Metallic Fuel Casting Development and Parameter Optimization Simulations

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One of the advantages of metallic fuel is the abilility to cast the fuel slugs to near net shape with little additional processing. However, the high aspect ratio of the fuel is not ideal for casting. EBR-II fuel was cast using counter gravity injection casting (CGIC) but, concerns have been raised concerning the feasibility of this process for americium bearing alloys. The Fuel Cycle Research and Development program has begun developing gravity casting techniques suitable for fuel production. Compared to CGIC gravity casting does not require a large heel that then is recycled, does not require application of a vacuum ... continued below

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Fielding, R.S.; Crapps, J.; Unal, C. & Kennedy, J.R. March 1, 2013.

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One of the advantages of metallic fuel is the abilility to cast the fuel slugs to near net shape with little additional processing. However, the high aspect ratio of the fuel is not ideal for casting. EBR-II fuel was cast using counter gravity injection casting (CGIC) but, concerns have been raised concerning the feasibility of this process for americium bearing alloys. The Fuel Cycle Research and Development program has begun developing gravity casting techniques suitable for fuel production. Compared to CGIC gravity casting does not require a large heel that then is recycled, does not require application of a vacuum during melting, and is conducive to re-usable molds. Development has included fabrication of two separate benchscale, approximately 300 grams, systems. To shorten development time computer simulations have been used to ensure mold and crucible designs are feasible and to identify which fluid properties most affect casting behavior and therefore require more characterization.

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  • International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable,Paris, France,03/04/2013,03/07/2013

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  • Report No.: INL/CON-12-26868
  • Grant Number: DE-AC07-05ID14517
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1082380
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc842804

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Fielding, R.S.; Crapps, J.; Unal, C. & Kennedy, J.R. Metallic Fuel Casting Development and Parameter Optimization Simulations, article, March 1, 2013; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc842804/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.