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AIRWAY: a fortran computer program to estimate radiation dose commitments to man from the atmospheric release of radionuclides

Description: The AIRWAY computer program was developed to estimate the radiation dose commitments accured by all the people affected by the atmospheric release of radionuclides from a nuclear facility. This computer program provides dose commitment estimates for people on the boundary of the facility, in the immediate vicinity (i.e., within 80 to 100 km) and in the portios of the world beyond the immediate vicinity which are affected by the release. The AIRWAY program considers dose commitments resulting from immersion in the atmosphere containing the released radionuclides, ingestion of contaminated food, inhalation of gaseous and suspended radioactivity, and exposure to ground deposits. The dose commitments for each of these pathways is explicitly calculated for each radionuclide released into the atmosphere and for each daughter of each released radionuclide. This is accomplished by calculating the air and ground concentrations of each daughter in each of the regions of interest using the release rate of the parent radionuclide. The AIRWAY computer program is considered to be a significant improvement over other programs in which the effect of daughter radionuclides must be approximated by separate releases.
Date: June 1979
Creator: Rider, J. L.
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ASBLT: a system of DATATRAN MODULES which process core fuel loading for use in as-built calculations

Description: ASBLT is a computer program consisting of DATATRAN MODULES which was used during the manufacturing phase of LWBR to collect and evaluate as-built data. The program was part of the LWBR fuel rod inspection process and produced sections of module assembly certification reports. ASBLT used fuel pellet, fuel rod and module assembly data to compute core inventories and to supply input to nuclear design programs for as-built core calculations.
Date: February 1, 1979
Creator: Beaudoin, B.R.; Beggs, W.J.; Case, C.R. & Wilczynski, R.
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Calculational model used in the analysis of nuclear performance of the Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR)

Description: The calculational model used in the analysis of LWBR nuclear performance is described. The model was used to analyze the as-built core and predict core nuclear performance prior to core operation. The qualification of the nuclear model using experiments and calculational standards is described. Features of the model include: an automated system of processing manufacturing data; an extensively analyzed nuclear data library; an accurate resonance integral calculation; space-energy corrections to infinite medium cross sections; an explicit three-dimensional diffusion-depletion calculation; a transport calculation for high energy neutrons; explicit accounting for fuel and moderator temperature feedback, clad diameter shrinkage, and fuel pellet growth; and an extensive testing program against experiments and a highly developed analytical standard.
Date: August 1978
Creator: Freeman, L. B.
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Cladding corrosion and hydriding in irradiated defected zircaloy fuel rods

Description: Twenty-one LWBR irradiation test rods containing ThO/sub 2/-UO/sub 2/ fuel and Zircaloy cladding with holes or cracks operated successfully. Zircaloy cladding corrosion on the inside and outside diameter surfaces and hydrogen pickup in the cladding were measured. The observed outer surface Zircaloy cladding corrosion oxide thicknesses of the test rods were similar to thicknesses measured for nondefected irradiation test rods. An analysis model, which was developed to calculate outer surface oxide thickness of non-defected rods, gave results which were in reasonable agreement with the outer surface oxide thicknesses of defected rods. When the analysis procedure was modified to account for additional corrosion proportional to fission rate and to time, the calculated values agreed well with measured inner oxide corrosion film values. Hydrogen pickup in the defected rods was not directly proportional to local corrosion oxide weight gain as was the case for non-defected rods. 16 refs., 6 figs., 8 tabs.
Date: August 1985
Creator: Clayton, J. C.
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Corrosion of Zircaloy-4 tubing in 68OF water

Description: Seamless Zircaloy-4 tubing is utilized as fuel rod cladding in light water reactors. Water corrosion tests at 68OF have been performed to determine the corrosion and hydriding characteristics of Zircaloy-4 tubing, fabricated by cold reduction and finished in two metallurgical conditions: a stress-relief anneal (SRA) and a recrystallization anneal (RXA). These corrosion tests revealed differences in the post-transition corrosion product weight gains of the two materials. A computer corrosion model, designated CHORT, was developed from the test data and ascribes the observed difference in material weight gain to an assumed difference in the periodicity of a postulated cyclic buckling of the oxide.
Date: December 1, 1978
Creator: Marino, G. P. & Fischer, R. L.
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Critical heat flux experiments with a local hot patch in an internally heated annulus

