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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
A. R. Massih
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 7 | July 2019 | Pages 992-1001
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1568102
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Oxidation of UO2 fuel under off-normal and normal reactor conditions occurs when fuel cladding fails, thereby allowing steam/water to enter the fuel rod. The steam/water will react with the fuel to produce UO2+x thus releasing hydrogen, with x standing for the amount of interstitial oxygen ions above the stoichiometric value.
In this technical note the impact of fuel oxidation on fission gas release (FGR) is modeled and discussed. The classical diffusion equation is used to describe migration and release of fission product gas (Xe) in UO2+x under time-varying postirradiation annealing conditions. We assume that the main quantity affected by fuel oxidation is the effective diffusivity of fission gas. Fuel oxidation enhances the diffusivity as a function of x in UO2+x in a parabolic fashion for 0.005 ≤ x ≤ 0.12 in the temperature range of 1000 ≤ T ≤ 1600 K. We first benchmark our model against an annealing test in which for x = 0.004 the Xe release fraction was measured as a function of time (temperature) during annealing. Furthermore, we apply the model to simulate a series of postirradiation annealing tests on UO2+x fuel, in which FGR fractions were measured for a given thermal ramp history in the range 0.00 ≤ x ≤ 0.66. The results of our computations in the range 0.004 ≤ x ≤ 0.20 show good agreement with measurements.