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|Title:||Fabrication Routes for Yttria-Stabilised Zirconia Suitable for the Production of Minor Actinide Transmutation Targets|
|Authors:||SOMERS JOSEPH; FERNANDEZ CARRETERO ASUNCION|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY vol. 88 no. 4 p. 827-832|
|Publisher:||AMER CERAMIC SOC|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The actual fabrication processes of targets for the transmutation of actinides in nuclear reactors will need to be dust-free and compatible with automation and remote operation. The developments reported here mark an important technical breakthrough in the fabrication of highly active materials. The sol-gel external gelation, modified by the addition of carbon, and infiltration methods have been used here to produce high-quality, dust-free yttria-stabilized zirconia beads, with excellent compaction and sintering properties. Furthermore, the beads produced in this way have higher porosity, which permits the infiltration of hitherto unattainable quantities of the actinide.|
|JRC Directorate:||Nuclear Safety and Security|
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