STP955

    The Effect of Swelling in Inconel® 600 on the Performance of FFTF Reflector Assemblies

    Published: Jan 1987


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    Abstract

    The fast flux test facility (FFTF) is designed with nonfueled outer row assemblies, each of which consists of a stack of Inconel® 600 blocks penetrated by 316 stainless steel (SS) coolant tubes. These assemblies act as a radial neutron reflector and as a straight but flexible core boundary. During an FFTF refueling outage, it was observed that the degree of difficulty in withdrawing an outer row driver fuel assembly was a function of the peak fast fluence of neighboring reflector assemblies. It was subsequently determined through various postirradiation examinations that the reflector assemblies were both bowed and stiff. Measurements of the individual Inconel 600 blocks indicated that the blocks had distorted into a trapezoidal cross section because of differential swelling of Inconel 600 in a steep radial flux gradient. Immersion density results indicate greater irradiation induced volumetric swelling than any previously reported data or correlation for Inconel 600 at equivalent fast fluence. The Inconel 600 swelled approximately the same amount as the SA 316 SS reflector components. Transmission electron microscopy studies on the Inconel blocks and swelling measurements on related materials have been performed, and these data have been related to the performance of the reflector materials.

    Keywords:

    Inconel 600, 316 stainless steels, reflector assemblies, swelling, voids, fast flux test facility (FFTF)


    Author Information:

    Makenas, BJ
    Senior engineer, principal engineer, senior engineer, associate engineer, and fellow scientist, Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory, Richland, WA

    Trenchard, RG
    Senior engineer, principal engineer, senior engineer, associate engineer, and fellow scientist, Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory, Richland, WA

    Hecht, SL
    Senior engineer, principal engineer, senior engineer, associate engineer, and fellow scientist, Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory, Richland, WA

    McCarthy, JM
    Senior engineer, principal engineer, senior engineer, associate engineer, and fellow scientist, Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory, Richland, WA

    Garner, FA
    Senior engineer, principal engineer, senior engineer, associate engineer, and fellow scientist, Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory, Richland, WA


    Paper ID: STP33818S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33818S


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