Title: Detailed Characterization of the Rim Microstructure in LWR Fuels in the Burnup Range 40-67 GWd/tM
Authors: SPINO Jose luisVENNIX CornelisCOQUERELLE Michel clement
Citation: Journal of Nuclear Materials vol. 231 p. 179-190
Publication Year: 1996
JRC N°: JRC12775
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC12775
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Fuel porosity, volume pore density and pore size distributiuons, were determined as function of the radial position for specimens with average burnups between 40-66.6 GWd/tM. In the rim region, the porosity and pore density increase exponentially towards the pellet edge, whereas the mean pore size remains constant. Accompanying the porosity increase, a band of recrystallised material (submicron-grains) is formed at the pellet edge, followed by a wide transition zone where porous-grain refined areas are mixed with the original matrix grains. Individual pores were found associated with recrystallised sorroundings, extending up to a distance of 1 to 3 submicron grains from the pore surface. Accordingly, a representation of the rim material with localised recrystallisation around pores is proposed. As determined with microindentation, the mechanical strength of the rim material appeared to be increased with respect to unirradiated UO2. This improvement is supposed to be caused by grain refinement.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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