Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the 2005 International RERTR Meeting
FUEL PLATES DIFFUSION BONDED BY
ELECTROCONSOLIDATION® PROCESS TECHNOLOGY*
I. G. Prokofiev and T.
Energy Technology Division
Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue,
Argonne, IL 60439 - USA
B. D. Merkle and E. O.
Superior Graphite, 10 South Riverside Plaza – suite
1470, Chicago, IL 60606 - USA
Diffusion bonding and other solid-state joining
processes have been proposed and demonstrated for the
fabrication of monolithic U-Mo fuel plates. An
innovative new process, named Electroconsolidation®
Process Technology, has been studied for the diffusion
bonding of monolithic fuel plates. The main advantage of
this process over conventional diffusion bonding is the
minimization of time-at-temperature due to the rapid
heating inherent to the Electroconsolidation® Process.
Bonding results of surrogate fuel plates made with
stainless steel and depleted uranium monolithic fuel
plates are presented. One or more fuel plates fabricated
by Electroconsolidation are planned to be tested in