Monolithic plate-type fuels comprise a high-density, low-enrichment, U10Mo fuel foil encapsulated in a cladding material. This concept generates several fabrication challenges, including flatness, centering, or thickness variation. There are concerns whether these parameters have implications on overall performance. To investigate these inquiries, the effects of the foil flatness were studied. For this, a representative plate was simulated for an ideal case. The simulations were repeated for additional cases with various foil curvatures to evaluate the effects on the irradiation performance. The results revealed that the stresses and strains induced by fabrication process are not affected by the flatness of the foil. Furthermore, fabrication stresses in the foil are relieved relatively fast in the reactor. The effects of the foil flatness on peak irradiation stress-strains are minimal. There is a slight increase in temperature for the case with maximum curvature. The major impact is on the displacement characteristics. While the case with a flat foil produces a symmetrical swelling, if the foil is curved, more swelling occurs on the thin-cladding side and the plate bows during irradiation.
Effects of the Foil Flatness on Irradiation Performance of U10Mo Monolithic Mini-Plates
Manuscript received April 2, 2015; final manuscript received June 12, 2015; published online September 3, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Jovica R. Riznic.
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Ozaltun, H., Medvedev, P. G., and Rabin, B. H. (September 16, 2015). "Effects of the Foil Flatness on Irradiation Performance of U10Mo Monolithic Mini-Plates." ASME. ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci. October 2015; 1(4): 041003. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4030982
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