fuel element to thermal cycling, determination of the temperature drop at the can-fuel interface dealt with in more detail in another CEA report. - Studies of the whole assembly: this work which concerns the graphite jacket, the support and the cartridge vibrations has been carried out by the Mechanical and Thermal Study Service (Mechanics Section). In this field the Fuel Element Study Section has investigated the behaviour of the centering devices in a gas current. The outcome of this research is the defining of the plan of the element the production process and the production specifications. The validity of ail these out-of-pile tests will be confirmed by the in-pile tests already under way and by irradiation of the elements in the EDF-2 reactor itself. In conclusion the programme is given for improving the fuel element and for defining the fuel element for the second charge. (authors)

  16. Performance and management of IPR-R1 fuel elements

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    The performance of fuel elements during the 23 years of the reactor operation, is presented aiming to introduce improvements in the fuel load distribution and consequent increase of the reactivity. A computer code CORE was developed aiming to calculate the individual burnup of the fuel elements and the value of the reactivity for several core configurations, establishing a routine to control the nuclear material in the IPR-R1. The values calculated were compared with the experimental results. Some alternatives to augment the reactivity of the present core are presented foreseeing the fuel load availability for operation with 100Km and, for angmenting the power reaction in a next stage. (E.G.)

  17. Detection of fuel element vibration at KNK II

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    The reactivity signal of the KNK-II-plant shows almost harmonic oscillations of δrho <= 0.5 c. Very sensitive correlation measurements, made during the regular plant operation with the normal plant instrumentation, revealed, that these oscillations are associated with individual fuel elements. Auxiliary measurements under various operational conditions and theoretical considerations show, that this phenomenon is probably caused by flow-induced mechanical vibration. Similar characteristics with respect to the frequencies have obviously not yet been observed for fuel element vibration during tests in out-of-core loops and in other reactors. Therefore efforts have been made in order to classify the flow-induced vibration and to identify the particular excitation mechanism. Most likely seems a flow-induced vibration of whole fuel elements by vortex shedding or jet switching. This model can explain all observations without exception. (orig.)

  18. Shock absorber for a fuel element storage rack

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    The invention describes a shock absorber device for a nuclear fuel element deposited in a sheath provided with a bottom portion comprising centrally a hole of a diameter slightly larger than that of the lower portion of the fuel element, within a fuel storage rack, characterised in that it comprises a non-deformable annulus connected to a collar bearing on a transverse member of the storage rack, by means of a plurality of elastically and/or plastically deformable elements, and in that the non-deformable annulus, coaxial with the sheath, is provided with a central aperture having a diameter substantially equal to that of the hole in the bottom portion of the sheath and serves as a support for the bottom portion of the sheath

  19. The AVR as a test bed for fuel elements

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    One of the important tasks of the AVR experimental power-station was the testing of the spherical fuel elements, which had been newly developed and were used for the first time here. This testing in the AVR differs from the previous irradiation tests in material testing reactors by the fact that fuel elements from mass production were used here in large numbers. It took place in the genuine operating conditions of a nuclear powerstation. This included particularly the mechanical stesses due to fuelling equipment, the chemical interactions with the impurities of the cooling gas, accelerated by the catalytic effect of fission products. This also included the charge of temperature and power due to load changes of the powerstation and due to the fuel elements passing through the reactor several times. (orig.)

  20. Analysis of the ATR fuel element swaging process

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    This report documents a detailed evaluation of the swaging process used to connect fuel plates to side plates in Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) fuel elements. The swaging is a mechanical process that begins with fitting a fuel plate into grooves in the side plates. Once a fuel plate is positioned, a lip on each of two side plate grooves is pressed into the fuel plate using swaging wheels to form the joints. Each connection must have a specified strength (measured in terms, of a pullout force capacity) to assure that these joints do not fail during reactor operation. The purpose of this study is to analyze the swaging process and associated procedural controls, and to provide recommendations to assure that the manufacturing process produces swaged connections that meet the minimum strength requirement. The current fuel element manufacturer, Babcock and Wilcox (B ampersand W) of Lynchburg, Virginia, follows established procedures that include quality inspections and process controls in swaging these connections. The procedures have been approved by Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies and are designed to assure repeatability of the process and structural integrity of each joint. Prior to July 1994, ATR fuel elements were placed in the Hydraulic Test Facility (HTF) at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (AGNAIL), Test Reactor Area (TRA) for application of Boehmite (an aluminum oxide) film and for checking structural integrity before placement of the elements into the ATR. The results presented in this report demonstrate that the pullout strength of the swaged connections is assured by the current manufacturing process (with several recommended enhancements) without the need for- testing each element in the HTF

  1. The manufacture of LEU fuel elements at Dounreay

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    Gibson, J.

    1997-08-01

    Two LEU test elements are being manufactured at Dounreay for test irradiation in the HFR at Petten, The Netherlands. This paper describes the installation of equipment and the development of the fabrication and inspection techniques necessary for the manufacture of LEU fuel plates. The author`s experience in overcoming the technical problems of stray fuel particles, dog-boning, uranium homogeneity and the measurement of uranium distribution is also described.

  2. CONDOR: neutronic code for fuel elements calculation with rods

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    CONDOR neutronic code is used for the calculation of fuel elements formed by fuel rods. The method employed to obtain the neutronic flux is that of collision probabilities in a multigroup scheme on two-dimensional geometry. This code utilizes new calculation algorithms and normalization of such collision probabilities. Burn-up calculations can be made before the alternative of applying variational methods for response flux calculations or those corresponding to collision normalization. (Author)

  3. Irradiation of Fuel Elements in the Belgian BR3 Reactor

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    Under a contract concluded by EURATOM and CEN-BelgoNucléaire, fuel rods containing plutonium-enriched uranium were irradiated in the Belgian BR3 reactor with the object of evaluating the behaviour of plutonium fuel elements in power reactors. The first experiment consisted in introducing 12 fuel elements fabricated by vibration and compacting followed by swaging into a core assembly of the BR3 pressurized-water power reactor. Irradiation was carried out for a period corresponding to 4820 h at full power. Subsequent examination of the fuel rods showed that they had been unaffected by irradiation. A second series of experiments is being carried out in collaboration with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. These experiments involve irradiating an assembly of 37 plutonium-enriched fuel elements, some compacted and others of the pellet type, in the BR3/VN power reactor. The fabrication of the vibrocompacted elements and the thermal studies relating to the assembly are briefly described. (author)

  4. Low Cost Nuclear Thermal Rocket Cermet Fuel Element Environment Testing

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    Bradley, David E.; Mireles, Omar R.; Hickman, Robert R.

    2011-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse (Isp) and relatively high thrust in order to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Conventional, storable propellants produce average Isp. Nuclear thermal rockets (NTR) capable of high Isp thrust have been proposed. NTR employs heat produced by fission reaction to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen which is then forced through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements is limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements which employ high-melting-point metals, ceramics or a combination (cermet) as a structural matrix into which the nuclear fuel is distributed. It is not necessary to include fissile material in test samples intended to explore high temperature hydrogen exposure of the structural support matrices. A small-scale test bed designed to heat fuel element samples via non-contact RF heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without employing fissile material. This paper details the test bed design and results of testing conducted to date.

  5. Properties of U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel element and its application

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    The properties of U3Si2 fuel and U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel element are introduced, which include U-loading; the banding quality, U-homogeneity and 'dog-bone' phenomenon, the minimum thickness of cladding and the corrosion performances. The fabrication technique of fuel elements, NDT for fuel plates, assemble technique of fuel elements and the application of U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel elements in the world are introduced

  6. Reactor fuel element heat conduction via numerical Laplace transform inversion

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    Ganapol, Barry D.; Furfaro, Roberto [University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States). Dept. of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering], e-mail: ganapol@cowboy.ame.arizona.edu

    2001-07-01

    A newly developed numerical Laplace transform inversion (NLTI) will be presented to determine the transient temperature distribution within a nuclear reactor fuel element. The NLTI considered in this presentation has evolved to its present state over the past 10 years of application. The methodology adopted is one that relies on acceleration of the convergence of an infinite series towards its limit. The inversion will be applied to the prediction of the transient temperature distribution within an MTR type nuclear fuel element through a novel formulation of the solution to the transformed heat conduction equation. (author)

  7. Postirradiation examination of Peach Bottom fuel test element FTE-4

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    The report presents the irradiation results and their evaluation for Peach Bottom fuel test element FTE-4. It describes in detail the efforts by General Atomic Company over the last two years to establish a system for extracting meaningful performance information from a fuel test element. This has been done with the goal of making direct comparisons between as-measured data and core design code predictions. Special emphasis has been placed on determining the 95% confidence limits on most of the preirradiation and postirradiation measurements in order to allow a better comparison with GAUGE, FEVER, and TREVER code calculations which are used in HTGR core thermal and mechanical design

  8. Effects of pin bowing in the CAGR fuel element

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    A theoretical and experimental investigation of the effects of bowing on pin temperatures in CAGR fuel elements is described. A subchannel code, SCANDAL, has been developed to calculate the effects of bow in arbitrary rod clusters with single phase coolant. The fundamental assumptions of the code and the extra components needed to handle pin bowing are presented. In order to validate SCANDAL a heat transfer experiment has been performed, in which selected pins in a 36 pin CAGR fuel element have been mechanically bowed and detailed temperature effects measured. Results from this experiment are presented and compared with SCANDAL predictions. (author)

  9. Thermal performance of a buried nuclear waste storage container storing a hybrid mix of PWR and BWR spent fuel rods

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    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will design, model, and test nuclear waste packages for use at the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. On such package would store tightly packed spent fuel rods from both pressurized and boiling water reactors. The storage container provides the primary containment of the nuclear waste and the spent fuel rod cladding provides secondary containment. A series of transient conduction and radiation heat transfer analyses was run to determine for the first 1000 yr of storage if the temperature of the tuff at the borehole wall ever falls below 97 degrees C and whether the cladding of the stored spent fuel ever exceeds 350 degrees C. Limiting the borehole to temperatures of 97 degrees C or greater helps minimize corrosion by assuring that no condensed water collects on the container. The 350 degrees C cladding limit minimizes the possibility of creep- related failure in the spent fuel rod cladding. For a series of packages stored in a 8 x 30 m borehole grid where each package contains 10-yr-old spent fuel rods generating 4.74 kW or more, the borehole wall stays above 97 degrees C for the full 10000-yr analysis period. For the 4.74-kW load, the peak cladding temperature rises to just below the 350 degrees C limit about 4 years after emplacement. If the packages are stored using the spacing specified in the Site Characterization Plan (15 ft x 126 ft), a maximum of 4.1 kW per container may be stored. If the 0.05-m-thick void between the container and the borehole wall is filled with loosely packed bentonite, the peak cladding temperature rises more than 40 degrees C above the allowed cladding limit. In all cases the dominant heat transfer mode between container components is thermal radiation

  10. Testing the surface contamination resuspension of a fuel element

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    The aim of the tests is to verify if radioactive aerosols can be resuspended in the atmosphere after surface contamination of a fuel plate. These tests are part of a program for dry storage of fuel plates without container. Tests are realized in a hot cell of OSIRIS reactor in a special device. The tested element is placed in a container and compressed air sweep the surface at a speed of about 5 m/s. Sampling on a filter placed at the outlet is used for analysis of air flowing between fuel plates. Nature and activity of products are determined by gamma spectrometry and found negligible

  11. BWR control blade replacement strategies

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    The reactivity control elements in a BWR, the control blades, perform three significant functions: provide shutdown margin during normal and accident operating conditions; provide overall core reactivity control; and provide axial power shaping control. As such, the blades are exposed to the core's neutron flux, resulting in irradiation of blade structural and absorber materials. Since the absorber depletes with time (if B4C is used, it also swells) and the structural components undergo various degradation mechanisms (e.g., embrittlement, corrosion), the blades have limits on their operational lifetimes. Consequently, BWR utilities have implemented strategies that aim to maximize blade lifetimes while balancing operational costs, such as extending a refuelling outage to shuffle high exposure blades. This paper examines the blade replacement strategies used by BWR utilities operating in US, Europe and Asia by assembling information related to: the utility's specific blade replacement strategy; the impact the newer blade designs and changes in core operating mode were having on those strategies; the mechanical and nuclear limits that determined those strategies; the methods employed to ensure that lifetime limits were not exceeded during operation; and blade designs used (current and replacement blades). (author)

