Fabrication of UO/sub 2/-stainless steel fuel for a fast-reactor safety test

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As part of its fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) safety research program, Argonne National Laboratory is conducting a series of tests in the TREAT Reactor to clarify the boilup and freezing behavior of UO/sub 2/ fuel and stainless steel in the transition phase of an accident sequence. Although much work has been done on UO/sub 2/ dispersed in a stainless steel matrix, no references could be found on work relating to the dispersal of stainless steel in a UO/sub 2/ matrix. Consequently a development program was started to produce the necessary fuel. The major difficulty encountered is attributable to the melting ... continued below

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Rhude, H.V.; O'Keefe, G.B. & Noland, R.A. January 1, 1983.

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As part of its fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) safety research program, Argonne National Laboratory is conducting a series of tests in the TREAT Reactor to clarify the boilup and freezing behavior of UO/sub 2/ fuel and stainless steel in the transition phase of an accident sequence. Although much work has been done on UO/sub 2/ dispersed in a stainless steel matrix, no references could be found on work relating to the dispersal of stainless steel in a UO/sub 2/ matrix. Consequently a development program was started to produce the necessary fuel. The major difficulty encountered is attributable to the melting range of 316 stainless steel (1391 to 1399/sup 0/C) which is well below the normal sintering temperature of UO/sub 2/ (1750/sup 0/C). Attempts to produce the required fuel pellets by standard sintering techniques did not work. Alternative approaches to sintering were investigated to determine the density achievable without sintering.

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  • American Nuclear Society winter meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 30 Oct 1983

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  • Other: DE83017941
  • Report No.: CONF-831047-86
  • Grant Number: W-31-109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5834984
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1103012

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Rhude, H.V.; O'Keefe, G.B. & Noland, R.A. Fabrication of UO/sub 2/-stainless steel fuel for a fast-reactor safety test, article, January 1, 1983; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1103012/: accessed August 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.