Qualification of the B and W Mark B fuel assembly for high burnup. First semi-annual progress report, July-December 1978
Description: Five Babcock and Wilcox standard Mark B (15 x 15) fuel assemblies are being irradiated in Duke Power Company's Oconee Unit 1 reactor under a research and development program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Valuable experimental data on fuel performance characteristics at burnups of > 40,000 MWd/mtU will be obtained from these assemblies. This information, at a duty approximately 20% greater than that achieved by typical discharged assemblies, will be used to qualify standard Mark B fuel assemblies for extended burnups. Efforts during this period included fuel cycle design and reload licensing of Oconee 1 for cycle 5, in which the assemblies are being irradiated, and nondestructive examination of the assemblies during the refueling outage between cycles 4 and 5. The Oconee 1 cycle 5 startup tests proceeded in a routine manner, and the reactor has operated with a 92% capacity factor since completion of power escalation testing on November 10, 1978. Irradiation of the fuel assemblies is currently in progress.
Date: August 1, 1979
Creator: Coleman, T.A.; Coppola, E.J.; Doss, P.L.; Uotinen, V.O. & Davis, H.H.
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