Argonne National Laboratory
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors
Nuclear Science and Engineering Division at Argonne
U.S. Department of Energy

2007 International RERTR Meeting

Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the Meeting

Microstructure of 50 Year Old SCK●CEN BR1 Research Reactor Fuel

A. Leenaers and S. Van den Berghe
Nuclear Materials Science Institute
SCK.CEN, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium.


The BR1 research reactor at SCK.CEN, Mol (Belgium) has a graphite core matrix loaded with fuel rods consisting of a natural uranium slug in an aluminum cladding. Fabrication reports show the application of a so-called AlSi bonding layer and an U(Al,Si)3 anti-diffusion layer on the natural uranium fuel slug to limit the interaction between the uranium fuel and aluminum cladding. The BR1 reactor is in operation since 1956 and still contains its original fuel rods. After more than 50 years irradiation at low temperature, the integrity of some of the fuel rods is investigated. The microstructure of the fuel, bonding and anti-diffusion layer and cladding is analyzed using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron microprobe analysis (EPMA).

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