Description: Critical heat flux experiments were conducted for upflow of water in a vertical 84 inch annular flow channel, 0.303 inch heated I.D. and 0.500 inch unheated O.D. Test data were obtained at pressures from 1200 to 2000 psia, mass velocities from 0.25 x 10/sup 6/ to 2.8 x 10/sup 6/ lb/hr-ft/sup 2/ and inlet temperatures ranging from 200 to 600/sup 0/F. Three different test sections were employed with (1) axially uniform heat flux over the 84 inch length to serve as a no-hot-patch data base, (2) axially uniform heat flux over 82 inches with a 1.5 heat flux ratio hot patch over the last two inches, and (3) axially uniform heat flux over 82 inches with a 2.25 heat flux ratio hot patch over the last two inches.
Date: February 1, 1979
Creator: Mortimore, E.P. & Beus, S.G.
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Densification related pellet diameter shrinkage in low burnup thoria-base fuels

Description: In-reactor densification of ThO/sub 2/ and ThO/sub 2/--UO/sub 2/ fuel of low burnup and low power operation (hence low temperature) was assessed by measuring fuel pellet diameter changes. Pellet diameter changes ranged from nil in a large grain, low temperature thoria pellet (98.9 percent theoretical density) to -1.06 percent in a small grain, moderate temperature ThO/sub 2/-30 w/o UO/sub 2/ pellet (93.8 percent theoretical density). A correlation was established between quantity of small pores (<2.3 diameter) and as-fabricated fuel grain size. An empirical equation, based on densification (pore closure) plus fuel swelling, was formulated for pellet diameter change as a function of initial grain size and fuel burnup.
Date: September 1, 1978
Creator: Spahr, G. L.
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Design features of the Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) which improve fuel utilization in light water reactors

Description: This report surveys reactor core design features of the Light Water Breeder Reactor which make possible improved fuel utilization in light water reactor systems and breeding with the uranium-thorium fuel cycle. The impact of developing the uranium-thorium fuel cycle on utilization of nuclear fuel resources is discussed. The specific core design features related to improved fuel utilization and breeding which have been implemented in the Shippingport LWBR core are presented. These design features include a seed-blanket module with movable fuel for reactivity control, radial and axial reflcetor regions, low hafnium Zircaloy for fuel element cladding and structurals, and a closely spaced fuel rod lattice. Also included is a discussion of several design modifications which could further improve fuel utilization in future light water reactor systems. These include further development of movable fuel control, use of Zircaloy fuel rod support grids, and fuel element design modifications.
Date: August 1981
Creator: Hecker, H. C. & Freeman, L .B.
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Development and control of the process for the manufacture of zircaloy-4 tubing for LWBR fuel rods

Description: The technical requirements for the Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) fuel elements (fuel rods) imposed certain unique requirements for the low hafnium Zircaloy-4 tubing used as fuel rod cladding. This report describes, in detail, the tube manufacturing process, the product and process controls used, the inspections and tests performed, and the efforts involved in refining a commercial tube reducing process to produce tubes that would satisfy the requirements for LWBR fuel rod cladding.
Date: January 1, 1981
Creator: Eyler, J.H.
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Effect of fuel chips on cladding stress in zircaloy clad oxide fuel rods

Description: Zircaloy clad oxide fuel rods are subjected to a variety of core power transients. One of these, an up-power transient, can place a severe burden on the fuel rod cladding that would potentially lead to rupture if not properly allowed for during the fuel rod design and plant operation. The cladding stress during such a transient can be increased by the presence of fuel chips between the oxide fuel pellet and the cladding. An analysis procedure based on mechanical tests of fuel and cladding was developed that permits calculation of the stress increase due to chips, so that the stress penalty can be accommodated without unnecessary penalties to fuel rod performance. The method of evaluating the maximum cladding bending tensile stress near the chip is described and test data are presented to support the analysis method.
Date: November 1978
Creator: Yerman, J. F.
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Effect of simulated thermal shield motion on nuclear instrument response: measurements and calculations

Description: An experiment has been performed to determine the effect of motion of a thermal shield on the neutron signal expected from ex-core detectors. Using a mockup of the LWBR reactor vessel, thermal shield, and core barrel in conjunction with a /sup 252/Cf neutron source, the change in detector signal with displacement of the various components was investigated. It was found that moving the thermal shield would produce a significant change in detector signal, although the effect was smaller than would be produced by moving the source and core barrel together. The results were substantiated by two-dimensional discrete-ordinate calculations.
Date: August 1, 1979
Creator: Schick, W. C., Jr.; Emert, C. J.; Shure, K. & Natelson, M.
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End-of-life destructive examination of light water breeder reactor fuel rods

