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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Miles F. Beaux, II, Douglas R. Vodnik, Reuben J. Peterson, Bryan L. Bennett, Kevin M. Hubbard, Brian M. Patterson, Jeffrey D. Goettee, James D. Jurney, Graham M. King, Alice I. Smith, Eric L. Tegtmeier, Erik P. Luther, Venkateswara R. Dasari, (DV Rao), David J. Devlin, Igor O. Usov
Nuclear Technology | Volume 206 | Number 1 | January 2020 | Pages 23-31
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1618683
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The coating of nuclear fuel kernels with pyrolytic carbon (PyC) is a well-understood practice dating back over half a century. In spite of decades of studies related to these coatings, no study has yet investigated the effect of the PyC deposition coating process on the kernels themselves. In this study, the composition and crystallographic phase of kernel materials were observed to change after exposure to the thermal and chemical environment of the PyC coating process. Specifically, the coating process increased the fraction of high carbon content phase within carbide microsphere kernels, with W2C containing microspheres driven toward WC, and UC containing microspheres driven toward UC2. Oxide microspheres consisted of a mixture of two crystalline phases. The monoclinic phase within yttria-stabilized zirconia microspheres was eliminated by the coating process resulting in a purely tetragonal phase. Hafnium oxide microspheres were more stable showing no detectable change in composition or crystal structure after coating.