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Post-Leaching Studies of Defect Rodlets

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D. H. Wegen, D. Papaioannou, J.-P. Glatz, P. D. W. Bottomly, M. Amme, S. van Winckel

European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Paper No. ICEM2003-4641, pp. 1637-1640; 4 pages
  • ASME 2003 9th International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation
  • 9th ASME International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation: Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  • Oxford, England, September 21–25, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3732-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3731-9
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


UO2 and MOX fuel rodlets are examined by optical microscopy after 5 years leaching in water to correlate the irradiation history of the fuels and of the fuel behaviour and with the release data for fission products and actinides. Metallographic observation revealed a strong intergranular attack of the MOX fuel in contrast to UO2 . The latter effect could be responsible for the particularly high releases from the MOX fuel (upto 12% of the Cs inventory), compared to the UO2 fuel (only 0.6% of the Cs inventory). The large inventory of volatile fission products at grain boundaries can be explained by the high linear power rating (350 W/cm) with extremely high central temperatures in the MOX fuel during the irradiation.

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