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2005 International RERTR Meeting

UNDER IRRADIATION QUALIFICATION OF A CHILEAN TEST FUEL

(1) J. Marin, J. Lisboa, L. Olivares
Department of Nuclear Materials
(1) J.C. Chavez
Technical Cooperation and International Relations
(2) M.A.C. van Kranenburg, F. J. Wijtsma

(1) Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear, CCHEN, Amunategui 95, Santiago – Chile
(2) Nuclear Research and consultancy Group – NRG – Petten, The Netherlands

ABSTRACT

This paper presents the irradiation and PIE results for a test fuel element irradiated at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten Site – The Netherlands. The fuel element (LCC 01) was manufactured by CCHEN, and consisted of 16 flat fuel plates of U3Si2  – Al with a density of 3.4 g/cm3. The objective of this irradiation test was to qualify the manufacturer of these LEU fuel elements for research reactors.

The irradiation, which started in May 2003 was successfully ended on November 2004, and no irregularities were observed during all 16 irradiation cycles. The final calculated burnup was approximately 65%. After cooling, the LCC-01 had been dismantled and submitted to PIE at the hot cell facility in Petten. PIE has involved visual inspections and gamma canning for the fuel element and visual inspection, gamma spectrometry - and plate and oxide layer thickness measurements in one removed plate.


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