Description: Destructive examination of 12 representative Light Water Breeder Reactor fuel rods was performed following successful operation in the Shippingport Atomic Power Station for 29,047 effective full power hours, about five years. Light Water Breeder Reactor fuel rods were unique in that the thorium oxide and uranium-233 oxide fuel was contained within Zircaloy-4 cladding. Destructive examinations included analysis of released fission gas; chemical analysis of the fuel to determine depletion, iodine, and cesium levels; chemical analysis of the cladding to determine hydrogen, iodine, and cesium levels; metallographic examination of the cladding, fuel, and other rod components to determine microstructural features and cladding corrosion features; and tensile testing of the irradiated cladding to determine mechanical strength. The examinations confirmed that Light Water Breeder Reactor fuel rod performance was excellent. No evidence of fuel rod failure was observed, and the fuel operating temperature was low (below 2580/sup 0/F at which an increased percentage of fission gas is released). 21 refs., 80 figs., 20 tabs.
Date: October 1, 1987
Creator: Richardson, K.D.
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Ex-reactor deformation of externally pressurized short lengths of fuel rod cladding.

Description: The DECAG (Deformation of Cladding into Axial Gaps) ex-reactor test program evaluated deformation of Zircaloy-4 cladding into axial gaps in tubular fuel elements. These axial gaps are the result of cladding elongation and fuel stack shrinkage. The test program consisted of twelve series and subseries of both fully recrystallized and stress-relieved highly cold worked tubing tested under pressure-temperature combinations in autoclaves. The test program also verified the validity of achieving test acceleration through the use of elevated temperatures by correlating both ovality and diameter change at lower temperatures with the Larson--Miller Parameter.
Date: May 1, 1979
Creator: Selsley, I. A.
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Fission gas release from ThO/sub 2/ and ThO/sub 2/--UO/sub 2/ fuels

Description: Fission gas release data are presented from 51 fuel rods irradiated as part of the LWBR irradiations test program. The fuel rods were Zircaloy-4 clad and contained ThO/sub 2/ or ThO/sub 2/-UO/sub 2/ fuel pellets, with UO/sub 2/ compositions ranging from 2.0 to 24.7 weight percent and fuel densities ranging from 77.8 to 98.7 percent of theoretical. Rod diameters ranged from 0.25 to 0.71 inches and fuel active lengths ranged from 3 to 84 inches. Peak linear power outputs ranged from 2 to 22 kw/ft for peak fuel burnups up to 56,000 MWD/MTM. Measured fission gas release was quite low, ranging from 0.1 to 5.2 percent. Fission gas release was higher at higher temperature and burnup and was lower at higher initial fuel density. No sensitivity to UO/sub 2/ composition was evidenced.
Date: August 1, 1978
Creator: Goldberg, I.; Spahr, G. L.; White, L. S.; Waldman, L. A.; Giovengo, J. F.; Pfennigwerth, P. L. et al.
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FLASH-6: simulation of top injection emergency core cooling heat transfer tests

Description: Data from top injection ECCS tests conducted at Columbia University have been analyzed as part of an effort to qualify the FLASH-6 computer program for performing post-blowdown heat transfer calculations for the LWBR Safety Analysis. These experiments, which employed a full-scale fuel assembly with electrical heater rods to simulate an inlet rupture for a pressurized water reactor, provided test conditions and rod cooling mechanisms quite similar to those encountered in the postulated LWBR cold leg break loss-of-coolant accident. Clad temperature predictions were obtained using both the modified Dittus-Boelter and the Dougall-Rohsenow correlations to evaluate beyond CHF heat transfer coefficients. Overall comparisons using the FLASH calculated flow rates indicated that the rod temperature calculations were conservative using either of the heat transfer correlations because virtually none of the coolant was calculated to penetrate the heated test assembly. Heat transfer model comparisons were also performed by adjusting the calculation so that coolant was injected directly into the top of the rod bundle to simulate the experimentally observed flow conditions. Once this downflow was forced, conservative temperature predictions were obtained using the Dougall-Rohsenow correlation, whereas the modified Dittus-Boelter beyond CHF option yielded non-conservative results.
Date: May 1, 1977
Creator: Lincoln, F. W.
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FLASH6 simulation of semiscale blowdown data, NRC Standard Problems 2 and 3

