STP681

    Embrittlement of Zircaloy-Clad Fuel Rods Irradiated Under Film Boiling Conditions

    Published: Jan 1979


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    Abstract

    Pressurized water reactor type fuel rods are being irradiated under postulated accident conditions in the Power Burst Facility at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory as part of the Thermal Fuels Behavior Program. In these tests, film boiling was achieved by establishing a mismatch reactor power and coolant flow, while maintaining the coolant pressure at 15 MPa.

    Cladding embrittlement resulting from film boiling operation of intact fuel rods was found to be consistent with previously established embrittlement criteria based on oxygen content in β-Zircaloy, but not with previously established criteria based on either fractional thickness of transformed β or equivalent cladding reacted.

    Rods that were operated with breached cladding were embrittled to a greater degree than intact fuel rods under similar oxidizing conditions. This embrittlement appears to be associated with rim α and acicular α precipitation within the transformed β field as well as with enhanced hydrogen absorption.

    Keywords:

    zirconium, cladding, embrittlement, oxidation, hydrogen, irradiation, zirconium alloys, fuel rods


    Author Information:

    Hobbins, RR
    Supervisor, Fuel Evaluation Section, Fuels Engineering Branch, senior metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, supervisor, PCM, RIA and FPDS Section, PBF Experiment Specification and Analysis Branch, and manager, LWR Fuel Research Division, EG & G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Seiffert, SL
    Supervisor, Fuel Evaluation Section, Fuels Engineering Branch, senior metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, supervisor, PCM, RIA and FPDS Section, PBF Experiment Specification and Analysis Branch, and manager, LWR Fuel Research Division, EG & G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Ploger, SA
    Supervisor, Fuel Evaluation Section, Fuels Engineering Branch, senior metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, supervisor, PCM, RIA and FPDS Section, PBF Experiment Specification and Analysis Branch, and manager, LWR Fuel Research Division, EG & G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Mehner, AS
    Supervisor, Fuel Evaluation Section, Fuels Engineering Branch, senior metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, supervisor, PCM, RIA and FPDS Section, PBF Experiment Specification and Analysis Branch, and manager, LWR Fuel Research Division, EG & G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho

    MacDonald, PE
    Supervisor, Fuel Evaluation Section, Fuels Engineering Branch, senior metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, metallurgist, Fuels Engineering Branch, supervisor, PCM, RIA and FPDS Section, PBF Experiment Specification and Analysis Branch, and manager, LWR Fuel Research Division, EG & G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho


    Paper ID: STP36702S

    Committee/Subcommittee: B10.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP36702S


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