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Framatome, Ultra Safe partner to manufacture TRISO and FCM fuel
Framatome and Ultra Safe Nuclear announced on January 26 that they intend to form a joint venture to manufacture commercial quantities of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) particles and Ultra Safe’s proprietary fully ceramic microencapsulated (FCM) fuel.
The companies have signed a nonbinding agreement to integrate their resources to bring commercially viable, fourth-generation nuclear fuel to market for Ultra Safe’s micro-modular reactor (MMR) and other advanced reactor designs.
Paul Fitzsimmons, Fred Elsner, Reny Paguio, Abbas Nikroo, Cliff Thomas, Kevin Baker, Haibo Huang, Mike Schoff, David Kaczala, Hannah Reynolds, Sean Felker, Mike Farrell, Brian J. Watson
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 73 | Number 2 | March 2018 | Pages 210-218
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1356109
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Laser indirect drive is hindered, in part, by two problems: “wall motion” resulting from ablation of the hohlraum inner wall and “preheat” of the fuel capsule. To mitigate wall motion and preheat, a mid-Z–coated high internal phase emulsion, poly(HIPE) foam liner (5.7-mm diameter, 150 μm thick, 2.8 mm long, 33 mg/cm3) was developed and integrated into the hohlraum interior. A zinc oxide coating was applied throughout the poly(HIPE) foam using atomic layer deposition to achieve 149 ± 14 mg/cm3 bulk density. Preliminary data collected from actual shots at the National Ignition Facility suggest the inclusion of the poly(HIPE) liner reduced preheat threefold and stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) fivefold relative to an existing reference shot on a gold hohlraum (wavelength shift also contributed to SBS reduction).