Description: FLASH6 computer program calculations are compared with experimental data from two simulated loss-of-coolant accident blowdown tests which are designated as numbers 2 and 3 in the Standard problem Series sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for reactor safety assessment. Both tests are isothermal blowdowns smulating a double-ended, cold-leg break and were conducted in the electrically-heated, 1-1/2 Loop Semiscale System at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The blowdown tests were initiated at nominal conditions of 575/sup 0/F, 2250 psia and 17.3 lbm/sec loop flow rate.
Date: September 1, 1979
Creator: Harris, B.D.; Prelewicz, D.A. & Beus, S.G.
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Forces in bolted joints: analysis methods and test results utilized for nuclear core applications

Description: Analytical methods and test data employed in the core design of bolted joints for the LWBR core are presented. The effects of external working loads, thermal expansion, and material stress relaxation are considered in the formulation developed to analyze joint performance. Extensions of these methods are also provided for bolted joints having both axial and bending flexibilities, and for the effect of plastic deformation on internal forces developed in a bolted joint. Design applications are illustrated by examples.
Date: March 1, 1981
Creator: Crescimanno, P. J. & Keller, K. L.
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Fuel rod-grid interaction wear: in-reactor tests

Description: Wear of the Zircaloy cladding of LWBR irradiation test fuel rods, resulting from relative motion between rod and rod support contacts, is reported. Measured wear depths were small, 0.0 to 2.7 mils, but are important in fuel element behavior assessment because of the local loss of cladding thickness, as well as the effect on grid spring forces that laterally restrain the rods. An empirical wear analysis model, based on out-of-pile tests, is presented. The model was used to calculate the wear on the irradiation test fuel rods attributed to a combination of up-and-down motions resulting from power and pressure/temperature cycling of the test reactor, flow-induced vibrations, and assembly handling scratches. The calculated depths are generally deeper than the measured depths.
Date: November 1, 1979
Creator: Stackhouse, R. M.
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Installation of the Light-Water Breeder Reactor at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station

Description: This report summarizes the refueling operations performed to install a Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) core into the existing pressurized water reactor vessel at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Detailed descriptions of the major installation operations (e.g., primary system preconditioning, fuel installation, pressure boundary seal welding) are included as appendices to this report; these operations are of technical interest to any reactor servicing operation, whether the reactor is a breeder or a conventional light water non-breeder core.
Date: May 1, 1983
Creator: Massimino, R.J. & Williams, D.A.
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Internal hydriding in irradiated defected Zircaloy fuel rods: A review

Description: Although not a problem in recent commercial power reactors, including the Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor, internal hydriding of Zircaloy cladding was a persistent cause of gross cladding failures during the 1960s. It occurred in the fuel rods of water-cooled nuclear power reactors that had a small cladding defect. This report summarizes the experimental findings, causes, mechanisms, and methods of minimizing internal hydriding in defected Zircaloy-clad fuel rods. Irradiation test data on the different types of defected fuel rods, intentionally fabricated defected and in-pile operationally defected rods, are compared. Significant factors affecting internal hydriding in defected Zircaloy-clad fuel rods (defect hole size, internal and external sources of hydrogen, Zircaloy cladding surface properties, nickel alloy contamination of Zircaloy, the effect of heat flux and fluence) are discussed. Pertinent in-pile and out-of-pile test results from Bettis and other laboratories are used as a data base in constructing a qualitative model which explains hydrogen generation and distribution in Zircaloy cladding of defected water-cooled reactor fuel rods. Techniques for minimizing internal hydride failures in Zircaloy-clad fuel rods are evaluated.
Date: October 1, 1987
Creator: Clayton, J C
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Iodine and cesium in oxide fuel pellets and zircaloy-4 cladding of irradiated fuel rods

Description: Measurements of fission product iodine and cesium are reported for thoria and binary (ThO/sub 2/--UO/sub 2/) fuels with various irradiation histories. These volatile fission products were measured on the cladding surface or in the fuel by using specially developed radiochemical techniques. The radiochemical iodine measurements are found to be in general agreement with a theoretical iodine release model for irradiated fuel. Microprobe examinations of irradiated fuel rod cladding sections show fission product cesium to be located preferentially at the pellet to pellet interface region. Fission product iodine was detected in the interface region of one sample but generally remained below the microprobe limit of detection. 18 figures, 7 tables.
Date: March 1, 1979
Creator: Ivak, D. M. & Waldman, L. A.
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