Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the
1997 International RERTR Meeting
An Investigation on Fuel Meats
Extruded with Atomized
U-10wt% Mo Power for Uranium High-Density
Chang-Kyu Kim, Ki-Hwan Kim, Jong-Man Park, Don-Bae Lee, Dong-Seong Sohn
Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute
150, Dukjin-Dong, Yusong-Ku, Taejon 305-353, Korea
The RERTR program has been making an effort to develop dispersion fuels with uranium densities of 8 to 9 g U/cm3 for research and test reactors. Using atomized U-10wt%Mo powder, fuel meats have been fabricated successfully up to 55 volume % of fuel powder. The uranium density of an extruded meat with a 55 volume % of fuel powder was obtained to be 7.7 g/cm3. A relatively high porosity of 7.3% was formed due to cracking of particles, presumably induced by the impingement among agglomerated particles. Tensile test results indicated that the strength of fuel meats with 55% volume fraction decreased some and a little of ductility was maintained. Examination on the fracture surface revealed that some U-10%Mo particles appeared to be broken by the tensile force in brittle rupture mode. The increase of broken particles in high fuel fraction is considered to be induced mainly by the impingement among agglomerated particles. Uranium loading density is assumed to be improved through the development of the better homogeneous dispersion technology.
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Dr. C. K. Kim
Nuclear Materials Development Dept.
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Teajon 305-606, Korea