The Role of Friction Stir Welding in Nuclear Fuel Plate Fabrication

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The friction bonding process combines desirable attributes of both friction stir welding and friction stir processing. The development of the process is spurred on by the need to fabricate thin, high density, reduced enrichment fuel plates for nuclear research reactors. The work seeks to convert research and test reactors currently operating on highly enriched uranium fuel to operate on low enriched uranium fuel without significant loss in reactor performance, safety characteristics, or significant increase in cost. In doing so, the threat of global nuclear material proliferation will be reduced. Feasibility studies performed on the process show that this is a ... continued below

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Burkes, D; Medvedev, P; Chapple, M; Amritkar, A; Wells, P & Charit, I February 1, 2009.

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The friction bonding process combines desirable attributes of both friction stir welding and friction stir processing. The development of the process is spurred on by the need to fabricate thin, high density, reduced enrichment fuel plates for nuclear research reactors. The work seeks to convert research and test reactors currently operating on highly enriched uranium fuel to operate on low enriched uranium fuel without significant loss in reactor performance, safety characteristics, or significant increase in cost. In doing so, the threat of global nuclear material proliferation will be reduced. Feasibility studies performed on the process show that this is a viable option for mass production of plate-type nuclear fuel. Adapting the friction stir weld process for nuclear fuel fabrication has resulted in the development of several unique ideas and observations. Preliminary results of this adaptation and process model development are discussed.

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  • TMS 2009 Annual Meeting,San Francisco, California,02/15/2009,02/19/2009

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Burkes, D; Medvedev, P; Chapple, M; Amritkar, A; Wells, P & Charit, I. The Role of Friction Stir Welding in Nuclear Fuel Plate Fabrication, article, February 1, 2009; [Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc930584/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.