  12. Status and perspectives of fuel performance modelling at the Institute for Transuranium Elements

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    The present paper reviews the latest developments and validation efforts carried out by the modelling group of the ITU for the TRANSURANUS fuel performance code, in collaboration with various partners across Europe and ORNL in the USA. The fuel types considered are mainly for PWR, BWR and WWER reactors, under both stationary and transient conditions. Other fuel types, like the advanced nitride and carbide fuels have been reconsidered since the participation of EURATOM in the Generation IV initiative in 2003. Furthermore, Candu fuel applications are being considered with a view of Romania becoming a new EU member state in 2007. The corresponding ongoing efforts are briefly discussed as well. Finally, the perspectives for the different fuel types that can or will be described by means of the TRANSURANUS code are outlined

  13. Dart model for irradiation-induced swelling of dispersion fuel elements including aluminum-fuel interaction

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    The Dispersion Analysis Research Tool (DART) contains models for fission-gas induced fuel swelling, interaction of fuel with the matrix aluminum, resultant reaction-product swelling, and calculation of the stress gradient within the fuel particle. The effects of an aluminide shell on fuel particle swelling are evaluated. Validation of the model is demonstrated by a comparison of DART calculations of fuel swelling of U3SiAl-Al and U3Si2-Al for various dispersion fuel element designs with the data. DART results are compared with data for fuel swelling Of U3SiAl-Al in plate, tube, and rod configurations as a function of fission density. Plate and tube calculations were performed at a constant fuel temperature of 373 K and 518 K, respectively. An irradiation temperature of 518 K results in a calculated aluminide layer thickness for the Russian tube that is in the center of the measured range (16 μm). Rod calculations were performed with a temperature gradient across the rod characterized by surface and central temperatures of 373 K and 423 K, respectively. The effective yield stress of irradiated Al matrix material and the aluminide was determined by comparing the results of DART calculations with postirradiation immersion volume measurement of U3SiAl plates. The values for the effective yield stress were used in all subsequent simulations. The lower calculated fuel swelling in the rod-type element is due to an assumed biaxial stress state. Fuel swelling in plates results in plate thickness increase only. Likewise, in tubes, only the wall thickness increases. Irradiation experiments have shown that plate-type dispersion fuel elements can develop blisters or pillows at high U-235 burnup when fuel compounds exhibiting breakaway swelling are used at moderate to high fuel volume fractions. DART-calculated interaction layer thickness and fuel swelling follows the trends of the observations. 3 refs., 2 figs

  14. LMFBR fuel-design environment for endurance testing, primarily of oxide fuel elements with local faults

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    The US Department of Energy LMFBR Lines-of-Assurance are briefly stated and local faults are given perspective with an historical review and definition to help define the constraints of LMFBR fuel-element designs. Local-fault-propagation (fuel-element failure-propagation and blockage propagation) perceptions are reviewed. Fuel pin designs and major LMFBR parameters affecting pin performance are summarized. The interpretation of failed-fuel data is aided by a discussion of the effects of nonprototypicalities. The fuel-pin endurance expected in the US, USSR, France, UK, Japan, and West Germany is outlined. Finally, fuel-failure detection and location by delayed-neutron and gaseous-fission-product monitors are briefly discussed to better realize the operational limits

  15. Long operating cycle simplified BWR

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    Considering next generation requirement for nuclear plants, a long cycle operating simplified BWR (LSBWR) concept is proposed. The major features of LSBWR are; 1) Long cycle operation core using uranium fuels; 2) Simplified system and component as well as passive systems; 3) Combined building concept with ship hull structure. This concept have potential to reduce construction cost and to Increase availability. Safety feature of LSBWR makes possible to attain no evacuation capability in case of a severe accident. Further research and development is underway. (author)

  16. Design of a mixed-oxide fuel assembly to be assessed as a lead test assembly in a BWR reactor

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    The open and the close cycle are the two alternatives to pursue during power generation. The reprocessing is a mature process that now shows a more competitive economic aspect, making it more attractive than ever. Mexico has not decided what to do with the existing and future depleted fuel assemblies that will be generated from the power operation, thus the direct disposal and the reprocessing are still being considered. To have enough arguments in one or the other alternatives it is necessary to make an assessment of both. This investigation focus in the MOX fuel design assuming that the reprocessing is the option to follow and looking for the lowest impact in power generation. The first step in a reprocessing program is to analyze the performance of four lead test assemblies (LTA's), thus in this investigation we design the corresponding MOX to be used as LTA's and assess their performance through one operational cycle. (author)

  17. Fuel element reshuffling and fuel follower control rods (FFCR) replacement for PUSPATI TRIGA reactor

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    The PUSPATI TRIGA Reactor has been utilized for more than 25 years using the same fuel elements and control rods. Generally, there are four control rods being used to control the neutron production inside the reactor core. A maintenance program has been developed to ensure its integrity, capability and safety of the reactor and it has been maintained twice a year since the first operation in 1982. The activities involve during the maintenance period including fuel elements and control rods inspections, electronics and mechanical systems, and others related works. During the maintenance in August 2008, there are some irregularities found on the fuel follower control rods and needed to be replaced. Even though the irregularities was not contributed into any unwanted incident, it were decided to replace with new control rods to avoid any potential hazards and unsafe condition occurred during operation later. Replacing any of the control rods would involved in imbalance of neutron flux and power distribution inside the core. Therefore, a number of fuel elements need to be reshuffled in order to compensate the neutron flux and power distribution as well as to balance the fuel elements burn-up in the core. This paper will described the fuel elements reshuffling and fuel follower control rods (FFCR) replacement for PUSPATI TRIGA Reactor. (Author)

  18. Induction Heating Model of Cermet Fuel Element Environmental Test (CFEET)

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    Gomez, Carlos F.; Bradley, D. E.; Cavender, D. P.; Mireles, O. R.; Hickman, R. R.; Trent, D.; Stewart, E.

    2013-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse and relatively high thrust to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Nuclear Thermal Rockets (NTR) are capable of producing a high specific impulse by employing heat produced by a fission reactor to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000 K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high-temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements are limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements due to large thermal gradients; therefore, high-melting-point ceramics-metallic matrix composites (cermets) are one of the fuels under consideration as part of the Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) Advance Exploration System (AES) technology project at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The purpose of testing and analytical modeling is to determine their ability to survive and maintain thermal performance in a prototypical NTR reactor environment of exposure to hydrogen at very high temperatures and obtain data to assess the properties of the non-nuclear support materials. The fission process and the resulting heating performance are well known and do not require that active fissile material to be integrated in this testing. A small-scale test bed; Compact Fuel Element Environmental Tester (CFEET), designed to heat fuel element samples via induction heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed at MSFC to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without utilizing fissile material. This paper details the analytical approach to help design and optimize the test bed using COMSOL Multiphysics for predicting thermal gradients induced by electromagnetic heating (Induction heating) and Thermal Desktop for radiation calculations.

  19. Review of fuel element development for nuclear rocket engines

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    The Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL) entered the nuclear propulsion field in 1955 and began work on all aspects of a nuclear propulsion program involving uranium-loaded graphite fuels, hydrogen propellant, and a target exhaust temperature of approximately 25000C. A very extensive uranium-loaded graphite fuel element technology evolved from the program. Selection and composition of raw materials for the extrusion mix had to be coupled with heat treatment studies to give optimum element properties. The highly enriched uranium in the element was incorporated as UO2, pyrocarbon-coated UC2, or solid solution UC . ZrC particles. An extensive development program resulted in successful NbC or ZrC coatings on elements to withstand hydrogen corrosion at elevated temperatures. Hot gas, thermal shock, thermal stress, and NDT evaluation procedures were developed to monitor progress in preparation of elements with optimum properties. Final evaluation was made in reactor tests at NRDS. Aerojet-General, Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory, and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant of Union Carbide Nuclear Company entered the program in the early 1960's, and their activities paralleled those of LASL in fuel element development. (U.S.)

  20. Fission product release from defected nuclear reactor fuel elements

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    The release of gaseous (krypton and xenon) and iodine radioactive fission products from defective fuel elements is described with a semi-empirical model. The model assumes precursor-corrected 'Booth diffusional release' in the UO2 and subsequent holdup in the fuel-to-sheath gap. Transport in the gap is separately modelled with a phenomenological rate constant (assuming release from the gap is a first order rate process), and a diffusivity constant (assuming transport in the gap is dominated by a diffusional process). Measured release data from possessing various states of defection are use in this analysis. One element (irradiated in an earlier experiment by MacDonald) was defected with a small drilled hole. A second element was machined with 23 slits while a third element (fabricated with a porous end plug) displayed through-wall sheath hydriding. Comparison of measured release data with calculated values from the model yields estimates of empirical diffusion coefficients for the radioactive species in the UO2 (1.56 x 10-10 to 7.30 x 10-9 s-1), as well as escape rate constants (7.85 x 10-7 to 3.44 x 10-5 s-1) and diffusion coefficients (3.39 x 10-5 to 4.88 x 10-2 cm2/s) for these in the fuel-to-sheath gap. Analyses also enable identification of the various rate-controlling processes operative in each element. For the noble gas and iodine species, the rate-determining process in the multi-slit element is 'Booth diffusion'; however, for the hydrided element an additional delay results from diffusional transport in the fuel-to-heath gap. Furthermore, the iodine species exhibit an additional holdup in the drilled element because of significant trapping on the fuel and/or sheath surfaces. Using experimental release data and applying the theoretical results of this work, a systematic procedure is proposed to characterize fuel failures in commercial power reactors (i.e., the number of fuel failures and average leak size)

  1. Parallel channel effects under BWR LOCA conditions

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    Due to parallel channel effects, different flow patterns such as liquid down-flow and gas up-flow appear simultaneously in fuel bundles of a BWR core during postulated LOCAs. Applying the parallel channel effects to the fuel bundle, water drain tubes with a restricted bottom end have been developed in order to mitigate counter-current flow limiting and to increase the falling water flow rate at the upper tie plate. The upper tie plate with water drain tubes is an especially effective means of increasing the safety margin of a reactor with narrow gaps between fuel rods and high steam velocity at the upper tie plate. The characteristics of the water drain tubes have been experimentally investigated using a small-scaled steam-water system simulating a BWR core. Then, their effect on the fuel cladding temperature was evaluated using the LOCA analysis program SAFER. (orig.)

  2. Method to fabricate block fuel elements for high temperature reactors

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    The fabrication of block fuel elements for gas-cooled high temperature reactors can be improved upon by adding 0.2 to 2 wt.% of a hydrocarbon compound to the lubricating mixture prior to pressing. Hexanol or octanol are named as substances. The dimensional accuracy of the block is thus improved. 2 examples illustrate the method. (RW)

  3. Design evaluation of the HTGR fuel element size reduction system

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    A fuel element size reduction system for the ''cold'' pilot plant of the General Atomic HTGR Reference Recycle Facility has been designed and tested. This report is both an evaluation of the design based on results of initial tests and a description of those designs which require completion or modification for hot cell use. 11 figures

  4. METHOD OF FORMING A FUEL ELEMENT FOR A NUCLEAR REACTOR

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    Layer, E.H. Jr.; Peet, C.S.

    1962-01-23

    A method is given for preparing a fuel element for a nuclear reactor. The method includes the steps of sandblasting a body of uranium dioxide to roughen the surface thereof, depositing a thin layer of carbon thereon by thermal decomposition of methane, and cladding the uranium dioxide body with zirconium by gas pressure bonding. (AEC)

  5. Fuel element transport container with a removable cover

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    The cover of the fuel element transport container is removably fixed with screws on a flange as mechanical loads have to be expected during the transfer to the disposal plant. A ring-shaped or star-shaped clamping device grips over the cover. It has a clamp claw to lock the cover and permits unscrewing without unlocking the cover. (DG)

  6. Experimental study of water flow in nuclear fuel elements

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    This work aims to develop an experimental methodology for investigating the water flow through rod bundles after spacer grids of nuclear fuel elements of PWR type reactors. Speed profiles, with the device LDV (Laser Doppler Velocimetry), and the pressure drop between two sockets located before and after the spacer grid, using pressure transducers were measured

  7. Design evaluation of the HTGR fuel element size reduction system

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    Strand, J.B.

    1978-06-01

    A fuel element size reduction system for the ''cold'' pilot plant of the General Atomic HTGR Reference Recycle Facility has been designed and tested. This report is both an evaluation of the design based on results of initial tests and a description of those designs which require completion or modification for hot cell use. 11 figures.

