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Thermo-Mechanical Performance Assessment of Selected Plates From MP-1 High Power Experiments

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Hakan Ozaltun, Barry H. Rabin

Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

Paper No. NUCLRF2017-3271, pp. V009T02A002; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint With ICOPE-17, the ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4059-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Monolithic plate-type fuel is a fuel form that is being developed for the conversion of high performance research and test reactors to low-enrichment uranium fuels. These fuel-plates are comprised of a high density, low enrichment, U-Mo alloy based fuel foil encapsulated in an aluminum cladding. To benchmark this new design, number of plates has been irradiated with satisfactory performance. As a part of continuing evaluation efforts, a set of plates covering range of operational parameters is scheduled to be tested during MP-1 irradiation experiments. It is necessary to evaluate the thermo-mechanical performance of plates during irradiation. For this, selected plates with distinct operational histories; covering low power, high power and high fission density were simulated. Fully coupled three-dimensional models of plates with a capability to evolve mechanical and thermal properties of constituent materials with irradiation time and burn-up were developed. The models input used projected parameters, including plate geometry, irradiation history and coolant conditions as input. The model output included temperature, displacement and stresses in the fuel, cladding and diffusion barrier. The fuel behavioral model considered inelastic behavior including volumetric swelling due to solid and gaseous products, irradiation induced creep, thermal expansion, conductivity degradation and plasticity. A visco-plastic behavioral model was used for the cladding that included thermal creep, irradiation hardening, growth due to fast neutrons and Mises plasticity. The plates were then simulated by using projected irradiation parameters. The resulting temperature, displacement and stress-strains were comparatively evaluated on the selected paths. The results were then compared with those of plates from previous RERTR experiments.

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