LOOP IRRADIATION STUDIES ON URANIA FUEL RODS FOR THE NUCLEAR MERCHANT SHIP REACTOR
Loop irradiation studies on urania fuel rods are reported for the nuclear merchant ship reactor. Two series of loop specimens containing UO2 fuel pellets, clad with Type 304 stainless steel, were tested in a high-pressure, high-temperature loop to determine their behavior under irradiation. There were six short fuel rods in the short-term-irradiation series with an enrichment of 7.48%. The specimens were irradiated to burnups of 0.09 to 0.11 a/o of uranium. The only significant change in the rods was an oxide deposit on the cladding after irradiation. The dimensions, densities, and microstructures of the cladding and fuel did not exhibit any observable change after the irradiation test. In the long-term irradiation one long fuel rod was irradiated for seven cycles, resulting in an estimated burnup of 0.5 a/o of uranium. During irradiation a smooth oxide coating was deposited on the stainless steel cladding, but no changes in dimensions or bowing took place.
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Battelle Memorial Institute505 King Avenue
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Babcock and Wilcox CompanyAtomic Energy Division
Lynchburg, VA United States 24504
- Kangilaski, M
- Franklin, C K
- Hare, A W
- Dickerson, R F
- Publication Date: 1962-3-13
- Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 57 p.
- TRT Terms: Fuel elements; Irradiation; Nuclear fuels; Radiation hazards
- Old TRIS Terms: Irradiated nuclear fuel; Nuclear reactor fuel elements; Radiation effects
- Subject Areas: Energy; Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00026368
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Maritime Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: BMI-B&W-661
- Contract Numbers: AT(30-3)-274
- Files: TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Feb 6 1973 12:00AM