  8. Experimental analysis of heat flow in simulated fuel elements

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    Since the experimental point of view it has been developed so much thermic simulations of nuclear reactors fuel elements in the laboratory. It is treating to isolate the problem of heat transfer of the complexity of the radioactive materials handling. The simulations starting of electric warming of similar geometric bodies to the real fuel elements. In the Thermo fluids Laboratory of National Institute of Nuclear Research it has been carried out heat transfer experiments in simulated fuel elements using in a first step concentric cylinders, for later to pass to posterior step of direct warming. The purpose of this work is to determine the convective parameters in the refrigerating under the typical prevailing conditions in the experimental reactors. It has been planned to work with isolated bars and groups of bars in convection with water. These works will allow to stablish the infrastructure of laboratory where it can be simulated thermically fuel elements of diverse types of experimental reactors. And specially to observe the solid-fluid effects in vertical surfaces subjected to intense heat fluxes. (Author)

  9. Core analysis during transition from 37-element fuel to CANFLEX-NU fuel in CANDU 6

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    Jeong, Chang Joon; Suk, Ho Chun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    An 1200-day time-dependent fuel-management for the transition from 37-element fuel to CANFLEX-NU fuel in a CANDU 6 reactor has been simulated to show the compatibility of the CANFLEX-NU fuel with the reactor operation. The simulation calculations were carried out with the RFSP code, provided by cell averaged fuel properties obtained from the POWDERPUFS-V code. The refueling scheme for both fuels was an eight bundle shift at a time. The simulation results show that the maximum channel and bundle powers were maintained below the license limit of the CANDU 6. This indicates that the CANFLEX-NU fuel bundle is compatible with the CANDU 6 reactor operation during the transition period. 3 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab. (Author)

  10. Modeling and Simulation of a Nuclear Fuel Element Test Section

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    Moran, Robert P.; Emrich, William

    2011-01-01

    "The Nuclear Thermal Rocket Element Environmental Simulator" test section closely simulates the internal operating conditions of a thermal nuclear rocket. The purpose of testing is to determine the ideal fuel rod characteristics for optimum thermal heat transfer to their hydrogen cooling/working fluid while still maintaining fuel rod structural integrity. Working fluid exhaust temperatures of up to 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit can be encountered. The exhaust gas is rendered inert and massively reduced in temperature for analysis using a combination of water cooling channels and cool N2 gas injectors in the H2-N2 mixer portion of the test section. An extensive thermal fluid analysis was performed in support of the engineering design of the H2-N2 mixer in order to determine the maximum "mass flow rate"-"operating temperature" curve of the fuel elements hydrogen exhaust gas based on the test facilities available cooling N2 mass flow rate as the limiting factor.

  11. Poolside inspection, repair and reconstitution of LWR fuel elements

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    The purpose of the meeting was to review the state of the art in the area of poolside inspection, repair and reconstitution of light water fuel elements. In the present publication it appears that techniques of inspection, repair and reconstitution of fuel elements have been developed by fuel suppliers and are now routinely and successfully applied in many countries. For the first time, the subject of control rod poolside examination was dealt with, poolside inspection and repair of a MOX assembly were reported and the inspection and repair of WWER assemblies were examined. Compared to the results of the previous meeting, present developments in the area aim now at reaching better economics, better reliability, reduction of personal doses and waste volume. Thirty-six participants representing twelve countries attended the meeting. Fifteen papers were presented in two sessions. An abstract was prepared for each of these papers. Refs, figs, tabs, diagrams, pictures and photos

  12. The technical concept of a temporary store for fuel elements

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    In the German federal government's opinion, interim storage on the sites of nuclear power plants of spent fuel elements is to minimize the number of transports within Germany. As a span of approximately five years must be bridged until the interim stores now planned and filed for will be commissioned and, at the same time, transport activities are to be reduced, a kind of anticipated interim storage, or temporary storage, on power plant sites is unavoidable. The concept for the temporary storage of spent fuel elements is described in the article. On the basis of this concept, the Neckar Joint Nuclear Power Station recently was awarded a storage permit for nuclear fuels under Sec. 6 of the German Atomic Energy Act. Temporary stores following the same concept have been filed for, and are now in the licensing procedure, for another four sites (Philippsburg, Biblis, Kruemmel, Brunsbuettel). (orig.)

  13. Marangoni convection in fuel elements with liquid metal sublayer

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    Analysis of heat- and mass-transfer in liquid metal sublayer of fuel element in the presence of gas bubbles is conducted. Analysis of the effects related with developing Marangoni convection is done. Assessed values are present for liquid metal flow velocities, temperature nonuniformity on inner side of fuel element cladding and in fuel pellets depending on gap size, physical properties of liquid metal in the gap, on heat generation rate and on average temperature in liquid-metal sublayer. It is shown that Marangoni convection can lead to fast corrosion on inner surface of the cladding. It is pointed out that at high values of convection rate the mechanism of material erosion also can be initiated

  14. Extraction process of fission products from spent nuclear fuel elements

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    Process for extracting fission products contained in irradiated nuclear fuel elements consisting in bringing these elements into contact with water after having treated them mechanically to remove their cladding and/or cut them up, then separate these treated elements from the aqueous solution and recuperating at least one of the fission products concerned from this by concentrating it by distillation so as to obtain a concentrate containing these fission products and then processing this concentrate in order to ensure a long term storage of these fission products

  15. Automation in inspection of PHWR fuel elements & bundles at Nuclear Fuel Complex

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    Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad, a constituent of Department of Atomic Energy, India manufactures fuel for all Indian nuclear power reactors. Currently NFC manufactures both 19 element & 37 element bundles for catering to the requirement of 220 MWe & 540 MWe PHWRs. In order to meet the growing needs for the Nuclear Fuel, NFC engaged in expansion of the production facilities. This calls for enhanced throughput at various inspection stages keeping in tandem with the production & for achieving this objective, NFC has chosen automation. This paper deals with automation of the inspection line at NFC. (author)

  16. OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmarks phase IIIB: Burnup calculations of BWR fuel assemblies for storage and transport

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    The report describes the final results of the Phase IIIB Benchmark conducted by the Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality Safety under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Benchmark was intended to compare the predictability of current computer code and data library combinations for the atomic number densities of an irradiated PWR fuel assembly model. The fuel assembly was irradiated under specific power of 25.6 MW/tHM up to 40 GWd/tHM and cooled for five years. The void fraction was assumed to be uniform throughout the channel box and constant, at 0, 40 and 70%, during burnup. In total, 16 results were submitted from 13 institutes of 7 countries. The calculated atomic number densities of 12 actinides and 20 fission product nuclides were found to be for the most part within a range of ±10% relative to the average, although some results, esp. 155Eu and gadolinium isotopes, exceeded the band, which will require further investigation. Pin-wise burnup results agreed well among the participants. The results in the infinite neutron multiplication factor k∞ also accorded well with each other for void fractions of 0 and 40%; however some results deviated from the averaged value noticeably for the void fraction of 70%. (author)

  17. OECD/NEA burnup credit criticality benchmarks phase IIIB. Burnup calculations of BWR fuel assemblies for storage and transport

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    Okuno, Hiroshi; Naito, Yoshitaka; Suyama, Kenya [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    2002-02-01

    The report describes the final results of the Phase IIIB Benchmark conducted by the Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality Safety under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Benchmark was intended to compare the predictability of current computer code and data library combinations for the atomic number densities of an irradiated PWR fuel assembly model. The fuel assembly was irradiated under specific power of 25.6 MW/tHM up to 40 GWd/tHM and cooled for five years. The void fraction was assumed to be uniform throughout the channel box and constant, at 0, 40 and 70%, during burnup. In total, 16 results were submitted from 13 institutes of 7 countries. The calculated atomic number densities of 12 actinides and 20 fission product nuclides were found to be for the most part within a range of {+-}10% relative to the average, although some results, esp. {sup 155}Eu and gadolinium isotopes, exceeded the band, which will require further investigation. Pin-wise burnup results agreed well among the participants. The results in the infinite neutron multiplication factor k{sub {infinity}} also accorded well with each other for void fractions of 0 and 40%; however some results deviated from the averaged value noticeably for the void fraction of 70%. (author)

  18. Some parametric flow analyses of a particle bed fuel element

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    Dobranich, D.

    1993-05-01

    Parametric calculations are performed, using the SAFSIM computer program, to investigate the fluid mechanics and heat transfer performance of a particle bed fuel element. Both steady-state and transient calculations are included, addressing such issues as flow stability, reduced thrust operation, transpiration drag, coolant conductivity enhancement, flow maldistributions, decay heat removal, flow perturbations, and pulse cooling. The calculations demonstrate the dependence of the predicted results on the modeling assumptions and thus provide guidance as to where further experimental and computational investigations are needed. The calculations also demonstrate that both flow instability and flow maldistribution in the fuel element are important phenomena. Furthermore, results are encouraging that geometric design changes to the element can significantly reduce problems related to these phenomena, allowing improved performance over a wide range of element power densities and flow rates. Such design changes will help to maximize the operational efficiency of space propulsion reactors employing particle bed fuel element technology. Finally, the results demonstrate that SAFSIM is a valuable engineering tool for performing quick and inexpensive parametric simulations addressing complex flow problems.

  19. Gamma scanning of full scale HTR fuel elements

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    Gamma scanning for the determination of burn-up and fission product inventory has been developed at the Dragon Project, suitable for measurements on fuel elements and segments from full-sized integral block elements. This involved the design and construction of a new lead flask with sophisticated collimator design. State-of-the art gamma spectrometric equipment was set up to cope with strong variations of count-rate and high data throughput. Software efforts concentrated on the calculation of the self absorption and absorption corrections in the complicated geometry of multi-hole graphite block segments with a corrugated circumference. The techniques described here are applicable to the non-destructive examination of a wide range of fuel element designs. (author)

  20. Fabrication procedures for manufacturing high uranium concentration dispersion fuel elements

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    IPEN-CNEN/SP developed the technology to produce the dispersion type fuel elements for research reactors and made it available for routine production. Today, the fuel produced in IPEN-CNEN/SP is limited to the uranium concentration of 3.0 gU/cm3 for U3Si2-Al dispersion-based and 2.3 gU/cm3 for U3O8-Al dispersion. The increase of uranium concentration in fuel plates enables the reactivity of the reactor core reactivity to be higher and extends the fuel life. Concerning technology, it is possible to increase the uranium concentration in the fuel meat up to the limit of 4.8 gU/cm3 in U3Si2-Al dispersion and 3.2 gU/cm3 U3O8-Al dispersion. These dispersions are well qualified worldwide. This work aims to develop the manufacturing process of both fuel meats with high uranium concentrations, by redefining the manufacturing procedures currently adopted in the Nuclear Fuel Center of IPEN-CNEN/SP. Based on the results, it was concluded that to achieve the desired concentration, it is necessary to make some changes in the established procedures, such as in the particle size of the fuel powder and in the feeding process inside the matrix, before briquette pressing. These studies have also shown that the fuel plates, with a high concentration of U3Si2-Al, met the used specifications. On the other hand, the appearance of the microstructure obtained from U3O8-Al dispersion fuel plates with 3.2 gU/cm3 showed to be unsatisfactory, due to the considerably significant porosity observed. The developed fabrication procedure was applied to U3Si2 production at 4.8 gU/cm3, with enriched uranium. The produced plates were used to assemble the fuel element IEA-228, which was irradiated in order to check its performance in the IEA-R1 reactor at IPEN-CNEN/SP. These new fuels have potential to be used in the new Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor - RMB. (author)

  1. Leaching of actinide elements from simulated fuel debris into seawater

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    For the prediction of the leaching behavior of actinide elements contained in the fuel debris that has arisen from the severe accident in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS), a simulated fuel debris consisting of UO2 - ZrO2 solid solution doped with 137Cs, 237Np, 236Pu and 241Am tracers was synthesized, and agitated leaching tests were conducted for the simulated fuel debris in seawater. The synthesized simulated fuel debris was immersed and shaken in natural seawater collected at a coast 11 km away from Fukushima Daiichi NPS. The brief leaching test conditions were T = 25°C and solid-liquid ratio = 4 g/l, and the test duration was up to 31 days. The ratio of tracers leached into seawater from the simulated fuel debris by the agitated leaching test for 4 days was evaluated to be 0.09% for U, 0.01% for Np, 0.01% for Pu, 0.01% for Am and 35.39% for Cs by the α or γ spectrometry of the soluble fraction. The leaching of actinides from the real fuel debris in reactor units 1 - 3 in Fukushima Daiichi NPS is expected to be suppressed in comparison with that from normal light water reactor spent fuel. (author)

  2. Fuel-element inspection stand in the cooling pond of an atomic power plant

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    A fuel-element inspection stand has been built in the cooling pool of the second power unit at the Ignalina Atomic Power Plant for the purpose of monitoring fuel elements unloaded from the reactor and for performing research involving the acquisition and analysis of statistically significant information concerning the reliability and efficiency of fuel elements and fuel bundles. The uses and specifications of the fuel-element inspection stand are given in this paper. 1 ref., 4 figs

  3. HTGR spent fuel element decay heat and source term analysis

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    Sund, R.E.; Strong, D.E.; Engholm, B.A.

