Great operational challenges are placed on nuclear power plants. These challenges are usually reflected in the expansion of fuel cycle length, long-time operation or power uprates. The one way is to optimize the equipment or replace it with equipment with higher efficiency. The second way is to optimize the fuel and its cladding. In this area it is possible to work mainly on the development of new materials which have better nuclear or mechanical properties.
Nuclear power industry is a conservative one. It is necessary to have a detailed knowledge of materials properties of used equipment. Knowledge of the materials behavior is particularly required in the environment where the materials are exposed to neutron flux. This article focuses on new promising materials that can be used in a nuclear fuel, a nuclear reactor or its closest vicinity. Carbon nano materials can be included among these types of materials. Composite materials have generally improved mechanical and thermal properties with addition of nanoparticles. However the additives itself have an impact on the behavior of the neutron field.
This article describes an experiment that examined the behavior of neutrons in carbon nano fibers, carbon nano tubes and nano wires of aluminum oxide. The main goal of the experiment was to determine how neutron scattering is affected, when the sample is exposed to neutron beam. The article presents results, including additional testing of nano materials. Additional tests were carried out to verify the purity and parameters of the investigated samples.