Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the 2000 International RERTR Meeting
U-7MO QUALIFICATION AT BWX TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED
Brett Pace and Glenn Gale
Research/Test Reactors and Targets, RTRT
Technologies Incorporated (BWXT) is in the process of qualifying the alloy
U-7Mo using low enriched uranium for use in low to high flux research reactors.
This is a cooperative effort with the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test
Reactors (RERTR) program and includes Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), The
Petten HFR Reactor, the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), and
BWXT. BWXT is responsible for the
fabrication of two Petten fuel elements containing LEU U-7Mo with a loading of
6 gU/cc. To date, BWXT has successfully
fabricated 6 gU/cc fuel plates using depleted uranium supplied by KAERI. The use of existing equipment and methods
worked well for the processing of new atomized U-7Mo fuel. In addition, the processing of atomized fuel
appears to be beneficial to production efficiency. This paper will evaluate the successes and challenges encountered
and expected during the on-going qualification effort.