    1977-02-01

    Decay heat, gamma dose rates, and neutron source strengths were determined for spent fuel elements from a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR). The calculations were based on curie values reported in General Atomic Report GA-A13886 for the earlier commercial version of a 3000-MW(t) HTGR utilizing the thorium-uranium four-year fuel cycle. The reactor core was designed for an average thermal power density of 8.5 watts per cm/sup 3/ and a carbon-to-thorium atom ratio which varies between 210:1 and 240:1. Calculations of decay heat, gamma dose rates, and neutron source strengths were made for spent fuel elements from the initial core and from representative nonrecycle and recycle reloads. The study was performed for decay times from 180 days to 10 years. Tables of the isotopic results are given for both the fertile and fissile particles in the fuel elements. In addition, ordered tables of the important isotopic contributors are presented. Graphical presentations of the results are shown and discussed; in addition, comparisons are made with previous determinations.

  4. MAW and HTR fuel element test disposal in boreholes

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    The Kernforschungsanlage Juelich, KFA, (Nuclear Research Center Juelich) has been handling a project since 1983 on 'Further Development of the Borehole Technology for the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes in Salt, with the Examples of Dissolver Sludge, Fuel Element Claddings, Fuel Hardware und HTR Fuel Elements'. The project is sponsored by the Bundesminister fuer Forschung und Technologie, BMFT, (Federal Ministry of Research and Technology) under the identification number KWA 5302 3 and bears the short title 'MAW and HTR Fuel Element Test Disposal in Boreholes'. The major objective of the project is to develop a technique for the disposal of the above mentioned wastes in unlined boreholes in salt and to test this technique in the Asse salt mine. The Institut fuer Chemische Technologie der Nuklearen Entsorgung, ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology) at the KFA is responsible for the scientific and organizational management of the project. The Institut fuer Tieflagerung, IfT, (Institute for Underground Disposal) of the Gesellschaft fuer Strahlen- und Umweltforschung mbH, GSF, (Society for Radiological and Environmental Research) is responsible for the geomechanical and mining activities in the project. It supervises the in-situ experiments, and as the owner of the Asse salt mine, it submits applications for the experiments to the licensing authorities. Geomechanical calculations are being carried out by the Bundesanstalt fuer Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, BGR, (Federal Institute for Geological Sciences and Natural Resources). (orig./RB)

  5. Fuel Element Mechanical Design for CAREM-25 Reactor

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    The Fuel Element mechanical design and spider-control reactivity and security rods assembly for the CAREM-25 reactor is introduced. The CAREM-25 Fuel Element has a hexagonal cross section with 127 positions, in a triangular arrangement.There are 108 positions for the fuel rods while the guide tubes and instrumentation tube occupy the 19 remaining positions.From the structural point of view, the fuel element is being composed by a framework formed by the guides and instrumentation tubes, 4 spacer grids and the upper and lower coupling pieces.The spider is a plane piece, with a central body and six radial branches in T form, which has holes where the absorber rods are fitted.The central body ends in a joint in the upper side, which allows connect the assembly whit the reactor control mechanisms.The absorber rods are made of a neutron absorber material (Ag-In-Cd) hermetically closed in a stainless steel cladding. In this work are determined, in addition to the basic design, the operational conditions, the functional requirements to be satisfied and in agreement with those, the adopted criteria and limits to avoid systematics failure during normal operation conditions. The proposed program for the verification and evaluation of design is detailed.To consolidate the design, a prototype was manufactures, based on drawings and specifications needed for its construction

  6. HTGR spent fuel element decay heat and source term analysis

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    Decay heat, gamma dose rates, and neutron source strengths were determined for spent fuel elements from a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR). The calculations were based on curie values reported in General Atomic Report GA-A13886 for the earlier commercial version of a 3000-MW(t) HTGR utilizing the thorium-uranium four-year fuel cycle. The reactor core was designed for an average thermal power density of 8.5 watts per cm3 and a carbon-to-thorium atom ratio which varies between 210:1 and 240:1. Calculations of decay heat, gamma dose rates, and neutron source strengths were made for spent fuel elements from the initial core and from representative nonrecycle and recycle reloads. The study was performed for decay times from 180 days to 10 years. Tables of the isotopic results are given for both the fertile and fissile particles in the fuel elements. In addition, ordered tables of the important isotopic contributors are presented. Graphical presentations of the results are shown and discussed; in addition, comparisons are made with previous determinations

  7. The behaviour of spherical HTR fuel elements under accident conditions

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    Hypothetical accidents may lead to significantly higher temperatures in HTR fuel than during normal operation. In order to obtain meaningful statements on fission product behaviour and release, irradiated spherical fuel elements containing a large number of coated particles (20,000-40,000) with burnups between 6 and 16% FIMA were heated at temperatures between 1400 and 2500 deg. C. HTI-pyrocarbon coating retains the gaseous fission products (e.g. Kr) very well up to about 2400 deg. C if the burnup does not exceed the specified value for THTR (11.5%). Cs diffuses through the pyrocarbon significantly faster than Kr and the diffusion is enhanced at higher fuel burnups because of irradiation induced kernel microstructure changes. Below about 1800 deg. C the Cs release rate is controlled by diffusion in the fuel kernel; above this temperature the diffusion in the pyrocarbon coating is the controlling parameter. An additional SiC coating interlayer (TRISO) ensures Cs retention up to 1600 deg. C. However, the release obtained in the examined fuel elements was only by a factor of three lower than through the HTI pyrocarbon. Solid fission products added to UO2-TRISO particles to simulate high burnup behave in various ways and migrate to attack the SiC coating. Pd migrates fastest and changes the SiC microstructure making it permeable

  8. Radial heat conduction in a power reactor fuel element

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    Two radial conduction models, one for steady state and another for unsteady state, in a nuclear power reactor fuel element are developed. The objective is to obtain the temperatures in the fuel pellet and the cladding. The lumped-parameter hypothesis are adopted to represent the system. Both models are verified and their results are compared with similar ones. A method to calculate the conductance in the gap between the UO2 pellet and the clad and its associated uncertainty is included in the steady state model. (author)

  9. Compaction of spent fuel elements from light water reactors

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    To reduce the expenditures required for shipping and interim storage of spent fuel elements, a compaction technique has been designed which can be applied to pressurized water and boiling water reactor fuels. The highly mechanized and automated procedure achieves high throughputs while requiring little manpower. For the waste management pathway with reprocessing this means considerable savings in the costs for shipping and interim storage over the life of a plant. There are other cost advantages, which are not the subject of this article. (orig.)

  10. Fine lattice stochastic modeling of particle fuels in HTGR fuel elements

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    There is growing interest worldwide in high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) as candidates for next generation reactor systems. Either in a pebble type or in a prismatic type HTGR, coated particle fuel (TRISO fuel) appears to be the most promising fuel candidate to be used. For design and analysis of such a reactor, transport models, in particular, stochastic models that permit the simulation of neutron transport through the stochastic mixture of fuel and moderator materials, are becoming essential and gaining importance. Naturally, the Monte Carlo methods have been used for this situation. However, the methods reported in the literature all have their own deficiencies. In this thesis, we propose a new Monte Carlo method named fine lattice stochastic (FLS) modeling that is distinct from others. This method is based on fine lattice system in which a lattice circumscribes a fuel particle. Once the problem is given, an interface Fortran code gives out the TRISO particle fuel configurations (a set of lattice center points only) for MCNP input. The number of available lattice center points is far larger than the number of fuel particles according to packing fraction of the fuel element. We apply discrete random sampling here to choose a certain number of lattices to fill with fuel particles. In this aspect, FLS modeling allows more realistic fuel particle distributions. In this thesis, only simple cube (SC) structure is used in cubic lattice. However, FLS model can be easily extended to BCC, FCC structures or hexagonal prism type lattice. The criticality calculations for our FLS modeling were first tested on a small cube problem and compared with other models. The results indicate that the new stochastic model is an accurate and efficient approach to analyze TRISO particle fuel configurations. Then the FLS modeling was performed to analyze HTGR fuel elements for both pebble type and prismatic type and the results were also good as expected

  11. Parametric study of thermo-mechanical behaviour of 19-element PHWR fuel bundle having AHWR fuel material

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    AHWR Th-LEU of 4.3 weight % 235U enrichment is a fuel design option for its trial irradiation in Indian PHWRs. The important component of this option is the large enhancement in the average discharge burn-up from the core. A parametric study of the 19-element fuel bundle, with natural uranium currently is being used in all operating 220 MWe PHWRs, has been carried out for AHWR Th-LEU fuel material by computer code FUDA MOD2. The important fuel parameters such as fuel temperature, fission gas release, fuel swelling and sheath strain have been analyzed for required fuel performance. With Th-LEU, average discharge burnups of about 25,000 MW-d/TeHE can be achieved. The FUDA code (Fuel Design Analysis code) MOD2 version has been used in the fuel element analysis. The code takes into account the inter-dependence of different parameters like fuel pellet temperatures, pellet expansions, fuel-sheath gap heat transfer, sheath strain and stresses, fission gas release and gas pressures, fuel densification etc. Thermo-mechanical analysis of fuel element having AHWR material is carried out for the bundle power histories reaching up to design burn-up 40000 MWd/TeHE. The resultant parameters such as fuel temperature, sheath plastic strain and fission gas pressure for AHWR fuel element were compared with respective thermo-mechanical parameters for similar fuel bundle element with natural uranium as fuel material. (author)

  12. Three Dimensional Finite Element Modelling of a CANDU Fuel Pin Using the ANSYS Finite Element Package

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    The ANSYS finite element modelling package has been used to construct a three-dimensional, thermomechanical model of a CANDU fuel pin. The model includes individual UO2 pellets with end dishes and chamfers, and a Zircaloy-4 fuel cladding with end caps. Twenty node brick elements are used with both mechanical and thermal degrees of freedom, allowing for a full coupling between the thermal and mechanical solutions under both steady state and transient conditions. Each fuel pellet is modelled as a separate entity that interacts both thermally and mechanically with the cladding and other pellets via contact elements. The heat transfer between the pellets and cladding is dependent on both the interface pressure and temperature, and all material properties of both the pellets and the sheath are temperature dependant. Spatially and temporally varying boundary conditions for heat generation and convective cooling can be readily applied to the model. The model naturally exhibits phenomena such as pellet hour glassing and ridging of the cladding at the Pellet to pellet interfaces, allowing for the prediction of localized sheath stresses. The model also allows for the prediction of fuel pin bowing due to asymmetric thermal loads and fuel pin sagging due to overheating of the cladding, which may occur under accident conditions. (author)

  13. EPRI BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines Revision

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    BWRVIP-190: BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines – 2008 Revision has been revised. The revision committee consisted of U.S. and non-U.S. utilities (members of the BWR Vessel and Internals Protection (BWRVIP) Mitigation Committee), reactor system manufacturers, fuel suppliers, and EPRI and industry experts. The revised document, BWRVIP-190 Revision 1, was completely reformatted into two volumes, with a simplified presentation of water chemistry control, diagnostic and good practice parameters in Volume 1 and the technical bases in Volume 2, to facilitate use. The revision was developed in parallel and in coordination with preparation of the Fuel Reliability Guidelines Revision 1: BWR Fuel Cladding Crud and Corrosion. Guidance is included for plants operating under normal water chemistry (NWC), moderate hydrogen water chemistry (HWC-M), and noble metal application (GE-Hitachi NobleChem™) plus hydrogen injection. Volume 1 includes significant changes to BWR feedwater and reactor water chemistry control parameters to provide increased assurance of intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) mitigation of reactor materials and fuel reliability during all plant conditions, including cold shutdown (≤200°F (93°C)), startup/hot standby (>200°F (93°C) and ≤ 10%) and power operation (>10% power). Action Level values for chloride and sulfate have been tightened to minimize environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) of all wetted surfaces, including those not protected by hydrogen injection, with or without noble metals. Chemistry control guidance has been enhanced to minimize shutdown radiation fields by clarifying targets for depleted zinc oxide (DZO) injection while meeting requirements for fuel reliability. Improved tabular presentations of parameter values explicitly indicate levels at which actions are to be taken and required sampling frequencies. Volume 2 provides the technical bases for BWR water chemistry control for control of EAC, flow accelerated corrosion

