STP1295

    Zirconium Alloy E635 as a Material for Fuel Rod Cladding and Other Components of VVER and RBMK Cores

    Published: Jan 1996


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    Abstract

    Data are given on Zr alloy E635 (Zr-l.2Sn-lNb-0.4Fe), developed in Russia as a fuel rod cladding and other component material for use in cores of VVER and RBMK types. The alloy is much superior to binary alloys with 1.0 and 2.5% Nb and Zircaloys in terms of its resistance to irradiation-induced creep and growth and nodular corrosion. The creep rate of the alloy is slightly dependent on irradiation temperature, stress, neutron fluence, and neutron density. The alloy is subject to substantial irradiation hardening while retaining its high-percent elongation. Corrosion, creep, and growth resistances are slightly dependent on the structure of components (alloy, final product). Based on the previously studied influence of impurities, structure, heat treatment, and working schedules, the technological processes were designed and mastered commercially for fabrication of tubes, bars, strips, and fuel rod claddings from this alloy. Components are produced commercially. Fuel assemblies with fuel rods clad in the E635 alloy were successfully tested in the RBMK reactor at the Leningrad NPP as well as in experimental reactors under VVER-1000 conditions. Today, the E635 alloy is recommended as a promising material for use in cores of VVER-1000 and VVER of new generations as well as RBMK-type reactors having a longer fuel cycle.

    Keywords:

    E635, E110, Zircaloy-4, ZIRLO, in-reactor, creep, growth, fuel cladding, corrosion


    Author Information:

    Nikulina, AV
    Leader of laboratory, leading scientific officer, senior scientific officer, deputy director, A. A. Bochvar All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow,

    Markelov, VA
    Leader of laboratory, leading scientific officer, senior scientific officer, deputy director, A. A. Bochvar All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow,

    Peregud, MM
    Leader of laboratory, leading scientific officer, senior scientific officer, deputy director, A. A. Bochvar All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow,

    Bibilashvili, YK
    Leader of laboratory, leading scientific officer, senior scientific officer, deputy director, A. A. Bochvar All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow,

    Kotrekhov, VA
    Chief engineer, chief production engineer, deputy leader of laboratory, group manager, PU Chepetsky Mechanical Plant, Glasov,

    Lositsky, AF
    Chief engineer, chief production engineer, deputy leader of laboratory, group manager, PU Chepetsky Mechanical Plant, Glasov,

    Kuzmenko, NV
    Chief engineer, chief production engineer, deputy leader of laboratory, group manager, PU Chepetsky Mechanical Plant, Glasov,

    Shevnin, YP
    Chief engineer, chief production engineer, deputy leader of laboratory, group manager, PU Chepetsky Mechanical Plant, Glasov,

    Shamardin, VK
    Leader of laboratory, senior scientific officer, deputy leader of laboratory, V. I. Lenin Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors, Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanov region

    Kobylyansky, GP
    Leader of laboratory, senior scientific officer, deputy leader of laboratory, V. I. Lenin Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors, Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanov region

    Novoselov, AE
    Leader of laboratory, senior scientific officer, deputy leader of laboratory, V. I. Lenin Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors, Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanov region


    Paper ID: STP16201S

    Committee/Subcommittee: B10.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP16201S


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