Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the 2005 International RERTR Meeting
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
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.
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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