  14. Block fuel element for gas-cooled high temperature reactors

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    The invention concerns a block fuel element consisting of only one carbon matrix which is almost isotropic of high crystallinity into which the coated particles are incorporated by a pressing process. This block element is produced under isostatic pressure from graphite matrix powder and coated particles in a rubber die and is subsequently subjected to heat treatment. The main component of the graphite matrix powder consists of natural graphite powder to which artificial graphite powder and a small amount of a phenol resin binding agent are added

  15. Burnup determination of power reactor fuel elements by gamma spectrometry

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    This report describes a method for determining by γ spectrometry the burn up and the specific power of fuel elements irradiated in power reactors. The energy spectrum of γ rays emitted by fission products is measured by means of a simple equipment using a sodium iodide detector and a multichannel analyzer. In order to extract from the spectrum a quantity proportional to the burn up, it is necessary to: - isolate an activity specific of one emitter,- give the same importance to fissions in uranium and plutonium - take into account the radioactive decay during and after irradiation. One hundred fuel elements were studied and burn up values obtained by γ spectrometry are compared to results given by chemical analyses. Preliminary measurements show that the accuracy of the results is greatly increased by the use of a germanium detector, due to its good resolution. (authors)

  16. Decommissioning of the HOBEG fuel element fabrication plant in Hanau

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    The HOBEG fuel element fabrication plant was operated to manufacture graphite fuel elements for the thorium/high-temperature reactor in Hamm/Westf., Germany. The site comprises a 6000-m2 fenced area, an office/laboratory unit, and the production unit. In 1989, Nukem applied for a license to shut down the HOBEG fabrication plant in compliance with German atomic law (ATG article 7.3) and the radiation protection code with the goal of using the site and buildings for any other nonradioactive purpose. Approval for decommissioning was received in April 1995. Meanwhile, the existing equipment is being dismantled on the basis of single planning permissions and release for further use, for remelting, or for intermediate storage

  17. Advanced nuclear fuel cycle. Optimization by recycling instructive elements

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    Rare-metals and rare-earths produced by fission reaction of uranium 235 in nuclear reactors and consequently contained in spent fuels are considered as potential resources for strategic material in many fields of recent industry. The report consists of several contributed papers concerning with possible utility of such fission products as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, technetium, and neodymium, and with their recovery and separation from spent fuels as well as possible utilization of actinides and long-lived radioactive elements as radiation sources. To conclude, the present report proposes a new national strategy study to reorient the present scheme of reprocessing of spent fuels and radioactive waste disposal from a new perspective. (S. Ohno)

  18. Recent operating experience with 28 element fuel at Pickering NGS

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    A review of 28-element fuel operating experience at Pickering NGS is presented. The following topics are discussed: 1. Recent experience with in-core defects and 131I releases; 2. Operating strategies to minimize defect potential or to mitigate 131I releases to the primary heat transport system; 3. Impact of reduced regulatory limits as well as higher corporate expectations on operating strategies. 3 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

  19. Electoral structure of building foundations in nuclear fuel element plant

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    Plant structures of nuclear fuel elements have a substantial burden. This requires analysis of the selection of the proper foundation for building support for a variety of different soil conditions found in two locations, first at a location near the nuclear power plant in Jepara and the second location BATAN Serpong area. Expected to know the location of soil conditions, we can determined the type of foundation that will be used based on the criteria requirements of the building. (author)

  20. Hydraulic Design Criteria for Spacer Grids of Nuclear Fuel Element

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    In this paper a hydraulic model for calculating the pressure drop on the CARA spacer grids is extended.This model is validated and feedback from experimental hydraulic test performed in a low pressure loop.The importance of the spacer grid geometric parameter (that is, its thickness and length, the number and kind of their fix spacer), developing hydraulic design criteria for spacer grid on fuel element

  1. Improving the useful life of a 37-element fuel bundle

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    Preliminary results indicate that CANDU burnup using 37-element fuel bundle with a slight enrichment can improve the useful life in the core. A slight enrichment in this study is increasing U-235 from 0.72 to 0.9 mass percent. A parametric study on criticality using Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s WIMSAECL 3.1 and the Monte Carlo code, MCNP 5, developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, is presented in this paper. (author)

  2. METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXAMINING FUEL ELEMENTS FOR LEAKAGE

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    Smith, R.R.; Echo, M.W.; Doe, C.B.

    1963-12-31

    A process and a device for the continuous monitoring of fuel elements while in use in a liquid-metal-cooled, argonblanketed nuclear reactor are presented. A fraction of the argon gas is withdrawn, contacted with a negative electrical charge for attraction of any alkali metal formed from argon by neutron reaction, and recycled into the reactor. The electrical charge is introduced into water, and the water is examined for radioactive alkali metals. (AEC)

  3. Dry storage of spent fuel elements: interim facility

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    Apart from the existing facilities to storage nuclear fuel elements at Argentina's nuclear power stations, a new interim storage facility has been planned and projected by the Argentinean Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) that will be constructed by private group. This article presents the developments and describes the activities undertaken until the national policy approach to the final decision for the most suitable alternative to be adopted. (B.C.A.). 09 refs, 01 fig, 09 tabs

  4. Design verification testing for fuel element type CAREM

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    The hydraulic and hydrodynamic characterization tests are part of the design verification process of a nuclear fuel element prototype and its components. These tests are performed in a low pressure and temperature facility. The tests requires the definition of the simulation parameters for setting the test conditions, the results evaluation to feedback mathematical models, extrapolated the results to reactor conditions and finally to decide the acceptability of the tested prototype. (author)

  5. Dry store for spent fuel elements from nuclear reactors

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    In the dry store for spent fuel elements from nuclear reactors which are enclosed in storage tubes and cooled with air, the storage tubes being arranged in shafts of a storage building, a loading device is provided underneath the shafts and in a cooling air shaft designed for transporting. The loading device therefore requires only a small lifting height and the chances of storage tubes falling from great heights are excluded. This invention is applicable in particular for intermediate stores. (orig./RW)

  6. CARA CVN: inherently safe fuel element for PHWR power plants

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    This paper presents design alternatives of the CARA fuel element with negative void reactivity coefficient (CVN) enhancing the PHWR safety for L-LOCA sequences. This design enhances the safety and the operation performance in Atucha and Embalse without changes in the operation conditions. This new design balances wide performance margins of CARA SEU 0.9% previous design, with new intrinsic safety requirements without economic penalties. (author)

  7. Fuel element bundle shears with dust extraction when cutting

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    To prevent deposits of dust when cutting in this very inaccessible area of the fuel element bundle shears, a grating is fitted, which is connected via extraction devices (a collecting funnel and extraction duct) to the downward shaft carrying flushing air for the pipe pieces cut off. The measures taken make it possible to remove dust during cutting by the joint action of flushing air and gravity. (orig./HP)

  8. Transport wagon for a fuel element transport container

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    The transport containers are moved in the disposal plant with transport wagons on rails. The wagon consists of shielding walls, that surround the container for spent fuel elements of LWR at certain distances. The side walls can be moved as sliding doors. One of the end walls in connected with the driver cabine that contains the control equipment for the wagon. Through lead windows the inside space of the wagon can be observed from the cabine. (DG)

  9. Convective parameters in fuel elements for research nuclear reactors

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    The study of a prototype for the simulation of fuel elements for research nuclear reactors by natural convection in water is presented in this paper. This project is carry out in the thermofluids laboratory of National Institute of Nuclear Research. The fuel prototype has already been test for natural convection in air, and the first results in water are presented in this work. In chapter I, a general description of Triga Mark III is made, paying special atention to fuel-moderator components. In chapter II and III an approach to convection subject in its global aspects is made, since the intention is to give a general idea of the events occuring around fuel elements in a nuclear reactor. In chapter II, where an emphasis on forced convection is made, some basic concepts for forced convection as well as for natural convection are included. The subject of flow through cylinders is annotated only as a comparative reference with natural convection in vertical cylinders, noting the difference between used correlations and the involved variables. In chapter III a compilation of correlation found in the bibliography about natural convection in vertical cylinders is presented, since its geometry is the more suitable in the analysis of a fuel rod. Finally, in chapter IV performed experiments in the test bench are detailed, and the results are presented in form of tables and graphs, showing the used equations for the calculations and the restrictions used in each case. For the analysis of the prototypes used in the test bench, a constant and uniform flow of heat in the whole length of the fuel rod is considered. At the end of this chapter, the work conclusions and a brief explanation of the results are presented (Author)

  10. Selection of Isotopes and Elements for Fuel Cycle Analysis

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    Steven J. Piet

    2009-04-01

    Fuel cycle system analysis simulations examine how the selection among fuel cycle options for reactors, fuel, separation, and waste management impact uranium ore utilization, waste masses and volumes, radiotoxicity, heat to geologic repositories, isotope-dependent proliferation resistance measures, and so forth. Previously, such simulations have tended to track only a few actinide and fission product isotopes, those that have been identified as important to a few criteria from the standpoint of recycled material or waste, taken as a whole. After accounting for such isotopes, the residual mass is often characterized as “fission product other” or “actinide other”. However, detailed assessment of separation and waste management options now require identification of key isotopes and residual mass for Group 1A/2A elements (Rb, Cs, Sr, Ba), inert gases (Kr, Xe), halogens (Br, I), lanthanides, transition metals, transuranic (TRU), uranium, actinide decay products. The paper explains the rationale for a list of 81 isotopes and chemical elements to better support separation and waste management assessment in dynamic system analysis models such as Verifiable Fuel Cycle Simulation (VISION)

  11. On-site interim stores for spent fuel elements

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    Since June 14 this year, the subject of a nuclear power consensus has been mentioned in the headlines less frequently than in past years. On that day, the government and operators of power plants agreed in Berlin on residual amounts of electricity to be produced and on management of the spent fuel elements of the nineteen German nuclear power plants. One sub-item under the heading of waste management, which continues to arouse debates not only at nuclear power plant sites despite the consensus reached, and which may become vitally important to the operation of plants, will be covered in more detail below: the construction of so-called decentralized interim stores. When present contracts with French and British firms on nuclear fuel reprocessing have been fulfilled and reprocessing has been phased out, these interim stores are to minimize the number of transports within Germany, a notorious source of general unrest, and are supposed to accommodate the spent fuel elements until a suitable repository will have been built where they can then be stored permanently. The whole development of a management concept for spent nuclear fuel in the Federal Republic of Germany, and the requirements to be met by decentralized interim stores, are explained in the article. The resultant standardized concept of dry interim cask storage is outlined in the light of its legal and technical criteria. Finally, the site-dependent variants of this concept are presented, and the status and the special features of the ongoing licensing procedures are explained. (orig.)

  12. Fabrication procedures for manufacturing High Flux Isotope Reactor fuel elements - 2

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    Knight, R.W.; Morin, R.A.

    1999-12-01

    The original fabrication procedures written in 1968 delineated the manufacturing procedures at that time. Since 1968, there have been a number of procedural changes. This rewrite of the fabrication procedures incorporates these changes. The entire fuel core of this reactor is made up of two fuel elements. Each element consists of one annular array of fuel plates. These annuli are identified as the inner and outer fuel elements, since one fits inside the other. The inner element consists of 171 identical fuel plates, and the outer element contains 369 identical fuel plates differing slightly from those in the inner element. Both sets of fuel plates contain U{sub 3}O{sub 8} powder as the fuel, dispersed in an aluminum powder matrix and clad with aluminum. Procedures for manufacturing and inspection of the fuel elements are described and illustrated.

