THE ZrO$sub 2$-CaO-UO$sub 2$ CERAMIC FUEL FABRICATION FOR THE EBWR SPIKED CORE ELEMENTS. Final Report-Metallurgy Program 7.9.5
Description: A series of experiments was proposed in which the thermal output of the EBWR is increased to 100 Mw. The increase in thermal enengy will be accomplished by inserting 32 spike elements in the initial fuel core. The fuel selected for the spike elements was a cubic solid solution in the system ZrO/sub 2/- CaO- UO/ sub 2/. The ceramic fuel was fabricated in the form of pellets by compacting a mixture of U/sub 3/O/sub 8/, CaCO/sub 3/, and ZrO/sub 2/. The pressed pellets were sintered in air at 1675 deg C plus or minus 25 deg C to form a cubic solid solution having a composition of 9.01 wt.% UO/sub 2/ (93% enriched), 9.07 wt.% CaO, and 81.92 wt.% ZrO/sub 2/. The procedures used in forming the fuel pellets are described. Following fabrication, the pellets were loosely inserted into Zircaloy-2 tubes for subsequent assembly into fuel elements. (auth)
Date: May 1961
Creator: Lied, R. C.; Lynch, E. D. & Handwerk, J. H.
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