An analysis of the factors affecting the fretting-wear risk of fuel assemblies operated in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) is presented. In this work the effect of rod-to-grid gap size, spring relaxation, assembly grids misalignments, rod structural damping and stiffness, and friction coefficients are investigated by performing Monte Carlo simulations with a non-linear vibration model of the fuel rod. The goal of the study is to identify key factors that have to be included in the assessment of the fretting-wear performance of core fuel assemblies.

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