  13. Fabrication procedures for manufacturing High Flux Isotope Reactor fuel elements - 2

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    The original fabrication procedures written in 1968 delineated the manufacturing procedures at that time. Since 1968, there have been a number of procedural changes. This rewrite of the fabrication procedures incorporates these changes. The entire fuel core of this reactor is made up of two fuel elements. Each element consists of one annular array of fuel plates. These annuli are identified as the inner and outer fuel elements, since one fits inside the other. The inner element consists of 171 identical fuel plates, and the outer element contains 369 identical fuel plates differing slightly from those in the inner element. Both sets of fuel plates contain U3O8 powder as the fuel, dispersed in an aluminum powder matrix and clad with aluminum. Procedures for manufacturing and inspection of the fuel elements are described and illustrated

  14. The future of spent TRIGA fuel elements from European TRIGA reactor stations

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    The paper gives a summary of the information collected and presented to the General Atomics about TRIGA fuel elements available at European TRIGA stations under the initiative to solve the problem of the future of spent TRIGA fuel elements

  15. The element technology of clean fuel alcohol plant construction

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    Lee, D.S; Lee, D.S. [Sam-Sung Engineering Technical Institute (Korea, Republic of); Choi, C.Y [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    1996-02-01

    The fuel alcohol has been highlighted as a clean energy among new renewable energy sources. However, the production of the fuel alcohol has following problems; (i)bulk distillate remains is generated and (ii) benzene to be used as a entertainer in the azeotropic distillation causes the environmental problem. Thus, we started this research on the ground of preserving the cleanness in the production of fuel alcohol, a clean energy. We examined the schemes of replacing the azotropic distillation column which causes the problems with MSDP(Molecular Sieve Dehydration Process) system using adsorption technology and of treating the bulk distillate remains to be generated as by-products. In addition, we need to develop the continuous yea station technology for the continuous operation of fuel alcohol plant as a side goal. Thus, we try to develop a continuous ethanol fermentation process by high-density cell culture from tapioca, a industrial substrate, using cohesive yeast. For this purpose, we intend to examine the problem of tapioca, a industrial substrate, where a solid is existed and develop a new process which can solve the problem. Ultimately, the object of this project is to develop each element technology for the construction of fuel alcohol plant and obtain the ability to design the whole plant. (author) 54 refs., 143 figs., 34 tabs.

  16. Fabrication of spherical fuel element for 10 MW high temperature gas-cooled reactor

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    Cold quasi-isostatic molding with a silicon rubber die was used for manufacturing the spherical fuel elements of 10 MW high temperature gas-cooled reactor. 44 batches of fuel elements, about 20540 of the fuel elements, were produced. The cold properties of the graphite matrix materials satisfies the design specifications. The mean free uranium fraction in spherical fuel element from 44 batches is 4.57 x 10-5, certified products is 99%

  17. Improvements in the fabrication of HTR fuel elements

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    Braehler, Georg, E-mail: georg.braehler@nukemtechnologies.de [NUKEM Technologies GmbH, Industriestrasse 13, 63755 Alzenau (Germany); Hartung, Markus [NUKEM Technologies GmbH, Industriestrasse 13, 63755 Alzenau (Germany); Fachinger, Johannes; Grosse, Karl-Heinz [FNAG Furnaces Nuclear Applications Grenoble S.A.S., Wilhelm-Rohn Strasse 35, 63450 Hanau (Germany); Seemann, Richard [ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, Wilhelm-Rohn Strasse 35, 63450 Hanau (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    The application of High Temperature Reactor (HTR) Technology in the course of the continuously increasing world wide demand on energy is taken more and more under serious consideration in the power supply strategy of various countries. Especially for the emerging nations the HTR Technology has become of special interest because of its inherent safety feature and due to the alternative possibilities of applications, e.g. in the production of liquid hydrocarbons or the alternative application in H{sub 2} generation. The HTR fuel in its various forms (spheres or prismatic fuel blocks) is based on small fuel kernels of about 500 {mu}m in diameter. Each of these uranium oxide or carbide kernels are coated with several layers of pyrocarbon (PyC) as well as an additional silicon carbide (SiC) layer. While the inner pyrocarbon layer is porous and capable to absorb gaseous fission products, the dense outer PyC layer forms the barrier against fission product release. The SiC layer improves the mechanical strengths of this barrier and considerably increases the retention capacity for solid fission products that tent to diffuse at these temperatures. Especially the high quality German LEU TRISO spherical fuel based on the NUKEM design, has demonstrated the best fission product release rate, particular at high temperatures. The {approx}10% enriched uranium triple-coated particles are embedded in a moulded graphite sphere. A fuel sphere consists of approximately 9 g of uranium (some 15,000 particles) and has a diameter of 60 mm. As the unique safety features, especially the inherent safety of the HTR is based on the fuel design, this paper shall reflect the complexity but also developments and economical aspects of the fabrication processes for HTR fuel elements.

  18. Testing experimental fuel elements of the BN-600 fuel element type up to various depth of burn up in the BOR-60 reactor

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    Results of the investigation of experimental fuel elements are presented. The authors discuss fuel element construction, basic testing parameters, results of measuring gas release from fuel, deformation of cladding and swelling of steel, and also data on material investigations of macro- an micro-structures of fuel and cladding with an analysis of the degree and character of their physico-chemical interaction with fission fragments

  19. 44-BWR WASTE PACKAGE LOADING CURVE EVALUATION

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    The objective of this calculation is to evaluate the required minimum burnup as a function of initial boiling water reactor (BWR) assembly enrichment that would permit loading of spent nuclear fuel into the 44 BWR waste package configuration as provided in Attachment IV. This calculation is an application of the methodology presented in ''Disposal Criticality Analysis Methodology Topical Report'' (YMP 2003). The scope of this calculation covers a range of enrichments from 0 through 5.0 weight percent (wt%) U-235, and a burnup range of 0 through 40 GWd/MTU. This activity supports the validation of the use of burnup credit for commercial spent nuclear fuel applications. The intended use of these results will be in establishing BWR waste package configuration loading specifications. Limitations of this evaluation are as follows: (1) The results are based on burnup credit for actinides and selected fission products as proposed in YMP (2003, Table 3-1) and referred to as the ''Principal Isotopes''. Any change to the isotope listing will have a direct impact on the results of this report. (2) The results of 100 percent of the current BWR projected waste stream being able to be disposed of in the 44-BWR waste package with Ni-Gd Alloy absorber plates is contingent upon the referenced waste stream being sufficiently similar to the waste stream received for disposal. (3) The results are based on 1.5 wt% Gd in the Ni-Gd Alloy material and having no tuff inside the waste package. If the Gd loading is reduced or a process to introduce tuff inside the waste package is defined, then this report would need to be reevaluated based on the alternative materials

  20. Sipping Test: Checking for Failure of Fuel Elements at the OPAL Reactor

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    Sipping measurements were implemented at the Open Pool Australian Light water reactor (OPAL) to test for failure in reactor fuel elements. Fission product released by the fuel element into the pool water was measured using both High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detection via samples and a NaI(Tl) detection in-situ with the sipping device. Results from two fuel elements are presented

  1. A comparison between genetic algorithms and neural networks for optimizing fuel recharges in BWR; Una comparacion entre algoritmos geneticos y redes neuronales para optimizar recargas de combustible en BWR's

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    Ortiz J, J. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Depto. Sistemas Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Requena, I. [Universidad de Granada (Spain)

    2002-07-01

    In this work the results of a genetic algorithm (AG) and a neural recurrent multi state network (RNRME) for optimizing the fuel reload of 5 cycles of the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant (CNLV) are presented. The fuel reload obtained by both methods are compared and it was observed that the RNRME creates better fuel distributions that the AG. Moreover a comparison of the utility for using one or another one techniques is make. (Author)

  2. Advances in BWR water chemistry

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    This paper reviews recent advances in Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) water chemistry control with examples of plant experiences at U.S. designed BWRs. Water chemistry advances provide some of the most effective methods for mitigating materials degradation, reducing fuel performance concerns and lowering radiation fields. Mitigation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of materials remains a high priority and improved techniques that have been demonstrated in BWRs will be reviewed, specifically hydrogen injection combined with noble metal chemical addition (NMCA) and the newer on-line noble metal application process (OLNC). Hydrogen injection performance, an important part of SCC mitigation, will also be reviewed for the BWR fleet, highlighting system improvements that have enabled earlier injection of hydrogen including the potential for hydrogen injection during plant startup. Water chemistry has been significantly improved by the application of pre-filtration and optimized use of ion exchange resins in the CP (condensate polishing) and reactor water cleanup (RWCU) systems. EPRI has monitored and supported water treatment improvements to meet water chemistry goals as outlined in the EPRI BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines, particularly those for SCC mitigation of reactor internals and piping, minimization of fuel risk due to corrosion and crud deposits and chemistry control for radiation field reduction. In recent years, a significant reduction has occurred in feedwater corrosion product input, particularly iron. A large percentage of plants are now reporting <0.1 ppb feedwater iron. The impacts to plant operation and chemistry of lower feedwater iron will be explored. Depleted zinc addition is widely practiced across the fleet and the enhanced focus on radiation reduction continues to emphasize the importance of controlling radiation source term. In addition, shutdown chemistry control is necessary to avoid excessive release of activated corrosion products from fuel

  3. Fuel-to-cladding heat transfer coefficient into reactor fuel element

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    Models describing the fuel-to-cladding heat transfer coefficient in a reactor fuel element are reviewed critically. A new model is developed with contributions from solid, fluid and radiation heat transfer components. It provides a consistent description of the transition from an open gap to the contact case. Model parameters are easily available and highly independent of different combinations of material surfaces. There are no restrictions for fast transients. The model parameters are fitted to 388 data points under reactor conditions. For model verification another 274 data points of steel-steel and aluminium-aluminium interfaces, respectively, were used. The fluid component takes into account peak-to-peak surface roughnesses and, approximatively, also the wavelengths of surface roughnesses. For minor surface roughnesses normally prevailing in reactor fuel elements the model asymptotically yields Ross' and Stoute's model for the open gap, which is thus confirmed. Experimental contact data can be interpreted in very different ways. The new model differs greatly from Ross' and Stoute's contact term and results in better correlation coefficients. The numerical algorithm provides an adequate representation for calculating the fuel-to-cladding heat transfer coefficient in large fuel element structural analysis computer systems. (orig.)

  4. Design of the Fuel Element for the RRR Reactor (Australia)

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    The supply to the Replacement Research Reactor ( RRR ) to Australia represents a technological goal for our country, as much for the designers and manufacturers of this irradiation facility ( Invap SE ), as well for the responsibles of the fuel elements ( FE ) design and the suppliers of the first core ( CNEA ).In relation with the FE, although the conceptual design and fabrication technology of the FE are similar to the just developed and qualified by CNEA ( plane plates MTR fuel type ), the characteristics of this new reactor imposes most severe operation conditions on them than in previous supplies.In that sense, two distinguishing characteristics deserve to be shown: a) The magnitude of the hydrodynamics loads acting on the FE due to the coolant ascendent flow direction, and mainly, the very high flow velocities between the fuel plates ( aproximately five times higher than which presents in others Argentine FE actually in operation. b) The use of U3Si2 as fuel material.CNEA has started a programme to qualify this type of fuel.As result of these higher loads under irradiations and with the objective to maintain the high reliability level reached by our FE ( very low failure rates ), it was necessary to introduce FE mechanical-structural design modifications respect to the ECBE or standard design version, and to verify these changes through hydrodynamics tests on a 1:1 scale prototype.In this paper it is described the mechanical-structural FE design with special emphasis in the innovatives aspects incorporated.The design criteria established in function of the solicitations and limitating effects present under irradiation conditions.Also, a brief description of the proposed programme to verify and evaluate this design is presented, including analytical and numerical calculus of stresses acting on the fuel plates and others FE components, pressure loss hydrodynamics tests and endurance essays

  5. MAAP BWR application guidelines

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    The MAAP Thermal-Hydraulic Qualification and Application Project has as its objective to identify those thermal-hydraulic phenomena modeled in MAAP which are important in predicting severe accident sequences, to qualify those models and to provide guidelines for use of the code. This report provides user guidelines for use of the BWR version of MAAP. The report includes a discussion of the important features of the BWR that are modeled in MAAP, the MAAP modeling of phenomena important to predicting severe accidents and user guidelines for several accident sequences

  6. Behavior of mixed-oxide fuel elements during the TOPI-1E transient overpower test

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    A slow-ramp, extended overpower transient test was conducted on a group of nineteen preirradiated mixed-oxide fuel elements in EBR-II. During the transient two of the test elements with high-density fuel and tempered martensitic cladding (PNC-FMS) breached at an overpower of ∼75%. Fuel elements with austenitic claddings (D9, PNC316, and PNC150), many with aggressive design features and high burnups, survived the overpower transient and incurred little or no cladding strain. Fuel elements with annual fuel or heterogeneous fuel columns also behaved well

  7. Determination of heterogeneous medium parameters by single fuel element method

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    The neutron pulse propagation technique was employed to study an heterogeneous system consisting of a single fuel element placed at the symmetry axis of a large cylindrical D2O tank. The response of system for the pulse propagation technique is related to the inverse complex relaxation length of the neutron waves also known as the system dispersion law ρ (ω). Experimental values of ρ (ω) were compared with the ones derived from Fermi age - Diffusion theory. The main purpose of the experiment was to obtain the Feinberg-Galanin thermal constant (γ), which is the logaritmic derivative of the neutron flux at the fuel-moderator interface and a such a main input data for heterogeneous reactor theory calculations. The γ thermal constant was determined as the number giving the best agreement between the theoretical and experimental values of ρ (ω). The simultaneous determination of two among four parameters η,ρ,τ and Ls is possible through the intersection of dispersion laws of the pure moderator system and the fuel moderator system. The parameters τ and η were termined by this method. It was shown that the thermal constant γ and the product η ρ can be computed from the real and imaginary parts of the fuel-moderator dispersion law. The results for this evaluation scheme showns a not stable behavior of γ as a function of frequency, a result not foreseen by the theoretical model. (Author)

  8. Improvement of Reactor Fuel Element Heat Transfer by Surface Roughness

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    In heat exchangers with a limited surface temperature such as reactor fuel elements, rough heat transfer surfaces may give lower pumping power than smooth. To obtain data for choice of the most advantageous roughness for the superheater elements in the Marviken reactor, measurements were made of heat transfer and pressure drop in an annular channel with a smooth or rough test rod in a smooth adiabatic shroud. 24 different roughness geometries were tested. The results were transformed to rod cluster geometry by the method of W B Hall, and correlated by the friction and heat transfer similarity laws as suggested by D F Dipprey and R H Sabersky with RMS errors of 12.5 % in the friction factor and 8.1 % in the Stanton number. The relation between the Stanton number and the friction factor could be described by a relation of the type suggested by W Nunner, with a mean error of 3.1 % and an RMS error of 11.6 %. Application of the results to fuel element calculations is discussed, and the great gains in economy which can be obtained with rough surfaces are demonstrated by two examples

  9. Improvement of Reactor Fuel Element Heat Transfer by Surface Roughness

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    Kjellstroem, B.; Larsson, A.E.

