Title: Qualification of HTR Fuel Pebbles by X-Ray Tomography and Thermal Analysis
Authors: HANIA RalphJANSSEN BasFEDOROV A. v.KNOL StevenDE GROOT SanderMETTEN LangoVAN DE SANDE AlanFUETTERER Michael
Citation: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN vol. 251 p. 47-52
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC65554
ISSN: 0029-5493
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029549311010594
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65554
DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2011.11.036
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Knowledge of the TRISO particle distributions inside HTR fuel pebbles or compacts may help manufacturers to improve the quality of their fuel by providing feedback during the development phase. In a joint program, NRG and JRC-IE develop a fast method to obtain these distributions non-destructively, based on X-Ray Tomography. The coordinates of the individual TRISO particles are extracted from a tomographic reconstruction of a pebble. The particle distributions are then partially characterized by the distributions of nearest neighbour distances. In addition, the temperature distribution during operation is estimated by assigning power to each particle while using the pebble edge temperature as a boundary condition. The whole procedure was applied to 31 pebbles fabricated in the 1980s in the framework of the German HTR fuel qualification program.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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