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STATUS AS OF OCTOBER 2003 OF THE FRENCH UMo GROUP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

JM. HAMY
Framatome-ANP Department
F-69456 Lyon Cedex 06 - France

F. HUET and B. GUIGON
CEA, Cadarache
F-13108 St-Paul-Lez-Durance Cedex - France

P. LEMOINE
CEA Saclay
F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex – France

C. JAROUSSE
CERCA, Framatome-ANP
Les Berauds, B.P. 1114, F-26104 Romans Cedex - France

M. BOYARD
Technicatome
F-13108 St-Paul-Lez-Durance Cedex - France

JL. EMIN
COGEMA
BP 4, F-78141 Vélizy Villacoublay Cedex - France

ABSTRACT

The French program for the development of UMo fuel takes benefit of the support of 5 partners acting intensively in the framework of MTR (CEA, CERCA, COGEMA, Framatome-ANP and Techicatome). The aim of the French UMo Group program is to deliver a high performance with reprocess ability LEU UMo fuel qualified for a wide range of Research Reactor, and covering the expected needs for MTR next generation. The program takes into account the milestone of 2006 induced by the US return policy of spent fuel.

The French UMo Group program that has been launched in 1999, has already produced significant technical issues based on the fabrication of full sized fuel plates and various irradiation experiments. This program is dedicated to the characterisation and the validation of U-7%Mo with a density up to 8 gU/cm3.

This paper describes the status of the French UMo program as of end of 2003 and recalls its specific features that covers manufacturing of full size plates, irradiation, reprocessing tests and fuel characterization. Since the last RERTR meeting in November 2002, significant achievements have been obtained. Recent evolution of the FUTURE and IRIS 2 experiment is presented in addition of the completion and distinctive contribution of IRIS 1 examination and interpretation. A synthesis of the next steps of the French UMo Group program is presented, with the corresponding time schedule.


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