    1967-04-15

    In heat exchangers with a limited surface temperature such as reactor fuel elements, rough heat transfer surfaces may give lower pumping power than smooth. To obtain data for choice of the most advantageous roughness for the superheater elements in the Marviken reactor, measurements were made of heat transfer and pressure drop in an annular channel with a smooth or rough test rod in a smooth adiabatic shroud. 24 different roughness geometries were tested. The results were transformed to rod cluster geometry by the method of W B Hall, and correlated by the friction and heat transfer similarity laws as suggested by D F Dipprey and R H Sabersky with RMS errors of 12.5 % in the friction factor and 8.1 % in the Stanton number. The relation between the Stanton number and the friction factor could be described by a relation of the type suggested by W Nunner, with a mean error of 3.1 % and an RMS error of 11.6 %. Application of the results to fuel element calculations is discussed, and the great gains in economy which can be obtained with rough surfaces are demonstrated by two examples.

  10. The properties of spherical fuel elements and its behavior in the modular HTR

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    The reference fuel element for all future HTR applications in the Federal Republic of Germany as developed by NUKEM/HOBEG in the framework of the 'High temperature Fuel-Cycle Project' had to be scrutinised for its compatibility with all the other design principles of the modular HTR, or possibly for restrictions forced upon reactor layout. This reference fuel element can be characterized by the following features: moulded spherical fuel element of 60 mm in diameter with fuel free shell of 5 mm thickness, based on carbon matrix; low enriched uranium (U/Pu fuel cycle); UO2 fuel kernels; TRISO coating (pyrocarbon and additional SiC layers)

  11. Use of fuel elements and fuel rod arrays of WWER-type with 20 % enriched cermet fuel for reactors of floating power plant KLT-40S

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    It was carried out numerical analysis of the physical characteristics of change from normal active zone to fuel elements and fuel rod arrays using fuel cycle of WWER-1000 type as well as at replacement of oxide fuel to cermet fuel (60%UO2+40% of silumin) with 20% enrichment. At that the main physical characteristics of active zone and reactor are kept - geometric sizes, power, coolant properties etc. It was given the main physical properties of fuel elements and fuel rod arrays of active zone with cermet fuel. Calculation of neutron physical characteristics was carried out. The reactor has internal self-protectability

  12. The modeling experience of fuel element units operation under MSC.MARC and MENTAT 2008R1

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    MSC Software is leading developer of CAE-software in the world, so behaviour of fuel elements modeling with MSC.MARC use is of great practical importance. Behaviour of fuel elements usually is modeled in the elastic-viscous-plastic statement with account on fuel swelling during irradiation. For container type fuel elements contact interaction between fuel pellets and cladding or other parts of fuel element in top and bottom plugs must be in account. Results of simulated behaviour of various type fuel elements - container type fuel elements for PWR and RBMK reactors, dispersion type fuel elements for research reactors are presented. (authors)

  13. The AVR high-temperature reactor - operating experience, storage and final disposal of spent fuel elements

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    The AVR is the first power plant with helium-cooled HTR to use spherical fuel elements. The experimental reactor was in successful operation for 21 years. In the first years of operation the main aim was the demonstration of the technical feasibility of high-temperature reactors. Special importance was attached to the testing and behavior of the fuel elements. The AVR was decommissioned in late 1988 and approve 170,000 spent fuel elements of various designs and compositions have been discharged. HTR fuel element reprocessing is not economically viable. Final disposal of the fuel elements is therefore envisaged after several years of intermediate storage. 3 refs., 1 tab

  14. Process and device for processing used fuel elements of water-cooled nuclear reactors

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    The fuel elements are transported dry in a transport container to an opening into a hot cell. A fuel element manipulator takes the fuel elements from the transport container and moves them to a handover shaft into a fuel element storage pond filled with water. The manipulator lowers the fuel element into a fixed cooling container, where it is first cooled, before it is finally deposited in the storage basin. The cooling container has special water cooling and is immersed in the water of the storage pond. (DG)

  15. Actual Status of CAREM-25 Fuel Element Development

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    In the frame of the CAREM Project, under Cnea s Reactor and Nuclear Plants Program, the Nuclear Fuel Thematic Area is one among others on which the project is organized. In this area, the primary objective to reach is to actualize the mechanical fuel element and reactivity control designs, taking in account the recents conceptual and engineering modifications introduced in the reactor, and ending with a consolidated conceptual and basic development.In order to reach these objectives, it is presented the way on which the area was organized, the participating working groups, the task required, the personnel involucrated, the grade of global development reached in the areas of engineering, developments, fabrication and essays of design verification, and the found difficulties, the tasks under ejecution, just finished and necessaries to fulfill completely the objectives. Finally, it is possible to say that due to the work realized, the conceptual design of both components is finished and the basic design is under development

  16. Surface coating Zr or Zr alloy nuclear fuel elements

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    A method is disclosed for preventing stress corrosion cracking or metal embrittlement of a zirconium or zirconium alloy container that is to be coated on the inside surface with a layer of a metal such as copper, a copper alloy, nickel, or iron and used for holding nuclear fuel material as a nuclear fuel element. The zirconium material is etched in an etchant solution, desmutted mechanically or ultrasonically, oxidized to form an oxide coating on the zirconium, cleaned in an aqueous alkaline cleaning solution, activated for electroless deposition of a metal layer and contacted with an electroless metal plating solution. This method provides a boundary layer of zirconium oxide between the zirconium container and the metal layer. (author)

  17. Analysis of the operational reliability of VVER-1000 fuel elements and bundles in a three-year fuel cycle

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    At the Novo-Voronezh Nuclear Power Plant, the fifth VVER-1000 unit, which was operated at nominal power from February 1980, completed nine fuel cycles in July 1990. The first unit of the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant has operated from April 1984; in October 1990 the sixth fuel loading was completed. To data these power units are operating in steady-state in three-year fuel cycles (from June 1986 and from September 1989, respectively). By the end of 1988, operational experience had been accumulated on 1407 fuel element bundles on the third to the sixth fuel loading at Kalinin and the fifth to the ninth at Novo-Voronezh, which are in the transient and steady-state regimes of a three-year cycle. Of the 561 fuel element bundles monitored for gamma radiation, 14 were designated as leaking, which was 2.5% of the total bundles or 0.008% of the total number of fuel elements. Thus, a high degree of reliability was attained with enriched fuel elements. Here the authors analyze the reliability of fuel element bundles in taking the VVER-1000s to a three-year fuel cycle, and also generalize and systematize information on the fundamental characteristics of a group of fuel element bundles in going to to steady-state conditions of the three-year fuel cycle

  18. The fuel element situation at the TRIGA mark II reactor Vienna

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    The fuel history, spent fuel storage situation and recent problems covering the period from 1962 until 1.6.2001 were reviewed. After almost 40 years of TRIGA MARK II reactor Vienna operation, it must be mentioned that the experience with TRIGA fuel elements was and is excellent. During this period only 9 fuel elements had to be permanently be removed from the core and 57 fuel elements from the initial start-up are still used in the core. A careful fuel management and a frequent fuel inspection is of most importance, fuel elements should be moved at least two-times a year from their core position to check free movement and a 180 deg. rotation of the fuel element is also recommended (nevyjel)

  19. Polarly anisotropic thermoelasticity of cylindrical and spherical fuel elements

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    This paper deals with the solution for principal thermally induced stress in log solid and hollow rods and balls, taking onto account not only surface pressure load and internal heat generation, but also non equal elastic parameters and thermal strain. Closed form solutions obtained for circumferentially reinforced bodies are complementary to recently published formulae for transversely isotropic thermoelasticity of cylinders and spheres. Numerical test is gi ven using typical data for the ceramic fuel of roll and ball shape elements for high temperature gas cooled nuclear reactors, but similar values develop in the pressurised light water reactors. (author)

  20. Charging machine for the transport of fuel elements

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    Charging machines for the transport of fuel elements for nuclear reactors have got a bridge body supported by two parallel rails via wheels. According to the invention the wheels are fixed to the bridge body by means of guide rods in such a way that at least relative movements in direction of the wheels and transversal to it are possible. Parallel to the guide rods springs and movement attenuators are force-locking by connected. Therefore a stabilizing effect with respect to the transversal forces occurring during earthquakes is achieved. (orig.)

  1. Storage system and method for spent fuel elements

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    The proposal concerns an additional protection against leakage of a FE-transport container for interim storage of spent fuel elements. The gastight container has a second cover placed at a short distance from the first cover. The intermediate hollow space can be connected with a measuring system which indicates if part of the trace gas (mostly helium) added as indicator has escaped from the container due to leakage. The description explains the method and the assembly of required lines and measuring points etc. (UWI)

  2. A sipping system for irradiated fuel elements diagnostic

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    This paper presents a wet-sipping system for quick diagnosis of irradiated fuel elements. Gamma detection is equated with respect to counting rate and system global efficiency. The theoretical results are verified by an experimental simulation employing NaI (Tl) and HPGe detectors in a I-131 activated water tank. The tank volume is parameterized for dimensioning to reach a minimum sensitivity of 600 Bq/l for gamma rays of 364 keV. It is found that the HPGe is the detector type which best suits the resolution requirement for a sipping system. (author)

  3. Graphitic matrix materials for spherical HTR fuel elements

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    The report comprises the graphical documentation of irradiation results on graphitic matrix materials for spherical HTR fuel elements. The plotted results are based on data analyses of the series of exposures in the High Flux Reactor Petten (HFR). The documentation includes information about the changes of - the dimensions - the dynamic modulus of elasticity - the coefficient of thermal expansion of the materials after irradiation with fast neutrons. The irradiation experiments and the data analyses are part of the matrix development and irradiation programme, whose objective, realization and results obtained are summarized. (orig./IHOE)

  4. Fuel elements assembling for the DON project exponential experience

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    It is described the fuel unit used in the DON exponential experience, the manufacturing installments and tools as well as the stages in the fabrication.These 74 elements contain each 19 cartridges loaded with synterized urania, uranium carbide and indium, gold, and manganese probes. They were arranged in calandria-like tubes and the process-tube. This last one containing a cooling liquid simulating the reactor organic. Besides being used in the DON reactor exponential experience they were used in critic essays by the substitution method in the French reactor AQUILON II. (Author) 6 refs

  5. Fuel cell design using a new heuristic method

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    In this paper a new method for the pre-design of a typical fuel cell with a structural array of 10 x 10 fuel elements for a BWR is presented. The method is based on principles of maximum dispersion and minimum peaks of local power within the array of fuel elements. The pre-design of the fuel cells is made by simulation in two dimensions (2-D) through the cells physics code CASMO-4. For this purpose of pre-design the search process is guided by an objective function which is a combination of the main neutronic parameters of the fuel cell. The results show that the method is a promising tool that could be used for the design of fuel cells for use in a nuclear plant BWR. (Author)

  6. Irradiation of MEU and LEU test fuel elements in DR 3

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    Irradiation of three MEU and three LEU fuel elements in the Danish reactor DR 3. Thermal and fast neutron flux density scans of the core have been made and the results, related to the U235-content of each fuel element, are compared with the values from HEU fuel elements. The test elements were taken to burn-up percentages of 50-60%. Reactivity values of the test elements at charge and at discharge have been measured and the values are compared with those of HEU fuel elements. (author)

