In order to increasing the thermal conductivity of fuel pellet used in nuclear power plants, a UO2-BeO composite fuel was developed. The fuel pellets with different beryllia addition were manufactured by sintering and the physical properties were tested and compared with uranium dioxide fuel. The metallograph show that the continuous phase of beryllia was formed. The results show that the thermal conductivity was obviously larger and the elasticity modulus and the coefficient of thermal expansion were a little smaller than uranium dioxide. The thermal conductivity and the elasticity modulus were increased and the coefficient of thermal expansion was decreased by increasing the ratio of beryllia contents.
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Out-of-Pile Properties Investigation of UO2-BeO Fuel Pellet
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Li, J, Ding, Y, Liu, W, Bi, G, Zhao, R, & Zhou, Q. "Out-of-Pile Properties Investigation of UO2-BeO Fuel Pellet." Proceedings of the 2017 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. Volume 3: Nuclear Fuel and Material, Reactor Physics and Transport Theory; Innovative Nuclear Power Plant Design and New Technology Application. Shanghai, China. July 2–6, 2017. V003T02A019. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE25-66585
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