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    The U.K. Fast Reactor Materials Programme

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    The development of sodium cooled fast breeder reactors in the U.K. is briefly reviewed and the points of similarity and of difference in the design and operating conditions of the prototype and commercial demonstration reactors established. The materials selected or under development for fuel element and structural component applications in these reactors are defined and the requirements for achieving high fuel burn-up and for safe and reliable reactor operation discussed. The programmes being implemented to provide the materials data necessary to endorse the requirements are summarised.


    fast reactors, fuel element sub-assemblies, structural components, materials, irradiation

    Author Information:

    Harries, DR
    Metallurgy Division, AERE, Harwell, Didcot, Oxon

    Standring, J
    Springfields Nuclear Power Development Laboratories, Salwick, Preston, Lancs

    Barnes, WD
    National Nuclear Corporation, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire

    Lloyd, GJ
    Risley Nuclear Power Development Laboratories, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34405S