  7. Design of an equilibrium nucleus of a BWR type reactor based in a Thorium-Uranium fuel; Diseno de un nucleo de equilibrio de un reactor tipo BWR basado en un combustible de Torio-Uranio

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    Francois, J.L.; Nunez C, A. [Laboratorio de Analisis en Ingenieria de Reactores Nucleares, Facultad de Ingenieria-UNAM, Paseo Cuauhnahuac 8532, Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    In this work the design of the reactor nucleus of boiling water using fuel of thorium-uranium is presented. Starting from an integral concept based in a type cover-seed assemble is carried out the design of an equilibrium reload for the nucleus of a reactor like that of the Laguna Verde Central and its are analyzed some of the main design variables like the cycle length, the reload fraction, the burnt fuel, the vacuum distribution, the generation of lineal heat, the margin of shutdown, as well as a first estimation of the fuel cost. The results show that it is feasible to obtain an equilibrium reload, comparable to those that are carried out in the Laguna Verde reactors, with a good behavior of those analyzed variables. The cost of the equilibrium reload designed with the thorium-uranium fuel is approximately 2% high that the uranium reload producing the same energy. It is concluded that it is convenient to include burnable poisons, type gadolinium, in the fuel with the end of improving the reload design, the fuel costs and the margin of shutdown. (Author)

  8. Experiments of replacement of a single fuel element. Interpretation method

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    An original method of measurement of effective cross sections of fissile materials has been developed by the CEA. According to it, the central fuel element of an experimental critical reactor is replaced by a sample containing the material to be studied. This report proposes a method of comprehensive interpretation of these experiments of replacement of a single element. A first part presents the method principle (problem definition, study of the propagation of neutron density disturbance in a critical multiplier medium) and the notion of equivalent sample. The second part reports the study of the disturbed area, and the third part the Uranium-235 and Boron calibration of the reactor (approximation order in disturbance theory, interpretation of calibration measurements by the heterogeneous method)

  9. Thermomechanical analysis of fuel rods during transitory events using the RAMONA and FETMA codes; Analisis termomecanico de barras combustibles durante eventos transitorios usando los codigos RAMONA y FETMA

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    Hernandez L, H. [ININ, Departamento de Sistemas Nucleares, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)], e-mail: hector.hernandez@inin.gob.mx

    2009-10-15

    In National Institute of Nuclear Research, the fuel management system (FMS) has been used by long time to simulate the BWR operation in stationary state, as well as during a transitory event. To evaluate the thermomechanical behavior of a fuel element was created and interface between the FMS codes and the fuel element thermo mechanical analysis (FETMA) code properly developed and implemented. In this work, the results of thermomechanical behavior of fuel rods that compose the hot channel during the simulation of a transitory event of a BWR are shown. The transitory events considered in this work are a load rejection and failure in controller of feed water, which are events more important that can to occur in a BWR. The results show that during the developed conditions by both transitory events some failure is not presented in fuel rods. Also, that the transitory event of load rejection is more claimant in security terms that of controller failure of feed water. (Author)

  10. Thermal-hydraulics in BWR

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    In the heat transferring flow in BWRs, the heightening of heat transfer performance accompanying the development of new fuel for the purpose of reducing spent fuel generation and the improvement of fuel economy, the heightening of performance and the reduction of size of various heat exchangers, the development of the safety devices, of which the constitution is simple, the reliability is high, and the operation is easy, and so on are expected. As for ABWRs, thermal output is 3926 MW, and electricity output is 1356 MW. The system constitution of ABWR is shown. The main change from BWR to ABWR is the adoption of internal pumps, reinforced concrete containment vessels and electric control rod drive. For evaluating the limit output of high burnup fuel assemblies, the subchannel analysis and the effect that spacers exert to the limit output are explained. The heat transferring flow in moisture separation heater, condenser and feed water heater is reported. The heat transferring flow in passive containment vessel cooling system of water wall type and condensing type is described. (K.I.)

  11. The beginning of the LEU fuel elements manufacturing in the Chilean Commission of Nuclear Energy

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    The U3 Si2 LEU fuel fabrication program at CCHEN has started with the assembly of four leaders fuel elements for the RECH-1 reactor. This activity has involved a stage of fuel plates qualification, to evaluate fabrication procedures and quality controls and quality assurance. The qualification extent was 50% of the fuel plates, equivalent to the number of plates required for the assembly of two fuel elements. (author)

  12. Comparative analysis of C A R A fuel element in argentinean PHWR Argentinas

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    This paper presents an analysis of the thermal mechanical behaviour, fuel consumption and economical estimations of the CARA fuel element in the Atucha and Embalse nuclear power plants, compared with the present fuel performance.The present results show that the expect profit by the use of the CARA fuel element in our reactor guaranties the recovery of fund for its development. Likewise it reduces the number of spent fuel to be storage and treated

  13. Recapturing Graphite-Based Fuel Element Technology for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Trammell, Michael P [ORNL; Jolly, Brian C [ORNL; Miller, James Henry [ORNL; Qualls, A L [ORNL; Harrison, Thomas J [ORNL

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    ORNL is currently recapturing graphite based fuel forms for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP). This effort involves research and development on materials selection, extrusion, and coating processes to produce fuel elements representative of historical ROVER and NERVA fuel. Initially, lab scale specimens were fabricated using surrogate oxides to develop processing parameters that could be applied to full length NTP fuel elements. Progress toward understanding the effect of these processing parameters on surrogate fuel microstructure is presented.

  14. BWR internal cracking issues

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    The regulatory issues associated with cracking of boiling water reactor (BWR) internals is being addressed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff and is the subject of a voluntary industry initiative. The lessons learned from this effort will be applied to pressurized water reactor (PWR) internals cracking issues

  15. Development of advanced BWR

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    The Japanese technology and domestic production of BWR type nuclear power plants have been established through the experiences in the construction and operation of BWRs in addition to the technical agreement with the General Electric Co. In early days, the plants experienced some trouble such as stress corrosion cracking and some inconvenience in the operation and maintenance. The government, electric power companies and BWR manufacturers have endeavored to standardize and improve the design of LWRs for the purpose of improving the safety, reliability and the rate of operation and reducing the radiation exposure dose of plant workers. The first and second stages of the standardization and improvement of LWRs have been completed. Five manufacturers of BWRs in the world have continued the conceptual design of a new version of BWR power plants. It was concluded that this is the most desirable version of BWR nuclear power stations, but the technical and economic evaluation must be made before the commercial application. Six electric power companies and three manufacturers of BWRs in Japan set up the organization to develop the technology in cooperation. The internal pump system, the new control rod drive mechanism and others are the main features. (Kako, I.)

  16. Bending of fuel fast reactor fuel elements under action of non-uniform temperature gradients and radiation-induced swelling

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    The bending of rod fuel elements in gas-cooled fast reactors under the action of temperature gradients radiation-induced swelling non-uniform over the perimeter of fuel cans is evaluated. It is pointed out that the radiation-induced swelling gives the main contribution to the bending of fuel elements. Calculated data on the bending of the corner fuel element in the assembly of the fast reactor with dissociating gas coolant are given. With the growth of temperature difference over the perimeter, the bending moment and deformation increase, resulting in the increase of axial stresses. The obtained data give the basis for accounting the stresses connected with thermal and radiation bending when estimating serviceability of fuel elements in gas cooled fast reactors. Fuel element bending must be also taken into account when estimating the thermal hydrualic properties

  17. Study on Unigraphics Drawing Modeling Method for 37-Element and CANFLEX Fuel Bundle

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    The CANFLEX bundle contains 43 elements of two different diameters. It has two rings of small diameter elements on the outside, and eight elements (with diameter slightly larger than those in the standard 37-Element bundle) in the center. This larger number of small diameter elements on the outside of the CANFLEX bundle enhances thermo-hydraulic capability, resulting in a higher power capability and an improvement in operating safety margins. As a Result of advanced fuel design for CANFLEX fuel bundles, components consisting of fuel bundles are more complicated. Hence, the detailed modeling of components is inevitable in order to analyze the fuel performance by computational fluid dynamics. In this report, the basic design of the advanced fuel for CANDU reactors was carried out and the methodology for the modeling of fuel bundle were described. Firstly, the components consisting of fuel bundles were separately modeled and saved with different file names. The final feature of fuel bundle was accomplished by an assembling process of components. Since this report developed the modeling methodology based on the Unigraphics program, the basic explanations for the software were given first, and the complete modeling of 37-elements and CANFLEX fuel bundles were provided. The components of CANFLEX fuel bundles were also compared with that of 37-elements fuel bundles. Although, in this report, the modeling methodology is applied only to 37-elements and CANFLEX fuel bundles, this methodology may be applicable to the newly designed fuel bundles which are to be developed in the future

  18. Study on Unigraphics Drawing Modeling Method for 37-Element and CANFLEX Fuel Bundle

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    Jeon, Yu Mi; Park, Joo Hwan

    2010-03-15

    The CANFLEX bundle contains 43 elements of two different diameters. It has two rings of small diameter elements on the outside, and eight elements (with diameter slightly larger than those in the standard 37-Element bundle) in the center. This larger number of small diameter elements on the outside of the CANFLEX bundle enhances thermo-hydraulic capability, resulting in a higher power capability and an improvement in operating safety margins. As a Result of advanced fuel design for CANFLEX fuel bundles, components consisting of fuel bundles are more complicated. Hence, the detailed modeling of components is inevitable in order to analyze the fuel performance by computational fluid dynamics. In this report, the basic design of the advanced fuel for CANDU reactors was carried out and the methodology for the modeling of fuel bundle were described. Firstly, the components consisting of fuel bundles were separately modeled and saved with different file names. The final feature of fuel bundle was accomplished by an assembling process of components. Since this report developed the modeling methodology based on the Unigraphics program, the basic explanations for the software were given first, and the complete modeling of 37-elements and CANFLEX fuel bundles were provided. The components of CANFLEX fuel bundles were also compared with that of 37-elements fuel bundles. Although, in this report, the modeling methodology is applied only to 37-elements and CANFLEX fuel bundles, this methodology may be applicable to the newly designed fuel bundles which are to be developed in the future

  19. Water flow characteristics of Baumkuchen type fuel elements for Kyoto University high neutron flux reactor

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    The Kyoto University high neutron flux reactor is a light water-moderated and cooled, divided core type reactor with heavy water reflector. In the core, six inside fuel elements and twelve outside fuel elements are arranged in double ring form, and two cylindrical, divided cores are placed at 15 cm distance. The flow rate distribution and pressure loss in the fuel elements constitute the base of the thermo-hydraulic design of the core, therefore the model fuel elements of full size were made, and the water flow experiment was carried out to examine their characteristics. It was found that the flow velocity in channels was strongly affected by the accuracy of channel gaps. The calculation of pressure loss in fuel elements, the experiments on inside fuel elements and outside fuel elements, and the results of experiments such as the calibration of the cooling channels in outside fuel elements, the relation between total flow rate and pressure loss, and the characteristics of flow at the time of reverse flow are reported. The general characteristics of flow in fuel elements were in good agreement with the prediction. In the pressure loss in fuel elements, the friction between fuel plates and the resistance of nozzles were the controlling factors under the rated operating conditions of the HFR. (Kako, I.)

  20. Graphitic matrix materials for spherical HTR fuel elements

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    The present report comprises the essential results of material development and irradiation testing of graphitic matrix materials for spherical HTR fuel elements and completes the documentation of the irradiation data for 20 matrix materials (Juel-1702). The main emphasis is given to the matrices A3-3 (standard matrix) and A3-27 (matrix synthesized resin), both of which are being used as structural materials for the fuel elements of the AVR and the THTR respectively. In addition, comparisons are made between 18 A3-variants and the standard matrix A3-3. It is shown that three of the variants come into question as a potential for use. The results described were obtained in the framework of the HTR project 'Hochtemperaturreaktor-Brennstoffkreislauf' (HBK), in which are involved the Gesellschaft fuer Hochtemperaturreaktor-Technik mbH, Hochtemperaturreaktor-Brennelemente GmbH, Hochtemperatur-Reaktorbau GmbH, Kernforschungsanlage Juelich GmbH, NUKEM GmbH, and Sigri Elektrographit GmbH/Ringsdorff-Werke GmbH. The project is sponsored by the 'Bundesministerium fuer Forschung und Technologie' and by the state of 'Nordrhein-Westfalen'. (orig.)